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4-H Youth Development


The 4-H/Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens. The emphasis is on "hands-on" learning that focuses on the youth's area of interest. Programs are conducted with the help of parents, adult volunteer leaders and professional staff who organize educational experiences. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and project groups, 4-H school enrichment programs, 4-H camp and other special activities.

Fayette County 4-H programs and events (including, but not limited to clubs, classes and camps) are for residents or students of Fayette County only. If you are not a resident or student of Fayette County, please check with your home county about the 4-H Programs available for your child.




County Extension Agents for
4-H/Youth Development
 4-H Program Assistants

Kevin Lindsay

Kelly Rexroat





Deana Reed




Mary Jane Frietsche







4-H Supporter,

Will you give 14 minutes to 4-H over the next 28 days? Giving just 30 seconds each day during December could help Kentucky 4-H receive $25,000.

4-H is one of three organizations that is vying for a special $100,000 funding boost in the Farm Credit Mid-America 299 Ways to Say Thanks campaign. In addition to 4-H, FFA and the Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program are in contention for the prize across the Farm Credit association area of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The winner will be determined by the greatest number of online votes. Kentucky 4-H members, volunteers, Agents, alumni and friends are encouraged to cast their vote supporting 4-H. Participants may vote one time per day throughout the campaign ending January 1, 2015. To cast your vote, simply visit

To learn more check out our blog at You can help make Kentucky 4-H a little GREENER this Holiday season with just 30 seconds a day.


Keith L. Rogers

Executive Director
Kentucky 4-H Foundation



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4-H Communications Event


The holiday season is here, and Bluegrass Hospitality Group is pleased to invite Fayette County 4-H Council to participate in a special holiday fundraiser.



Holly Day

Come down to the Fayette Extension office to join us for Holly Day—a fun day of arts, crafts, and snacks on December 23rd, 2014! It will begin at 9am and end at 2pm. To cut down on the cost of this event we are asking you bring your own lunch. The fee for this event will be $5.00. The registration form is attached in this newsletter so please fill out and return to our office by December 16th . We will be limited to 20 children, so please do not delay in getting the registration form and fee to us as you will not be guaranteed a spot until we have received your payment. Have any questions about this 4-H event? Contact Mary Jane Frietsche at the Extension office or by email: Hope to see you all there!

Holly Day Registration Form


Bread Making Workshop

Want to make bread from scratch? We are offering a bread making workshop on January 22nd at the Extension office from 6-8pm. In the event of bad weather, our reschedule date will be January 26th at the same time. The fee for this workshop will be $5.00 to cover the cost of the bread making kits and other supplies. Workshop registration form is located in this newsletter. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mary Jane Frietsche at the Extension office or by email: Hope to see you there!

Bread Making Workshop Registration Form 



Contest takes it to the (piggy) bank


Source: Jeanne Davis, extension program coordinator and co-director of Managing in Tough Times Initiative


It’s time for Kentucky’s young people to exercise their financial creativity by entering the Piggy Bank Design Contest.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its Managing in Tough Times Initiative host the contest every fall in anticipation of Kentucky Saves Week, a time in February dedicated to encouraging individuals to start or increase their personal savings. Kentucky Saves Week 2015 is Feb. 23-28.

Any school-age student in Kentucky can enter the Piggy Bank Design Contest at their county UK Cooperative Extension office. While the contest gives students the opportunity to think creatively, it also affords them with the chance to think about ways to build wealth and reduce debt.

Each of the state’s seven extension districts will choose two winning entries based on originality, creativity, artistic design and attractiveness. Winning designs will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during February. Winners will also receive a certificate.

Click here for an Entry form

For more information about Kentucky Saves, visit

Fun ways to make holiday breaks more enjoyable without technology

Contact: Jennifer Tackett, extension specialist for 4-H youth development


The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, many times our attention turns to technology, but it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.

You can use the holidays as a way to help your family get active. Activities like sledding, snowball fights, building a snowman, shoveling snow and skiing are all great outdoor activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. If snow and cold weather aren’t appealing or no snow is available, you can always get your family active indoors. Possible indoor activities include stretching, dancing and home decorating projects. Trips to the museum, bowling alley, gym or mall can provide a healthy dose of fun, physical activity.

Use the holidays to develop a shared interest with your children. Share one of your favorite hobbies with them. Cook or bake with them and let them choose the recipe and measure the ingredients. If you have children who are craftsy, teach them how to make jewelry, paint, draw characters or make friendship bracelets.

Imagination can also make the time fly by. Some great ways to engage your young person’s imagination is to have them write or act out a play, put on a talent show or build an indoor fort.

Don’t forget to put aside a day or two where you and your family do nothing but read, watch movies, play board games and rest. This can help you and your child feel recharged and ready to return to school and work after the holidays.



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