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The Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show Highlights Learning and Hard Work

Hundreds of participants from across the county are set to showcase their learning and hard work from the past year at the upcoming Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show.

Scheduled for July 21-26 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, the 2024 Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show is a family-friendly, no-cost public event showcasing 4-H Youth Development and the interesting opportunities available to county youth.

To learn more, the Sun Times News connected with Jenny Speyer, a 4-H Program Instructor for Livingston and Washtenaw counties.

The show begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, with the youngest horse participants, and then on Tuesday, July 23, all projects including “still” non-animal projects and animals, will be on display.

Speyer said 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through club involvement and projects such as crafts, food preparation, collections, horses, archery, or livestock.

“This annual event allows over 300 youth from across the county to showcase their learning and hard work from the last year,” Speyer said pf 4-H Youth Show.

Throughout the week attendees can bid on the Entrepreneurship Silent Auction of youth-made craft items. Silent auction items are on display and open for bids July 22-July 25. Silent Auction proceeds go to the selling 4-H member.

Speyer said the entrepreneurship project prepares the future entrepreneurs for the business world by helping them develop skills in product development, marketing, finance, etc.

The public is also invited to the Activity Tent outside of Building A on Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon for hands-on, take-home craft activities hosted by 4-H members for youth of all ages.

Livestock are auctioned Thursday evening, July 25 under the open pavilion/Building B. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Buyers can arrive an hour early for a free Buyers’ Dinner, as well as to learn the auction process. Staff and volunteers on-site will assist any new buyers with step-by-step details and give you all the information you need regarding how we handle the post-auction animal processing for you.

The 4-H Youth Show is located at the barrier free Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Ann Arbor and Saline.

The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. each day of the show. All animal exhibits will be on display by Tuesday afternoon. Admission and parking are free to the grounds and all events.

Additional questions may be directed to the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office at 734-997-1678.