It was a good day to put a little of Eastern Jackson County on display.

It was a good day to put a little of Eastern Jackson County on display.

Jackson County legislators met Monday at Sibley Orchards, part of their program this year to have meetings at various places around the county. Pat and Rita Farrell run the business, and they made the large barn where they sell peaches, pumpkins and apples available for the meeting. The weather cooperated with a little less heat than the area has seen lately.

“I’ve got to tell you, as relaxing as it is today, we ought to do it more often,” said Legislature Chairman Henry Rizzo.

Pat Farrell is active with the Extension Service, and some of that was on display, including quick testimonials by several 4-H youths. Legislators congratulated the local 4-H on the 80th anniversary of its annual fair.

“The young people, I know, put in a lot of effort and lot of time,” said Legislator Theresa Garza-Ruiz.

This year’s fair is July 14-17 at Drumm Farm in Independence.

“You are going to see kids and the wonderful things they have learned through the year,” said Meg Sage Mach, 4-H youth specialist at the Extension office in Blue Springs.

The program has agricultural roots but, like the Extension Service, has moved to other things, too, from robotics and computers to global education. Including the community club and after-school programs, about 6,000 children in the county use the 4-H program in some way.

“We think about cows and cooking. There’s a lot more to it than that,” Sage Mach said.

Monday’s meeting had lighter moments, too.

Legislator Dennis Waits, whose district includes Sibley, picked up on a long-running joke by Legislator Bob Spence. At any mention of Lee’s Summit, Spence is liable to playfully suggest his hometown is “the center of the universe.”

“Let me tell you,” Waits said, “this is the jewel of the universe.”