Hot for 4-H
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
I will invest a little sweat equity in the 4-H program today. Today is the first day of the 2011 version of the Stafford County Fair. For the last 15 years or so, I've served as 4-H foods superintendent for the fair in Stafford. After that's done, I'll probably volunteer to help with 4-H photography judging this afternoon.
So why do I – or the multitude of other volunteers – continue to show up year after year – some of us after our 4-Hers have left the nest?
It’s a busy world we live in today. There are definitely more options for families and kids than there were when I was a child – whether that’s playing MAYB ball during the summer or other activities. But I contend that 4-H gives kids – and their families – more benefits than any of those other activities.
I hope you’ll go to the county fair nearest you. See what your local 4-Hers have been up to.
I always get a little misty eyed as I watch a pony-tailed girl talk the judge’s ear off during bucket calf judging.
The same goes for watching a little boy’s exasperated face when his pig reaches the show ring and exuberantly celebrates its freedom from the hog barn by running around the ring – instead of the more sedate pace of other barrows in the class.
These are the mental scrapbook photos all 4-H parents have. And, yes, it’s those things that keep us working in buildings that hover at 100 degrees on hot July and August days. Because we believe kids today should have the same opportunity to grow that we did – or our kids did.
So thanks to all those extension agents, fair boards and volunteers who keep the 4-H program growing into its second century of impacting the lives of Kansas youth and their families.
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Thursday 14th of July 2011 05:01:35 PM
Submitted by: Mike Long
Enjoyed your comments on radio about 4-H and fairs.
Monday 18th of July 2011 08:04:30 AM
Submitted by: Kim
Thanks for taking time to comment, Mike! Anyone with a county fair this week is going to be mighty hot, too!