When visiting the Indiana State fair, there is more than just food, rides, and animals. You can also visit the 4-H Exhibit Hall where you can find 4-H’ers, their projects, and learn more about what they do.
“I have my vet science poster,” said Madilynn McCain from Carroll County. “Maybe if I become a vet it’ll help me know about AI and all that.”
From a young age she has known how the value of 4-H will help her in her future. She and Alexa Adler from Vanderburgh County understand the hard work involved in 4-H.
“I have gardening and woodworking and I also show pigs and cows. I love the hard work that goes into it and the payback when you get to see all your ribbons and what you did in the fair.”
Sarah Morales from Bartholomew County received Grand Champion in her creative writing project.
“It’s helped me be really good in English class, that’s for sure and it has helped me progress as a writer overall. It helps creativity and how to express yourself, and it’s a lot of fun to do.”
She has shown horse and pony, fine art, and photography projects.
Regina Hofer from Tippecanoe County, who also participated in the Fashion Review, is learning life skills as a 4-H member.
“It’s helped me to persevere in my projects,” she explained. “Some projects such as sewing, I wasn’t really that good at sewing and then I kept on doing it and now I’m getting champions!”
She had just turned in a pie for foods when HAT spoke with her, and she also had a floriculture arrangement.
Enjoy the exhibits in the air-conditioned 4-H Exhibit Hall on the northwest side of the fairgrounds. And when you see a 4-H’er, ask them about their project.
Written by: Bella Monroe, Hoosier Ag Today Purdue Summer Intern