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Posted by GoatWorld on March 21, 2002 at 11:31:48:

4-H celebrates 100 years

Beth Ramirez de Arellano
News Journal correspondent

A three-way centennial celebration, featuring a livestock show, dozens of exhibits and a "Share The Fun" talent show, is in store for 4-H and FFA youth Saturday at the Langley Bell 4-H Center.

Bruce Graner

4-H is marking its 100-year anniversary, said Kay Brown, 4-H extension agent for Escambia County.

"In Escambia County, we have the oldest continuing 4-H club in the state of Florida - the Barrineau Park Club, which is probably about 80 years old," Brown said.

Activities Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. include a livestock show with award-winning dairy and breeding cattle, goats and hogs. There will be a live auction featuring a registered Boer buck and kid, both were donated. Proceeds go toward the 4-H meat goat program in Escambia County.

The show, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Agricultural and Natural Resources Association, begins at 9 a.m. The livestock sale is at 6 p.m.

A variety of exhibits and demonstrations will take place throughout the day, with 4-H clowns, face-painting and balloons. Educational activities will include a guide-dog demonstration. Event-goers can learn about honey bees, ants and sharks, and see clothing and food items made by club members.

There's also a 100th birthday party at noon with a cake and party trimmings.

The "Share the Fun" talent show gives 4-H'ers from age 8 to 18 an opportunity to strut their stuff. There will be singing and dancing, and dramatic and novelty performances.

Junior members, 8 to 12, will be onstage from 11 a.m. to noon; senior members, 13 to 18, are on from 1 to 2 p.m.

Kellie Gindl, 11, plays trumpet and plans to play something from one of her favorite movies, "Beauty and the Beast." She won a ribbon in last year's talent show and hopes to win again.

Brothers Adam, 9, and Alex Brockmeier, 13, will play piano solos.

"I'm not really used to playing on a different piano," Adam said, "I'm still kind of nervous."

Last year's talent show went well, Alex said.

"I was kind of nervous and made a couple of mistakes, but I did pretty good."

Want to go?
What: 4-H Centennial Celebration, Livestock Show and Sale.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Livestock sale at 6 p.m.
Where: Langley Bell 4-H Center, 4810 W. Nine Mile Road.
Cost: Admission is free.
Details: 475-5230.

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