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NMSU To Host State 4-H Conference

LAS CRUCES - Nearly 500 4-H members will learn new skills, earn scholarships, elect new officers and take part in a whirl of activities at the 80th Annual State 4-H Conference July 14-18 at New Mexico State University.

With the theme "4-H: The Thrill of a Lifetime," the conference offers several new twists this year, including a talent show and digital camera workshop. The shooting sports contests usually held during the conference were moved earlier in the year to coincide with national competitions.

However, members will still compete in more than 30 events, including livestock judging, home economics presentations, fashion revue and public speaking.

Students can win scholarships, plaques, medals and ribbons. Scholarships and trips to the National 4-H Congress will be awarded to members who submitted winning record books of their 4-H project, leadership and citizenship activities.

When they're not competing, 4-H members can take tours of Aldershot's greenhouses, the F&A Dairy cheese plant, Coldstone Creamery and the NMSU campus, for a firsthand look at college life. Members can also attend workshops offered by the ambassadors, diplomats and officers about creating floral wreaths and learning opportunities for senior 4-H members.

Delegates from each county will elect seven new officers to serve on the 2003-2004 State Leadership Team. The officers will help lead 4-H activities, such as the state fair and community service, statewide.

Amy Zemler, 4-H youth activities specialist, said that the conference allows members to meet new people and see how 4-H has developed.

"4-H is an opportunity for all youth to have a chance at growing and developing in an environment that will teach them valuable life and leadership skills they can apply in their lives both presently and in the future," she said. "It gives kids some ideas of career opportunities in agriculture."

For more information about the state conference, contact Zemler at (505) 646-5204 or the state 4-H office at (505) 646-3026.