COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - If you're out and about in College Station, you'll probably notice 4-H members all around the city. They're here for the 2018 Texas Roundup, which is the largest gathering of 4-H members and supporters in the country.
The Texas 4-H Roundup is an educational event that allows youth to compete in approximately 50 diverse competitions that tie to their 4-H projects. These contests judge 4-H members on life skills such as decision making, public speaking, organization, and working with others. Some of these contests include a fashion show, food challenge, beef quiz bowl, public speaking, various performing arts events, an assortment of judging contests, and educational presentations.
"This is kind of our pinnacle event where our young people have the opportunity to celebrate their successes of the year," said Jana Barrett, the 4-H roundup coordinator.
It's not just the students who reap the benefit of the annual event.
"They spend a lot of money in our community," said Kindra Fry with Experience BCS. "We estimate year over year it's about 1.2 million of economic impact."
Fry added the roundup is a good way to promote our area.
"It's a great way to just show the whole state what Bryan/College Station is about and why those of us who live here love it."
During the week many students will be awarded with scholarships.
"Over the course of the whole week we will recognize over 200 young people that will earn approximately $2.3 million collectively," said Barrett.
The roundup will continue through Thursday.
"The general public is welcome to come out and be a part of our assemblies. We do have onsite registration for that that they can do for $20 a day and they can come out and see what we’re all about," said Barrett.
For more information, visit http://texas4hroundup.blogspot.com/.