Less than five years ago, Traill County’s 4-H participation was struggling.
With some families joining clubs in Steele County, the number of kids actively involved in Traill County 4-H hovered around 20.
However, thanks to renewed recruiting efforts, NDSU Extension agent Jill Murphy is looking at a boom in numbers across the county.
“It’s been building over time,” Murphy said. “We did a lot more posters in business places and a lot more reaching out in the school.
“This was one of our most successful summers for summer programming,” she added. “We had an end-of-year picnic and that brought in 90 people.”
Murphy and her office assistant, Katie Mueller, say two new 4-H clubs have sprung up in Traill County with nearly 50 kids expected to participate over the next nine months.
Hillsboro’s new Hooves and Hearts club will join Mayville’s first-year Traill County Meadlowlarks chapter along with Buxton’s Generation II group.
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