What's it like in 4-H?

The Fulton County 4-H program is open to youth ages 8 to 18 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

Astoria Pirates | Meets: Saturdays, varies

  • Leader: Sally Bair | 309-338-8513

Avon

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

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

Cuba

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

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

Canton

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: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 3 p.m.

  • Leader: Angie Formhals | 309-338-8213

Checkrow

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

  • Leader: Sharon Spangler | 309-926-7321

Fairview

Fairview Farmers | Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month @ 6 p.m.

  • Leader: Angie Formhals | 309-338-8213

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

  • Leader: Crista Hartstirn | 309-778-2041

Farmington

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

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

Glasford

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

  • Leader: Nicole Lettow | 309-696-9725

Ipava

Pleasant Spacemakers | Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month @ 4:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Cindy Chaffin | 309-333-6284

Lewistown

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

Marietta

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

  • Leader: Ellie Nolan | 309-338-6985

Smithfield

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

  • Leader: Cindy Ellis | 309-783-3911

 

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

4-H Show Book 2021

Project Submission Deadline: For Livestock entries, July 1, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.

2021 Judging Dates:

  • Saturday, June 19
    • Sewing and Textiles, 10 a.m.
    • Performing Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 10
    • All Foods and General Projects - see Show Book for complete details
  • Wednesday, July 14
    • Cat Show,  6 p.m.
    • Pet Show,  7 p.m
  • Monday, July 26
    • Dog Show, 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27 - Thursday, July 29
    • Livestock - see Show Book for complete details
  • Saturday, August 7
    • Horse Show, 9 a.m.

 

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

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)
  • Member 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

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/

  • 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  | http://yqca.org/

Volunteer Resources