The Bryan/College Station community is gearing up for more than 4,000 confident, capable 4-H youth who will participate in Texas 4-H Roundup, an annual event for Texas 4-H Youth Development. The event will be held on June 6-9 on the campus of Texas A&M University and is considered the pinnacle event for Texas 4-H.
Texas 4-H Roundup has a track record of proven economic success for the B/CS community due to the amount of out of town guests it attracts. This event was cited as bringing more hotel occupancy taxes to the community than a Texas A&M football weekend at a local economic development summit earlier in the year—further highlighting the event’s size, scope, and success. Texas 4-H Youth Development attributes a large amount of this success to the local community and the B/CS Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. More than 65,000 Texas youth are enrolled members of 4-H community clubs in Texas. Another 850,000 Texas youth get involved in 4-H through special educational opportunities at school, in after school programs, or at neighborhood or youth centers. Those youth live in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. The youth who attend 4-H Roundup are able to display the leadership skills, citizenship development, team building, and competition skills learned throughout the year.
Texas 4-H Roundup consists of approximately 50 competitive events. The majority of these events require each individual or team to qualify at the county and district level. Roundup also offers over 15 invitational style contests that allow intermediate and senior 4-H’ers to participate without having to qualify.
“This event is the perfect combination of education, fun, and excitement for our 4-H youth. We are always eager to show off the Bryan/College Station community and 4-H Roundup is the event our 4-H’ers wait all year to attend,” Jana Barrett, extension program specialist – Texas 4-H Youth Development says. “Youth not only get to highlight their skills from their respective projects, but also get exposed to Texas A&M’s campus and a college atmosphere. All in all, it is a great learning tool for youth development and the 4-H program.”
Additionally, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation awards more than 2.2 million dollars in scholarships to outgoing 4-H members. Many of these students will attend Texas A&M and pursue careers in the agriculture industry.
“We are thankful for the support from the 4-H Foundation who award these scholarships on behalf of private donors and the major livestock shows throughout the state, Chris Boleman, assistant agency director and State 4-H leader, says. “This is a true testament to our program’s ongoing success and we are proud to send these young people into a college setting with the skills they’ve obtained in 4-H.”
To follow the activities happening during Roundup or to comment about Roundup use the hashtags #Texas4H #4HGrowsHere and #TrueLeaders. For more information on the Texas 4-H Roundup visit texas4-h.tamu.edu/roundup.