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Washington County 4-H holds its project extravaganza

GTNS photo by David Hotle

4-H’er John Moore works on a piece of wood in a workshop Saturday at the 4-H Project Extravaganza held on the Washington County Fairgrounds.
GTNS photo by David Hotle 4-H’er John Moore works on a piece of wood in a workshop Saturday at the 4-H Project Extravaganza held on the Washington County Fairgrounds.

John Moore, along with a roomful of fellow 4-H members, learned about how to use stain during woodworking as part of a workshop at the biannual 4-H Spring Project Extravaganza held at the Washington County Extension Office and throughout the fairgrounds Saturday morning.

Running a brush of stain over a practice piece of wood, Moore carefully dabbed stain on a few open spots he noticed. Area contractor Andy Drahota, who was instructing the young student, looked on to check Moore’s progress. As a contractor, Drahota is an expert at applying stain and had volunteered to teach the 4-H’ers in the area during the extravaganza.

“I just wanted to learn how to better stain wqod,” he said. “I use wood in so many projects, I just wanted to learn to work with wood better.”

Moore was one of over 100 4-H members to turn out to the fairgrounds to improve their skills used in making projects. Six workshops were held throughout the fairgrounds teaching everything from photography to showmanship. Any member over fourth grade was welcome to come.

4-H Youth coordinator Amy Green said Washington County 4-H tries to put on an event of this kind twice a year, in the winter and in the spring.

“We are always on the lookout for unique ideas kids are going to be interested in and trying to expose them to new ideas and learning opportunities they might not have at home.” Green said.

As part of the event, the students are connected with experts in a particular field to learn the basics of a subject. Each class had between 12 and 20 students getting hands-on experience in the subjects. The vent is the first main event of the spring for Washington 4-H members. As the season continues, Green said the next big events will come Saturday, April 20 with an open cattle show, the annual pancake breakfast and a horse driving clinic.