Kids, families make choices

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Last week I heard several conversations about the dwindling numbers in 4-H and the county fair. It’s true: It ain’t what it used to be. Probably never will be.

At this year’s Dewey County Fair, only 19 kids and 4 adults showed projects. There were only five entries in the cookie contest and five in the pie contest. Even counting rodeo and shooting sports, 4-H enrollment is declining the past few years.

The reasons are many, starting with the reorganization that the Cooperative Extension Service did a few years ago when they fired all the County Extension agents and offered them a chance to apply for fewer jobs serving several counties. Our local agents understandably went to other careers instead. We’ve had a series of part-time 4-H advisors and more of the work has fallen to parents, who, along with kids, have been losing interest.



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