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Enter "I Love Cows" essay contest

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By Roberta Hunt

Twelve years ago, a program to encourage young people to get a head start in the beef industry was started in memory of a young man from Mercer County, Dustin Worthington.   Dustin’s main interest in life was working with cattle.  Unfortunately his life was cut short by a car accident.  Family and friends started the “I Love Cows” Essay Contest where young people involved in 4-H and FFA can write an essay about why they love cows and possibly win a registered beef heifer.  
Through local sponsorship over the years and past recipients giving back to the program, Washington County 4-H and FFA have been able to have a county winner for 11 of the 12 years the program has been in existence.  
Washington County 4-H members can fill out a registration form and complete their essay and should return them to the extension office by Feb. 25.  
The winner will be announced on April 4  at a special awards program at the Mercer County Extension Office.  Check out the I Love Cows website at www.dustinworthington.org.   
For additional help or information, contact the Washington County Extension Office.
Several upcoming 4-H activities may have extended deadlines due to cancelled club meetings because of the snowy weather.  Please make sure to check with the extension office on any program deadlines.
One deadline that is coming up soon is to order woodworking or electric kits.  4-Hers that order kits by the original Feb. 25 deadline will have their order processed immediately.  Late orders will be accepted through March 15.
The 4-H Poetry Contest deadline has been extended through March 22.  Details and registration forms are available from the extension office and from the Washington Co. Extension Office website, http://ces.ca.uky.edu/washington.Poems must be the original work of the 4-H member and may be on any subject.  
Poems must have a minimum of 3 lines and a maximum of 25 lines for junior age members (9-13) and 28 lines for senior age 4-H members (14-18).  Poems must never have been published or submitted to another agency.  A statement of authenticity must be signed by the 4-H member and parent.
Next week, several project clubs will hold meetings that are also open to new members.  On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., the 4-H Spurs and Furs will meet at the extension office.  New members are welcome to join the rabbit and poultry club.
On Friday, Feb. 18, the 4-H Young Riders will hold a movie night beginning at 7 p.m. at the extension office.  The club will watch the movie, Secretariat and discuss upcoming club events.  New members are welcome.
Catch up on 4-H happenings on the WC 4-H Facebook fan page, “WashingtonKY4H.” Photos and club announcements will be available.