Over 150 4-H’ers from across the state registered for this year’s Showcase Showdown held recently at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas.
Normally held in the summer, and delayed this year by COVID-19, the annual event provides a forum for youths to perform individually or on teams in a variety of activities ranging from judging wool quality to programming robots or decorating cakes.
Mary Louise Wood, who’s a long-time Albany County 4-H educator, said some 4-H’ers thrive on competition, while other compete for fun. But what’s important, she said, is all the work the 4-H members do ahead of time to learn different and new skills.
She said the youth learn people skills, the soft skills employers want people to have, and they learn to think on their feet.
In addition, according to Alex Malcolm, Fremont County 4-H educator, the event develops camaraderie between 4-H’ers. He said it’s another tool to build life-long relationships.