Spring Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2019 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Upcoming Extension Events

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

March Extension Events

5 Market Scale Certification, 9 am – noon
5 Shooting Sports Returning Members Registration, John Black Center
7 Leaders of the Pack
7 IDing & Managing Woodlands Threats, 7 pm
8 Advanced Master Gardeners: Weed ID, 9 am
8 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
9 Produce Best Practices Training, 9 am
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club
11 Shooting Sports New Members Registration
12 Cloverbuds
14 Growing Tomatoes, 6:30 pm
14 Wildlife & Woodlands, 7 pm
14-16 4-H Summit, KY 4-H Leadership Center
18 Seed Saving, 10 am
21 Extension Council, 9 am
21 District Board, 10 am
21 Busy 4-H’ers
21 Forestry & Wildlife Assistance in KY, 7 pm
22 Louisville Area Homemakers Council, 9:30 am
25 Come Sew With Us, 3-8 pm
26 Marketing Training for Small Farms, 9 am
26 4-H Poultry Club
28 Baking for 1 or 2, 10 am
28 Oldham County Homemakers Council, noon

April Extension Events

4 Sunflowers, 7 pm
6 La Grange Farmers Market Vendors, 9 am
8 4-H Archery Safety Orientation
9 Pesticide Safety for Gardeners, 9 am
9 4-H Photography Club
9 4-H Rifle Safety Orientation
10 4-H Trap Safety Orientation
11 4-H Camp CIT/Teen Leader Interviews
11 Leaders of the Pack
12 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Tree Seedling Giveaway, Oldham County Conservation District, 10 am
15 Oldham County 4-H Communications Event
16 Cloverbuds
17 Cooking Under Pressure, 10 am
17 Cooking Under Pressure, 6:30 pm
18 4-H Council, 7 pm
19 District 4-H Teen Council, location TBA
20 4-H Camp Clean-up, Lake Cumberland
22 Come Sew With Us, 3-8 pm
23 Lawn Care, 6:30 pm
25 Exercise Anytime and Anywhere, 10 am
25 Oldham County Extension Homemakers Board, noon
25 Busy 4-H’ers
26 Shooting Sports Coaches Meeting
27 Backyard Streams, 10 am
27 District 4-H Communications Event, Spencer County Extension
27 4-H Gala, Hermitage Farm
30 4-H Poultry Club

May Extension Events

2 District Board, 9 am
7 Extension Open House, 5-7 pm
10 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
13 Delicious Delights
14 4-H Photography Club
14-16 KEHA State Meeting
17 OCHS Reality Store
20 Come Sew With Us, 3-8 pm
21 4-H Camp CIT/Teen Orientation
23 OC Homemakers Annual Meeting
27 Office Closed for Memorial Day
28 4-H Poultry Club
31 Shooting Sports Coaches Meeting

June Extension Events

3 Miniature Hostas, 6:30 pm
6 Canning 101, 6:30 pm
7 Canning 101, 10 am

Important Summer Dates to Note

District Horse Show May 31 – June 2
State Horse Judging June 6
State Horse Contest June 6
Teen Conference June 10–13
Kids Cooking Camp June 18 and 19
State Horse Show June 29 – July 6
Oldham County 4-H Camp July 22–26
State Dog Show August 11
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OC 4-H Club News

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Shooting Sports 4-H Club Enrollment in March

Shooting Sports 4-H Club enrollment for returning members will be on Tuesday, March 5, at the John Black Community Center. If you were not enrolled last year and are interested in joining, please e-mail oc4hshootingsports@gmail.com. Enrollment is limited.

Attention Home School Families

If your child is interested in joining a 4-H Club, we have a new opportunity! The club will begin meeting in the spring. Contact 4-H Agent Kelly Woods via kwoods@uky.edu if you are interested in receiving information regarding this new club.

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Qualifying for 4-H Horse and Dog Competitive Events

In order to qualify to participate in any competitive 4-H horse and dog events, 4-H members must complete 6 hours of instructional training taught or approved by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. Please meet with your leader now to ensure you will have your completed and documented 6 hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Documentation must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

Attention: do not forget all 4-H members must be registered with Oldham County 4-H by April 15th in order to qualify to compete in any 4-H events. This requirement applies to all 4-H competitions including Horse Show, Horse Contest, Dog Shows, and County 4-H Fair.

4-H Photography Club

Calling kids grades 3rd through 6th! Oldham County 4-H Photography Club meets on the following Tuesday nights at the Extension office:

March 5
April 9
April 23
May 7
May 21

The club will also meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, for a photography workshop at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.

Contact the club leaders via OC4HPhotography@gmail.com for more information.

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant.

Upcoming 4-H Programs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Teen Conference is Around the Corner – Mark Your Calendar

If you are an Oldham County 4-H teen and have not attended Teen Conference, you’re missing out! Teen Conference is for those who have graduated from the eighth grade through the age of 19. Participants select tracks, college visits, tours, workshops, and issues seminars. The conference will be held at the University of Kentucky on June 10 through 13.

Financial assistance requests must be submitted to the 4-H Council by April 1 and the complete registration is due April 15. Contact the Cooperative Extension Service for registration materials and additional information.

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Take Your Dog to Camp

4-H Dog Camp is the perfect opportunity for 4-H members to work with their dogs one-on-one as well as in group instruction situations. Dog Camp will be held at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp on May 17 through 19. Please contact the Extension office at 222-9453 if you would like to receive registration information when it becomes available.

4-H Speech Program Builds Confidence

Public speaking is one of Americans’ biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age. By learning public speaking skills, youth develop the confidence, organizational skills, and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

Competition begins at the club level, qualifying for the county competition on April 15. County winners advance to a district tournament on April 27, and district champions move on to the state tournament, held in July at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Judges evaluate the presentation and the speaker’s ability to clearly deliver a message. It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program; visit our website at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-communications for more information.

HELP!! We need judges for the 4-H Communication Competitions on April 15 and 27. If you are interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest, contact Kelly Woods at 222-9453. We need your help to make this a rewarding experience for our 4-H members!

Kentucky Forest Leadership Program

Interested in the environment? Want to know more about forests, trees, insects, water, and wildlife; in short, Kentucky’s natural resources? Then consider the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program where you can explore the many aspects of forestry and related fields. If you like hands-on learning in the great outdoors, then this program is for you.

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program is open to high school students that have completed their sophomore and junior years. It will take place at the Kentucky 4-H Educational Center in Jabez, Kentucky, on June 2 through 7.

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program offers three educational tracks: Forestry, Entomology, and Wildlife. While choosing a track provides you the opportunity to experience a concentrated program, the three tracks will work together throughout the week just as real-life natural resources experts do.

This leadership program is not a recreational summer camp. You can expect to be busy with a full schedule of hands-on forestry and natural resource activities for the week.

More information available online at kflp.ca.uky.edu or from Laurie Thomas via laurie.thomas@uky.edu.

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Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent; Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant; and Laurie Thomas, Extension Forester.

Winter Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Upcoming Extension Events

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

December Extension Events

6 District Board, 9am
6 Leaders of the Pack, 7pm
7 Oldham County Beekeepers, 6:30pm
8 Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association, 9am
9 4-H Teen Club
10 Green Thumbs Garden Club
11 Cloverbuds
12 4-H Woodworkers
13-14 District 3 Middle School Retreat
14-18 Office Closed During Relocation
17 Delicious Delights
18 4-H Poultry Club
20 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County

December 22 through January 1, the Extension Office is closed for winter break.

January Extension Events

3 Leaders of the Pack, 7pm
7 All About Wildflowers, 10am
7-8 Kentucky Fruit/Vegetable Conference, Lexington
8 4-H Photography Club
9 4-H Woodworkers, 6pm
10 Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 6pm
11 Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 9am
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
14 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30am
14 Delicious Delights, 6:30pm
15 Cloverbuds, 6:30pm
17 Extension Council, 9am
17 District Board, 10am
17 4-H Council, 7pm
17-18 Kentucky Cattlemen’s Convention, Owensboro
21 Office closed
23 4-H Woodworkers, 6pm
23-24 Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Conference, Louisville
24 Cooking Under Pressure, 10am
24 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County, 6:30pm
25-26 University of Kentucky Equine Showcase & Breeders Short Course, Lexington
28 Come Sew With Us, 10am – 3pm
29 Extension Foundation, 9am
29 4-H Poultry Club, 6:30pm
30 Master Gardeners, Yew Dell, 10am
31 Shooting Sports Coaches Meeting, 6:30pm

February Extension Events

5 4-H Photography Club
6 4-H Woodworkers, 6pm
7 Leaders of the Pack, 7pm
8 Small Fruits, Advanced Master Gardener Class, 9am
8 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club
11 Delicious Delights, 6:30pm
12 Cloverbuds, 6:30pm
15 Oldham County Homemakers Cultural Arts, John Black Center
20 4-H Woodworkers, 6pm
21 Alfalfa & Stored Forage Conference, Lexington
21 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County, 6:30pm
22 Plant Propagation, Advanced Master Gardener Class, 9am
21-22 Kentucky Arborists Conference, Boone County Extension
25 Come Sew With Us, 10am – 3pm
26 4-H Poultry Club, 6:30pm
27 Master Gardener Greenhouse Tour, Churchill Downs, 10am
28 Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, 10am
28 Oldham County Homemakers Executive Board, noon
28 E-Squared 4-H Club, 6pm

March Extension Events

1 Louisville Area Homemakers Cultural Arts, Bullitt County Extension
1-2 Organic Association of Kentucky Conference, Lexington
8 Weed ID, Advanced Master Gardener Class, 10am
18 Seed Saving, 10am

Raising Poultry for Family & Markets

The following 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources article printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter and the 2018 Oldham County Extension Report to the People.

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Raising Poultry for Family and Markets

In Oldham County, the sourcing and purchasing of local foods is a continuing trend. This has also spurred a growing number of people to seek information about raising their own food, and keeping poultry flocks is a very popular enterprise. Oldham County poultry and egg sales have continued to increase over the last two decades, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

To meet the growing need for poultry production knowledge, the Oldham County Agriculture and 4-H Agents and the Shelby County Horticulture Assistant planned a two-part ‘Chickens 101’ program. The program was geared to both adults and youth interested in egg and meat chicken production.

This March 2018 program featured both classroom presentations and live poultry demonstrations. Sixty-six adults and youth attended one or both sessions of Chickens 101. Participants learned about breed selection, chick care, housing, predator control, flock health, and nutrition.

A post evaluation revealed that:

  • 100% of respondents learned new information relevant to raising chickens
  • 100% of respondents reported they would use information learned to raise chickens to produce eggs for their families
  • 36% reported that new knowledge would help them raise meat chickens for their families
  • 45% reported they will sell eggs to others
  • 23% reported they will sell processed/finished meat chickens to others

Based on evaluation response, classes on selling eggs and meat chickens – plus other production-oriented topics – are in demand and needed. The Oldham County Extension Service plans to host future poultry programs to provide continuing education to both youth and adults.

The success of the Chickens 101 series also led to the establishment of the Oldham County 4-H Poultry Club in the fall of 2018.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant.

Oldham County Extension Leader of the Year

The following article printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter and the 2018 Oldham County Extension Report to the People.

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Extension Leader of the Year

Karen Horton is our Extension Leader of the Year! A Kentucky 4-H alumni herself, she has volunteered with Oldham County 4-H since 2012.

For five years, Karen led the Oldham County 4-H Cloverbuds Club which is geared towards youth ages six through eight. Her caring nature and fun attitude helped transform a loosely thrown-together program into a well-organized learning experience for all involved. Graduated Cloverbuds return as volunteers, sharing their hands-on skills and serving as role models for current members. Parents who used to simply drop off their children for club meetings now stay to learn and help. This special dynamic builds 4-H families.

Karen continues to support Oldham County’s youth in a variety of ways, including volunteering at 4-H summer camp, 4-H Reality Store, and 4-H Communications. She is also starting a new 4-H Photography Club in 2019.

Written by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant, and Sherry DeCuir, Oldham County 4-H volunteer.

2018 & 2019 Oldham County 4-H Camps

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter. “Setting 4-H Camp Records” also printed in the 2018 Oldham County Extension Report to the People.

Don’t Miss Out On 4-H Camp!

Oldham County is booked for July 22-26 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. Mark your calendars now! Pre-registration will be available in February.

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Setting 4-H Camp Records

Having broken the county’s attendance record in 2017, Oldham County 4-H’s dream to have its own camp week became a reality in 2018.

The Oldham County 4-H Council raised over $12,510 to help support camp expenses, roughly twice the amount of donations received in 2017.

The 319 attendees included nine participants who have grown up in the program, experiencing life as a camper, teen leader, and now as an adult leader. In addition, the state employed three Oldham County 4-H alumni in 2018 as paid camp interns.

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Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant.

Oldham County 4-H Award Winners

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the 2018 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter. “Oldham County 4-H Excels at State Level” also printed in the 2018 Oldham County Extension Report to the People.

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Achievement Award Winners Recognized

The 4-H Achievement Program recognizes members beginning in the sixth grade. The application is a detailed resume of the member’s 4-H and community involvement. Members compete at the state level upon reaching Clover Level 3. Scholarships are available at each state level achieved. Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H members who have completed a Clover Achievement Level:

Clover Level 1
Kendall Kennedy

Clover Level 2
Claire Combs
Ryan Hawkins
Bailey Johnson
Riely Johnson
Sean Johnson

Clover Level 3
Maggie Jones
Adelle Minor
Andrew Myers
Caroline Olds
Izzy Perez

Clover Level 4
Hunter Fackler
Emmett King
Ella Olds

Clover Level 5
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Ruby Mason

Submitting for Emerald Interview
Beth Huffman

2018 State Shoot Results

On September 8 and 9, more than one thousand 4-H’ers from 77 counties participated in the 2018 Kentucky State 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. A special congratulations to the 28 Oldham County 4-H members who brought home 29 trophies and two medals for high overall scores.

Archery Bowhunter

Age 15-18 Individual
1st & High Overall Score: Justin Ensor

Archery Compound Bare

Age 12-14 Team
3rd: Andrew Myers, Izzy Perez, Savannah Wieland, Tyler Zahradnicek

Archery Recurve

Age 12-14 Individual
1st & High Overall Score: Izzy Perez

Age 15-18 Individual
2nd: Spencer Wieland

Archery Target

Age 9-11 Individual
3rd: Nick Sauer

Age 15-18 Individual
3rd: Justin Ensor

.22 Pistol

Age 12-14 Individual
1st: Andrew Myers
3rd: Erik Benvie

Age 12-14 Team
1st: Erik Benvie, Andrew Myers, Bobby Nelson, Ava Spellman

Age 15-18 Individual
1st: Shane Bickett

Age 15-18 Team
1st: Shane Bickett, John Clore, Logan Roberts, Audra Spellman

.22 Rifle

Age 15-18 Individual
3rd: Dain MacDonald

Age 15-18 Team
1st: Brian Ball, John Clore, Dain MacDonald, Meridian Myers

Air Pistol

Age 15-18 Team
2nd: Brian Ball, Shane Bickett, Dain MacDonald, Kaitlyn Snyder

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Oldham County 4-H Excels at State Level

  • As top scorers at the State Shooting Sports Competition, three Oldham County 4-H members received green jackets: Justin Ensor, Andrew Myers, and Izzy Perez.
  • Leaders of the Pack Junior Dog Bowl Team (Chloe Hardesty, Caecilia Isenhart, Freya Isenhart, and Carrie Olds) won the State Junior Dog Bowl.
  • At the State Horse Bowl, Ballardsville High Riders 4-H club members placed first in two events. Emily Altsman, Harper Ash, Peyton Ash, and Carrie Olds made up the Junior Horse Bowl team. The Junior Hippology team was Harper Ash, Peyton Ash, Sydney Cobb, and Carrie Olds.
  • Three Oldham County 4-H members achieved the State 4-H Gold Award: Hannah Anderson, Beth Huffman, and Olivia Minor.
  • Coach Paul Harjes received the State 4-H Certified Shooting Sports Achievement Award.
  • Horse Club Leader Jean Jenkins received the State Conrad Feltner Leadership Award.
  • Senior 4-H’er Hannah Anderson received the 4-H State Community Service Award.

“When I first joined [4-H], I was a shy kid who did not talk to anyone. Eleven years later, and I am comfortable speaking in front of groups of people…a place I never thought I would be…4-H took a 7-year-old girl who didn’t talk and has turned me into a strong and independent woman.”
-Senior 4-H Member

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant.

Fall Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Fall edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

September Extension Events

3 Office Closed for Labor Day
5 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9am-noon
5 4-H Woodworking Club
6 Extension District Board, 9am
10 Green Thumbs Garden Club
10 Delicious Delights
11 Cloverbuds
12 Painting Club, 10am
13 4-H Robotics
14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
15 Healthy Oldham County Walk, The Maples
17 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
18 Hemp Field Day, KSU Farm
18 4-H Achievement Award Work Session
19 4-H Woodworking Club
24 Come Sew With Us, 3-8pm
25 Raising Hemp in KY, Shelby Co Ext, 6pm
25 4-H Poultry Club
27 Stroke Awareness, 10am
27 Beef Quality & Care Assurance, 6:30pm
28 Forages, Fencing, & On-Farm Water, 9am

October Extension Events

1 Service With a Smile registration due
1 Regional Beef Field Day, John Allison Farm, New Castle
3 4-H Woodworking Club
4 Garden & Landscape Secrets, Oldham County Arts Center, 6:30pm
5 Master Gardener Classes Begin
7-13 Homemaker Week
8 Greens Thumbs Garden Club
8 Delicious Delights
10 Service With a Smile, Shelby Co Ext, 9:30am
11 Extension Council, 9am
11 District Board, 10:30am
11 4-H Council Meeting
12 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
15 Wreathmaking With Dried Plants, 10am
15 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
16 Cloverbuds
17 Painting Club
17 4-H Woodworking Club
25 Brain Activities, 10am
25 Forages, Fencing, & On-Farm Water, 6:30pm
26 Garden Mistakes, 10am
29 Come Sew With Us, 3-8pm
30 Chicken Coops, Fencing, & Predator Control, 6:30pm

November Extension Events

1 District Board, 10am
1 Leaders of the Pack
7 Beef Finishing School Begins
7 4-H Woodworking Class
8 4-H Robotics
9 Homemaker Council, 10am
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
12 Green Thumbs Garden Club
12 Soil Testing & Fertilizers, 6:30pm
13 Soil Testing & Fertilizers, 9am
13 Cloverbuds
19 Delicious Delights
20 4-H Award Banquet
22-23 Office Closed for Thanksgiving
27 Winter Greenery, 1pm
27 4-H Poultry Club
28 4-H Woodworking Club
29 Holiday Showcase, 10am
29 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
30 Homemaker Enrollment due

Get Involved With Oldham County 4-H

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the 2018 Fall edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Oldham County 4-H Clubs

Oldham County 4-H offers a variety of clubs that meet to explore different projects areas. Joining a club is a great way to learn new skills and make friends with others who share your same interests. If you are interested in joining one of our current clubs, contact the leader about joining. Most clubs meet monthly.

Ballardsville High Riders 4-H Horse Club
Leader: Jean Jenkins
Contact: (502) 241-4134

Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
Leader: Kim Minor
Contact: minor_ks@bellsouth.net
First Meeting: September 17

Cloverbuds
Leader: Sherry DeCuir
Contact: pharmgirlshe@aol.com
First Meeting: September 11

Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
Leaders: Kim Carter and Annette Kennedy
Contact: annettekennedy@bellsouth.net
First Meeting: September 10

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Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
Leaders: Cindy Guenther and Jackie Olds
Contact: (502) 648-0534
First Meeting: October 4

Poultry Club
Leader: Andrea Knorr
Contact: knorr_andrea@yahoo.com

Teen Club of Oldham County
Contact: kwoods@uky.edu

Woodworking Club
Leaders: Sherry DeCuir
Contact: pharmgirlshe@aol.com
First Meeting: September 5

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4-H Reality Store at North Oldham High School

North Oldham High School will host 4-H Reality Store on Friday, October 5, during school hours.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Could you man a booth representing a monthly expense? If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Woods at the Extension office via 222-9453.

Written by Amy Logsdon, Oldham County 4-H Program Assistant. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.