Learn more about 4-H at Sunday’s open house

Gardening Judge Jim Barbour talks to 4-H’er Jeremiah Witek about his jalapeño peppers during the 2012 Hamilton County 4-H Fair. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Gardening Judge Jim Barbour talks to 4-H’er Jeremiah Witek about his jalapeño peppers during the 2012 Hamilton County 4-H Fair. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Those interested in learning more about the Hamilton County 4-H program are invited to attend a callout from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Exhibition Center at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. The event provides a “taste of 4-H” with sample projects and information about the program.“4-H Call-out is an opportunity for prospective members to see 4-H projects and talk to current 4-H members and club leaders,” Purdue Extension Youth Educator Kathleen Bohde said. “There are over 60 projects to choice from in 4-H and sometimes it is overwhelming to understand what to select. The 4-H Call-out is a time to see 4-H projects and ask questions to current 4-H members and volunteers.”

Bohde described the event as an open house, saying those interested in attending can come and go as they please – spending as much or little time as they’d like.

“There will be tables of projects with 4-H members on hand to discuss what they have done in 4-H and displays providing more information about 4-H. The event gives a chance for new members to really see what being a 4-H member involves and allows parents to ask questions,” she said.

March 1 is the last day for Hamilton County youth in grades 3 through 12 to enroll in the 4-H Program for 2013. 4-H is an informal educational program where youth “Learn by Doing.” Youth can learn life skills such as cooperation, leadership, decision-making, responsibility and citizenship through hands-on projects in more than 60 different subject areas. 4-H is family oriented and promotes family togetherness.

For more information and an enrollment card, stop by Purdue Extension Hamilton County, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, or call 776-0854. Information and online enrollment is also available online at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/hamilton.

Interested in serving as a 4-H judge for the county fair or a 4-H volunteer? The 2013 4-H Bi-State Judges and Leaders Clinic will be Feb. 16 at Knoy Center, 205 E. Market St., Cloverdale. Sessions will be held throughout the day beginning at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch and a conference packet. Forms and activity description may be found at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/putnam.