AMES, Iowa -- The International Harvester Collector’s Club Award Program recognized Iowa 4-H members for their state fair project achievements on Aug. 9. Youth whose projects advance to the Iowa State Fair have the opportunity to apply for the award program by providing information related to their project goals, processes, problem solving, expenses and learning opportunities.
"We want to thank the Iowa International Harvester Collector's Club Chapter 5 for their generosity and support of Iowa 4-H,” said Sara Nelson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H STEM program specialist. “We encourage all 4-H members who are eligible to plan to apply for these awards.”
Along with public recognition at the 2019 IH Awards Ceremony, winning 4-H members also receive a one-year membership to IH Collector’s Club Chapter 5, an invitation to share their exhibit at a chapter club meeting or the Farm Progress Show, and a monetary award. This year’s overall winner of the IH Award was Ashley Rosener of Crawford County.
“Winning this award means so much to me because it was the first tractor that my Grandpa bought back in 1974 and has been in the family for 45 years,” said Rosener. “I would encourage everyone to apply for the IH Collectors Club award program as it is a great opportunity to learn more about the IH brand through restoration projects. The members of the IH Collectors Club Chapter 5 are very supportive of youth and want to pass their love of IH on to the next generation.”
While exhibits in every class are eligible for IH awards, tractor restoration is a favorite of 4-H members.
“A lot of the young people who participate through restoration projects are refining a skill that is nostalgic for seasoned fairgoers,” said Nate Weber, ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H STEM program coordinator. “Fairgoers have told us that walking through the 4-H tractor exhibits reminds them of their youth, and the time they spent with their family and mentors growing up.”
For many, 4-H exhibits at the Iowa State Fair and county fairs across Iowa represent the time invested by young people learning in partnership with caring adults. Volunteers, families and partners all work together to provide an encouraging and supportive environment for 4-H members to learn and explore what interests them.
For more information on how to apply for the International Harvester Collector’s Club Award or on joining 4-H, contact an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.