BHC 4-H program events planned

October is an exciting time of year for many reasons: leaves are turning, harvest is wrapping up and it is the start of a new 4-H year.

The Big Horn County 4-H program has met numerous milestones in the 2011, 4-H Educator Gretchen Gasvoda-Kelso said.

“We have 237 active members and 51 generous dedicated leaders,” she said. “As I have read the members’ records books, it warms my heart to read about their accomplishments and the difference that 4-H has made in their lives.”

“4-H ~ making a difference” is the theme for National 4-H Week in Big Horn County. The opportunities 4-H offers to youth and leaders are endless, Gasvoda-Kelso said. Clubs have invested time and energy to showcase their talents. She encourages people to enjoy club displays in various locations: Sugar Shack, Probst, Manderson Elementary School, Burlington School, Lovell Elementary and Rocky Mountain Middle/High School to name a few.

Achievement Night will be Friday, Nov. 18, during which Big Horn County 4-H will celebrate the accomplishments of the members and leaders. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Burlington Fire Hall. The program will include award presentations, member presentations, a slide show, dinner and a dance. The annual 4-H Turkey Shoot will be Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Basin/Greybull Gun Range. 4-H will host a hamburger lunch for $6 starting at 11:30 a.m. and begin the shooting competition at 12:30. Each discipline is $5 with a $4 additional charge for shotgun. Classes included are Juniors, Intermediates, Seniors, Men and Women. The public is encouraged to come participate with the 4-H families.

Big Horn County second and third graders will have an opportunity to experience what 4-H has to offer this Friday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds. Gasvoda-Kelso has organized a 4-H Fun Day to open minds about what 4-H has to offer. Christine Bullinger and Linda Schwope will be helping with dog agility, Ruth Richards will be guiding a four-leaf clover scavenger hunt with GPS units, Cheri Edeler will be teaching pop can casting, Chelle Schwope and Cammy Griffin will be sharing egg grading and 21 days till a Miracle Hatches, and Shauna Migneault will be helping launch rockets.

Those interested in joining 4-H or volunteering for activities may contact Gasvoda-Kelso at the Extension office, 765-2868.