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story.lead_photo.caption Kassandra Tajchman, of the Gravette Gleamers 4-H club, shows her animal at the premium auction in the county fair.

WESTSIDE -- 4-H is a community for all kids and is delivered by Cooperative Extension, a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing, according to the 4-H website.

4-H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds to participate for more than 100 years. Local opportunities include livestock judging, consumer judging, food bowl, livestock skills, beef quiz bowl, trips, project workshops, community service projects, camps and more, according to the Benton County page of the Cooperative Extension Service website.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Local clubs include Bloomfield 4-H, Gravette Gleamers, Highfill Hometown Heroes, Logan 4-H, Maysville 4-H, Outdoor Adventures and Town and County. And these clubs provide opportunities for their members to learn skills related to leadership, public speaking, raising livestock, gardening and many other projects. And 4-H members are often leaders in providing services in their communities, whether that be helping with pollinator gardens at Eagle Watch or cleaning up parks and trails in their communities.

"In 4-H, kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps," the 4-H website states.

According to the website, 4-H reaches "kids in every corner of America -- from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities." It helps its young participants "grow into true leaders today and in life."

For more than a century, 4-H clubs have played an important role in passing on information and training to youth relating to agriculture and livestock and other life skills to make them successful as they grow into adulthood.

According to the 4-H website, "Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban and suburban communities in every state across the nation. 4-H'ers are tackling the nation's top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. 4-H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities -- from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science -- to improve the nation's ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century."

Local 4-H clubs provide for many area youths the opportunity and direction to raise an animal and show it at the Benton County Fair, teaching responsibility and skills needed to pursue a future in agriculture.

And, each year, local businesses and individuals support local youth through the premium auction at the fair, allowing youth to show their animals and receive the money bid on their animals to offset expenses without giving up their prize animals.

For those interested in local clubs, those active in Eagle Observer territory, along with meeting times and contact information, are included below:


Main Leader: Michele Pigeon

Phone: Text (479) 957-2949

Co-Leader: Jennifer Robins Text (479) 228-1248

Club Meetings: Second Monday at 6:30 p.m.


Main Leader: Rhonda Jarvis

Phone: (479) 644-8150

Co-Leader: Debe Greene (785) 224-6460

Club Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m.


Main Leader: Vanessa Youngblood

Phone: (319) 750-6468

Club Meetings: Second Friday at 6 p.m.

LOGAN 4-H CLUB -- Siloam Springs/Highfill

Main Leader: Jackie Griffin

Phone: (479) 524-7784

Co-Leader: Anna Loftin (318) 676-9129

Club Meetings: Second Monday at 7 p.m.

MAYSVILLE 4-H CLUB -- Maysville

Main Leader: Jennye Stearman

Phone: (479) 899-2123

Club Meetings: Second Monday at 6:30 p.m.


Main Leader: Megan Easley

Phone: (479) 212-1208

Co-Leader: Marta Harper 479-233-9758

Club Meetings: Second Monday at 6 p.m.

TOWN & COUNTRY 4-H CLUB -- Gravette

Main Leader: Shannon Mitchell

Phone: (479) 640-1323

Club Meetings: Second Sunday at 3 p.m.

General News on 10/08/2019

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