From county fairs to the state fair and from livestock to crafts, 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair shows Minnesota public television viewers the best of Minnesota 4-H'ers. This hour-long program showcases activities from the 4-H building displays to the livestock show on the southern edge of the fairgrounds.
“People not familiar with 4-H, think it's all about things like cows, but there's more to 4-H than that. The time spent at the state fair also reveals other things going on with 4-H, but in an interview with the family's grandmother, Dawson resident Pat Fredlund, makes it clear that it's not the same as our her generations experiences in 4-H,” 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair producer Athena Kildegaard said. “It was a time when the boys worked with animals and the girls worked with the old-fashioned homemaking values. The contrast is that her granddaughter Brittany is going to ag school because wants to be a dairy farmer.”
This program also presents Minnesota's great 4-H youth in competition at the Great Minnesota Get Together, saluting young Minnesotans across the state who are developing and displaying their talents through 4-H. What started as a telecast of the annual 4-H livestock auction has grown to become a program about the variety of ways 4-H helps young individuals grow.
“I think, for people who are already involved in 4-H, this is just a heart-warming story about a 4-H family. They will see things that ring true to them and the value of 4H and why it matters. To those who don't know anything about 4-H it's a great look at what happens and how it connects people to one another. It has a strong history in the state. If people are curious about what 4-H is, this is a great way to find out,” Kildegaard said.
This program is made possible with the support of Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and CHS Inc.