4-H’ers Give Their All at the Puyallup Fair

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Nearly 3,000 4-H youth from all over the state will be displaying projects, showing animals, and making public presentations during the 2010 Puyallup Fair September 10 – 26.

Over 40 project areas will be featured, including robotics, a video festival, environmental stewardship, animal science, and nutrition. In addition to goats, sheep, and cows. 650 horses, 500 dogs, 100 cats, and 35 llamas will be on display during the 17-day fair. 4-H youth also will be exhibiting hundreds of photographs, proving their culinary abilities in two demonstration kitchens, and competing in fashion reviews.

“This fair gives youth the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have learned over the past year in the different projects,” said 4-H State Fair manger Tom Gwin. “4-H offers the chance to try new areas of interest, develop talents, and learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, trust, and cooperation along the way,” added Gwin.

All 4-H youth at the Puyallup Fair have previously taken top honors at county fairs. This “best of the best” competition features the Danish system of judging, by which youth are judged according a set of standards instead of against each another.

WSU 4-H is the largest youth-serving organization in Washington state. Seventy-five thousand young people take part in activities ranging from photography, technology, leadership, farm science, textiles, and multicultural exchanges. Started in Washington State in 1902, 4-H alumni include Faith Hill, David Letterman, Reba McIntyre, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Al Gore, Dolly Parton and Herschel Walker. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Daily schedule of 4-H fair events can be found on the 4-H Web site: http://4h.wsu.edu/statefair/2010/2010Schedule.pdf.

More information on WSU 4-H can be accessed at http://4h.wsu.edu.