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4-Hers showcase their talents

CHAMPION — Local youths saw a wide variety of 4-H clubs and groups available — from raising horses, rabbits or chickens, to being part of sewing or cooking clubs — during the fifth annual 4-H Family Night at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

Ashlee Dietz, 4-H director at The Ohio State University Extension Office in Cortland, said there are more than 30 clubs across Trumbull County that focus on everything from shooting to science and technology to raising small and large animals.

“This lets the 4-Hers showcase to the public what they do. People can see all the clubs in one setting and ask questions and learn about 4-H,” she said.

Dietz said new 4-H clubs include a beekeeping group and a new goat club, which focuses in raising smaller animals.

“They can bring projects they have been working on throughout the year,” Dietz said.

Each table had information on what accomplishments and awards each 4-H group has earned

“I feel 4-H really instills core values in each participant which they can carry into their adult lives,” she said.

About 300 people were expected at the event that allowed each club and group to promote what they do. Dietz said the event was for anyone interested in 4-H. Club members and advisers showcased what they do with hands-on activities and information.

The Trumbull County Touch of Class 4-H club is primarily an equine group. The club helps in the community by donating to local churches, Toys for Tots and other organizations. They participate in fundraisers that go to horse shows.

Erica Lovesee, 18, of Kinsman and with Touch of Class, said many kids stopped by their display. “They want to know what we do and what events we are part of,” she said.

Ashlyn Hogue, 13, of Masury, with Touch of Class, said she has always been around horses and wanted to be part of a group that works with them.

Sydney Collins, 11, of Bazetta, said she wanted to raise chickens and considers them very intelligent.

“Being in 4-H lets you learn a lot of responsibility in taking care of an animal. People ask me what it is like to raise chickens and if a need a fence around my yard,” she said.

Addie Kistler, 11, of Bristol, is a Trumbull County Hare Raiser, and said people want to know what is the most challenging part of raising a rabbit.

Club members are often asked questions on how much their rabbit eats and how they take care of them.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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