Bethany Church sees similarities between archery and playing the violin.

When Rocky Hatridge’s mom suggested he try archery, Rocky, 12, thought it was a good idea.

BEDFORD, Ind. — Faced with raising hundreds of dollars to buy trophies for kids competing at the fair this summer, 4-H Goat Club Leader Amanda Curren got to thinking about a fundraising event.

BLACKFOOT (EISF) ― In keeping with its decade-old tradition of supporting outstanding high school seniors, the Eastern Idaho State Fair, in partnership with Butler Amusement Inc., announced six finalists who have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, according to …

This is Kahler Duncan’s first year in a Bonneville County 4-H archery club but he has experienced archery before in Boy Scouts.

Liam McMurtrey has belonged to a 4-H archery club for going on three years now and has found he likes everything about the sport.

DRIGGS — As of this year, Teton County 4-H is certified to offer a shotgun club and a hunting club, but because Teton Valley has no official shooting range, the youth organization needs a venue for shooting clay pigeons.

BOISE — It wasn’t raining cats and dogs, but the precipitation added to the skittishness of some other four-legged animals. On Sunday, a half-dozen wild horse weanlings went through their paces in a steady drizzle with an intermittent downpour or two.

Caitlin Okeson selected a butterfly design in string art class to give to her sister Anneka because butterflies are her sister’s favorite.

During Brynnley Freeman’s first year in 4-H, she raised a Holstein dairy heifer and plans to raise more.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Taylor Gorden opened the door to her pen of five heifers Jan. 30, and walked gently near the edge of the pen, talking quietly to calm them.

LOGAN, Utah — Cache Makers 4-H Club, in partnership with Utah State University Extension, will be hosting four diverse after-school programs promoting STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — in the month of February.

Riley Berchtold likes the hands-on experiences she gets in Bonneville County’s 4-H day camps and clubs.

LARAMIE, Wyo. — After over a year of recording her expenses, writing letters to her sponsor and grooming him, Kara Reynolds and her calf, Bodie, were able to win grand champion as part of the Catch a Calf program with the National Western Stock Show late last month.

Progress is being made on the new Bonneville County Fairgrounds under construction near Sandy Downs with the Family and Consumer Science Building expected to be completed in May and other buildings shortly thereafter.

During his first year in 4-H, Skyler Ennis won reserve champion in showmanship in all age groups in beef plus many more awards and ribbons with his beef and horse projects.

A Bonneville County 4-H club and 4-H day camps enable Sammie Lackey to meet other kids with similar interests while learning new skills, too.

LOGAN, Utah — Considering how involved high school agricultural teachers can get with hands-on education, it’s not surprising that the field can see a high rate of burnout. One teacher is hoping to help combat that trend locally with the help of a national program.

Kimberly Cramer credits her success in 4-H with practicing how to raise a lamb with her older brothers Jordan, Trevor and Caleb Cramer before she was old enough to join.

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Albany County’s purchase of the Range Arena was completed this fall after voters approved the $325,000 transaction as part of voters’ renewal of the Special Purpose Excise Tax in August.

REXBURG — Four teens from Madison High School have won state for livestock judging and are headed to nationals in Denver, Colo.

Trevor Cramer has raised market steers, pigs, goats and lambs in 4-H. He’s entered the breeding cow class, plus participated in livestock judging, too.

Tractor Supply’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour recently completed its 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over six months from June to November, according to a news release.

The 4-H program provides youths from all backgrounds the opportunity to raise, care for and show livestock. If youths understand how to take vitals, properly administer antibiotics, and understand vaccination programs, they will be better prepared to raise a healthy animal.

PRESTON — You’ve heard of 4-H. You recognize the engraved clover symbolizing head, heart, hands and health.

The best part of raising your own 4-H lambs, is selecting a good prospect, says Macoy Hill.

Tatelyn Hill has been in 4-H for eight years and this year enrolled in FFA at the Technical Careers High School. The school is in District 93.

Gentry Loveland joined 4-H after her grandmother, Darla Hill, and her uncle and aunt, Jared and Jeanna Hill, noticed how much she liked their lambs.

RIGBY — Jefferson County Fair Board Chairman Carl Anderson reflected on an excellent year between the Mud Lake and Rigby FFA and 4-H programs in a meeting with the county commissioners.

EMMETT — Each year October marks a renewal of the local 4-H program. Having completed the Gem/Boise County Fair, many youths take a short break from 4-H as they head back to school before re-enrolling in 4-H for another fun year.

Makae Hogge has many interests, from mountain biking, to 4-H where she won first at the Eastern Idaho State Fair last year in stationing and she qualified to go again this year. Stationing is where a rider moves cattle to different points in the arena. Makae, 12, added that win to many other…

All around the country National 4-H Week celebrates all that is good with the program and clubs and their leaders are at the core of the organization.