4-H in Peoria County

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: Jennifer Slayton | 309-712-4131 | Email
  • Leader: Mary Plumer | 309-678-4530 | Email


Chillicothe Youth on Fire | Contact leader for meeting dates and times


Dunlap Dynamite | Meets: 4th Sunday each month @ 3 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


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

  • Leader: Fred Rosenbohm | 697-4041 | Email

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

  • Leader: Peggy Kreichgauer | 309-232-6372 | Email
  • Leader: Anne McNutt | 309-645-5018


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

  • Leader: Carol Cowser | 678-4495 | Email
  • Leader: Karla Smith | 645-4282 | Email
  • Leader: Suzanne Gill | 231-5049 | Email
  • Leader: Erin Murphy | 309-922-1122


Peoria Clovers | Meets: 2nd Sunday each month @ 1 - 3 pm

  • Leader: Beth Parry | Email


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

  • Leader: Mary Hermann
  • Leader: Hannah Martin | 309-657-9763  | Email


Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs 

Wildlife Prairie Park 4-H 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

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

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

Newsletters are Going Digital! Starting in January 2024, the 4-H newsletter will be delivered electronically. We want to make sure you continue to
receive all the important information in our county 4-H program and 4-county unit. If you prefer to receive a paper copy of the eBlast, please complete this simple form at go.illinois.edu/4-Hnewsletter or contact the office at 309-685-3140 and speak with Kristi or Angie to request the paper copy be mailed to you. We want to help you!

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

Club Resources - County

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

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  | yqcaprogram.org/

Volunteer Resources

Fairs and Shows

Peoria 4-H Show Book 2024

Project Submission Deadline: June 15, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

2024 Judging Dates:

  • Saturday, June 22, Grayhorse Farm
    • Horse Show, 9 a.m. (4-Hers check in 8 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 10 – Exposition Gardens, Peoria
    • 9:30 a.m. General projects – 9:30 a.m.
    • 10 a.m. Cat Show
    • 1:00 p.m. Dog Show
  • Thursday, July 11
    • 9:00 a.m. Rabbit Show, (Sheep Barn)
    • 10:00 a.m. Poultry Show (Sheep Barn)
    • 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
  • Friday, July 12
    • 8:00 a.m.  Sheep Show-Ladies & Gents Class Lead (Junior Livestock Building)
    • Fleece Show (at the conclusion of the Sheep Show)
    • 8:00 a.m. Barrow and Cross Gilt Weigh-In (Sheep Barn)
    • Goat Show                         Follows Sheep Show
    • Swine Show                       Follows Goat Show
    • Beef Show                         Follows Swine Show
    • 1:30 p.m. Dairy Show
    • 5 p.m. Pork Chop Dinner
    • 5:30 p.m. Fashion Review
    • 7:00 p.m. Livestock Auction
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