FERNDALE, Ark. – A perfect fall day turned into a perfect way to support the scholarships and programs of the Arkansas 4-H youth development program.

The Arkansas 4-H Fall Festival, held Saturday drew more than 300 people, and was expected to raise more than $5,000 for the 4-H Youth development program. The event was hosted at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale.

Families took part in pumpkin decorating, canoeing, fishing as well as fun with robots and 3-D printers.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better first-run than last Saturday’s event,” said Ewell Welch, executive director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation. “The weather was great, the participation was excellent and of course, we’re pleased to have raised funds to help us continue to support 4-H scholarships and programs here at the center.”

Welch also said the event introduced the center and its programs to people who may not have known it was there and generated interest in both.

“We are very blessed to have the support of a highly professional and motivated group of employees that see the benefit that a successful Arkansas C. A. Vines 4-H Center has for 4-H members in Arkansas,” he said.

To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office or visit http://uaex.edu/4h-youth/default.aspx.