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4-H Geranium Festival sale a hit

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Eight-year-old Lexi Johnson (center), daughter of John and Tracy Johnson, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., picked up a new prize from The Pet Farm, one of more than 300 booths at the Geranium Festival on Saturday.

Special Photo Eight-year-old Lexi Johnson (center), daughter of John and Tracy Johnson, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., picked up a new prize from The Pet Farm, one of more than 300 booths at the Geranium Festival on Saturday.

Students in Henry County's 4-H program were tasked with convincing participants at Saturday's Geranium Festival to purchase plants at the annual event, and they did.

By the time the festival was over, the kids had achieved their goal.

"We do not have any left, and we know that it was a huge success this year," said Tracy Gauge, a 4-H associate for the Extension office.

"We had close to 300 eight-inch plants, 50 hanging baskets, and about 42 flats with 15 to a flat -- which is 630 four-inch plants," said Susan Howington, coordinator for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office, located at 97 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough.

Based on the information provided, the geranium sale generated more than $5,000 for the Henry County 4-H.

In addition to the 18 students in the 4-H program who sold the plants, the Extension Office received help from the Modern Woodmen organization, which serves as community volunteers at various events.

-- Jason A. Smith