Pima County Fair highlights 4-H members' hard work - Tucson News Now

Pima County Fair highlights 4-H members' hard work

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Fair is more than just rides, games, and food for hundreds of Tucson kids. For some, it's about showcasing a year of hard work, which can be found in the big barn at the fairgrounds.

We are talking about 4-H, the oldest youth program in the country that began as a way to teach kids about farming.

Today it's more than that, members are taught everything from aerospace and robotics to gardening and animal care using a very hands-on approach. 

For members who work with animals, the Pima County Fair is the culmination of all they've learned and put to use. Many raising the animals since they were babies.

"They're employing nutrition skills, of course, they're dealing with responsibilities to go out and feed these animals every day," said Joshua Moore, a 4-H agent. "A lot of what 4-H teaches is not necessarily how to be a farmer, it's how to have communication skills, how to have those employable skills."

The program is housed at the University of Arizona, and more than 700 students from 5 to 19 years old are involved each year. 

Many of these animals raised by the 4-H members will be auctioned off to people or businesses next weekend. 

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For more information on 4-H click here: https://extension.arizona.edu/4h/pima

For more on the Pima County Fair click here: http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/34702464/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-pima-county-fair

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