Freeland resident Zoe Wilson and her guinea pig, Lola, show off the ribbon won at this year’s state fair. Photo provided

Freeland resident Zoe Wilson and her guinea pig, Lola, show off the ribbon won at this year’s state fair. Photo provided

4-H hosting Rally Day

Events for Oct. 6 include a chance to pet animals, sign up for club

From robots to rabbits or goats to guinea pigs, Island County 4-H has a club for it.

The youth organization will host Rally Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville. The miniature fair-like event is aimed at showing young people the kinds of opportunities available through 4-H, which stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health.

“We’re trying to sign up new members,” said Georgie Smith, one of the organizers. “And sharing what we do with the community.”

People are invited to pet dogs, horses, rabbits and goats while learning about some of the other types of non-animal-related activities the 17 local clubs participate in as well. There will also be food, face painting and a craft area.

Those who wish to sign up must be between 5 and 18 years old as of Oct. 1. The organization reaches the whole island and offers clubs for beekeeping, homesteading, leadership and community service.

Smith said many people are surprised to learn the breadth of what the young people do.

The 4-H “season” begins in October, and is geared at preparing for the fair. This year, several Whidbey 4-Hers not only competed at the county fair, but many went on and finished well at the state competitions in Puyallup, Smith said.

There’s also room to start new clubs if there’s enough interest in other topics, she said. Club members and leaders will be available Sunday to answer questions about joining or creating groups.

“It’s just a fun day to learn all about 4-H,” Smith said.

More in Life

Sabine Wilms spent the beginning months of the pandemic taking care of two goats, Lady Yang Xiaomei and Marisol. She used Chinese medicine to help heal the goats. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times.
Home for the kids: Whidbey woman takes in two goats deemed lost cause

A South Whidbey woman nursed two goats back to health with the help of Chinese medicine.

t
Santa Claus set to make rounds on Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue will resume their traditional Santa Mobile tours soon.

t
Kau Kau Corner to give away free meals on Thanksgiving

It’s the business owner’s way of saying ‘mahalo’ for the support this year.

teaser
South Whidbey farmer has small plants for future

Full Cycle Farm will be giving away 100 saplings — free of charge — starting on Black Friday.

Artist Louie Rochon demonstrates the process of how he paints at his Clinton studio on Thursday. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
South Whidbey artist is painting the blues away

All proceeds from a raffle for a local artist Louie Rochon’s painting will benefit a food bank.

teaser submitted
Navy woman arranging letters to send to seniors increasingly isolated by pandemic

While visiting a fundraiser at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care, Mackenzie… Continue reading

Photo provided
Molly Felder-Grimm
Two Whidbey residents receive Episcopal awards

Two Whidbey residents recently received awards from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia,… Continue reading

Jonathan process, as seen on Holiday Baking Championship, Season 7.
Oak Harbor grad hopes to bake his way to the top on TV

Jonathan Peregrino will compete on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship airing Nov. 2.

web
Fundraisers to help Coupeville woman with a rare disorder

A woman with a rare genetic disorder is seeking support from the… Continue reading

teaser
‘Spooky Museum’ promises frights for a good cause

Proceeds from ticket sales to the Spooky Museum will go toward the Save the Roller Barn effort.

Rustic House Desk
Restaurant owner aims to make her children proud

Yolanda Rodarte just wanted to make her daughter proud, so she opened… Continue reading

web full again