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Hicks: Walk Thru Texas History and 4-H Project Tour Day

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By Johanna HicksTexas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County

Walk Thru Texas History

Three teams (24 individuals) recently participated in “Walk Through Texas History”, as part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s healthy lifestyle initiative. 

Walk Through Texas History (WTTH) is a 4-week, 416-mile trek through historic places in Texas History, starting with Gonzales, and continuing with Lavaca River, Navadad River, Bunham’s Crossing on the Colorado River, Beason’s Ford, San Felipe de Austin, Mill Creek, Camp West of Brazos, Groce’s Plantation, Donoho’s Plantation, McCarley’s Home, Burnett’s Place on Cypress Creek, Head of Little Bayou, Harrisburg, Buffalo Bayou, San Jacinto, and ending at Huntsville. 

Of course, participants didn’t actually walk to those places, but they kept track of miles and with each historic marker, they were able to read about actual events which took place.

Each week, participants received a recipe and encouragement to keep walking. Teams for the 2021 spring event were the Sassy Sneakers, logging 491.98 miles; TRTA3 logging 491.82 miles; and Texas Walkers, logging 526.1 miles. (Miles are reported as of press time, so most current mileage was not available.) 

4-H’ers enjoyed seeing the longarm quilting machine on the 4-H project tour.  Left to right are: Mario Villarino, Kelli Ebel, Lena Reyes, Johanna Hicks, Donna Smith (Fox Country Quilts), Rosia Childs, Denton Klemptner, Rylie Carroll, William Ebel, Peggy Childs, Diego Childs, and Christian Ebel.

Each team surpassed the 416 miles goal, so they are to be commended! Top walkers were Linda Hodge, Miles Hoover, Marilyn Powers, Jacquelyn, Patsy Neal and Leticia Burnside. Congratulations to each of these participants!   

4-H members learned about the new equine program at Texas A&M Commerce as part of their 4-H Project Tour Day.

We will be offering the 8-week, 832 mile, Walk Across Texas version beginning in August. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact the Hopkins County Extension Office, 903-885-3443. Teams of up to 8 people can participate, so gather your families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors and let’s get walking!

4-H Project Tour Day

Twelve members and leaders recently participated in the annual Hopkins County 4-H Project Tour Day. The purpose of this event is to introduce various projects to the youth. 

Our stops for 2021 included the Planetarium for the showing of Astronaut and Space Nebula at Texas A&M Commerce (STEM project), Equine Center and Beef Farm (Livestock project), lunch and County Council meeting at the new Chick-Fil-A at TAMU-C (Leadership project), and a visit to Fox County Quilts in Commerce (Fashion and Interior Design Project). 

Participants enjoyed each stop and indicated learning something new. 

The 4-H Achievement Banquet will take place in August and 4-H members are reminded to submit awards applications and record books to the Extension Office on or before June 25. Information concerning 4-H registration for the 2021/2022 4-H year will be available soon.

Closing thought

A wise person seeks wisdom on a daily basis.

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Contact Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, P.O. Box 518, 1200-B W. Houston St, Sulphur Springs, TX, 75483; 903-885-3443; or [email protected]

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