Twenty-one 4-H clubs from Lloydminster and area will convene at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds from May 30 to June 1, as they write the final chapters of another season.
“They’re coming to compete, whether it’s multi, light horse or beef projects,” said Sam Hardstaff, the exhibition’s agriculture manager.
Around 300 4-H members and 304 head of livestock will be under the spotlight during the three-day 4-H Expo event, with final awards presented on Monday afternoon.
While this year’s projects are once again widespread, Hardstaff says that it’s the multi-projects that are attracting a great deal of attention leading into the event.
“The multi-projects is really growing. Some kids, they want to be in 4-H, but they don’t have an animal, so they do something that doesn’t require an animal,” she said.
Multi-projects on display this year will consist of feedlot, draft horses, swine and lamb, amongst others.
Meanwhile, the traditional projects still have their fair share of interactions.
“In the beef side, heifer, cow/calf and steer, they all compete for a grand aggregate, which is an accumulation of points for their clubs and its awarded on Monday,” said Hardstaff.
Overall, the exhibition is anticipating a successful sale with 105 fed calves, one lamb and two swine on the auction block.
The end-of-year expo is perennially one of the largest events of the 4-H season and attracts hundreds, if not thousands of spectators each year.
Although the expo officially gets underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday with the inter-club light horse show, the event’s grand opening - titled “Our 4-H Journey to the Present” - takes place at noon on Sunday.
“All of the 21 clubs that participate at our regional show come into the ring with their clubs,” said Hardstaff. “We want to know what their 4-H journey was for the year, so what their highlights (are).”
The expo is also an opportune time for prospective 4-Hers to learn about what the organization has to offer. The 4-H club helps youth develop skills and gain hands-on learning experiences and teaches members responsibility, while shaping a well-rounded experience for participants.