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4-H Youth Development

Important information about King County Fair 2020

Hello Everyone,

As you may already have heard the 2020 King County Fair has been cancelled.  Yesterday, Rene Popke, General Manager of the Enumclaw Expo send out a letter (below) and press release

As the 4-H Program shares the disappointment in the cancellation, we harken back to the 4-H Pledge and reaffirm that Health is an essential element of 4-H. It is a priority to keep 4-H members, volunteers, families and the public safe during this time.  We are looking for alternative ways to highlight the work that 4-H Members have put into their projects this year.  We are hoping to showcase 4-H members in conjunction with the Enumclaw Pro Rodeo on August 27 – 30.  This may be used as a qualifying event for the State 4-H Fair.  We realize not every member will be able to attend, to that end we are working with each project to determine alternate qualifying events and methods. We will be sending out updated information about entry dates and schedules

As with any 4-H Activity, we are following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, State of Washington and Seattle King County Public Health Department.  King County will need to be in Phase 4 of Washington’s phased reopening approach for the 4-H program to resume in full.

Here is Rene’s letter:

Hello all –

It is with great sadness that Enumclaw Expo and Event Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 King County Fair (Please see attached press release).

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Expo staff, we fully realize there are a number of kids that have put in an enormous amount of preparation and planning in anticipation of exhibiting at the King County Fair and then advance to the State Fair in September. We will continue to strive to achieve our mission of supporting 4-H activity, agricultural education, competitions, and bringing people together just as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Expect announcements in the next few weeks as to what that will look like in late August. In addition, the Jr. Livestock Market will remain on July 19, 2020. More information will come as these details come together. This is a great opportunity to help support our youth that have worked so hard in raising an animal for the Jr. Livestock Market and to support local farms.

Thank you all for your patience as we held on as long as we could to make this decision.

DID YOU KNOW? The King County Fair is the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln was president and Washington Territory was 26 years from statehood. It began as a simple celebration of agriculture and originally took place in Georgetown area south of Seattle. It moved to Renton around 1900 and then to Enumclaw after World War II. This summer would have celebrated 157 years!

Rene Popke

General Manager | Enumclaw Expo Center

We know this is a difficult time and appreciate your understanding of the approach we are taking.  Please watch for more updates and opportunities to participate.  If you have questions please email us at kingcounty.4h@wsu.edu .

King County 4-H Staff:

Kevin Wright

Nancy Baskett

Michelle Green

WSU EXTENSION OFFICE – CLOSED  Updated 4/2/2020

Your health and our staff’s health are our top priorities. Everyone in King County needs to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.WSU Extension King County has suspended in-person services and meetings at our office effective today. This closure will last until further notice. We are still in operation but doing our part to limit the community transmission of this disease.

if you would like to contact us, please call or email:·

Kevin Wright, County Director 206-263-1917  wrightkc@wsu.edu

Nancy Baskett, 4-H Coordinator 206-263-1923 nbaskett@wsu.edu

Michelle Green, 4-H STEM Coordinator 206-263-1915 michelle.green@wsu.edu

Anna Kitchin, SNAP-Ed Coordinator 206-263-1907 anna.kitchin@wsu.edu

We will keep you updated as we reassess the situation. Many resources are available online: www.king.wsu.edu

What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and King County. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. The United States has more than five million members and 600,000 leaders. Around the world, 4-H-type clubs exist in at least 82 countries.

No matter the location, all 4-H programs are guided by research-based curriculum and follow an experiential education approach, which means youth learn by doing.    4-H enables youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world. These life skills include positive self-esteem, effective communication, teamwork, leadership, healthy life choices, problem solving, and much more.

All 4-H programs are similar in that they focus on experiential education in four program areas: STEM, CITIZENSHIP, HEALTHY LIVING, and MENTORSHIP.

Here in King County, there are many different ways to connect with 4-H, including volunteer-led clubs, after-school programs, in-school programs, Ropes Courses, day camps, teen conferences, and fairs.

Here are some examples of the ways 4-H is helping youth to thrive in King County:

  • In the north, we have Cooped Up In Seattle, Seattle’s first urban farming-focused 4-H club featured on NPR
  • In the south, all 6th graders at Totem Middle School in Federal Way participate in 2-day hands-on engineering projects (e.g. wind turbine design with our National Youth Science day project Wired for Wind or Eco-bots) as part of a 4-H in-school program
  • In the east we have the Fall City Flames, a horse club with members who take initiative to help others in need
  • In the west, youth in Vashon Island’s Eyes of the Future club raise guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • We also offer opportunities for youth from across the county, including unique teen leadership opportunities such as Know Your Government, an annual 4-day teen conference in Olympia, and Health Rocks!®  a program in which teen and adult facilitators partner to educate youth on the consequences of substance abuse.
  • And of course, there is the King County Fair where youth from all over the county compete and showcase their projects from the last year, hoping to make it to the Washington State Fair!

4-H Mission

4-H Youth Development education creates a supportive environment for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential. This will be accomplished through a systematic approach of foundation and mission-driven science to meet the 4-H goals to:

  • Provide formal and non-formal experiential learning
  • Develop skills that benefit youth throughout life
  • Foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults
  • Build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding
  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Employ research-based knowledge and the land grant university system
  • Embrace and expand the traditions of the 4-H Youth Development program

What is 4-H?

 

Leadership

Youth leadership is what 4-H is all about. In 4-H, you are in charge of your own programming. Adult volunteers work with you and/or your club to plan your activities to meet the goals you have set for yourself. In King County, we offer many different levels of leadership opportunities.

Club leadership – you may choose to serve on a committee, as an officer or to lead an event. Each individual club has a slightly different structure; once you’ve joined a club you can set goals for what leadership roles you might want to take.

4-H Participation Models

Community Club: A club is a group of youth who are led by volunteers. Clubs may be a single-project club, where the group only participates in one project area (like only dogs, or only cooking) or multi-project club, where the group participates in many project areas.

After School Program: If you’re in an afterschool program, we will work with your program sponsor to begin offering 4-H projects.

Independent Member: An independent program is offered for those youth who are not able to join a club. This program involves setting goals, quarterly meetings to discuss progress and end of the year activities. Independent Member Plan

Research Shows 4-H Helps Young People Excel Beyond Their Peers.

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4-H in Actionhttps://www.kuow.org/stories/preaching-for-more-diversity-at-the-washington-state-fair