Future 4-H’ers entered their projects Wednesday at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, getting a taste of what is in store when they are older.
Children too young to compete in 4-H are encouraged to participate in events through the Clover Buds and Mini 4-H groups. In Bartholomew County, Clover Buds includes children age 3 through kindergarten and Mini 4-H is for first- and second-graders.
Cherie Trimpe, 4-H program assistant, said these programs are designed to be feeder programs that help kids gain in interest in 4-H at an early age.
Abigail Jones, an 8-year-old in her last year with the Mini 4-H program, submitted two projects this year— pink, sewn pillow cases and no-bake cookies.
“My favorite part about doing the projects was making the things and trying new cookies,” Abigail said. She also said she enjoyed working with her grandmother on the projects. This is her third time entering items in a pre-4-H program.
Mini 4-H’ers are able to enter projects in multiple categories, such as crafts, foods, forestry, sewing, bugs, and space. Clover Buds participants can submit any project of interest to them.
Jesse Smith, 5, submitted his project, “fireworks,” a collection of three bright and colorful pictures created with glitter, glue and paint.
He said he enjoyed working with glitter the most and that he had fun making the paintings with his mom.
“I had to supervise where I could,” said Jesse’s mother, Anna Smith. “We had a good time.”
Emmy Price, a 4-year-old Clover Buds member, created red, white and blue wind chimes out of empty cans, which she painted and decorated with sparkly stars.
Her mother, Jill Price, said her daughter “absolutely enjoyed” working on the project and planned to hang the wind chimes in the family garden after the fair.
Emmy said putting the stars on the wind chimes was her favorite part of the project.
Brothers Colton Jordan, 6, and Cody Jordan, 3, created a farm scene on poster board using small figurines and paint. Colton said his and his brother’s favorite part of the project was making the painting of a small pond on the poster.
Their mother, Chaley Jordan, said her sons will participate in 4-H when they are old enough and that pre-4-H programs help them get used to what they will be asked to do in the future.
“We farm, and they will eventually show animals,” Jordan said. “This is a good way for them to get a start in 4-H.”
All children submitting a project through Mini 4-H or Clover Buds received ribbons — blue for Clover Buds participants and green for Mini 4-H’ers — as tokens of their achievement.
All Mini 4-H and Clover Buds project submissions will be on display at the David Boll Theatre during the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair through Saturday.