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    Message from Dorothy: Be fearlessly committed to growing more true leaders

    In her last article as Minnesota 4-H state leader, Dorothy Freeman encourages all youth, volunteers and families to be fearless in growing true leaders.

    Nominate a 4-H volunteer for Salute to Excellence

    Volunteers give much to the Minnesota 4-H program! Consider nominating an outstanding volunteer for a 2019 4-H Salute to Excellence Award. All nomination materials are due by Sept. 15, 2018.

    Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Watch for dates and locations across the state this fall and plan to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!

    Remember livestock demonstration opportunities

    Again in 2018 the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association will be providing $30 cash awards to all 4-H members who complete a livestock demonstration during 4-H livestock weekend at the Minnesota State Fair. Start planning your livestock demonstration today!

    These scholarships are available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.

    Here’s Your Chance to Run for a Federation Officer Position

    All youth who have completed 9th grade and above are encouraged to run for a 4-H Federation Office! The application is available at and is due prior to the July 23 election.

    4-H Fair Set Up

    Please mark your calendar for Thursday, August 9 at 5 p.m. for our Pre-Fair 4-H Set Up Night. We will clean and set up both the 4-H Café and 4-H Building so that they are ready for all of you at County Fair. The more help, the better. Remember: many hands, make light work. A pizza supper will be provided for everyone who shows up. We hope to see you then!

    Cloverbud Policy Reminder

    All 4-H’ers completing grades K-2 compete as Cloverbuds in exhibition. This age level has specific rules that they follow in 4-H.

    Order Your 4-H Café Entry Day Presale Tickets

    Due to sales tax implications, our 4-H Café will not be open for sales (this means all food, beverages, etc.) on County Fair entry day. People can purchase pre-sale meal tickets ahead of time. Tickets will be on sale through August 7. An informational flyer is available at

    It's Time to Register for 4-H Fashion Revue, Demonstrations, and Performing Arts Day

    Date: Wednesday, August 1 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Harmony River Living Center, Hutchinson Registration Deadline: Friday, July 20 Registration information available online. (

    Join Us for a 4-H Paint Factory Party

    There's still time to sign up to participate in our 4 H Paint Factory Party! Date: Wednesday, July 25 Location: The Paint Factory, 137 Main Street South, Hutchinson, MN 55350 Registration Deadline: Monday, July 16 More information available online. (

    County Fair Registration - Due July 16

    All 4-H members planning to exhibits at the McLeod County Fair need to complete a 4-H Fair Registration Form. This is addition to 4-H enrollment and any applicable animal ID forms you may already have completed. Registrations due July 16.

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H and agriculture: Preparing youth for a lifetime of impact

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages youth and the adults who support them to explore an agrisciece project this year. It's a great way to build skills, connect with mentors and find real solutions to challenges in your community!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.

    McLeod County Fashion Revue, Performing Arts and Demonstration Day Information

    This will include everything you need to know for Fashion Revue, Performing Arts and Demonstration Day!!

    County Fair Judge’s Assistants Wanted

    Here is your chance to get involved and help make 4-H exhibits at the McLeod County Fair really shine! We all know that entry day is extremely busy. Let’s please remember how important flexibility is at this time. The role of a judge’s assistant is so important!!!

    County Fair Premium Book

    All 4-H members planning to exhibits at the McLeod County Fair need to complete a 4-H Fair Registration Form. This is addition to 4-H enrollment and any applicable animal ID forms you may already have completed. Registrations due July 17.

    Horse Hippology & Judging

    Interested in learning more about horses? If so, 4-H horse hippology and judging is perfect for you!

    State Fair Update

    Check out our State Fair Encampment dates. Chaperones are also needed.

    Outdoor Shooting Sports Practices Underway

    Summer outdoor Shooting Sports Practices are Underway

    Horse Practices & Clinicians Starting June 5

    4-H Horse Practices are beginning soon! Dates: Tuesdays, June 5 - September 11 (No Practices June 12, July 3, August 14). Starting at 5:30 p.m.

    4-H Cafe Club Shifts

    The 2018 4-H Cafe club work schedule, including the pop donations requested per club have been finalized. Additionally, you will find the club worker sign up sheets. We ask that you submit names of all of your workers no later than July 16, either through the online sign up ( or by turning a paper form into the Extension Office.

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H is all about animals, right?

    Many people say that 4-H is all about animals. Is that true? Read why Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman is glad there's a strong connection between animals and Minnesota 4-H.

    Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.

    Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.

    2018 State Arts-In registration is now open!

    All youth currently in grade nine - one year post high school are invited to participate in a 22 day theater arts/leadership/team building experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The 2018 Arts-In experience begins Aug. 9. Register by June 25.

    Sign up for the new 2018 Engineering Design Challenge (formerly Rube Goldberg) state event

    Sign up for the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge! Youth across the state in grades three and up can participate in this fun, team focused STEM based challenge. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 6 at St. Cloud State University. Sign your team up by June 8 to guarantee a spot at the event. All Level 1 and Level 2 teams are invited to attend!

    Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.

    McLeod County Fair Information

    This will serve as your link to all things 4-H for our McLeod County Fair!!

    Sign Up for Summer Programs Today!

    Please remember to sign up early as these fill up fast and there is limited space for each event!

    Message from Dorothy: Young people: Release your potential

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites young people to join her in pursuing bold and courageous dreams. Start with "yes, we can!"

    Don't forget about 2018 Share the Fun!

    This is an early reminder that state fair Share the Fun nominations and application forms will be available online June 1. Interested 4-H youth should start preparing to perform their acts! If your county has a Share the Fun competition at county fair, reserve a place on the rehearsal time schedule any time after June 1.

    Mark Your Calendars – Fashion Revue, Demonstrations, Livestock Demonstrations, & Performing Arts Day

    Mark Your Calendars for this year’s Fashion Revue, Demonstrations, Livestock Demonstrations, & Performing Arts Day on August 1.

    Animal Science Deadlines

    Be sure to mark these important animal science dates on your calendar.

    Animal Science Help Sheets

    Looking to learn more about our 4-H animal science projects? We have great new resources that explain a lot of what you need to know to show 4-H animals – project timeline, where to get animals, equipment and facility needs, county fair, and resources. There is a general animals science overview, as well as specie specific sheet for beef, dairy, goats, horse, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine.

    Message from Dorothy: When youth partner with adults, they become better leaders

    Meet Evan, a 4-H'er who's using his voice to impact youth across Minnesota. Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman reflects on the importance of youth getting to lead alongside caring adults.

    Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.

    Demonstration, Fashion Revue, Performing Arts Judging Day Date

    Anyone who might participate in this year’s 4-H Demonstration, Fashion Revue, Performing Arts Judging Day is asked to please visit by March 15 to share your date preferences for this year’s event.

    Message from Dorothy: Citizenship is all about service

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman talks about citizenship - 4-H is about growing local and global citizens. People who are skilled, competent and committed to lives of service.

    Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!

    Mark your calendars for the 2018 AKSARBEN Stock Show!

    The AKSARBEN Stock Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Sept. 27-30, 2018. It's open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In it, 4-H youth exhibit livestock, compete in quiz bowl and judging, apply for scholarships and internships to work with the AKSARBEN Stock Show.

    Shooting Sports Practices

    Come join us for 4-H Shooting Sports practices on Thursdays, January 18 - April 12, 2018, from 7:00- 9:00 p.m.

    County Meeting Minutes

    County Meeting Minutes can be found at

    Message from Dorothy: Teenagers: Your self-confidence is key!

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages young people to be bold and build their self-confidence.

    Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

    Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Animal Science Project Superintendents

    Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering to serve at 4-H Animal Science superintendents in 2017-2018.

    Message from Dorothy: Youth in 4-H make healthier choices

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman celebrates the connection between 4-H and healthy choices in young people. Two 4-H members' stories are featured and you're invited to share your own healthy living story.

    4-H County Fair Auction Changes for 2018

    Changes for the 2018 4-H County Fair Auction were approved at the November 20, 2017 4-H Auction Committee Meeting.

    4-H Press Releases

    Here are some press releases that were submitted to local media.

    State Fair Press Releases

    Please see the State Fair Press Releases below that were submitted to local media.

    4-H Week Resources

    If your club would like some 4-H week resources (PSAs, Brochures, Stickers, etc.) to use in your community, please let Darcy know.

    4-H Award Applications

    McLeod County 4-H Awards • All awards recipients are selected based applications and/or nominations submitted by 4-H members or 4-H adult volunteers. • 4-H members are encouraged to challenge themselves by working toward different awards as they advance in their 4-H career. • The number of awards presented in each category is based on the number of applications or nominations submitted. • Paper copies of applications and nomination forms are also available at the Extension Office. • All awards will be presented at Recognition Banquet. • All application and nomination forms are due third Monday in September. Late applications will not be accepted!

    New Family Videos of Common Questions

    Videos have been created to help answer common questions that new families have as they join 4-H.

    Horse Arena Etiquette

    Using the Fairgrounds arena for 4-H horse practices is a privilege. We want everyone to be safe, learn new skills, and have fun! Please be sure to review our 4-H arena expectations and etiquette before coming to your first practice. As a reminder, scheduled 4-H horse practices are the only times that the arena is open for 4-H use.

    Horsin' Around

    Earn prizes for spending time with your horse(s)! We encourage you to participate in our 4-H Horsin’ Around Program. The more time you spend with each horse/rider combination, the bigger the prizes you will receive. See below for more details, the forms needed, and to get started!

    Interested in Attending 4-H Project Learning Activities Offered Outside of McLeod County?

    Check out 4-H Project Learning Activities Offered Outside of McLeod County

    State Animal Science Project Development Committee Webinar Recording Available

    Check out the April 6 90-minute webinar recording for all livestock PDC's (except horse and dog) presented by the statewide core animal science team.

    County Meeting Agendas

    Please review county meeting agendas that are applicable to your family. All agendas are tentative and subject to change by 4-H Staff.

    Opportunities Outside of McLeod County

    Check here to find information on 4-H workshops being offered in other counties!

    McLeod County 4-H Events Calendar

    Check out our upcoming 4-H events!

    County Meeting Minutes

    County Meeting Minutes can be found at

    4-H Event Scholarships

    McLeod County 4-H Event Scholarship Process Purpose: For 4-H members and adults to share knowledge and experiences; to experience making presentations; to provide additional challenges for youth gained by attending 4-H sponsored events.

    New Member Newsletters

    We realize that joining 4-H can be overwhelming, so six different issues of this special “Spotlight for New Members” have been created to help you learn about 4-H throughout your first year of involvement. I hope that this publication will help answer some basic questions for you and your family. Please remember that at any time, feel free to contact your club leader or the Extension Office. All of us are happy to answer your questions and help you navigate through 4-H. We're all here to help your family succeed in 4-H!

    Changes in Policy and Practice To Ensure Safety of Minors

    Important training for adult volunteers, to be completed by July 1, 2015.

    4-H Records

    Click above to access McLeod County 4-H Records. This includes the General Project record, Small Animal record, Large Animal record, Participation record and Cloverbud record.
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