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More than 400 youth, adults getting on the road to annual 4-H State Conference

This year 4-Hers are taking the scenic route to New Mexico State University for the annual 4-H State Conference, July 13-16.

Students in green jackets lined up, backs facing camera
2015 State 4-H ambassadors and diplomats pose with their iconic green jackets. (Courtesy photo)
Students in green jackets lined up
2015 State 4-H Ambassadors and diplomats pose with their iconic green jackets. Youth will gather at the NMSU campus, July 13-16 for the 92nd annual State 4-H Conference. (Courtesy photo)

“The theme is referring to 4-H having many different routes and roads a person can take because of the opportunities the program provide,” said Amy Zemler, 4-H youth activities specialist.

With an expected turnout of more than 400 guests, the conference provides many entertaining features along with the educational elements throughout the week.

The four-day conference includes competitions, a guest speaker, dances, activities, officer elections and more.

Keynote speaker is Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, of Roswell. She is a fifth-year agriculturist and her platform for the Miss USA pageant was, “Planting the seeds of a better tomorrow.”

“I have been surrounded by 4-H since day one; one of my first memories was making sand castles in the show-ring,” Burson said. “I hope the 4Hers walk away fueled up to make a difference. 4-H is important to me because it is a safe environment that allows kids to grow and reach their full potential, while also allowing them to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. I am proud to be a product of 4-H and will continue to invest myself into this amazing opportunity for young people.”

This year the state conference will host a workshop by the visiting 4-H state leadership team from Colorado.

Participants in the conference will compete in events on topics such as public speaking, horticulture, entomology and range management, to name a few. An awards ceremony and themed dances will follow.

Friends of and honorary 4-H member recipients will be recognized during the awards session on Thursday morning, July 16. Recipients are chosen by nominations submitted by coworkers, agents or fellow 4-H volunteers.

“4-H provides life-long lessons that youth apply to goals they have set,” Zemler said. “For State 4-H Conference, they are applied to wanting to win contests or be elected in to a leadership position.”

For more information on the upcoming conference, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/conference.html