What a true honor, privilege and blessing it is to be chosen to serve as your 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair President. Our Fair means many different things to so many different people. Our fair represents many of the core values that we in Elkhart County hold dear to our hearts, leadership and responsibility, comradery, friendship, teamwork, and is educational in so many ways. Faith, Family, 4-H and Friends, Forming a Better World is what the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is all about. Beginning with Faith, he makes all good things possible. I was taught to believe, have faith, work hard and good things will happen because of this, which leads us to family. Family is who we rely on for strength, support, and guidance. Families may vary in shapes and sizes but the one thing in common, that there is strength in numbers. 4-H is the global network of youth organizations whose mission is engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. Currently, over 7 million young people in over 50 countries are actively involved in 4-H. Locally we need to continue to reach out to help make this number grow so much more youth benefit. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experimental learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Friends are one of the best by-products of 4-H. Through 4-H young people can meet others from not only our community but also from surrounding communities, our state, our country and even our world. Each and every day I am reminded how much I have to learn and why here at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair everyone works To Make the Best Better. Every year our area youth come to exhibit their skills and accomplishments to the community in late July. From the breathing and non-breathing clubs alike, the one thing that is common throughout is the sense of pride on a job well done. So please, come to the fair, see all there is to see, smile, shake a hand, give a pat on the back and congratulate, the 4-H members, their parents, the hundreds of volunteers and the staff. Always remember Faith, Family, 4-H and Friends, Forming a Better World is what the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is all about.
Mark Kritzman, 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President