Young people from across the province will gather in Truro to present more than 40 projects to the public, participate in various competitions, and have fun during the annual Nova Scotia 4-H show. From Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-H members, their families and friends will take part in the provincial 4-H competition and show at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Truro. “The 4-H program is an excellent leadership program for young people, helping them become confident, responsible citizens and future community leaders,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “The annual show is an opportunity for 4-H members and volunteers to work together as a team and show good sportsmanship.” The three-day event includes livestock competitions, a fashion show, a floral arranging competition, dog obedience and handling trials, a tug-of-war competition, livestock auctions, and displays and selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. “The 4-H show is a fantastic way to showcase the 4-H experience,” said Elizabeth Crouse, manager of 4-H and rural organizations. “For 83 years our 4-H program has taught lifelong learning skills that develop young people into responsible, community-minded citizens. Our young people and volunteer leaders develop confidence to try new things, meet new people, broaden their interests and learn by doing.” A national survey of 4-H alumni found that 4-H has a lasting and positive impact on the lives of its members and families. Seventy-eight per cent felt the knowledge and skills learned in 4-H continue to benefit them in their adult years, while 69 per cent said parents and families benefitted from the 4-H experience. This year 2,400 4-H members, 1,000 4-H leaders and their families are eligible to attend the 4-H show. Competitions begin in the evening on Friday, Sept. 30 and continue until noon on Sunday, Oct. 2. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.