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4HOnline and Fair Entry – How They Work Together

All members enroll annually using 4HOnline. Re-enrollment each year involves reviewing and acknowledging consents and releases, updating any necessary information and allowing the member to update the project areas they are interested in learning more about. Members with an “active” status in 4HOnline are active members who are able to attend and fully participate in 4-H. Minnesota 4-H sends out information and resources on project areas to members who have marked those and are in active status. Members with active status are also covered under the insurance policy and therefore required to be active before participation. All members should re-enroll by October 31st each year.  You can update your information as necessary throughout the year.

May 15th of each year is a big deadline in the 4-H world for members who are involved in animal science projects. By this deadline, all breeding beef, dairy, dog, dairy goats, meat goats, horse, lama, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine need to be identified in 4HOnline. (Market Beef and Dairy Steer ID deadline is February 15th of each year). Members must first be enrolled in 4HOnline in order to ID animals. Minnesota uses the 4HOnline system to record all animal identifications and ownership data. Online animal identification reduces inaccuracies and inefficiencies from a paper system. Exactly what is needed for each animal species? Find that information in these user guides.

The Fair Entry system is used for those members who wish to bring their projects to showcase at Fair. The county office will send out a notification when the Fair Entry system is live for fair registrations (typically in May) and the due date to enter those (the end of June). Your identification information in 4HOnline carries over to the Fair Entry system. You then select which projects you wish to showcase. When registering an animal project for fair, you will be able to select the animals that you identified in the 4HOnline system.

Talk with your county staff if you have any questions on either system.


Katianne Birhanzl
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 269-6521
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