With only a matter of weeks until the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, many local families are focused on prepping pigs for shows and putting the finishing touches on posters and notebooks for exhibit. But the annual fun fair, welcoming crowds in the hundreds of thousands, is only a small component of the year-round program designed to educate youth about the role they play in their club, community, country and world, 4-H leaders say.
Enrollment in Elkhart County’s 4-H program this year totals 3,786 — down slightly from last year’s 4,402, but steady compared to the past five years, according to county extension officials.
The enrollment window for Elkhart County’s 4-H program begins Oct. 1 and continues through Jan. 15.
Enrollment forms are available at the extension office or online at in.4honline.com.
There is a $15 per child state program fee, with a maximum charge of $45 per family. There is no cost to participate in Mini 4-H.
While word-of-mouth continues to be the most common way students find their way into the 4-H family, extension educators in recent years have become more intentional about recruiting new members.
“We’re definitely focusing on that northwest part of the county, which is where the fewest 4-Hers percentage-wise come from in this county,” 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Sthele Greybar said.
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