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State Fair Information on iGrow!

You will find lots of State Fair information on the iGrow 4-H State Fair website here:  http://igrow.org/4h/south-dakota-4h/state-fair/

Just posted under Youth in Action…2015 Public Presentations Schedule, Fashion Revue Schedule and Special Foods Schedule.  You will also find exhibit forms to use for static (display) exhibits).  Expect to see the livestock stalling information added tomorrow (Friday 8/28).

Watch for State Fair results to be posted on this site as well! 

Are you ready for the SD State Fair?!

State Fair Volunteer Help Needed!!

Lots of help is needed for the State Fair 4-H Leader events...Youth Dances, BBQ, and t-shirt sales.  These events are our major fundraisers for the year, allowing us to give back to 4-H members through camp assistance and mini grants (over $9500 this past year).  If you can volunteer just an hour of time, please email sd4hleaders@santel.net.  Shifts to fill are youth dances Saturday & Sunday night between 9 & 12, BBQ meal on Sunday night between 5 & 7, and t-shirt sales all week from 9 am to 4 pm.

State 4-H Leaders Meeting at the State Fair
Our annual State 4-H Leaders meeting at the State Fair will be on Friday 5:30-6:30 in the southeast corner meeting room of the armory.  Agenda will include an update on the Exhibit Hall, information and discussion on 4-H Changes, and an update from the Youth Council.  Drawing for three 4-H t-shirts and five free BBQ tickets.  All are welcome to attend!

State Fair BBQ on Sunday
Our annual State Fair BBQ is Sunday with serving from 5-7 on Horticulture Green.  We will serve a beef sandwich meal, chips, watermelon, ice cream and milk.  Tickets are $5 each and will be sold in advance beginning at noon from the t-shirt booth.

State Fair 4-H Dance
Our State Fair 4-H Dances will be Saturday and Sunday nights from 9-12 on 3rd Street near Gate 7 with music by Dakota Entertainment.  On Saturday night we will have a glow dance with special lighting.  Sunday night will be a regular dance with more focus on country music.  Admission is $10 per night, or you can purchase admission for both nights for $15.  Buy your admission bracelet in advance at the 4-H Leaders t-shirt booth.

New T-Shirt Designs!!
We will be introducing new t-shirt designs at the State Fair!!!  Our t-shirt logo design contest brought in over 50 entries!  WE chose 4 winning logos and will reveal them at the State Fair at our t-shirt booth west of the 4-H Ag Center.  Our winning entries came from Sarah Jarman, Jackie Hasper, Clara Fink and Gabrielle Fink. Congratulations!

Interested in receiving regular email updates from the SD 4-H Leader's Association?
We have an email listing of 4-H Leaders, staff, and other interested volunteers that we use for sending regular update emails about SD 4-H.  If you would like to be added to the list email sd4hleaders@santel.net to let us know!

Exhibit Hall Fundraising
Kudos to so many of you for a tremendous job at fundraising, donations and support of the new Exhibit Hall!  Currently, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is over $4 million.  We encourage you to continue your efforts, and if you have not made a commitment, respectfully ask that you work towards that.  If you have any questions, need more information, need someone to attend a Leaders meeting to answer questions, need fundraising ideas, etc – please let us know.  We will meet our goal through a combined statewide team effort!  You are amazing – and we appreciate everything you do!  
   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:
                4-H Division Bricks
                Bricks Info Sheet

What's Happening in your County?
Please help us share ideas for events such as community service, project days, leadership development...check out what is happening across South Dakota!

4-H Livestock Sales

     We have a Livestock Sale page for posting 4-H Livestock sales.  Email us your information!

Leader Dues
Leader dues for 2014-2015 are $3 per leader if paid by January 31, 2015 or $4 per leader if paid after January 31.  Dues may be mailed to SD 4-H Leaders, c/o Paula Linke, Executive Secretary, 39833 233rd St, Woonsocket SD  57385.  Please include this completed
worksheet with your check, and also email the worksheet to her at sd4hleaders@santel.netYou should submit dues as a county.

SD 4-H is on Facebook!!
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

Let's Recognize Our Leaders and Share the Successes in our Counties:

We would like to recognize and celebrate our Leaders/Volunteers across the state through our website.  Please share your list of 4-H Leaders that you recognized this year, with their years of service…5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-more?  Do you give out an award to someone for outstanding contributions to 4-H?  Other 4-H Leader awards?  Let us know.   Feel free to share pictures.  See our Awards!  

Visitors to 4-H Leaders Page:

Our Purpose!

1. To serve as the official, non-profit organization for the 4-H leaders of South Dakota.

2. To establish and promote a mutually helpful exchange of information on 4-H educational programs.

3. To help in enlarging the field of 4-H.

4. To cooperate with SDSU Extension in sponsoring, promoting, and conducting educational programs and projects to meet the needs and interests of youth in South Dakota.

 5. To work in cooperation with SDSU Extension personnel to ensure that 4-H events & activities have adequate leadership and support.

 6. To encourage a uniform high standard of excellence in 4-H educational programs and events.


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