4-Fun, 4-Knowledge: 4-H

By Melanie Yingst

March 15, 2014

Melanie Yingst

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County is the birthplace of A.B. Graham, the father of the national 4-H youth program and the deadline to sign is swiftly approaching.

Each 4-H member can select from a wide range of projects from livestock to leadership to rabbits and rockets. There are more than 200 projects to chose from and exhibit at the Miami County Fair as well as other opportunities to showcase their hard work in regional contests.

“There’s something for everybody,” said Demetria Woods, Miami County Extension Educator and 4-H Youth Development. “Each of our 4-H clubs has something wonderful to offer.”

Deadline to enroll is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28.

In Ohio, eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child is age 5 and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbuds). Membership to the 4-H club program begins when a child is at least age 8 and enrolled in third grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19.

Woods said enrollment was up in 2013 and the opportunity to learn a new skill or more in-depth about photography or livestock is open to any one that is interested.

“What’s great about 4-H is that anybody can do it,” Woods said. “It’s a fun way to learn and there is a club for everybody.”

In 2013, Miami County had 45 4-H clubs with 802 members and 194 adult volunteers.

“If anyone has questions, we’d be happy to direct them to a club or share with them the 200 different projects that are available. Many 4-H members go on to careers based on their projects they have participated in so we encourage those who want to know more to contact us.”

Each Miami County township has a variety of 4-H clubs to choose from. A detailed brochure can be found online or at the Miami County OSU Extension Office with adviser contact information.

For example, Concord Township has a new club with a focus on leadership. The United 4-H Teens focuses on civic service opportunities.

In Elizabeth Township, the Indian Creek 4-H Club offers the following projects: Archery, rifle, pistol, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, food/nutrition, scrap-booking, rockets, electricity, cake decorating, and photography. The archery, rifle, and pistol projects are taught by 4-H volunteers who have been certified as 4-H Shooting Sports instructors.

For more information about signing up for Miami County 4-H, contact the Miami County OSU Extension Office. The office is located on the lower level of the Miami County Courthouse on 201 W. Main St., Troy. For more information call (937) 440-3945 or visit, or “Like” them on Facebook.

Melanie Yingst can be reached at (937) 440-5254 or follow her on Facebook @Troydailynews

For a detailed history about the 100th anniversary of the county extention program, see today’s Valley section.