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4-H Keeps Active Despite Fridgid Winter

4-H Favorite FoodsA little snow and ice never put a damper on the 4-H spirit! Despite the artic weather, 4-Hers have been busy this winter with lots of events and competitions.

In January, 4-H members from around the region met in Rehoboth for Delaware’s first 4-H Youth Adult Partnership conference. It was a fun-filled weekend that focused on healthy living and making a difference in the community.

The weather worsened as February loomed, but 4-H didn’t slow down. Adults and kids braved the elements and brought their most heartwarming dishes to a snowy Favorite Foods competition. A few winning entrees were from Olivia Ferrier, of the Bunny Bunch in the Beginner’s Appetizer division; Tyler Melson of the Meado-Larks for his Junior Breads offering; and Meredith Burns and Sarah Apps from the Summit Bridge Club for their Cloverbuds Table Setting. For a complete listing of winners, please see the February Newsletter .

Soon after, 4-Hers showed bravery of a different kind by participating in the 2014 Public Speaking Contest. Eason Li of  the Woodworking Club won the Beginners category. Matthew Johnston took home the win for the Junior category, and Bobby Johnston won in the Senior category. Both are from the Clover Quest 4-H Club.

The Photography contest had 20 participants, all of whom took some beautiful photos for several different categories. The Delaware Diamonds secured wins in both the Beginner and Junior Division, with wins from Lindsey Kaufmann and Sidney Kaufmann, respectively. The Senior Division was won by Caitlin Aber from the Bunny Bunch.

Saturdays in February have been the stage for the 4-H Winter Workshops. Workshops have featured exciting subjects such as jewelry making, public speaking, robotics, digital photography, a Health Rocks “Train the Trainer” course… and often, a little snow.  The final two workshops, on creative pet crafts and the amazing variety of soil colors, took place under decidedly warmer conditions.

The winter this year has been unusually miserable, but not for 4-Hers! The spring holds the promise of sunny skies, warmer temperatures… and more great 4-H activities. Keep your eye on our website for upcoming events, “like” us on Facebook for updates, and get involved. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/new-castle-county-4-h-youth-development/