Last time I briefly mentioned that the county 4-H fairs begin in July and how these fairs are a staple of our communities. But I failed to discuss how 4-H is an excellent organization that offers leadership and educational programs to youth and gives back to the areas they are based in.
4-H programs in Indiana are supported by Purdue University. Across the nation, 4-H is considered a premiere youth organization and is the largest in the United States. They offer hands-on experiences to children of all ages that teach them life-long skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, and decision- making.
Their motto and mission are to "learn by doing" and "to make the best better."
The 4H's stand for:
Head: A focus on understanding and learning.
Heart: Being concerned with the welfare of others, citizenship and working with others.
Hands: Learning skills by doing, developing pride and respect for work.
Health: The practice of healthy living, protecting the well-being of oneself and others, and making constructive use of time.
In my time living in Southern Indiana I have witnessed the many benefits 4-H programs offer to our youth. If you have the chance to make it to one of the fairs this year, or have participated in a 4-H program before, I'm sure you've witnessed the positive impact they have. This year the Warrick County 4-H Fair is July11-16 and the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair is July 25-30.
The many activities they provide every year are fun for people of all ages. My grandchildren love to see all the animals. I remember my children, when they were younger, loved to ride the carnival rides and watch the tractor pulls and pig wrestling.
4-H is full of tradition and the fair is a great example of the excellent values and fun learning experiences they offer to everyone.
Thank you for your continued support and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns I can be reach by phone at 317-232-9671 or by e-mail at H75@in.gov.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)