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NMSU’s Ride for the 4-H Clover Motorcycle Tour Returns for Sixth Year

Ride for the 4-H Clover, an annual, weekend motorcycle excursion hosted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service to benefit 4-H youth programs, will return Aug. 24-26 for the sixth year.

Motorcycle riders and non-riders are invited to participate in this year’s ride, which will venture through eight towns and five counties -more than 400 miles altogether – in northeastern New Mexico.

The route covers an area of the state that features both forests and portions of the Great Plains region, and is known as a destination of lakes, rivers, state parks and national monuments, and storied stops along Historic Route 66.

At each planned stop, participants will learn about programs in NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service – the university’s non-formal, educational outreach component that has a presence in all 33 counties in New Mexico – and meet 4-H youth members who will discuss their current projects.

The vision of former NMSU Regent Mike Cheney, Ride for the 4-H Clover started in 2013 as a campaign to build awareness for NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and help support its 4-H programs, said Associate Dean Jon Boren, the director of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service.

“Our mission is to improve the lives of New Mexicans through research-based information,” Boren said. “One of our flagship programs for the Cooperative Extension Service is the 4-H program.”

More than 40,000 New Mexico youth – one out of nine children in the state – are involved in 4-H programs offered by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and gain knowledge and skills in the areas of agriculture, science, citizenship and healthy living, Boren said.

“The focus of this ride is to really enhance awareness of the Cooperative Extension Service and, more importantly, the 4-H programs,” he said, adding, “Any funds that are generated go directly back into the 4-H programs.”

Each year, the ride route covers a different region in New Mexico, showcasing Extension offices and 4-H programs in that area. This year, the route starts in Las Vegas and ends in Mora. Along the way, participants will make stops in Tucumcari, Clayton, Raton and Angel Fire.

A day before the ride begins, an evening reception for participants will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Best Western Plus Montezuma Inn & Suites, 2020 N. Grand Ave., in Las Vegas.

The following day, Aug. 25, an opening ceremony will take place at 7 a.m., also at the Best Western Plus Montezuma Inn & Suites, before participants depart for Tucumcari at 8 a.m. In Tucumcari, the group will visit the Quay County Fairgrounds, 2000 Camino Del Coronado Road, for about an hour before heading north to Clayton at 11:30 a.m. The group plans to refuel in Logan.

It is anticipated that the group will arrive in Clayton around 1:30 p.m. to visit the NMSU ACES Clayton Livestock Research Center, 15 NMSU Lane, where lunch will be provided.

At 2:30 p.m., the group will depart for Raton, the last stop of the day, and refuel in Des Moines. The group will stay overnight in Raton at the Best Western Plus, 473 Clayton Road. That evening, the group will reconvene from 6:30-8 p.m. for dinner at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. Third St.

The next morning, Aug. 26, the group will depart for Angel Fire at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the group will stop at Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, 43 Country Club Road, for a 45-minute break, and then depart for Mora at 10:45 a.m. In Mora, the ride will wrap up with lunch and an official conclusion at the NMSU ACES John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center, 547 N.M. 518.

Registration for the ride is now underway. The $75 fee includes the reception in Las Vegas, lunches in Clayton and Mora, and dinner in Raton, as well as a commemorative pin and shirt. Lodging is not included, but group hotel discounts are available.

All proceeds benefit the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service 4-H youth programs.

For additional information or to register for the ride, visit the webpage or call Monica Lury at 505-983-4615.

Author: Carlos Andres Lopez – NMSU

State 4-H Conference at NMSU will Focus on Helping Youth Reach their Potential

With a theme of “Do More, Grow More and Be More,” the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University Monday through Thursday, July 10-13, will be a busy, exciting week for hundreds of senior 4-H members from across New Mexico.

“The theme for this year’s conference branches from the 4-H Grows national campaign established through the National 4-H Organization,” said Amy Zemler, NMSU 4-H youth activities specialist. “The state and national programs strive to give youth every opportunity through projects, contests, events and leadership roles to grow and reach goals they have set.”

A highlight of the conference will be Monday night when motivational speaker Michael Cuestas takes the stage.

Cuestas connects with teens through his personal stories, entertaining humor and a compelling message. He grew up in poverty without knowing his father and has lived in a homeless shelter, a center for victims of domestic violence and even a tent.

Undaunted, Cuestas was able to persevere through these struggles and he encourages students to be leaders and to know that they are greater than any obstacle that may come their way. Cuestas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has worked for six Fortune 500 companies.

Other highlights of the conference include contests, workshops, evening sessions, an awards ceremony and the election of new State Officers. Workshop topics will range from “Animal Science,” “Life After High School,” “Natural Science” and “Agriculture” to “Developing Your Career,” “How to Become a State 4-H Officer,” “Making Healthy Choices” and “Tips for Surviving College!”

This year the conference will have dances all three nights, with the themes of “Safari,” “Rock N’ Roll” and “Disney.”

For more information and registration details, participants can check with their local Cooperative Extension Service county office.

Author: Darrell J. Pehr – NMSU

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