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Join Summer Camp Director, Aaron Stack, for an exciting camp season of games, crafts, camp hikes, and more! Since 1945 4-H Camp Salie has been a wonderful part of the 4-H experience for 4-H members. Make your own memories this summer...
4-H Camp Salie is located in Wyoming and is staffed by an experienced staff including enthusiastic trained 4-H teen volunteers. 4-H Camp lets kids try new things, try new skills and express themselves through fun hands-on activities. Campers will enjoy action-packed days filled with a variety of crafts, skits, songs & games with the great 4-H camp counselors who will be with them for every exciting moment!
Anoka County 4-H summer camp opportunities.
4-H Clover Dash will be on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Walk or run to support this fundraiser for Anoka County 4-H! Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth.
If you are unable to participate but still want to support this Anoka County 4-H fundraiser, donations can be made online to the Anoka County 4-H Program Fund. Please select "Add Special Instructions" and write "4-H Clover Dash" before submitting.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
We are looking forward to a summer of celebrating 4-H project learning! These local showcases will begin in June with the Public Presentation day and conclude in early August with the Dog show. The Anoka County Fair will be happening this year and will take place during the week of Monday, July 25 - Saturday, July 31.
4-H Summer Showcase Schedule (will be posted soon)
Anoka County Fair 4-H Premium Book, 2022 (will be posted soon)
This guide will help you prepare to participate in Anoka County 4-H at the County Fair. There are suggestions for project ideas and in some cases, guidelines on what components a project must have. Please note that there have been significant changes to the project categories this year. Please read carefully and contact staff if you have questions about where a project should be exhibited.
In 2022, we are returning to our traditional judging schedule of Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 26 for general “Static” exhibits and club projects. Register to exhibit (will be posted soon). Your project registration must be completed by Friday, July 1.
4-H members, parents and screened volunteers may purchase a reduced rate wristband which will allow entrance to the fairgrounds during the week of the fair. Wristbands may be purchased Monday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Tuesday, July 26 from Noon - 8 p.m. in the 4-H building. It is wise to purchase wristbands Monday to avoid paying gate admission fees on Tuesday. There will be no exception for 4-H families. All wristbands will be put on at the time of sale. Cost is $6 per 4-H member and $20 per adult.
Animal projects at the fair
Check out the Anoka County Fair 4-H Premium Book, 2022 (will be posted soon) for Animal Show dates and information about participating during the County Fair week. Our show schedule (will be posted soon) will continue to align with the changes that were made last year.
Horse project at the fair
Exhibiting in the horse project at the County Fair is a large commitment with many moving parts. Please be sure to read the Anoka County 4-H Horse Handbook (will be posted soon) & complete the stalling and camping forms when they become available. They will be posted here when available. Please ask questions of the horse committee members when needed. Contact information is included in the handbooks.
Horse Project Events
- Saturday, July 23 for Training Project
- Thursday & Friday, July 28 and 29 for 6-13th graders
- Saturday, July 30 for Kindergarten-5th graders, Novice and Horseless Horse
- Sunday, July 31 for grades 3+ including Novice
Other 4-H Showcase/County Fair Events
County Arts-In - County Arts-In is a summer performing arts/leadership experience for youth that have completed grades 2 – one year post high school. Singing, dancing, and acting, plus leadership and team building activities all culminate in a 30-minute musical revue.
Public Presentation Day - Public Presentations are an opportunity to practice public speaking skills, share your knowledge.
Fashion Revue - An opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge of clothing and textile construction and consumerism.
Anoka County Extension
Sarah Devine, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
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Kim Ferguson, Administrative Services Assistant
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Anna Gilbertson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
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Jen Graham, Office Support Assistant
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Lia Spaniolo, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
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