Anyone interested in working with animals, like pigs, horses, cows, lambs and rabbits, or those interested in arts and crafts, shooting sports, woodworking or demonstrations should join Prairie Center 4-H Club.

Membership is open to anyone in fourth grade who is 9 -18 years old. Club meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Sunnyside Union School in Strathmore. The 4-H club leaders hold their project meetings at different times and locations.

In October, Prairie Center will work at the 49th annual 4-H Chuckwagon Breakfast, taking place Saturday Oct. 9. The breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. at the Porterville fairgrounds. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $3.50 per person. Tickets are available from any local 4-H club member. They can also be purchased for $4 at the gate.

The Chuckwagon Breakfast was started in 1955 when local businessman Howard Smith met with a group of 4-H leaders and suggested a yearly, "one-time fund-raiser" such as a pancake breakfast. The first breakfast served more than 200 people. The event was such a success that in 1986 it was moved to the Porterville fairgrounds.

On average more than 3,000 people have been served at the October breakfast. Proceeds benefit Southern Tulare County 4-H clubs. Clubs involved this year include Burton, Ducor, Pleasant View, Prairie Center, Springville, Success Valley, Urbaneers and Vandalia.

Oct. 3-9 is National 4-H week. All current Prairie Center 4-H members are encouraged to wear their 4-H uniform to school or church sometime during this week.

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