LA SALLE, Ill. — AgriNews is not letting the cancellation of county fairs and state fairs stop the celebration of 4-H. Next month, AgriNews will launch the first-ever “Celebrate 4-H” contest online at http://www.agrinews-pubs.com/CELEBRATE4H/. So, get out your camera or camera phone and take a picture of your children and grandchildren with their 4-H projects now. They can be posted on the AgriNews website later this summer to help recognize the youths’ talent, effort and skill. From Aug. 6 to Aug. 26, photos can be uploaded in five categories. Then, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9, everyone can vote for their favorite in each category. A panel of 4-H judges will also pick their favorites. Ten winners — the people’s choice and the judges’ favorite in the five categories — will each receive a $50 gift card. The winners and a collection of other entries will be published in a special section of AgriNews on Sept. 25. Entrants will be asked to share basic information, such as name, 4-H club and years in 4-H, and describe the 4-H project in their photo. They will also be asked why that 4-H project is important to them.
The categories are:
• Animal Science Projects: beef cattle, cats, dairy cattle, dairy goats, dogs, horse, meat goats, poultry, rabbit, sheep, small pets, swine and veterinary science.
• Creative Arts Projects: communications, creative writing, journalism, public speaking, interior design, photography, theater arts, video and visual arts.
• Environmental Sciences: crops, entomology, forestry, geology, horticulture, environment, natural resources, outdoor living, plants and soils, sportsfishing, weather, wildlife and shooting sports.
• STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Math: aerospace, bicycle, clothing, computer science, electricity, geospatial, robotics, small engines, 3-D, UAV, tractor, welding and woodworking.
• Mini 4-H — Youth in Kindergarten through Second Grade: alpaca, archery, bicycle, bugs and entomology, cake decorating, collecting, crafts, dinosaurs, electric, farm animals, flowers and plants, foods, forestry, garden, horse and pony, models, pets, photography, robotics, sewing, sun, stars and space, weather, whales and dolphins, wildlife adventure and woodworking.
Kids can enter multiple categories. Projects must be completed between Aug. 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020.