University of Wyoming Extension News

Park County celebrates National 4-H Week

Building robots that could help the environment and 4-H spirit awards are some of the activities planned for National 4-H Week in Park County.

National 4-H Week is Sunday-Saturday, Oct. 7-13, and celebrates 4-H’s efforts to develop youth nationwide through hands-on educational programs.

“Park County has 150 adult volunteers who encourage 400 youth members to take thelead on their projects, achieve goals and learn responsibility,” said Kelsey Roop, 4-H youth educator in Park County. “There are more than 60 project areas in Wyoming ranging from cats, sheep, and rabbits to robotics, leather-craft and rocketry.”

The EcoBot Challenge is after school Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Meeteetse School and the Powell fairgrounds.

“The EcoBot Challenge is a science experiment in which youth will get a hands-onopportunity to solve a problem in our world using and building a robot,” said Roop. “It is great for all ages and will get some real excitement going with robots.”

4-H spirit award winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 12, on the Park County 4-H Facebook page and on KZMQ-FM 100.3 and 101.1 in Cody and KTAG-FM 97.9 in the Big Horn Basin.

“Our spirit awards are recognizing the most outgoing 4-H member, the best 4-H spirit, most enthusiastic member and top 4-H helper,” said Roop. “These are voted on by fellow 4-H’ers, and it is a fun way to recognize some great people in our program.”

Radio announcements will be made throughout the week from 4-H members about the activities and to recognize all of the Park County 4-H’ers. 4-H Week will be also be marketed in Park County communities through posters, and in Powell the 4-H council is decorating a window display to showcase 4-H.

Park County 4-H will also host a spaghetti dinner Oct. 28 in conjunction with the 4-H Haunted House, which will be at the Powell Fairgrounds; check the Park County 4-H Facebook page for the time.

For more information, call Roop at 307-527-8560 or by email at kroop@parkcounty.us.