[r76] Projects, Pigs and Posey County (7/12/2011)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Start Date: 7/12/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/12/2011

Projects, Pigs and Posey County

It is once again time for the Posey County 4-H Fair.  The fair kicked off Saturday night with the Duchess, Queen and Princess Pageants and last night the Posey County Saddle Club had a great time hosting their Fun & Games Horse Show.  The fair will run this year from July 9th through July 16th.

4-H is an integral part of our community. In fact, it is the largest youth serving organization in the country. The 4-H program teaches kids valuable lessons that extend far beyond learning about farm life.

Through program participation, they gain self-confidence, leadership skills, community stewardship and perseverance. All of these are lessons they can utilize throughout their academic and business careers.

I have employed many of the skills I acquired in 4-H throughout my life.  My dog Winston and I participated in the 4-H program and it was always lots of fun and a great experience that has left me with many pleasant memories.

This program and fair would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and on the local level the 4-H Youth Extension Educators and 4-H Program Assistants. They put in many volunteer hours helping our youth and preparing for the fair, so a big thanks to all who help put on this great community event.

The name 4-H is not simply a number and letter, but it is directly tied to their motto and mission which are to "learn by doing" and "to make the best better."

Each year, the fair brings in new talent and new projects. The kids work hard all year to put together these projects, exhibits and to compete in competitions and they always go above and beyond my expectations. I expect this year to be no different.

The fair has something for everyone in the family. From the shows to the food, it is sure to be a great time. I encourage everyone to go out and partake in this year's fair. My favorite fair activity is the pig wrestling, which will take place Friday at 7:00pm in the arena. The event always provides high entertainment. 

I also encourage all youth to participate in 4-H.  From increased knowledge in subject matter to the friends and community ties that will be built, the program fosters a child's growth in insurmountable ways. 

If you or a family member is interested in participating in the fair through 4-H, stop by the Purdue Extension office at the fairgrounds.

You can also get more information by visiting: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/posey/pages/default.aspx and clicking "4-H Youth Development."

 To obtain a schedule of events for this year's fair visit: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/posey/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx