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Vigo 4-H April Newsletter

To download a complete version of the April newsletter with club schedules, click here!
4-H Club Meetings

Most clubs have scheduled their 2024 dates. Check out the calendar at

The 2024 fair book

The 2024 Vigo County 4-H Fair Book is posted and can be downloaded from our website. There are a limited number of hard copies that are available to purchase for $12 from the Extension Office. The fair book is very important to read over to know all the fair rules and 4-H project requirements!

4-h project manuals

Most 4-H projects have manuals that give in-depth information for that project and can help with your fair exhibit. Project manuals are available at the Extension Office, please call in advance so we can get them ready for pickup.

camp registration now open!

4-H Camp will take place from June 9-12, 2024 at Shakamak State Park. We will be camping with 4-H’ers from Clay, Daviess, Owen, and Sullivan Counties. Daily activities will include boating, recreation, crafts, swimming, outdoor cooking, nature activities, and lots of silly songs and chants! 4-H Camp is open to all 4-H’ers currently in grades 3 through 6. You must be enrolled in Vigo County 4-H to attend 4-H Camp. If you have a non-4-H friend interested there is still time for them to enroll in 4-H! Registration is through 4-H Online at and is due by May 10.

The camp fee is $120 per camper and covers your lodging, meals, camp t-shirt, and activities. There is limited funding to assist those with a financial need, please contact Sara to learn more prior to registration. Additionally, you will need money during camp to cover craft items ($5 or less) and snacks at the pool concession stand. You will be responsible for your transportation to and from Shakamak State Park. Campers will need to be dropped off around 2 pm on Sunday, June 9 and picked up around 10 am on Wednesday, June 12. We have not finalized our camp schedule yet; the specific times will be sent to you in a letter along with important details a week prior to camp. During registration we’ll need to know any dietary restrictions, t-shirt size, and any bunk buddies your child requests.

state 4-h trips

If you would like to attend one of the fun trips open to 4-Her’s state wide and be considered for trip sponsorship, please return the Trip Interest Form and a $50 deposit to the Extension Office by April 23 at 4:00 PM. Please make checks payable to Vigo County 4-H Council. The Vigo County 4-H Council is able to provide sponsorship for these trips, funding will be dependent on the amount of interest. More information on the trips and the Trip Interest Form is on our website.

Trip opportunities include:

 4-H Academy @ Purdue – Grades 9-12 – June 12-14– Purdue University

4-H Round-Up – Grades 7-9 – June 24-26 – Purdue University

4-H Band – Grades 9-12 - June 22-24

4-H Chorus - Grades 9-12 - June 22-25 – Purdue University

4-h mini camp

Registration Opens April 15th!

Camp is June 3-7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Vigo County Fairgrounds!  Cost is $45.


4-h junior leaders 4-h club

There will not be a regular JR Leaders meeting in April.  Come out to Culver's at the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 16th between 5-8pm and the JR Leaders will serve you your food!  10% of all sales will be donated! 


We need exhibit hall award sponsors!

Sponsor form can be downloaded here: county/vigo/_media/exhibit-hall-sponsor-letter-2024.pdf

For more information on sponsoring Vigo County 4-H Exhibit Hall awards contact Erin at  For Livestock sponsorship contact Sara at


area 5 performing arts deadline April 5th

We are proud to invite 4-H performers to the Historic Tivoli Theatre, Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30pm. 4-Her’s enrolled in Clay, Greene, Monroe, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, or Vigo Counties may perform. Mini 4-Her’s have the option to participate in group acts with 3rd-12th grade 4-H members. Register by April 5th.

 This friendly, competitive event is designed to allow 4-H members a chance to exhibit their talent in a fun way. Categories include musical, non-musical, and group. Examples of a 4-H Performing Arts act include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or performing a group skit, just to name a few. A limited number of performances will be invited to perform at 4-H Round-Up at Purdue University on June 26, 2024. Participation is open to any 4-H member. Online 4-H Enrollment is available at

 There are THREE areas you may participate in:

  • Curtain - Musical (1-4 entertainers and 3-5 minutes) Includes instrumental, vocal, etc.;
  • Curtain - Non-Musical (1-4 entertainers and 3-5 minutes) Includes (not limited to): Skits, magic, dance, gymnastics, puppetry, spoken word, comedy, etc;
  • GROUP - (5 or more entertainers and 5-8 minutes) All musical and non-musical options are available to groups. All entertainers must be 4-H members. Narrators are considered part of the act, so they must be 4-H members.

 The deadline to submit your entry form is April 5th.

Details and entry form are at

animal ethics training requirement quality livestock care

All beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and/or rabbits, 4-H members exhibiting at the Vigo County Fair and/or Indiana State Fair MUST be certified through the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care OR Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) by June 18, 2024. Mini 4-Her’s are exempt from the training. Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care is an annual program that will include an in-person session presented by an Extension Educator. Pre-registration is required on 4-H Online at Once a 4-Her has attended the entirety of a session and participated in course activities, completion of the training will be documented in 4-H Online by the Educator. Trainings held in Vigo County will be free to Vigo County 4-H Members who completed 4-H enrollment by January 15th thanks to local sponsors. All other participants will pay the $3 fee at check-in. Those exhibiting at State Fair will need to request a completion certificate. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals can be completed via online modules for $12 per member at Some national shows (especially swine) still require YQCA. There are a limited number of YQCA coupons left from previous years that can be used for online training. Contact Sara to receive a coupon code. Those completing YQCA MUST email a copy of the completion certificate to by June 18, 2024. Vigo County trainings on will be held: Friday, April 5 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Community Center (Poultry Meeting) Monday, May 13 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Community Center (Rabbit Meeting) Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Community Center Monday, June 17 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Community Center Some training dates coincide with Vigo County 4-H club meeting dates, but the training is open to any youth. 4-Her’s only attend one training, even if exhibiting multiple species.

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