Mahoning 4-H Community Club holds annual Round-Up
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Abigail Rakos shows her sewing project, a summer dress and matching bag, during the Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club's annual Round-Up fashion show. Modeling the outfit is her little sister, Maddy Rakos.
Dozens of 4-H members, leaders, family and friends gathered Thursday for the Mahoning Valley 4-H Community Club's annual Round-Up.
The program was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.
The annual Round-Up program is a chance for all of the 4-H Community Club's members to gather and share their summer projects.
Project planning begins in May and is completely largely after the school year ends. Projects are first presented at Round-Up, then displayed at the Carbon County Fair.
"It's a way to see what we've accomplished over the summer, and to have a good time," said vice-president Elyse Kistler, a recent graduate of Lehighton Area High School who is in her final year of 4-H.
Kistler noted that Round-Up was a good chance for members to see the projects types available, and to build excitement about next year's projects.
"A lot of the projects are hands on, like quilting and basketry," she added. "It's nice to see that kids are still interested in these things."
Members of the sewing and quilting club offered a fashion show to demonstrate their summer projects. There were 17 members with sewing projects, which ranged from simple pillows to bags, skirts, and swim cover-ups.
The fashion show also included a presentation by quilters. There were 11 members who began quilts, and five who completed their quilts in time for the Round-Up. Each completed a "signature" quilt, which included 15 blank squares with room for drawings and the names of family and friends.
The crowd also gathered outdoors for a rocketry demonstration. They cheered as nearly a dozen boys and girls launched rockets they had assembled this summer.
The final group to offer a presentation were members who learned sign language. They signed the song "You've Got a Friend in Me," wearing white gloves that glowed under a black light.
In addition to project presentations, members completed a project book for each activity that was on display for family and friends to view. Many members took part in multiple projects.
This year's projects included baking, basketry, sign language, rocketry, gardening, scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, and shooting sports. Project offerings can vary from year to year.
Members and guests also shared a covered dish meal before the program. A short recognition ceremony was held to honor project members and leaders.