Sturgis, SD 57785
What is 4-H?
4-H in the United States is a youth organization administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the mission of "empowering youth to reach their full potential, by working and learning in partnership with caring adults." The name, 4-H, represents four personal development areas of focus: head, heart, hands, and health. While 4-H's roots are in farming and country living, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, and science, engineering and technology programs. 4-H is open to ALL youth ages 8-18, and has many project areas including Aerospace and Rocketry, Robots, Computers, Shooting Sports, Sewing, Baking, Cats, Livestock, Horse, and Rodeo. 4-Hers can go to 4-H camp, Washington DC, or even international destinations. The 4-H motto is "To make the best better."
What is 4-H like in Meade County?
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-Hers in Meade County participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the knowledge and research base of South Dakota State University. You can experience 4-H by becoming a member of a 4-H club, attending a 4-H camp, or joining an after-school 4-H program. 4-Hers can compete with their projects in contests at the local, state, regional or national levels as well as attend conferences and events.
Who can join 4-H? How do I join?
Anyone 8 to 18 years of age can join Meade County 4-H. Those that are 5 to 7 years of age can join Meade County 4-H as a Cloverbud. You can live on a farm, or in a city, you can like working with animals or the computer, 4-H is for everyone!
To join 4-H, visit the Forms & Documents tab for instructions or contact the Meade County 4-H office.
What do kids do in 4-H?
It’s up to you. You can go to camp, learn to shop wisely, give a demonstration, grow vegetables, hatch an egg, chat on a computer, make bread, shadow an adult at work, choose to eat healthy foods, give a speech, cure a ham, or conquer an obstacle course. You can perform in a skit, make a birdhouse, start a business, shear a sheep, take pictures, learn about electricity, judge livestock, barbecue chicken, or drive a tractor. You can decorate a room, ride a horse, rodeo, be a part of an international exchange, learn to sew, raise an animal, or protect the environment. And there’s more! In 4-H, you will be working with other young people toward common goals. In short, you can build your 4-H activities around your own talents and interests.
|4th||2:00 PM||Static Judging Contest||Spearfish Chamber|
|9th||3:30 PM||Static Judging||UCC Church, Belle Fourche|
|10th||6:00 PM||Meade Co. Fair Board Meeting||Erskine Building, Sturgis|
|11th||4:00 PM||Static Judging||Ag/Sci, Newell|
|11th||4:00 PM||Public Presentations||Ag/Sci, Newell|
|14th||1:00 PM||Teen Computer Workshop||Spearfish Rec Center|
|15th||Deadline for||Meade Garden Applications for 4-H Members|
|16th||3:30 PM||Static Judging||4-H Building, Sturgis|
|24th||OFFICE CLOSED for Conference in Rapid City|
|28th||9:00 AM||Market Beef Weigh-In||St. Onge Livestock|
|28th||10:00 AM||Western Jr. Livestock Meeting||Rapid City|
|28th||10:00 AM||Black Hills Shoot Out||Walter Taylor, Rapid City|
|29th||1:00 PM||Custer Co. Livestock Judging||Hermosa|
|30th||5:30 - 7:00 PM||Butte Co. Phonathon||Belle Fourche UCC|
|1st||1:00 PM||Static Judging||Countryside Church, Spearfish|
|1st||1:00 PM||Public Presentation||Countryside Church, Spearfish|
|9th-11th||Game Fish & Parks HuntSafe||Sturgis Extension Building|
|11th||10:00 AM||Custer Co. Horse Judging & Achievement||Hermosa|
|11th||State Leaders Conference||Mitchell|
|12th||1:00 PM||Livestock Judging||McPherson Angus Ranch|
|13th||7:00 PM||Butte Co. Leaders Meeting||Extension Office, Belle Fourche|
|14th||6:00 PM||B/L Leaders Meeting||Extension Office, Belle Fourche|
|17th||2:30 PM||Static Judging & Presentation||Whitewood|
|18th||9:30 AM||Goat Care, Selection and Show Ring||St. Onge Livestock|
|18th||2:00 PM||Horse Safety Training||Sturgis Extension Building|
|24th-26th||OFFICES CLOSED for State Shooting Sports||Ft. Pierre|
|28th||Deadline for||Rodeo Packets to offices for upload to 4HOnline|
|28th & 30th||Game Fish & Parks HuntSafe||1st Interstate Bank, Belle Fourche|
|29th - May 2nd||Faith Fire Hall|
|7th||6:00 PM||Meade County Shooting Sports Meeting||Erskine Building, Sturgis|
|11th||6:00 PM||Fair Board Meeting||Erskine Building, Sturgis|
|15th||Deadline for||Camp Bob Marshall Registration|
|20th||Deadline for||Meade County Horse Show Forms|
|21st||Deadline for||Meade County YIA Registration|
|28th||Meade County YIA|
|2nd||Meade County Horse Show|
|10th||10:00 AM||Rabbit Workshop||Whitewood|
|14th||5:00 PM||Horse Show Practice||Sigman Arena|
|15th-18th||Youth Camp||Camp Bob Marshall|
|21st||9:00 AM||Meade County 4-H Rodeo||Faith|
|22nd||6:30 PM||Meade County Leaders Meeting||Erskine Building, Sturgis|
|23rd||5:30 PM||Livestock Judging||Millar Angus Ranch|
|25th||9:00 AM||Meade County Horse Show|
|30th||12:00 - 6:00 PM||Scrapbooking||Sturgis Extension Building|
|1st||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM||Scrapbooking||Sturgis Extension Building|
|14th||2:00 - 4:00 PM||Water Conservation Workshop||4-H Garden|
|15th||1:00 PM||Rocket Workshop||Sturgis Extension Building|
|16th||9:00 AM||Mixed Media Painting||Sturgis Extension Building|
|20th||6:30 PM||Fair Board Meeting||Erskine Building|
|21st-23rd||State Horse Show||Huron|
|11th||Meade County Livestock Show||Fair Barn|
|15th-17th||Meade County Achievement Days/Fair||Western Dakota Antique Club|
|15th||Meade County 3D Archery Shoot||Fair Barn|
Enrollment Forms & 4-H OnlineHelp Sheets
- Interested in 4-H? Start Here (PDF)
- 2014-2015 Meade County 4-H Enrollment Form (Word)
- 4-H Project Selection Sheet (PDF)
- How to Re-enroll a 4-H'er in 4-Honline (PDF)
- How to Enroll a New 4-Her in 4-Honline (PDF)
- How to Log Into a Club/Project Leader Account (PDF)
County Fair Schedule
- 2015 County Fair Schedule (PDF)
- 4-H Volunteer Work Agreement (PDF)
FairEntry Help Sheets
4-H exhibits being judged and displayed at the Meade County Fair and Faith Stock Show will need to be registered on Fair Entry. Please use the instructions below to get registered.
- How to Create Fair Entries (PDF)
4-H Events & Youth-In-Action Information & Registration
- 2015 Youth in Action Day Registration Form (PDF)
- 4-H Special Foods Handbook (PDF)
- SD 4-H Horse Form (PDF)
- 2015 Meade County Horse Show Registration Form (PDF)
- SD 4-H Horse Project Show Guide (PDF)
- 2015 4-H Rodeo Entry Packet (PDF)
4-H Community Garden
To register for camp, fill out the respective registration form along with the Camper Information and Code of Conduct. Return all forms with payment to the Meade County 4-H Office.
- 2015 4-H Camp Bob Marshall Youth Camp Brochure/Registration Form (PDF)
- 2015 4-H Teen Camp Brochure/Registration Form (PDF)
- 2015 TLC Camp Online Registration (Link)
- 4-H Camper Information and Code of Conduct (PDF)
- Citizenship Washington Focus Application (Word)
- 2015 State Fair Book (PDF)
- 2014 Meade County 4-H Handbook (PDF)
- Treasurer's Book (Word | PDF)
- Secretay's Minutes Book (Word | PDF)
Record Book Forms
- EXAMPLE of New Record Book (as of 12/2013) (PDF)
- Annual Report (Word | PDF)
- Event Record (Word | PDF)
- Project Participation Record (Excel | PDF)
Award and Trip Information & Applications
To be eligible for state and county awards and trips, an application must be submitted with your record book at the end of the 4-H year. Submit the appropriate application with your record book to your leader by the given deadline.
2015 4-H Newsletters
2014 4-H Newsletters
2013 4-H Newsletters
2012 4-H Newsletters
2011 4-H Newsletters
2010 4-H Newsletters
2014 Fair Schedule (PDF)
Meade County Fair and Northern Hills Ag Fest Activities
Little cowboys and cowgirls will get the ride of their lives on the back of a sheep during the Mutton Bustin' Contest at the Meade County Fair and Northern Hills Ag Fest! All youth ages 4-7 (weighing no more than 60 lbs.) are eligible to participate. There will be 2 qualifying classes. The first class will be made up of 4-5 year olds and the second class will be ages 6-7. Ages will be determined as of the date of the event.
Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division with the trophy for the 1st place winners.
Registration will be the day of the event on a first-come, first serve basis from 4:30-6:00 p.m!
Please read the complete set of rules and requirements: Mutton Bustin'
Open Calf Scramble
Local youth ages 8-17 will pull a ribbon off of the tail of calves for a chance to win cash prizes! The participants will be split into 2 age divisions. The youth division will be comprised of ages 8-12 and the tee age division will be ages 13-17.
Win up to $50! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 5 finishing contestants in each age division!
Pre-registration will be accepted or register the day of the event from 4:30-6:00p.m.
Click the link for full rules and registration form: Open Calf Scramble
Local youth will attempt to halter and lead a calf to the finish line for the chance to win money towards a breeding hiefer, gilt or ewe purchase!
Click the link for full rules and a registration form: Calf Scramble
Come out and support local businesses and organizations as they attempt to Dress-A-Calf in pants, shirt, boots and a hat! This event is a calcutta event so come on out and vote for your favorite team!
Click the link for full rules and registration form: Dress-A-Calf Contest
Meade County Fair Livestock Building Location
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Western Dakota Antique Club Grounds Location
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