In less than two weeks, more than 225 youth from McLeod County will showcase the learning and achievements they have accomplished in 4-H at the McLeod County Fair, which takes place Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by the 4-H building and attend the following events scheduled.
Wednesday, Aug. 16
1 p.m. – All livestock must be in place.
1 p.m. – 4-H Rabbit Show in Show Tent.
4:30 p.m. 4-H Beef Show in Show Arena.
Thursday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. – 4-H Goat Show in Show Tent.
9 a.m. – 4-H Dairy Show in Show Arena.
10 a.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team Performance in Horse Arena.
2:30 p.m. – 4-H Swine Show in Show Tent.
5:30 p.m. – 4-H Lamb Lead in Show Tent.
Approximately 6 p.m. – 4-H Sheep Show (immediately following Lamb Lead) in Show Tent.
Friday, Aug. 18
7 a.m. – 4-H Horse Show (State Horse Show qualifier) in Horse Arena. In the event of extreme wet arena conditions, show may be rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19.
9:30 a.m. – 4-H Poultry Show in Show Tent.
5:30 p.m. – Cake and refreshments for auction bidders in Show Arena.
6 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Auction in Show Arena.
Saturday, Aug. 19
10 a.m. – Kids’ Day Bubble Activity with the 4-H Ambassadors.
10:30 a.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team performance in Horse Arena.
2:30 p.m. – 4-H Horse Drill Team performance in Horse Arena.
5 p.m. – Round Robin contest in Show Arena.
Sunday, Aug. 20
1 p.m. – 4-H Fashion Revue.
About county 4-H
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 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, 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,” explained 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 youth have registered to bring more than 2,400 4-H projects to this year’s McLeod County Fair.
4-H general (non-livestock) exhibits will be judged Tuesday, Aug. 15; and 4-H livestock shows and other events will take place Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 20.
In addition to exhibiting projects, 4-H’ers are very actively involved throughout the McLeod County Fair with a variety of activities.