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4-H offers plenty of summer fun
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School’s out and 4-H is kicking off a huge summer of fun for all ages. Call us at 770-784-2010 with any questions, or visit us on the second floor of the Newton County Administration Building from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays (closed on Memorial Day).

The address is 1113 Usher St., Suite 202, Covington, and parking is available on the street or in the parking deck off Elm Street. Space is limited for most events, and events may be canceled a week in advance if there is not enough participation.

Six Flags and White Water discounts

Anyone may purchase discounted passes from the 4-H office.

Six Flags day passes are $38, and season passes are $64.

White Water day passes are $32, with season passes at $54.

Tickets are cash only, and have no additional fees or taxes.

Health Rocks Day Camp

Five days of crafts, snacks, games, adventures, animals, recreation and more for rising fourth-grade through middle school students are available for only $30.

Health Rocks ambassadors and 4-H teen leaders will teach youths about making good life decisions while running off some energy to keep your summer sane.

Camp will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 3 through June 7 at the 4-H office. Those attending should bring a lunch. Advance registration required.

Pumpkin growing contest

Mitcham Farms in Oxford is offering $200 total in prizes to the top four pumpkins in the county.

Youths turning 9 in 2013 up through rising seniors may enter.

Tips are available from county extension agent Ted Wynne, but seeds should be planted by the beginning of June, so register today.

Weigh-in will be Sept. 23 at Mitcham Farms, and you must pre-register with the 4-H office.

A statewide watermelon contest is also offered, with weigh-in on July 30.

4-H Night at Medieval Times

4-H’ers from across Georgia gather for the tournament, dinner and to meet the cast.

Youths can register for $40, which includes transportation and dinner. Families also may register at an even lower rate. Call for details.

4-H photography contest

The deadline for 4-H’er and volunteer photos in the Georgia National Fair 4-H photography contest is May 30. Email for links to upload your entries in 4-H, agriculture, 4-H service and general.

Clovers & Co. auditions

Auditions for the statewide 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Co. will be June 6 in Hampton and June 25 in Eatonton.

Youths who turned 9 in 2012 through rising seniors may audition in vocal, dance or instrumental categories.

Only 40 youths statewide perform with the group each year as it travels throughout Georgia and the Southeast. The group performed in Covington last year.

Famous alumni include Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

Overnight camps

A few spaces are still available at Rock Eagle 4-H Summer Camp for youths who turned 9 in 2012 up through rising seventh-graders.

Newton 4-H’ers head to camp July 8 through July 12.

The cost is $300 and includes lodging, meals, transportation and all activities.

Teen leader training

Rising seventh through 12th graders may attend certified 4-H teen leader training on June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for $10.

Opportunities to volunteer this summer include weekly events at two local summer programs.

State 4-H Council

Rising ninth through 12th graders are invited to attend State 4-H Council at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on June 21 through June 23 for $92.

More than 700 teens will converge for the annual meeting to compete in the Iron Clover, and to swim, dance and complete service projects, all while meeting new friends.

More 4-H opportunities

Want to get involved in 4-H next year?

Interested in horses, shooting sports, livestock, 4-H meetings, home-school events, or anything else?

Email with the youth’s name, birth date, contact information, parents’ names, to be added to an information list.

Terri Kimble is the Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at 770-784-2010 or