Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase

MSU4H SHOWCASE LOGO[7]Michigan State University Extension is excited to partner again in 2021 with the Michigan State Fair on an exciting program for Michigan youth: the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase. This statewide showcase provides a virtual platform for youth across Michigan to exhibit their work in all project areas and apply for up to $50,000 in scholarships. Any Michigan youth ages 5-19 was encouraged to participate; 4-H membership is not required. 

Registration will be opening on July 12! While classes are still being finalized, MSU Extension and the Michigan State Fair hope to celebrate all the projects and programs in which youth have developed skill and mastery. This includes livestock and companion animal classes such as showmanship, breeding and market classes, as well as still exhibits, educational projects and more. 

Once open, registration will be available until August 18. There is no cost to participate and youth may engage in as many classes as they wish. Project evaluation will occur before the start of the Michigan State Fair so that winners can be announced at the event which occurs September 2-6. Begin working on your project photos and videos now to ensure you’re ready to submit when registration opens! 

In addition to the opportunity to showcase their skills, recognize their accomplishments and receive constructive feedback for growth and development, participants in the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase will also have the opportunity to apply for $50,000 in scholarships. Applications and criteria are still being developed - more details about the scholarships and Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase will be shared on the Michigan State Fair website.

We hope you will consider participating in this exciting new opportunity! During the inaugural year of the event, 428 youth from 63 Michigan counties entered more than 2,000 projects. Congratulations to all who took part. Check out the placings online!

Also be sure to check out the schedule of events for this year's virtual Michigan State Fair!

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