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Youth to showcase a year of 4-H learning at Carlton County Fair

 

August 15, 2019



From Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18, more than 120 youth from Carlton County will showcase the learning and achievements they have accomplished in 4-H at the Carlton County Fair.

4-H at Minnesota county fairs are not just fun annual events. Every summer, tens of thousands of 4-H youth participate in county fairs to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.

4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking. 4-H’ers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair. They also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H buildings and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public. 4-H’ers who demonstrate the highest achievements are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair!

County fairs not only make great memories, they help 4-H youth grow into successful adults.

“One of 4-H’s priorities is to provide learning and leadership experiences that guide youth in building relationships, developing communication techniques, and strengthening organizational skills,” said Jennifer A. Skuza, Extension Center for Youth Development Associate Dean and State 4-H Director. “Through these experiences, youth find the leaders within themselves and are able to make a positive impact in their club, home, school or community.”

Carlton County 4-H activities will begin with “Static Exhibit” judging from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 13, two days prior to the opening of the fair. From photography exhibits to robots, the 4-H building will be filled with the creativity and hard work of Carlton County’s 4-H youth. Static exhibits will remain in the 4-H building throughout the fair.

Livestock shows will take place throughout Thursday and Friday of the Fair. The 4-H Horse Drill Team will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, with the 4-H Horse Show taking place throughout the day on Saturday.

“The Carlton County Fair is an opportunity for 4-H youth to reflect on how far they have come with their projects, be recognized for their incredible achievements, and start to dream about the next big challenge.” Said Dylan Kelly, Carlton County 4-H Program Coordinator

To learn more about 4-H in Carlton County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Dylan Kelly, at 218-591-0479 and visit the website, http://www.4-H.umn.edu.

About Extension 4-H: 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension. Available for youth grades K-1 year after high school, 4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experiences in STEM, citizenship & leadership, animal science, creative arts, and much more. Through this learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that help them succeed in their school, college, community and career. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

 

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