With temperatures in the 80s and smiling faces everywhere, hundreds of kids enjoyed the annual Harlan County Extension’s 4-H Kid’s Day kickoff for the Poke Sallet Festival on Wednesday. Raymond Cox, 4-H Extension Agent, said this is the 13th year for the Fun Day at Huff Park and approximately 25 years for the event, which was previously held on the Harlan County Courthouse lawn.
“Each year local businesses participate in this event offering games and prizes for the kids to enjoy,” said Cox. “This year we had some new additions of the Harlan County Shriners Choo-Choo Train and new inflatables.”
Terry Conners, forestry specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, was on-hand teaching children about food and the environment. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife were demonstrating archery skills with hands on lessons for the kids.
“We gave away 1,250 T-shirts for kids and adults during the event,” said Cox. “We continue this event each year because it’s a way of letting people know about 4-H and what we have to offer children and teens across the county.”
Cox said kids who participate in 4-H programs learn leadership, communication and life skills.
“We take kids to the University of Kentucky for a teen conference each year. We have summer 4-H camp in London,” said Cox. “We have day camps throughout the summer where we teach kids good eating habits and taking care of the environment.”
Cox said beginning in the fall, he hopes to begin a 4-H program for kindergarten through third grade students. He said when a child gets in fourth grade they can then join the 4-H Club. “We have teen clubs where kids meet after school,” said Cox. “We have something for everyone to enjoy and take part in. We serve over 5,000 kids annually in Harlan County.”
Anyone interested in a 4-H program may contact Cox at 606-273-0835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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