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Extension, L'worth excited about 4-H Showcase event

July 03, 2019
Crawford County 4-H'ers will get the opportunity to showcase their talents next week at Leavenworth.

Gail Peitzmeier, director of the Crawford County Extension Office, is excited about the inaugural Crawford County 4-H Showcase and encourages the community to come out and show their support.

"4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing," she said. "Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles."

There will be plenty of static projects on display beginning Thursday, July 11, and continuing through Saturday, July 13, as the 4-H Cloverville Exhibit Hall in the Annabelle House opens.

Persons who enjoy watching young people get in the ring and show livestock they have worked hard to raise won't be disappointed, as there will be a small animal tent and livestock arena for the poultry, rabbit, sheep and goat, beef and swine shows on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will play host to the Jim Ade 4-H Round Robin Showmanship Contest.

Peitzmeier said 4-H, which is delivered in Indiana by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, for more than 100 years has been giving "kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better."

"Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience," she said, which extends beyond the 4-H Showcase or, in past years, the county fair.

"For example, our 4-H youth in Crawford County have already participated in career development events in soil and water, livestock judging and tractor driving," Peitzmeier said. "Performing arts is another project area, and our county was well-represented by Nehemiah and Zayden McSpadden at 4-H Round-Up at Purdue in June. This was a big honor to perform at Purdue, and they brought down the house with their comedy act."

Peitzmeier said the 4-H Showcase will have a little bit of something for everyone.

"Music, entertainment, food, fun activities and, of course, highlighting the skills and talents of our youth," she said. "We all take pride in beautiful Crawford County. We support our youth in sports and academics, and 4-H is yet another way to encourage our kids to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to handle whatever life throws their way."

Among the musical entertainment will be Special Ed Karaoke with Eddie Polen on Thursday night, The Real Music Zone featuring DJ Big Jim on Friday evening and Banjo Pickin' Gus as well as The Wrights, both on Saturday afternoon.

Food options will include both the Crawford County Cattleman's Association rib-eye steak stand and a bake sale hosted by the 4-H Youth Development Association of Crawford County Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday throughout the day. Also on Saturday will be a barbecue chicken dinner at the Leavenworth Firehouse, with proceeds benefiting the Town of Leavenworth and Crawford County veterans.

"Jim Fraze has done such an amazing job with our veterans," Leavenworth Town Council President Whitney Timberlake said of Fraze, the county's veteran service officer. "The Town of Leavenworth is honored to play a small part in supporting them."

In addition to barbecue chicken, dinners will include creek bank potatoes and slaw. The cost will be $10 for half-chicken dinners and $7 for quarter-chicken dinners. They will be available from noon to 5 p.m., or until they run out.

There also will be a Senior Day hosted by Hoosier Uplands and Todd-Dickey Nursing and Rehabilitation on Thursday at the Leavenworth Firehouse, water gun painting hosted by the Crawford County 4-H Arts Club on Friday on the lawn in front of the Leavenworth Town Hall, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Power Hour, also on Friday, at the Annabelle House and a talent contest on Saturday, also at the Annabelle House.

Peitzmeier said the decision to partner with the Town of Leavenworth to host the 4-H Showcase has been well-received.

"First, I can honestly say there is a lot of passion and excitement about this collaboration between the Town of Leavenworth and Purdue Extension Crawford County 4-H," she said. "Leavenworth is a quaint, yet progressive town, just like our 4-H program. We have similar beliefs in hard work, community and fellowship. We both strive to be good citizens of Crawford County and serve as positive role models for our youth. We both want to see Crawford County succeed."

Timberlake said Leavenworth is happy to help.

"Leavenworth is all about community and our county," he said. "So, we are glad to be able to host 4-H, a group that does so much in our county throughout the year. We are happy to provide a venue for the 4-H children to showcase their projects."

Peitzmeier said the collaboration will be positive for Leavenworth in that it will bring people to the town "who will then benefit by enjoying our restaurants and shopping at unique stores like Stephenson's."

"Community organizations, businesses and 4-H are teaming up to provide the best experience ever," she said. "What is not to love about that?"

For a complete schedule, along with articles highlighting local 4-H'ers, see the Crawford County 4-H Showcase feature section (pages B4 through B6) in this week's Style section.

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