Did you know there is a 4-H club right here in Roxborough?
4-H is an informal, educational program for youth between the ages of 8-18 (as of December 31st) and a special program for 5-7 year olds. It is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, color, sex or place of residence and is sponsored in Colorado by Colorado State University Extension, your local land grant University.
4-H club members can participate in a wide variety of educational activities by the community, county, and state. Some of these activities are tours, workshops, achievement programs, camps, statewide conferences, exchanges, exhibits and fairs.
Our local group, the Roxborough Renegades 4-H, has nine members and is led by Roisin McEwen and three other leaders. “We are an eclectic club. Any kid interested in any project can participate. There are a variety of things that kids can do in 4-H – anything from bicycling to small engines to cake decorating, shooting sports, animals and entomology,” said McEwen.
Some of these local 4-H club members will be presenting their general projects to a judge on Saturday, August 2nd, during the closed Exhibit Day at the Douglas County Fair. They will learn the results of their efforts on Wednesday, August 6th, when the general projects and awards are open to the public in Kirk Hall beginning at 1:00 p.m.
If any of their projects are selected among the top few, they will go on to compete with other counties in the Colorado State Fair. On Sunday, August 3rd and Monday, August 4th, they will be showing horses beginning at 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. respectively. Several members of One Roxborough have generously donated prizes for the horse project. On Saturday, August 9th they will be showing llamas beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The exhibits and events are open to the public and the Roxborough Renegades would love for you to come see their work. The main Douglas County Fair will take place August 7-10, 2014. For more information and schedules, visit www.douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.
In addition to participating in shows throughout the year, the Roxborough Renegades also conduct community service projects including picking up trash in Roxborough and helping with the recent American flag project.
The benefits of participating in a 4-H club include: learning business, leadership and life skills, and becoming more responsible and informed citizens. If you are interested in learning more about the local 4-H club or would like to join, visit www.douglascountyextension.org or call 720-733-6940.