4-H Youth Development


What is 4-H?

4-H is a place where you find a place to belong. It's where you decide what matters to you, learn about things that interest you, and where you serve in the community where you live.

  • Create and build things. Whether you're inspired by robots and drones or photography and recipe cards, our programs give you the tools and the opportunities to create, imagine, and build. 
  • Travel and see the world around you. In 4-H, you can travel across the state and around the world if that's what you're in to. Dream big and discover the world through our programs. 
  • Explore careers that interest you. In 4-H, career exploration is more than just reading about possible jobs, it involves rolling up your sleeves and trying it on for size. 
  • Make new friends. From clubs to camps to field trips, in 4-H you'll meet new people and experience new social and cultural events. It's pretty easy to form lasting friendships when they're based on shared interests and experiences. 
  • Teach and inspire kids. 4-H helps prepare youth for roles as leaders in their classrooms, communities, and future careers. We'll help you develop the skills you need to work with youth in your community and help them launch their own 4-H journey. 
  • Help others. A core aspect of 4-H is learning to serve with and for those around us. 4-H clubs create opportunities for members to find meaningful ways to impact the people and neighborhoods they live in. 


Find your spark


What's happening?

Deadline to submit 4-H Fair entries | May 24, 2024

Printable AJMPU 4-H Coloring and Activity Sheets
Tic Tac Toe Poetry
Bee Yourself

Unit-wide Events
4-H Fair General Show - Johnson County | June 6
4-H Fair General Show - Massac | June 13
4-H First Responder Field Trip | June 18
4-H Fair General Show - Pulaski/Alexander | June 20
4-H Fair General Show - Union | June 27
Horticulture & Floriculture Exhibition | July 18
Pre-Teen Conference |  August 2 & 3
4-H Livestock Show | August 3

2024 Alexander/Johnson/Massac/ Pulaski/Union County 4-H Fair

2023-2024 AMPU 4-H Show Book

Fair Entry Submission: https://go.illinois.edu/4-HFairEntry

AJMPU - Small Animal Show at Massac County Fair Grounds

  • Poultry/Rabbits/Horse | July 13
  • Dog Show | July 15
  • Cat Show | July 19

AJMPU - Horticulture & Floriculture at Union County Extension Office 

  • Horticulture & Floriculture Exhibition | July 18

Massac/Johnson County at Massac County Fair Grounds

  • Dairy/Meat/Goat | July 1
  • Beef & Swine | July 17
  • Sheep | July 18

Pulaski/Alexander at the Pulaski County Fairgrounds 

  • Swine/Beef/Dairy/Goat/Sheep | August 1

Union County at Union County Fairgrounds 

  • Swine/Beef/Dairy/Goat/Sheep | August 20