National 4-H Week includes area training event

National 4-H Week is being celebrated locally and nationally October 3-9. 

Across the United States, 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people through hands-on learning. In Otter Tail County, about 650 young people take part in 4-H. The organization’s impact is felt throughout the state. For instance, last year:

• 89 percent of young people reported working with peers to address problems in their community

• More than 11,000 youth became more involved in projects focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

• 93 percent explored a new activity, project or idea 

The theme for this year’s 4-H Week is ‘Find Your Spark!’ and that’s a great way to describe how 4-H can make a positive impact on a young person’s life. 4-H is a youth-centered program, where young people can choose their interests through project work, leadership roles, and relationships with peers and supportive adults.  When youth are immersed into positive 4-H programs there is an opportunity to ignite their spark.

“In Otter Tail County, we believe all young people have a spark,” said Sarah Downhour, Extension Educator and 4-H Youth Development Leader. “Through 4-H clubs, after-school programs, camps, fairs and leadership training, 4-H can be the place where young people explore and discover their spark. We encourage interested families to join.” 

Join us on October 7 at 6:00 pm, at the Fergus Falls YMCA for West Otter Tail Volunteer Training. It is required that each club have 1 adult and 1 youth representative present, but all are welcome.  To register contact Sarah at

If you are interested in joining 4-H, contact your local Extension Office:

West Otter Tail (Fergus Falls) 218-998-8760