Henry County Holiday Bazaar
Henry County Extension offers popular event for shoppers
Holiday Bazaar returns Nov. 14 in New Castle, Ky.
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (November 2015) – A new club made up of self-motivated 4-H members teaches students how to run a business. It may even prove to be profitable for some as they display their wares at the upcoming Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 14 in New Castle.
The 4-H Means Business club is “a club for entrepreneurs,” said Mary McManis, mother of one of the members. “It is a 4-H driven club and you have to be in middle school or above to participate.”
Photo courtesy of Mary McManis
This group of students is part of the Henry County “4-H Means Business” group, which will be participating in the upcoming Holiday Bazaar in New Castle, Ky.
She said the “kids have to come up with their own business and run it.” McManis credits Cathy Toole, Henry County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, with beginning the club.
• For more information about the 4-H Means Business Club or the Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar, contact the Henry County Cooperative Extension office at (502) 845-2811.
“The beginning members were all talented 4-Hers in the clubs that they participated in,” said Toole. “I mentioned to several of them that I felt they could create their own businesses for profit as well as a learning experience. We started the club with five businesses; we now have seven.”
Parents such as McManis help the students but she added, “We don’t run the businesses. Each student has to have a different product, so as not to compete with each other.”
McManis’ daughter, Camryn, began Camryn’s Creations through her talent in the photography club.
“Her photos always got a lot of attention, and I felt they would make great note cards,” said Toole.
Other members include Kendyll and Kellyn Smith, who make creative crocheted items in the Crocheting Club. Several people were asking for them to make items so they started with special orders, Toole said.
Club member Emily Bratton has a real talent for crafting and had already started her business when she decided to change directions this past year. She focuses on making bees wax products and sells lip balm, bar lotion and candles.
Emma Noe makes goat soap and lotion from scratch from her own dairy goats. Bratton and Noe’s products have become Kentucky Proud Certified.
Ethan Dockter started by making wood kits for projects for other youth to put together as a wood science project for other 4-Hers, Toole said. “This past year we have added Emily and Matthew Dawkins. Emily creates scarves and Matthew makes jar drinking glasses.”
Members will have their wares for sale at the 23rd annual Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature work by other Henry County artists and craftspeople and include customized farm toys, jewelry, leather goods, stained glass, painted furniture, wood turned items, handmade ornaments and many more gift-giving items.
“They have some nice, quality products,” said Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. The 4-H students’ items have to be approved by the Henry County Arts and Craft Guild, she said.
“You can’t be in the club without being juried. Some are members of the Guild, some are not,” McManis said.
The 4-H leaders do not want the students to concentrate on the profit but rather more on the experience of being entrepreneurs, McManis said. Some even pay their parents back for start-up costs, having used their parents as investors. “It’s a good experience to pay them back.”
By participating in such shows as the Holiday Bazaar, the Trimble County Apple Festival, and Henry County Arts & Craft Guild Show, the students “learn profit and loss. It’s teaching them to become business owners,” said McManis.
4-H Means Business club members also sell their handcrafted items in some local locations. Camryn McManis sells her note cards at the Berry Center in New Castle. Emma Noe sells her goat soap at Bluegrass Pharmacy in Campbellsburg.
And several of them sell their products at the Pleasureville Indoor Farmers Market.
“The group will be presenting a workshop on their personal business journeys at the upcoming Kentucky State Leadership Forum in February. I am very proud of this clubs growth and dedication,” said Toole.
In addition to the Henry County Extension Holiday Bazaar, the 4-H Means Business club will also participate in three La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisan events in La Grange. The Buy Local Buy Small Winter Markets will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 at the La Grange Community Center.
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