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Photo exhibit celebrates 4-H

Bing Bingham captures club members' fair experience on film

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Lynn Breese, left, Kathy Stevenson, Bing Bingham and Clint jacks check out the photos of tri-county 4-H kids which will be featured at a special exhibit at Willow Creek Book Store on Saturday, Nov. 13.


   Kids and adults interested in learning more about the 4-H program are invited to a special photo exhibit of candid shots from tricounty fairs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Willow Creek Books in Madras. The photography is by Bing Bingham of Ashwood.
   Enjoy 4-H clover-shaped cookies and other refreshments at the exhibit, where extension representatives Clint Jacks, Kathy Stevenson, Lynn Breese and some 4-H club teen members will also be on hand to give out information on 4-H and answer questions.
   "If you are interested in being a 4-H leader, this is a chance for adults to stop by and ask questions, and for kids to come by and see what 4-Hers are doing," said Stevenson.
   Bingham's 32 photos will give viewers a sampling of 4-H members in action at fair time. The photographer traveled around to fairs in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties, capturing pictures of kids with their animals, being quizzed by judges, and some of the fair exhibits.
   A former longtime photographer for the "Capital Press" newspaper, Bingham has also done photography work as a stringer for the Oregonian, Associated Press and regional magazines and newspapers. He currently works for OSU Extension, two magazines, and does Web site illustration.
   Stevenson noted 4-H is a "hands-on" program, where kids learn by doing.
   The 4-H program is in need of more adults to lead clubs, especially in the areas of shooting sports and archery, all phases of home economics, dog obedience, dog coursing, and computers.
   Adults with an idea of their own can also start a new club in their area of expertise, and it doesn't have to be a long commitment of time.
   "The focus is on teaching kids a skill, so it can be anywhere from three weeks, to seven months for a regular club," Jacks said.
   Clubs include "4-H Adventures" open to youth in kindergarten through third grade, which features noncompetitive activities, and regular 4-H clubs for youth in grades four through 12.
   Jefferson County currently has 387 kids involved in the 4-H program.