ANTHON – Young and excited voices were everywhere on Oct. 3 as community youngsters gathered for the first-ever 4-H Fun Day held at the Anthon Community Center.
While a number of special programs and project demonstrations captured the interest of attendees inside the center, even more excited voices filtered in from outside the building as attendees discovered the selection of animals provided by the Meyer Petting Zoo, of Holstein.
Ella Curtin, of Anthon, enjoying the zoo animals, talked about her eagerness to take part in 4-H’s competitive livestock events.
She also wants to learn photography and how to take “good and cool pictures.”
Inside the center, 4-H member Teresa Johnson showed young members and those individuals about to join 4-H the proper method of tagging cattle.
“I think it’s fun to take part in all of this today and to teach others how to do things – as an example at this exhibit, how to properly tag cattle – so as to know the right way if showing livestock,” she said.
Volunteer Cassandra Vogt, who is the Anthon’s club organizational leader, assisted in the planning the Fun Day activities.
“I see the activities as a means of promoting 4-H and, at the same time, getting the community involved,” Vogt said. “It’s yet another way to make them aware of 4-H as we observe 4-H week and of all 4-H has to offer young people as they learn new crafts and skills.”
Fellow organization leader Andrea Mitchell agreed.
“Taking advantage of a local no-school day, we wanted to provide safe and fun activities for the children within the community, and at the same time expose children of all ages to the fact that 4-H has a place for everyone,” she said.
“Future members, whatever their interests – cooking, animals, photography, crafts, hunting or whatever – can find their place within our 4-H programs,” Mitchell added. “This opportunity also allows our current 4-H members to practice their speaking skills, leadership and teaching skills, while working on projects such as this.”
According to Vogt, many contributed to the success of Fun Day.
“We’re grateful to our club parents,” Vogt said, “and all who made this day.”
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