For over 100 years, 4-H clubs have been developing youth leaders in agriculture. One in three Heartland youth participate in 4-H, and AKSARBEN Foundation has served as a key supporter for 4-H for 90 consecutive years since hosting the first annual 4-H livestock show in 1928. Today, AKSARBEN Foundation hosts one of the largest 4-H Stock show in the nation, drawing 1,200 4-H exhibitors. The National Livestock Judging and Quiz Bowl competitions draw an additional 700 participants from across the nation. The event culminates with the Purple Ribbon Auction where more than $250,000 is raised annually to fund 4-H Scholarships and awards, which further open the doors of opportunity to the next generation of leaders.
The AKSARBEN Stock Show is a regional show open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The AKSARBEN Stock Show annually awards over $250,000 to Exhibitors, both Champion and multi-year participants, and is renowned for providing a level playing field across all species.
Because each state operates with different requirements and deadlines for 4-H projects, the AKSARBEN Stock Show abides by the same rules for an exhibitor’s project as those set up by each individual State 4-H Office. Therefore, to make the entry process easier on the exhibitors and staff, it is important for the AKSARBEN Foundation staff to have an excellent working relationship with the County Extension offices in the eligible participating states.