4-H kids get behind the scenes State Fair tour

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 19:32:43-04

It was like giving away the keys to the kingdom.

A select group of Milwaukee County 4-H members got the opportunity of their young lifetimes to explore the promised land – State Fair – more than two days before gates officially open to the public.

The sites and sounds were limited without crowds, but nonetheless, this was an eye opening adventure.

It was educational as well, with an examination of science and technology associated with some of the event’s iconic elements.

Consider how they cranked out 400,000 cream puffs just last year.

4-H Youth Development Educator Demetrius Brown claims, “They get an opportunity to go into the community and look at systems and how systems operate in order for them to do their agricultural programs.”

Sponsor U.S. Cellular arranged for all this in an attempt to encourage interest in STEM subjects – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

U.S. Cellular’s Julie Baker says exposing students to this will encourage them to pursue careers in similar fields.

A tour of Spin City and learning about all that goes into keeping the rides here safe confirms the spark of interest.

4-H Club Member Victor Holifield was amazed and added, “To me like it’s kind of amazing.  This is the first time really seeing something like that.“

State Fair opens to the public on Thursday.