Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Kick off the new year with Dawson Co. 4-H

The New Year holds some surprises and fun for area youth during the 2016 Dawson County 4-H Kickoff event in Lexington.

Extension assistant Mike Wolff is looking forward to hosting the fourth annual kickoff on Monday, Jan. 4, at the Extension meeting room on the fairgrounds. An action-packed evening of activities and information begins at 6 p.m.

“The kickoff recruits new 4-H’ers as well as inspires current 4-H’ers to try new projects,” Wolff said. “The event continues to grow and bring new ideas to all who participate.”

Activities will include highlights of several 4-H projects, a craft and a community service project. Current 4-H members and those interested in learning more about 4-H are welcome to attend, Wolff said.

The 4-H program has project areas in animal science, communications and expressive arts, consumer and family sciences, entrepreneurship, environmental education and earth sciences, food and nutrition, leadership and citizenship, plant sciences and engineering and technology.

“From cows to cookies, pigs to pies and robots to community service, 4-H has something to offer all youth,” Wolff said. “Robots, shooting sports, home environment and technology are some of the fastest growing new project areas in Dawson County. The traditional favorites include livestock, sewing, cooking and horticulture.”

4-H is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 18. Participants may join one of the many current clubs in the county or enlist a group of friends to start a new club with an adult volunteer.

“If you don’t have time to participate in club activities, you can enroll as an independent member and still participate in all 4-H activities including the Dawson County Fair,” Wolff said.

In addition, youth between the ages of 5 and 7 may participate in 4-H as a Clover Kid. Clover Kid members may choose one of the eight project areas available and may exhibit three projects at fair with one being a Clover Kid bucket calf.

“We are currently seeking Clover Kid leaders to guide these young 4-H’ers on their road to becoming a great member of a traditional club when they reach 8 years of age,” Wolff said.

Information will also be available for the new online registration system.

Snacks and beverages will be served at the end of the activities, which should finish up around 8:30 p.m.

For more information about 4-H, contact Mike Wolff at the Dawson County Extension Office, (308) 324-5501 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To stay on top of current local 4-H events, go online to Facebook and like the Dawson County Nebraska 4-H page.