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Berrien County Youth Fair (BCYF)

"To provide an educational experience to youth who otherwise might be excluded from competition and denied the experience and growth it provides."



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Images of 4-H'ers and dogs in competition at the fair.

 

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Girl, dog, and judge on agility course       All of our 4-H'ers -- both Nontraditional and Traditional -- will complete their yearly dog project by entering the Berien County Youth Fair (BCYF). The Berrien County Youth Fair dog competition dates for 2022 are Tuesday, August 16th; Wednesday, August 17th; and Thurdsay, August 18th.

  • Nontraditional members will enter BCYF's "Canine Exhibitor with Special Needs" Canine Competitions in Dog Science Notebooks, Rally, Obedience, Agility and Costume categories, which are held on the Tuesday of fair week.

  • Traditional members will enter BCYF's Dog Competitions in Dog Science Notebooks, Rally, Jr. Showmanship, Agility and Obedience, which are held on Wednesday and Thursday.

       All of the competitions our 4-H'ers enter are much much more than just an opportunity to show off how well the dog takes orders and obeys commands. Instead, they are designed to underscore the teamwork between the 4-H'er and the canine (with aid from the Team Instructor as needed), and the joy the 4-H'er and his/her canine find in working with each other.

  • Dog Obedience: The Dog Obedience competition highlights the teamwork between the 4-H'er and the canine in the everyday world. Each team performs the same set of exercises that demonstrate the canine's ability to behave well in the home, in public places, and with other humans and canines, as well as the team's enjoyment of working together. For details, please see:

  • Adults, 4-H'er, and dog on agility courseAgility: The Agility competition highlights the teamwork between the 4-H'er and the canine in negotiating an obstacle course. The dogs will run, jump, go through tunnels, navigate between weave poles, and perform other exercises, with the guidance of their 4-H'er team mates. For details, please see:

  • Rally: The Rally competition highlights the teamwork between the Traditional or Nontraditional 4-H'er and the canine (with aid from the Team Instructor as needed for the Nontraditional 4-H'er) as, side by side, they navigate a course of 10 or so different signs. Each sign tells the 4-H'er which obedience exercise the dog is to perform at that station. Rally is all about working as a team while performing the skills. For details, please see:

  • Junior Showmanship: The Junior Showmanship competition highlights the teamwork between the Traditional or Nontraditional 4-H'er and the canine (and Team Instructor) as the 4-H'ers demonstrate their handling skills in an event similar to a conformation dog show. In this event, the handler will be judged on canine presentation (proper stance and movement), breed knowledge, canine anatomy, proper grooming (for both the canine and the handler) and the handler's "ring etiquette." For details, please see:

  • Adult volunteer, 4-H'er and dog in costume paradeCostume: The Costume competition is just for fun. The 4-H'er chooses a theme, then creates matching costumes for him/herself and the canine to illustrate the theme. For details, please see:

  • Dog Science Notebook: "The paperwork" that completes all projects and an essential part of our program, the 4-H Dog Science Notebook contains each 4-H'er's Canine Career in writing -- containing resource material, homework, records of his/her own and dog's accomplishments, and special memories. Completed 4-H Dog Science Notebooks are evaluated at the Berrien County Youth Fair Animal Science Notebooks competition. For details, please see:

 

4-H'ers with trophies and ribbons

 

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