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Published June 28, 2012, 05:48 PM

Lake Region Kids Show 4-H is More Than Cows and Plows

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Around 100 kids are taking part in this week's 4H Achievement Days in Devils Lake. While some people may think 4H is all about livestock and agriculture, members brought much more to the table.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Around 100 kids are taking part in this week's 4H Achievement Days in Devils Lake. While some people may think 4H is all about livestock and agriculture, members brought much more to the table.

This week's 4-H Achievement Days lets kids show off everything from woodwork to baking to robots.

"When I tell people I'm in 4-H, they're like, 'Oh! You show animals!' And I've actually never lived on a farm my whole life, never showed animals. It's really good that they get to learn that there's more than just animals," 4-H ambassador Elizabeth Gunderson said.

The Static Exhibit shares the rest of the skills 4-H kids can learn. They say the exhibit allows for fun.

Stuff like Angry Birds cupcakes. With hundreds of entrees in more than a dozen categories, judging the competition can get difficult.

Kristine: Everyone puts so much hard work into their projects and it's such a rewarding experience for everyone involved so I find it difficult to go through and pick the best of the best," 4-H ambassador Kristein Keller said.

Judge Kristine Keller is also a 4-H ambassador. With that experience, she knows how much work kids put into their projects.

"It helps that you can look at the project and have some sort of idea of the time they put into it and how much effort they put into it versus a kid who threw it together the night before," Keller said.

The entrees are judged, but kids learn from making the project, not getting that ribbon afterward.

"It's a great stepping stone in life and I feel like anyone that's involved in 4-H gets something out of it. You get out of it what you put into it," Keller said.

Of course there will be plenty of farm animals at the Achievement Days this year.

The livestock show begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bill Jerome Arena in Devils Lake.

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