No Handcuffs: Celebrating the Successes of Suwannee County 4-H Youth
Although you saw the Suwannee County Sheriff vehicle Friday night at the Coliseum in Live Oak, there was only good news being shared at the 4-H awards banquet “fiesta”! This colorful celebration and meal was the culmination of a busy year with 4-H youth earning pins, medallions, trophies and gifts.
Some of the special guests included Ricky Gamble, Chairman of the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners, Larry Sessions, District Four Commissioner and Sam St. John, Suwannee County Sheriff joining in the festivities. Brian Estevez, Escambia County Extension Agent and former Suwannee County 4-H Agent, helped to celebrate with his wife Mindy, by taking photos with the youth and their awards.
This banquet was a culmination of Brian’s accomplishments and so it was important that he be there to help celebrate! -Derby Sale, new Suwannee County 4-H Extension Agent
The leadership group of the kids, called the 4-H county council, was responsible for the decorating of the Coliseum. The youth had workshops to make pinatas and even made a fruit cactus to serve for dessert, in addition to the cake. About 150 kids, parents and volunteer youth leaders were in attendance. The meal consisted of tacos and chips and salsa.
UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension has about 15 different 4-H clubs run by background-checked and fingerprinted volunteers. Clubs meet at various times and locations throughout the county. There are also other fun opportunities in which to participate (day camps, early release days, etc.) and you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend. Call the office for more information! 386-362-2771. You can be involved in the fiesta next year!