Learn more about 4-H at Sunday’s open house

Gardening Judge Jim Barbour talks to 4-H’er Jeremiah Witek about his jalapeño peppers during the 2012 Hamilton County 4-H Fair. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Gardening Judge Jim Barbour talks to 4-H’er Jeremiah Witek about his jalapeño peppers during the 2012 Hamilton County 4-H Fair. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Those interested in learning more about the Hamilton County 4-H program are invited to attend a callout from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Exhibition Center at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. The event provides a “taste of 4-H” with sample projects and information about the program.

“4-H Call-out is an opportunity for prospective members to see 4-H projects and talk to current 4-H members and club leaders,” Purdue Extension Youth Educator Kathleen Bohde said. “There are over 60 projects to choice from in 4-H and sometimes it is overwhelming to understand what to select. The 4-H Call-out is a time to see 4-H projects and ask questions to current 4-H members and volunteers.”

Bohde described the event as an open house, saying those interested in attending can come and go as they please – spending as much or little time as they’d like.

“There will be tables of projects with 4-H members on hand to discuss what they have done in 4-H and displays providing more information about 4-H. The event gives a chance for new members to really see what being a 4-H member involves and allows parents to ask questions,” she said.

March 1 is the last day for Hamilton County youth in grades 3 through 12 to enroll in the 4-H Program for 2013. 4-H is an informal educational program where youth “Learn by Doing.” Youth can learn life skills such as cooperation, leadership, decision-making, responsibility and citizenship through hands-on projects in more than 60 different subject areas. 4-H is family oriented and promotes family togetherness.

For more information and an enrollment card, stop by Purdue Extension Hamilton County, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, or call 776-0854. Information and online enrollment is also available online at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/hamilton.

Interested in serving as a 4-H judge for the county fair or a 4-H volunteer? The 2013 4-H Bi-State Judges and Leaders Clinic will be Feb. 16 at Knoy Center, 205 E. Market St., Cloverdale. Sessions will be held throughout the day beginning at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch and a conference packet. Forms and activity description may be found at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/putnam.

Robert Herrington

Managing editor of Current in Noblesville. A 1999 graduate of Noblesville High School, Herrington has been covering Noblesville and Hamilton County as a journalist since 2004. The military brat lived all over the east coast before calling Noblesville home since 1994. He and his wife, Maggie, live in the community with their baby daughter (and youngest Boston Red Sox fan), Caroline. From school board to common council meetings, First Friday events and summer concerts in the city parks, Herrington loves to attend and cover all that Noblesville has to offer.

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