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4-H Day at the State Capitol offers members an inside glimpse of Virginia’s legislative branch

4-H members and volunteers at the annual 4-H Day at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

4-H members and volunteers at the annual 4-H Day at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

Eager 4-H members and volunteers from across the state will descend on Virginia’s capitol Jan. 24 to meet their legislators and learn about Virginia’s government at the annual 4-H Day at the State Capitol.

The trip to Richmond, sponsored by Virginia 4-H, gives participants the opportunity to become more familiar with the legislative process and to express their gratitude to state delegates and senators who support 4-H youth development programs. This year’s attendance is expected to surpass 1,000 members and volunteers.

“4-H citizenship projects and opportunities, such as 4-H Day at the State Capitol, empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities. This trip allows members to see firsthand how our state government works,” said Cathy Sutphin, associate director of 4-H Youth Development with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

This year’s 4-H Day at the State Capitol will include a rally on the steps of the capitol. Virginia’s first lady, Dorothy McAuliffe; Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Sandra Adams; Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden; and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands have been invited to greet 4-H’ers. Members will also participate in various tours, attend House and Senate sessions, and visit other historical sites of interest in Richmond.

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4-H members’ visit with lawmakers in Richmond moved to Feb. 24

 Several hundred 4-H'ers gather on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol during the 2014 visit.


Several hundred 4-H’ers gather on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol during the 2014 visit.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2015 – Editor’s note: 4-H Day at the State Capitol has been rescheduled for Feb. 24. It was postponed Feb. 17 due to the winter weather that is affecting much of Virginia.

Hundreds of 4-H members to visit lawmakers Tuesday

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 16, 2015 – More than 900 4-H members and volunteers will visit Richmond Tuesday to meet with their legislators and learn about Virginia’s legislative branch of government for the annual 4-H Day at the State Capitol.

Virginia 4-H has sponsored the annual trip to Richmond for more than 20 years. It’s a chance for students to learn about the legislative process and to express their gratitude to state delegates and senators who support the 4-H youth development programs.

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