Elsa Eickhoff, who was viewing demonstrations with her parents, James and Brenda Eickhoff, was fascinated by this rabbit.  DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Elsa Eickhoff, who was viewing demonstrations with her parents, James and Brenda Eickhoff, was fascinated by this rabbit. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The snow was still piled high around the Wykoff Community Center, but members of the Challenging Workers 4-H Club had their minds on this summer's Fillmore County Fair as they showed off their projects Sunday during a mass demonstration evening.

Few of the demonstrations on display will be shown at the fair, but 4-H members are required to do a demonstration in order to participate in the fair. Some of the demonstrations involved small animals, but there were also ones on gear needed for a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the number of hits needed to drive a nail into wood, marshmallow construction and others.

The demonstrations were set up on long tables side by side so people could go around to each one in the community center. There were two rounds so members in one round could observe the ones in the other round.

This was a new setup for the club, said 4-H leader Jeff Eickhoff. In the past, a couple members would show demonstrations at each meeting throughout the months leading to the fair. They decided to do it more as a science fair this year, which made it less stressful for some members and more fun for the youth that went from station to station.

The demonstrations are an opportunity for members to show their knowledge, gain leadership experience and get used to fielding questions from observers, said Andrea Eickhoff, another leader for the club.

The event lasted about an hour after the club held a monthly meeting.

Members also noted that they are selling "green cards" that provide discounts to local businesses. The cards raise funds for 4-H with money going to the county 4-H Federation and some back to the club.