Parents interested in getting their young children involved with 4-H will have a chance at the Carter County Free Fair.
The Carter County 4-H Leadership Team will hold a stick horse rodeo at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the fair. Carter County 4-H Leadership Team Officer Baylie Hughes said the event is one of several the team will hold throughout the year.
“It’s for younger kids and they have events like barrel racing and branding,” Hughes said. “It’s a chance for the leadership team to connect with the kids, reach out to the community and spread the word.”  
The “stick” horses are actually made of pool noodles for safety’s sake. Hughes said events like these introduce kids to 4-H at a young age. Hughes said they’ve held the event for the last three years.
“We usually have about 10 or 15 kids participate and we’re looking to have more,” Hughes said. “It’s really for the younger kids, so we do it on Thursday night.”
The stickhorse rodeo will be held in the Coliseum area and will be free and open to the public. Registration is not required ahead of time. The event is for children in kindergarten through second grade.
“All the kids who do it enjoy it,” Hughes said. “We’re really trying to start more clubs.”
4-H enrollment begins September 1 and will be available through the OSU extension office in Ardmore. Enrollment information will also be available at the stick horse rodeo and at 4-H.org.
“A lot of people think 4-H is just showing (livestock) and it’s a lot more than that,” Hughes said. “Anybody who joins has a project area you specialize in and focus on.”