Henry County 4-H has been busy already this summer. We began summer activities with country ham cleaning on June 1. Those participating in the program took the cure off the hams and cleaned them with soft brushes before rehanging them in socks that will allow them to go through the summer sweat. In August, the hams will be cleaned and polished and taken to the Kentucky State Fair where they will be judged against hundreds of other hams, and the 4-H’ers will give speeches on their hams.

On June 6 and 7, a babysitting clinic was held with those in attendance learning safe and healthy babysitting practices. They also learned the basics of beginning a babysitting service for extra income. They focused on the developmental stages of youth and how to interact with each age group. There were five children brought in at different ages for the participants to play and interact with. They made a snack together and played with toys that were appropriate for each age.

This past Friday 4-H’ers attended the 4-H STEM Day in which they worked with LEGO robotics. They divided into two teams and each team worked together to build a robot that can be controlled by programming a computer.

The summer tomato project is available again this summer. We have Tiny Tim and Better Boy tomatoes available for pick up at the back of the office under the porch. There is a pamphlet in a plastic bag with instructions. Please take one of each variety, and let’s see how they grow together. There is a contest for the most cherry tomatoes and the largest tomato, as well as the best-looking dish with recipe using tomatoes. There will be prizes to the first-place winners.

Be sure to check out the Henry County 4-H Facebook page for more upcoming summer programs.