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State Fair 4-H participation is up

Posted: Monday, Sep 2nd, 2013

BROOKINGS — 4-H exhibits are up 10 percent over last year at the 2013 South Dakota State Fair, according to Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Director.

 “Last year, we made a big deal out of the 16,000 pre-registered exhibits for the State Fair 4-H Division. Those numbers were exciting, however, this year we have more to brag about,” Nielson said of the 17,700 pre-entered exhibits and the more than 10,500 display exhibits which were checked in earlier this week at the state fair this thanks to the work of more than 350 volunteers.

 Throughout the state, 4-H membership is up 6 percent over 2012 with more than 9,000 South Dakota youth participate in 4-H Programming. Participation has increased in all project areas, but Nielson said most notably in the areas of Shooting Sports, Photography and Meat Goats.

 The South Dakota State Fair showcases 4-H members and their projects from counties across the state. It’s where 4-H members come to compete, learn and share their talents with fellow South Dakotans. This year almost 50 percent of all 4-H members will be participating in livestock shows, judging events, presentations, Fashion Review and numerous other 4-H competitions and activities held during the fair.

 Most events are open to the public. For a first-hand look, Nielson says check out to the state fair.

For the complete article see the 09-01-2013 issue.

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