Nichole Hannahs

Importance of 4H

by Nichole Hannahs on August 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

While checking out the livestock barns is always a popular activity at the fairgrounds there’s some interesting things inside the buildings.

The Junior Fair Building houses over 200 4H projects that range from scrapbooking, to cooking to sewing.

"Those projects are really important because they give the youth that maybe live in the city or don’t live on a farm or don’t have a place to keep an animal to be involved in learning about their interests as well and gaining those skills that we see out here that our livestock kids are gaining as well," said Jamie McConnell the 4H Program Assistant.

The projects in the Junior Fair Building are judged in mid-July. McConnell said 4H plays an important role in the community.

"I think 4H is very important because it gives kids to opportunity to explore interests that they might not get to in school," said McConnell. "They get to gain new skills. They get to work with adults who are experts in these areas and you can always see a sense of pride on their face when they get that ribbon."

The 4H program is for youth 8-19 years old.