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4-H kicks off with Super Saturday


March 16, 2011
It's only a few more days until spring officially arrives and, as many people begin planning gardens and changing the oil in lawn mowers, Crawford County 4-H members and leaders are already focusing on the coming summer and getting projects ready for this year's 4-H Fair.

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Ella Grace Howell, 7 months, pets a baby pig, held by Melissa Andrew, at the annual Super Saturday 4-H Kickoff at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park Saturday. The event is held to encourage area youths and parents to become interested in 4-H. Photo by Lee Cable
The annual 4-H Super Saturday Kickoff, sponsored by the Crawford County 4-H Council, was held Saturday at the 4-H Community Park and included various activities to show youth, and their parents, what the organization has to offer.

The event, which drew a large crowd, featured activities that showed examples of what many 4-H members do and their interests. There were livestock demonstrations, gardening, cake decorating, tie dying, scrapbooking, sewing, face painting, shooting sports, ATV safety and others.

"We had a lot of new people come this year," said Rhonda Crecelius, office manager of the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District and a 4-H Council leader. "We now have about 91 Crawford County families involved in 4-H, which includes about 125 to 130 kids. 4-H is open to youths in grades 3 through 12. Mini 4-H is open to children in kindergarten through second grade, and Cloverbud is open to children ages 3 to 5."

Crecelius said there is also an open class for adults with many projects, including crafts, baking, canning and others, that can be exhibited at the 4-H Fair.

4-H has more than 6.5 million members in the United States in approximately 90,000 clubs. There are 4-H clubs in more than 80 countries around the world. The name represents four personal development areas of focus: head, heart, hands and health.

The 4-H pledge is:

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

my heart to greater loyalty,

my hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country and my world."

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership and life skills of youth through experimental learning programs. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally-focused organization, 4-H today also focuses on healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs. The program depends on adult volunteers serving in various roles.

The Crawford County 4-H Fair will take place July 9 through 17 at the 4-H Community Park along S.R. 66 south of Marengo. Project check-in for the fair will be on July 2 and 3. Livestock check-in will be on July 10.

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