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Victoria County 4-H Harvest of Fun takes place Sunday

By Victoria Advocate
Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.


If you go

• WHAT: 24th annual Harvest of Fun

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: call 361-575-4581.

ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT

This month, clovers mean more than good luck across Victoria. They also mean a chance to give back to area 4-H club members.

Stripes locations and Tractor Supply Co. have paper clovers available for customers to purchase for $1. While the Stripes campaign began Sept. 3, Tractor Supply's begins Wednesday, said Alyssa Smith, Texas AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development.

A majority of proceeds - 90 cents of every dollar at Stripes and 70 cents at Tractor Supply Co. - goes into a general fund for Victoria County 4-H to help pay travel expenses, upkeep of activity center materials, entry fees and more.

"4-H pays for almost anything and everything we can for the kids, so they aren't out any money from their own pocket," Smith said. "We could hardly function if we didn't have the extra money and help that these companies show."

Last year's campaigns drew in more than $17,000.

For more information, call the Victoria County AgriLife Extension office at 361-575-4581.

Crossroads residents looking for a bit of barbecue and a chance to support area youth will soon be in luck.

Victoria County 4-H will host its annual Harvest of Fun from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Victoria Community Center.

Now in its 24th year, the event includes barbecue plates, a silent auction and carnival-style games for children, said Alyssa Smith, Texas AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development.

Barbecue will sell for $8, she said, while people can purchase game tickets individually or pay $6 for an all-access wristband.

All 13 Victoria County 4-H clubs are required to participate, she said, and proceeds go to fund entry fees, trips and the like.

Smith, who is new to Victoria, said she looks forward to her first Harvest of Fun and said the community's generosity makes a difference in the area programs.

"The amount of support we receive from the community is overwhelming," she said. "This really is a great county."

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