Sign up for 4-H conference; enter essay contest

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By Roberta Hunt

The Kentucky 4-H Summit is the only event 4-H puts on that is just for middle school youth.  It is a fun-filled three-day conference held at the Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Ky. (near Somerset), for sixth, seventh and eithth graders from across the state.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn leadership, take workshops and have some serious fun.  There will also be a dance and other exciting experiences.  The date for Washington County delegates to attend will be March 6t – 8t.  Students would have to be in good standing at school, since they would miss school on Monday, March 8.  A local volunteer will be needed to chaperone any Washington County 4-H members attending the conference.  The cost of the conference is $85 and the final deadline to register will be Feb. 10 at the extension office.  For more information on the Ky. 4-H Summit, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.

DUSTIN WORTHINGTON “I Love Cows” Essay Contest

In Washington County, many 4-H members live on a farm or have grandparents or other family members that live on farms.  For those that have started their own beef herd or dream of owning a beef heifer, then they will be interested in the “I Love Cows” Essay Contest.  The program was begun ten years ago in memory of Dustin Worthington, a young man from Mercer County whose main interest in life was working with cattle.  The top essay written by a Washington County 4-h or FFA member will receive a registered beef heifer.  Registration forms outlining the essay contest are now available and are due back by Feb. 26.  The winner will be announced on April 4 at a special awards program in Boyle County.  Check out the I Love Cows Web site at www.dustnworthingtonmemorial.org.


4-H members can let their creative side shine by participating in the District 5 4-H Poetry Contest.  There are two divisions for the contest, junior ages 9-13 and senior ages 14-18.  Poems must be the original work of the 4-H member and can be titled and be on any subject.  Poems must never have been published or submitted to another agency.  A statement of authenticity is required and is available along with the complete contest rules from the Extension Office.  County wide winners will be chosen and submitted for district competition.  The top poems will also be printed in a District Poetry Book.  The deadline for submission will be Feb. 26.


Orders for woodworking kits and electric lamp kits are now being offered to 4-H members.  Prices range from $3 to $14 for the pre-cut woodworking kits and $10 for the lamp kit.  The deadline for orders will be March 3.  4-H members complete projects to enter in the Washington Co. 4-H Youth Fair on April 23 with the champion projects advancing to the Kentucky State Fair.  

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