Photo by Cooper Henckel
4-H returns to in-person for the Oneida County Fair
Story By Cooper Henckel
Local News Published 07/22/2021 2:06PM, Last Updated 07/22/2021 2:59PM
Rhinelander - The Oneida County Fair is back and better in person this year as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, and the 4-H club is making its return in person as well.
"4-H has been a long supporter of the Fair," said 4-H Educator Anne Williams. "The Fair's always been a place for 4-H to provide educational opportunities for youth."
Nine-year-olds Mikayla and Quinn both joined 4-H a year ago, but with big, in-person group projects on hold during the lockdown, 4-Hers will show off how they turned their backyards into gardens.
"We've been growing lots of carrots and lettuce," said Makayla. "We actually picked these carrots last night and washed them up."
Or how they traveled along Mars's surface with their own, at-home rover.
"It has batteries and a motor, which makes it go with gears to help the wheels spin," Quinn said.
4-H will be hosting different classes throughout the day in addition to putting their hard work up for judging.
"In the morning, they can build a rover or a glider, which is an airplane," said Williams. "In the afternoon, we have a chance for them to build a boat, and then later in the afternoon we'll have a junk drawer robotics challenge. So they get a variety of different materials and supplies and we'll challenge them to build a really cool contraption with all the junk they have, so we're really excited."
Williams plans to keep virtual activities in the club's rotation, allowing for greater accessibility and more creative approaches to meeting 4-H's mission of youth development. Williams wants people to know 4-H is more than just the Fair.
"The Fair is just one event that 4-H's can participate in," said Williams. "Community clubs are another event, another way 4-Hers can participate in."
You can learn more about the Oneida County 4-H club on their website and meet them Saturday, July 31st at the Oneida County Fair.