4-H in Mason County
The Mason County 4-H program is open to youth ages 8 to 18 as of September 1. We also have Cloverbud Clubs open to youth ages 5 to 7 years old. 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 Mason County by May 1 of each 4-H year. Livestock enrollment is due the first week of January. The exact day changes each 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
Community Clubs for 8- to 18-year-olds
- Happy Handful 4-H Club – Havana area
- Peaceful Valley 4-H Club - Mason City and San Jose area
- Pleasant Workers 4-H Club – Mason City area
- Kountry Kritters 4-H Club – Manito area
Cloverbud Clubs for 5- to 8-year-olds
- Happy Handful Kids
- Peaceful Valley Kids
- Pleasant Workers Kids
- Kountry Kritter Kids
Special Interest Clubs
- Jr. Master Gardener SPIN Club & Cloverbuds- gardening and horticulture interests
- Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club - Air rifle, Archery, Shotgun, and Hunting & Outdoor Skills
- Mason County Mindstormers - Robotics
Local Events, Workshops, and Deadlines
- 4-H Club Recognition
- Illinois 4-H Experience Award for Individuals
- Holstein-Friesian Association Award
- Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
- Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future Award
- 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
- 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)
- 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 | yqcaprogram.org/
- Required Trainings: Child Protection (ANCRA) and Overnight Chaperone
- Recommended Volunteer Trainings: Volunteer Orientation, Public Presentations, Parliamentary Procedures, Club Program Planning and many more
- Volunteer Application
Fairs and Shows
4-H Show Registration Submission Deadline: July 3, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.
2022 Judging Dates:
- Wednesday, July 26
- General Projects, check-in starts at 8 a.m. 4-H projects stay in place until 3 p.m.
- Livestock may begin arriving at 5 p.m.
- Thursday, July 27
- Livestock in place by Noon
- Vet inspection 1 p.m.
- Friday, July 28
- Poultry Show at 9 a.m.
- Goat Show followed by Sheep Show at 1 p.m.
- 4-H Master Showmanship at 3 p.m.
- Horse Show at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, July 29
- Rabbit Show at 8 a.m.
- Swine Show at 10 a.m.
- Cat Show at 2 p.m.
- Dog Show at 4 p.m.
- Sunday, July 30
- Beef Show at 9 a.m.