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Extension Expo is today

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Activities begin at 10 a.m. in LCHS gym

By Linda Ireland

The LaRue County Extension Expo, now in its 27th year, will be held Saturday at the high school gym. About 70 commercial and service booths will offer an array of information and giveaways 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event, which drew about 500 visitors last year, features health information and screenings, educational services, free trees and mouth-watering pork burgers.

“We’ll have a variety of booths and activities going on at Expo this year for the whole family,” said Extension agent Theresa Howard, who is organizing the event.

There is even free entertainment with the Lincoln Cloggers performing on stage at 11 a.m. And the LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers will have an outside livestock display if weather permits.

Health services

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.

Other health-related booths include the Kentucky Cancer Program, LaRue County Health Department and Passport Health Plan.

County services

Thinking about building a new home? Stop by the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning booth to find out what permits you will need.

Get home energy saving ideas from the University of Kentucky Extension Housing Associate.

Other county booths include Buffalo Fire and Rescue, county attorney, circuit clerk and library.

Have a question about recycling or the county clean-up days March 27-28? Talk to representatives of Renaissance Recycling.

Did you lose a lot of trees in the ice storm? This is a good opportunity to replace them – free. The LaRue County Soil Conservation District and Wild Turkey Federation will have several varieties of trees including flowering dogwood, hazelnut, short leaf pine, chestnut oak and pecan, at no cost.

Homeowners concerned about ice damage to trees on their properties can consult with booths sponsored by the Kentucky Division of Forestry or Lincoln Trail Master Gardeners.

Education

The LaRue County Early Childhood Council will offer free developmental screening for children from birth to age 5.

If you’re thinking about getting your GED, visit the Community Education booth.

Volunteerism

Interested in volunteering? Stop by the Relay for Life, Girl Scout, Sunrise Volunteers or American Red Cross booths.

If you’d rather work with animals, visit the Taylor County Animal Shelter booth. The shelter houses LaRue County strays and is always looking for volunteers.

4-H

4-H is celebrating its 100th year in Kentucky this year. Several 4-H clubs including shooting sports and cooking will have booths. Plus, there will be a drawing for a free trip to 4-H Camp – a $140 value.

For more information about the Expo or to reserve a booth for your organization, call the LaRue County Extension Office at 358-3401.