Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 21, 2010

Mini 4-H gives opportunities to smaller members

By Brenda L. Holmes
CNHI

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.

brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com

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