SEDALIA, MISSOURI – On August 10, 2014, Eli Kigar of Scotland County presented an illustrated talk titled, “Traps Used for Missouri’s Furbearer Season”. Elsie Kigar presented a demonstration titled, “How to Make Biscuit Pizzas”. The siblings were among the nearly 300 youth selected to give demonstrations in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair.
These demonstrations are a popular and free attraction at the fair. Simply put, a demonstration teaches others the steps needed to do something. If you have shown someone how to tie a shoe lace, turn on a computer or given directions to a lost traveler, you have given a demonstration.
In 4-H, young people learn a structured way to present demonstrations. Learning how to present a demonstration teaches 4-H’ers skills beyond the subject they are demonstrating. They also learn about organization, decision-making, problem solving and public speaking. Eli and Elsie earned top honors, in their age divisions, with their demonstrations at the local 4-H Achievement Day in March and were selected by local judges to move on to the State Fair.