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4-H Congress Brings Young People to N.C. State

July 16, 2007

Media Contact: Dr. Marshall Stewart, head, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, North Carolina State University, 919.515.1682 or 919.704.9398, or visit the 4-H host and hostess table at the entrance to Jane S. McKimmon Center during congress week

Youth participating in this year's State 4-H Congress will focus on "Cloverology: A Scientific Solution." Congress, the highlight of the year for North Carolina 4-H'ers, is July 16-20 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.

NC Spin, a public affairs television show, will partner with 4-H NC this week, hosting a show focusing on teen issues. Four 4-H'ers will be selected to serve as panelists on the show. There will be a mock show on Tuesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on N.C. State's campus.

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. – Presentation competitions, Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh
Delegates will participate in competitions 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 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, including Raleigh Parks and Recreation, Safechild, UNC-TV, the N.C. National Guard and the Food Bank of N.C. 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.

State 4-H officers will be elected during the afternoon, and a banquet and farewell dance will be held 7-11 p.m. at the Expo Center, State Fairgrounds in the evening.

Delegates will leave campus Friday.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based 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.

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Natalie Hampton, 919.513.3127 or

Posted by Dave at July 16, 2007 08:49 AM