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July 17, 2006

'Getting fit' is focus of State 4-H Congress

4-H candle lighting ceremony

Youth participating in this year’s State 4-H Congress will focus on "Getting Fit with 4-H." Congress will be held July 17-21 at North Carolina State University and other Raleigh locations. The annual event will attract roughly 700 4-H club members, adult volunteers and 4-H agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

During the five-day event, delegates will participate in competition, workshops, assemblies, recreation, fellowship and service to the community.

During the State Theme Assembly Thursday, July 20, physical activity specialist Lori Schneider will lead 4-H’ers in fitness activity. This activity will take place toward the end of the assembly, which will be held at NC State’s McKimmon Center, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Other events of 4-H Congress are outlined below.

Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. - Opening Assembly, Exposition Center, State Fairgrounds
The annual 4-H Honor Club tapping ceremony takes place during the opening assembly. The top half of 1 percent of the state’s 4-H’ers are admitted to the Honor Club each year. 4-H’ers will also demonstrate their skill at sewing and modeling clothing during Fashion Revue, part of the opening assembly.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh
Delegates will participate in competition designed to demonstrate their knowledge of subjects ranging from landscaping to sewing to wildlife. State winners, many of whom go on to compete in regional or national contests, will be named in roughly 40 subject matter categories. Delegates not involved in competition will attend workshops on a variety of topics.

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hands to Service
4-H’ers will participate in Hands to Service activities, spending the morning hours working with local non-profits and human service agencies. At McKimmon Center, a group will help assemble learning materials for the Wake County Human Services’ Ready to Learn preschool program. About 250 youth will assist with painting, trail maintenance and installing pavers at various Raleigh Parks and Recreation sites. Deconstructing a house for Habitat for Humanity and stocking the shelves at a local food bank are among the other service projects. A complete list of service agencies and locations will be available at the 4-H host and hostess table in McKimmon Center or by calling Harriet Edwards, 919.515.9548.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a former 4-H’er herself, will host 4-H Town Hall meeting, 10:30 a.m.- noon, McKimmon Center, focusing on how youth can make a difference in their communities. Also, state 4-H officers will be elected during the afternoon, and a banquet and farewell dance will be held 7-11p.m. at the Expo Center, State Fairgrounds in the evening.

Delegates will leave campus Friday.

The 4-H program is conducted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 199,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 24,000 adult and youth volunteers.

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at July 17, 2006 10:21 AM