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NMSU To Host State 4-H Conference July 10-14

LAS CRUCES - A nonstop whirl of contests, workshops, elections and fun awaits more than 450 4-H members July 10-14 during State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University.


The theme for this year's state 4-H conference is "4-H: More Than You Ever Imagined." Activities are for senior 4-H members, ages 14 to 19.

4-H members will attend workshops on rock climbing and western dance, and compete in contests from horticulture to parliamentary procedure. A new event this year is the livestock skill-a-thon, which tests contestants' knowledge of the livestock industry.

NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences awards 10 4-H scholarships of $500 to high point individuals in three presentation and seven general contests at the conference. Family and Community Education, 4-H Foundation and Pioneer Hi-Bred International scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000, are awarded based on 4-H achievement.

"Participation in the contests gives 4-H members a chance to compare their skills against how they finished the previou- s year or earlier in the year," said Danette McGuire, 4-H youth activities specialist. Participating in state conference gives members a chance to gain leadership and communication skills, she said.

Members who are not participating in contests or workshops can attend as voting delegates to elect officers for the coming year.

On July 12, 4-H members will elect seven state officers. Nominees submit an application to the state 4-H office and campaign at the conference. Officers, along with ambassadors and diplomats selected in January, serve as 4-H's leadership team and help run statewide activities.

"4-H develops life skills in our young people today," McGuire said. "A lot of people think of 4-H as just agriculture, but we do so much more than that. We teach decision-making, problem-solving and marketable skills members can use throughout their lives."

During the conference, 4-H delegates are chosen to go to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. The awards are based on record books that document a member's participation in project area over a 4-H career.

For more information about 4-H or the state conference, contact your county Extension office or call the New Mexico State 4-H Office toll-free at (888) 646-5204.