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4-H Youth Exhibit Their Best At 2017 Minnesota State Fair

Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personal areas of interest and pursue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by adult volunteers. The results of their learning are exhibited at county fairs across the state. A collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is brought to present in the 4-H Building and the 4-H barns at the Minnesota State Fair.
Education is integral in the “learn by doing” philosophy of 4-H. As part of the educational component, Minnesota 4-H requires every youth participating in the livestock encampment to part in a livestock interview. Exhibiting non-livestock project work and delivering public presentations at the state fair also provide youth opportunities to showcase their achievements and continue learning through the interactive conference judging and team experiences.
Highlights this year include 155 youth exhibiting their teamwork and problem solving skills in a Rube Goldberg engineering design challenge and a 100% increase in the number of 4-H youth who experienced   4-H at the State Fair for the first time. The presentations, exhibits, and presence of 4-H youth from diverse communities across Minnesota brought fresh perspectives and energy to the 4-H Building and Barns.

Mahnomen County 4-H had 8 youth participating in the following areas:
 Jenna Geray (6th) – Home Environment/Bench:  BLUE
 Sady Swiers (6th) – Electric / “Super spuds” Science Fair :  Blue
 Lukas Geray  (7th) – Engineering Design/Hand:  Red
 Amara Lampton (7th) - Crafts/Burlap Wreath:  BLUE
 Laney Swiers (9th) - Photography/Double Rainbows:  BLUE
 Mackenzie Lampton (10th) - Fine Arts/Portfolio: BLUE & Share the Fun - Bass Clarinet & Trombone Duet
 Elizabeth Reich (10th) - Veterinary Science/Foot Rot: RED & Share the Fun - Bass Clarinet & Trombone Duet
  Christopher Braaten (11th) - Wildlife/Biology/Painted Deer Skull:  BLUE

4-H not only produces purple ribbon animals and projects, but more importantly is focused on producing purple ribbon kids! Congratulations to all the Mahnomen County youth who participated in 4-H at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair!

To learn more about 4-H in Minnesota, visit; to learn more about 4-H in Mahnomen County, contact Mahnomen County 4-H Program Coordinator, Gerri Swiers, at 218-935-2226.
The 4-H program is funded through a partnership of federal, state, county and private resources and is part of the University of Minnesota Extension. More Minnesota State Fair results and photos can be found at

4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension.  Available for youth grades k-1 year after high school, 4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experiences in STEM, citizenship & leadership, animal science, creative arts and much more. Through this learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that help them succeed in their school, college, community and career. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

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