Kyle Dean, Host: And, we are back here on WTIF; 9:36. Time for our UGA Tifton Farm Chat. It’s 4-H Wednesday, Southwest District 4-H Wednesday and joining us on the telephone is Julia Steed with Lanier County 4-H. Good morning to you, Julia.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Good morning.
Kyle Dean, Host: Good to have you here with us once again. You are not new to the radio program and we are glad to have you back once again. Here to talk about a 5K run. There is a road race to benefit Lanier County 4-H. Tell us a little bit about it.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Yes, that is right. We are having our first Annual Outdoor Fest 5K and Fun Run to help benefit Lanier County 4-H. The Outdoor Fest, formerly known as Steer Fest, is a big event that happens every first weekend in March in Lanier County and we are going to have a run that morning to help raise some funds to help support the 4-H Program here in Lanier County.
Kyle Dean, Host: Now tell us a little bit about . . . I see something about a ghost runner (laughing) tell us what that means exactly.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: [Laughing] Yes. If running or walking 3 miles or the 1 mile, if that is just not your thing, you can hang out on the couch and still help support Lanier County 4-H. You just make a donation and you still get the race t-shirt, but you just don't have to do all the work of running and walking the 3 miles.
Kyle Dean, Host: [Laughing] Sounds like my kind of race.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: [Laughing] Yes.
Kyle Dean, Host: Now entry forms, where can people pick those up at?
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: They can pick them up at our office and they can also be found on-line at our on our website. The easiest way, because of the long address, if you will just Google Lanier County Extension, it will be the very first thing that pops up. (Dean: Got you) and we are right there.
Kyle Dean, Host: I see that . . . I'll give you the full address but the best way is just to Lanier County Extension the full address is www.caes.uga.edu/extension/lanier. So that's a way to get to it directly but you can search just put Google, Bing or whatever browser you use (Steed: Yes.) Lanier County Extension. Now, where will this money go that is being raised through this road race?
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: All the money will go directly into our general fund because each 4-H Program in a county is responsible for doing their own fund raising for their program. It will go for everything to buying the chickens and eggs for Poultry Judging coming up. We pay all the entry fees for all of our kids in all grades to go to Project Achievement. And, once you get up to the 7th - 12th grade level, that gets kind of pricey because we do a full weekend at Rock Eagle. I do a lot of summer stuff with the kids; activities, day camp, so that will help buy supplies for that. It will help run our program all year long.
Kyle Dean, Host: What kind of thing have you guys been doing? It seems like I heard from somebody that Rock Eagle weekend just happened a couple of weekends ago.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Yes it did, probably 3 weekends ago. We went up there for Junior-Senior Project Achievement and had a good time and the kids really represented Lanier County well. It’s a fun weekend to get to go off with the kids and see them compete and just be real proud of them.
Kyle Dean, Host: What else do you guys have going on or coming up in the future?
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Also, something exciting we had started is once a month we go to our nursing home here in Lanier County and hang-out with the residents there and play bingo. The kids make peanut butter cookies with Splenda, and they were very good, to give to the residents; you know they are diabetic and things like that. But, we've had a huge turnout of kids to come for that and that's really good to see that they care about the senior citizens in our community.
Kyle Dean, Host: That's great to hear and good to see that they are making a difference. It's not just the typical things when you think about 4-H, you guys are out in the community as well.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Yes, I’ve just been really impressed with the kids, how they've just interacted with the residents there and they've just really stepped up to the plate.
Kyle Dean, Host: Well Julia, once again we appreciate your time joining us. We hope that this road race is very beneficial and we hope you guys get the funds that you need to help be a self-supporting 4-H Program.
Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Agent: Yes, thank you so much.
Kyle Dean, Host: Alright, we'll be back right after this on WTIF.