The Sac County 4-H lock-in

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Lillian Lode and Emmalinn Carico use the 3-D pens to create. / Photos Submitted

The Annual Sac County 4-H lock-in was held at the Sac Community Center on February 22 with 57 Sac County 4-H youth and about 15 Sac County volunteers. A Universe of Possibilities 4-H Lock-In began Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and concluded at 8am on Saturday despite the nasty weather during the evening.

The junior (3-6 graders) 4-H members were allowed to bring their friends to the lock-in while learning about some of the activities that 4-H provides. The 4-H members and their friends began playing Ice Breaker games led by the Sac County 4-H Council members, Connor Pickhinke and Dawson Blum, and then were divided into six groups and rotated between workshops.

The workshops included swimming and Logan Blum and Hannah Hansen as lifeguards, learning how to make monster cookie energy bites, constructing wooden candle pedestals followed by painting or staining them, making calming jars, an escape room, and tying quilts for the Lake View Lutheran Church as the quilts are sent over to other countries for a soft place to sleep.

Lillian Lode and Emmalinn Carico use the 3-D pens to create.
/ Photos Submitted

The candle pedestals were taken home by the participants and the youth will be able to exhibit it in the 2019 Sac County Fair. The following volunteers need to be thanked for all of their hard work: Doug Steinkamp, Jamie Bloyer, Gary Langbein, Wes and Kim Drost, Carin Weltzheimer, LeRoy Schoental and all of the Sac County 4-H Council members. Huge shout out to LeRoy Schoental for the use of his sound equipment and for allowing the kids to do some karaoke.

For more information about the Junior Lock-In or about joining Sac County 4-H please contact the Sac County Extension and Outreach Office at 712/662-7131 or email Steph Erpelding, Sac County Youth Coordinator at

Wes Drost, Cal McCollough and Luke Steinkamp tie quilts.
Some of the county council members as they display the quilts that were tied during the community service portion of the lock-in. L to R: Eryn Schmitt, Rachel Kenny, Katie Pickhinke, Anna Schmitt, Bella Raasch, Abby Scott, Cora Devitt and Alexis Clark-Turnquist.
Rachel Kenny shows Zoe Boger how to sand with the grain as she works on her candle pedestal.
Jayden Friedrichsen and Paisley Weltzheimer watch Kim Drost as she shows them how to thread the needles and Emily Slater works on tying the quilt.
Kevin Steinkamp helps Brooks Ludwig put his candle pedestal together.