4-H is growing and 2013 S.D. State Fair 4-H participation is up

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – 4-H exhibits are up 10 percent over last year at the 2013 South Dakota State Fair, Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, according to Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Director.

“Last year, we made a big deal out of the 16,000 pre-registered exhibits for the State Fair 4-H Division. Those numbers were exciting, however, this year we have more to brag about,” Nielson said of the 17,700 pre-entered exhibits and the more than 10,500 display exhibits which were checked in at the state fair this thanks to the work of more than 350 volunteers.

Throughout the state, 4-H membership is up 6 percent over 2012 with more than 9,000 South Dakota youth participate in 4-H Programming. Participation has increased in all project areas, but Nielson said most notably in the areas of Shooting Sports, Photography and Meat Goats.

The South Dakota State Fair showcases 4-H members and their projects from counties across the state. It’s where 4-H members come to compete, learn and share their talents with fellow South Dakotans. This year almost 50 percent of all 4-H members participated in livestock shows, judging events, presentations, Fashion Review and numerous other 4-H competitions and activities held during the fair.