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UF/IFAS Extension Office hosts Craft Day

By Lee Wardlaw lee@claytodayonline.com
Posted 3/30/23

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Debbie Love, Leader of the Prime Cuts Club at the 4-H Youth Development Program at the UF/IFAS Clay County Extension, hosted an impromptu Craft Day session last Saturday at the …

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UF/IFAS Extension Office hosts Craft Day


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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Debbie Love, Leader of the Prime Cuts Club at the 4-H Youth Development Program at the UF/IFAS Clay County Extension, hosted an impromptu Craft Day session last Saturday at the Extension’s Clay County Classroom in Green Cove Springs just five days before the big 11-day Clay County Agricultural Fair that kicked off next door.

At Craft Day, students cut and pasted their way into their final creations, which will be on display at the Fair’s 4-H booth.

Children who earn big rosette, blue, and red ribbons for their entries will have a chance to win their money back or turn a small profit on their $10 price-of-admission entry.

“This was kind of a spur of the moment thing. I just bought all of my crafts from home and set them up onto tables,” Love said.

The fun-filled event that was created to pique the children’s creativity by design lasted from 1-5 p.m.

“I get excited about watching them go through all of the crafts on the table and figuring out what to make. Nothing is put together. They went in not knowing what I had in there, and there were at least 10 tables covered with stuff for them to do,” Love said.

The tables were chock-full of fun items like paint, scissors, glue guns, ribbons, bows, yarns, beads and jewelry. In return, children crafted several items, such as a cowboy made out of sticks happily standing next to a barn and a traced baby chick with real-life feathers with hay and egg created from an acorn.

“With so much stuff, they can be so creative. It does my heart good to watch their brains turn on and see them work on what they’re making. I like to see them being creative instead of being on their phones or computers,” she said.

Love’s goal is to host next year’s event in February with more planning, coordination and advance notice for those in the community.