Savannah Valley District

Fall Updates and Plans for 2024 for Clarendon 4-H

Alyssa L. Jones, 4-H Youth Development Clarendon County

Clarendon 4-H has had a fantastic Autumn, with some notable wins and successes for the youth!

Fair Winners 4-H

Blake Proffit won Grand Champion for Rabbit and Poultry this last week, November 4, at the Coastal Carolina Fair! He’s worked hard for this all year and previous years in the competitions! The Clarendon County Extension office and his family are very proud of this young man.

We look forward to seeing what he does next.

Along with fair season, the 4-H’ers in the Livestock club practiced their biosecurity knowledge at the October meeting and did amazingly well. This month, they’ll be packing bags for Blessing Boxes. If you’d like to help them by donating items for next year’s community service activities, please drop by the office.

4-H Youth showing a chicken

As we prepare for the new year, our county’s 4-H plans to expand our club offerings for 2024 and 2025. We’re a bit low on volunteers, but the youth have expressed interest in having STEM, Fishing, Gardening, and WHEP clubs. With our current number of volunteers, we’ll likely have at least a WHEP and STEM club. If you want to volunteer and help with one of the new clubs, please let the Clarendon County 4-H Agent know. Like 2022, we will start our Teen Council activities and meetings in January or February. This is a youth-led club that focuses on the teens being leaders. An application will start circulating the week of November 12.

4-H Youth Showing his chicken

We have two new events coming to Clarendon 4-H this year and next!

In December, date TBA, we will have a cookie-decorating workshop. This will be separate from the annual gingerbread decorating that the Livestock Club does.

Cookie Decorating 

In February 2024, we will host a county bake-off with quick breads. These workshops and contests will only be open to 4-H registered youth, so please get your children registered before December if they want to decorate cookies or before February if they want to take part in the bake-off.

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