The Isanti County 4-H program was well represented at the Minnesota State Fair.
As part of the State Fair judging for Livestock Projects, youth are also judged on Herdsmanship and Consumer Education. Herdsmanship is judged based on the cleanliness of the stalls and animals, how equipment is stored and neatly stowed away and the interactions between exhibitors, livestock and fair guests.
As part of the herdsmanship judging youth are also evaluated on consumer education. During the consumer education judging youth are judged based on presentation of information on the exhibitor, their family farm, their goat project and showing experience. The youth are also judged on educating the public on the production of food from livestock projects, livestock production methods, and to showcase what care 4-H members take to produce healthy and productive livestock.
During the 2012 Minnesota State Fair the Isanti County 4-H Goat exhibitors placed first in the Consumer Education contest. The Isanti County youth received a certificate along with a cash prize sponsored by Juanita and Dick Boniface and American Food Group.
4-H is a program sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Program. 4-H is a learn-by-doing youth development program delivered throughout Minnesota. Youth learn essential, transferable skills that they will use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.
For more information on the 4-H program in Isanti County contact the Isanti County Extension Office at 763-689-1810.