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Future Farmers of America students judging grain samples during the 1961 show

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North Dakota Winter Show
A Local Legacy

Are you a member of a club? If you were interested in farming and agriculture, you might want to join the Future Farmers of America or a local 4-H Club. Since the early 20th century, kids, such as those in the photo, from rural or farming communities have often joined one of these organizations. Even if you didn't know anything about farming, you would learn a lot in these clubs because they believe in "learning by doing." This means that students learn about agriculture through doing such activities as growing a crop, raising a calf, and using a tractor.

Members of 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America participate in state fairs and other events and agricultural shows. The North Dakota Winter Show started in 1937. The show is a major event in the state -- 70,000 people attend each year. There are livestock shows, competitions, and sales, as well as home-grown food and home-made crafts. The North Dakota Winter Show is a great place for students to learn about agriculture.

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