4-H plans Extravaganza Day event

WESTPORT - Local 4-Her's will have the chance to learn about food preservation and canning, about horticulture and gardening, about pinwheels and presenting in public at the second annual 4-H Extravaganza Day, Jan. 29.

"We encourage all of the 4-H youth and adults to come out to the event and it is a great chance to learn about the things that we are working on," Mary Breyette of Cornell Cooperative Extension said.

The Extravaganza Day will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Westport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for the entire day of workshops is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Breyette said the featured speaker will be Jerry McGovern, a professor at Plattsburgh State University, who will talk about making public presentations.

"He will talk about public presentations and give the youths a chance to learn how to better display and present their projects and activities," Breyette said.

Breyette added learning more about public presentations helps the students as they continue on in 4-H.

"At this event, the members of the Science, Energy and Technology (SET) program will be giving a public presentation on pinwheels," Breyette said. "At the field days in May, there will be several presentations that will be done by the students themselves, so this will help them with ideas and things they can do to be better public presenters."

The event will start with a presentation on food preservation and canning, a key aspect of the 2011 4-H agenda.

"It is a life skill and something that we are focusing on this year," Breyette said. "It encourages gardening, spending time with the family, producing and storing local produce, eating healthy and even exercise."

Another presentation that will take place at the event will be making honey lip balm.

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