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More than 225 4-H youths to showcase at county fair

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 16, more than 225 youths from McLeod County will showcase the learning and achievements they have accomplished in 4-H at the McLeod County Fair.
4-H at Minnesota county fairs is not just a 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 have completed sixth grade and up and 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 Dorothy M. Freeman, 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.”
McLeod County has registered to bring over 2,400 4-H projects to this year’s McLeod County Fair. 4-H general (non-livestock) exhibits will be judged on Aug. 15 and 4-H livestock shows and other events will take place Aug. 16-20. In addition to exhibiting projects, 4-H’ers are very actively involved throughout the McLeod County Fair with a variety of activities.
For a complete schedule of 4-H events at the county fair, see the Aug. 16 print edition of The Chronicle.