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    2019 Olmsted County Fair Information

    This page is your one stop shop for all information, deadlines, etc. for the 2019 Olmsted County Fair!

    What’s your spark?

    A spark is very special. Read Jennifer Skuza’s reflections on why finding your spark, and encouraging its discovery in our youth, is one of the best ways a 4-H volunteer can spend their time.

    Raise your hand for Minnesota 4-H youth!

    National 4-H’s Raise Your Hand promotion is here once again until May 15. Take a couple of minutes to cast your vote for Minnesota 4-H to win up to $20,000!

    Use 4HOnline as a club or project leader

    4-H club and project leaders can use 4HOnline for management and communication. Learn more on the “Using 4HOnline” web page.

    2019 State Arts-In registration now open!

    All youth currently in grade nine - one year post high school are invited to participate in a 22 day theater arts/leadership/team building experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The 2019 Arts-In experience begins Aug. 8.

    4-H Dog SuperSession on May 18 will be super fun

    Register now for 4-H Dog Supersession! 4-H'ers in third grade and up, their families, trainers, and youth and adult dog project leaders are invited to attend 4-H Dog Supersession on May 18 at the Twin Cities Obedience Training Club in Minneapolis. Registration and payment are due by May 11.

    Attend statewide one-day livestock trainings

    Minnesota 4-H is offering 4-H livestock day camps at six different locations in May and June. The trainings will focus on youth grade 6 and up, but younger members will be welcome if they bring a parent or adult chaperone. Event and registration due dates vary by location.

    Keep youth safe when participating in summer activities

    Summer activities and outings require planning ahead to avoid risk. Utilize the “keeping youth safe” risk management planning tool, guidelines and policies before activities and outings are offered to 4-H members.

    Register for the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge!

    Register your team by May 15 for the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge! The challenge is designed for youth in grades 3 through one year past high school. Great for developing team building, communication and decision making skills, all while having fun!

    How do we inspire youth to understand, relate and connect to other people?

    4-H State Director Jennifer Skuza offers tips for building critical interpersonal skills into club meetings and other 4-H learning experiences. There are ideas you could use today!

    2019 YELLO! registration opens April 1!

    Register by May 10 for the state leadership conference, Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out loud! (YELLO!). This annual event will take place June 11-14 in St. Paul and is open to youth participants in grades 6+.

    Apply to be a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador!

    Youth currently in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for the 2019-2020 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team! Applications are due May 17.

    Join 4-H'ers across the nation in doing service in April!

    Throughout the month of April, 4-H'ers across the country will be engaged in service as part of the True Leaders in Service challenge! The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors challenge all Minnesota 4-H'ers to join this national movement!

    Celebrate service: Thank you, volunteers!

    During National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, we recognize and thank the hard-working volunteers who support youth in developing their passion and key life skills.

    Participate in Tractor Supply Company's Paper Clover Campaign

    Spring Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company is here March 27 - April 7!

    2019 animal science lease information is now available

    Minnesota 4-H allows the leasing of animal science projects to ensure that all members have the opportunity to experience the showing of livestock projects. Animal science lease information has been updated for 2019 and is available on our website.

    Save the date for YELLO!

    The State Ambassadors are asking youth in grades 6+ to save the date for the 2019 YELLO! youth leadership conference. The conference will take place June 11-14 in St. Paul. Registration will open by April 1.

    Attend spring 2019 SS&W Leader Certification Training

    4-H SS&W Leader Certification Trainings will be held April 6-7 in Isanti County and April 27-28 in Jordan. These trainings are designed for adults and youth that lead or would like to lead training in shooting sports, wildlife, or ATV safety. Deadlines for registering for the trainings are March 20 and April 10. Disciplines fill quickly, so make sure registration forms are sent in early!

    Communicate winter weather cancellation plans

    Review and communicate winter weather cancellation plans of 4-H programs, activities and outings to help ensure the safety of 4-H members and families during the winter months.

    Engineering Design Challenge task announcement

    The 2019 Engineering Design Challenge task and handbook will soon be posted on the Engineering Design Challenge website. While you're waiting, get your team going by working on activities in the Engineering Design Challenge learning guide.

    2019 4-H Regional Summer Camp

    The Minnesota 4-H Camping program develops leadership and responsibility skills for teen counselors, while providing a safe and fun opportunity for the campers through activities, which allow them to gain knowledge and develop social skills while meeting new friends. 4-H staff and high-school aged camp counselors are prepared and ready to deliver an exciting and safe camp for you!

    4-H Membership Information Center

    Interested in joining or have you just joined? We want you to have a positive experience as an Olmsted County 4-H family! This page contains resources for you as you learn about 4-H, including the 4-H member handbook, club info sheet and more! It is especially helpful for members/families in their first year of 4-H.

    Olmsted County 4-H Youth Leader of the Month

    The Youth Leader of the Month recognizes 4-H’ers grades 11+ that are active leaders in the community. One youth will be recognized monthly at the monthly Kiwanis of Rochester Luncheons. Youth Leaders of the month are also considered for a $750 scholarship awarded annually at Achievement Night.

    Join the Olmsted County 4-H Ambassadors

    The County Ambassador team is open to all youth grades 7+ interested in putting on countywide events, building leadership skills and meeting other 4-H Youth. Check out our next meeting Wednesday November 7th at 7pm!

    Utilize the sales tax exemption for purchases appropriately

    Minnesota 4-H is an approved nonprofit organization. This provides 4-H exemption on paying Minnesota sales tax on most purchases. Purchases MUST be paid for directly by a 4-H organization check in order to utilize the sales tax exemption.

    Follow the 4-H policy when generating funds

    Fall is a great time to plan for fundraising activities for 4-H programs to generate dollars to use throughout the year. Utilize the information sheets linked in this article and work with your 4-H program coordinator when you have questions or are seeking advice about carrying out local fundraising efforts.

    Re-Enroll In 4-H Today

    You can now re-enroll in Olmsted County 4-H! Log on to your 4-HOnline account to update your information and enroll for the 2018-19 Program Year.

    Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

    Now is the time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events. Use our online planning tool and risk management materials to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities.

    Reed Kohlmeyer, 4-H Youth Leader of the Month for June

    Congratulations to Reed Kohlmeyer, who is recognized as the June 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Rochester Kiwanis Club.

    Don't miss the Alumni Ice Cream Social!

    Stop by the Alumni Ice Cream Social on July 29th from 2-5pm at the County Fairgrounds for a refreshing snack and to support the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

    Stay Connected with Olmsted County 4-H

    Don't miss out on any 4-H News - Check out the County website and Facebook page. Not sure if you are getting countywide emails? -Watch for one on July 2nd.

    Welcome to New Staff!

    You may see some new faces in the 4-H Office this summer. Olmsted County 4-H Program Coordinator - Kristina Abbas began in May and Summer Intern - Kelsey Henderson will begin in June!

    Tim Jirik ~ Youth Leader of the Month for April

    Congratulations to Tim Jirik, who is recognized as the April 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Rochester Kiwanis Club.

    Braden Neumann ~ Youth Leader of the Month for March

    Congratulations to Braden Neumann, who is recognized as the March 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Kiwanis of Rochester Club.

    Amanina Abdul Rashid - Youth Leader of the Month for February

    Congratulations to Amanina Abdul Rashid, who is recognized as the February 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Kiwanis of Rochester Club.

    Johanna Welter ~ Youth Leader of the month for January

    Congratulations to Johanna Welter, who is recognized as the January 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Rochester West Kiwanis Club.

    Erica Dettinger, Youth Leader of the Month for July

    Congratulations to Erica Dettinger, who is recognized as the July 4-H Youth Leader of the Month by the Kiwanis of Rochester Club.

    Customer Service at the Olmsted County Extension Office

    The Olmsted County Extension Office strives to deliver good customer service to our 4-H, Extension Master Gardeners, SNAP-Ed and Olmsted County residents.

    Kiwanis 4-H Youth Leader of the Month

    Application/Nomination forms for the Kiwanis 4-H Youth Leader of the Month are available by emailing Kay Erwin, All 4-H members who have completed the 6th grade are eligible for this award.

    Project Superintendents Needed

    Superintendent volunteers serve as a resource for judges in project areas (help with displays, ribbons, lines, etc.).

    4-H Regional Camp 2017

    Have fun, meet new friends and explore new things at 4-H Regional Camp at Whitewater State Park! Campers will spend three days and two nights at camp enjoying swimming, hiking, nature activities, games, the arts, music, crafts, educational programs, great food, cabin life, reflective campfires and more!