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Kiwanians hear from local 4-H members


Pictured above are the local 4-H members who visited the Carmi Kiwanis Club on Thursday, July 5. Left to right, first row, are Luke Rahlfs, Addyson Rahlfs, Annsley Healy and Jax Jordan; second row Grace McCarty, Eli Bryant, Olivia Bohleber and Amy McCarty, extension program coordinator for White County 4-H.

Seven local 4-Hers joined White County Extension Program Coordinator Amy McCarty to display some of their projects for the Carmi Kiwanis Club during the club’s weekly meeting on Thursday, July 5.

Luke and Addyson Rahlfs of the Cloverbuds, Annsley Healy from the Enfield Blue Ribbon Club, Jax Jordan of the Crossville Prize Winners, Grace McCarty of the Grayville Go-Getters, and Eli Bryant and Olivia Bohleber from the Mad Hatters were on hand to talk about their projects, many of which are on display at the 2018 White County 4-H show, which runs from Friday, July 6 through Wednesday, July 11.

“Ninety-seven years ago, in 1921, 4-H came into existence in White County with projects such as cooking, sewing and livestock,” said A. McCarty. “I am proud to say today those projects are still relevant to our county program, but we are also reaching beyond the traditional, as well.

“…Whether it is cleaning out flowerbeds at the local nursing home, placing flags at veterans’ graves in honor of our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, preparing a sweet treat for seniors around Valentine’s Day or writing cards and letters to soldiers overseas, our members are making a positive impact in our communities.”

This year’s 4-H show features over 1,000 exhibits – ranging from cooking to livestock — from 135 members. All exhibits are judged in conference style judging, a method that is becoming foreign to some 4-H programs, according to McCarty. Members display their projects, are interviewed by a judge and receive a rating based on the overall quality of the project and interview. The ultimate goal for every 4-H member is to be selected a “Best of Show” winner, state fair delegate or grand champion.

McCarty noted that the 4-H show will conclude on Wednesday, July 11 with the annual Blue Ribbon Auction. A reception will be held at 6 that evening, with the auction to start