4-H Promotion Day will take place from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, at the Mississippi State University Extension Service, located at 2200 Levee Road, in Corinth, (behind the Crossroads Arena).
4-H Agent Tammy Parker said that some of the 4-H Clubs will have displays with fun hands-on activities at each table and 4-H volunteer leaders will be there to answer questions.
The agent said there are 12 clubs in Alcorn County for everything from livestock, cooking, shooting sports to a modeling squad. There will be information on how kids can enroll and be part of all 4-H has to offer.
“They can enroll Saturday. It’s free and all they have to do is complete a one-page information sheet. Once they’re enrolled they can get the monthly newsletter and know all about our activities,” said Parker.
Besides informational displays and activities, there will be inflatables, hotdogs, popcorn and drinks. There will also be games where players can earn prize tickets they can cash in for prizes.
The 4-H Club is a United Way Agency and funded by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, The club’s slogan is “learn by doing” due to the club’s focus on hands-on learning.
The club is the nation’s largest youth development program and Parker pointed out that it provides young people with life skills. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
The club is open to children from age 5 to 18. Parker said getting children involved as early as possible is the best. Ages 5 to 7 are non-competitive.
“From ages 5 to 7, they get to participate in the same things, but they are not recognized with awards the way the older ages are. It helps them prepare for age 8 when they can compete in some of the areas they are interested in,” said Parker.
The agent said the local 4-H does the Promotion Day yearly so that children and families can have a fun and comfortable atmosphere to come and get more information about 4-H.