Some 6 million young people participate in 4-H programs in all 50 states and over 80 countries. These youths, ages 5-19, learn new skills, explore new horizons and in doing so, just have fun.
Locally, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H is an active program that, according to its website (cceoneida.com) “reaches youth through a variety of delivery methods including: 4-H Clubs, independent membership, special interest programs, school enrichment and community outreach.”
One of these programs is the Oneida County 4-H Horse Program.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, from noon until 2:30 p.m. members of the 4-H Horse Program will hold a consignment tack sale at the Vernon Downs Hotel on Stuhlman Road in Vernon.
It’s an important event for the program. 4-H Youth of Oneida County has organized and promoted this event for 24 years.
The tack sale has many benefits. Besides teaching entrepreneurship, the sale teaches youth to promote the program: sending information to consigners, vendors and potential customers, assisting with setup and cleanup, inventory and calculating the proper payments. Funds are used for other educational opportunities such as trips, workshops, fairground improvements and educational resources. For additional information, contact Lisa Farney at 315-736-3394.
Good luck to the 4-H program. Their efforts reflect the essence of 4-H Youth Development: “To unloose the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs.”