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Commissioners get 4-H update

Live auctions and the skillathon will still be held this year for 4-H members, the Washington County Commission learned during Thursday’s meeting.

Kathryn Hartline, OSU extension program director, and Bruce Zimmer, extension educator, met with the commissioners to give an update on what 4-H members have been doing the last few months.

The youth enrollment numbers remain at about 600, with 600 livestock projects and 377 still projects and shooting sports projects.

Zimmer said tag-ins were comparable to last year and there will be live auctions at the fairs. Local fair boards have decided to move forward with the Waterford, Barlow and Washington County fairs this summer.

Commissioner David White said they met with the fair board a week or so ago.

“They obviously decided to go ahead with the fair this year, which is great news,” he said. “It’s kind of late to start a project for anyone who was probably figuring there wasn’t going to be a fair.”

With many other summer festivals canceled this year, it wasn’t a sure thing the local fairs would be held.

“We were right there in March and April and people had to make those decisions,” Zimmer said.

White replied it wouldn’t have been an easy decision to make.

“Not knowing what’s coming, whether you can put the time and effort into it,” he said. “I’m pleased they’re going ahead with it. It’s good for the community, if nothing more.”

Other 4-H updates included:

• The Livestock Quality Assurance was held online through Zoom. Zimmer said 85 percent of the members attended online. A face-to-face QA is scheduled for July 20 at the Junior Fair Building.

• The skillathon will be held in person at the end of July. Everything will be digital using Chromebooks, although there will still be a live interview.

• There will be no camp at Camp Hervida, although there may be a virtual camp.

• Some 4-H members received recognition. Kesselyn Bigley was the Beef Award winner and Melina Matics was the Communications Award winner. They will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to the 4-H National Congress. Julia Hartline was awarded a trip to the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis., although it was canceled due to the pandemic.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• OSU Extension met to update the Washington County Commissioners.

• Youth enrollment numbers for 4-H remain at about 600.

• 4-H Skillathon will be in-person with live interviews.

• There will be live auctions at the fairs.

Source: OSU Extension.

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