Celebrating 4-H Week and other Events and Fundraisers

The onset of the school year brings on registration into 4-H. Club fundraising begins to help with 4-H events and happenings throughout the year. October also brings National 4-H Week. This year’s theme is “Inspired Kids to Do.”

Some Tulare County events 4-H kids will be participating in, and fundraisers anyone can help with, include:

• Oct. 3-14 – Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive. When you shop at your local Tractor Supply in Dinuba, Porterville or Tulare, spend just a little more in support of Tulare County 4-H. For more information, visit www.4h.ucanr.edu/files/259696.pdf or stop in your local Tractor Supply store.

• Oct. 3 – early November – Tulare County Hi 4-H Holiday Fundraiser. Order fresh evergreen wreaths, door swags, centerpiece, and tabletop trees from any Hi 4-H member, the Tulare County 4-H office, or directly from Mickman Brothers using the fundraising code HI 4HTUCA001 and the club will receive $8 from every purchase. Visit www.mickmanholidaygifts.com. Gifts can be delivered to you, or a gift recipient.

• Wednesdays, October – November, 4-H students will participate in the Youth Experience Science (YES) Program where “4-H Teens as Teachers” partner with Imagine U Children’s Museum in Visalia.

• Oct. 7-13 – Is National 4-H Week. Kids around the county will be celebrating in various ways among each of the 16 clubs within Tulare County.

• Oct. 9 – 4-H Spirit Day. All 4-H members should wear their 4-H shirt or green in general in support of 4-H.

• Oct. 13 from 6-10 a.m. – The 63rd Annual Chuck Wagon Breakfast will be held at the Porterville Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Town & Country Market. As a major fundraiser for the year, the breakfast generally serves more than 3,000 hungry people. Presale tickets are $5; tickets the morning of, are $6.

• Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. – Tulare County 4-H Recognition BBQ at Porterville Fairgrounds. This year, members will be recognized for their achievements from the 2017-18 school year. Visit www.ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=25642 to rsvp, or call (559) 684-3300, or email to [email protected]

• Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Kickoff Livestock Meeting organized by Willow Welhof as her Emerald Star Project and sponsored by Associated Feed and Evans Feed. Held at the Porterville Fairgrounds, 4-H members are invited to attend and learn nutritional tips and more to get their animal projects off the ground, or further their projects. Pizza and drinks provided.

• Nov. 3; 9 a.m. check-in – Livestock Judging Day at College of the Sequoias, Tulare College Center. Entries due in by Monday, Oct. 22.

There are roughly 850 Tulare County youth involved in 4-H and 200 adults. 4-H members range in age from 9-19. However, five-year-olds through those eight years of age may register as Cloverbuds. They can become involved in various projects except for large animals.

Registering is easy! Visit the Tulare County 4-H page at https://ucanr.edu/sites/4-H_Tulare/. Kids do have to choose a minimum of one club to sign up. They should contact the club leader to let her/him know the interest in joining their club. Attend the first meeting and choose a project from the variety they have to offer. Projects may include livestock, healthy living, leadership, citizenship, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and more!

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