Many activities planned at 4-H Conference

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By Misty Wilmoth

 With summer just around the corner, it is time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

The Conference takes place at the University of Kentucky June 9-12 and is open to all 4-Hers who have graduated eighth grade through the age of 18.

During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state.

The conference kicks off Monday with dinner and a chance to meet the 4-H members who are candidates campaigning for a State 4-H Office. Entertainment escalates into the evening with a special concert from Georgia 4-H’s “Clover & Company” performing arts troupe. This is an outstanding group of young people who showcase the talent that 4-H has to offer throughout their home state of Georgia.

Different tracks and workshops centered on topics of interest are the week’s main focus. The tracks are two-day educational classes focusing on subject matter from the Kentucky 4-H core project areas. One-session workshops emphasize fun activities, crafts and basic skill building.

Each night features a program highlighting 4-H involvement. A mainstay event at Teen Conference is the Fashion Revue. Youths who have completed a fashion project and won at their district shows work all week preparing for 4-H Fashion Revue on Wednesday night. During the revue, audience members will be treated to musical numbers from the Kentucky Performing Arts Troupe. The election of state 4-H officers also takes place on Wednesday so 4-Hers attending Teen Conference can vote for representatives for the 2015 season.

Throughout the week, 4-Hers develop leadership and citizenship skills, become acquainted with the land grant university and meet new people. The Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference is planned by the Kentucky State 4-H Teen Council, the state 4-H office and county extension agents. The cost of the conference is $175 and is due with registration papers to you county 4-H office by April 21st.

The LaRue County 4-H Council has budgeted funds to help cover up to $50 of the registration fee for up to six participants.

For more information on the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, contact LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service.