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Coarsegold 4-H Gets A Growth Spurt

COARSEGOLD – Our club has a lot of projects now. They are Poultry, Outdoor Winter Sports, Swine (pig), Rabbit, Sheep, Photography, Community Service, Horse, Shooting Sports, Arts & Crafts, and coming soon is Archery.

We had our Coarsegold 4-H Christmas Party last month. For many years, we had our party at places like the old Oakhurst bowling alley and Skywalk in Madera, but our club is growing, so this time we chose to come together and make our own fun. This involved a review of all our club projects.

Each project was put on a display and/or had a demo to present to the group at our Christmas party because not everyone is in every project. This way, everybody learns something new about the other projects.

Coarsegold 4-H Rabbit Project 2014/15For example, the Outdoor Sports project taught us about what to bring on a winter trip to be prepared, in addition to skis and snowboard stuff. The Horse Project had horse tack, and Shooting Sports had a Nerf Shooting Gallery for us to practice on. Swine Project brought baby 1-month-old pigs and told us about pig care, Poultry had a poultry TicTacToe game; Sheep Project had a make-a-sheep arts and craft, while Photography had a photo booth for family pictures.

Rabbit Project taught us about rabbit showmanship and more.

We also had a potluck dinner with tons of food and our annual White Elephant Christmas Gift Exchange game.

Coarsegold 4-H December Christmas Party 2014Our next 4-H events are Small and Large Animal Expos, where we are tested on our animal knowledge and skills for the projects in which we participate.

Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at (559) 683-5149. Anyone can join! You don’t have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H; you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings.

Coarsegold 4-H Club Reporter Emma Hussey and FamilyNow you can also follow us on our new website at www.coarsegold4h.com or Facebook. Our club meetings are every second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center.

4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.

Emma Hussey is a student and Coarsegold 4-H Club Reporter.

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