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Alcha Corban
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Livingston & Woodford Counties
University of Illinois Extension
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034

Sara Attig
Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Livingston County
University of Illinois Extension
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547

4-H in Livingston County

4-H in Livingston County

4-H Show Information

Livingston County 4-H Fair, July 18-21, 2018 (Wed-Sat)

4-H Park, Pontiac, IL Click here for map

What is 4-H and Why is it Part of the Fair?

4-H is a national organization which helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become productive citizens. It also helps youth meet the diversities and challenges of today's society. Youth and adults work together to design programs that will teach skills for living. 4-H reaches people in their own neighborhoods with programs and activities suited to their needs, and helps build a stronger bond between family members.

The 4-H program is a voluntary, non-formal, educational program offered to all boys and girls regardless of race, color, national origin, place of residence, or disability. The Illinois 4-H program is conducted by University of Illinois Extension. Livingston County 4-H programs are directed by professional Extension staff, and a great group of trained, dedicated volunteers work with 4-H members.

4-H'ers learn about citizenship, leadership, cooking, arts and crafts, mechanics and technology, horticulture, agriculture, and many other subjects through hands-on instruction with lots of encouragement. Each member selects 4-H projects according to individual interests and abilities. 4-H projects offer a practical, but challenging, planned course of activity on a specific subject. Participants learn to set goals and evaluate progress, and the skills and knowledge gained in the process prepare them for future education and work opportunities.

Each summer, 4-H'ers bring their projects to the Livingston County 4-H Fair for evaluation. Evaluation helps members assess their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to build on strengths and overcome weaknesses. The fair showcases their many skills and abilities, and ratings and ribbons on projects demonstrate the standards met for project exhibit requirements. Entries in many categories have the option to exhibit at the State Fair.

The first local 4-H fair was held in 1930. The Livingston County 4-H program now reaches over 450 youth. More than 60 adult volunteers help lead more than 17 clubs across the county.

So while you and your family enjoy the many activities at this year's 4-H Fair, you are all helping us carry on this great Livingston County tradition.