Amazing Achievement Fair Entries for Clay County 4-Hers

Clay County 4-Hers participated in the annual 4-H Achievement Fair on July 31 in the 4-H Auditorium/Exhibit Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds.  The Clay County 4-H Youth Development program supports youth grades 4-12 through project exploration in a wide variety of interest areas including Woodworking; Clothing and Sewing; Visual Art; Food and Nutrition;  Photography;  Personal Development; Science, Engineering and Technology and more.  Achievement Fair is a county mini-fair where Clay County 4-Hers have the opportunity to have their project exhibit work judged and to talk to the judge about those entries.                                                                                                                    

Clay County 4-Hers created a vast array of over 750 interesting exhibits and demonstrated their knowledge and learned expertise in those project areas.   Achievement Fair wouldn’t happen if was not for the many dedicated and qualified judges who graciously continue to make the 4-H judging circuit.  One of those distinguished judges is Joann Gano of Milford.  When asked what makes Achievement Fair stand out she says,” It’s a day in which the 4-Hers can show what they have learned from their year in 4-H and as a judge I also learn from them.  It is rewarding to be able to conference judge with the 4-Hers; watching them develop their speaking skills, increase confidence in themselves and to interact with others by doing this conferencing with a judge.”

The 2012 Achievement Fair concluded with 38 static exhibits traveling in August to the Iowa State Fair. All of the over 750 exhibits will be on display in the 4-H Exhibit Building during the Clay County Fair, Sept. 8-16.   4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.  Clay County 4-H works with youth in these project areas through a network of over 500 adult volunteers.  Club leaders work with the kids year round and project volunteers mentor youth in specific project areas.  If you’re interested in static exhibits or in finding out more about the 4-H program, please contact Jo Engel at 262-2264 or joengel@iastate.edu.

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