Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 21, 2010

Mini 4-H gives opportunities to smaller members

By Brenda L. Holmes

DANVILLE — The Hendricks County 4-H Fair is filled with projects completed by 4-H members across the county. Many of them got their start in Mini 4-H.

Kimberly Reid is in her fifth year of organizing Mini 4-H for Hendricks County.

“Mini 4-H is for children in grades one and two,” Reid said. “This year we have more than 282. That’s quite a bit.”

Information is sent to the schools to let students know about registration and other details. Sign ups are the same as those for the older 4-Hers.

Reid said each year the program has two meetings where they introduce the 4-H to the children.

“What we’re trying to do is get them excited about 4-H,” she said. “We play games and try to help them feel involved.”

They also have Mini 4-H Fun Day where participants make a craft and tour the fairgrounds. Then, participants are introduced to fair projects.

There are 12 projects open to Mini 4-Her: arts and crafts, ceramics, collections, farm animals, foods, garden, horse lovers, models, nature, pets, sewing, and wildlife.

“Those projects kind of replicate 4-H projects,” she said. “It’s kind of a sampling.”

She said all the projects are popular, but they do find children gravitating toward horse lovers, models, and wildlife.

She said participants are typically very excited about 4-H because many of them have siblings in the program.

“We always ask them if they have a brother or sister in 4-H,” Reid said. “They get all excited and want to tell you stories about them.”

Reid tells parents that Mini 4-H is really for the whole family.

“We tell them to work on the projects together,” she said. “It’s a fun experience that they should share.”

And everyone gets a blue ribbon in Mini 4-H.

“They see that blue ribbon and get so excited,” Reid said. “It doesn’t matter that everyone has the same ribbon on display. They’re so happy.”

This year the Mini 4-H projects are on display in the southeast corner of the auditorium in the main building at the fairgrounds. The projects will remain on display for the rest of the week.