A delegation from Union County attended the annual 4-H Electric Congress July 9-11 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Two hundred and twenty 4‑H’ers, adult leaders and Cooperative Extension agents from 61 counties attended the three‑day event. Since 1947, Progress Energy, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power have sponsored the annual congress to emphasize energy conservation and safe electricity use. The 4-H electric energy program is one of the most popular activities among Tar Heel 4-H’ers. The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 235,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 21,500 adult and youth volunteers. Pictured from left are William Alt, 16, son of Ken and Denise Davis of Stallings, Miles Byrd, 13, son of Julian and Laura Byrd of Matthews, Laura Byrd, 4-H Agent and Wayne Huddleston, Business Relations Manager, Agricultural Market, Duke Energy.