Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club members will enhance the Bear Creek Festival to be held Sunday, May 17 on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. During the operating hours of 12 Noon till 4PM, club members will busy helping others attending this free event learn a little more about agriculture. As this club is about livestock, the club members will bring some of the animals that they are raising for this year’s Schuylkill County Fair. Participants in the Bear Creek Festival can have a firsthand look at the animals and any questions that might arise about the animals can be answered knowledgeably by the 4-H’ers who are raising that animal. A full-fledged discussion can ensue and the 4-H’er will gladly exchange knowledge that they have learned through raising these animals as livestock projects. Some of the 4-H’ers might just share some of that knowledge gained about their animal in the posters that will be displayed with five facts about that specie of animal. Knowledgeable facts like sheep do not have upper teeth or that cows, sheep and goats are ruminants meaning that they have four stomachs. These few facts mentioned here and a lot more can be learned from these knowledgeable 4-H’ers at the Bear Creek Festival by just asking questions.
Club members will also engage festival goer’s in a hands on activity by making a living four leaf clover. Taking paper egg cartons cut into four holders and filling each holder with soil will start participants on their way to making their own four leaf clover. To each of the four egg holders some white clover seeds will be added by participants. A little moisture is added to each egg holder and it is slipped into a zip lock bag and sealed. Participants take the four leaf clover home and place it in a sunny window and within a few days the seeds will have sprouted and participants are on their way to having their own four leaf clover. The clover while in the Zip lock bag will become a self-watering operation and needs little attention. After the clover has sprouts the carton is removed from the bag. The clover will still need plenty of sunlight and a little moisture to grow and bloom.
These are just two of the many activities to be engaged in at the Bear Creek Festival to be held Sunday, May 17 on the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds where this free fun family event is held.