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Crowd attends first-ever 4-H Fall Festival

WARRENSBURG - The Warren County 4-H Fall Festival, held recently by Cooperative Extension for area families, attracted a crowd that participated in the games and activities - and agency representatives said Tuesday they were excited by the positive response.

"Warren County 4-H and Cornell Cooperative Extension staff was both overwhelmed and extremely pleased with the well-attended event," 4-H Extension employee Martina Yngente said of the Oct. 17 event. "We are so pleased with the number of families who turned out for this event - we will definitely be doing this again next year."

Earlier in the day, 4-H Club members from the Adirondack Venturers, the Clover Buddies, and the Teen Ambassadors helped set up and decorate for the festival. Many of the adult club leaders and youth club members stayed throughout the day to run the 4-H Fall Festival games and activities that were offered at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

While the weather was chilly, many of the families stayed warm by participating in the activities. Some of these games offered included an old fashioned frying pan toss, a gunny sack race, donuts-on-a-string - doughnuts were donated by the local Dunkin Donuts - a toilet paper mummy race, mask making and more. There was a scavenger hunt and a pumpkin painting station, which was extremely popular. Pumpkins were donated by Lazy River Farms of Warrensburg and Sheldon Farms of Salem. The festivities continued into the evening with pizza and a movie.

The Festival was held in order to raise more awareness of the 4-H Youth Development program and the many opportunities that it offers youth ages 5 to 19 who live in and around Warren County, Yngente said. Many of the attendees enjoyed the afternoon and requested more information about getting involved in 4-H and what it is about. Those who would like more information regarding 4-H, call 668-4881 and ask for Martina Yngente or John Bowe.

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