4-H in Shelby 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.

4-H Year Calendars

Shelby County 4-H 2023-2024 Calendar

Shelby County 4-H Federation Meeting Dates

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Click on the following links to find fun upcoming events and workshops!

March 9 - Tractor/Lawn mower Workshop

Shelby County 4-H Week March 16-23

March 16 - Shelby County 4-H Fire-Up

March 16 - Skating Party @ Silver Stars, Mattoon

March 17 - Thank your Club Leader/4-H Volunteer

March 17 - County Public Speaking Contest, 4-H Center 6:30 p.m.

March 18 - Window Display Judging

March 18 - International Night - New location!

March 19 - 4-H Member Showcase

March 20 - Wear Your 4-H T-shirt to School

March 21 - 4-H Community Service Day

March 22 - Family Fun Night

March 23 - Spring Craft Day


April 8 - 4-H Rabbit Workshop

April 9 - Dog Obedience Classes

April 13 - Cloverbuds Fire-Up

April 13 - 4-H Poultry Workshop

April 27 - Small Engines Workshop

June 1 - 4-H Fiber Workshop







Public Speaking Contest

Public Speaking Flyer

Public Speaking Entry Form

Public Speaking Guidlines 2024

Shelby County 4-H Cloverbuds

Click on a link to find timely information about Cloverbud Clubs:

Little Roots Gardening Flyer 

Shelby County 4-H Newsletters

March 2024 Newsletter

2024 Shelby County T-Shirt Order Form

February 2024 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter

November 2023 Newsletter

October 2023 Newsletter

September 2023 Newsletter

Shelby County 4-H SPIN Club Info

Click on a link to find timely information about one of our SPIN Clubs:

Scrap O'Maniacs Flyer

Scrap O'Maniacs Meeting Dates

Fairs and Shows

Find information in regard to Shelby County Fairs and Shows here:

2024 Shelby County 4-H Fair Schedule

2024 Shelby County 4-H Fairbook

Completing Shelby County 4-H & Jr. Fair Entries

Horse Ownership Papers Shelby County 4-H & Junior Fair

Horse Lease Papers Shelby County 4-H & Junior Fair

Horse Ownership Papers Illinois State Fair

Horse Lease Papers Illinois State Fair

Shelby County 4-H Absentee Judging Form

Shelby County 4-H Absentee Waiver Form

Shelby County Awards

We celebrate our 4-H'ers achievements. In order to do that, records to report are found here:


Local Events, Workshops, and Deadlines

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