4-H to honor vets, hold Fall Carnival
Saline County 4-H will honor veterans and hold a Fall Carnival on Saturday.
The morning will start off with the veteran event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ralph Bunche Community Center. First, 4-H members will go to the cemetery behind the center and replace any flags on soldiers’ graves.
Afterward, there will be a ceremony to honor veterans with Quilts of Valor being presented by the members. Then there will be a reception.
County Extension Agent-4-h
Stephany Rogers said this is the fifth year the group has held an event recognizing area veterans.
From noon to 2 p.m., the carnival will take place at the center. There is no cost to take part.
“It is to raise awareness for 4-H in Saline County,” Rogers said.
She hopes to get more children ages 5 to 19 interested in 4-H, especially in the Ralph Bunche area.
The Ralph Bunche club, the Shining Stars, meets at Ralph Bunche Community Center at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month.
Rogers said any 4-H Club in the county is free to join Saturday. There may be costs to participate in some optional activities, however.
Rogers said in Saline County there are several clubs from a science club to gardening clubs, leadership clubs and some clubs that work with livestock.
During the carnival, 4-H will provide hot dogs, nachos, drinks and other snacks. Rural Community Youth Alliance will offer a hot cocoa station.
Different booths will offer carnival-style games.
Rogers said 4-H focuses on three areas, STEM, healthy living and citizenship and leadership. There will be booths focused on each.
Rogers said the event will be a chance for children to get out, play and learn more about
“It is a great program,” she said, adding 4-H has been treated as a “best kept secret” but they want to get it out for everyone to know about.
Rogers said as participants get older they get many opportunities, such as trips.
The clubs have Club Leaders, who have background checks, to guide the clubs. How much the adults lead depends on how old the members are and long the club has been established, Rogers said. The organization likes for members to take the lead as much as they can, especially in the clubs focused on leadership.
Rogers encourages anyone who might be interested, who wants to learn more or just wants to have fun to attend the carnival.
“It will be a fun day,” she said.