CHARLOTTE, N.Y. — On Saturday June 23, 2018, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County held their 2nd Annual 4-H Expo at Ontario Beach Park at Charlotte. 4-H is a research-based program that focuses on empowering youth to engage in citizenship, leadership, and to enhance life skills. Thank you to the Monroe County Park Department for hosting this event.
There were many activities for families and youth to participate in. The activities focused on Conservation, STEM, Health & Wellness, Agriculture, Citizenship and more.
Upon entering the Expo, youth were greeted with a map and “passport”. Youth were encouraged to visit several stations to complete the “passport” and receive a 4-H water bottle. Children had a lot of fun and enjoyed the encouragement from each volunteer.
One “passport” location was Love Beets, a local agribusiness finding ways to attract youth to beets through their unique recipes. This was a great way for families to learn about the different types of beets, how they taste and other ways to eat them. Their beet freeze pops were a hit and encouraged a new healthy snack to youth.
A popular station at the 4-H Expo was Yoga in the Park. Many children knew the benefits of yoga and have done it before in school or at home. One family talked about their child’s preschool teacher leading the class in yoga every morning.
The Monroe County Sheriff D.A.R.E. program joined us at the 4-H Expo with McGruff and the D.A.R.E. Mustang. McGruff was a hit with the children, he hula-hooped, gave out stickers, and even participated in yoga!
A nutrition demonstration called, Rethink Your Drink, compared the amounts of sugar that are in popular drinks. Families were amazed at the amounts of much sugar that actually exists in these drinks. There was a lot of positive feedback about the nutrition demonstration and how it was very helpful to see this educational visual. Rethink Your Drink was very eye-opening for the families. Many went home with free recipes to make healthier drink options.
There were many other conservation-minded organizations at the Expo encouraging youth to give back to our earth such as: a solar energy demonstration, beekeepers & pollinators, the ZooMobile and an education activity on invasive water plants.
Monroe County’s 4-H clubs were well represented. Members & leaders from Busy Bees, Top of the Hill Gang Hilton Horsemen, K-9 Kids, Posh Ponies, Mariah Meadows led activities or showed their animals, interacting with the families that attended. 4-H projects were also judged at this event.
This event was made possible by our generous sponsors: The Mary Wenderlich Team at Keller Williams Greater Rochester, Phil Andolina and the Lawley Organization, Wilman 4-H Animal Science Fund, Schutt’s Apple Mill, Monroe County Parks Department, Expozures, April Spring-Buckley, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Walmart Eat for Health, Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, Wegmans, GreenSpark and Kittlebergers/Pub 235.
Special thanks to our volunteers & community partners including: REC On The Move, City of Rochester Fire Department, ROC Animal School, Prism Finger Lakes Institute, Monroe County Sheriff, Rochester Honey Bees, Love Beets, Road Dog Café and Mercy High School Robotics Team (Xcentrics)
Check out our 4-H 2nd Annual Expo pictures on our Facebook page! www.facebook.com/CCEMonroe
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County
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