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4-H Club News Elk Mountain Community
August Proclaimed Agritourism Month


4-H Club News Elk Mountain Community

The Elk Mountain Community 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on July 28. Sarah Johnson, club president, opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance followed by the 4-H pledge.

Club leader Heidi Pavelski reminded members that livestock posters are due at the fairgrounds by August 12 and asked all members to bring their project books to the next club meeting. Sarah asked all club members to think about ideas for the beautification project; this year’s theme is “Proud of our Heritage and Envisioning our Future.”

Jessica Sheruda presented a demonstration on livestock judging. Maggie Kowalewski demonstrated how to pitch a softball and Collin Pierce demonstrated his remote control car that he built for this year’s project. A great job was done by all!

News Reporter: Rachel Johnson

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We started our 4-H meeting out by saying the pledge and taking roll call.

Our fundraiser was a bake sale on July 30 from 11-5:00.

Everyone is supposed to bring their project books to the Harford Fair on August 12 from 12-8. The baked goods and their books are supposed to be at the fair on August 15 from 1-4.

The meeting that we had on July 20 was where we finished our project books for the marshmallow poppers that we did as a group project.

Olivia Zick had her demonstration at the Harford Fire Hall and told us about the trucks that were there. After Olivia was done talking our group took a walk around the fire hall and looked at the fire trucks and ambulances. Some of us even got to walk inside them!

Our last meeting will be August 10. JoAnn Titus will bring the refreshments. Ashland and Ally will do a demonstration at the last meeting.

News Reporter: Alyssa Clarkson

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August Proclaimed Agritourism Month

Harrisburg - Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed August as “Agritourism Month” to celebrate and boost awareness of agricultural operations, events, activities and destinations statewide.

To recognize the observation, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding will visit a number of agritourism sites across the state - including some of the 55 fairs that are held during August.

“Pennsylvania’s two leading industries - our $61 billion agriculture industry and $27 billion tourism industry - create affordable, educational and fun travel destinations,” Redding said. “I urge Pennsylvanians to visit one of the state’s many fairs, wineries, farm markets and other agritourism stops.”

Agritourism connects visitors and community members to the state’s 115 county and community fairs; six horse and harness race tracks and 15 fairs with harness racing; 1,200 farm markets, farm stands and pick-your-own operations; 120 wineries and unique wine trails; and 50 farm stays and agriculturally-connected bed and breakfasts.

Consumers can also visit local restaurants using PA Preferred products, tour some of the state’s renowned arboretums and botanical gardens, visit a historic barn, explore a corn maze and pumpkin patch or cut a fresh Christmas tree.

Planning a trip is made easier through the state’s Keystone Country initiative, an online tool that allows visitors to map out their own adventure at

“Pennsylvania agritourism destinations offer great food, entertainment and education - all at an affordable price,” said Redding. “When consumers support local farms and agribusinesses, they help to reinforce the important role our leading industries play in keeping Pennsylvania growing.”

For more information about Pennsylvania agriculture, visit

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