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Hillsborough 4-H: Looking Four-ward to a New Year!

Hillsborough 4-H: Looking Four-ward to a New Year!

Hillsborough County 4-H’ers are resilient!  With so many changes brought on by COVID-19, 4-H clubs held virtual meetings, club leaders made sure everyone participated and felt included, youth did social distanced community service projects, and clubs finally met face to face at the end of the 4-H year to finish projects.  After a mostly virtual year, what’s next?

Here are four ways Hillsborough 4-H is kicking off the new year!
  1. 4-H Open House-  In August, local families came to 4-H open house at the Florida State Fairgrounds to learn about 4-H, participate in hands-on activities, and meet 4-Hers from local 4-H clubs.

    In 2016, 4-H members rake mulch during a Hillsborough County Fair workday.

  2. Hillsborough 4-H is using “Hands to Larger Service”-  Every year since 2013 (except 2020), 4-H’ers work to prepare the fairgrounds for the Hillsborough County Fair.  On Sunday, September 12th, 4-H’ers built pens, spread mulch, set up chairs, and more!
  3. 4-H Night at the Hillsborough County Fair!- 4-H members, leaders, staff and volunteers will get into the fair FREE on opening night. Just wear your club shirt or show your 4-H membership card!  If you are new to 4-H, stop by and check out our information booth and hands on activities featuring S.T.E.M., Water Conservation, Shooting Sports, Dog Bite Prevention, Animals & More! The fair opens Thursday, September 23rd at 5pm.
  4.  Spanning Generations Program! Senior citizens suffered greatly with quarantines, isolation, and social distancing. Today, senior adults seeking community and friendship through the county’s senior centers do not meet in person and are missing out on social interaction. Seniors and 4-H’ers will span generations: share experiences, learn from each other, and have fun! The first virtual event of the year is October 11th.
Want to learn more about 4-H?

4-H is a youth development program for youth 5-18 years. Children are partnered with caring adult mentors who help youth develop valuable life skills. For more information about joining 4-H in Hillsborough County, contact Brandi at brani54@ufl.edu or 813-744-5519.