Alabama 4-H to kick off centennial year at Auburn University Aug. 29

AUBURN – Alabama 4-H, the state’s oldest youth development organization, will launch the celebration of its centennial year on the campus of Auburn University on Friday, Aug. 29, to honor the thousands of youth, volunteers and alumni who are part of Alabama 4-H.

The kickoff celebration will begin at 2 p.m. on Cater Hall lawn as dozens of Alabama 4-H’ers from across the state showcase their projects, a diverse array including rocketry, archery, technology, photography, design and animal husbandry.

Auburn President Jay Gogue will speak at a 4:30 p.m. ceremony, along with Dalta Garrett, Alabama 4-H State Council President; a Shelby County 4-member; Gaines Smith, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Virginia Caples of Alabama A&M University; and Lamar Nichols, assistant director for 4-H and Youth Development.

Festivities will continue on Saturday, Aug. 30 as nearly 1,000 Alabama 4-members attend the Auburn vs. Louisiana Monroe football game as guests of Auburn Athletics. The 4-members will be treated to a tailgate prior to the football game.

“4-H continues to be a vital part of life in Alabama, and through its educational programs the lives of so many youth, including mine, have been changed. Through 4-H, youth learn not only about subject matter, but they learn about serving their community, they take on leadership responsibilities and they shape their future,” said Smith.

“Alabama 4-H is a program of rich heritage and dynamic youth who have bright and promising futures because of 4-H,” said Nichols, who directs 4-H employees statewide. “Alabama 4-H youth are more confident, and they are empowered to reach their full potential through 4-H.”

“For 100 years now, Alabama’s 4-H program has offered our youth a wholesome and enriching opportunity in which to learn important leadership and teamwork skills,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. “I congratulate Alabama’s 4-H on reaching their centennial. This is certainly a monumental achievement and I wish them the best of luck in the next 100 years.”

Alabama 4-H is offered in all 67 counties and more than 58,000 youth participate in a variety of 4-H clubs, special interest clubs, activities, events and competitions throughout the state.

During 2008-09, local, county and regional centennial celebrations are being planned across the state.

For more information, contact Janet McCoy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (334) 844-7690 or e-mail: mccoyjl@aces.edu. To learn more about Alabama 4-H, go to www.alabama4h.com.

Contact: Janet McCoy, (334) 844-7690 (mccoyjl@aces.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)