Minnesota 4-H has many events throughout the year. You can come to watch, volunteer to help make them possible, or if you are in kindergarten to one year past high school, you can join in. 4-H is for you!
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event. Every summer, thousands of 4-H youth participate in the state fair to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.
Every summer, 4-H youth participate in Minnesota county fairs to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning in project areas designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking.
Learn more about beef, meat goat, swine and rabbit projects from area experts.
Learn the basic fundamentals of livestock judging and evaluation, receive instruction with oral reasons and become more confident with livestock judging.
This training focuses on individual placing and ribbon distribution in classes common to county fair settings and state fair lineups, showmanship classes, as well as some specifics on judging pigeon and dove classes.
This exciting training is designed for those already judging county fair 4-H dairy goat shows, as well as those who would like to get started.
For 4-H'ers and adult volunteers who lead the 4-H Dog Project.
Horse camp is for youth in grades 3–12 and their families. The program includes: group lessons, education and fun while developing skills with your horse.
State fair 4-H dairy cattle exhibitors who receive a purple or blue ribbon in their class qualify for the showcase.
4-H'ers involved in the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project showcase their achievements at the Minnesota State Fair.
Winning Project Bowl teams, hippology teams, judging teams and speech & demonstration winners can compete at a national level.
The tack sale at Minnesota's Horse Expo is held annually in St. Paul at the state fairgrounds.
Every spring, a Minnesota 4-H horse judges seminar offers the opportunity to certify or recertify as a 4-H horse judge.
Required for all 4-H livestock exhibitors in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat and lama projects.
200 youth from 4-H dairy projects around the U.S. and Canada gather in Madison, Wisc. for the National 4-H Dairy Conference.
Designed to show 4-H'ers the many aspects of the agriculture industry.
4-H'ers who excel in poultry knowledge, experience, leadership and confidence compete for this title, bestowed annually at the Minnesota State Fair.
An exciting way to explore a project area. Teams of 4-H'ers compete to answer questions about several project areas.
An annual competition with agility, obedience and showmanship events.
A great learning experiences for 4-H'ers, and a great viewing experience for their supporters. Takes place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds every September.
Helps 4-H'ers in the horse project explore and preserve Western Heritage.
An exciting three-day, two-night conference to develop youth and adult leadership in the 4-H Horse Project.
An exciting and fun leadership adventure. More than 400 youth from across Minnesota learn and practice valuable leadership skills.
Minnesota youth join others from all over the country in Washington, D.C. to:
- Learn about citizenship, government and the legislative process
- Meet with elected officials
- Visit national monuments and historical sites
Upon returning to Minnesota, they develop an action plan and put it into place in their communities.
Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out Loud! (YELLO!) is a four-day leadership conference. Youth from all over Minnesota join in:
- Group discussions
- Service opportunities
- Hands-on activities
- An afternoon of fun on the town
A working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the U.S. secretary of agriculture, develop recommendations to guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities.
Develop a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of nature and our relationship to it through fun, hands-on discovery and exploration activities.
A week-long competition. 4-H'ers can earn a spot during the Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.
Minnesota 4-H youth in grades three through one year past high school who have completed 15 hours of shooting with a certified instructor and eight hours of wildlife education may participate in the following areas: archery, muzzleloading, shotgun, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, silhouette shoot and a skill-a-thon.
This training is designed to cover the needed knowledge and rules to become a certified instructor in one discipline: archery, muzzle-loading, shotgun, air rifle/air pistol/.22 rifle, wildlife and coordinator.
The engineering design challenge encourages critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving in a non-traditional learning event while having fun!
An exciting, interactive learning experience that engages thousands of youth across the country in conducting the National Science Experiment.
4-H is challenging Minnesota youth to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and work with local experts to come up with solutions.