"You meet a lot of new friends and you learn from one another," Gerber said Wednesday.
Like Gerber, Danny Mitten, Courtney Dayhuff, Rebecca Seymour and Jackie Sands will all cherish the new friends they made while participating in 4-H.
But one word crept to mind when they thought of what 4-H meant to them: Responsibility.
"You have to take on tasks and make sure they are done by a deadline," Mitten, 18, Brazil, said. "You have to be a good sportsman, because it's not all about winning."
Mitten and Gerber -- along with 18 others -- were honored at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds as being 10-year members of 4-H.
Throughout their tenure in 4-H, the 20 have completed more than 700 projects in a combined 188 years.
Seymour's 10th year in 4-H started off with a bang after winning the 2007 Clay County 4-H Queen contest.
"It's a whole new level of fair experience," Seymour said.
But, like the others, responsibility immediately came to mind when she thought of what she has learned the past 10 years.
Dayhuff, 18, Lewis, agreed.
"It's helped me learn responsibility," Dayhuff said. "It brought me closer to a lot of people and taught me hard work and dedication. Overall, it's been a good experience."
Dayhuff added she will miss the competition.
"I'm definitely going to miss it," she said. "But hopefully I will continue to show my horses outside of 4-H."
Like Dayhuff, Gerber, 19, Clay City, will also miss being in 4-H.
"After 11 years of working with animals," Gerber said, "it will be different not working with them. It's something I love to do."
Mitten said he'll miss what he's come to know as his "vacation."
"I'll miss the week off," he said. "And taking care of stuff."
Seymour, 19, Clay City, said she will be back next year to help her younger siblings.
"I'll be around next year, but I won't be able to participate," she said.
Sands, 18, Bowling Green, said she's going to enjoy not being involved next year, but is aware that she'll miss it eventually.
"It's the lasting memories and friends I make," Sands said. "I think the first year (away from 4-H), I'll be kind of relieved. But I'll miss it."