Elsi Kigar receives her State Fair ribbon following completion of her presentation and illustrated talk on Sunday in Sedalia.

Elsi Kigar receives her State Fair ribbon following completion of her presentation and illustrated talk on Sunday in Sedalia.

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.

Eli Kigar demonstrates a snare trap as part of his informational talk at the 2014 Missouri State Fair.

Eli Kigar demonstrates a snare trap as part of his informational talk at the 2014 Missouri State Fair.

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.