A roundup of 4-H news for the week of April 11, 2013:


ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — The Belmont County 4-H Horse Committee will host a spring cleanout tack swap April 27, starting at 10 a.m., at the new Belmont County Fairgrounds.

New and used tack will be available and individuals can rent a 10-by-10 spot or sell items on consignment.

Chicken dinners will be served from noon to 1 p.m.; advance tickets are recommended.

The event will conclude with a square dance with music by Deep Down Country, from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $4.

For more information or advance dinner tickets, contact Jeff Kinsey, 740-391-0015, or Adam Elizeus, 740-310-3362.

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LITTLETON, W. Va. — The Wetzel County 4-H and FFA Livestock Club met March 26.

Scott Bauerbach from Green Valley CO-OP Inc., of Marietta, Ohio, gave a presentation at the meeting.

The hog weigh-in was set for April 20 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds barn. Rabbit breeding date was set for April 14. The rabbit kits should be born by May 12.

The next meeting will be April 30 at the Mollohan Center at 6:30 p.m.

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EAST CANTON, Ohio — The Happy Farmerettes and Farmers 4-H club of East Canton and Osnaburg Township met March 17 at the Thouvenin home.

Heidi Price gave a safety report on the rules for walking on the road, and Haylee Gallo gave a health report on healthy food suggestions.

Guest speaker Marian Appel demonstrated how to make a lollipop flower pot, then each member made one to give as a gift.

Members brought baking items for the 4-H basket that is going to be donated to the Swiss steak dinner April 20 at the Nimishillen Grange in Louisville. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can contact the 4-H office 330-830-7700, ext. 102 or 115. Raffle baskets tickets will also be sold.

The next meeting is April 14.

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HIRAM, Ohio — The Breeders and Feeders 4-H Club held its March meeting recently at Huntsburg Town Hall.

Prior to the business meeting, the rabbit members went over the parts of the rabbit and discussed taking their rabbits to Liberty Assisted Living Nursing Home, Holly Hill, and Burton Health Care to visit with the residents for Easter. The swine members had a speaker about proper feed and nutrition from Kent Feed.

The Cloverbud members enjoyed coloring eggs for Easter and the poultry members enjoyed trying duck that was cooked by the poultry adviser.

Members discussed quality assurance training, which will be from 10 a.m. until noon May 4 with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. To test out of quality assurance you must contact the Extension office and register for the test April 10.

Members were also reminded about baking about the bake sale to be held during the Brad Wells Reverse Raffle Benefit April 27.

The group discussed some changes are in the works in an effort to speed up the livestock sale at the fair this year such as earlier starting times.

It was also announced that the Junior Fair Auxiliary is available for younger members, 12-14, who are not yet eligible for junior fairboard. If anyone is interested, the next meeting will be April 21 at Huntsburg Town Hall.

After the business meeting adjourned, the beef members reviewed what they should be doing with their animal at this time and also discussed the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and civic virtue.

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HIRAM, Ohio — Sew Sew Sweet 4-H Club met April 7, with eight members were present and four guests.

Members discussed the fashion board’s decision to hold style review July 16 at Notre Dame. Then they discussed officer training, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Geauga County Extension Office.

The group will also be selling candy bars and should be receiving them May 7.

The group also discussed 4-H camp, which is scheduled for June 16-22, and when camp scholarships were due. The group also discussed having a visitor show us how to sew zippers at one of the next meetings.


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