The 2013-2014 Pennsylvania 4-H State Council has been "Catching Fire" as their year of service began at 4-H State days at Penn State University during August 6, 7, and 8. This year's 4-H State Council is comprised of twelve 4-H "sparks" whose energy was kindled at 4-H State Days. They are: Alexandra Adams from Delaware County, Amber Pound from Franklin County; Brendin Freeman from Schuylkill County; Divya Reitz from Lycoming County; Dylan Levan from Columbia County; Jesse Isenberg from Indiana County; Kaitlin Rogers from Centre County; Lydia Lion from Chester County; Megan Anderson from Bedford County; Nathan Repetz from Cumberland County; Sophie Hutchinson from Venango County; and Wyett Johnson from Perry County.
Pennsylvania placed first among 13 state teams that competed in the 34th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, July 25. Teams from Alabama and New York placed second and third, respectively.
So, summer fun, the weekend, and plans with friends on a beautiful day after a long hard week are finally here! You're traveling down the back country road on your way to your friend's house for a relaxing cook-out. What a great way to spend the cool, summer night. Your windows are down, your favorite song is playing, and you couldn't be happier; but, all of the sudden, you find yourself stuck in a parade of cars slowly creeping along at 12 m.p.h.
March 1st to March 5th the State Council was at State 4-H Capital Days. Here, we led workshops, facilitated dinner programs, presided over mock meetings, and talked to State Legislators about the importance of supporting 4-H.
The 2013 4-H Wildlife and Forestry Field Day was a wild success! The event featured both competitive and non-competitive tracks, and over 70 youth and adults participated in the event. In the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation competitive track, teens from across Pennsylvania competed in their knowledge of wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Spring is in the air and it's that time of the year when I travel with our county 4-H extension educator to talk about embryology. First of all, what is it? Did the chicken come first or did the egg? Well, if you're sitting through my demonstration, sometimes I talk about the chicken first and sometimes I talk about the egg first.
January was an intense month for your state officers as we had the honor of attending several special events. The first was the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Each of us went to several different activities and did several unique things at Farm Show.
On Thursday, March 14th through Saturday, March 16th, nine 4-H Teams took part in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) at the Petersen Event Center in Pittsburgh. The 4-H Force Team 4031 of Jefferson County received the FIRST Imagery Award and the 4-H Gears Team 3955 of Westmoreland County received the FIRST Judge's Award. Six 4-H teams were selected to the championships rounds --- Armstrong, Butler, Centre, Franklin, Jefferson and Westmoreland counties.
Well, another successful PA Farm Show can go down in the books! Hope you all had a chance to go there and experience it at least once this year. The weather was fantastic and records were set once again for attendance!