Check out the 4-H clubs in McHenry County



4-H Fair Information and Resources:



Fair Dates: Dates subject to change

July 10 – Dog Fun show

July 17 – 4-H Dog show

July 23 am  – Sewing & Cloverbuds in Bldg D

July 23 am – Visual Arts

July 23 pm  - Photography, Interior Design in Bldg D

July 23 pm  - General Project judging - 4-H building

July 24 am - Computer & Technologies – Extension office

July 24 am – General Project judging – 4-H building

July 25 – Rabbit Show

Aug 2 am – Foods, Horticulture, Crops

Aug 2 – Livestock check-in begins

Aug 3-8 – McHenry County Fair

Aug 3 - Poultry

Aug 4 – Dairy, Sheep, Goat

Aug 5 – Beef, Swine

Aug 5 – 4-H Night

Aug 6 – Horse show

Aug 7 – Livestock Auction

Aug 8 – Master Showman Competition


For full Show Resource: Show Resources


We encourage our judges and 4-H participants to watch this helpful video about the 4-H judging experience. You can watch some judging examples online to learn more.


4-H Communications- Public Speaking Contest:


International Night Information and Resources:



Illinois State 4-H Awards: Experience, Excel and more

Illinois State 4-H Scholarships

Henry Marlowe Memorial I Dare You Award

Sally Harrison Memorial Award

Computer Science Technology Scholarship Award Application
Sponsored by: The R J Gallagher Family Technology Scholarship Fund This award is based on: Excellence in computer skills, character and community service. This application must be submitted or postmarked to the McHenry County Extension office for submission by JUNE 30th. Must be 15-18 years of age by September 1st of the 4-H year.

2020-21 McHenry County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application
McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation is offering Scholarships to current 4-H members who have completed High School or are in their last eligible year of 4-H Membership. (4-H age 17 -18 as of September 1, 2020) These scholarships are made available because of a combination of funds to include those raised at the Annual String Tie Affair fundraiser dinner/auction.  Awards are based on involvement, achievement, leadership, and the impact that 4-H has had on your life. Fillable scholarship form HERE

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What is 4-H?

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.

Typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.


The 4-H Philosophy

Positive Youth Development

(PYD) is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.


What is so great about 4-H?

The 4-H Youth Development program is unique in the essence that it is specifically designed and facilitated by youth with the oversight of dynamic volunteer-leaders. The 4-H program is the ONLY youth development program that is specifically tailored to meet the needs and interest of participating youth. 4-H is whatever our youth want and/or needs it to be.


There are several ways youth may participate in the 4-H program:


Community Clubs:

  • For youth ages 8-18
  • Meet year round and offer variety of learning & social activities
  • Youth led meetings
  • Youth use Parliamentary Procedure
  • Youth work with screened Volunteers to plan club activates and business meetings
  • Members work on Individual Projects independently outside of club meetings


4-H SPIN Clubs

  • Members explore a SPecial INterest area
  • Volunteers and youth share their expertise in a topic through learning activities, assisting members in developing new skills, and sharing ideas & what they learn with each other
  • Meet a minimum of 6 sessions
  • Current McHenry County 4-H SPIN Clubs are… Ambassadors, Robotics, Tech Team, Shooting Sports, Woodworking, Dogs, Horses, Rabbits, Beekeeping, Knitting


Cloverbud program

  • For younger children ages 5-7
  • Members work on age-appropriate projects as a group and/or individually
  • Members are encouraged to try new things
  • Cloverbuds can be an independent group or they may meet at the same time as a 4-H Club