Monday, August 11, 2014

4-H Families Have Day at the Fair at Part of Southwest Regional 4-H Achievement Day

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One hundred 4-H members from eight southwest Missouri counties competed at Southwest Regional 4-H Achievement Day, held at Ozark Empire Fair on July 28.

For the first time, the event was held at the Ozark Empire Fair, and organizers say it was a positive move according to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“Our 4-H families were able to come to the event, compete, and then spend some time taking in all that Ozark Empire Fair has to offer,” said Deaver.  “We were fortunate to have great sponsors to assist with the event, which made the day very affordable for our 4-H families.  There were about 250 4-H members and their families in attendance.”

The only one of its kind in the state, Southwest Regional Achievement Day provides an opportunity for 4-H members from the area to compete in events like public speaking, demonstrations, fashion revue, member judging and personal development.  Members qualify for these events at the county level and 4-H members also exhibit project items at the county level.

Project exhibits that receive a blue ribbon at the county level are judged and displayed throughout Ozark Empire Fair in the 4-H building.

Sponsors for 2014 Southwest Regional Achievement Day were Matthew Davidson, State Farm Agent, Lamar, Ozark Empire Fair and Missouri 4-H.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H -- the world’s largest youth-serving organization -- and how to get involved locally go online to

Residents of southwest Missouri can contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Monica Spittler in Taney County, (417) 546-5531; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158;  or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.


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