Fundraising efforts are underway for the annual Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase, scheduled for Sunday, August 25, at the AgStar Arena on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
The 4-H Dairy Showcase, which began in 2009, recognizes 4-H dairy youth for their dedication, involvement and passion in cattle and their communities.
Donors to the 4-H Dairy Showcase make monetary contributions that represent their organization's support of the Minnesota dairy industry. Donors are invited to a celebration brunch prior to the event, are at the event to present awards to the 4-H'ers, and are recognized throughout event promotion efforts.
The showcase committee is looking for additional donors in this final phase of its annual fundraising drive.
Donor levels include Bulk Tank ($2,500 and up), Milk Can ($1,000 to $2,499), Gallon ($500 to $999), Quart ($250 to $499) and Pint (up to $249).
The committee is pleased to recognize AgStar Financial Services and the Gopher Dairy Club who have already committed to being a Bulk Tank donor this year by donating $2,500 each.
Contributions for this year's event will be accepted until July 30.
To participate in the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase, state fair 4-H dairy cattle exhibitors who receive a purple or blue ribbon in their respective class are eligible. Youth also complete an online leadership portfolio and earn points based on his or her project leadership, dairy-related activities and community involvement.
Bonus points are given to individuals receiving champion and reserve champion honors. A judging committee selects the top 25 based on a scorecard format.
To date, the event has awarded more than $50,000 to deserving Minnesota 4-H Youth.
The dairy showcase is a joint effort between the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association and the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Development Committee.
To make a contribution, please contact Steve Pooch, fundraising chair, at Steve.Pooch@mnstatefair.org.
More information about the program may be found at www.mnlivestockbreeders.org