On June 27-30, more than 70 youth from Cass County will showcase the learning and achievements they have accomplished in 4-H at the Cass County Fair in Pine River with more than 1,300 combined non-livestock and livestock entries.

Every summer, tens of thousands of 4-H youth participate in county fairs to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year and to continue their learning experiences.

4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking. 4-Hers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair.

They also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H buildings and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public. 4-Hers who demonstrate the highest achievements are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair.

County fairs not only make great memories, they help 4-H youth grow into successful adults.

"One of 4-H's priorities is to provide learning and leadership experiences that guide youth in building relationships, developing communication techniques and strengthening organizational skills," said Dorothy M. Freeman, Extension Center for Youth Development associate dean and state 4-H director. "Through these experiences, youth find the leaders within themselves and are able to make a positive impact in their club, home, school or community."

The Cass County Fair offers opportunities for 4-H members to showcase their entries in project areas including Fine Arts and Crafts, Demonstrations, Fishing Sports, Engineering Design, Flower Gardening, Animal Science, Shop and much more. These entries can be viewed at the 4-H building for the duration of the fair.

The 4-H horse show started at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the fairgrounds in Pine River. 4-H livestock shows begin Thursday, June 27, with the poultry show at noon and the rabbit show at 5 p.m., finishing up Friday with goat, swine, sheep, dairy and beef shows running from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. The Cass County 4-H awards program will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the fairgrounds.

To learn more about 4-H in Cass County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Nic Podoll at 218-587-8292 and visit www.4-H.umn.edu.