Minnesota 4-H’ers from 86 counties and 2 tribal nations brought over 2,600 exhibits, delivered 175 public presentations and participated in dozens of group learning experiences and performances at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

    Minnesota 4-H’ers from 86 counties and 2 tribal nations brought over 2,600 exhibits, delivered 175 public presentations and participated in dozens of group learning experiences and performances at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.           

    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 adult volunteers.

    The results of their learning are exhibited at county fairs across the state. A collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is brought to present in the 4-H Building at the Minnesota State Fair. Exhibiting project work and delivering public presentations at the state fair provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their achievements and continue learning through the interactive conference judging and team experiences.     

    Highlights this year include 155 youth exhibiting their teamwork and problem solving skills in a Rube Goldberg engineering design challenge and a 100% increase in the number of 4-H youth who experienced 4-H at the State Fair for the first time.

    The presentations, exhibits and presence of 4-H youth from diverse communities across Minnesota brought fresh perspectives and energy to the 4-H Building.

    Polk County had 34 youth participating in the following areas. They are:

    Caden Eckman, Pine to Prairie 4-H (Fosston), Blue-Aerospace Trinity Erickson, Climax-Fisher 4-H, Court of Honor-Fashion Review Mallorie Sundeen Paws and Pals 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Crafts Gina Wald, Independent 4-H member, Blue-Fine Arts Trent Balstad, Pine to Prairie 4-H Club (Fosston), Red-Small Grains and Legumes Linnea French, Paws and Pals 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Exploring Animals Eliza Meyer, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Red-Exploring the Environment Jordan Lessard, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Fishing Sports Anna Huck, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Global Connections Olivia Rosendahl, Pine to Prairie 4-H (Fosston), Blue-Home Environment Savannah Meine, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Home Environment McKinsey Rosendahl, Pine to Prairie 4-H (Fosston), Blue-Home Environment Kayla Brekken, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Purple-Needle Arts Clara Meyer, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Red-Needle Arts Allison Morken, Climax Fisher 4-H, Red-Needle Arts Karlie Brekken, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Purple-Needle Arts Anna Morken, Climax Fisher 4-H, Blue-Performing Arts George French, Paws and Pals 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Performing Arts Allison Morken, Climax Fisher4-H, Blue-Performing Arts Faith Balstad, Pine to Prairie 4-H (Fosston), Red-Photography Breanna Kressin, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Photography Adelle Erickson, Climax Fisher 4-H, Blue-Quilting Anna Morken, Climax Fisher 4-H, Blue-Quilting Olivia Huck, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Self Determined George French, Paws and Pals 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Self Determined Brylee Lessard, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Self Determined Lukas Andringa, NorthStar 4-H (Crookston), Blue-Shop Courtney Vatnsdal, Climax Fisher4-H, Blue-Individual Demonstration Teresa Vanyo, Willing Workers 4-H (East Grand Forks), Red-Illustrated Presentation Welsey Ramberg, Fertile 4-H (Fertile), Blue-Global Connections Catie Erickson, Fertile 4-H (Fertile), Purple-Breeding Gilt Emma Erickson, Fertile 4-H (Fertile), Blue-Breeding Gilt Wesley Ramburg, Fertile 4-H (Fertile), Blue-Breeding Gilt Paige Gunderson, Fertile 4-H (Fertile), Red-Registerd Holstein 3 year old cow Club Awards went to the Climax Fisher 4‐H Club Banner-Blue and Pine to Prairie 4‐H Club Banner-Blue 4-H empowers youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime.

    Congratulations to all the Polk County youth who participated in 4-H at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair!