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Extension celebrates 100 years with special 4-H project

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University of Minnesota Extension is celebrating 100 years of providing Minnesotans with access to practical, research-based information to help improve their lives. Minnesotans have helped shape Extension's history, whether learning how to grow healthy food, serve it on a tight budget, or raise children during challenging times. To honor our shared history and stories, Minnesotans of all ages are invited to submit photos and memorabilia in the form of a special Extension Centennial 4-H project.

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Projects should represent Extension's work over the years in agriculture, the environment, food/nutrition, youth, families, and communities. Individuals or groups may submit items that could be displayed at their local county fairs and possibly at the State Fair this fall. Participation is free and open to the public. Projects are for display purposes only and will not be judged.

"Honorary" 4-Hers can submit items in the following categories:

• Photos: Submit 1-6 photos depicting an Extension event or activity from Extension's history. Photos must be mounted on standard size poster board (22 x 28) with short captions describing the photo (who, what, where, when). Note: Tri-fold, three-panel displays will not be accepted due to space limitations.

• Memorabilia: Submit artifacts that represent an event or activity from Extension's history. Examples include antique equipment and supplies, old brochures or newsletters, clothing, quilts, etc. Please include short descriptions of the memorabilia (who, what, where, when). Note: Objects should fit in a car for transport. If your exhibit is too large to transport in a car, please contact your county 4-H staff. Extension will make every attempt to display larger items, but they must be pre-approved.

Each county will be allowed to bring at least one exhibit to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. Due to limited space, Extension cannot guarantee that every submission will be exhibited. 4-H will provide transportation of exhibits to and from the State Fair. Items will be able to be picked up from county offices two weeks after Labor Day.

Extension Centennial 4-H projects from Wadena County may be submitted at the Wadena County Fair, from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. Contact 4-H staff at (218) 631-7623 for more information about submissions.

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