Budding 4-H’ers who want to learn what projects they can enter or how to get involved can attend a 4-H project fair next month.
4-H is open to students in grades three through 12. Students younger than grade three can enroll in mini 4-H, meant for students in kindergarten, first and second grade.
Heather Dougherty, extension educator, tells you what you need to know.
When and where is the event?
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It is 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Scott Hall at the Johnson County fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., Franklin.
Why did you plan this event?
This event is conducted in conjunction with Johnson County 4-H Promotion Week and was planned to educate youth and their families on what 4-H has to offer. Many individuals think you have to have animals to be in 4-H, however, that is not the case.
We have over 100 projects in 4-H that youth can choose to participate in. We also have specialized “Spark Clubs” that focus on one area of interest (example: robotics).
There is even a project called “Do Your Own Thing” if a youth wants to do a project that doesn’t fit in another category. There is something for everyone.
What is the goal?
The main goal of the Johnson County 4-H Project Fair is to educate youth and families on all the projects and opportunities through Johnson County 4-H and to gain more youth in the Johnson County 4-H program. It is not just showing animals or exhibiting at the fair, there is much more to the 4-H Youth Development program.
What should potential 4-Hers expect to see?
Youth can expect to see various tables that will have information on various projects and examples of the projects. We will also have 4-H volunteers and club leaders present that youth will meet and be able to ask questions.
We will also have computers available that evening for youth to enroll in 4-H. The project fair is put on by the Johnson County 4-H Ambassadors, Johnson County Junior Leaders, club leaders and volunteers.
How many people are you expecting?
We are hoping that this event will bring in at least 100 individuals, whether that be parents or youth. This event is open house style, so individuals are able to come and go as they please.