4-H Judging Begins

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — While most think of 4-H as primarily livestock clubs, there are lots of other different clubs associated with the group as well. Kids can choose from a variety of activities from sewing and cooking to photography and painting.  The judging for these projects is already underway at the fairgrounds, even though … Continue reading »

Hope Remains for OSU Extension

MEDFORD, Ore. – A service district would set the extension up for dedicated county funds as opposed to relying dwindling general funds. Normally it takes thousands of signatures just to get that on the ballot, but with commissioners’ help, the extension could be getting a free pass. For Braydon Dunbar, 4-H runs generations deep. “Both … Continue reading »

Winning is More Than Just A Ribbon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A young boy with cerebral palsy takes home the championship ribbon at the Jackson County fair. This is Lane Mendell’s second year competing in 4-H with his horse Rosie, and he is already a winner.  Tuesday, Lane and Rosie won first place in their showmanship class against 7 other competitors. “I … Continue reading »

4-H Kids Prep Animals for Fair

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Stefanee Tolner and her show pig, Fonzerelli, walked around the yard practicing for the 4-H fair. Fonzerellli had already been bathed and prepped.  Early tomorrow morning, Fonzerelli, along with the Tolner family’s other pigs will be off to the fairgrounds. Tolner got involved in 4-H six years ago.  She was bored … Continue reading »

County Fair Could Lose 4-H Next Year

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As preparations continue for the Jackson County Fair, budget cuts are threatening one of its most beloved institutions. OSU’s 4-H program has been running competitions and auctions for nearly as long as the fair has been around. But as county funds dry up, they’re looking for ways to stave off what … Continue reading »

4-H Cuts Impact County Fair

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County’s 4-H Program is facing a zero dollar budget for the next fiscal year, that means 4-H members won’t be able to show their projects next summer, because the program probably won’t exist by then. Right now, the local 4-H Club has enough money to finish this year’s fair, so you can … Continue reading »