February 29, 2024

4-H Kick Off Set for March 7

POMEROY, Ohio – Once again there will be a 4-H Kick-Off event for Meigs County. It has been several years since a kick-off was held for the organization designed to help youth learn and grow through hands on experiences. This year the theme is “4-H Round-Up” and the event will be held March 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rutland Bottle Gas Building at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.

The 4-H motto is “To make the best better” and members learn skills that they can carry throughout their lives. At the event, youth will be able to see what 4-H projects are available with demonstrations, presentations and experiences in grilling, sewing, gardening, cake decorating, community service, Cloverbuds, livestock and more. The family event features “hands on, fun experiences.” In addition to projects and club information, there will also be information on 4-H camps which also provide fun learning experiences for youth. 

According to the Ohio 4-H, “Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age and grade as of January 1 of the current project year. Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s 4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19.”

Meigs Inflatables will have an obstacle course at the kick-off and there will be door prizes. The event is free. There will also be a “Watering Hole” and “General Store” to complement the round-up theme. 

According to Ohio 4-H, “4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It’s where young people make new friends, develop skills, become leaders and assist in shaping their communities. Last year in Ohio 4-H, more than 13,000 youth joined 4-H for the first time, over 250,000 projects were completed and enrollment was on the rise in the projects that build skills needed for college and careers.”

In Meigs County, more than 1,400 youth are served through clubs and after school programs. For more information about the event, or 4-H, contact the OSU Meigs County Extension Office located at 113 E. Memorial Drive, Suite E, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769 at 740-992-6696 or visit their website meigs.osu.edu