4-H talent show rescheduled for Monday

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By Roberta Hunt

The 4-H Talent Show has been rescheduled for Monday, May 13 at 6:15 p.m. at the Mackville Community Center. The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature 4-H members in vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical categories. There is an admission price. Top acts will advance to the Kentucky State Fair to perform in Cloverville in August.

High school 4-H members have several upcoming deadlines they will need to meet to participate in summer 4-H activities. The state 4-H Teen Conference will be held June 10–13 on the University of Kentucky campus. It is open to youth who have graduated from the eighth grade through the 12th  grade. The deadline to register for the conference is May 15. There will not be an extended deadline.

For a registration form, contact the Washington County Extension Office. May 15 will also be the deadline for high school students to apply to be a teen counselor for 4-H Camp. Those interested must write a 250-word essay on why they feel they would be a good teen counselor. A deposit and registration form must also be completed by the May 15 deadline.

If you’re a 4-Her who loves to sing and dance or work behind the scenes of musical productions, you may want to apply to be a performer or technical staff of the 2013-2014 Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and Board. The troupe began in 2012 as an offshoot of the popular talent show track at the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference. To become a troupe member, 4-H’ers must be in the ninth through 12th grades and attend 4-H’s Issues Conference, Teen Conference and Summit. Troupe members make a yearlong commitment to the group. Members must attend a music camp, organize and lead a performing arts camp for middle school 4-H’ers.

Additionally, they must attend at least three 4-H or University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service performances a year beyond the conferences and summit. Members’ commitments to the troupe will end in June 2014. To apply, interested 4-H’ers must complete an application form, available at local offices of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. In addition to the form, applicants must include a separate document that explains their qualifications and includes a Performing Arts Programming proposal. Young people interested in being performers should bring both documents to the live audition, which will occur the afternoon of June 10 during 4-H Teen Conference. Technical staff members do not have to audition. Troupe members will be determined then and will include 12 performers and four technical staff. Any Washington County 4-H member must register for 4-H Teen Conference by May 15.

The Washington County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring a 4-H member to get into the beekeeping business. This must be someone new to beekeeping and whose family is not already beekeeping. An interested member must write a 500-word essay about why they are interested in beekeeping and what steps they would take to be successful. The deadline for the essay is May 15. The youth with the top essays will be interviewed at the extension office by members of the local association. The recipient will receive one hive of bees and appropriate supplies to get started. Contact the extension office at 336-7741 with questions.

Don’t forget the 4-H Young Riders Fun Horse Show that will be Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m. at the Willisburg Community Park. Show bills are available from the Washington County Extension Office.

Elise Barry was the winner of the drawing for the 4-H Camp $50 Walmart card. Local youth have through June 1 to register for 4-H Camp. For more information, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.

The Washington County 4-H Spurs and Furs Club sponsored a Poultry and Rabbit Skillathon at the 4-H Youth Fair on April 26. Local 4-H members receiving awards were in senior individual rabbit – third place was Andrew Compton and fourth place was Gareth Compton.

In junior individual rabbit – fifth place was Kaylee Jones. In senior individual poultry – third place was Andrew Compton and fourth was Gareth Compton. In junior poultry, Kaylee Jones was second place individual. This was a successful event that included members from Butler County and Marion County.

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