Cooperative Extension marks centennial of its founding

WINTERSVILLE -The 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, establishing the Cooperative Extension Service, is today.

The act required cooperation between county, state and federal governments and encouraged priorities to be established locally to meet the needs of each county.

The Ohio State University Extension makes more than 1.5 million educational contacts each year and reaches Ohioians in all 88 counties. The programs focus on strengthening families and communities, preparing youth for success, enhancing agriculture and the environment and advancing employment and income opportunities.

More than 240,000 young people through 4-H programming are connected with 29,000 volunteers throughout the state.

OSU Extension partners with individuals, families, communities, business and industry and organizations and is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environment Sciences at OSU.

In Jefferson County, some of the most well-known Extension programs are the 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources. where thousands are reached throughout the community and more than 500 4-H members are reached. Out-of-school programs are covered as well.

A national celebration of the Smith-Lever Act will take place during the Cooperative Extension Centennial Convocation today in Washington, D.C.

Jefferson County has planned a day-long schedule of events Saturday, going from 9 a.m. to a 7 p.m. square dance. The celebration will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the gazebo. Morning activities include:

9 a.m. to noon-Bake sale and coffee by the camp counselors and Junior Leaders.

9 a.m.- Hogs at livestock arena.

9 a.m.-Small animals at small animal barn.

10 a.m.- Sheep at livestock arena.

10 a.m.-Rabbits at small animal barn.

10 a.m.-Poultry at small animal barn.

11 a.m. -Goats at livestock arena.

11 a.m.-Dogs at small animal barn.

10-11:30 a.m.-Saddle horses at small show ring.

Those attending are not to bring animals to any of the clinics. A blanket can be brought along to sit on during the sessions.

Afternoon sessions include:

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.-Bicycle rodeo at the Democratic Pavilion, bring a bike. The first 25 participants to come forward will receive a free helmet.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.-Rockets away at small pavilion behind Rozsa Pavilion, bring 2-liter bottle so a rocket can be built.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.-Shooting sports-Session is open to only the first 20 who register. Call the Extension office to register at (740) 264-2212 or (800) 628-7460. Those registered are to meet at the fairgrounds entrance with transportation to move to the Shooting Sports location. Bring safety glasses and hearing protection required.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.-Hike the Eagle Trail with John Boleigh. Meet at the Gazebo and wear hiking shoes.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cloverbud activities are held, with the youth to meet at the fair kitchen.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.-A spaghetti dinner will be held with spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Cost is $5 for kids and adults. Auctions, including a Dave Barnhouse print at 6:45 p.m., will be held throughout dinner. A square dance, with Dan Kirk calling, will be held at 7 p.m.

Train rides will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $1 per child. All proceeds from the auction, train rides, dinner and auctions will go to the OSUE rent fund.

A drawing for a pair of OSU football tickets will be held at 8 p.m. The tickets are for the Virginia Tech game on Sept. 6. The tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the registration table.

A 100-year scavenger hunt will be held. Sign up at the registration table before starting to get an entry form. The Extension Centennial will be recognized during the Ohio State Fair activities, July 23 through Aug. 3; Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18; Celebration of Youth, sponsored by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, Sept. 20; Ohio State’s homecoming game, Oct. 18; and other homecoming weekend activities.