Thursday, 13 July 2017 07:00

4-H Alberta is feeling some Centennial fever this summer

Written by  Demi Knight
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Members are enjoying a great time at one of the many camps offered by 4-H Alberta. Members are enjoying a great time at one of the many camps offered by 4-H Alberta. Photo courtesy 4-H Alberta

4-H Alberta has centennial fever this year as members look forward to celebrating the 100th year of business helping people across the province gain life-long skills.


The organization that has been working since 1917 to deliver programs, showcases and workshops to people of all ages throughout the province and officials are inviting everyone to join them in their celebrations.
Cameron Horner, communications specialist for 4-H Alberta and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says the organization has played a large role within the province and he’s excited to see communities come out and celebrate with them.
“Hundreds of thousands of Albertans have been impacted by 4-H at some point in their life, and I’m really looking forward to seeing so many people, young and old, together at one location sharing their passion for 4-H,” he says.
The Centennial Fever event that will celebrate the group’s 100th year is taking place on a sunny August weekend in Olds, Alta., which happens to be the birthplace of the organization.
With hopes to bring together not just the surrounding communities, but families from all over the province who have been impacted by the organization, 4-H Alberta is hosting a three-day fun-filled event.
The weekend will feature special events such as a Hippology Contest that works to test members’ equine knowledge by quizzing them on horse breeds, colours and patterns.
There will also be a horse show on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 1-3 p.m. where participants can have fun showing their model horses just as if it was a real show.
 A pheasant photo contest will also be available for the public to enjoy as well as a various selection of demonstrations and workshops including paracord bracelet making, craft sessions and a busking demonstration.
“From project showcases and workshops, to a talent show and a huge concert, it’s going to be a weekend to reconnect, reminisce and share laughs and stories. We want 4-H alumni, current members and leaders, volunteers, sponsors and 4-H supporters, or anyone else who loves 4-H to join in the festivities,” says Horner of the upcoming celebrations.
The fun however doesn’t stop there. The weekend will also feature ongoing activities for everyone to enjoy including a children’s corner, day camps, a talent show and a silent auction.
With its founding in 1917, 4-H Alberta has worked to expand into a dynamic program that reaches out to adults, youths and families across the province to provide guidance, knowledge and support. The program works to provide its participants with skills in co-operation, leadership, interpersonal relations, decision making, public speaking and community service.
So far, the organization has worked 100 years to make people’s dreams a reality and they hope to continue this inspiring work into the future.
“Our projects encompass everything from active living, arts, science and technology, crafts, cooking, agriculture and a lot more. This all creates a thriving and important program,” says Horner of the work that 4-H Alberta has consistently done over the years.
The Centennial Fever event is taking place Aug. 4-6 in Olds. The deadline to register for the event is fast approaching on July 17. More information regarding the event and 4-H Alberta can be found at 4hab100.ca.

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