4-H FFA Youth Learn and Display at County Fair
Over 685 4-H and FFA members in Dodge County will display projects ranging from dairy animals and rabbits to entomology, photography, cultural arts, and much more at this year’s Dodge County Fair, August 19-23 at Beaver Dam. The opportunity to display each member’s work for the year is an important aspect of the fair.
“The county fair is a chance for 4-H, FFA, and other youth in organizations to share some of what they have learned in their project during the year,” said 4-H & Youth Development Educator, Marie Witzel.
Showmanship is also an important part of fair exhibition. The preparation and workmanship required for 4-H fair exhibition require skills that can help a member throughout his or her life. For instance, preparation, appearance and public speaking abilities are important for job interviews throughout one’s life.
County Fair competition builds young people’s sense of self-confidence, teaches them cooperation and shows them how to react gracefully, whether they win or lose. Judging projects shows young people and their families that each individual has opinions. Young people learn to respect the fact that different judges have different opinions.
The public displays at the county fair also educate the community about what young people can do if they have the opportunity. County fairs show people that 4-H is an educational program and young people really are learning skills – both in their project areas and in the areas of showmanship, communication and leadership.
Witzel says, “It is also a great chance to see youth taking on some leadership roles. Older youth are helping younger members and passing on what they have learned over the years. Some of the greatest friendships youth gain develop at the county fair.”
For more information about the 4-H exhibitions at this year’s Dodge County Fair, contact the UW-Extension Office at 920-386-3790.