McHenry County 4-H Show Information

4-H Show Resources

Judges Resources:


Show Dates 2024

4-H Judging Dates: Dates subject to change

July 9-10: Archery -Demonstration Judging
July 11: Air Rifle -Demonstration Judging
July 13: Dog Fun show
July 27: 4-H Dog show
July 18: General Project Judging - Computer Technologies, Robotics, Video - Extension Office
July 19 AM: General Project Judging - Sewing, Shopping, Interior Design, Photography, Individual & Group Cloverbud Projects - Bldg D
July 19 AM: General Project Judging - Visual Arts - 4-H Bldg
July 19 PM: General Project Judging - Animal/Vet Science, Cat & Small Pet show Civic Engagement & Service Learning, College & Career Readiness, Communications, Consumer Education, Leadership, Child Development, Family Heritage, Health, Intercultural, Theatre arts - 4-H Bldg
July 20 AM: General Project Judging - ALL Natural Res. & Environment Projects, Shooting Sports displays, ALL Engineering & Technologies: Aerospace, Woodworking, Tractor, Small Engines, Bicycle, Electricity, Welding, Maker - 4-H Bldg
July 21: Rabbit Show
July 29 AM: General Project Judging - Food & Nutrition: Cooking, Food Science, Sports Nutrition; Horticulture & Floriculture; Crops, Plants & Soils; Exploratory, Collections, County projects: Lego, model, reading, sports, conservation/environment
July 29 : Livestock check-in begins
July 30-Aug 4 – McHenry County Fair
July 30: Goat, Poultry, Swine Carcass Class
July 31: Dairy, Sheep, Swine Showmanship 
Aug 1: Beef, Beef Carcass, Swine
Aug 1: 4-H Night
Aug 2: Horse show
Aug 3: Livestock Auction
Aug 4: Master Showman Competition
State Fair County Date: Aug 11 - See IL state website for more information

General Project Information


Cloverbud Resources:



Livestock Show Information

  • 2024 Livestock Showbook ALL livestock shows are pending approval and these guidelines are NOT final! This is a preliminary copy for general livestock information ONLY to help you plan your potential livestock entries.
  • 2023 Livestock Ownership Deadlines McHenry County will observe all Birth & Ownership dates set by the state, Tattoo & Weigh-in dates for Beef & Sheep.
  • YQCA – Required for Beef, Dairy, Goats, Sheep & Swine. 
    • Youth must register to attend a face-to-face class or certify on-line on the YQCA website:
    • Deadline July 1
  • QAEC – Required for companion animals one time in a 4-H members career for each project area participating.
  • Illinois 4-H Livestock Issues: State and Federal laws dictate the production and exhibition of livestock. Know what's required of you as an Illinois 4-H livestock producer and exhibitor.
  •  4-H LIVESTOCK AUCTION: For questions, please contact the Livestock Committee.
  • 2023 Auction Card


Horse Show Information

Dog Show Information

Livestock Information


Michele Aavang

Michele Aavang

4-H Youth Development Educator
4-H Foundation
Youth Development
4-H Alumni
College Readiness
Leadership Development
Life Skills
Meeting Management
Social-Emotional Health
Team Building
Workforce Development
Youth and Money