AMES, Iowa — The International Harvester Collector’s Club Award Program recognized Iowa 4-H members for their state fair project achievements on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair.
All Iowa State Fair 4-H participants whose exhibits are associated with the International Harvester brand family qualify for this additional award sponsored by the IH Collector’s Club. Youth participants who applied provided information related to their project goals, processes, problem solving, expenses and learning opportunities.
“We want to thank the Iowa International Harvester Collector’s Club Chapter 5 for their generosity and support of Iowa 4-H,” said Sara Nelson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H STEM program specialist. “We encourage all 4-H members who are eligible to apply for these awards.”
Along with public recognition at the 2021 IH Awards Ceremony, winning 4-H members also receive a one-year membership to IH Collector’s Club Chapter 5, an invitation to share their exhibit at a chapter club meeting or the Farm Progress Show, and a monetary award. While exhibits in every class are eligible for IH awards, tractor restoration is a favorite of 4-H members.
“The IH award winning projects are truly amazing. The dedication that youth display in completing these long-term projects is to be admired,” Nelson said.
For many, 4-H exhibits at the Iowa State Fair and county fairs across Iowa represent the time invested by young people learning in partnership with caring adults. Volunteers, families and partners all work together to provide an encouraging and supportive environment for 4-H members to learn and explore what interests them.
For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program or how to apply for the International Harvester Collector’s Club Award, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.
— Valyn Bodensteiner and Sara Nelson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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