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4-H Traditions At The San Diego County Fair

About The 4-H Program

In 4-H, youth design and participate in their own programs and activities. This unique learn-by-doing model teaches essential skills that youth will use throughout their lives, such as identifying sparks, desiring knowledge, setting goals, self-reflection, adapting to new situations, communicating, and responding to the needs of others.

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Every year 4-H participates in The San Diego County Fair; primarily with the Livestock Market Show. 4-H is present at the fair from opening day until it’s closing day, July 4th.  4-H youth get the opportunity to show their small and large animal projects by competing to win ribbons and a coveted spot in the annual Junior Livestock Auction.

What kind of animals get to enter? All kinds, on any day, you could see a number of different creatures, such as: rabbits, poultry, swine, goats, lambs, cows… you name it!

Aside from showmanship, 4-H also holds fundraising events, displays arts & crafts and technology projects for people to enjoy at the fair. Our 4-H youth work hard while learning, have fun, and make friends that help them build the social skills and confidence they need for the future.

While the 4-H program encourages all youth to take part in fair activities our program also challenges them to follow their own interests. With access to more than 22 clubs in addition to spin clubs (new) and after school programs, we provide them with hundreds of learning and leadership opportunities that help them grow.

Our involvement at the San Diego County Fair is long-standing. It goes way back to the humble beginnings of the 4-H organization; however, 4-H is more than just agriculture or tradition. It’s the dedication and commitment to our youth that keep us coming back to the fair.

Interested in seeing what 4-H is all about for yourself? Come on out and meet us at the fair!

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