Many of us wish someone would have told us the important things that go along with adulthood like balancing a checkbook or how a mortgage works. Kentucky 4-H’ers will have an opportunity to test their knowledge on topics like these during the LifeSmarts Event at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.

The LifeSmarts Event is a team quiz competition developed by the National Consumers League that tests young people’s knowledge in five areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, personal finance, technology and health/safety. This is the first time Kentucky 4-H is having this competition as a part of the Cloverville events at the state fair.

This year’s competition will occur Aug. 17 on the Cloverville stage. Individuals and teams comprised of three or four young people may enter. 4-H’ers will be divided into two age groups for the competition. Youth between 9 and 13 years old will compete at 10 a.m. Young people ages 14 to 18 will compete at 11 a.m.

It is free to compete in the LifeSmarts Event. Team applications are due to the Kentucky 4-H office Aug. 1. Individuals who want to participate but aren’t part of a team may register at their local extension office or on-site the day of the event. They will be placed on a team for the competition. Online resources, including practice quizzes, are available on the LifeSmarts website at For more information, contact the (COUNTY NAME) Extension office.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. 

Author: Katie Pratt
Contact: Chuck Stamper, extension special projects coordinator and Kimberly Leger, 4-H youth development specialist