Hardware Retailing

MAY 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2017 104 "We have two scholarships that we sponsor through another agricultural organization, the National FFA Organization. With our 4-H kids and clubs, we give 1 percent of their sales back to them. We're big into supporting clubs at the county fair, and we like to supply gift cards and food that they can use for fundraisers." 4-H Member Events He Attends The main events for 4-H members are the county, district and state fairs, which are the big stages for most 4-H groups to show projects and animals. Race Brothers is very involved in the fair, Meyer says, including buying animals at the annual auction after the fair. The auction money often funds next year's projects or goes into a college fund for the member. Race Brothers also conducts a showcase throughout the year, giving time for each 4-H club in the area to show projects they've been working on. "That plays an important part for a lot of members like me, because it gets some of the lesser-seen projects into the spotlight. 4-H isn't just showing animals. There are a lot of projects beyond the barn," Meyer says. "Not everyone in the community can get out to the county fair each year, so it's a chance for everyone to come out and see what each kid is working on." Zach Mason (left) a manager at Race Brothers in Carthage, Missouri, talks chickens with 4-H member Matthew Meyer. "Make your store available. We do farm calls, where we can go out there and see an animal firsthand to help the club member get in the running for the show. Being a smaller store might help us in some ways, because we have the knowledge and we can focus on each animal and project." "Working with 4-H members is about backing up products with support. You need the specific products they want, but being a resource for young people working in agriculture is just as important. We're an education source, with our chick seminar being an example of that. Our attitude is, we want to make everyone a champion." Darrell's Directions:

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