4-H Flash


Mask usage

Starting July 1st, in-person events can resume, with no more than 15 people in the group. However, EVERYONE! present must wear masks and practice social distancing. If you're working with livestock and/or pets, please remember to acclimate them to your masks as well, while working with them at home. Don't spring something new on them at Achievement Days in an already new, stressful environment.

Shooting Sports

Shotgun practice will begin in July, with more details to follow. Watch your email and text messages for information.

Dog practice

Dog practices will resume on July 6th at 7pm out to the 4-H Grounds. Bring your dogs and your face masks. Any questions, contact Dottie Knox. If you are interested in dog, but can't make the practice, please contact the office or Dottie.

Final virtual Consumer Decision Making judging contest

Here is the link for the final CDM judging contest. This is different in that there are 3 classes and then a Kahoot link to test your knowledge in all the skillathon categories. Contest closes on July 6th. If you've never played on Kahoot before, call me before you start this contest so we can strategize about it. Good luck!


Special Foods Contest Details

Contest dates are July 23rd (1-3 pm) or July 28th (10 am-12 pm), via Zoom. Contact Ann to get signed up for a time with the judge. Photos and paperwork will be submitted via a dropbox folder by July 20th at 5pm. Details about photos and dropbox will come via email to interested participants.

Link to contestant packet: https://extension.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/2020-05/MC-00800-v2.pdf

Link to handbook: https://extension.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/2020-03/P-00085.pdf

Public Presentations

Public presentations will be done virtually the afternoon of July 30th. Public speaking is considered to be one of the most important employment skills around. Contact Ann to sign up for a time.

Fashion Revue

Fashion Revue will be done virtually the morning of July 31st. Anyone can participate. You can model a purchased or constructed garment and anyone can go to the State Fair to model. You never know who America's next top model might be! Contact Ann to sign up for a time.

Link to contestant packet: https://extension.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/2020-03/MC-00799.pdf

Static Exhibits at Achievement Days

No interview judging this year. 4-Hers will bring their exhibits to the 4-H Grounds, set them up on individual family tables prior to August 6th. Judges will come on August 6th to judge exhibits. 4-H will provide one 8-foot table per family, or ½ table per family if you have only a few exhibits. If you need more space than one table, please bring your own as needed. We will not be limiting the number of static entries.

· July 27—deadline to have projects entered into Fair Entry

· July 29—exhibit entry cards will be ready for pickup at office; sign up for project drop off time

· August 5th—Exhibit drop off at 4-H Grounds, 4-8 pm depending on sign up time

· August 6th—judges will come to 4-H grounds and judge the exhibits.

Plan on taking your static exhibits home with you after the completion of your livestock shows on Friday. If you do not show livestock, you will be able to pick up exhibits Friday from 5-8pm. Families will be responsible for cleaning up their area and knocking down/stowing their tables.

Livestock Entries at Achievement Days

Market animals will be weighed at home with weights to be declared to the 4-H office by 5pm August 3rd. Classes will be broken down and posted after this deadline. If you are unable to obtain a weight prior to August 3rd, contact Dan Fawcett, Delila Coyle, Jaimi Lammers or Stephanie Cavenee to assist you. They have portable scales.

We will judge the classes and then do showmanship—seniors, juniors, then beginners.

Parents will need to be prepared to act as ring stewards for their exhibitor while in the ring if necessary.

Wash rack can be used by one family at a time. Bring your own hoses and supplies. Spigots will be disinfected between families.

Exhibitors will stall at their trailers, not in the buildings. Please plan on parking on the east side of the show ring or east of the wash racks only. In the event we cannot keep adequate social distancing in the show ring, we can move the class to the grass north of the ring and spread out as needed without having to move vehicles.

Tentative show order and times

8:00 am dairy cattle show

8:30 am swine show

9:30 am market beef followed by breeding beef followed by bucket calves

Once dairy, swine and beef shows are done, these families will leave for the day unless showing sheep or goats. Sheep and goat families do not need to be to the 4-H grounds until 11:30 am or however long you believe it will take you to get ready for the show.

11:30 am lunch break

1:00 pm market sheep followed by breeding sheep

2:30 pm market goats followed by breeding goats

There will be no round robin showmanship contest this year.

Plan on cleaning up around your trailer prior to leaving. This includes cleaning up hay and straw piles so as not to kill the grass underneath.

Livestock registration papers

Livestock registration papers need to be uploaded to 4-HOnline by August 11th.

Find links to score sheets and reference materials at the bottom of this page: