About 250 4-H members will compete in public speaking and demonstration competitions, woodsman contests and the Nova Scotia Horse Classic as part of 4-H Weekend, May 6-7. It is held at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. “Young people enrolled in 4-H learn confidence, leadership and communication skills at an early age. Many alumni credit the 4-H program for helping them learn the specific skills needed to be successful at their chosen careers,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Being able to communicate clearly and effectively helps young people become strong community leaders.” Competition winners will receive their awards at 4-H Night in Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 7. During that evening, members will present their winning speeches, demonstrations and entertainment. Members and leaders who won Canadian 4-H Council National Travel Awards will be recognized and the Nova Scotia 4-H Council will honour individuals who have made significant contributions to the 4-H program with the Friends of 4-H Award. The provincial 4-H host and hostess, who are the official youth representatives for the 4-H program, will be announced. Nova Scotia’s 4-H program has trained young people to speak with poise and confidence for 89 years. It provides youth with technical, social, sportsmanship, leadership and life skills essential for careers in agriculture, business, government and community leadership. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/agri/4h/.