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March 4-H newsletter


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

The 2024 Fair Book is being edited. We'll send out a broadcast email from 4-H Online when it is posted to our website and able to be downloaded as a PDF document. We'll have a limited number printed for purchase from the office and will send another update when it is available.

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. 

If you would like to attend one of the fun trips open to 4-Her's statewide and be eligible for funding, please return the Trip Interest Form and $50 deposit to the Vigo County 4-H Council at the Extension Office by March 18 at 4:00 PM. 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 and the Trip Interest Form is on the website.
Trip opportunities include:
• 4-H Academy@ Purdue- Orades 9-12-June 12-14- Purdue University
• 4-H Round-Up - Orades 7-9 - June 24-26 - Purdue University
• 4-H Band - Orades 9-12 -June 22-24
• 4-H Chorus - Orades 9-12 -June 22-25 - Purdue University
• National 4-H Congress- Orades 9-11-November 29-December 3-Atlanta, Oeorgia
• State Fair Exhibit Hall Workers - MUST be at least 14 years old at time of work-July 27-August 20- Indiana State Fairgrounds -Applications are DUE April 1.

Vigo County 4-H is offering some fun day camps to be held during Vigo County School's Spring Break! All take place from 9 am to 4 pm, locations, grade requirements, and registration fee vary for each day. The $15 state enrollment fee required for new 4-H members. Register by March 20th via 4-H Online, each day requires a separate registration. Lunch, snacks, and hands-on activities are included!
• Into to Equine Studies @ SMWC, March 26- Wonder
what it's like to study Equine at St. Mary's of the
Woods? Now is your chance to interact with current
students, staff, and the horses! $5, limited to 15
participants in grades 6-12, held at St. Mary's.
• Energy Invention Challenge, March 27- Complete
the Energy Engineers Invention Challenge.
Invention Education empowers members to develop the skills they need to identify and solve real-world problems. $5, limited to 15 participants in grades 3-8, held at the Meadow's Learning Lab.
• Create a SPARK! March 28- Spark a new creative outlet through workshops on cake decorating, flower arranging, and starting your own business! Participants receive a practice cake, frosting set, and floral arrangement. $15, limited to 15 participants in grades 3-12, held at the Vigo County Fairgrounds.

4-H Camp will take place from June 9-12, 2024 at Shakamak State Park. We will be camping with
4-H'ers from Sullivan, Daviess, Owen, and Clay 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. Registration information via 4-H
Online will be released in April.
• We are looking for leaders in 8th-12th grade who are interested in being counselors and want to have four days of fun at 4-H Camp! Counselors lead activities and also have responsibilities to help our camp function smoothly. To apply for a 4-H Camp Counselor position, fill out the application (found on the website) and return it to the Extension Office by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 1. You can also email it back to by the deadline.

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, voca I, 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 https:/ /

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 https:/ 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 S 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 S 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.


Junior Leaders is open to any youth currently in grades 7-12 enrolled in Vigo County 4-H. The club focuses on creating leadership opportunities through community service, mentoring, and fundraising. Members are able to travel for club trips, state 4-H trips at Purdue, and apply for local and state 4-H scholarships. Junior Leaders is a great way to build friendships across the county and state!
The next meeting is March 12 at 6:30 pm at the Community Center at the fairgrounds. Contact either 4-H Educator for more details. The Jr Leaders have 2 fundraisers coming up! On March 12th dine at Chick-Fil-A and mention the spirit night or show them the flyer to have a portion donated to the club. On April 16th come out to Culver's at the Fairgrounds between 6-9 pm to have the Jr Leaders serve you your meal!

March 18- Trip Interest Form Due
March 26-28- Spring Break SPARK Clubs
March 28- 4-H Camp Counselor Application Due
May 11-Goat, Sheep, and Starter Calf Tag Day ",, May 15- Project Add/Drop Deadline
May 15-Animal ID requirement on 4-H Online
May 15- State Fair DNA samples due
June 9-12- 4-H Camp@Shakamak
June 12-14- 4-H Academy@ Purdue
June 18- Fair Entry Deadline
June 18- Livestock Training (IN QLC or YQCA) Deadline June 24-26- 4-H Round-up@ Purdue
June 27- Exhibit Hall Project Judging (non perishable) July 2- Exhibit Hall Project Judging (perishable)
July 6-13- Vigo County Fair
August 2-18- Indiana State Fair


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