What's it like in 4-H?

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


Jubilee Patriots | Meets: 3rd Sunday each month @  6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Robin Forney | 309-231-3793 | Email   
  • Leader: Susan Unsicker | 309-256-3358  | Email


Dunlap Dynamite | Meets: 2nd Monday each month @ 6:00 pm 

  • Leader: Karen Carter | 243-1152 | Email 


Elmwood All-Stars | Meets: 3rd Sunday each month @ 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Leader: Missy Stevens | 565-4969 | Email


Timber Tigers | Meets: Each month starting in January @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Leader: Jessica Westerman 258-2626 | Email 

Hanna City

Horse Hustlers | Meets: 2nd Sunday each month @ 2:00 pm

  • Leader: Aleta Litwiller | 678-3054 | Email


“Neighbor Kids” Dairy Club | Meets: 4th Tuesday each month @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm

  • Leader: Fred Rosenbohm | 697-4041 | Email
  • Leader: Chad Magstadts | 633-0940 | Email

Midnight Riders | Meets: 1st Tuesday each month @ 6:30 pm

  • Leader: Vanessa Bristol: Email
  • Leader: Bonnie Masters: Email


Laura Winners | Meets: 3rd Sunday each month @ 5:00 pm

  • Leader: Carol Cowswer | 678-4495 | Email
  • Leader: Karla Smith | 645-4282 | Email
  • Leader: Suzanne Gill | 231-5049 | Email

Village of Norwood

Terrific Tornadoes | Meets: One Sunday per month, call for dates @ 2 p.m.

  • Leader: Wendy Kooken | 370-1297 | Email


Peoria Clovers | Meets: 2nd Sunday each month @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Leader: Beth Parry | Email
  • Leader: Therese Mueller | 251-1872 | Email

P-Town Leaders | Meets: 1st Friday each month 

  • Leader: Anna Kamasaki | Email 


Edelstein Eager Beavers | Meets: 3rd Monday each month  @ 6:30 pm

  • Leader: Marjorie LaFont | 696-0223 or 243-5446 | Email
  • Leader: Hannah Martin | 309-657-9763  | Email


Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs 

Wildlife Prairie Park 4-H Garden Great Learning Garden | Facebook Group

  • Meets once a month January through May and then various days during planting, growing and harvesting seasons
  • Leader: May Bach, Extension Master Gardener and Master Naturalist | Email

Shooting Sports | Spring and Fall sessions

  • Archery
  • Shotgun
  • Air Rifle

Dog Obedience | Summer session leading up to 4-H Show

  • Contact U of I Extension office, Peoria for complete details | 309-685-3140

Peoria 4-H Show Book 2021

Project Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

2021 Judging Dates:

  • Saturday, July 17
    • Horse Show, 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28
    • General Projects - see Show Book for complete details
    • Cat Show, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29
    • Poultry Show, 9 a.m.
    • Rabbit Show, 10 a.m.
    • Dog Show, 1 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30
    • Goat Show, 8 a.m.
    • Sheep Show, 9 a.m.
    • Swine Show, 10:30 a.m.
    • Beef Show, Noon
    • 4-H Livestock Auction, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31
    • Dairy Show, 1:30 p.m.


Awards - County

Awards - County Educational PowerPoints: Download the files from this online shared folder.

  • Click through these PowerPoint slides to gain insights and helpful tips to completing your Peoria 4-H award applications.

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 - 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

Project Resources: Livestock and Other Animal 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  | http://yqca.org/

Volunteer Resources