Dairy youth recognition program seeks organizations to make commit to future leaders.

The Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase organizing committee is pleased to announce plans are well underway for the annual event, including the final phase of the annual fundraising drive. The event, to be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the AgStar Arena on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, will celebrate its 6th year since beginning in 2009.

The 4-H Dairy Showcase recognizes the dedication, involvement and passion of Minnesota's top dairy youth. Donors to the 4-H Dairy Showcase make monetary contributions that represent their organization's support in the future 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 promotional efforts.

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 31, 2014. To make a contribution, please contact Steve Pooch, Fundraising Chair at steve.pooch@mnstatefair.org. More information about the program can be found at www.mnlivestockbreeders.org.

About the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase:
Minnesota State Fair 4-H dairy cattle exhibitors who receive a purple or blue ribbon in their respective class are eligible to participate in the showcase. Youth also complete an online leadership portfolio and earn points based on their project leadership, dairy-related activities, and community involvement. Bonus points are given to individuals receiving champion and reserve champion honors in the dairy cattle show. A committee of judges scores the leadership profiles, and the top 25 youth are ranked based on a scorecard format. Over the past five years, the showcase has awarded more than $75,000 to highly deserving Minnesota 4-H dairy youth.

The Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase is a joint effort of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association and the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Development Committee.
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