Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

What's it like in 4-H?

The Fulton County 4-H program is open to youth ages 8 to18 as of September 1. The current 4-H year runs from September 1 through August 31. Young persons may join 4-H at any time of the year, but to show at the summer 4-H Shows, they must be enrolled at the Extension office in Fulton County by May 1 of each 4-H year.

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.

Check out these local 4-H Clubs


Astoria Pirates | Meets: Saturdays, varies

  • Leader: Sally Bair | 309-338-8513


Avondale | Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 4 p.m.

  • Leader: Dusty Stephens | 309-465-9313
  • Leader: Robyn Hendel | 309-465-6771


Big Ten | Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leaders: Shawn & Teresa Lane | 309-785-2361


Canton Dulotts | Meets: 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 a.m.

  • Leader: Carla Presnell | 309-645-6130

Canton Luckettes | Meets: 1st Sunday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Heidi Putman | 309-635-2986

Fairview Farmers | Meets: to be announced

  • Leader: Angie Formhals | 309-338-8213


Checkrow Volunteers | Meets: 3rd Monday of each month @ 7 p.m.

  • Leader: Sharon Spangler | 309-926-7321


Fairview Huskies | Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Crista Hartstirn | 309-778-2041


Farmington Lucky Clovers | Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month @ 5 p.m.

  • Leaders: Scott and Melanie Patterson | 309-210-2911


Logan Leaders | Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month @ 6 p.m.

  • Leader: Nicole Lettow | 309-696-9725


Pleasant Spacemakers | Meets: 1st Wednesday of each month @ 7:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Linda Porter | 309-753-8329


Busy Bees | Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 6 p.m.

  • Leader: Wendy Johnson | 309-668-0206

Jolly Workers | Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Brian and Cara Wickert | 309-224-6525


Country Kids | Meets: 1st Saturday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Ellie Nolan | 309-338-6985


Smithfield Up and Coming | Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Cindy Ellis | 309-783-3911


Tri-County Clovers | Meets: one Saturday morning a month, days and times vary

  • Leader: Rita Thompson | 309-313-4205
  • Leader: Don "Jake" Wickert


Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs

Livestock Judging Club | meeting days and judging competition dates and times vary

  • Leader: Robyn Hendel

Shooting Sports Clubs | Fall Session and Spring Session

  • Air Rifle
  • .22 Caliber Pistol
  • Shotgun
  • Smallbore .22 Rifle

Virtual 4-H Show Information

Main Virtual 4-H Show page with all resources

Fulton County 4-H Show Book - Plan B (updated 6-1-2020)

Project Submission Deadlines:

  • June 20 – Public Presentations, Performing Arts, Sewing/Shopping
  • July 8 – Pet Show Projects
  • July 11 – General Show Projects
  • July 20 – Livestock, Dog
  • August 1 – Horse (Possibility of live show still to be determined)

Submissions can be emailed to Janis at or delivered:

University of Illinois Extension Fulton County Office

15411 North IL 100 Highway

Lewistown, IL 61542

Awards - County

Awards - State: Visit the Illinois 4-H website for 4-H member and club awards available at the state level

  • 4-H Club Recognition
  • Illinois 4-H Experience Award for Individuals
  • Illinois 4-H Veterinary Science Award
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois 4-H Leadership, Citizenship, Professionalism (LCP) Award

Club Resources - County

Club Resources - State: Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Meetings tab

  • Checklist for Club Officers
  • Club Meeting Agenda Template
  • Club Treasurer Book
  • Club Secretary Book
  • Tips for Good Meetings
  • Club Fundraising Request Form (click on Fiscal tab)
  • and more

Enrollment Resources - County

Enrollment Resources - State:  Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Enrollment tab

  • Agreement to Assume Risk form (also in Spanish)
  • Annual Code of Conduct Form (also in Spanish)
  • Memeber Emergency Medical Form (also in Spanish)
  • Member & Volunteer Photo, Audio, & Video Permission Form (also in Spanish)

Project Resources: Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Project Record Sheets

  • Livestock Records
  • Crops Records
  • Activities Planning Record
  • Project Plans for various age groups
  • and more

Project Resources: Livestock Projects

  • Quality Assurance & Ethics training - to be completed, online, one time for 4-H members exhibiting dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry and horse projects

  • Youth for Quality Care for Animals training - to be completed, online or in-person, annually for 4-H members exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, goats and dairy projects

in-person trainings are available during the late spring and early summer months and include a $3 fee

online training is available year-round and includes a $12 fee  |

Volunteer Resources

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