Emmet County 4-H: Did you know?


Emmet County 4-H is a major project of the Emmet County Extension. Sidney Riemenschneider, youth coordinator, is inviting youth to join a club now, as 4-H week has passed. Kids in grades 4-12 are invited to join 4-H, a great place to make new friends with kids from the local area who share your interests. Speaking of interests, 4-H youth can join with youth from all eight clubs in Cookin' Club, Livestock Judging, Shooting Sports, Dog Obedience, and for the younger children, Clover Kids for kindergarten through third graders. Did you know Emmet County served 75 youth in Clover Kids during the 2019-2020 4-H year?

The eight Emmet County clubs are: Center Champions, Ellsworth Go-Getters, Horsin' Around, Lincoln Handy Helpers and 12-Mile Lakers, all in Estherville, High Lakers in Graettinger and Wallingford, and Iowa Lake 4-Hers and Jack Creek Feeders in Armstrong. Did you know 189 4-H youth were enrolled for the 2019-2020 year? This year, Emmet County 4-H wants to make it to 200.

The Emmet County Fair is in large part an opportunity for youth to show the animals they have raised and cared for and, in non-pandemic years, for the public to see all of their hard work. 2020 was a different year for showing animals as no spectators were allowed at the fairgrounds. Did you know 274 animals were brought to the fair in July, 2020?

It isn't just about animals, plants or even food. In addition to food science, there is healthy living, fashion, shooting sports, photography and other art – each prior year, and we hope for each coming here, we enjoy going in to the static exhibits to see the fruition of our local youth's imaginations and skills.

Emmet County 4-H is having an awards program November 8 at Grandview Baptist Church, but due to social distancing, each club is having its own ceremony, staggered throughout the afternoon. The dog obedience group begins Nov. 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The beginner cooking club will have virtual classes beginning tomorrow, Oct. 11 via Webex.

The shooting sports club will begin Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Communication will be via the Remind app for future dates.

Livestock judging will have a meeting Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m at First Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m.

There are also volunteer opportunities for graduates and adults:

Livestock judging coach helper and advanced cooking club project leader; passing a background check and going through volunteer training are necessary for these positions. The Emmet County foundation is looking for two adult male members and two high school age members to join the foundation for quarterly meetings. The 4-H youth committee is also in search of two adult members and two youth members to fill vacancies. The Emmet County Fair Board is also seeking two youth members.

4-H, in addition to all the great opportunities listed here, offers scholarships for youth involved in the ag industry.

Why is it called 4-H, and what do the H's stand for?

The four H's are: head, heart, hands and health: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world,” is the 4-H pledge.

With thanks to Emmet County 4-H for the trivia questions and information about its great organization, we salute 4-H during 4-H week and all year.

For more information on all of these opportunities, contact Sidney Riemenschneider at the Emmet County Extension.

The photo depicts the Ellsworth Go-Getters getting our window at the Estherville News ready for 4-H week. Thanks, Go-Getters for getting us good.


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