by Lisa Tome
"We're beat, but the kids still have plenty of energy."
That's what April Hall Barczewski, Extension Educator for Cecil County's 4-H Youth Development, said on Sunday, March 8, as 4-H Club members from throughout the county gathered for the annual Winterfest.
The adults honored the club members during the annual achievement night ceremony. By Sunday afternoon, the club members were back at work, learning new skills.
Winterfest is a program which offers 4-H members a chance to have fun and learn. Three 55-minute sessions were offered where club members could choose from a variety of classes, there was cooking, animal science, crafts, horticulture judging, fashion, beauty, games, robotics, gardening, and more.
One of the unique aspects at Winterfest is that teens teach some of the classes which are attended by children ages 5-14. River Shannon, 16, was teaching a class of younger girls. Shannon said she got the ideas from Pinterest on how to make beauty products from things you already have in the home. Shannon taught the girls how to make body gel, sugar cube body scrub, bath bombs, and bubble bath.
"I want to look pretty. I am into cosmetics," said Claudia Severson of North East.
Alexander Logan, a 4-H club member was learning to make flat-bread. "I learned that this is yummy. I will make it at home if my mom lets me. It's easier than I thought and I like cooking," said Logan.
Victoria Todd, 4, made a perfect replica of herself. Todd laid on paper on the floor and her body was traced. She then decorated her new "body" with the 4-H head, heart, hands, and health.
Hunter Johnson, 9, of Calvert, attended a knot tying and leverage class taught by Lowell Haines. Johnson learned that it is easier to move cement blocks with a hand truck than it is to move them with a wheelbarrow. "This has been good so far. I learned to tie knows and learned how to use pulleys," said Johnson.