ADA - 4-H members from across Ohio joined together on Saturday, Jan. 19, to travel to Washington D.C. to experience an exciting time in our nation's history. During this four-day trip, 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to tour national monuments and museums; participate in educational programs focused on government and history; and attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Participants on the trip will stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Carolyn Belczyk, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development in Adams County and one of the trip planners shares, "The Inauguration is a perfect time to spark a youth's interest in government and history. What better way to learn about government and history, but to take a road trip and live it?"

Members from Hardin County 4-H going on the trip include Justin Light, an Ada seventh grader who is a member of Liberty Belles and Boys 4-H club and Jordan Furer, a Ridgemont High School sophomore who belongs to Country Timers 4-H Club.

While in Washington D.C., Ohio's 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to get to know each other through activities planned by trip organizers. On Monday, members will have the chance to watch the swearing in ceremony. A special Inauguration Ball just for the Ohio 4-H members will be held Monday evening at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase.

This experience is being planned by a team of Ohio 4-H professionals including Mark Light, Hardin County 4-H Extension Educator, Robin Stone, Program Coordinator, Carolyn Belczyk, Extension Educator, 4-H, Adams County, and Nadine Fogt, Extension Educator, 4-H, Fayette County.