Audience Appeal Earns 4-H'ers Awards at Iowa State Fair

Allamakee County 4-H'ers earned recognition this week as communicators at the Iowa State Fair.
4-H'ers competed in two categories of oral communication -- educational presentations and working exhibits.  In educational presentations, the 4-H'ers teach their audience about a topic they selected and researched.  In working exhibits, the 4-H'ers invite passers-by to try a skill they demonstrate. 
"Almost any time fairgoers come into the 4-H Exhibits Building they can learn from a 4‑H'er participating in a communications activity," said Mitchell Hoyer, program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Exhibits Building Superintendent.  "Effective communication means appealing to the interests of your audience." 
Allamakee County 4-H'ers giving educational presentations follow:
Junior 4-H member Logan Brown, of Harpers Ferry, son of Teresa Brown and Mike Brown of Stewartville, MN; ‘How Much Sugar in Soda Pop’, he received a certificate of Recognition.
Junior 4-H member Michael Hagen, of Waterville, son of Erik and Lisa Hagen; ‘Care and Feeding for Newborn Dairy cattle’, he received a certificate of Merit.
Junior 4-H member Michael Mattson, of Lansing, son of Dan and Rebecca Mattson; ‘My Dog Buck, he received a certificate of Merit.
"Many work situations require the ability to demonstrate a skill while instructing others who are learning the skill," Hoyer said. "4-H'ers frequently practice this skill as they present information at club meetings and county fairs."
Allamakee County 4-H'ers invited fair goers to their working exhibit on ‘Sponge Balls’.
Junior 4-H members, Madalyn Ellingson of Waukon, daughter of John and Bethany Ellingson, and Madalyn Palmer of Waukon, daughter of Eric and Stephanie Palmer, received Recognition honors at the Iowa State Fair.

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