[r63] Messmer Report: 4-H offers more than just fairs to our community

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, July 6, 2012

For years, my family and I have enjoyed participating in 4-H events. And I know that for many people in our community, going to our local County and 4-H Fairs is a tradition that they enjoy every year. I believe this is partially because we know that 4-H is an excellent organization that offers leadership and educational programs to the youth in our communities and gives back to the areas they are based in.

Nationally, 4-H is considered a premier youth organization and is the largest in the United States. In Indiana, 4-H programs are supported by Purdue University, which also hosts top-notch agricultural services for farmers across the state. In addition, 4-H offers hands-on experiences to children of all ages in order to teach them life-long skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, and decision- making.

Their motto and mission are to “learn by doing” and “to make the best better.”  In my time living in Southern Indiana, I have witnessed the many benefits 4-H programs offer to our youth. If you have the chance to make it to one of the fairs this year, or have participated in a 4-H program before, I’m sure you’ve witnessed the positive impact they have. This year, the County and 4-H Fair in Dubois County is July 14-21, in Pike County it is July 22-28, in Martin County it is July 20-24 and the 4-H Fair in Daviess County is July 14-20.
The many activities they provide every year are fun for people of all ages. I remember my children when they were younger loved to see the animals, and even now they will ride the carnival rides, watch the demo derby, tractor pulls and pig wrestling. Our kids have enjoyed participating in a variety of 4-H programs over the years, and have learned greatly from it.
4-H is full of tradition and the fair is a great example of the excellent values and fun learning experiences they offer to everyone. So, I hope you take the time to visit one of our county 4-H fairs.
Thank you for your continued support and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns I can be reached by phone at 317-232-9671 or by e-mail at H63@in.gov.