PUYALLUP, Wash. – Three new activities at the 4-H State Fair in Puyallup will highlight the knowledge, talents and hard work of young people in the WSU Extension 4-H program. Meanwhile, the continuing focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas will be demonstrated in events like geocaching, robotics and a film festival.
 All 4-H youth at the Sept. 9-25 fair are the “best of the best,” having previously taken top honors at their county fairs. They are judged by a set of standards instead of against each other.
 
The new activities will be:
  • Commodity presentations. The history and impact on Washington’s economy of a commodity – like beef, wheat or raspberries – will be explained. A recipe using the commodity and made by the presenter will be shared.
  • Iron Chef competition. Teams will make at least three dishes in 90 minutes using a mystery ingredient given to them as the contest begins.
  • Creative Kids project. 4-H members will share their skills in recycling, environmental stewardship, writing and culinary arts.
 
Nearly 3,000 4-H youth from all over the state will display projects, show animals, exhibit photos and compete in fashion reviews. The fair expects to host 650 horses, 500 dogs, 100 cats and 35 llamas, in addition to many goats, sheep and cows.
 
A schedule of fair events is available online here.
 
About WSU Extension 4-H
WSU Extension 4-H is the largest youth-serving organization in the state. More than 87,000 young people take part in activities ranging from photography, technology and leadership to farm science, textiles and multicultural exchanges.
 
4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and health, began in Washington in 1902. For more information about WSU Extension 4-H, see http://4h.wsu.edu.
 
Alumni from 4-H programs nationwide include Faith Hill, David Letterman, Reba McIntyre, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Al Gore, Dolly Parton and Herschel Walker.