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More than 450 Arkansas youth now expected for 4-H Day at the Capitol

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Feb. 6, 2017

Fast Facts:

  • Second 4-H Day at the Capitol expected to have largest attendance yet
  • 2017 4-H Day at the Capitol scheduled Feb. 16

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LITTLE ROCK — An incredible groundswell in attendance is expected for this year’s 4-H Day at the Capitol, taking place Thursday, Feb. 16. 

4-H Day at the Capitol

Brian Helms, director of stakeholder relations for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said more than 450 4-H members from throughout Arkansas are expected to attend the event, based on registration numbers from 4-H clubs across the state. 

“The sheer number of people we’ll have in the building is profound,” said Helms. “Most kids never get the chance to see the inside of the Capitol building, and this event will put them face-to-face with many of their legislators for what may be the first time.” 

The event debuted at the Capitol in 2015, and is returning this year for the first time since. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson, a former 4-H member, will kick off the event at about 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Speaker of the House Jeremy Gilliam, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Senator Bruce Maloch, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston are scheduled to follow. 

4-H members will also have the opportunity to visit both the State Senate and House of Representatives chambers, as well as other offices in the Capitol. 

To learn more about 4-H, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your (insert appropriate office) as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.  

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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