North Carolina 4-H Congress delegates come to Raleigh on Saturday

Media contact: Mitzi Downing, (cel) 919.818.9460

State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 21-24, attracting 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.  At State 4-H Congress, youth will choose between traditional 4-H Congress activities and two learning tracks on citizenship and leadership.

4-H is the youth development program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, which is based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities and offers programming through county centers across the state. 4-H Congress activities will be held on NC State’s campus, the N.C. State Fairgrounds and at other locations around town.

Below is an outline of daily activities for State 4-H Congress. News media who need further information can contact 4-H Program Director Mitzi Downing, listed at the top of this release, or stop by the 4-H Congress host and hostess table in the lobby of NC State University’s McKimmon Center. (See campus map.)

Saturday, June 21

State presentation finals, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NC State University North Campus

SAS (32A), Poe (24) and Riddick Halls (39): See this campus map for directions (numbers correspond to those on map).

Delegates will participate in competitions designed to demonstrate their knowledge of subjects ranging from landscaping to sewing to wildlife. State winners, many of whom go on to compete in regional or national contests, will be named in more than 30 subject matter categories.

Outdoor cookery competitions, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
NC State University’s Court of North Carolina: See this campus map for directions.

Smoke will rise from NC State’s Court of North Carolina Saturday morning, but no need to sound the alarm. 4-H’ers will bring their grills here to demonstrate their expertise in preparing a variety of char-broiled recipes.

Opening assembly and Honor Club tapping, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
McKimmon Center, Room 1
4-H delegations from across the state will open 4-H Congress with a colorful parade of county 4-H flags. During the assembly, new members of the 4-H Honor Club – the top honor a 4-H’er can receive – will be tapped in a candlelight ceremony.

Sunday, June 22

Hands and Health to Service: Healthy Living Fun Run & Walk, 9 – 11 a.m.
NC State’s Centennial Campus

4-H’ers will participate in a 4-K run or walk to celebrate healthy living and to raise money. Participants have raised pledges in their home county to support the local charity of their choice.

Monday, June 23

AIRE interviews, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
McKimmon Center, Room 3
Application, Interview, Resume and Essay is a four-step process by which youth are chosen to attend national 4-H events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference. Youth complete interviews at 4-H Congress.

Candlelight clover, 10:45 – 11:15 p.m.
Dorton Arena, N.C. State Fairgrounds

In this popular closing tradition for State 4-H Congress, 4-H’ers form a giant four-leaf clover lit by candles.

Tuesday, June 24

Citizenship track delegates visit the N.C. General Assembly, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
4-H’ers participating in the citizenship track will travel by buses to the N.C. General Assembly building for legislative visits.

Farewell luncheon, 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
McKimmon Center, Room 1
Motivational speaker Kyle Scheele delivers the capnote address at the luncheon.

More than 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.

– Written by Natalie Hampton, 919.513.3128 

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