Winneshiek County 4-Hers are celebrating National 4-H Week this week with a variety of activities.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, is 4-H Pride Day, and everyone is encouraged to wear green and/or 4-H apparel to show their support.

A 4-H celebration is 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the ISU Extension and Outreach office for Winneshiek County, 325 Washington St., Decorah. The moo-mobile will be on site to offer shakes, and the John Deere Gators being raffled for the 4-H Endowment will be on display. KVIK radio will be doing a live remote and the public is invited to attend.

Throughout the week, individuals are encouraged to "like" and follow Winneshiek County 4-H on Facebook at facebook.com/Winneshiek4H and Twitter at twitter.com/Winneshiek4H. Followers from the two social media sites will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPod Touch. The drawing is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Winneshiek County 4-H Endowment is also selling "FUNds for 4-H" raffle tickets. The prizes for the raffle include a TS 4x2 John Deere Gator, a child's riding John Deere Gator and a push toy John Deere Gator. Tickets are $10. The drawing will be held at the 4-H Spaghetti Supper Sunday, Oct. 13, and you need not be present to win.

4-Hers will conclude National 4-H Week by hosting the 12th annual 4-H spaghetti supper and silent auction. Serving is 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Decorah Lutheran Church. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will go toward paying the 4-H program development fees. Tickets are $6 per person; children age 5 and younger eat for free. Carryouts are available.

The local Extension office thanks all Winneshiek County 4-H members, families, volunteers and supporters of the 4-H program, who make the Winneshiek County 4-H program a success.



About 4-H

The Winneshiek County 4-H program is open to any youth in grades K-12. Youth in grades K-3 are encouraged to participate by joining as Clover Kid members while 4 - 12 graders are eligible to be 4-H members. During the past year, the Winneshiek County 4-H program had 302 4-Hers and 60 Clover Kids.

Winneshiek County 4-H has 16 clubs along with additional project groups such as citizenship group, dairy club, dog project, horse project, junior leadership council, safety and education in shooting sports group and the senior council.

The 4-H program strives to provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills in areas of interest to them. For more information, contact Joni Bruvold at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Winneshiek County Office, 563-382-2949.