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National 4-H Week … is October 6-12 - MessAge Media: Outdoors

National 4-H Week … is October 6-12

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 3:00 pm

The 79th Northeast 4-H Livestock Show was held in Brainerd recently. The Northeast 4-H Livestock show plays host to the cream of the crop livestock in the Northeast region. This year, 281 youth participated from 17 counties.

4-H’ers must have received a blue ribbon at their county fair to be eligible to compete in this two day show. The first day of the show focuses on educational opportunities for youth to participate in relating to the species of animal they are showing and the showmanship classes. The various species classes round out the second day of the show.

Aitkin County was represented at this show by 10 4-H members. Results are below.

Minnesota 4-H facts

• 4-H is a publicly funded program of University of Minnesota Extension and is free to join. Additional fees may be required depending on the activity.

• 4-H has programming available for youth in kindergarten through one year past high school throughout Minnesota.

• 4-H uses a unique “learn by doing” youth development model, which allows youth to design and participate in their own programs and activities, reflect on the process, draw conclusions, and relate the learning to future experiences in their lives.

• This process helps youth develop essential, transferrable life skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

• 4-H has programs and activities in a wide range of areas, including Expressive & Communication Arts, Family Consumer Science, Natural Resources, Mechanical Sciences and Animal Science.

• Today’s projects include the traditional and still popular animal science projects that are most associated with 4-H. But 4-H youth also work on cutting-edge technology projects, such as robotics, GPS, GIS, and video production, environmental projects, such as maintaining local hiking trails and testing water in area streams for contaminants, and community service projects, such as the 4-H DTV initiative to educate and help Minnesotans prepare for the television switch to digital broadcasting.

• 4-H continually works to reach new groups of youth in rural, suburban and urban communities.

• The four pedals of the 4-H clover represent Hands, Heart, Head, and Health.  I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to great loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my family, my club, my country and my world.

• Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H are more likely to contribute to their communities than those involved in other youth development programs.

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