Carroll County members stay busy during 4-H Month

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Georgia Belle Patterson has been a 4-H member for 14 years and says the program has allowed her to participate and compete in events all the way up to the national level.
Haley Schichtl / Carroll County News

By Haley Schichtl

October is a busy month for 4-H members in the county, with national 4-H month activities, the state fair, and Trick or Treat for Canned Goods this Saturday, Oct. 26.

Some of the activities that 4-H clubs participated in throughout October included Media Day on Oct. 7, Make a 4-H Video Day on Oct. 9 and Donor & Supporter Recognition Day on Oct. 10.

Farewell 4-H leader Britni Rexwinkle said Trick or Treat for Canned Goods was started by Farewell 4-H but they are trying to include other 4-H clubs around the county this year.

“4-H members will be in Green Forest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harps and going house to house. All Green Forest donations will go to the Beth El Food Pantry and the Blessing Boxes,” Rexwinkle said in an email. “In Berryville beginning at 9 a.m. members will be at Wal-Mart and Harter House collecting. In Berryville as well members will be collecting house to house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All Berryville donations will go to Loaves and Fishes.”

Rexwinkle said Grandview 4-H, North Polo 4-H and the Team Leadership group have also joined the event.

“This is an event they used to host, and a lot of our kids were too small for it, and the team leaders helped, and the last couple years they haven’t had it because there wasn’t a large amount of participation,” Rexwinkle said. “This year we have chosen to try to bring that back and reach out to all of the Carroll County 4-H so it’s more spread out. Because it used to just be held in Berryville, so the thought is to try to cover the whole county.”

Rexwinkle said her group has done other things to celebrate 4-H month, like making videos and social media posts and writing about themselves and why they like 4-H.

“We kicked it off collecting for the Green Forest Blessing Boxes on our October 1 meeting, and we’ll continue to collect every week,” Rexwinkle said.

Some 4-H members also attended the Carroll County Quorum Court’s October meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 and spoke about the work they are doing in 4-H.

Colt Wyatt told the court about his state community service project, “Pop a Top Campaign,” which collected pop tabs to raise money and donated proceeds, a total of $210.06, to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Georgia Patterson, a member of Grandview 4-H and Leadership Club, announced that she has received a $1,500 scholarship for the 14 years she has been a member of Carroll County 4-H.

“4-H has given me the opportunity to participate and compete in events on district, local, county, state and even national levels,” Patterson said. “In 2016, I was on the state FCS team and we got the opportunity to go to Denver, Colo., and compete there and we placed fifth in the nation.”

Patterson was also also selected as a delegate to represent Arkansas at the national 4-H conference last fall.

Carroll County 4-H clubs will have a banquet at the Carroll County Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. To RSVP, call the Carroll County Extension Office at 870-423-2958.

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