Friday Forecast - 7/8/2022

Dakota County 4-H Weekly Newsletter- July 8, 2022

Extension 4-H

Welcome to the Dakota County 4-H Friday Forecast

This weekly newsletter will provide you with the most up-to-date information and happenings in the 4-H program.
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Plan ahead for visiting the Extension office

As we move into the summer months, staff will be out in the community delivering programs. We ask that you call or email to set up an appointment to assure that you get the assistance needed. If you have questions, contact 4-H staff. Staff contact information below.

4-H Federation Meeting - Monday, July 11; all are invited!

Monday, July 11th, 7pm

4100 220th Street West

Farmington, MN

Agenda items include: discussing the county fair, program updates, and more.

Community Service Project - packaging laundry soap for food shelf


Deadline to enroll with full eligibility is May 16, 2022

Please pay your membership dues

4-H county membership dues of $25/member are paid every year. Dues should be paid before participating in 4-H events including county fair and state event. Family Member Dues Payment Form 2021-2022

Contact Cherie at if you have questions. Dues payments can be mailed to the Extension Office or placed in the drop box between the front doors of the Extension Office. Scholarships are available to cover dues if needed and can be requested by completing the dues payment form.

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See the Dakota County 4-H Premium Book for a complete list of judging dates, times and locations.

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Registering for the county fair in FairEntry; things to note

  • Pease do not wait until the last minute to register for fair exhibits in the event that you have questions or need assistance.
  • ALL exhibits/activities for the county fair are registered in Review the Dakota County 4-H Premium Book for information on how to exhibit projects.
  • Review the FairEntry user guides and tutorials for detailed instructions on FairEntry prior to starting the registration process. Contact Cherie if you have questions.
  • Please review the County fair letter to families for additional resources.
  • Grade is the grade you completed June of 2022

  • In addition to signing up for photography, computer, video and public presentations (demonstrations) in FairEntry, you need to sign-up for a judging time slot. See below for links to sign-up.
  • Livestock exhibitors need to attach an animal to each livestock entry. See user guide for instructions. This pertains to all animal science projects, except poultry.
  • Oversized exhibits - submit the Oversized Exhibit Form by July 11 for approval. We love oversized exhibits, but staff need to plan for them, so please submit by the deadline.

County fair registration closes on July 11 at 11:59 p.m. After this date you can still exhibit at the county fair but will not be eligible for ribbon placings higher than a blue, special awards, champions, state trips or auction.

4-H Premium Book is your guide to 4-H at the county fair

Dakota County 4-H Premium book is posted on the Dakota County 4-H webpage under the Fair participant information tab. The premium book is where you will find information on project, class details for your projects, rules, requirements, and schedules pertaining to fair and judging.

Static/ Indoor 4-H project updates

You will notice when going through the premium book this year that some of our project names look a little different. There are also a few new projects for 2022! If you have any questions about where to put a 4-H project, we encourage you to speak with a staff member.

Animal Science PDC county fair planning meeting - July 14

The date for the Animal Science (beef, dairy, goat, horse, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine) PDC county fair planning meeting has been set for Thursday, July 14 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Dakota County Extension Office.

This is a very important meeting for the above species. We will be sharing fair entry numbers and discuss any County Fair updates. Each species committee will be able break into groups to discuss fair planning.

Adult volunteers and youth who have completed the 6th grade are invited. We are looking for 4-H members and Adult volunteers who share a common passion for 4-H livestock education including all of the good things that happen in the fair setting. On this night we will discuss the many details and assign tasks that need to happen to help make County Fair livestock shows run smoothly. If this fits you, please plan to attend. This group will be convened again in the fall to evaluate the 2022 County Fair and begin planning educational opportunities for 4-Hers.

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Creative Corner Fair Project Prep Workshop- July 18

Registration is now open for the 2022 4-H Creative Corner Fair Project Prep workshop scheduled for Monday July 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dakota County Extension Office in Farmington. This is a new event to assist youth in capturing artistic ideas for their fair project preparations. This workshop will include multiple diverse art projects, and youth will participate in 3 different art projects of their choice. This workshop is open to grades K-12. The cost is $10 per participant. Please register before the July 13 deadline.


Registration will take place in 4-H Online. The 4-H Online event registration guide has step-by-step instructions to walk you through how to register. To register for an event in 4-H Online, the participant must be an active member in 4-H Online. If you are new to 4-H, please select the “Virtual 4-H” or “In Person Camp/Event” club for your county. In the projects field, choose the project your primary focus is on and any other project areas you have an interest in. Under Events, select the Dakota County 4-H Day Camp that fits your grade level. Please contact Cherie if you have questions about registrations.

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Photography Judging Sign Up Link

All photography exhibitors need to sign up for a judging time slot in addition to signing up in FairEntry for the project area.

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Computer and Video Judging Sign Up Link

All computer and video exhibitors will need to sign up for a judging time slot in addition to signing up in FairEntry for the project area.

Public Presentation judging sign-up

Public presentation judging is Thursday, July 21 from 12-7 p.m. at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington.

Livestock and Interactive demonstrations (formally known as Youth-In-Action) judging is Wednesday, August 10 at the Dakota County Fair from 1-5 p.m.

You will use the same link to sign-up for all types of presentations. If the slots fill up, staff will adjust to accommodate the appropriate number of youth. Please sign-up by Friday, July 15. If available, enter your demonstration title in the comments section.

In the sign-up, you will see that you are signing up for a one-hour timeslot. Within that one hour, the judge will view 4-5 presentations. This provides an audience for the presenter(s) and flexibility in the scheduling. Sign-Up Here.

Visit the 'Workmanship & Techniques of Project' section on this 4-H Project Evaluation form for an overview of the components of a demonstration.

If there are any questions, contact Rachel at

Sign up for the biggest fundraiser of the year!

Did you know the Dakota County 4-H Dining Hall and Malt Stand are the largest fundraisers of the year for the Dakota County 4-H program? When you and your family volunteer for dining hall and malt stand shifts during the fair, you are supporting all the wonderful programs we offer year round.
The Dining Hall Sign Up and Malt Stand Sign Up provide many different opportunities throughout fair week that will fit any schedule.

Staff ask you to fill at least one adult shift and at least one youth shift for each participating youth in your family.

Staff need your support to fill shifts for screened cashiers, youth and adult malt makers, dining hall staff, and more.

NEW in 2022, the Federation will be utilizing malt and dining hall funds to support youth going to State Fair with a $125 gift towards fees. An additional $30 gift from the Auction Fund, for a total gift of $155, will significantly reduce the financial burden on families.

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Your help is needed on Saturday August 6th in the 4-H Building ti display projects, work with judges, and assist with entry day details. It is the expection that every club sends 2-3 volunteers per shift. Your help with this event makes for a sucessful day. We appreciate you taking the time.

Volunteers can be youth grades 6+ and/or adults.

Location: Dakota County 4-H Building

Sign up here:

Camping application for camping during the Dakota County Fair posted; due July 20

The camping application and agreement are now posted. Camp sites are awarded on a lottery type drawing. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on July 20 at the Dakota County Fair office, 4008 220th St. West in Farmington. Contact the fair office at 651-463-8818 if you have questions about camping.

Upcoming General Livestock Judging Practice Schedule

Please note these practice dates for those interested in the General Livestock Judging Team.

  • Week of July 11 - TBD
  • July 18 - 6 p.m. pig practice at Barrett's.
  • July 24 - 1 p.m. goat practice at Quam's in Dodge Center.
  • July 28 - 6 p.m. pig practice at Patterson's; 5854 County 11 Blvd, Kenyon, MN 55946
  • August 1 - Jackson County Contest - Jackson, MN
  • August 5 - Practice at Washington County Fair.
  • August 7-13 - Dakota County Fair practice
  • August 19 - Steele County Contest - Owatonna, MN
  • August 22 - Practice at Duff's; 4105 215th Street East, Hampton, MN 55031.
  • August 23 - State 4-H Contest - U of M St. Paul campus:
  • August 24 - Based on last year, state contest awards will be Wednesday evening.

Contact Matt Duff or Charlie Radman if you have questions.

Enroll in Dakota County 4-H before participating in 4-H activities

Before participating in any 4-H event/acticity, youth are required to re-enroll in 4-H Online 2.0. For liability purposes, 4-H’ers need to have a completed enrollment on file to participate in club, county and regional/state events. Enrollment support can be found here.

Families should submit the Family Member Dues Payment Form 2021-2022 prior to participating in 4-H events. Contact Cherie at if you have questions. Dues payments can be mailed to the Extension Office or placed in the drop box between the front doors of the Extension Office. Scholarships are available to cover dues if needed and can be requested by completing the dues payment form.

Horse Clinics and Fun Show - pre-registration required

Horse clinics are topic specific events that allow youth to dive deeper into pleasure, showmanship, games, and trail with a professional clinician. Horseless Horse youth are invited to participate in all horse related clinics and events, though riding a horse is not permitted at these offerings for HLH youth. Please use this form to sign-up to participate. Sign-ups must be completed by noon on Friday before each clinic; clinics will be cancelled if minimum participant numbers are not met by registration deadline. Clinics run from 6-8 p.m. Please send payment to the Dakota County 4-H office prior to the event (there will be no charge for Horseless Horse participants to attend). All events are scheduled to take place at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.

Clinics & Fun Show Schedule:

  • July 12—Trail/Obstacles Clinic ($10); register by July 8
  • July 12 - Showmanship Clinic ($10); register by July 8
  • July 19—Fun Show ($5)—Gates open at 5pm, check-in at 5:30pm, show begins at 6 p.m.; register by July 15

Become a 4-H volunteer in time for summer!

It takes many caring adults to lead to the success of our 4-H programming!

With summer around the corner there are many volunteer opportunities available including; chaperoning various 4-H events, helping with workshops, working in the food and malt stands and much more.

We hope that you can take the time to complete the 4-H volunteer screening process so you can make an impact on our youth!

Apply to be a 4-H screened volunteer

Horseless Horse sessions continue at Lucky U Stables

We are now partnering with Lucky U Stables (located at 11050 Manning Ave S, Hastings). Please complete their online waiver before attending a session at Lucky U.

Who: Dakota County 4-H members grades 3 through 1 year past high school

When: (updated 5/20/22): 7-8 p.m. July 21 (Lucky U Stables), August 18 (Lucky U Stables, new date!).

Where: Lucky U Stables (11050 Manning Ave S, Hastings) & Dakota County Fairgrounds Horse Arena (4008 220th St W, Farmington--see P on the fair map for arena location)

Cost: $60/participant; must be enrolled in 4-H Online prior to participating: download the payment form HERE.

A quick breakdown of the steps to participate in HLH:

Final Rabbit Agility practice is July 21

What is Rabbit Agility? Rabbit Agility is like dog agility where animals maneuver through a course of equipment: over, under, around and through in a timed event/race. Rabbit Agility is fun and exciting for the animals, handlers and spectators and is a great way for 4-H’ers to spend a little extra time with their rabbits and learn some fun training tools. Rabbit agility is for 4-H members in grade 2 and older. This is not a state qualifying event. Rabbit Agility Registration Form

Practices continue July 21 from 6-7 p.m. at the Rabbit Barn on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. July 21 will include a rabbit agility workshop in addition to practice.

4-H members must have attended at least four Dakota County 4-H sponsored rabbit agility practices during the summer to participate in the county fair rabbit agility contest. 4-H members may attend any practice that works for their schedule.

Shooting Sports & Wildlife range practices continue. We welcome you to join!

Are you new to the Shooting Sports & Wildlife (SS&W) program? Have you signed up for the SS&W project area in prior years but haven’t attended any SS&W activities? If so, now is the time to learn more and get involved.

The SS&W program has activities ranging from hikes and picnics (even in the winter) to learning how to safely handle archery, air rifles and pistols, shotguns, .22 rifles and muzzleloading firearms. The SS&W program is for youth grade 3 and older. Participants must be enrolled in 4-H Online before participating in any range activities.


Trap practice continues on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Gun Club. Thursday evening practices at the Dakota County Gun Club will continue. If the weather is questionable, check your email be going to the range.

For more information on SS&W contact Peter Vogel at or Abby Wagner at

Minnesota State Fair Scholarship due Aug. 1

The Minnesota State Fair Foundation will award up to 22 scholarships of $1,000 each to young adults from greater Minnesota or those currently enrolled in a an agriculture program. Applications for the Minnesota State Fair Scholarship are due Aug. 1.
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Scholarships available

Are you a Minnesota 4-H livestock project participant who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the coming academic year? If so, consider applying for a 2022 MLBA 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction Scholarship! Apply by August 1.

Help wanted at MN State Fair!

The Minnesota State Fair is just over two months away, and we're busy looking for staff to make amazing 4-H fair experiences a reality! We have variety of open positions, including dorm staff, food service, livestock staff and more.

If you're looking for a fun experience working at the State Fair, check out these job opportunities and fill out an application.

Seeking 4-H project workshop instructors and ideas

Do you have a special interest or skill to share? Have an idea for a workshop or a connection for a workshop that you feel the 4-H’ers would enjoy? Let us know!!! 4-H staff are looking for volunteers to help lead new workshops this winter. If you have an interest in leading a workshop or have a suggestion of a great new idea please contact Abby.

Some specific classes looking for instructors include;

  • Valentines Candy/ Cookie Decorating
  • Fishing Sports- fishing lure making
  • Graphic Design
  • Cultural Cooking
  • Shop/ Wood Science
  • Photography
  • Drama/ Theatre/ Performing Arts
  • Career Exploration
  • Demonstrations
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The leading a 4-H club web page has launched

Resources for club leaders and volunteers leading a 4-H club have been reorganized. Explore these categories: Beginning the 4-H year, leading a 4-H club meeting (organized around a sample agenda), managing 4-H club operations, and ways to support club members. Suggest improvements to the site by using the gray “feedback” button on the right side of the screen.

Explore the new site.

Volunteer & Club Leader Helpful Resources

Apply to be a 4-H screened volunteer

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Summer State and Regional Offerings:

  • September 9-11, State Shooting Sports Invitational

  • September 16-19, MN 4-H State Horse Show

  • September 24 & 25, MN 4-H State Dog Show

4-H and JOANN

Current and lifetime 4-H members, parents, volunteers and staff can save 15 percent off all in-store and online purchases with JOANN'S 4-H REWARDS PROGRAM, and the retailer will give a minimum 2.5 percent of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming. JOANN Fabric & Crafts Stores are partnering to ensure every kid has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Purchases made with the JOANN 4-H Rewards card help support the opportunity for all kids to experience hands on learning. Custom 4-H fabric is now available at JOANN stores or online. See the fabric designs. Share your creations on social media with #JOANNLOVES4H.

Dakota County 4-H Contacts