On Aug. 12 in Sedalia, Katelyn Lee, of New Hartford, demonstrated “How to make a ‘Dirt’ shirt”. She was one of 300 youth selected to give a demonstration in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.
These demonstrations are a popular and free attraction at the fair. Simply put a demonstration teaches others the steps needed to do something. If you have shown someone how to tie a shoe lace, turn on a computer or given directions to a lost traveler, you have given a demonstration. In 4-H young people learn a structured way to present a demonstration teaches 4-H’ers skills beyond the subject they are demonstrating. They also learn organization, decision-making, problem solving and public speaking. 4-H’ers compete at county events for the privilege of presenting a demonstration at the State Fair.