4-H in Mercer County

What's it like in 4-H?

4-H helps youth find their spark! Join Illinois’ largest out-of-school youth organization, where kids and teens learn by doing with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for successful living. We can’t wait for you to join and become part of our 4-H family!

Ready to Take the Next Step? You can join one of our many community clubs and be part of our 4-H family!
Just fill out this online 4-H interest form and we'll get back to you to help you find the club that works for you!

Here are Mercer County 4-H Community Clubs you can join!

  • Alexis All Stars- 3rd Sunday @ 6 pm in Alexis | Leader Julie Olson, 309-482-3483
  • Country Kids- Last Tuesday @ 6:30 pm in Viola | Leader Ann Weber, 309-737-9518
  • Hamlet Handy Helpers- 2nd Sun @ 5 pm in Hamlet | Leader Brenda Close, 309-781-5949
  • Joy Eliza Ag- 2nd Sunday @ 4 pm in Eliza | Leader Carrie McKay, 309-513-3100
  • Kimel- 2nd Sunday @ 5 pm in Aledo | Leader Krystal Jungmann, 309-337-8189
  • Peppy Partners-3rd Saturday @ 9:30 am in Aledo | Leader Karen Dellitt, 309-587-8564
  • Saddle Teens- 2nd Thursday @ 6:30 pm in Viola | Leader Joyce Smith, 309-582-4151
  • Teen Federation- date & time varies in Aledo | Leader Annette Speer, 309-582-4679

Interested in volunteering? Fill out this volunteer interest form and we'll be in touch!

The monthly 4-H Newsletter is just a click away! Read the 4-H Insights Newsletter here

4-H Member Resources

Here are some important links to the 2024 Mercer County 4-H Fair Show Book, Livestock Nomination Forms, the 4-H Newsletter, and the Mercer County 4-H Achievement Awards Booklet.

Mercer County 4-H Fair Book & Show Schedule

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Mercer County 4-H Fair on July 8-13 In Aledo, IL. Be sure to plan ahead and prepare your projects accordingly to showcase your hard work and dedication. You will find detailed information regarding the requirements for each 4-H project category. We encourage all participants, families, and supporters to familiarize themselves with the contents of the 2024 Mercer County 4-H Fair Book.

Read it here 2024 Mercer County 4-H Fair Book

Livestock Nomination Instructions

Here are the links to the forms, instructions and deadlines you'll need:

2023-2024 Livestock Ownership Deadlines

2024 Livestock Nomination instructions

Lambs and Goats nomination forms

Pork Premier nomination form

Horse Ownership forms

Mercer County 4-H Awards Booklet

Check out the outstanding achievements and remarkable contributions of our dedicated members, volunteers, and clubs.

Read it here: Mercer County 4-H Achievement Awards 2022-23

4-H Insight Newsletters

Check out the 4-H Insight monthly newsletter - keeping our members, leaders and families up to date on the news, events, activities, deadlines and opportunities happening each month.

March 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

January 2024 Newsletter