The half hour program is hosted by Libby Montreuil of Apple Valley. Libby is a 4-H alumni who originally hailed from the farming community of Randolph, Minnesota. In addition to interviewing 4-H youth from Otter Tail, Hennepin, Blue Earth, Chippewa and Sibley counties, Montreuil also gets to know a long time 4-H chaperone and three 4-H alumni as they discuss how the program has changed their lives. Throughout the program, Montreuil reviews the philosophy and practices of the 4-H program and its family-centered approach.
One of the very first 4-H clubs in the nation was established in Douglas County Minnesota in 1902 and today, 4‑H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities in every state across the nation. 4‑H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. According to Montreuil, nearly 6,000 Minnesota youth are involved with 4-H exhibits and animal shows at the fair. It is estimated that 320,000 fairgoers visit the 4-H building each year.
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is produced and edited by Pioneer’s Kristofor Gieske with assistance from fellow Pioneer’s Timothy Hale Bakken and Ben Dempcy.
Major supporters for 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair include Southwest Minnesota State University, the Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Gold’N Plump.
UPDATE: The program is now available to view online!