Come get to know the rabbits, cows, chickens, horses and other animals raised by the local club members this past year. They will demonstrate their expertise during public presentations, a tractor skills contest, a veterinary science demo, a dog obedience demo and lots more. Visitors of all ages can learn about alternative energy and natural water resources, participate in a photo contest and a baking contest, make a scarecrow with your friends and play some fun games.
The 4-H Snack Bar, Milkshake Booth and Bake Sale will be open for business with delicious treats. All proceeds benefit youth programs in Ulster County, so come hungry!
Administered by the US Department of Agriculture through the Cooperative Extension Service, approximately 90,000 4-H clubs in the United States conduct informal educational programs for boys and girls between ages 5 and 19. The mission of 4-H is to engage young people to reach their fullest potential – a goal attained by supporting them to develop knowledge and skills in a wide array of endeavors.
Some of the local clubs focus on animal husbandry, from typical farm animals to “bowl-and-pocket pets” like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, rats, snakes, turtles, lizards, birds or fish! Others focus on equine care, or hiking and nature study, or dog obedience, or shooting skills, not to forget traditional homemaking skills like sewing, cooking and gardening – all the while gaining the capacity to become self-directing, responsible, productive citizens and contributing members of society. And did I mention having fun?
Bring the whole family to the Ulster County Fairgrounds located at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz for the Fall Festival, have a day out in the country and learn more about 4-H! The event is free of charge. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (845) 340-3990 or visit: www.cceulster.org.