SLAYTON, Minn. (04/25/2023)— Project Bowl is a long-standing program in Minnesota 4-H
and is the second most attended event of the year. In Project Bowl, teams of 3-6 youth build
skills working and thinking together while testing their knowledge in these 4-H areas: dairy, dog,
general livestock, horse, llama/alpaca, poultry, and rabbit. In 2023, Plant Science
Bowl will also be available at the state contest. This year, Minnesota 4-H had over 560 youth on
112 different teams participate at the state project bowl competition on April 15.
There are four regional bowls, which lead to the state competition. Each has two divisions:
Junior (grades 3-8) and Senior (grades 4 through 4-H graduation). Regional winners advance to
the 4-H State Project Bowl. Winners at the state level in dairy, general livestock, horse, and
poultry go on to national contests!
Murray County 4-H had 6 teams. 3 jr. General Livestock, 2 Jr Horse, 1 Jr poultry and 1 member
of a combined county team on Sr. Horse. Our Jr General Livestock Team and our Sr Horse team
member qualified for the State Project Bowl.
“The Murray Co. 4-H Livestock Project Bowl teams recently competed in the 4-H Regional
competition in Redwood Falls and some team members competed at the 4-H State Bowl
competition in St. Cloud on April 15. The fourteen members of the 4-H Livestock project bowl
teams began practices in January and worked to gain knowledge in beef, swine, goats, and
sheep. Many hours of hands-on skill learning and reviewing questions help the 4-H’ers become
more knowledgeable in management practices, nutrition, breeds, and reproduction in all of the
four species. The contests consist of several rounds of quiz bowl types of competition with 4
members seated during each round. Murray County was well represented in the regional contest
with 2 junior livestock teams. The 4th place regional junior livestock team earned a trip to the
state competition, where they won 1 contest and lost 2” Linnea Surprenant, Murray County 4-H
general livestock coach.
“Project Bowl is more than just a competition. Throughout the season you make friendships, find
adult mentors, and help younger 4-Hers to learn” Kylee Brands Murray County 4-H.
The Sr. Horse Team from combined counties Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, and Murray County, that
Kylee Brands is part of, earned the top spot in the state for Horse! Thank you to all of our
amazing volunteers that coach Murray County 4-H project bowl teams!