This Saturday will mark the third time the 4-H Find Out Day has been held at the Southpark Mall. The annual event showcases the many different opportunities the program offers to kids in and around the Spencer area.
The event - sponsored by the 4-H Youth Council, Clay County 4-H Endowment Fund and the Clay County Bankers Association - was held at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County office on west 4th Street before it was moved to the mall.
According to County Program Director Bonnie Dalager, about 60 people attended the event when it was held in the office. But that number increased to 300 people three years ago.
Find Out Day is designed with families in mind, with games, activities and prizes for everyone. Dalager said providing an atmosphere for families has helped make the event bigger than what it once was.
"The event is a great way for people to come join us," Dalager said. "You get to meet and interact with volunteers and see what we have to offer. It's a fun, relaxed day with a family atmosphere."
Recruitment season for 4-H starts with this event. According to Dalager, the program has about 60 new members each year, and saw a 15 percent increase at the end of the year. Currently, the program has 300 members with 13 clubs amongst them.
Right now there is a discount for joining before Feb. 1. Normally, the fee for joining is $35, but $10 will be taken off before the first of next month, thanks to MaxYield Cooperative.
The SpIn book will be released on Saturday as well. The Special Interest book lists all of the events available to the youth in the area, including non 4-H members. Some of the events include medicine workshops with the hospital, film workshops with Spencer Municipal Utilities, creative art workshops and agricultural workshops.
Even though 4-H is built on agriculture, workshops and clubs are adding and broadening the scope of the program.
"It's about agriculture but it is so much more. It's broadening, expanding beyond it," Program Director Jo Engel said. "We're reaching kids that didn't know about 4-H."
Find Out Day is Saturday at the Southpark Mall starting at 12:30 p.m.