Osceola County 4-H Fall Round-up draws in families interested in joining program
LINCOLN TWP. — The different opportunities and activities provided by 4-H in Osceola County were on display Sunday, giving families the chance to ask questions and learn more about joining the program.
Leaders, 4-H youth and even some animals were at the annual 4-H Fall Round-up at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Tables were set up with handouts and information, along with games and refreshments.
Jacob Steig, Osceola County 4-H coordinator, helped direct prospective 4-H members to the clubs that would likely be the best fit, while also providing additional information.
“The goal is to have the community come out and find out what 4-H is here and what we offer, from arts and crafts to animal science,” Steig said. “We want new families involved in this great program, which has so many benefits I can’t even list them all.”
Osceola County 4-H has hundreds of youth participants in 25 different clubs throughout the area.
Troy Todd and Gabe Mosher, members of the Dairy Lads and Lassies club, brought goats and sheep to the round-up, allowing other children to interact with the animals.
“It’s important we get new people involved,” Mosher said. “For me, 4-H has been a great experience and taught me to work with animals and be comfortable with larger animals. Now I’m not so timid and I’m more comfortable with bigger animals.”
Todd, who shows a variety of animals, said its important to keep the agricultural community in the area strong.
“People need to know where their food comes from and that it doesn’t just come from the grocery store,” he said. “Someone is raising these animals. We want youth to learn about the farm economy and get involved with 4-H.”
Participation in 4-H is open to any youth between the ages of 6 and 19. There are no residency restrictions.
“This showcase is a great opportunity for us,” Steig said. “We always want new people and new ideas because that’s what keeps us rolling.”
Anyone with questions about joining 4-H in Osceola County can contact Steig at (231) 832-6139.