WAYNE – As the 4-H season comes to a close, the Wayne County Extension Office would like everyone to join them during a virtual event put on by the Wayne Area Economic Development office held on Friday, October 30.
There’ll be no in-person chamber coffee this week, rather the extension office in Wayne County will be talking with Wayne Area Economic Development through ChamberPercs on the Wayne, NE Facebook page at 10:15 a.m. Friday.
Amy Topp is the 4-H & Youth Development Extension Educator in Wayne County as she also serves as the Interim Engagement Zone Coordinator (Zone 5). Topp said National 4-H Week is in October as they wrap up their year and begin for the next round of programming.
“There’s just been events that have happened and continue to happen,” said Topp. “Like again, to promote what extension does and has done in the community but sometimes piggy of that National 4-H Week (October 4 – 10) as well.
The group saw their annual achievement program cancelled this past Sunday due to weather and will look to hold a kickoff event next year. From March to June 15, the 4-H clubs were not able to meet face-to-face but with new guidelines they’ll be able to meet in-person at a smaller area.
Topp also looked back at the Fair during the 4-H/FFA events.
“Wonderful families, fairboard and community supporters who still supported our youth in those events,” Topp added. “As we had spread out our shows throughout the whole week so we didn’t have too many in-and-out at the same time.”
Based on Nebraska Extension, there are different program areas. Topp focuses on 4-H & Youth Development and also works in Pierce County.
A program that Topp wanted to highlight was the Northeast Nebraska Career Day for area high school sophomores.
“So, I know in 2019 we had just under 2,000 sophomores from 44 high schools that attended,” Topp mentioned. “This year, we still had 770 students from 35 high schools who were willing to participate in our virtual format.”
Career area presenters recorded a session which was put on a website.
The Wayne County UNL Extension Office is located inside the Wayne County Courthouse and can be reached by calling 402-375-3310.
Swans for Men is the next host for Friday morning Chamber Coffee on November 6.