Redwood County 4-Hers take part in a general projects virtual state showcase

Staff Writer
Redwood Falls Gazette
Addison Kainz from the Springdale Climbers was one of the Redwood County 4-Hers who participated in the state showcase.

Nine hundred Minnesota youth from 87 counties participated in live virtual judging experiences between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.

They were part of the 2020 Minnesota 4-H state showcase.

Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personal areas of interest and pursue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by caring adults.

The results of their learning are typically exhibited at county fairs, and some of the best exhibits are brought to present in the 4-H building during the Minnesota State Fair.

The COVID-19 pandemic required 4-H to cancel most public exhibits in 2020, but learning remained strong as part of the Redwood County 4-H program.

After being involved in a local showcase, 18 local youth participated in the Minnesota state 4-H virtual event. It provided youth an opportunity to showcase their achievements and continue learning through interactive conference judging.

“This was my first time participating at the ‘state.’ I really liked getting to try competing at state from home my first time,” said one Redwood County 4-Her.

Catherine Maddock from the Golden Gophers 4-H Club earned a purple ribbon for her project.

What follows are 4-Hers who earned blue ribbons as part of the showcase:

• Sage Bents from the Springdale Climbers

• Addison Kainz from the Springdale Climbers

• Leah Lightfoot from the Milroy Go-Getters

• Elizabeth Lenning from the Lamberton Leprechauns

• Zachary Guggisberg from the Golden Gophers.

This fall, 4-H will offer a variety of hands-on and virtual learning experiences to support youth and their families.

From agronomy and horticulture to healthy living and civic engagement, 4-H empowers youth with skills they need to lead for a lifetime.

No matter where youth are this fall, 4-H is there to help them thrive.

Learn more about 4-H online at z.umn.edu/4h.

- Information and photo courtesy of the U of M Extension Service - Redwood County