MEDIA ADVISORY: Bryan/College Station hosts country’s largest 4-H gathering  

 

Contact: Jana Barrett, 979-845-6533,  jcbarrett@ag.tamu.edu

Where: Texas A&M University campus at College Station and surrounding area.

When:  June 5-8.

What: Bryan-College Station will host the largest gathering of 4-H members and supporters in the country — Texas 4-H Roundup, which is the culminating event for all Texas 4-H contests. More than 4,000 participants will compete in some 50 diverse competitions throughout the week. The majority of the events require each individual or team to qualify at the county and district level. Additionally, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation distributes more than $2.4 million in scholarships to outgoing 4-H members.

Texas 4-H Roundup also contributes to the economic engine for the Bryan/College Station community due to the number of out-of-town visitors it attracts. This event has been cited as bringing more hotel occupancy taxes to the community than a Texas A&M football weekend.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivating confident kids who tackle the current issues that matter most in their communities, organizers said. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service oversees the programs and activities of Texas 4-H.  

More than 65,000 Texas youth are enrolled members of 4-H community clubs in Texas. Another 850,000 Texas youth get involved in 4-H through special educational opportunities at school, in after school programs or at neighborhood and youth centers. Those youth live in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities. The youth who attend 4-H Roundup are able to display the leadership skills, citizenship development, team-building and competition skills learned throughout the year.

Use the hashtag #Texas4H or #4HDream to follow the activities happening during Texas 4-H Roundup or to comment about Roundup.

For  information on Texas 4-H Roundup and a schedule of events, visit http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/roundup.

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