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BENTON COUNTY 4-H HAPPENINGS!!

FOOD REVUE & DEMONSTRATION JUDGING –
On Friday June 2 judging was held for the food revue and demonstration competitions. Five youth participated that day and did an awesome job sharing their projects. We hope to continue holding this judging day in the future and raise awareness of these project areas through displays at the county fair.

Day Camps have been going strong!
Three sets of day camps have successfully been completed with record numbers. Intern, Cassie Larson, has spent much of her summer planning these events, as well as prior to starting her position here in Benton County. Summer Assistant, Luke Vannurden was able to start just before the first day camp to help with preparations. The “Summer Fun”  Foley camp had 86 participants with 9 Ambassadors helping and Sauk Rapids had 26 with 3 Ambassadors helping. The “Going Wild” camp in Foley had 81 participants with 8 Ambassadors helping and Sauk Rapids had 15 participants with 3 Ambassadors helping. The “Fiesta” camp in Foley camp had 94 participants with 10 Ambassadors helping and Sauk Rapids had 17 with 3 Ambassadors helping. We still have ONE more day camp planned for July 11th & 13th called “Sports Mania”.

PROJECT SHOWCASE & PERFORMING ARTS- 
What is 4-H all about? What exactly are Performing Arts? What are some projects I could do this year? I don’t have an animal can I still participate? You were able to get these questions answered and many more by attending the first Annual Benton County 4-H Showcase & Performing Arts Evening on Wednesday, June 7th at the Benton County Fairgrounds. It was a fun evening, full of activities from live animals to project exhibits displayed with about 200 people in attendance. The purpose of the evening was to make an opportunity for new/newer 4-H families to mingle with more “seasoned” 4-H families and find out more about how they can participate in 4-H.
The evening was kicked off with a guided tour of the Benton County Fairgrounds for new 4-H families. The families were able to get an idea of what they can expect during the county fair. Next came a great Performing Arts show filled with brave and talented 4-H’ers exhibiting their skills singing, playing instruments and color guard. These 4-H’ers received ribbons and will also perform the Friday night of the Benton County Fair.
The 4-H Ambassadors assisted with the evening’s success by sharing their experiences with the new families and the newer 4-H’ers.  As the families ate pizza and deserts they were able to visit with Ambassadors and club leaders to get questions answered and ideas for the upcoming fair season. Families were able to view nearly 100 different projects displayed in over 20 different project areas to give the 4-H’ers ideas of what they could do for fair this year.
There were a number of animals for families to visit like rabbits, chickens, a friendly goat named “Susan”, dogs, llamas, miniature horses, full size horses, as well as an opportunity to do some roping with Western Heritage by Becky Molitor. “There is just so much fun stuff to do tonight” said a mom as she watched her daughter lasso a pretend steer.  We had volunteers available to share details about the animals that they brought as well as volunteers sharing about the opportunities with Shooting Sports & Wildlife.
We wrapped up the evening with several 4-H’ers sharing with question/answer time on stage about the different project areas that interested them including clothing, fashion revue, aerospace, quilting, rabbit, horse, miniature horse, lama, vegetables and photography. Simply looking at a long list of project areas online can be overwhelming but being able to see firsthand and meet the individuals that created and are involved in that project, brings everything to light.
4-H’ers left the evening full of ideas and we are excited to see what they come up with for them to “showcase” during the Benton County Fair this year.

Clothing Camp a Success!
The Home Ec Committee along with many volunteers and  ambassadors hosted a clothing camp again this year. This year the youth made a decorative pillow, tote, fun flip flops and soft hair bands, while working with the Home Ec committee, volunteers and ambassadors to improve their sewing skills. We had 12 eager 4-H’ers busy sewing to make their own unique creations with 13 adults & youth assisting. One 4-H’er, Addison Dahler said, "It's really fun! We get the whole day to sew cool projects and take them home and use them. I always learn something new and make new friends, too!" Her mom Sarah said, "It's always fun to see how much the kids learn and grow each year. I look forward to this every year!"  Great memories were made.

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