A World of Fun at the 2023 Miami Youth Fair!

It’s here, and it’s a world of fun! This year marks the 71st season of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition. The fair attracts millions of residents each year who enjoy thrilling rides, unique foods, and various concerts. But the fair is more than family entertaining. The fair is dedicated to enriching our community through educational opportunities that highlight South Florida’s unique agriculture. It’s also a showcase of the finest talents that Miami’s youth has to offer.

4-H makes its mark among the fifty-plus competitions and divisions by providing field trips, unique 4-H exhibits, public speaking events, and more. This year, 4-H fair activities engaged 136 youth across the county. Here is a breakdown:

Division 42: 4-H Exhibits & Displays

March 16th – April 9th, 2023

Throughout the year, 4-H members work diligently on projects to be submitted as entries into the fair. In 2023, fifty-five 4-H members entered a total of 294 exhibits. Results of their hard work:


15 Best in Show winners (purple ribbon)


189 first-place winners (blue ribbon)


89 second-place winners (red ribbon)

A total of $2,152 was awarded in student premiums, courtesy of the Miami Youth Fair and partners.

Howdy Day

March 28th, 2023

Howdy Day vendors gather under the Miami Youth Fair sign.

In society today, many children think milk comes directly from the store. Especially youth living in our urban community. To their surprise, there is much more to the process! Howdy Day is a unique 4-H program that is often a student’s first introduction to South Florida’s thriving agriculture. 2nd- and 3rd-grade classrooms across Miami-Dade County are invited to participate in this exciting experience.

Participating Schools:

Colonial Drive Elementary & Charles R. Hadley Elementary

Special thanks to the following organizations for hosting activities:

Zoo Miami, Miami ECOAdventures, UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Team, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Farm Bureau, Fruit and Spice Park, UF Tropical Research and Education Center, and UF/IFAS Community Resource Development

Katherine Marin, UF/IFAS Community Resource Development Agent teaching social-emotional wellness skills.
Carol Douglass, Kenan Bridges, and Barbie Marquez stand for a photo with Howdy, the Fair’s farmer mascot.
Various tropical fruits grown in South Florida.
Tropical Research Education Center researchers present on agroecosystems.







4-H Day at the Fair

March 25th, 2023

4-H Day at the Fair is also known as County Events Day. This is an opportunity for all 4-H members to present their talents through Speeches, Illustrated Talks, Demonstrated Talks, Performances, and a Fashion Revue. Members present in front of an audience at the Jack Griffith Playhouse, located on the fairgrounds. This year, 4-H hosted nine members with so many interesting presentations, from original poetry to a steel drum performance, and even a baking demonstration!

4-H Members, club leaders, and judges at 4-H Day at the Fair.





















To participate in these activities, youth must be enrolled 4-H members. To enroll your youth in 4-H, contact your local 4-H Agents!

Miami-Dade County 4-H Office

Amelia Earhart Park

401 East 65th Street

Hialeah, FL 33013



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Posted: April 10, 2023

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Camp, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension

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