HAMILTON – The Montana State University Extension 4-H Program and the Ravalli County Fairgrounds are partnering up to raise money to support the growing number of 4-H participants in the area.
“4-H is currently on the upswing. We have a growth spurt and this year, especially in the livestock buildings. We were bursting at the seems. We actually had to borrow pens to get in all the swine this year. We can’t really do band-aids on these barns anymore. We’re talking about some major replacements,” said Summerdale organizational leader Jeanette Smith.
The group hosted a fundraiser picnic at the fairgrounds on Saturday and students used the event not only as an opportunity to expand their space but also to educate the public.
“I just feel like its important to get agriculture out there. To tell people what its about and to really just show them what it’s about. The 4-H kids they like need a barn during fair and so and they need one that is stable enough and works best,” said 4-H member Casey Beard.
The fundraiser at the fairgrounds was only the beginning of their plan to raise money for the project.
Students and their families are encouraging members of the community to send them ideas before they take their next steps.
The group plans to meet Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds to discuss the communities vision for the future.
-Lauren Heiser reporting for MTN News