Holiday spirit at craft expo

About 300 kids along with parents and grandparents made holiday crafts at the Colusa County Fairgrounds on Saturday. 

The annual Countywide 4-H “Make it and Take it” Expo had craft projects for all ages and abilities, said organizers Dawn Brown and Jenny Perry, thanks to the effort of 4-H leaders, non-profit organizations, and volunteers. 

Allie Wills, 11, a member of the Maxwell 4-H Swine Club, shows off the Christmas hat she made at the seventh annual Countywide Craft Expo on Nov. 3 at the Colusa County Fairgrounds.

Projects included crafting Christmas ornaments and decorations, sewing, and painting. The cost to each person to complete a project, such as a table decoration, picture frame, garden tile, dog toy, or Christmas hat, was essentially the cost of the actual supplies, as the craft expo is not a fundraiser but a special event. 

“This is our seventh year,” Brown said. “We use to take our kids to Auburn for their event, so we thought we would start our own.”

Although many of the kids participating at the Expo are in 4-H, the event was open to the public. 

“A lot of parents are working, so this is a good way for the kids to come and do all kinds of crafts all day,” Brown said. 

In addition to 4-H clubs, Colusa Cub Scout Troop 5, Colusa County Master Gardeners, and other non-profits engaged youth and their parents in more than a dozen activities. 

“This was the first year for the Colusa Arts Council to join us, and we were so happy for them to get involved,” Brown said. “We hope other groups will want to get involved in the future.” 

Retired 4-H Program Representative Liz Dawley teaches Macie Johnston, 10, of Princeton 4-H, how to sew a potholder at the seventh annual 4-H Countywide Craft Expo.

Retired 4-H leaders, as well as families, including Devin Kelly, her parents, Mike and Karen Anania, and her aunt, Beth Young, hosted some of the more than one dozen activities. 

“A family that plays together – stays together,” Karen Anania said. 

Mia Cowsert, 10, Secretary of the Colusa 4-H Club, said she enjoyed making several items, although she’s not sure if she will keep them or give them away as Christmas gifts. 

“I haven’t decided yet,” she said. 

Sharon Hribernick, of Princeton 4-H, also hosted a booth and said the annual event is a lot of fun for kids, who can make as many items as they want. 

“Everything seems to go pretty well,” she said. 

Colusa County 4-H currently serves about 480 youth annually, and has long reaching effects. Youth participating in 4-H are two times more likely than other youth to be civically active and make healthier lifestyles choices, and four times more likely to contribute to their communities, according to its website.   

Perry said adult volunteers are vital for the success of the program. To find out more about Colusa County 4-H visit cecolusa.ucanr.edu/4-H_Program/. ■