• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development

Woodford County 4-H Achievement Banquet Woodford County 4-H celebrated the end of the 2017-2018 program year on Nov. 13 in fashion during its annual Achievement Banquet at the Agriculture Resource building - and it was a year to remember! During the 2017-2018 4-H program year, Woodford County 4-Hers filled 161 beds at 4-H camp, sent 40 hams and showed over 20 project livestock animals at the Kentucky State Fair. This night was a perfect way to recognize all that those youth had accomplished as they begin to look forward to the 2018-2019 4-H program year.

After a meal provided by the Woodford County Cattlemen’s Association, attendees listened as the state treasurer of Kentucky 4-H, Dylan Gentry, brought greetings from the state 4-H officers. Afterwards, youth 4-H members Matt Vanzant, Cole Vanzant and Chloe Wagener spoke about their experience at the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest, and Gillian Brown spoke about her experience on the spring break 4-H environmental education trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia. Next, 4-H youth participants were recognized for their achievements in the seven 4-H core content areas, including agriculture, communication and the expressive arts, family and consumer sciences, health, leadership, natural resources and science, engineering and technology. Following that came recognition for those youth who participated in the 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Sale with either their market project animal or country ham. 4-H adult volunteers were recognized for their varied and influential role as club leaders and 4-H council members. Hope Ann Lowe was posthumously recognized as the William “Billy” Patterson Outstanding Leader of 2018 for her service to Woodford County 4-H.

In all, approximately 100 awards were given out to Woodford County 4-H youth and adult volunteers. With so many active and engaged youth and with so many opportunities available, there truly is something in 4-H for everyone. If you’d like to join 4-H and be a part of all of Woodford County 4-H’s success, call the Woodford County Extension Office at 859-873-4601.

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