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2022 SD 4-H State Fair Book

The 2022 4-H State Fair Book has been uploaded to the state website! https://extension.sdstate.edu/.../files/2022-03/MC-02545.pdf
Please note that page 5 has a summary of changes from the 2021 State Fair book. Here are a couple of highlights.
**Entry Limits have been set by each department. There are no overall caps on exhibit entries by participants. Please
see each department for the specific entry limit. As an example, the entry limit for all Display Exhibits is 6 entries, for Poultry is 4 entries, and Sheep is 4 entries. In general, for each department, you will find the entry limit under Eligibility Requirements.
**The SD 4-H Livestock Integrity Pledge will be implemented during the 2022 4-H year. Find details on page 100. Also review page 101-102 on IAFE Show Ring Code of Ethics.
Also note that you will be able to learn about major changes planned for 2023 on page 103.

4-H Online sign in link

4-H Rodeo participants!

If you are planning to participate in rodeo this year, you must submit your 2022 Contestant packet by May 1st to your county 4-H office. All of the new rodeo documents have been updated on the extension website https://extension.sdstate.edu/state-4-h-rodeo-resources. This includes the following:

  1. 2022 Contestant Packet (Due May 1)
  2. Insurance declaration form

4-H Camp Registration is open!
The camp event pages are live! Information regarding camps can be found on the following pages:
Camp Poinsett: Going Beyond
Camp Poinsett Session 1
Camp Poinsett Session 2

Storm Mountain Session 1
Storm Mountain Session 2
Teen Camp

Tickets to camp are now available until Friday, May 6th or the session is filled (whichever comes first). All camps cost $175. Youth with a financial need are eligible for a $15 discount at this event thanks to our partners at Tractor Supply Company. Type in the code TSC in the space below to apply this discount to your registration (please make sure to use upper case letters). The code can be entered once you select the "Enter promo code" option at the top of the tickets. We cannot retroactively apply the discount code, so be sure to enter it!

Your SD 4-H Leaders Association also offers a $50 scholarship.


We are in need of many adult chaperones to make our camps function! Chaperones must be 21 years or older and a registered 4-H volunteer. Chaperones can register by selecting the “Chaperone” ticket at the same links above.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Katherine Jaeger at Katherine.jaeger@sdstate.edu or (605) 782-3290.

4-H Teen Leadership Conference

Join South Dakota 4-H for a week of "Finding Your Groove" at the 2022 4-H Teen Leadership Conference. This conference is open to any teen, ages 13-18, with an interest in developing their leadership, life, workforce, and social skills. Mark your calendars for June 6-10 to join us at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. The event will include ample opportunities to meet teens from across the state, while further developing yourself as a young leader.

Teens will have the opportunity to grow through engaging tract and workshop sessions and keynote presentations from skilled presenters. Additionally, teens will get to participate in recreational activities, a talent show, a college and career networking event, community service, dances and more!

Registration - Teen Leadership Conference (sdstate.edu).  The cost to register is as follows:

  • Early Bird Delegate Registration: April 5-April 25, $325
  • Regular Delegate Registration: April 26-May 6, $350
  • Adult Chaperone Registration: April 5-May 16, Free

Youth with a financial need are eligible for a $25 discount at this event thanks to our partners at Tractor Supply Company. Type in the code TSC to apply this discount to your registration (please make sure to use upper case letters). The code can be entered once you select the "Enter promo code" option at the top of the tickets.

Also look for the information from SD 4-H Leaders that provides a $75 scholarship when you attend TLC.

App-CampFeeAssistance.pdf (santel.net)

For questions about registration or additional information, contact Hilary Risner (hilary.risner@sdstate.edu) or Vanessa Hight (vanessa.hight@sdstate.edu).

4-H Performing Arts Camp

SDSU Extension's South Dakota 4-H program will host the South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Camp June 12-18 at Northern State University (1200 S. Jay Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401) for ages 13 (or have completed 7th grade) to 18.

The cost of registration is $425. The early registration discount of $25 ends on May 15 and the deadline to register is May 31.

Youth with a financial need are eligible for a $25 discount at this event thanks to our partners at Tractor Supply Company. Type in the code TSC to apply this discount to your registration (please make sure to use upper case letters). The code can be entered once you select the "Enter promo code" option at the top of the tickets.

Your SD 4-H Leaders Association also offers a $50 scholarship.



We provide a number of scholarships to our 4-H Members!
4-H Camp, TLC, Performing Arts, SDSU Livestock Judging Camp, National Trips, Ambassador Scholarships

We offer the following scholarships: 
4-H Camp @ Lake Poinsett or Storm Mountain or RimRock - $50
Teen Leadership Conference/TLC - $75
Performing Arts - $75
SDSU Livestock Judging Camp - $75
National Trips - National 4-H Shooting Sports or NAILE or FCS Skillathon Denver 2022 or Fashion Revue Contest Denver 2022 - $75
4-H Ambassador - $75

Here is how the scholarship program works for camps or trips.
·Step 1 – Register for the 2022 event and pay the full fees.
·Step 2 – Attend the event and have a great time!!
· Step 3 – Tell one group (4-H camp) or two groups (all other scholarship options) about the event or experience.
·Step 4 – Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  Electronic signatures are acceptable, and the completed form may be scanned and emailed or mailed. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2022.
**Click here for the camp 
**Click here for the National Trip form 


Here are the details on the 4-H Ambassador Scholarship 

The SD 4-H Leaders offer a scholarship assistance program to provide a $75 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, 2022.


Congratulations to the 2021-2022 - Mini Grants Winners Announced for the Regular 2022 Funding period for applications due 12/31/2021!

  We chose 11 projects for a total or $7520 in grants.  

  • Aurora-Buffalo-Jerauld-Sanborn - Food, Fun 4-H
  • Butte - Enhance Elevate to Educate
  • Codington-Marshall-Brown - 4-H Dash Regional Junior Leadership Summit
  • Day - Fairgrounds Flower Tubs
  • Deuel-Clark-Brookings - KidKare Training
  • Grant - Maple Syrup Production
  • Haakon-Jackson - Food Fun 4-H Rural Edition
  • Lawrence - Kindness Rocks Garden
  • Miner - 4-H Cloverbuds
  • Roberts - Threshing Bee
  • Turner-Hutchinson - Beginner Poultry Education Program

Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is a training video from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars - YouTube
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 will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.


T-shirts, Hoodies, 1/4 Zips, Jackets, Hats, Jewelry and More Available:

We are very excited to roll out new logos and apparel in 2021!!  Congratulations to our two winners of the t-shirt logo contest!  Noah Fink with “Faith, Friends, 4-H” and Angela Munsen with “Home”.  The SD 4-H Leaders sell apparel and jewelry year-round.  Check out all the options here.  Just place your order at least two weeks ahead of when you need the shirts. 

Logo "1902"Logo "Home"
By Angela Munsen
Logo "Faith"
By Noah Fink


Logo "ShowTime"Logo "Life is Better"Logo "Flag"
Badger 2174 (Black/Gray)JAmerica Dark Smoke Hoodie



More hat examples to be uploaded


Choose green, black or teal
Pick your logo


Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H Pendants & Tie Tacks for Sale

These Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H pendants and tie-tacks sell exclusively from the SD Association of Extension 4-H Professionals. Funds acquired through these sales help offset costs when our SD 4-H advisors/staff go to national meetings and obtain professional development. On the form, the pin is a tie tack and a pendant is a necklace.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift!  Here is the order form:  Black_Hills_Gold__Silver_Order_Form_Fillable.pdf.


Project launched to help youth:  
Listen, Learn, Lead


Danika Gordon, who is a ten-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 TEDTalks 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

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 


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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