Kids stepped outside of their comfort zone at this years old fashioned farm fair, feeding and petting animals, learning how to shell corn and for some, it was a chance to show off their final projects as a 4-H member.
“Kids, both boys and girls, join together and the whole age group join together in the club, they do all kinds of projects and teach and share with one another and mentor one another. It’s a wonderful organization where they do a lot of projects that they bring forward to the fair,” said Jim McGuire, Association Manager for DuPage County Fair.
The organization incorporates life skills under a curriculum of using their head, heart, hands and health while working on self-directed projects.
“4H, for me at least, is a place where you’re able to learn new things that you never thought you could learn, like I’m holding a chicken and most kids in my school have never even touched a chicken this, it’s just experiences that a lot of kids wouldn’t have gotten,” said 4-H member, Hunter Glowienke.
Hunter is one of more than 450 youth across DuPage County who participate in 4-H and who also showcased their final work at fairgrounds.
“I raise these cows and then I have pigs over there, it teaches me responsibility because I have to wake up everyday to take care of them and like feed them twice a day and I have to make sure they’re fed,” said 4-H member, Destiny Fogle.
Students are able to choose from over 150 projects from baking to more research based tasks; but just like Hunter and Jacie, others are choosing to get their hands a little bit more dirty with their four legged friends.
I’ve learned how to lead cows, show them, wash them, what they need, how to help give birth, I’ve actually pulled out a calf before,” said 4-H member, Jacie Panek.
From September, students worked on their projects and on the first day of the fair, judges rewarded the best ones and displayed them for people to enjoy.
“So the kids projects that’s a huge part of the fair we support 4-H 100% here at the fair. It’s a dynamite thing for kids 8-18 to be together and really learn and share from one another it’s a great organization,” said McGuire.
And after visitors got a chance to see the projects from 4-H students, they enjoyed the newly reopened expo, checked out pets up for adoption and enjoyed the rest of the country guests.
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