Camps, fair add up to busy month

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Flower power prevailed as 4-H youth and their camp counselors gather July 9 during the Hippie Days Camp at Lake Creek Youth Camp.

Summer is one of the greatest times for extension. We have the Community Garden project going well, 4-H camps, the county fair and a canning class. It is a good thing days are longer so I can get everything done!

The Garden of Eat'n is thriving and the produce is being harvested. The Fairgrounds Garden continues to be a work in progress.

The Community Garden organization continues to meet once a month on the third Wednesday, except in August. We welcome people from all of Grant County to participate in person or by phone. Call the extension office at 575-1911 for more information.

This summer 4-H has two camps. The Grant/Harney Hippie Days Camp was held July 6-10 at Lake Creek Youth Camp. We had 25 youth from Grant County participate in the camp. Scholarships and financial aid were provided by the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Department of Human Services, John and Lindy Bastian and the 4-H leaders. We appreciate the clubs and individuals who supported camp; without scholarships and financial aid we would have had youth not able to go to camp.

John Bastian, Andy Day, Glenn Palmer and Todd McKinley for were instrumental in assisting us with our community project, which was building two water fountains for the Lake Creek Youth Camp.

Our other camp is a Natural Resource Science Camp Sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Forest Service, OSU Extension 4-H, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Paleo Lands Institute, John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon Hunters Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

This camp is for kids in grades 7-9, but youth in sixth, 10th, 11th , and 12th grades also are welcome this first year. The deadline to register has been extended to July 27. The youth do not need to be from Grant County.

The camp is at Lake Creek Youth Camp July 30-Aug. 1, 2009. The cost is $40. There will be classes on wildlife biology, stargazing, outdoor cooking, fisheries, etc. This is a camp that should not be overlooked. Call 575-1911 for more information.

The Grant County Fair, "100th Years, Still in the Saddle" starts Aug. 19. The 4-H portion starts Aug. 6 with the Skills Contests and Fashion Review. More contests will be held prior to Aug. 18.

You can check with our office or the fair book for futher information on any of the contests. For the first time in 30 years the 4-H/FFA Auction will not be sponsored by the John Day Kiwanis. We would like to thank the Kiwanis for all of their service to the 4-H and FFA members through sponsoring the auction in Grant County.

This year's auction will be managed by the sales committee made up of individuals from 4-H, FFA, and extension. The 4-H leaders will be raffling off a lap quilt, made by the 4-H leaders of Grant County. Tickets may be purchased from 4-H leaders or at the fair.

The 4-H youth leaders are sponsoring a parade entry, and are inviting all current and previous 4-H members and leaders to ride in the parade.

On Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a canning class for peaches and salsa. The cost will be $35. All supplies will be provided. I will also be testing pressure canning lids at the fair Wednesday through Friday. Please call the OSU Extension office, 541-575-1911 for more information.

Maxine Day is the extension agent for 4-H in Grant County.

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