4-H, County Fair and Apple Pie
From mid-July through late September each year you can find a county fair taking place somewhere in Idaho. These community celebrations bring memories of livestock shows, entertainment and apple pie.
For 4-H members, the county fair is often the culmination of their hard work on various projects. Fair offers an opportunity for the 4-H member to complete their project though a public exposition. This exposition may be a livestock show, a dress review or even an archery shoot. This is one method that 4-H helps young people celebrate what they have learned throughout the year. Some of these events are very competitive, while for some youth the competition is internally driven to improve each year within the project area.
Please take the time to attend your local fair. Join in the fun and see what the 4-H youth in your county have learned.
4-H Youth Development Director
University of Idaho Extension
AmeriCorps Coming to Idaho
The University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program will host 38 AmeriCorps members to serve during the coming year to help youth ages 5 to 18 across the state benefit academically and socially.
Build Your Future: Connecting Career Exploration and Postsecondary Education
University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development will be kicking off the fourth year of the Build Your Future program in fall 2019. The program is geared toward high school youth in rural areas of Idaho who are not currently enrolled in 4-H and may not have considered postsecondary education as part of their future.
By 2022, postsecondary education will be required for 60 percent of projected job openings and 27 percent will require a bachelor’s degree or greater according to the Idaho Department of Labor (2018). The Build Your Future program provides youth an opportunity to explore career options, research what level of education is needed for their career of interest, where to get the needed education and learn ways to finance their postsecondary education.
Youth who complete the majority of the program learning activities also have the opportunity to visit the University of Idaho campus to experience four days of living on campus and continue to explore career options at no cost to the families.
Idaho Shines at 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships
Nine Idaho youth were among nearly 650 from around the United States competing at the 2019 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, June 23-28 in Grand Island, Nebraska. This event offers three competitions in compound archery, recurve archery, air pistol, air rifle, hunting, muzzleloading, smallbore pistol, smallbore rifle and shotgun. Teams consist of three or four members and contestants also vie for high individual scores within each event.
2019 marked the third year that University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development has sent teams in multiple disciplines and delegations continue to show marked improvement in relationship to their peers nationwide, including the Idaho smallbore rifle team (Megan Miller, Matigan Fitzgerald and Logan Boehm). In this three-position event, Miller and Fitzgerald earned third and fifth high individual honors, respectively. In the silhouette event, Miller tied for 10th place. For the overall smallbore rifle competition which had 82 contestants, Miller was sixth high individual and the entire team earned sixth place honors.
The Idaho 4-H shotgun team (Charlotte Brockman, Seth Horton, Trevor Smith and Tristan Yocum) competed against 113 other competitors. Two of the three 4-H compound archery team members (Gage Campbell and Traeson Drollinger) competed for individual awards against 102 other contestants. These youth put forth a fine effort and represented the Idaho 4-H program well.
The lead coaches for the Idaho 4-H teams include Roxanne Berheim (compound archery), Len Humphries (smallbore rifle) and Jim Brockman (shotgun). These volunteers put in countless hours and provide important guidance to their respective teams.