More than 315 youth from across Meeker County have registered to bring over 2,780 4-H projects to this year’s Meeker County Fair. 4-H general (non-livestock) exhibits will be judged Wednesday, July 31, and 4-H livestock shows will take place Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1 and 2. In addition to exhibiting projects, 4-H’ers are very actively involved throughout the Meeker County Fair. Just a few of the activities that they will take part in include: working in the 4-H Foodstand, giving livestock demonstration, participating in a dog demonstration, performing as part of Arts In (musical group), and sharing their animals during a pet show. A schedule of 4-H events at the Meeker County Fair includes:
Thursday, Aug. 1
Thursday, Aug. 1
8:30 a.m. 4-H Rabbit Show
10 a.m. 4-H Horse Fun Show
1 p.m. 4-H Poultry Show
2 p.m. 4-H Cloverbud Horse Show
Horse Fun Show to follow.
5 p.m.4-H Beef Show
Friday, Aug. 2
9 a.m. 4-H Swine Show
9:30 a.m. 4-H Dairy Show
11 a.m. 4-H Lamb Lead Interviews
4-H Lamb Lead Show to follow
4-H Sheep Show to follow
2 p.m. 4-H Market Goat Show
4-H Dairy Goat show to follow, but not before 4 p.m.
2:00 p.m. 4-H Horse Fun Show
5:00 p.m. Share-the-Fun Showcase
5:30 p.m. Arts-In Performance
7:00 p.m. 4-H Horse Fun Show
Saturday, Aug. 3
12:30 p.m. 4-H Blue Ribbon Dairy Auction
1 p.m. 4-H Pet Judging
3 p.m. 4-H Dog Demonstration
5 p.m. 4-H Market Livestock Auction
Sunday, Aug. 4
4 p.m. 4-H Livestock Demonstrations
6 p.m. Arts-In Performance
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 demonstrations for the public. 4-H’ers who have completed sixth grade and older, 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.”
About Extension 4-H: 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension. Available for youth grades Kindergarten through one year after high school. 4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math, 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 percent less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.