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41st Annual 4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show being hosted in Bridgewater

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The 41st annual 4-H Nova Scotia Provincial Show will be held at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater from September 28 to 30.

This year’s show is being hosted by 4-H Nova Scotia’s South Shore region which includes Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties.

The 4-H NS Provincial Show is the largest 4-H show in Canada and 4-H members work all year to earn their spot to compete in this final event of the 4-H year. After being successful at their club achievement days, members bring their various projects to compete at their county exhibitions. The top county winners are then invited to compete and display their achievements at Provincial Show. Each project displayed at the Provincial Show demonstrates the dedication and enthusiasm of the 4-H members and volunteers in our province who are examples of the 4-H motto “Learn To Do By Doing”.

More than  40 projects, 90 classes, and more than 2400 entries will be on display throughout the weekend. Highlights of the Provincial Show include livestock auctions, fashion show, dog obedience and handling trials, champion showmanship classes, Young Speakers for Agriculture competition, dairy and beef selections for the Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto, baking, cooking and giant vegetable competitions, English and Western light horse classes, an exciting tug-of-war final and the awarding of the Top County flag at the closing ceremony.

The South Shore region is home to 10 very active 4-H clubs including BB/HH, Branch LaHave, Handy Hands, Hill n’ Dale, Lapland, Livewires and 2-Bays 4-H clubs from Lunenburg County; 4 Leaf Clover 4-H club from Queens County; Roseway River and Sou’West 4-H clubs from Shelburne County.

With 75 active clubs across the province, over 2,500 members and more than 800 dedicated volunteers, 4-H continues to be a leading youth organization in Nova Scotia! 4-H members aged 9-21 participate and compete in livestock and life skills projects, public speaking and leadership development. The four Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Within the 4-H program, members gain new skills, develop leadership and life skills and build their self-confidence through positive hands-on learning experiences.

4-H has strong roots in agriculture and most people are familiar with its livestock or agriculture-based projects: beef, dairy, goat, light horse, poultry, horticulture, rabbit and tractor driving to name just a few! However, 4-H also offers a wide variety of life skills projects. Members can participate in photography, crafts, welding, woodworking, cooking, cake decorating, small engines, dog obedience, sewing, first aid, great outdoors and  more!

Admission to this 4-H showcase weekend is free and it offers the public an excellent opportunity to experience all that 4-H has to offer youth in Nova Scotia. The weekend begins on Friday evening with an opening ceremony and Market auctions, both beginning at 7 p.m., and ends with the awarding of the Top County Flag and closing ceremony at noon on Sunday, with Saturday being the main day of competition.

For a complete schedule of events please refer to http://novascotia4h.ca/forms-and-information/provincial-show-2018.

For further information on 4-H Nova Scotia visit our website at www.novascotia4h.ca check out our Facebook page @4HNovaScotia, email info@4hnovascotia.ca or call our office at 902-843-3990.