Oklahoma 4-H Foundation to celebrate half century promoting blue ribbon kids

The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sept. 22 with a homecoming celebration to which all former 4-H'ers are invited.
BY Heather Warlick hwarlick@opubco.com Published: September 18, 2012

For 50 years, the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation has been supporting the efforts of 4-H clubs across Oklahoma. On Saturday, past and present 4-H'ers are invited to a 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration at Oklahoma State University.

“We're hoping it will be a true homecoming for 4H'ers from all across Oklahoma,” said Jim Rutledge, executive director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.

The nonprofit, which was founded in 1962, has more than $6 million to devote to promoting 4-H activities.

“We talk about a choice between a blue-ribbon exhibit and a blue-ribbon kid,” Rutledge said. “Our purpose is to create blue-ribbon kids.”

4-H clubs strive to help young people ages 5 to 18 find solutions to everyday challenges in their communities and in the world, according to 4-h.org. The four Hs are: head, heart, hands and health.

Rutledge spent the day Thursday judging woodworking and mechanical arts projects at the fair. Many people think that 4-H is only about agricultural and home economic sciences.

That may have been the case when 4-H began in 1909, but today's 4-H'ers embrace all the sciences, Rutledge said.

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50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration at Oklahoma State

The homecoming event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater. A barbecue lunch will be served at noon and attendees will be treated to tours of the OSU athletics facilities at 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per person. Rutledge said if you're planning to attend, RSVP as soon as possible by calling (405) 744-5390 or by going online to http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/Foundation/.

We talk about a choice between a blue ribbon exhibit and a blue ribbon kid. Our purpose is to create blue ribbon kids.”

Jim Rutledge

Executive director,

Oklahoma 4-H Foundation

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