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Extension Expo is Saturday

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Extension celebrates 100 years

By Linda Ireland

 The 32nd annual Extension Expo will be held Saturday, March 15, in the LaRue County High School gym.

The event, sponsored by the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service, offers 70 booths from commercial, service and government agencies. Several political candidates also rented booths.

Booths will be set up by 10 a.m. and close by 2 p.m.

This year’s Expo’s theme revolves around the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 – the law that led to the formation of the Cooperative Extension Service.

“We want everyone to help us celebrate our national 100th year anniversary,” said Extension agent Theresa Howard. “Our booth will feature history of the local Extension office and past leaders and staff. We may be missing some information on the earliest years of the Extension Service here in LaRue County. If anyone knows more about those years, please stop by our booth or contact our office and share your information.”

The Extension staff is collecting memories for a scrapbook – and will have a $100 drawing from the submissions. Submit your entry to the Extension office before Saturday.

The Extension booth will offer an additional $100 door prize.

Events and entertainment are family-friendly. They include a petting zoo by the LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers and 4-H Livestock Club and a tae kwon do demonstration at noon.

The LaRue County Beef Producers will provide concessions in the gym lobby and snacks are generally available at other booths.

The LaRue County Conservation District will be giving away trees. Michelle Ogden of LCCD said trees include white pines, pecans, swamp white oak, overcup oak and northern red oak.

Several 4-H Clubs, including Cooking, Rabbit, Dog, Livestock, Poultry and Shooting Sports, will provide information about joining 4-H and attending 4-H Camp. There will be a drawing for a camp scholarship valued at $170.

County fire trucks and equipment will be on display in front of the school.

The county’s recycling trailer will be onsite during Expo for collection of glass, plastic, newspaper and metal.

The LaRue County Early Childhood Council will offer free developmental screening for children from birth to age 5 in the chorus room off the lobby.

Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Wellness-on-Wheels unit will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Participants who want their blood glucose checked shouldn’t eat for two hours prior to the screening.

The LaRue County Herald News returns to Expo this year, bringing back the always popular “tub of free old photos.” Photos range from early ‘70s to 2012. There will be subscription offers for new readers, door prizes and free copies of the “100 Years of Extension” special section.  

The Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning will provide information on the county’s zoning laws. The booth also will hold a drawing for a set of Lincoln Logs.

University of Kentucky Extension Housing Associate Jerry Hash will have a home insulation display.

The event typically draws more than 500 visitors each year.

For more information about the Expo, call the Extension Service office at 270-358-3401.