4-H Skills In Spotlight As Fair Opens

July 19, 2018 08:11 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- They’ve been preparing for the last year and this is their week to shine.

And they things they’ve learned stretch far beyond the barn.


"The biggest skill that my kids have learned is perseverance," Audrey Gerbus said.

The midway rides and the junk food often grab the headlines, but on the opening day of the North Iowa Fair, the spotlight was somewhere else.

"I show angus heifers," Mycah Weaver said.

"I'm with Oreo" Amanda Blanchard added.

“I have a market heifer this year," Jayce Weiner told us.

“A county fair to me is like a learning experience," Amanda Blanchard said.

And 4-H is one of its best teachers.

“I would describe 4-H as an extension of life," 4-H mom Audrey Gerbus said.

"I fell off many times because that's part of riding a horse, and it teaches me to get back up," Amanda Blanchard said, putting her horse Oreo through his paces at the horse arena on the fairgrounds.

Nearby, in the cattle barn, "Even if they don't do what you want you can't give up on them, you have to keep working with them. don't give up" Jayce Weiner said.

"She has grown by leaps and bounds, not only in her horse skills but in her life skills,” Audrey Gerbus said of her daughter, who was also practicing in the horse ring.

“Be a leader. and just like being the boss of your heifer or cattle can help when you're in school," Mycah Weaver said, listing another of the personal skills she’s learned in 4-H.

“And those are great life skills no matter what avenues they choose for the rest of their lives," Audrey Gerbus added.

The North Iowa Fair runs through Sunday. The full schedule is under Featured Links.


Dan Conradt

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