Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

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
  • Easton Ramblers 4-H Club – Easton 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
  • Easton Rambler 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
  • The Darn Stitch Club – Crochet, Cross stitch, Rake Knitting
  • River Valley Exploration Squad - Monitoring Water and Wildlife quality

Virtual 4-H Show Information

Main Virtual 4-H Show page with all resources

2020 Mason Virtual 4-H Show Book (updated 6-11-2020)

Project Submission Deadline:

  • July 10 - All projects

Judging Dates:

  • July 20-23 - All projects

Mason Livestock Class Information

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
  • Illinois 4-H Key Award
  • Illinois 4-H State Award

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

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