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Wirt County Dining with Diabetes Course Offered in October

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2019 Wirt County Fair

Ninety-six 4-H and FFA exhibitors showed and sold animals at the 2019 Wirt County Fair. One hundred fifty-five animals were exhibited and sold. The barn was busting at the seams as we squeezed in temporary pens to fit all of the animals. This was another successful year for 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Glenn McFee donates sale proceeds to WVU Medicine Children's in honor of his late sister, Lynlee McFee.

4-H'er poses for a picture4-H'er leads a black angus calf.

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Wirt County 4-H Camping Season 2019

Final Council Circle - campers with 4-H flag

On June 8, 2019, eighty-six youth ages 8-21 arrived at Camp Barbe for a week of fun, learning, and personal growth. Throughout the week, campers participated in sports, classes, tribal meetings, and a daily council circle. A team of twenty-nine volunteers helped make this event possible.

This year, we were joined by twenty-four new campers! These new faces were Jacob Amos, Trenton Bunner, Kamryn Carpenter, Jamie Collins, Sophia Colon, Izac Dotson, Andrea Dye, Lilly Fordyce, Matt Graham, Martel King, Liam March, Clayton Mills, Brooklin Mills, Kinsley Nicolais, Eden Pack, Seth Pack, Emmett Paxton, Jayde Roberts, Jozey Roberts, Raina Shearlock, Issabella Speece, Olivia Starcher, and Dane Stephens.

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Wirt County 4-H News

Wirt County 4-H Open Council Circle

Young male child in a yellow shirt stands up to tell a story surrounded by fellow 4-H'ers.

Wirt County 4-H will host an open council circle for all parents, volunteers, members, supporters, and stakeholders involved in our county 4-H program. The event will begin with a benefit luncheon for the Wirt  County 4-H Foundation. This group provides financial support every year to the Wirt County 4-H program.  In 2019, they provided four half scholarships to state 4-H camps and $1,125 of awards to showmanship division winners at the Wirt County Fair. The Foundation has been a staple in our program for many years and relies almost entirely on the generosity of private donors. This benefit lunch will provide them with the opportunity to continue supporting our program for many years to come. Lunch will be served by donation. 

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Wirt County Livestock Clinic 2019

Four 4-H showmen exhibit pens of 3 market rabbits to a judge.

Youth are invited to attend an informational livestock clinic after school on April 11, 2019. The clinic will provide youth with information on properly selecting, caring for, and showing livestock animals as well as an overview of rules and requirements for the Wirt County Fair.

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Wirt County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp Information

When: July 15-17, 2019 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Barbe 4-H Grounds, 1551 Camp Barbe Road, Elizabeth, WV 26143
Who: Youth who will turn 6 by September 30, 2019 up to age 9. They DO NOT need to be enrolled in 4-H.
Cost: $40 per child - fees include breakfast, lunch, snack and a t-shirt. Additional children from the same family may register for $30.  Invoices will be sent to families following the initial registration. 

Campers will engage in fun activities focused on healthy living, civic engagement and STEM. The youth will also have the opportunity to participate in daily water activities and outdoor games (weather permitting). They will also have their first experience with mini 4-H tribes and a council circle before parent pick up each day. Youth will be supervised by vetted 4-H volunteers and the Wirt County Extension Agent. Teen counselors will assist in teaching classes and leading activities.

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Putting Knowledge to Work!

West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Wirt County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Wirt County Highlights

  • 4-H Program Growth – Participation in the 4-H program rose from 96 members for 2017 to 2018 to 150 members currently enrolled, a 60% increase in one enrollment year.
  • STEM Education – Approximately 1,267 youth contacts were made using STEM programming. This number includes duplicates of children who participated in more than one activity. Activities included STEM stations, club visits, National Youth Science Day and 4-H camp activities.
  • Community Garden – Extension held four garden education classes and worked with Community Resources, Inc. to continue upgrading and managing the community garden, which features 18 4’x8’ raised beds and four standing raised beds.
  • Energy Express – This program was fully enrolled with 40 children being served. 42.5% of the children were first time participants. 25% of the participants served had an Individualized Educational Plan or other special needs learning requirement.
  • Program Volunteers – 33 volunteers were fully vetted and trained in youth protection during 2018, allowing for a safe educational learning environment during all our youth programs.
  • Communications – The WVU Wirt County Extension Service office distributed an annual newsletter to 253 households in the fall of 2018. A 4-H newsletter was distributed three times throughout the year to 4-H families. 19 articles and 22 advertisements were released through the Wirt County News Journal with an audience of 2,600 people. A Facebook page for the Extension office was created and reached users on average, 4,763 times per month. The WVU Wirt County Extension Service webpage had 2,060 unique views over the course of the year.
  • National Council on Aging Partnership – Through this partnership, one senior worker has been placed in the position of administrative assistant to the WVU Wirt County Extension Service Office for 15 hours per week.