4-H at the Union Fair

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I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.

This 4-H Pledge goes a long way toward explaining 4-H and what it means to the scores of young people who have been involved over the 100 year history of the organization. The national 4-H website offers the following explanation of the beginnings of 4-H in the United States. “The seed of the 4-H idea of practical and "hands-on" learning came from the desire to make public school education more connected to country life.

Farm to Fair at the Union Fair.Early programs tied both public and private resources together for the purpose of helping rural youth. Building community clubs to help solve these agricultural challenges was a first step toward youth learning more about the industries in their community. A. B. Graham started one such youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902, which is considered the birth of the 4-H program in the United States.”

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential while learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Be sure not to miss the 4-H exhibits and livestock shows while you are at Union Fair! You will find 4-H displays in the 4-H Exhibition Yurt and livestock in the large open barn that runs parallel to the midway, as well as in the 4-H Barns near the racetrack. Stop and talk with the many young 4-H members who are on the grounds caring for their animals.

The 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive farm exhibit is another stop families with children should make while in the livestock area. 4-H Farm-to-Fair is located in the 4-H barn area on the racetrack end of the animal barns.

Livestock shows and educational demonstrations will happen throughout the fairgrounds all week.

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