Jenny Voigt, 4-H Youth Program AdvisorFacebook

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 132
Sturgis, SD 57785
Fax: 605.347.6826



4-H Clover

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.


March 2015

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

April 2015

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

May 2015

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  

June 2015

1st-5th   TLC Brookings
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

July 2015

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

August 2015

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

  • Garden Rules and Ackowledgement of Rules (PDF)
  • 2015 Plot Registration Form (Word)

Camp Information

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)

Club Documents

  • 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.

  •  2014 Citizen Washington Focus (CWF) Brochure (PDF)
  • County Medal Form (PDF)
  • SD 4-H Key Award Application (PDF)
  • Teen Leadership Conference Application (Word)

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

Mutton Bustin'

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

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

Dress-A-Calf Contest

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

Fair Locations

Meade County Fair Livestock Building Location

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Western Dakota Antique Club Grounds Location

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  • Changes in SD Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)