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State 4-H Conference Set for July

LAS CRUCES -- A kaleidoscope of activities from livestock judging to surfing the internet will be offered for teens at the 73rd annual State 4-H Conference July 15-18 in Las Cruces.

More than 600 senior 4-H members and adults will take part in a nonstop schedule of contests, workshops and recreation on the New Mexico State University campus.

"We have more than 34 contests for the kids to compete in," said Cheryl Butterfield, 4-H youth development specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "This year we have a new contest in wildlife habitat evaluation and two new workshops -- one in dramatic reading and the other in favorite foods."

Leadership sessions are held each evening, led by the state 4-H council officers. The sessions feature guest speakers and campaign speeches by candidates for state office.

On Wednesday afternoon, conference activities include a basketball round robin and volleyball round robin, a trip to the mall and the laugh olympics. Also on Wednesday afternoon, elections will be held to determine the 1996-97 state officers.

Contests include the fashion revue, public speaking, and judging in crops and seeds, land, and other areas. There will be competitions in rifle and archery, quiz bowls in horse and home economics and presentations about health and the environment.

Conference organizers will offer workshops in a variety of fields including embroidery, record books for success, Uniquely New Mexico, and a special astronomy workshop with a traveling planetarium.

Each conference day closes with a dance at the Corbett Center ballroom.

For more information about 4-H, contact your county Extension office or call the New Mexico 4-H toll-free number 1-888-646-5204.