4-H

4‑H is a Community for all Kids

In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us.

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Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of 4‑H programs from showing off their creativity through photography or art, cooking in the kitchen, or training livestock. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.

Questions about Vigo County 4-H?  Check out our Beginner's Guide to 4-H to have your questions answered! Download it here, now!

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4-H Motto

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4-H PLEDGE 

I pledge
     My head to clearer thinking.
     My heart to greater loyalty.
     My hands to larger service, and
     My health to better living.
     For my club, my community
     My country, and my world.

Contact Us!
Phone:  (812) 462-3371

 

SARA HAAG
Extension Educator -
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EMILY BROWN
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4-H Vigo County Events

4-H Information

4-H (Grades 3-12)

Mini 4-H (Grades K-2)

Vigo County Mini 4-H

  • Mini 4-H is open to youth in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
  • Mini 4-Hers can attend any 4-H Club meeting.
  • Mini 4-Hers are invited to sign up for projects to be exhibited at the fair.
  • Mini 4-H projects will receive a ribbon for each project exhibited.
  • You can add and drop projects until May 15th, using the 4HOnline system.
  • Mini 4-Hers can exhibit a full size poster (22x28) or a half-size poster (11x14). It is preferred that posters be on a hard backing (foam board is available for purchase at the Extension Office and displayed horizontally.
  • Mini 4-Hers can show an animal in the Alpaca/Llama, Beef, Dairy, Goat, Horse & Pony, Poultry, Rabbit, or Sheep, Swine shows at the fair. Please check fair book for all rules.

 

Mini 4-H Exhibit Descriptions

 

Bicycle- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a poster based on one of the activities covered in the manual such as choosing a bike, bicycle maintenance, traffic rules, hazards of the road, safety and helmets.

Bugs-  Exhibit 1 of the following:  make a poster of an insect or spider and label the body parts, draw a picture of a butterfly.  Be sure to make the designs on the wings symmetrical.  Make a poster or a book showing some of the ways bugs protect themselves.  Make a project activity as a group and take it to the Fair to show the kinds of things your group has been doing.  Make a scrapbook of pictures showing your group having fun while making the project activities in this manual.

Collections- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a sample of your collection, a report on a collection you saw at a museum or library, or a survey of friends and family to find out what they had collected.

Crafts- Exhibit 1 of the following:  splatter painting, drawing, craft kits, design your own crafts and more.

Cupcake Decorating- Exhibit 2 individually decorated cupcakes, decorated in a theme and displayed in single layer, on a solid base with project tag attached.

Dinosaurs- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a fossil cast, a dinosaur scrapbook, a dinosaur model, a poster showing how big dinosaurs were, and many more.

Farm Animals- Exhibit 1 of the following:  an original story about a favorite farm animal, poster of farm products or kinds of farm animals, story about a farmer; story about fairy tale farm animals; model of farm animal.

Foods- Exhibit 1 of the following:  peanut butter sandwich popcorn snack, no bake cookies, kitchen safety poster, My Plate poster, or marshmallow treats.

Forestry- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a poster of the parts of a tree, the uses of wood, animal homes, types of trees, along with collecting colored leaves and completing leaf rubbings.

Gardening- Exhibit 1 of the following:  plate of 3 vegetables, plant in a pot, plant scrapbook, or Chia pet.

I’m a Hoosier- Exhibit a poster based on one of the activities covered in the manual such as:  Indiana symbols, state song, state rock, state flower, state tree or state song.

Me and My Pet- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a notebook or poster about your pet.

Models- Exhibit 1 of the following:  snap together model, a model made from clay or popsicle sticks, a model made out of different things (ex. Legos and clay), a model with a background, or a report on models that you saw in a museum.

More Bugs- Exhibit 1 of the following:  design & make your own bug using materials around your house, make a poster showing bugs that live in groups on one half and bugs that live alone on the other half.

Photography- Exhibit an 11" x 14" poster (mounted on a stiff backing and covered with plastic) with 5 color pictures you have taken.

Plants and Flowers- Exhibit 1 of the following:  3 cut flowers in a vase, flowering plant, houseplant, cacti, colored flower, poster on different parts of a plant, scrapbook of flowers or a plant maze.

Sewing- Exhibit 1 of the following:  sewing kit, pin cushion, Kool Cat & Honey Bear, machine practice pages, or throw pillow.

Space- Exhibit 1 of the following:  make poster or a group mural of space, design and make your own rocket using materials around your house like paper towel tubes and construction paper, make a poster or a book showing some things you have discovered about astronauts, make the star constellation of your choice using two different techniques from this manual or make up your own method.

Sun, Stars and Space- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a planet mobile, a model of a planet or moon hit by asteroids, a model of a comet, a poster or model of the shuttle or a poster about constellations, a poster or mural of the solar system.

Trees- Exhibit 1 of the following:  5 leaf rubbings, a tree poster of the 4 seasons, a collage of tree pictures, or pictures of a group working on activities from the project manual.

Whales and Dolphins- Exhibit 1 of the following:  a whale or dolphin scrapbook, a whale or dolphin model, and a poster showing different parts of a whale, a whalarama and others.

Wildlife Adventure- Exhibit 1 of the following:  birds of Indiana poster, bird feeder, bird watching chart, collecting insects & others.

Vigo County Mini 4-H

Livestock Exhibits

All Mini 4-Her’s must be enrolled as a Vigo County Mini 4-H member in 4HOnline to participate in shows and exhibit projects. Mini 4-H in Indiana is open to youth in grades K-2. Mini 4-H is a NON-COMPETITIVE learning environment including rewards that are identical and/or ribbons of the same color for everyone, no champions or winners are selected.

 

Alpaca & Llama- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. Mini 4-H Show will begin at 6:00 PM on Sunday. The show consists of a showmanship class.   

Beef- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. Participate in a Mini 4-H Showmanship class at the conclusion of the beef show on Thursday afternoon. Mini 4-H MUST be assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated by the guardian. The adult will have control of the animal at all times.

Dairy- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. Mini’s show in 4-H Dairy Showmanship. Mini 4-H MUST be assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated by the guardian.” The adult will have control of the animal at all times.

Goats- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. Mini 4-H Showmanship classes offered for both Dairy and Meat Goats following the other Goat Showmanship classes at the beginning of each show on Wednesday starting at 9:00 AM.

Horse & Pony- Mini can use their own horse or use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. All horses must show proof of vaccination.  Mini 4-H classes offered include Showmanship and Walk, Trot shown on Saturday and they can choose between Western or English.  Mini Barrels (Walk, Trot) are shown on Sunday. The Mini 4-H horse can stay in the stalls during fair if there is space available and they have enough Horse & Pony Club points.

Poultry- Mini 4-H members may bring two birds for exhibition at the Fair.  The birds will stay the duration of the fair. Mini 4-H birds will be examined by the judge during the show on Monday.   

Rabbits- Mini’s may exhibit a maximum of two of their rabbits for their Mini 4-H Rabbit project (one buck and one doe).  These Rabbits must be of an A.R.B.A. recognized breed in order to be able to exhibit.  Mini 4-H members will follow all regular 4-H Rabbit Department Terms and Conditions. The Mini Show is Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Sheep- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. Mini 4-H’ers will show at the beginning of showmanship, which follows animal classes on Monday evening.

Swine- Use an animal of an older 4-H member already entered in the show. The Mini 4-H Showmanship class will take place at the conclusion of the Barrow Show on Tuesday afternoon.

Club & Meeting Location

Leaders

Phone

Email

Blacksmithing

John’s Workshop

John Steppe

Marvin Curry

812-240-1825

 

johnsteppe@yahoo.com 

 

Blue Ribbon Boosters

Calvary Temple Church

Allison McKanna

812-236-0296

allison.mckanna@gmail.com 

Helping Hands

St. Mary’s College

Theresa Watson

Carolyn Watson

812-239-5116

812-241-0404

theresa.watson@smwc.edu 

cswatson1@ma.rr.com 

Fayette Farmalls

Shannon’s House

Shannon Loudermilk

812-241-3714

shannonloudermilk@gmail.com 

Junior Leaders

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Sara Haag

Emily Brown

812-462-3371

shaag@purdue.edu

brow2269@purdue.edu 

Linton Leader’s

Agape Christian Church

Angi Hansel

812-239-0446

ahansel1976@yahoo.com 

Lost Creek & Scrapbooking

Location TBA

Robin Willis

812-238-1109

rawillis10@me.com 

Northside Neighbors

Sandcut Firehouse

Kelly Hartzler

Emilee Hartzler

812-242-0900

812-240-2654

Hartzler8435@aol.com 

emileehartzler22@gmail.com 

Riley Rockets

Riley Lion’s Club

Lillian Knust

Karen Farmer

812-240-4152

 

lillian.hayhurst@gmail.com 

 

Shooting Sports

Riley Conservation Club

Elias Donker

Scott Brace

Rich Hawkins

812-607-0238

812-917-8967

812-201-2285

elidonker@gmail.com 

brace2778@gmail.com 

aggshooter@hotmail.com 

Alpaca & Llama

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Jill Nagy

Becky Robeson

 

812-251-4646

217-273-4619

Jill.nagy@frontier.com 

3robeson@gmail.com 

Dog

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

TBA

 

 

Goat

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Ashley Hayes

LaRea Richmond

812-878-1924

812-240-5377

ashley@golaborlink.com 

lareapresser@gmail.com 

Horse & Pony

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Tim Edington

Renee Hawkins

812-208-0671

812-208-6889

fourhhorsevigoco@gmail.com 

animalscience1987@yahoo.com 

Poultry

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Greg &

Erin Bays

812-681-1629

812-870-5644

jam8ba@aol.com 

gegm6067@aol.com 

Rabbit

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Jean Thomas

MaryAnn Sedletzeck

765-653-4443

812-870-7600

toster@ccrtc.com 

msedletzeck@gmail.com 

Sheep

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Mindy Wright

812-251-5827

mshelmick@yahoo.com 

Swine

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Chris Lee

Lynsey Evans

812-298-5654

812-249-6443

jcfreakzeek@yahoo.com 

Lynsey2431@aol.com 

 

Exhibit Hall Poster Guidelines:

Aerospace:  Rocketry
Alpaca/llama Poster & Crafts
arts & Crafts
BEEkeeping
Bicycle
cake decorating/cupcake decorating
 CAT POSTER
child development
civic engagement
collections & hobbies
communications
computer
consumer clothing
Dog Poster
Electric
Entomology
fashion revue
floriculture
foods
forestry
garden
garden-Small Fruit
genealogy
geology
Health
Home Environment
Leadership
Photography
Sewing
Shooting Sports
Small Engine
Soil & Water Science
Sportfishing
Sports/Sports Bowling
stem- Blacksmithing
stem- Plant Science
stem- Welding
Tractor Operator Skills
Veterinary Science
Weather and Climate Change
Wildlife
WoodWorking

Premise ID

  • All 4-H livestock youth are required to obtain a premises ID from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
  • Visit BOAH's FAQ page for more details.
  • Obtain a premises ID from BOAH by visiting their website here.

Animal ID: 4-H Online

All Animal ID information will be posted shortly. All Animal ID information will need to be completed via 4-H Online by May 15th.

  • In order for your animal to be eligible to show at the Vigo County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair, your animal needs to be identified on the 4-H Online database.

Youth Animal Quality Assurance Training

  • All beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H exhibitors MUST be certified through the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care OR Youth for the Quality Care of Animals prior to livestock check-in. Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care is an annual program that will include a hands-on session presented by an Extension Educator. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals can be completed via online modules at http://yqcaprogram.org. For more information about in-person trainings, please contact the Vigo County Extension Office.
  • 2023 Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care training dates

ANIMAL LEASE AGREEMENT

 

Beef
Cat
Dairy
Dog
Goat
Horse
Llama and Alpaca
Poultry
Rabbit
Sheep
Swine

 

To download the 2022 Fair Book click HERE!

All 4-H projects and events are registered through FairEntry.

Download video instructions here.

Download paper instructions here.