Hundreds are expected to attend 4-H Day at the state Capitol Thursday, Feb. 16.


Brian Helms, director of stakeholder relations for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said more than 450 4-H members from throughout Arkansas are expected to attend the event, based on registration numbers.


“The sheer number of people we’ll have in the building is profound,” Helms said. “Most kids never get the chance to see the inside of the Capitol building, and this event will put them face-to-face with many of their legislators for what may be the first time.”


The event debuted at the Capitol in 2015 and is returning this year for the first time since.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a former 4-H member, will kick off the event at about 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Speaker of the House Jeremy Gilliam, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Sen. Bruce Maloch, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston are scheduled to follow.


4-H members will also have the opportunity to visit the state Senate and House of Representatives chambers, as well as other offices in the Capitol.


To learn more about 4-H, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.