4-H all about head, heart, hands and health

New York State Fair

GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Thousands of people make their way out to the fair. Some of them come for the food, and others come for the Midway rides. But for the kids who participate in 4-H, it’s all about learning and competing. Some even make the rounds across the state, exhibiting at fairs all summer long.

“We try to make the sheep look the best they can and sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t,” said Sarah Wilson from Dansville.

Sarah and Jeffrey Wilson are ready for a summer full of shows. They’re traveling with their farm animals all across the country. But it’s not always fun and games. While the sheep may be calm at home, sometimes that changes during competitions.

“Then they’re, wild. When you go take them into the show ring or they’re just not cooperating. It’s kind of frustrating,” Jeffrey Wilson said.

But for these two, it’s all work it to be part of the 4-H program, which stands for head, heart, hands and health.

“It’s like, for the kids. I like it ‘cause you get to meet new friends and, every time you need help, they help you,” the Wilsons said.

While the Wilsons are here to compete, other 4-H’ers have their own exhibits in the Youth Building, where they are showcasing projects they have been working on all year long. The exhibits cover all different subjects, ranging from STEM to photography to culinary arts.

“It is all about developing life skills that will make youth turn into confident and caring adults as they go into their lives and choose whatever career path that they want,” said Jenn Bassman, Marketing and Communications Coordinator of New York State 4-H.

A community that is all interested in learning and getting hands-on experience. Take it from the Wilsons, anything having to do with 4-H feels like home.

Sarah Wilson said, “Well, you work hard. You learn to take care of your animals, the correct way and….” 

“You have a lot of fun?” Julia LeBlanc asked.

“Yeah,” Sarah Wilson replied.

If you haven’t been inside the Youth Building et, they also have seeing eye dogs and baby chicks that hatch every day. Just walk in and ask any question if you’re curious.


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