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4-Hers shine at Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota 4-Hers from 87 counties brought nearly 3,000 projects that were judged in the 4-H Building at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair.

These 4-Hers all placed high at their county fairs with their projects, thereby earning them the top honor of showing at the State Fair this year.

Education is integral in the "learn by doing" philosophy of 4-H. Though the projects and animals shown at fairs during the summer get a lot of attention, 4-H is really about developing "purple ribbon kids" throughout the year.

Participation in 4-H provides all 4-H youth with critical experiences and skills such as communicating, problem solving and decision making, which will serve them throughout their lives.

The spectacular array of 4-H projects exhibited this year spanned a wide range of topic areas, including robotics, alternative energy, aerospace, photography, performing arts, clothing, small engines, geology, flower gardening, landscaping, wildlife biology, fine arts and much more.

This year, 4-Hers exhibited and were judged on general projects in the 4-H Building Aug. 27-Sept. 3. Becker County had 18 participants exhibiting on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, including Christianna and Emily Freeh, Performing Arts; Erin Grabinger, Electric; Breann Hogie, Food Revue; Will Jacobson and Isaac Wurst, Shop; Danyellie, Fine Arts; Abigail Krause, Forest Resources; Chandler Lacey, Exploring Animals; Myla Lewis, Home Environment; Wyatt McConkey, Shooting Sports; Michaela McCracken and Dannon Yliniemi, Photography; Zachary Teiken, Needlearts; Tyler Tollefson, Tractor; Joshua Tucker, Safety; Waitlyn Wurst, Self-Determined; Bailey Yliniemi, Fashion Revue.