Big pres­ence for 4-H

Wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to the Ex­plo­ration Cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SECTION -

4-H P.E.I. will have an ex­tended pres­ence at this year’s pro­vin­cial Old Home Week ex­hi­bi­tion at the Char­lot­te­town Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds. It ends Aug.19.

They will once again be wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to the Ex­plo­ration Cen­tre, an ex­cit­ing, hands-on ac­tiv­ity area where guests of all ages can take a guided tour of com­pleted 4-H projects and get a hands-on op­por­tu­nity to “learn to do by do­ing” one of many sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties. The cen­tre will op­er­ate from noon un­til 9 p.m. each day.

One of those fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties will be the op­por­tu­nity to help com­plete the paint­ing of a one-of-a-kind ply­wood folk art Barn Quilt which will be fea­tured in the 4-H Float at this year’s Gold Cup Pa­rade be­fore be­ing do­nated to Old Home Week as a to­ken of the two or­ga­ni­za­tions’ long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“Old Home Week pro­vides us with a unique op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with vis­i­tors and to re­con­nect with 4-H mem­bers past and present,” says ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor Kelly Mul­laly.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to show off a va­ri­ety of the projects our mem­bers have com­pleted dur­ing the club year, and to help more peo­ple learn about the life­long ben­e­fits of our pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.”

This year, vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion are also likely to meet one of three an­niver­sary am­bas­sadors — 4-H se­nior mem­bers who will be trav­el­ling through­out the grounds pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the pro­vin­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions slated to take place across the prov­ince next year.

Fans of live­stock com­pe­ti­tions will want to join in the fun on 4-H Day at Old Home Week on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 16. High­lights of day will in­clude classes in horse and pony, poul­try, ca­nine, rab­bit, goat, sheep, beef and dairy.

A judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by P.E.I. Mu­tual In­surance, will fol­low in the af­ter­noon. 4-H mem­bers will demon­strate their judg­ing skills beef, dairy, poul­try, for­ages, sewing and mys­tery for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent P.E.I. in Regina and com­pete in the In­ter­na­tional Judg­ing Com­pe­ti­tion at Agri­bi­tion this Novem­ber.

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