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Annual Polk County 4-H Achievement Banquet Held

The 2013 Polk County 4-H Achievement Banquet was held Saturday, October 5, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Mena.  Over 150 people enjoyed the excellent meal that consisted of brisket, chicken, rolls, and a potluck of side dishes and desserts.  Nine of the eleven county clubs were represented.  The clubs provided table decorations and the Lead 4 Life 4-H Club hung streamers and balloons.

The program included a chance for various 4-H members and Cloverbuds to share some of their 4-H experiences from the last year.  A slideshow of pictures reinforced the wide scope of activities that Polk County 4-H provided to youth throughout the year.

Awards were given for participants of the 2013 O’Rama events and for each of the 4-H Record Books that were submitted in January.  Special awards went to:

Junior Member of the Year—Elizabeth Hachtel

Senior Member of the Year—Caroline Ezell

Volunteer Leader of the Year—Janet Watkins

Club Spirit Award – Lead 4 Life 4-H Club

Community Service Award – Mighty Oaks 4-H Club

Promotion Award of the Year – Lead 4 Life

Club of the Year – All Around

Graduating 4-H’er, Peter Gandy received an engraved 4-H medallion in recognition of his years spent in 4-H.

For more information about Polk County 4-H, contact Kathy at the County Extension Office at 211 DeQueen St., Mena, or by phone at (479) 394-6018, or by e-mail at

4-H programs are open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to the activity.