Allamakee County 4-H members earn awards at Iowa State Fair

Educational Presentation ... Left to right: Olivia Enyart, Megan Huinker, Natalie Byrnes. Submitted photo.

Extemporaneous Speaking ... Natalie Byrnes. Submitted photo.

Share the Fun ... Olivia Enyart. Submitted photo.

A trio of Allamakee County 4-H members earned recognition as communicators at the Iowa State Fair held August 11-21 in Des Moines. Earning advancement from their respective county fairs, 4-H members can compete in three categories of oral communication: educational presentations, working exhibits and extemporaneous speaking, as well as in one category of visual communication.

In Educational Presentations, the 4-H members teach their audience about a topic they selected and researched. In Working Exhibits, the exhibitors invite passers-by to try a skill they demonstrate. In Extemporaneous Speaking, the 4-H members prepare a speech in 30 minutes and deliver it to an audience. Share-the-Fun participants perform vocal or instrumental music, dance, humorous skits, monologues, and specialty acts for fun. In Poster Communication, they convey a message visually.

Iowa State Fair Educational Presentations exhibitors from Allamakee County included the following:
Olivia Enyart, member of the Cherry Valley Chums 4-H club from Postville, received a Seal of Merit on her presentation of “Dairy Myths.”
Natalie Byrnes, member of the River Valley Panthers 4-H club from Waukon, received a Seal of Excellence on her presentation of “Allamakee County Fair and 4-H History.”
Megan Huinker, member of the River Valley Panthers 4-H club from Waukon, received Recognition on her presentation of “Bowling.”
Also competing in Extemporaneous Speaking, Natalie Byrnes received a Seal of Excellence.

Iowa 4-H members performed during the Share-the-Fun event in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. Olivia Enyart of Postville, member of the Cherry Valley Chums 4-H club, sang for her Share-the-Fun project and received a Participation Award.

“We are very proud of the personal accomplishments of 4-H participants in this project area and the educational learning experiences and life skills they gain,” said Marissa Foels, Allamakee Youth Coordinator.

For more information on getting involved with the Communications project area or joining 4-H, contact Marissa Foels at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at or 563-568-6345, or visit the Iowa 4-H website at