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4-H and Youth at the Fair

4-H competition and the Jr. Livestock Sale is a huge part of the county fair, but unless you’ve been directly involved in 4-H you may not be aware that the competition stretches way beyond livestock. The fair also provides opportunities for youth to compete in home and life oriented areas such as pet breeding and showing, crops and decorative plants, horsemanship, nature skills, cultural skills, and more!

4-H started around the turn of the 20th century, originating out of boys and girls clubs that were created to create interest and opportunities for education in agricultural and home skills. In many states, there were sponsored contests for raising corn from high grade seeds.

The original emblem for 4-H was actually a 3-leaf clover, representing Head, Heart, and Hands. The 4th leaf was later added representing Health.

According to the Barron County 4-H Youth Development website, there are currently 33 4-H Clubs in Barron County with about 700 youth involved. This represents just over 7% of the 4-H age youth in the county. Membership has had a declining trend in recent years, as the membership in 1995 is shown as over 1300 participants in 4-H clubs in Barron County.

More information on 4-H in Barron County can be found at the Barron County 4-H Youth Development website, and if you’re interested in the different categories of competition for the upcoming Barron County Fair, I would suggest going to the Fair website (www.barroncountyfair.com) and checking out the results from the past couple years!

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