Shelbyville Daily Union

March 4, 2014

Shelby County 4-Her's got fired-up


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelby County 4-H Federation held its annual Fire-Up workshop on Saturday, February 22.

Fire-up is geared towards cloverbuds, and first and second 4-H members. Federation members chose the projects and then came up with mini hands on workshops. This year’s projects were electricity, cake decorating, visuals arts – clay, horticulture and horses. There were 20 youth participating and 11 Federation members assisting.

Shelby County 4-H would like to say Thank You to Shelby Electric’s Jim Matlock and Heidi Hall for teaching the electricity portion of the workshop. This workshop was a big hit with all the kids and by learning about this project, a couple of members decided to enroll in the project. Making a simple circuit was demonstrated and the kids learned about what conductors were. 4-H’ers received a kit so they could make a simple circuit at home.

Cloverbud leaders MaryBeth Massey and Whitney Warner taught 4-Her’s about germinating seeds and then they planted a begonia seedling and learned how to care for their plant. Thank you to Shelby County Community Services Greenhouses for donating the begonia seedlings.

Federation members taught cake decorating skills and 4-H’ers decorated a cupcake. 4-H’ers also made a clay monkey for the visual arts project. Basic horse grooming and types of saddles were explained.

Thanks to everyone who helped and attended this workshop. It was a fun filled morning.

4-H registration is open to youth through April 3.

For more information about Shelby County 4-H activities, one may contact Yolanda Nation at 217-774-9546 or email at nation2@illinois.edu. The Extension office is located at 1125 W N 2nd St. in Shelbyville.