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4-H Foundation has spent over $1 million for youth programs

Posted on 11/16/2017
4-H Foundation has spent over $1 million for youth programs

In Weld County, agriculture is a way of life for many residents, and Weld County 4-H programs actively support agricultural educational opportunities for Weld County kids through financial assistance of the 4-H Foundation. This year, the foundation reached a major milestone by passing the $1 million mark in funds spent on 4-H programming since 1980.

“This milestone is impressive,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Investing that kind of money for Weld County kids is amazing and a testament to the hard work the 4-H Foundation puts in to the program year after year!”

Perhaps what is even more amazing, is that the group has only one true fundraiser a year, Mardi Gras – a family-oriented event that draws attendees from across the county. This year’s Mardi Gras event will be held Saturday, November 18, from
3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the exhibition building at Island Grove Park, located at
525 North 15th Avenue in Greeley.

“Events like Mardi Gras are not only a fun way for families to spend time together, but they go a long way in preserving unique 4-H events and opportunities,” Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman said.

All proceeds from the event go to the 4-H Foundation and are used to provide many unique educational opportunities to the kids of 4-H including traveling to state competitions and conferences and sending delegates to the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. At the conference, kids from 4-H programs around the county have an opportunity to draft a 4-H presentation and present it to legislators. Camp Cloverbud, a summer camp for children ranging from age five to seven, and a 4-H scholarship fund are also made possible in large part because of proceeds raised by the Mardi Gras event.

“Without the Mardi Gras piece, what we do wouldn’t be able to happen at the level it does,” said Kim Sterkel, Weld County 4-H Youth Development Agent. “Mardi Gras gives different 4-H clubs the opportunity to work together and engage with our community to give back to 4-H.”

The theme for this year’s Mardi Gras is the movie Grease, and the event will feature carnival-style games; baking, eating, and look-a-like contests; and bingo, where the winner will take home a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving! There will also be a silent auction and a dance from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The event is free to enter; game tickets can be purchased for 25 cents and dance tickets are available for $5 each. Direct donations to the 4-H Foundation are also welcome. All booths are organized by the 27 clubs that make up Weld County 4-H.

For more information contact Teresa Johnson, 4-H Event Coordinator at (970) 400-2070, or at