Pictured from left to right are Van Wert County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum, Sam Price of the Bunny Hoppers, McKenzie Davis of Hoaglin Farmers, Macala Ashbaugh of Hoaglin Farmers, Abbey Bradford of the Bunny Hoppers and Van Wert County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger. (Photo courtesy of Heather Gottke)
Pictured from left to right are Van Wert County Commissioner Todd Wolfrum, Sam Price of the Bunny Hoppers, McKenzie Davis of Hoaglin Farmers, Macala Ashbaugh of Hoaglin Farmers, Abbey Bradford of the Bunny Hoppers and Van Wert County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger. (Photo courtesy of Heather Gottke)
VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Commissioners proclaimed March 13-18 as Van Wert County 4-H Week on Tuesday. The theme for the week is “4-H Grows Here”.

Four Buckeye Ambassadors and 4-H Educator Heather Gottke joined County Commissioners Todd Wolfrum and Thad Lichtensteiger for a proclamation ceremony at the County annex building in Van Wert.

Buckeye Ambassadors participating in the ceremony included Sam Price of the Bunny Hoppers, McKenzie Davis of Hoaglin Farmers, Macala Ashbaugh of Hoaglin Farmers, and Abbey Bradford of the Bunny Hoppers.

Throughout 4-H week local club members and their families will be celebrating their involvement in 4-H and preparing for the coming 4-H busy season. They’ll be actively recruiting new members and families into the program and participating in a variety of activities and events to promote the 4-H program.

4-H is sponsored by the Ohio State University and its programs and activities are open to young people from kindergarten through age 18. March 15 is the 2017 enrollment deadline.

There are 20 4-H clubs in Van Wert County led by adult volunteers. Young people may join 4-H at any time throughout the year, however, they must be enrolled in a club by March 15 in order to exhibit projects, including animals, in the 2017 Van Wert County or Ohio State Fairs.

Contact the OSU Extension Van Wert County at 419-238-1214 or visit the website at vanwert.osu.edu for more information, to volunteer, or for the name and contact information for a 4-H club near you.