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May 4-H Newsletter

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  • may-15-deadline.pngLast call for 2024 4-H Online membership enrollment to exhibit at the Vigo County Fair, this also means the $15 state enrollment fee needs to be paid!Scholarships are available upon request.
  • 4-H Online Project Deadline to add/drop projects, projects must be added to complete Fair Entry starting May 17 and due June 18.
  • Identify Livestock on 4-H Online by 11:59pm on May 15, 2024 to exhibit at the Vigo County Fair, NO EXTENSIONS!- Beef cattle, dairy cattle, all goats, sheep, swine need to have their tag numbers, ear notches, tattoo, birthdate, breed, and/or registration numbers listed. You'll also need your BOAH premise ID for this process. Horse & pony and alpaca & llamas will need photographs of the face and all 4 legs for their identification. Rabbits Livestock form is due to Jean Thomas, no 4-H online needed. Poultry entries are due June 7th at the meeting.
  • Turn in Livestock DNA Samples to the Extension Office to be eligible to exhibit at the State Fair. Must use the official collection envelopes available at the office fully filled out with animal ID. 

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

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.

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!

project supplies

The Extension Office has poster boards and poster sleeves available.

Plastic Poster Boards- $5.50
Poster Sleeves- $1.50

The Extension office takes cash or check but cannot process cards. Office hours are 8 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday.

Electric kits are no longer supplied in the Extension office.
For kits you may order here: or buy from a third party.


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 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.


Mini camp registration is open and the closes May 10. Camp this year runs from June 3-7 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Vigo County Fairgrounds. Camp costs $45.

To register go to For new members you will need to create a 4-H account. Once approved you can register for Mini Camp under the events tab. If you have any questions contact the office at (812) 462-3371.


All alpaca & llama, beef, dairy, goats, horse & pony, sheep, and swine must be entered into 4-H Online by 11:59pm on May 15, 2024 to exhibit the animal at the Vigo County Fair, NO EXTENSIONS. Equine and lama require color photos of the full animal. The other animals require tag numbers, tattoos, and/or ear notches depending on the animal along with the BOAH Premise ID.

Goat and Sheep tag day is May 11th from 9-llam at the Fairgrounds and is required for most animals, check the fair book for specifics. Beef & Dairy Feeder Calves will be tagged noon-1pm on May 11th. RFID tags for Swine and Registered Heifers can be purchased from the Extension Office during office hours. If you think you may show (beef, dairy cattle, meat goats, sheep, swine) at the Indiana State Fair a DNA Hair Sample is due to the Extension Office in the official collection envelope on May 15th.



Get out and explore Vigo County with our Bike Month Passport.

Prepare for your ride by checking out this videos:

Bicycle ABC Quick Check

Bicycle Safety Tips



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:

• 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.


Fair is coming quickly and we are still looking for sponsors of our exhibit hall awards! Individuals and Businesses are invited to sponsor. Sponsor forms are on the next page of the newsletter and award levels are listed below! $30 sponsors a set of exhibit hall awards for a project, you can make a difference for our fair! Let's make the 2024 Fair year a great one!  For a sponsor form, click here!


For the 4-H Calendar click here!

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