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Skyrockets to mark 4-H Centennial Saturday

The Rock Elm Skyrockets 4-H Club will celebrate the 4-H Centennial with a special event this Saturday.

The celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood, rain or shine, will feature a petting zoo, carnival games, prizes, face painting, food, free cake and root beer floats, and a rooster pooping board.

4-Hers will bring exhibits they’ve had at the Pierce County Fair, according to Club Advisor Gwen Geraets. A raffle will also be held for prizes club members have lined up, including a football signed by Green Bay Packers, a photo signed by a Minnesota Vikings player, implement toys from a Menomonie dealer and more.

Geraets said proceeds will go toward a project at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. The club is creating a garden in a courtyard there, outfitted with trees, grass and a sidewalk. Plants and flowers people have had at home are to be added. The area is used by the home’s memory unit.

The 4-H Centennial commemorates 100 years since a legislative act established having extension offices work with 4-H groups, she said. Skyrockets 4-Hers expressed interest last fall in hosting a petting zoo and carnival games at some point, and ultimately decided to tie these in with this milestone, she added.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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