August 15, 2002 | By: Kelly Orme, 4-H Junior Press Corps

Kentucky 4-H, part of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, has branched out to the South Wing at the Kentucky State Fair in honor of 4-H’s Centennial.

4-H coordinators thought having a second location in addition to the traditional Cloverville in the West Wing would be an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about the youth organization which is celebrating its 100thanniversary.

“It has been a wonderful chance to get people to see what 4-H is about,” said Tommy Harrison, 4-H/Youth Development Agent in Muhlenberg County.

Each Extension area was asked to recruit agents and volunteers to work at the booth.

“I think this would be a good idea to continue because for a number of years we really haven’t marketed ourselves,” said Carla Durbin, 4-H/Youth Development agent in McLean County.  “This is a good outlet for us to get out to the rest of the state.”

This new South Wing booth, which is located along the popular “Main Street USA,” offers answers to questions people might have about 4-H, or how they can become involved.

“We’ve had a lot of people to stop by and say they have been approached to be volunteers but they didn’t know how, so at this new site we have a listening of all the counties and telephone numbers and address,” said Durbin.  “We’ve been able to provide a link for people to go back to their county and know where to go volunteer.”

One of the booth’s attractions is an internet picture of the Jim Davis “Garfield” print.  The cartoonist is auctioning away 50 prints on E-Bay.  The week of August 18-24 is the date Kentucky will benefit from the sale of the prints. 

“There will be only 50 prints, so they’re likely to bring a good price,” said Janeen Tramble 4-H /Youth Development Agent in Trigg County.