Minnesota 4-H’ers from 87 counties along with over 2,800 projects were judged in the 4-H building at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. Every 4-H’er present placed high at their county fairs with their projects, thereby earning them the top honor of showing at the State Fair this year.
4-H focuses on the philosophy of “learn by doing”. Though the projects and animals shown at fairs during the summer get a lot of attention, 4-H provides youth with critical experiences and skills- such as communicating, problem solving, and decision making. These life-long skills are developed through working on and presenting their projects.
This year, 4-H’ers exhibited and were judged on general projects-such as Aerospace, Small Engines, Wildlife Biology and Veterinary Science- in the 4-H building from Aug. 26-Sept. 2. Itasca County had 23 participants. Of these youth, 10 rode the bus along with chaperone, Lisa Rosemore, for the 3 day encampment. Itasca County 4-H’ers who earned a trip to the State Fair represented the Blackberry, Cloverdale/Balsam, Cohasset, Crystal/McKinney, Deer River Northern Stars, Independent, Running Rapids, Splithand, and Swan River 4-H clubs.
Congratulations to the following Itasca 4-H general project exhibitors:
Jenna Card Quilting White
Rebecca Clayton Self-Determined Blue
Josie Cunningham Small Engines Grand Champion
Abryana Freshour Wildlife Biology Blue
Justin Freshour Performing Arts Blue
Marissa Gindele Clothing & Text-non- garment Blue
Caleb Goetz Aerospace Blue
Hannah Goetz Wildlife Biology Blue
Aaron Hill Self-Determined Blue
Cari Janssen Small Engines Red
Grant Janssen Shop Blue
Kali Janssen Safety Blue
Amy Jobe Photography: Creative & Applied Blue
Katie Knight Clothes You Make Blue
Elysia Morris Entomology Blue
Delaney Nelson Video Blue
Jordyn Newberg Veterinary Science Blue
Isaiah Olson Electric Blue
Sarah Olson Clothes You Buy Red
Ashley Trout Home Environment Blue
Emily Trout Child & Family Development Blue
Kacey Trout Home Environment Blue
Angel Verbeck Self-Determined Blue
Cohasset 4-H Club Banner Blue
Splithand 4-H Club Banner Red
The Itasca Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary provided support to make the bus trip to the General Encampment possible.
Earning an opportunity to compete at the State Fair with a livestock exhibit is a year-long effort as 4-H’ers must take part in a selection and identification process, as well as participate in 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics training. Nine 4-H members representing Balsam/Cloverdale, Bigfork North Stars, Deer River Northern Stars, Spang and Swan River 4-H Clubs exhibited at the State Fair from Aug. 21-25.
Congratulations to the following Itasca 4-H Livestock exhibitors:
Ryan Baker Dairy Goat-Unrec. Grade Sr. Doe Kid Red
Sadie Baker Poultry-Chickens-Egg Production Pen Red
Jenna Card Poultry- Bantam Breeding Pen Blue
Michael Hoppe Dairy Goat-Unrec. Grade Dry Year. Doe Blue, Res. Champion
Brandon Howsen Sheep- Comm. March Ewe Lamb Red
Krista Larson Dairy Goat- Unrec. Grade Milk. 3 yr. Champion, Blue
Hannah Nelson Beef- Reg. Red Ang. Jr. Yrlg. White, Showmanship Participant
Mahri Nelson Poultry- Chickens- Breeding Pen Red
Bradley Porter Beef- Reg. Red Ang. Jr. Yrlg. Red, Showmanship Participant
Volunteers are a necessary part of 4-H. Chaperones Libbe Johnson and Courtney Johnson made this trip possible, and Jack Burt hauled the livestock. Thanks, also, to the Livestock Department of Itasca County Agricultural Association, Itasca County Farm Service and Purina for providing support for the 4-H State Fair Livestock Encampment!
In addition to the general project and livestock judging, 4-H involves selected members in programs that run the entire length of the fair. Arts-In allows participating youth to gain experience in performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work. Each year, 4-H State Arts-In youth perform at least 40 shows to 12,000 audience members in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds. Itasca 4-H’er Kristen Moll participated in this year’s Arts-In performance titled “Search for Excellence.”