The Youth Academy for Livestock Learning is an educational event that allows participants to increase their knowledge about beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, rabbits, small ruminants (sheep and meat goats), and swine. Participants can elect to participate with one or any combination of the covered species. Starting on Monday, September 7th, the first educational module will be available and new modules will be released weekly through the week of October 5th for five total learning modules per species. Beginning the week of October 12th and continuing through the end of October, there will be a series of events that will allow participants to show what they have learned as well as interact with other youth participants. There is no cost to participate and you do not have to be a current 4-Her. You must register to be included in the October Spirit Week and other events. You may choose more than one species.  Registration is available until October 5th! Prizes will be awarded for virtual contests!  Contact asmccar@clemson.edu with any questions!

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-academy-of-livestock-learning-registration-117804874551m

Important dates:

Week of September 7- Module 1

Week of September 14- Module 2

Week of September 21- Module 3

Week of September 28- Module 4

Week of October 5 - Module 5 and Q&A Review Sessions

Week of October 12- Skillathon Tests and “Spirit Week”

Week of October 19th - Barn Tours Contest

Week of October 26th - Sales Talk Contest

Past Events:

Laurens County Chamber of Commerce

Industry and Agriculture Tour

Fall

Mark your calendars for the Annual Laurens County Industry and Agriculture Tour! Spend a fun day learning more about the industry and agriculture thriving in Laurens County! The day starts off with coffee and donuts at the Laurens County Farm Bureau, next a tour at Alupress and then a tour of Teknor Apex before lunch at the Owing's Community Center. The afternoon will consist of a tour of Willis Farm and Windy Knolls Farm, and lastly some ice cream to cool off from a wonderful day! RSVP Required. $20 per person, or $30 per couple!

Laurens County Youth Livestock Show

August 23 - 25

137 Fairgrounds Rd, Laurens SC 29360

The Laurens County Youth Livestock Show will be August 23 - 25, 2018 at the Laurens County Exchange Club. There is an opportunity for all 4-Hers at this show, not just livestock exhibitors. There will be a poster contest, art, dog, rabbit, meat goat, dairy, and beef show. Information on each of these shows can be found in the show packet. Entry forms must be post marked by August 10, 2018! Contact the Laurens 4-H for more information at 864-984-2514 or asmccar@clemson.edu.

4-H Club & Project Poster Show-August 23, 4:00 PM Youth Art Show–August 23, 4:00 PM Youth Dog Show–August 23, 5:00 PM Youth Rabbit Show- August 23, 6:30 PM Youth Meat Goat Show–August 24, 6:00 PM Youth Dairy Show–August 25, 10:00 AM Youth Beef Show – August 25, 2:00 PM.

Click here for the Laurens County Youth Show Catalog and Livestock Show entry form.

AgSouth's AgAware

August 17

Presbyterian College, Harrington-Peachtree Amphitheater, 503 S Broad St, Clinton SC 29325

AGAware is a program that seeks to promote and educate the next generation of young, beginning, small and underserved farmers. AGAware is comprised of three divisions:

Educational workshops

 

Downtown Laurens Farmer Market

June 9 - August 25, Saturday Mornings 8 AM - 12 PM​

Downtown Laurens Historic Square

Support your local farmers by buying local produce, honey, meats and more! Visit the Laurens Farmers Market and Think Local! For more information, or to participate, contact the Main Street Laurens Office at (864) 984-2119.

Ghost Creek Gourd Festival

April 27, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

April 28, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ghost Creek Gourd Farm, 2108 Ghost Creek Rd, Laurens

Gourd art for sale by artist. Classes taught by various artists. For classes, go to GhostCreekGourds.com then to Ghost Creek Gourd Fest Classes.

Laurens County AGweek

March 19 - 24

Laurens County, SC

The National Ag Day programs believes that every American should value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. Here in Laurens County, we celebrate a full week of agriculture to educate our community on the value of agriculture in their daily lives! Visit the AGweek section of this website, or the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to stay informed all week!

Quarterly Great Laurens County Clean Up

March 24

Laurens County, SC

Get your bags and vests ready to help keep Laurens County Beautiful! Pick your location, call the Chamber (864-833-2716 Dianne Wyatt or dwyatt@laurenscounty.org) and let us know where you will clean up, and how many volunteers. You can stop by the Chamber during business hours to pick up vests, gloves and bags. After, let us know how many bags of trash were collected! Tag your funniest trash picture with the hashtag #keeplaurenscountybeautiful and you could win a prize!

Laurens County Spotlight On Agriculture

March 14, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church - 410 E Carolina Ave, Clinton, SC 29325

Spotlight on Agriculture is sponsored yearly by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Committee for Laurens County. The Purpose of the vent is to focus attention on various aspects of agriculture and related community concerns specific to Laurens County. It is also a time to pay tribute to our farmers, their families, and their contributions to our county. Contact our Laurens County Clemson University Cooperative Extension office for more information: 219 W Laurens St, Laurens SC 29360 or 864-984-2514

4-H Pinckney Leadership Conference and Camp

If you will be a rising Sophomore or Junior or 7th or 8th grader in the summer and want to make a difference in your community while enhancing your leadership skills, the 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program is for you! You do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend.

Two high school sessions on Clemson University’s campus: June 16 – 22 and July 21 – 27.

Two middle school sessions: June 23 – 28, 2019, at Camp Long- near Aiken, SC and July 14 – 19, 2019 at Camp Bob Cooper- near Summerton, SC (just off I-95)

While delivery methods are changing due to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, 4-H school enrichment programs are still available to our teachers! These programs are available to grades K-12 in all of our Laurens County schools and are aligned to state standards. Through 4-H school enrichment programs, youth will learn valuable life skills through hands-on learning experiences. 2020-2021 Laurens County 4-H School Enrichment Programs are sponsored by Laurens County Farm Bureau and the Laurens County Cattleman’s Association. Programs will be provided FREE of charge to teachers. There are a limited number of kits available so be sure to reserve your spot today! To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact asmccar@clemson.edu.

The following programs will be offered for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Character Critters (Kindergarten): Teaching children about good character can be fun! Character Critters is a character education resource designed for early childhood educators and others who work with 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds.

Intro to 4-H (1st Grade): 4-H offers youth many opportunities to explore our six program areas. This program provides an introduction to each of our program areas through a hands-on learning activity.

Chick Embryology (2nd Grade): A 25-day project that teaches life cycles using eggs and incubators. Typically done with 2nd grade but is open to all grades.

Healthy Habits: A monthly lesson on nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Includes snack. Typically done with 3rd Grade, PE classes, and after school programs.

4-H20 in the Classroom (3rd Grade): Bring 4-H20 into your classroom! 4-H20 Classroom kits provide a hands-on science inquiry program that provides youth with knowledge about their local water resources. Kits will include activities related to the water cycle, watersheds, and water conservation.

Journey to Mars – A 4-H Space Adventure (4th grade): A series of lessons that focus on inquiry, decomposition, pattern recognition, and algorithm design on an age-appropriate level.

Reading Makes Cents (5th grade): A monthly lesson for 5th-grade students on budgeting, understanding money, etc.

Laurens County 4-H School Enrichment Programs: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/laurens/4h/4hschoolenrich.html

© 2018 by The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce