4-H Youth Show Report

I will start by admitting up front that I am a city girl who did my best to read up on 4-H and each different area of focus before attending the 4-H Youth Show. But although I am fascinated by and am in love with all things 4-H, I am pretty ignorant beyond surface level information. My apologies for any terms I use incorrectly or make-up.

And I will start with my first misconception corrected.

What is 4-H?

Whenever I would try and give names to the 4 H’s in 4-H I could never get beyond: animal Husbandry and Horticulture. Then I would start making up words..Hens? Horses? Herbs? How can you make the word ‘crafts’ start with an ‘H’? What about quilting or sewing? How about cooking? What about science?

4-H Youth ShowI am mis-informed no more! The 4-H’s actually stand for: head, heart, hands, and health.

4-H Youth Show Report

Going to the 4-H Youth Show with my kids was such a treat. We met friends there which made it even sweeter. We were greeted with loud MOOOOOOing from the showing area. The kids were fascinated so we climbed up and sat in the grandstand for a while. If you don’t know what’s happening there are plenty of helpful folks willing to explain the judging criteria, schedule, rotations, etc. And if there is no one you care to ask then your kids will probably provide comical running commentary to keep you entertained. Trust me…my kids had me and all our bench neighbors grinning from ear to ear.


Ad:


4-H Youth Show - Cows

4-H Youth Show Events

Each day there are different judging events going on so check the schedule if there is something particular you want to see. The animals are there all week in their barns and pens whether they have finished showing or are waiting to be shown around so you needn’t worry if you’ve missed an event already.

From the cow show we walked around to the horse barns. My son heard them neighing and said, “mommy that horse said ‘neh, neh, neh’. Him laughing mommy!” And it did sound like he was laughing.

What stood out to me most were all the different paddock decorations. Apparently 4-H in the Ann Arbor area is done mostly through clubs and not as much in schools (especially at the younger ages). Most of the clubs are organized by theme or focus. Many of the 4-H horsemen belong to clubs that mainly focus on horsemanship. The decorations made the barn fun and fresh with all the colors.
4-H Youth Show - Horse Poster

You will also notice all the informational project posters. One of our favorites had pictures of different types of horses on panels that you open to reveal the names. We got to watch an owner giving their horse a shower and rub down.

4-H Youth Show - Horse Bath

We also got to watch an equestrian exhibition in the horse ring. My kids learned the terms Canter, Trot, and Grandstand. If you watch a show in this area of the grounds be sure to look for a faint orange line in the grass. No one is allowed to approach beyond it so that the horses and riders are not distracted. This is where we decided to eat our dinner. There were quite a few tents set up that provided shade while we watched a wonderful show.
4-H Youth Show - Horse Show

4-H Youth Show Exhibits

We took the opportunity to walk through the A building to see the handiwork pieces. Pieces included: sewing, photography, pottery, knitting, felting, wool hand soap, jewelry, woodworking, sketching, painting, baking, cooking, canned goods, and more. There were also garden vegetables brought in to display alongside some planters full of fresh herbs and flowers. Be sure to check out auction items in the southeast corner. There are some great items to bid on.

In the furthest building we got to see rabbits, hens, ducks, and a standout…the albino turkey! He is quite a surprise when you round the corner from the hens.

Our last stop before leaving was the goat and llama tent. There are no alpacas which surprised me (since I thought some of the smaller llamas might be alpacas). Find a cool llama owner to explain the difference to you. We loved getting to pet one of the llamas with the owner’s encouragement and we loved seeing the baby goats with their mamas. My kids also saw a pig pushing his food bowl to the other side of the pen so that they could snuggle their pig friend. They thought it was especially cute.

Overall I give the experience a solid FIVE STARS. We went in the evening on a beautiful breezy day. It was not hot in the barns or outside. There is a lot to see but not so much that it is overwhelming.

4-H Youth Show Tips:

Bring cash for food. They do not take card. All proceeds go to benefit 4-H.

Look for colorful rocks around the fairgrounds. Then return them to the llama tent.

4-H Youth Show - Llama Rocks

There are informational posters everywhere. These kind of fade into the background because the animals are so captivating but they are full of fascinating fun facts for all ages.

The whole event is very wheelchair friendly.

My only caution would be the loud announcements and narration of events if your child is sensitive to sound. It can be loud even if you are outside of the event areas.

Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

If your child likes to touch everything (like my 2 year old) the displays inside A building are not the best idea.

Get a chocolate shake (see my comment under the food section)

4-H Youth Show Food

We got walking Tacos and Pizza. You can order from the outside window or the inside window. For those of you who are gluten free or dairy free there is a lady working in the kitchen with these allergies who is very helpful. I am GF/DF and got a walking taco with sloppy joe meat, lettuce, and tomatoes on Fritos. Super yum! The prices were super reasonable.

Chocolate shakes: Each time we went up to the tent for food, and then water, and then more food (what can I say, I have boys) there was at least one person ordering a chocolate shake. I don’t know what was up with those shakes but everyone wanted them. I am dairy free and I couldn’t taste them so you should for me!

Feel free to eat as you walk or sit under the big red and white striped tents that are set up for this purpose. There are tables, chairs, and garbage cans handy.

4-H Youth Show - Tents

Bathrooms

There are bathrooms in the A building (access is next to the food stand windows). The outside entrance to the bathrooms is not very obvious. They are to the right of the food stand window. The blue door (unlabaled) is the men’s room. There is a small sign that says ‘Ladies’. A second set of bathrooms is towards the back of the fairgrounds in a building behind the goat and llama tent. There are water fountains at both places too.

4-H Youth Show - Bathrooms & Food

 

4-H Youth Show Schedule

Date/Time Event
🆓
07/24/2017
8:00am-9:00pm
4-H Youth Show

4-H Youth Show

at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The 4-H Youth Show/Fair is this week. Check out all the details that our writer Sarah found out about the event: Growing up I had heard of 4-H but had no exposure to it whatsoever. But then one year I was visiting my sister in a suburb of Indianapolis during...Read More
🆓
07/25/2017
8:00am-9:00pm
4-H Youth Show

4-H Youth Show

at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The 4-H Youth Show/Fair is this week. Check out all the details that our writer Sarah found out about the event: Growing up I had heard of 4-H but had no exposure to it whatsoever. But then one year I was visiting my sister in a suburb of Indianapolis during...Read More
🆓
07/26/2017
8:00am-9:00pm
4-H Youth Show

4-H Youth Show

at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The 4-H Youth Show/Fair is this week. Check out all the details that our writer Sarah found out about the event: Growing up I had heard of 4-H but had no exposure to it whatsoever. But then one year I was visiting my sister in a suburb of Indianapolis during...Read More
🆓
07/27/2017
8:00am-9:00pm
4-H Youth Show

4-H Youth Show

at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The 4-H Youth Show/Fair is this week. Check out all the details that our writer Sarah found out about the event: Growing up I had heard of 4-H but had no exposure to it whatsoever. But then one year I was visiting my sister in a suburb of Indianapolis during...Read More
🆓
07/28/2017
8:00am-9:00pm
4-H Youth Show

4-H Youth Show

at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The 4-H Youth Show/Fair is this week. Check out all the details that our writer Sarah found out about the event: Growing up I had heard of 4-H but had no exposure to it whatsoever. But then one year I was visiting my sister in a suburb of Indianapolis during...Read More

Editor’s Note: If you can’t make the 4-H Youth Show, consider attending the Saline Fair. There are also animal exhibits during the fair.

Date/Time Event
💙
08/30/2017
9:00am-11:59pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
💙
08/31/2017
9:00am-11:59pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
💙
09/01/2017
9:00am-11:59pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
💙
09/02/2017
9:00am-11:59pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
💙
09/03/2017
9:00am-11:59pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
💙
09/04/2017
1:00pm-6:00pm
Saline Fair
at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, Ann Arbor Michigan
The following two tabs change content below.

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is an Ann Arbor mom of three boys. Together they love going to parks, fairs, local events, and playgrounds. They also love exploring areas within daily drives of Ann Arbor. She is a contributing author for Ann Arbor With Kids.

Featured Posts

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments Protected by WP-SpamShield Spam Filter