4-H in Boone County

What's it like in 4-H?

In 4-H, you get to decide what topics and projects interest you most. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Work on many projects or focus on one or two. Choose what events sound fun to you, and do them. In 4-H, you have an important role in making your community a better place to live, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help.

In 4-H, you’re part of a family working together. At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your skills and help your community. In 4-H, you’ll meet adults who care about you and want to help you succeed. 4-H matches you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem-solving, communicating, and teamwork. 4-H introduces you to potential careers and then gives you the training to get the career you want.

Local Clubs

Download a list of Boone County 4-H Clubs


4-H Email Blasts

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Exhibit Opportunities

Boone County 4-H Show Book - 2024

Schedule of 4-H Events (all events open to the public):

  • Public Speaking Contest - Saturday, March 23 | 9 a.m. | Boone County Extension Office Meeting Room, 205 Cadillac Ct., Belvidere, IL
  • 4-H Dog Showmanship Show -- Monday, June 17 | 6 p.m. | Boone County Fairgrounds, 8847 IL-76, Belvidere, IL
  • 4-H Dog Obedience Show -- Tuesday, June 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Boone County Fairgrounds, 8847 IL-76, Belvidere, IL
  • General Projects Day (including Clothing & Textiles) - Saturday, July 13 | Judging 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. with Public Viewing 1:30-2:30 p.m. |Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st St., Belvidere, IL
  • Boone County 4-H Shows - August 6-11, Boone County Fairgrounds, 8847 IL-76, Belvidere, IL

Records & Awards

4-H Award Winners

Record Books for Yearly Achievement

Award Application and Instructions

Award application are not required, but rather a way for 4-H youth to be recognized for their work they have done throughout the 4-H year. We encourage all 4-H members to apply for awards. Many of the project areas have special awards which may include trophies, plaques, and/or cash prizes.

State 4-H Awards

4-H Federation Scholarships

Awards available to current Boone County 4-H graduating seniors. Deadline: March 22, 2024.

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