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State 4-H Events by project area

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Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Camping

Develop a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of nature and our relationship to it through fun, hands-on discovery and exploration activities. Find out about camp counselor trainings in your area. More info.

Science events

Engineering Design Challenge

The 2014 is to build a Rube Goldberg Machine with your county team. The challenge encourages critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving in a non-traditional learning event while having fun! Young people in third through eighth grade can compete in these friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions, which take place BOTH online and at county fairs. More info

Citizenship & leadership events

BLU - Building Leadership and Understanding

Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) is an exciting and fun leadership adventure. More than 400 youth from across Minnesota come together to learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will use in their communities throughout their lives. More info.

YELLO! conference

Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! is an annual statewide, four-day leadership conference with group discussions, workshops, service opportunities, challenging speakers and hands-on activities designed for youth. More info.

Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation's annual Golf Classic brings together 4-H Youth and golfers from around the state and raises funds to support a wide range of high-quality youth programs. Golfers have the opportunity to meet and learn from 4-H members.

Citizenship Washington Focus

CWF is a citizen and leadership event for high school youth from across the United States. Youth learn about government, the legislative process, meet with elected officials and visit many national monuments and historical sites in Washington D.C. More info.

National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. More info.

Expressive arts & communications events

Minnesota 4-H State Arts-in

Minnesota 4-H Arts-in is an eight-day intensive arts experience, as they prepare a musical to perform during the Minnesota State Fair. Youth gain experiences in performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work. Each year, 4-H State Arts-In youth perform at least 40 shows to 12,000 audience members in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds. More info.

4-H Share the Fun state fair showcase

Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical, or other act. Each county nominates one group to perform at the state fair. State Fair Share the Fun nominations/applications will be available June 1st, 2013. Rehearsal times are assigned on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the nomination/application forms. More info.

Family & consumer science events

Consumer Decision-Making judging contest

Participants judge five classes in the areas of personal Care, entertainment & leisure, clothing & textiles, consumerism & personal finance, and nutrition. Participants also have a questions class, in which they must recall facts about the items in a class. Intermediate participants (grades 6-8) present one set of reasons and senior participants (grades 9+) present two sets of reasons to a judge. More info.

Animal science events

Poultry Prince & Princess Contest

State fair 4-H poultry exhibitors have the opportunity to participate in a $1000 Minnesota 4-H and Gold n Plump scholarship contest. The Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess Contest at the Minnesota State Fair is an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth to be recognized for their poultry knowledge, experience, leadership and confidence. More info.

Dog Project State Fair showcase

The state dog committee likes to highlight the Minnesota 4-H Dog project at the Minnesota State Fair during the livestock encampment weekend, and needs youth from the 4-H dog project to be involved in this showcase. This is a great opportunity to help promote the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project and we need lots of help to make this a success! More info.

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics training

All youth participating as a state fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit, meat and dairy goat, and lama must have completed the LQA&E workshop. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place. More info.

Minnesota 4-H State Horse Winter roundup

Winter Roundup is an exciting three day, two night conference focused on developing youth and adult leadership in the 4-H Horse Project. The conference is packed with speakers and educational workshops.More info.

4-H Regional & state project bowls

Project bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project bowls are available for dairy, dog, general livestock (beef, sheep & swine), horse, poultry, rabbit and shooting sports & wildlife projects. Winners of the regional bowls advance to the State Project Bowl. More info.

Horse judges' certification

Every spring, a Minnesota 4-H horse judges seminar offers the opportunity to certify or recertify as a 4-H horse judge. More info.

Expo tack sale

The tack sale at Minnesota's Horse Expo is held annually in St. Paul at the state fairgrounds. The sale is managed by the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association and is its major fund raising event. More info.

Train the Trainer: A 4-H Dog Project Leader Training Workshop

This is only for youth leaders of high school age and adult leaders who train in county programs - not for youth leaders/parents who want to experience more of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project. More info.

Minnesota 4-H State Rabbit Workshop

Just starting in the rabbit project? Want to learn about body types and fur or rabbit agility? Want to learn about the contests at the State Fair? Come learn from ARBA Judges, State Committee members and leaders in the Rabbit Project. All are welcomed. Bring a friend. More info

4-H Animal judging contests

Effectively evaluating breeding and market animals is highly important in the animal industry. Judging is an art developed through patient study and long practice. 4-Hers interested in dairy, general livestock (beef, sheep & swine), horses, poultry, and rabbits can learn to be a good judge by knowing the parts of the animal and their location, which parts are most important for meat and breeding stock production, making keen observations and comparing to the ideal, weighing the good and bad points of each animal, and much more. More info.

Gopher 4-H Dairy Camp

A fun three-day workshop for teenagers who want to improve their dairy cattle skills. The camp is open to all youth who have completed grades 6-11, but not yet started 12th grade. Activities include dairy workshops, Dairy Showmanship, the Gopher Gold Auction, Dairy Cattle Judging Clinic, and an evening activity. More info.

Dairy Showcase

State fair 4-H dairy cattle exhibitors who receive a purple or blue ribbon in their class will qualify for the Showcase. Points will be earned for their involvement and success with the state fair interview process, dairy project bowl, dairy judging contest and showmanship. Youth must also complete an online leadership portfolio that awards points in the areas of 4-H and dairy industry involvement and leadership, along with community, school or church involvement. The portfolios will be judged by a panel of anonymous judges. All of these things will be compiled in a scorecard format and the top 25 applicants will be announced Saturday evening following the State Fair dairy show. More info.

Western Heritage State Competition

Minnesota 4-H Western Heritage is an activity to help youth explore and preserve our Western Heritage. Youth will explore our Western Heritage and develop an appreciation for it; learn to balance competition and education; learn safety skills; develop tools of sportsmanship and realistic goal setting; and develop leisure opportunities. 4-H members participating need not be enrolled in the Horse Project. More info.

National 4-H Dairy conference

200 youth from 4-H dairy projects around the U.S. and Canada gather in Madison, Wisconsin for the National 4-H Dairy Conference held annually in conjunction with World Dairy Expo. Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin campus, speakers, tours and visits to the World Dairy Expo. More info.

Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show

The Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show is an annual event held in the fall after the Minnesota State Fair. The state show consists of agility, obedience, and showmanship events. To be eligible for the state show, 4-Hers must first qualify at their county level. More info.

Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show

The Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show is held every fall, and provides lifetime skills and learning experiences for 4-H Horse Project members, families and leaders. More info.

Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup

Winning Project Bowl teams, hippology teams, judging teams, and speech and demonstration winners can compete at a national level. More info.

Environmental, shooting sports and wildlife events

4-H Camp counselor training

Camp counselor training is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to be an effective camp counselor and leadership team member. Training topics include: role of camp counselor, theme and program development, recreation leadership, group facilitation, conflict resolution, outdoor environment and nature programming, and much more. More info.

Shooting sports & wildlife leader certification

Shooting Sports & Wildlife instructors must be certified. This training is designed to cover the needed knowledge and rules to become a certified instructor in one discipline: archery, muzzle-loading, shotgun, air rifle/air pistol/.22 rifle, wildlife and coordinator. It covers life skills, state regulations, and content skills needed for each of the six disciplines. More info.

Minnesota State 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational

4-H youth in grades 3 through one year past high school who have completed 15 hours of shooting with a certified instructor and eight hours of wildlife education may participate in the following areas: archery, muzzleloading, shotgun, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, silhouette shoot and a skill-a-thon. More info.

4-H volunteers training, events and resources

Volunteer training opportunities

State 4-H leadership offers a number of training events throughout the year where volunteers learn about leading clubs, curriculum, and activity ideas. You may attend trainings in your own county or other counties that focus on specific project areas or regional activities. More info.

Minnesota 4-H Adult Volunteer (M4-HAVA) conference

M4-HAVA conferences are typically held annually and provide an opportunity for staff and volunteers to learn together. More info.

 

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