Welcome To The
Montgomery County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Montgomery County Extension Office is at your service!
Join us on August 26 for the 4-H Color Splash Fun Run
On Saturday, August 26 we will gather at the Courthouse Square in Mt. Ida, AR at 8 AM to begin registration.
- The Kids Dash (for ages 10 and under) will begin at 8:45 AM.
- The 5K will begin at 9:00 AM.
- The race will be a self-timed event.
- There will be runners and walkers so all are welcome to participate.
The cost of the race is $10. If you would like to preregister and receive one of the newly designed tie-dyed t-shirts the total cost will be $25 and we must receive your registration by August 17 to guarantee the shirt.
Montgomery County Get Fit Program
The Get Fit groups in our county continue their fitness journeys. Group leaders recently attended an Advanced Training session held in Arkadelphia.
We are very proud of these hardworking folks. They are a true witness as to the benefits of exercising after we begin our senior years.
Each one of them would encourage you to join a Get Fit class and begin your personal journey to fitness. Some of these ladies have been exercising together for over 10 years.
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- Get Fit Classes
Mt. Ida on MWF at 10:00 AM at the Extension Office-Led by Gail Shields
Mt. Ida on M Th at 6:00 PM at the Extension Office-Led by Anita Wilborg
Mt. Ida on T Th at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church-Led by Darlene Holliday
Norman on MWF at 8:15 AM at Barr Memorial Presbyterian Church-Led by Bobbie Edwards
Oden on MWF at 8:30 AM at Oden Baptist Church-Led by Minnie Whitehouse
Montgomery County 4 H members and Montgomery County Master Gardeners recently teamed up to build 2 Tasty Acre gardens in our county. The gardens are built in the fall and allowed to sit over the winter.
Soil is tested and planting begins in the spring and continues throughout the growing season and into the fall. These gardens provide a multitude of produce using a very small area.
Contact us about having your soil tested. If you would like to join 4-H or Master Gardeners we would be happy to assist you.
Photo: MC 4H members, Ag & FCS agent along with MC Master Gardeners pose after completing one of the gardens.
- Find the 4-H Club that is right for you!
Mt. Ida 4-H Club is for Jr. and Sr. Members ages 9-19. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Stormy Cooper 479-263-4447
Puddle Jumpers 4-H Club is for Cloverbud members ages 5-8. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Annie Scott 501-538-4137
Oden 4-H Club is for all ages, 5-19. They meet at the Pencil Bluff Baptist Church gym on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: LaJennifer Nash 501-815-2058
Shooting Sports 4-H Club is for Jr. and Sr. members ages 9-19. They meet at the shooting range in Pencil Bluff as announced. Leader: Melissa Lewis 870-326-4581
R.A.G.E. Teen Leader Club is for Sr. members ages 14-19. They meet at the Pencil Bluff Baptist Church gym on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Tonya Badger 870-326-4841
Caddo Tribe 4-H Club is for all ages, 5-19. They meet at the Caddo Hills School Cafeteria on the first Monday of each month at 5PM. Leader: Amanda Bailey 870-223-3649
Montgomery County Extension Homemakers
The Montgomery County Extension Homemakers attended the Ouachita District meeting held at the SWREC in Hope, AR. The members reported that they had a successful meeting and were pleased to become acquainted with their new advisor, Laura Hendrix.
Montgomery County EHC members have a variety of projects that they work on each year. The projects that they work on benefit our school children, veterans, and low-income families. These ladies work the Montgomery County Fair each year. They have a building displaying quilts at the Quiltz, Quartz, and Craftz Festival each year. The local clubs would love to have you join them. This group is willing to share their knowledge of sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc. with anyone who would like to learn.
Photo: EHC members that attended the Ouachita District meeting this fall.
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- Find a local EHC Club
Joplin EHC Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida. President: Joyce Rose 870-867-4599
LOBC Get Fit Exercise Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church to exercise. Representative: Mary Ann Nichol 870-867-3344
Oden EHC Club meets on the 1st Tuesday at 1:00 PM at the Oden Baptist Church. President: Waunetta Howe 870-326-4877
Pine Ridge EHC Club meets to quilt on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church. President: Kathy Stucker 870-326-4442
Stitchin' Friends EHC Club meets on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM to sew at the Extension Office. Representative: Dorie Oswald 870-867-4694
Yarn Workers meet every Friday at 3:30 PM at the Assisted Living Center in Mt. Ida to knit and crochet. Representative: Kathleena Drennan 870-867-5154
Snap, Crackle & Pop Exercise Club meets to exercise on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Graham Court Community Center in Mt. Ida. Representative: Barbara Sprague 870-867-5222
Promoting Our County
The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) has unveiled a new logo and slogan! The effort has been part of a branding initiative that has been years in the making. It was designed to attract tourism to the area which includes Scott, Polk, and Montgomery counties.
The timing of the initiative could not be any better as ARCO plans to work alongside the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce to attract and support mountain bike tourism in our area. Montgomery county is home to 3 "epic trails," a designation made by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to denote a "true back country riding experience-one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent single-track and at least 20 miles in length." The Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an IMBA representative for a community round table discussion on how the county can better support the sport.
Click here to learn how to become involved with the ARCO initiative.