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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Dianna Ullery, WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2153 or dianna.ullery@wsu.edu

Summer Fun is Heating Up with Thurston County 4-H Programs
Fun, adventure and learning with 4-H for youth ages 8 to 12

School is out and the weather is warming up, which means the Thurston County "4-H Summer 4-Kids" program is just around the corner.

Registration is open for the Thurston County 4-H signature summer event. The 2015 program runs from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 for youth ages 8 to 12. The program includes action-packed days filled with activities and projects that are hands-on, educational and fun. Many of the projects can also be entered to compete at the Thurston County Fair July 29 through August 2.

The 4-H Summer 4-Kids program is open to 4-H members and non-members. Participants can choose to do a half-day program of just morning or afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday for $60, or they can choose to do the full-day program of morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday for $120. But hurry, classes are limited to 10 students each, and registration is due by Wednesday, July 8. All sessions will be held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey.

To learn more about the 4-H Summer 4-Kids program or to register your child, contact the Thurston County 4-H Office at tc4h@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2153. The Thurston County 4-H Office also has lots of information about other 4-H programs available throughout the year for youth of all ages.

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 29 through August 2. Everything from animals to artwork will be on display, and 4-H club members will compete for the chance to show their projects at the Washington State Fair in September. Details about contests and events are on the Thurston County Fair web site at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.

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 400 members supporting 55 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://ext100.wsu.edu/thurston/youth or call (360) 867-2153. 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