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Pickens County 4-H serves free popcorn

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Pickens County 4-H is serving free popcorn to anyone who drops by the office on August 18 between 11a.m. and 4p.m. School resumes on August 19, so this is a chance to have a final summer day. This is open to adults, teens and children whether they are in the 4-H program or not.

The South Carolina 4-H program is part of the Clemson Extension Service. You can drop off a soil sample, ask questions about livestock, plants and cooking or just come in for the free popcorn. The Extension Service is celebrating 100 years of public service this year!

4-H is for boys and girls ages 5-18. Most youth join 4-H clubs such as Archery, Horse, Veterinary or Junior Naturalist. Children who are 5-8 years old can join the Cloverbud Club that meets afterschool once a month in Pickens. This year the theme will be Magic School Bus Science!! Older kids and teens learn responsibility, goal setting and pride of accomplishment while having a lot of fun with friends.

New clubs are forming all of the time!! If you know an adult who would make a good 4-H Volunteer, please have them stop by as well. Volunteers must be 21 (18 for Cloverbud ages), able to pass a SLED check and willing to meet at least ten times during the year with their club. Becoming a volunteer is fun and rewarding and a recent study showed that people who volunteer are more likely to live a healthier and longer life! There is no cost to the adult for the background check or to join 4-H as a volunteer…as a matter of fact, you will receive gifts a couple of times a year!

There is a $10 membership fee to join 4-H. Membership in Pickens County comes with a 4-H t-shirt, membership card, insurance while at 4-H events and a twice-a-month newsletter full of upcoming events and activities. If your child is interested, stop by on the 18th for free popcorn and 4-H info. The address is 222 West Main Street, Pickens. Or e-mail the 4-H office at