Clover Seeds cel­e­brate 4th year at county fair

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Clover Seeds 4-H Club, “plant­ing knowl­edge one seed at a time,” is one of the largest clubs in Queen Anne’s County. Leader Lori O’Con­nell said the club cur­rently has 63 kids on its ros­ter. They take mem­bers as soon as they can walk and talk, up to age 18, she said.

At the 75th an­niver­sary of the 4-H Fair, the Clover Seeds club has its largest ex­hibit yet. All un­der one tent this year, vis­i­tors will find lots of free ac­tiv­i­ties. Wool lambs, mar­ket lambs, a dairy and meat goat, two calves and fluffy chick­ens are in pens around the tent for kids and adults alike to in­ter­act with. The chicks are sep­a­rated into egg lay­ers, “egg McMuffins,” and meat chick­ens, the “chicken nuggets,” O’Con­nell said.

There are sev­eral sta­tions set up for chil­dren to make a story book, play ag games, con­duct a soil dig — com­plete with ‘bugs’ to dig up — and “milk” Bessie the wooden cow. The goal is to pro­vide aware­ness and agri­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion to those vis­it­ing the fair or who might be in­ter­ested in join­ing the club.

The Clover Seeds meet at the 4-H park the first Mon­day of each month at 6 p.m.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Hal­ley Wil­liams, age 8, prac­tices her ve­teri­nary skills at the Clover Seeds tent.

The corn ta­ble is al­ways a fa­vorite of the lit­tle ones.

Check­ing out the “egg McMuffins” and “chicken nuggets”.

From left, Isaac, Ad­die and Wil­liam Mey­ers hold baby chicks at the Clover Seeds tent dur­ing the Queen Anne’s County Fair.

Jaylnn and Jaycee Kin­na­mon con­duct a soil ex­per­i­ment.

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