Penn State Extension Service Newsletter for the Week of August 13, 2018 

Honey Bee Festival – Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Kingsland Apiary, 7920 Ward Drive, Mercersburg, PA – The public is invited to the annual family-friendly event featuring a yard sale, honey sale, bbq, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and more. Call 717-328-9256 or email for more information or directions.

Beauty of Bulbs Workshop – Saturday, September 8, 9:00 am-11:00 am – Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA – Join us for a seminar about planting bulbs in the fall and about the spring flowers they produce. Take home a sampling of bulbs to plant in your own yard! To register, call 877-345-0691 or visit  For additional information about the class, please call the Franklin County Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226. Registration fee is $10. The public is welcome to attend.

4-H Annual Benefit Auction – Friday, September 7 – Hurley Auctions, 2800 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle. The public is welcome to attend to raise funds for the 4-H youth of Franklin County. Please like our Facebook page, as we will be posting pictures of items that will be up for bid The doors open at 4:00 PM and the silent bidding begins at 4:30 PM. The live auction starts at 6:30 PM. A food stand will also be available.

Home Lawn Care Workshop – Saturday, September 8, 9:00 am-11:00 am – Held offsite in Orrstown, PA (directions provided at time of registration). Learn proper methods of weed control, lawn renovation and management of lawn pests. To register, call 877-345-0691 or visit For directions, please call the Franklin County Extension Office at 717-263-9226. Event is free and open to the public.

Franklin County 4-H Clubs Summer Roundup

Submitted by Jess Kauffman, Penn State Extension 4-H Educator

Fifty youth from nine different clubs participated in the Franklin County 4-H Clubs’ Summer Roundup held here at the Extension grounds on Thursday, August 9. This event was the culminating activity for the youths’ 4-H year. Each youth presented their 4-H project on which they have been working.

The 4-H clubs which participated in this annual Roundup were: Garden Club, Quincy Clover Club, Conservation Club, Robotics Club, Lucky Leaf Club, Saint Thomas Club, Pumphouse Gang, Thimble Gang, and Shining Service. These clubs are a combination of Community Clubs that focus on projects such as arts, crafts, and cooking as well as Special Interest Clubs which focus on a specific project area.

While the judging took place, the youth were engaged in various activities at four different stations including crafts, tie dye, cooking, and a community service project. This year’s theme was “There’s a Chill in the Air,” and all of the activities revolved around a winter holiday theme. Members made rice cereal treats and decorated them with icing and sprinkles in “Marshmallow World”. The “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity found members decorating white bricks to resemble snowmen. Members made tie dyed tee shirts printed for the event in the “Ugly Sweater Party” activity. Lastly, the youth made Christmas ornament creations which will be donated to Meals on Wheels in the activity entitled “Deck the Halls.”

The following youth received a Best of Show award for their project area:

Cake Decorating (Junior): Sophia Musgrave

Cake Decorating (Senior): Shawnee Gossert

Coordinates: Rebekah Aldrich

Dairy Foods: Paige Stanley

Dog Care: Koby Scarbrough

Best Presentation (Junior): Jacob Shaffer

Best Presentation (Senior): Koby Scarbrough

Sand Art: Kira Oberlin

Self-Determined Project (foil packet recipes and flower pot): Xavier Schooley

Sew Much Fun: Molly Fitzpatrick

Sew Much More: Rebekah Aldrich

Soap Making: Kira Oberlin

String Art: Justin Michonski

Supersized Plants: Emma Burkholder

Tie Dye: Sophia Musgrave

Woodworking/Wood Burning (Junior): Thomas Mickey

Woodworking/Wood Burning (Senior): Kaila Gyorgy

Congratulations to all of our winners for the 2018 4-H Clubs Summer Roundup!



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