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Reminder that the State Fair Registration entry deadline is Tuesday, August 13. The website is http://sd4hstatefair.fairentry.com.

State Fair Book link: https://extension.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/2019-04/MC-00344.pdf

Volunteers needed for SD State Fair!

State Fair is coming fast – and we hope your preparation is going well! It’s time to work on our 4-H Leader event volunteer schedule – we ask for each of you to please just give us 1-2 hours to help make all of our events a success!

The money raised from our events goes back out to help our 4-H kids! In the past year we gave $3600 back through mini grants, over $4000 so far to help with camp assistance, provided a free 4-H calendar to 4-H exhibitors who had a picture chosen for the calendar, and over $1700 financial assistance to our 4-H kids who were chosen as an Ambassador or for a National competing team (shooting sports, dairy judging, land and range judging, and livestock judging in Louisville). We work hard to help keep you informed about 4-H events and information.

We all understand busy – 4-H families live busy – active and involved. Please help us out by squeezing in 1-2 hours to help make the events we provide for our 4-H families be a success.

Most of the shifts are for 1 1/2 hours, but if you can only work for an hour, that would be great - just let me know when you can help. Please share this request for help with your 4-H families…are there parents, 4-H members, grandparents who can help us out?

Please take a look at the schedule here:  Volunteer_List-StateFair.pdf, along with the detailed schedule for the t-shirt booth.

State Fair 4-H Book is online:  


Camp Assistance - for 2019
The SD 4-H Leaders will once again provide a financial assistance scholarship to 4-H members attending a 4-H camp, Performing Arts, TLC or SDSU Youth Livestock Judging Camp.  The scholarship  amount for 4-H Camp (Poinsett and Bob Marshall) is $25.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the camper needs to tell one group about camp.  The application is due by December 31st.  The scholarship amount for Performing Arts or TLC or Livestock Judging Assistance is $50.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the 4-H'er needs to tell two groups about camp.  The application is due by December 31st.  Camp Scholarship Application Form

Camp Assistance Form 2019

Here is how the scholarship program works. 

  • Step 1 – Register for the 2019 camp and pay the full camp fees. 
  • Step 2 – Attend camp and have a great time!! 
  • Step 3 – Tell a group about camp.  For the $25 4-H Camp scholarship, tell one group.  For the $50 TLC or Performing Arts Camp or Livestock Judging Camp scholarship tell two groups. 
  • Step 4 - Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt.

National Trips Scholarship

A $50 scholarship will be available to any SD 4-Her that is chosen at the state level for competing at the national level, where the trip is not funded by SD 4-H. This specifically excludes teams competing at Denver because this trip is funded by LITF (Livestock Industry Trust Fund). Trips specified to be eligible for the $50 scholarship are:

  1. National 4-H Shooting Sports Event in Grand Island, NE in June 2019 – teams competing in Air Pistol, Air Rifle, 22 Rifle, 22 Pistol, Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Hunting Skills
  2. National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, WI in Sep/Oct 2019 – Dairy Judging team
  3. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY in November 2019 – Livestock Judging Team
  4. National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2019 – Land Judging team and Range Judging team

4-H members are required to attend the contest, come back and report on the trip to 2 groups, and then submit the request for the $50 scholarship.

National Trips Scholarship Application Form

Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – Attend the event!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your trip. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about the great opportunity you had to compete at the national level in 4-H!

*Step 3 – Complete the application form attached with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2019.

4-H Ambassador Scholarship 

The SD 4-H Leaders offer a scholarship assistance program to provide a $50 scholarship to assist with travel and clothing expenses for 4-H Ambassadors.
Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – You were chosen as a 4-H Ambassador!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your Ambassador role and plans. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about this great opportunity!

*Step 3 – Complete the application with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2019.
4-H Ambassador Scholarship Application Form

Announcing: Project launched to help youth:  
Listen, Learn, Lead


Danika Gordon, who is a nine-year Butte-Lawrence County 4-H member, has created a new leadership project as part of her role as a current state 4-H ambassador. Gordon has established a website titled Listen, Learn, Lead – or L3 for short. For 2019, she has posted four TED Talks for youth to listen to on the site at https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com/. Discussion questions developed by Gordon are also listed with each of the talks to prompt reflection either as an individual or group setting. Gordon suggests youth might gather to watch the TED Talks during a 4-H club, 4-H junior leaders or FFA chapter meeting, or simply during free time or as a family. She says the project was designed to be similar to a book club. After watching the TED Talk, youth can have a short discussion with others about what they learned or agreed with – or maybe disagreed with – from the presentation. The topics Gordon selected for this year’s TED Talks highlight introverts, body language, views on leadership and thoughts on what helps people be successful in school and life. Gordon hopes to select four new TED Talk presentations annually to continue fostering learning and leadership among South Dakota youth. Youth who watch the TED Talks and then post a comment on the L3 Facebook page, will also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. To learn more check out: https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com

Statewide Community Service Project

     We urge you to support the South Dakota 4-H Community Service Project. We have partnered with Soles4Souls for this year’s project to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes.

     Soles4Souls takes gently used shoes and ships them to countries in need. Shoes are an essential item for those in developing countries. Soles4Souls mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Go to https://soles4souls.org/ to learn more. You will find a short video on this page: https://soles4souls.org/our-impact/.

     You can take your new or gently used shoes to your local 4-H office or an SDSU Regional Center.  The requested deadline for the shoes is June 1, but we will continue to accept donations until August 1, 2019. Let’s make an impact!!

Quick Links

4-H Shooting Sports rules:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
State 4-H Rodeo Resources:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
4-H Event Deadlines:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/4h-event-deadlines
Camps & Conferences:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/camps-conferences 
State Fair 2018 results here!!

Order shirts, hoodies, jackets or hats!

We were excited to offer new shirt logos for the 2018 State Fair! Congratulations to the two winning entries from our logo contest submitted by Clara Fink and Jackie Kessler! If you weren't able to make it to the State Fair, you can still order your shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt, polo, jacket, or even hat!! The new logos are below and you can find older logos as well as all the shirt style/color options on our shirt page: T-Shirts & Hoodies
Here is the link to the order form. If you want a hat, under t-shirt style put hat - pick your color and quantity. We just have the one logo choice.



Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is the first of the training videos from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video
Link to a document with more information that could be printed for reference http://www.southdakota4hleaders.com/Judging/JudgingCookies.pdf
We hope that this video (and the ones to come) will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.

South Dakota 4-H Leader Meeting News

We are going to begin placing a news summary of our regular SD 4-H Leaders Association Board Meeting on the website. Here are the last three meetings.

February 24, 2018 Meeting
April 9, 2018 Meeting
May 21, 2018 Meeting


Exhibit Hall Fundraising

Kudos to so many of you for a tremendous job at fundraising, donations and support of the new Exhibit Hall! How wonderful it was to use the building this year during the SD State Fair!
Currently, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is over $4.37 million towards the $4.7 million goal! We encourage you to continue your efforts, and if you have not made a commitment, respectfully ask that you work towards that.
From the SD State Fair Foundation page http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com, you will find updated totals, Exhibit hall information including layout plans, a campaign booklet link, and the link to the "red brochure" that includes the donation/brick form.
Here is more information:
SD 4-H is on Facebook!!

Click here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!

Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

A one page fact sheet is available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans! You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx


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