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"Exploring 4-H" for grade 2 kicks off February 24th

Eligibility in the regular 4-H program necessitates one must be in Grades 3 through 12 as of January 1 of the current year. However, second graders can get a taste of 4-H by signing up for the “Exploring 4-H” or mini 4-H program. Exploring 4-H is a program for children who are not yet old enough for 4-H. Any youth in the second grade as of January 1 of the current year is eligible.

This year to plan appropriately for health and safety guidelines, we really need to have everyone sign up ahead of time so planning can occur. There will be three meetings leading to a field day during the summer months for Exploring 4-Hers and ultimately project exhibition during the Putnam County 4-H Fair during July 22-29. With help from the Junior Leaders, the meetings include an introduction to the 4-H program, individual project instruction, recreation, and a snack. Additionally, the youth in this program typically have entered their own float in the fair parade which will likely occur again this year if the group so desires.

Project choices for Exploring 4-H youth include collections, crafts, drawing, farm animals, foods, photography and wildlife. Collections, photography and wildlife are poster projects while drawing is submitting a framed picture, foods involves entering no bake cookies, and crafts is hands-on construction creating a small standing or hanging exhibit. Information and registration forms were sent home with all second-grade school students during recent school visits.

Parents may sign up their second graders now for one of seven projects. Enrollment is simple. The cost is ten dollars and forms are available at the office or one may enroll online at and pay with a credit card there as well. The first meeting will be between 6-7 pm on Thursday, February 24th at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in the York Automotive Community Building.

Other meetings will occur on March 31st, April 27th and the field day will be on June 29th. The meetings are typically 6-7 pm, the field day is during the afternoon starting at 1 pm, and all events are at the fairgrounds. Project check-in at the fair will be July 19th anytime between 4-7 pm and the “Fun at the Fair” scavenger hunt will be at 5:30 pm on July 27th.

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Upcoming Events

Feb. 21 – Farmland for the Next Generation, virtual, 5-sessions, 6:30-8:30pm, $50, register at by Feb. 14

Feb. 15 - Farm and Family Business Succession Strategies to Stay on Track, virtual,
               3-sessions, 12:00-1:30 pm, $30, register at

Feb. 24 – Exploring 4-H (Grade 2) Program kickoff, 6 pm, York Auto Building Fairgrounds.