A Safety Day for about 200 local children, ages 6-14, was held at Snipes Farm in Lancaster.
The event was sponsored by Progressive Agriculture and the 4-H. These young people learned many important lessons.
Ashley Hinson, Lancaster County 4-H agent, was in the middle of the eight featured workshops when we met up with her.
Featured demonstrations were underground utilities, meth awareness, hidden hazards, roadway safety, home alone, hand tools, healthy lifestyles and fire safety. According to Hinson, children had been assigned to specific groups. At the sound of a horn, excited children ran from one workshop to their next.
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“We have children from Lancaster, York, Chester and Union counties,” Hinson said. Three dollars a day paid for insurance, a t-shirt, lunch and all the activities.
We noticed smoke rising out of a vent in a camper trailer on the premises. Our first thought was that someone was burning the burgers. On closer investigation, we saw that Lancaster County Firemen were teaching children how to get out of a burning house: “Stop! Drop! and Roll!” were their orders. Healthy eating, food pyramids and good nutrition generated excitement while “stranger danger” brought intense, engaged attention. The S.C. Department of Transportation provided a hands-on opportunity to see heavy equipment up close while being aware of the consequences of inappropriate actions.
Madison Garris and Kristin Hinson, both from Indian Land, and Morgan Brannon from Van Wyck served as teen group leaders. Some 29 youths from Lancaster County attended.
Robin Currence, Chester 4-H Agent, said she went through special training to be the event coordinator. Currence is the person who oversees all of the planning and camp activities.
Instructions for the event included wearing closed toe shoes; and, once we hit the fields, we knew exactly why. Snipes Farm is a working farm with cows, horses, Brahma bulls and some 30 mules that call the farm home. “Mr. Snipes loves his mules!” Hinson said.
Plenty of water stations were available and a picnic luncheon spread across several tables under huge, old trees in the middle of the field.
The event was sponsored by Progressive Agriculture and the 4-H. For information about Safety Day, go to www.progressiveag.org or contact your local Clemson Extension Office.
State forestry contest
Recently, some Indian Land and Fort Mill 4-H members competed in the State Forestry Competition held at the Rock Hill Optimist Park. Issac Doggart was high scorer in the Forestry Test, Jordan Cannady placed highest in Compassing and Pacing, while Justin and Nicole Krause tied for first in Tree Identification.
First place overall winners were Issac Doggart and Justin Krause. Also attending the event were Lydia Bass, Eli Doggart, Lisa Krause, Sarah and Tommy McColgan, as well as their leaders, P.J. Krause and Lisa Doggart.
Want to know more about joining or starting a 4-H Club? Contact Ashley Hinson, Lancaster County 4-H Agent at 803-283-3302, ext. 111, or e-mail her at AHINSON@exchange.clemson.edu.