Seven-year-old Paisley Boyd smiles ear to ear with happiness as she holds her baby chicks that will soon be laying hens showcased at the Flagler County Fair and Youth Show.
With so much uncertainty surrounding us, it was refreshing to see the joy many of our 4-H members had when picking up their pullets at Bunnell Feed this past Saturday!
The pullet project is the beginning of a very exciting journey to raise chickens for the Flagler County Fair and Youth Show in April 2021.
Children that raise project animals are tasked with the responsibility of purchasing, raising, caring, loving and training their animal(s) to exhibit at the county fair and youth show.
This process is very time consuming but without a doubt of the most exciting experiences youth will ever have.
Our 4-H members learn the value of hard work and the understanding that 4-H raises blue ribbon youth, not animals.
These opportunities also teach youth the value of hard work and allows them to expand their interest in agriculture.
If you have ever wondered what a youth show looks like, I encourage you to come out to the Flagler County Fair Grounds on April 5-9th to see the hard work that youth put into their projects all year long!
Contributed by Alisha Hutchinson, UF/IFAS Extension Flagler County 4-H Agent
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