BALLSTON SPA, NY: In 2021, Saratoga County 4-H hosted the first Halloween Extravaganza. The event was intended as an Open House, inviting the general public to learn more about the program. Over one thousand area residents attended and it was considered to be a crowning achievement on the inaugural year!
The Second Annual Halloween Extravaganza took place this past Sunday. Attendance TRIPLED! The gorgeous weather enticed more than 3,000 Halloween-loving people to the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center in Ballston Spa. There were no tricks but participants were treated to a veritable smorgasbord of showcased local 4-H clubs and animal projects.
The indoor arena was stacked with youth members and volunteers sharing candy, games, crafts, and information on why they love 4-H and what makes their club or project so special! In addition to the booths, two tractors ran in constant rotation around the entire property and into the many woodland trails for fun-filled hayrides! CCE Saratoga’s Occupant Protection Specialist, Cynthia Dort, distributed bike helmets and car seat safety tips while CCE Saratoga’s Nutrition Intern doled out healthy snacks! The Saratoga Sharp Shooters 4-H Club sold food as a part of their community fundraiser while the “Lead the Legacy” basket fundraiser sold out entirely! $1,000 was raised for the Training Center addition project. Representatives from the Boy Scouts, Milton Galway Coalition, and Northland Newfoundland Club were present to share their specialties!
To say the event was a massive success would be an understatement but the true measurement will be seen with the expected surge in 4-H enrollment. There was an overall positive reaction to the event with a lot of interest in the program. Interested parties are encouraged to enroll soon to ensure eligibility for upcoming 4-H exclusive holiday events. Adults are encouraged to call 518-885-8995 or visit https://ccesaratoga.org/4-h/interested-in-joining-4-h. For those interested in the many other opportunities offered by CCE Saratoga, including the JUST ANNOUNCED wildly-popular Party for a Cause at the Hideaway in February 2023, it is recommended to follow the association on social media platforms (@ccesaratoga), visit www.ccesaratoga.org, or call the office 518-885-8995.
This event was made possible by the many 4-H members and volunteers. Specifically, the following clubs and projects; Saratoga Shepherds, 4-H 4Us, Bucks & Does, Domestic Rabbits, Animals Around, Saratoga Sharp Shooters, Dairy Club, Saratoga Humzingers, Middleliners, County Wide Robotics, Art with a Heart, and the Quaker Springs Country Kids. 4-H youth who displayed their animals in the petting zoo included Ryleigh Wadsworth – Dairy Calf, Kohlby Himelrick – Goats, Matthias Miller – Rabbit, Saratoga Humzingers – Alpacas, Lauryn Duell – Rabbit, Sydney Carson – Rabbit, Horse – Nicolina Foti (CCE Ag Agent).
A special thank you to the generous donations to the basket raffle from the following: Pizza Works, Maurices, Peddlers Bar and Bistro, Saratoga Candy Company, Price Chopper, Iron Roost, Mourningkill Farm and Bakeshop, Hop City Maple, Fo'Castle Farm Country Store, Lakeside Farms, Smith’s Orchard and Bakeshop, and Rebel Wood.