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Youth develop skills with community and 4-H volunteers

9-year-olds Erin Murray of Yorkville and Alexa Del Toro of Plano learn about preparing vegetables to show them at the fair, during the Foods and Horticulture Workshop with Kendall County 4-H. Following the horticulture lesson, the group prepared lunch using the vegetables, as well as the bread and pot pie crust they made during the cooking portion of the day. The workshop was led by 4-H volunteers and teens.
9-year-olds Erin Murray of Yorkville and Alexa Del Toro of Plano learn about preparing vegetables to show them at the fair, during the Foods and Horticulture Workshop with Kendall County 4-H. Following the horticulture lesson, the group prepared lunch using the vegetables, as well as the bread and pot pie crust they made during the cooking portion of the day. The workshop was led by 4-H volunteers and teens.

Dozens of local kids and teens joined Kendall County 4-H in June for a diverse line-up of summer enrichment opportunities through University of Illinois Extension.

Led by local volunteers, June workshops focused on a variety of -H project areas, including animal care, foods, horticulture, welding and visual arts.

“We appreciate all of our volunteers for sharing their valuable time and expertise through our4-H summer workshop series,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator for Kendall County. “Whether the participating youth were 4-H’ers preparing for the fair or community members trying new things and developing new skills, these fantastic volunteers helped make their summer more special.”

Volunteers included: Yorkville School District art teacher Lauren Campbell; Mark Gloudeman, assistant professor of welding at Waubonsee Community College; local artist Jeanne Dennis; Kendall County 4-H Show superintendents Amber DeLancy, rabbits, Lynn Rott, horticulture, Dave Gemmer, poultry and Anne Sears, food and nutrition; swine producer Mike Hufendick; and 4-H members Evie Martin, James Martin, Haley Morris, Sarah Roberts, Ally Rott, and Livia Way.

“There are hundreds of 4-H project areas, ranging from science and robotics to animals and livestock to arts and humanities, to name just a few,” Eisnaugle said. “While you are at the Kendall County Fair this summer, we welcome you to visit the 4-H project exhibits and animal shows to see more of the wonderful work of our 4-H youth.”

The 2015 Kendall County Fair will be July 30 to August 2. For more information on fair location, tickets and events, visit http://kendallcountyfair.org/ 

Prior to the annual county fair, 4-H also welcomes spectators for three additional shows: the 4-H Horse Gaming Contest beginning at 3 p.m. July 15 at Harris Forest Preserve, the annual 4-H Horse Show starting at 9 a.m. July 18 at HFP, and the 4-H Fashion Revue, a runway-style show of clothing projects, at 7 p.m. July 22 at Yorkville Congregational Church. All are free events.

University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their quality of life, develop skills and solve problems. 

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