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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Patricia O'Neil, WSU Extension - Thurston County 4-H at (360) 867-2172

Summer Fun is Heating Up with Thurston County 4-H Programs

School is out and the weather is warming up, which means the Thurston County 4-H Creativity Festivity day camp program is just around the corner.

Registration is open for Thurston County 4-H's signature summer event. The 2013 Creativity Festivity day camp runs from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 for youth who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Creativity Festivity includes action-packed days filled with programs and projects that are creative, educational and fun. Many of the projects can also be entered to compete at the Thurston County Fair July 31 through August 4.

Creativity Festivity is open to 4-H members and non-members. Creativity Festivity campers receive continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for all five days, all supplies and activities, plus a camp t-shirt for $85. Contact the Thurston County 4-H Office at (360) 867-2157 or TC4H@co.thurston.wa.us to register and to learn more about Creativity Festivity and other 4-H programs.

Thurston County 4-H is also turning up the heat on family fun this summer with the Outdoor Adventures program. Equipment is available to check out this summer that will help your youth learn about GPS technology and mapping, boating, fishing, hiking, and many more outdoor adventures. Families, clubs and school groups are all encouraged to contact the Thurston County 4-H Office to learn more about Outdoor Adventure equipment loans that are available to 4-H members, 4-H clubs, and for events sponsored by Thurston County 4-H.

Be sure to join Thurston County 4-Hers as they show their projects and celebrate their accomplishments this year at the Thurston County Fair July 31 through August 4. Everything from animals to artwork will be on display, and 4-H club members will compete for the chance to show their project at the Washington State Fair in September. Details about contests and events are coming soon to the Thurston County Fair webpage at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair.

The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 442 members supporting 89 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical "hands-on" learning. The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System.

To learn more about all of the Thurston County 4-H programs and membership, visit http://county.wsu.edu/thurston or call (360) 867-2157. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3