4-H’ers gear up for Kane County Fair

By on June 18, 2009

COUNTY—Summer is a busy time for 4-H members across Kane County. During the next few weeks, they will put the finishing touches on their projects for the culminating event of the 4-H year—the 4-H shows at the Kane County Fair. While for 4-H members the best part of the year might be participating in the fair, most adults know that the learning and educational experiences throughout the program year are really the most valuable part of the 4-H experience.

While animal projects still an important part of the 4-H program, there are many other types of 4-H projects for today’s youth to participate in. For example, computers, child development, robotics, consumer education, foods, woodworking, visual arts, bicycles, intercultural, child development, electricity, and natural resources are just a sampling of the 100 plus projects for youth to choose to learn about.

4-H is a positive youth development program for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. It is for all youth, regardless of where they live. In Illinois most 4-H members are from towns and cities and they participate in projects addressing life skills and other important issues. 4-H serves youth from all backgrounds and interests. 4-H gives kids a chance to learn new things, develop new skills, travel to new places, experience new situations and make new friends.

If you are interested in learning more about 4-H, visit the Kane County Fair July 15 through 19 and check out the many different types of projects in the 4-H/Industrial Building or the various animal barns. The fairgrounds are located in St. Charles on Randall Road. For more details about the fair, check out their website at wwwww.kanecountyfair.com.

Visit www.extension.uiuc.edu/kane for more information.