As I wandered through the animal barns Tuesday at the Steele County Free Fair, I talked to some first-year 4-H members and a few who are in their closing days of 4-H.

A good portion of our programming during our Steele County Fair broadcasts are interviews with 4-H students. Tuesday I made my way around some of the animal barns and recorded interviews that will air on KRFO AM 1390 this week.

I spoke with a recent Owatonna High School graduate who had never been interviewed for one of our shows before. A couple of his friends have been regular guests. I also ran into several kids who are in their first year. Several said they started in 4-H because their parents participated as kids. One told me she wanted to start 4-H because she saw "the amazing things" that others were doing in 4-H when she went to the fair.

One boy told me the worst job taking care of animals was washing them. Just a few minutes later a young lady said the best part of animal care was washing them. She added they are fun to cuddle with afterward. During another interview, the cow belonging to my guest had an accident and would have to be washed again, only a short time after being washed.

Some 4-H members live on farms and others live in the city. It seems many former 4-Hers who live on farms lease animals to city folk so they can learn the valuable lessons they did from 4-H. Plenty of the kids I talked to also did general projects in fine arts, photography, woodwork and other categories. Most will be busy all week tending to their animals and showing them to the judges.

Listen for FFA interviews at 11AM each morning of the fair on KRFO AM 1390 through Saturday. 4-H programs occur frequently between then and 5PM.

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Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media