Armed with games, snacks, sleeping bags, and pillows 36 4-H members and 8 adult chaperones began the annual 4-H Up-All-Night at 8 p.m. Friday, December 1st. The event was held in the barn at the Calhoun County Park and the activities continued until dawn.

A tradition in Calhoun, the 4-H Up-All-Night is an opportunity for 4-H members to gather and enjoy crafts, conversation, dancing and games under the supervision of adult volunteers. It's a great way to make new friends and develop life skills.

Jeff Jones provided music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Karen Jacobs provided crafts and all chaperones played card and board games with youth. The event came to a close after everyone enjoyed breakfast.

This year's participating 4-H members included: Brandi Bain, Emily Bain, Tea Boatright, JJ Bremar, Alanna Butler, Kenny Chriswell, Meghan Chriswell, Jessi Cosgrove, Nathan Cosgrove, Delaney Cunningham, Elizabeth Duskey, Taylor Garrett, Austin Gribble, Sidney Hipp, Sara Husk, Danielle Kendall, Kenzie Laughlin, Ethyn Miller, Jeffrey Miller, Rebbicca Newlon, Donna Roberts, Leah Roberts, Stephanie Roberts, Angel Samples, Anna Sampson, Amala Saum, Caleb Schoolcraft, Kody Schultz, Zac Stump, Ryan Swearengin, Kenadee Taylor, Trisha Turner, Jeremy Watkins, Nathan Watkins, Jessica Wood, and Justin Yoak.

As with any 4-H event, its success depends on the willingness of adults to volunteer their time and energy. A special thanks goes to our chaperones: Nancy Bremar, Karen Jacobs, Phil Kisner, Jacob McCumbers, Sandy McCumbers, Kenny Sampson, Darla Taylor, David Weaver, and Sandy Weaver.

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national orientation, and marital or family status. If you would like to learn more, volunteer or join Calhoun County 4-H program call the Extension Office at 354-6332.

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