4-H in Mason County

What's it like in 4-H?

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
  • Sand Ridge Clovers - Topeka, Forest City, and Manito areas

Cloverbud Clubs for 5- to 8-year-olds

  • Happy Handful Kids
  • Peaceful Valley Kids
  • Pleasant Workers Kids
  • Kountry Kritter Kids
  • Sand Ridge Cloverbuds

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

County 4-H Newsletter - distributed every 3 months

Unit Eblast Newsletter - emailed every 2 weeks

Statewide Newsletter - emailed every month


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
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future Award
  • Scholarships

Club Resources - State: Visit the Illinois 4-H website for Club Meeting Resources

  • 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 - StateVisit the Illinois 4-H Member Resources page

  • 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 4-H Member Resources page, scroll down to record forms

  • 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/

Volunteer Resources

Fairs and Shows

Mason County 4-H Show Book 2024

4-H Show Registration Submission Deadline: July 1, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.

2024 Judging Dates:

  • Tuesday, July 23
    • Livestock may begin arriving at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24
    • General Projects, check-in starts at 8 a.m. 4-H projects stay in place until 3 p.m.
    • Judging for ALL General project areas starts at 9 a.m.
    • All livestock must be in place by Noon
    • Cat Show at 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25
    • Vet inspection 8 a.m.
    • Poultry Show at 9 a.m.
    • Dog Show at 1 p.m.
    • Horse Show at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26
    • Swine Show at 8 a.m.
    • Rabbit Show at 11 a.m.
    • Goat Show followed by Sheep Show at 1 p.m.
    • 4-H Master Showmanship at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27
    • Beef Show at 9 a.m.

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