Local 4-H clubs show their stuff at State FairMinnesota 4-Hers must qualify to exhibit a project at the State Fair by receiving an award of excellence placing during their county fair. At the county level a 4-H member may show several projects – and earn awards of excellence - but generally only one project can advance to the “big show” – the Minnesota State Fair.
By: Mark Haugen, Park Rapids Enterprise
Minnesota 4-Hers must qualify to exhibit a project at the State Fair by receiving an award of excellence placing during their county fair.
At the county level a 4-H member may show several projects – and earn awards of excellence - but generally only one project can advance to the “big show” – the Minnesota State Fair.
Six different colored award ribbons are handed out at the State Fair, each color signifying something different:
-Champion: project is selected top in class;
-Reserve Champion: project is selected second place in class;
-Purple: project meets all of the standards of excellence;
-Blue: project meets most of the standards of quality;
-Red: project meets some of the standards of quality;
-White: project meets few of the standards
4-Hers participate in a process called conference judging. Conference judging allows the 4-Her and the judge to “talk” about their project, while the project itself is not evaluated.
The exhibitor talks with the judge about the experiences and knowledge that they have learned as well as what their plan for the future is. Often the conference judging is done in groups of 4 to 6 exhibitors in the same project area; the judging provides a platform for 4-Hers to glean skills in teamwork, presentations, and knowledge of the project.
Minnesota 4-H provides over 15,000 total nights of lodging to young people during the course of the fair. Many bunk in the 4-H Building on Cosgrove Street which is affectionately known as the “4-H Hilton”.
Other sleeping slots include the dorms above the Livestock barns and Bailey Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
The 4-H Building is three stories tall. There are 76 steps leading to the top floor of the 40,000 square foot building
The 4-H Building is also the only fully-accessible multi-level building on the State Fairgrounds.
4-H Food Service serves over 29,000 snacks and meals during the course of the State Fair, including 36,000 cartons of milk.
Over 160 performances are given on the 4-H Building stages during the Fair. There was more than 500 volunteer leaders at this year’s State Fair.
Here are the Hubbard County 4-H participants:
-Neka Davis: Blue Ribbon with a TV tray size rabbit grooming table in Shop/Wood Science, Grades 6-8;
-Kristine Pierce: Blue Ribbon with a hand drawn picture of self in Fine Arts, Grades 6-8;
-Sandra Pierce: Red Ribbon in Lightweight Crossbred Steer; participated in the State Fair Fashion Revue: Clothes U Make, Grades 9+; participated in State Fair Market Beef Senior Showmanship.
-Benjamin Ware: Blue Ribbon in Breeding Pen Chickens.
-Abigail Jokela: Blue Ribbon with scrapbooking in Self-Determined, Grades 6-8;
-Jerrod Keranen: Purple Ribbon in Registered Hampshire Ewe Lamb;
-Stephanie Keranen: Reserve Champion Ribbon in Commercial Black Face Market Ewe Lamb;
-Sarah Kuismi: Participated in the State Fair Fashion Revue: Clothes U Buy, Grades 6-8;
-Leah Shepersky: Red Ribbon with a shadow box in Crafts, Grades 6-8;
-Bridget Taylor: Red Ribbon with an oil painting in Fine Arts, Grades 6-8;
-Calvin Taylor: Blue Ribbon with a 3’x4’ cedar planter in Shop/Wood Science, Grades 6-8.
-Zachary Bliss: Red Ribbon with a Lightweight Crossbred Steer; participated in State Fair Market Beef Intermediate Showmanship.
-Jessica Keranen: Red Ribbon with a Junior Doe in Other Small Breed Purebreds.
-Kelsey Adolphson: Blue Ribbon with a tri-fold bicycle display in Flower Gardening, Grades 9+;
-Spencer Adolphson: Blue Ribbon with a German Shorthaired Pointer exhibit in Dog, Grades 6-8;
-Johannah Arvik Blue Ribbon in Youth Leadership, Grades 6-8;
-Jesse Engst: Blue Ribbon in Individual Demonstrations; Red Ribbon in Shooting Sports: How to Clean a Shotgun, Grades 6-8;
- Joseph Engst: Red Ribbon in Team Demonstrations; Red Ribbon in Fishing Sports: Types of Fish in Minn., Grades 6-8;
-Michelle Farlee: Blue Ribbon with a three-sided llama display in Exploring Animals, Grades 6-8;
-Bethany Kern: Blue Ribbon with a poster on the red panda in Wildlife Biology, Grades 6-8; Red Ribbon in Team Demonstrations;
-Faith Kern: Blue Ribbon in Team Demonstrations; Blue Ribbon in Individual Demonstrations; Red Ribbon with a poster and performance in Performing Arts, Grades 9+;
-Sean McGowan: Blue Ribbon in Team Demonstrations;
-Jessie O’Hern: Blue Ribbon with an 8x10 matted photo in Digital Photography, Grades 6-8.
Haugen is the Hubbard County 4-H director.