A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Aug. 5, 2010

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MARIETTA, Ohio — In Washington County, the Doak 4-H family is hosting a Japanese youth this month through the Ohio 4-H/Labo International Exchange Program.

The Labo Foundation is a Japanese organization devoted to teaching Japanese youth about the English language and American culture. Each summer, close to 600 Japanese youth and their parents travel to America to stay for one month.

Ohio 4-H hosts a large portion of these visitors. This year, 134 families around the Buckeye State are hosting 125 Japanese youth.

Taiga Sakamotor spent his first week in the United States at the Ohio Senior Shooting Education Camp with Larry Harris and family.

Ohio 4-H and Labo conduct an outbound program, which sends Ohio youth to Japan for one month. Ohio 4-H also organizes exchange opportunities with Australia, Costa Rica, Finland and Norway.

For more information visit www.ohio4h.org/youth/international, or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at 614-292-6941.

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The Mane Attractions equine 4-H group met July 26 at the Lawrence County Fair Grounds. During their meeting they discussed the upcoming field trip to Living Treasures, and the trail ride July 12, that they hope they can do again, and the fair.

When discussingthe fair they talked about the stalls and rules to follow during the fair week. After, the meeting the members rode their horses in the ring and practiced showmanship.

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