PEKIN, Ill. — Dozens of Tazewell County children are showing off their 4-H projects on Tuesday, presenting a year’s worth of work.
Kids five to 18 from different clubs around the county get the opportunity to present their exhibits to judges.
“There’s a self confidence that comes from getting up and talking to the judges, and being able to put yourself on display, and putting yourself in a really vulnerable spot,” program coordinator Katharine Girone said.
Exhibits include the swine and goat show, photography, and other various displays.
“It teaches kids to get out of their comfort zone, to teach them public speaking skills, take on responsibility and take ownership in different things they do and be proud of it,” Girone said.
She also said those who participate get a lot out of the event.
“There’s a lot of life skills that 4-H teaches youth, that you carry on from being a five year old – up to an 18 year old – up to adulthood,” she said. “I like to say the person I am today is because of 4-H.”
The fair continues Wednesday with the dog show, where kids will show off their dog training abilities.