Crow Wing County 4-H

March 13, 2023

Extension 4-H

Crow Wing County 4-H support

We hadn't originally planned for an interim but are excited to have the extra support. We are pleased to announce that Crow Wing County 4-H will be receiving support from a 4-H County Interim! You may recognize her. Please read more on Abby below and provide a warm welcome through email or when you see her! You may connect with her via email at or via phone at 218-824-1069.


I’m Abby and I am the interim 4-H Educator and excited to support the Crow Wing County 4-H program over the next few weeks. Being a Crow Wing County 4-H member for 10+ years, I dabbled in a little bit of everything; crafts & fine arts, nutrition, entomology, and vegetable gardening. My passion projects are youth leadership and rabbits. I didn’t grow up on a farm, so no large livestock but I currently work at a pig barn getting that hands-on experience! In my free time, I enjoy gardening, reading, and playing with my dogs, Gabe and Angus. I am looking forward to working with all the different facets of Crow Wing County 4-H!

Fruit and Meat Pick up Details


PICK UP 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

All helpers: Please arrive at the County garage by 8:30 am for the pre-sorting meeting. [16589 Co Rd 142 Brainerd, MN 56401] There are no bathrooms available. Please plan ahead.

TWO people from each club are needed to help unload and move the fruit/meat. Please work with your club to establish those people.

Questions can be sent to Susan via email at or via phone at (218) 330-0305.

Club members will help each club get their club fruit and other clubs’ fruit and meat sorted and ready for pick up at 10:30 AM.

Pick-up will be as follows:

We’re expecting that all fruit/meat will be outside. There is a possibility of an inside pickup this year. We appreciate your flexibility.

One vehicle will be loaded at a time, please stay in the drive-thru line until it is your time to be loaded.

You will be directed to your club pile and then you will get loaded.

Pick-up times and lane order information for clubs:

10:30 am

Lane 1 Independents and Pequot Lakes Eagles

Lane 2 Cuyuna Range Miners, Northern Reins, and Poultry

10:45 am

Lane 1 Black Bear

Lane 2 Wolf Creek Riders

11:00 am

Lane 1 Daggett Brook

Lane 2 Baxter Sandpipers

Thank you for your timeliness for an efficient delivery day and your patience as we work through the process!

T-shirt Contest Voting

We had a 100% increase in submissions for the t-shirt contest this year and boy were the designs creative!

THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their design.

We are excited to announce the three potential designs for the 2023 fair t-shirt! Please vote by liking your favorite on Facebook, commenting on Instagram, or emailing Tracy Giza at by Friday, March 24th, 2023.

Junior Lock In

Local offering | Grades 4-8

In person

The local Ambassadors are excited to announce the return of the annual Junior Lock In!

Youth in grades 4-8 are invited to attend this overnight leadership retreat. Get to know the Ambassadors and other emerging leaders in your county through team building and leadership activities. The event is held at Lake Edward Town Hall [23977 County Road 4 Nisswa, MN 56468] on April 28-29, 2023 with an arrival time of 5:30 pm on Friday night and pick-up time of 3:00 pm on Saturday.

A full schedule and packing list will be sent after registration. The registration cost of $25 covers a t-shirt, overnight stay, all meals and snacks, and a goodie bag. Ask the Extension office for scholarship information.

This year's theme is camping so please pack your sleeping bag and flashlight if you have one! Registration opens on March 10th and closes on April 13th. Registrations must be complete before April 13th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Spring Project Day

Local offering | Grades 3+

In person

Join Crow Wing County's annual spring project day on April 8, 2023!

Project areas include demonstrations, STEM, expressive arts, sewing, and more. Youth will have the opportunity to participate in three 45 minute sessions of their choice. The event runs from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and will start promptly at 9:30 am. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign in.

The location is at the Land Services Building [322 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401]. Cost is $5 at the door and open for grades 3+. Please register in 4-H Online before April 6th, 2023.

State Ambassador Applications now OPEN!

Youth currently in grades 10 - 12 are encouraged to apply for the the 2023 - 2024 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program starting March 1!

Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors aim to reflect the diversity of the 4-H program. They serve as the face and voice of Minnesota 4-H to internal and external stakeholders. In their year-long role, the State Ambassadors attend local and regional 4-H meetings and events, speak and present at state and national conferences and events, visit with alumni and other 4-H supporters, and inspire youth to learn and lead through regional and state leadership workshops and trainings.

Which teens in your club and other local programs are looking to take the next step in their leadership journey? You can recommend someone to the program by filling out this form. The state team will reach out to them to let them know that someone thinks they would make a great State Ambassador.

Are you a youth interested in becoming a State Ambassador? Check out the informational packet here. Ready to apply? Fill out the application here!

NE 4-H Camp @ Long Lake Conservation Center

Regional offering | Grades 3-6 In person

Youth in grades 3-6 are invited to join us as we explore nature through games, camp songs and hands-on activities. Join us for three days and two nights of adventure at the beautiful Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade. Register in 4-H Online.

The Great MN 4-H Seed Mystery Kit

Statewide offering | Grades 3+


Discover and uncover the unknown world of seeds by registering for The Great Mystery Seed 4-H Project Kit. Uncover clues to identify various seeds from the different growing zones across Minnesota. Youth will use detective skills and tools to solve the great seed mystery. This four-week learning experience will be held on Mondays from June 5-26, 5-5:45 p.m. the fee to join us for this unique experience is $5.00. Each participant will receive a kit with mystery seeds, a journal and a support guide.

Registration is open from March 1-May 1; seeds will be sent to youth in mid-May for the series to begin on June 5.

Share the Fun and Talent Show

Local offering | All Ages

In person

Share the Fun

4-H youth (or an individual) prepare a six minute skit to perform. Two acts are nominated to move on to the State Fair Showcase during our county's encampment. Youth learn team building, how to write a skit, how to build props, and practice their public speaking skills and stage presence.

Share the Fun Rules and Guidelines

●The length of the Share the Fun acts are not to exceed

6 minutes.

● All general rules, regulations, and fees for State Fair

participation apply to Share the Fun participants except

for age. A member younger than the age requirement

and part of a Share the Fun group may participate.

● Although microphones are available, acts should not

depend on them. Acts need to learn to project their

voices if no mics were to be available.

● A wide variety of themes may be used. (The act does

not have to be a 4-H theme.)

● Any type of entertainment can be used to share the fun

with others (music, drama, readings, dance, magic,

mime, lip syncs, etc).

Tips for a successful Share the Fun

Talent Show [immediately after Share the Fun]
An event in which participants perform the arts of singing, dancing, lip-syncing, acting, martial arts, playing an instrument, poetry, comedy or other activities to showcase skills. Many talent shows are performances. 4-H members [youth and adults welcome!] who wish to share a special talent without going to the State Fair may participate.

Please submit your registration forms to Cassie at before March 17, 2023.

Registration Form:

Save the Date! 15th Annual Crow Wing County 4-H Rabbit Fun Show

Local offering | all ages

In person

Save the Date!

The 15th Annual Crow Wing County Rabbit Fun Show is to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Registration begins at 8:30 am with pre-registration available in 4-H Online starting March 1, 2023. Tattooing is available all day for just $1 per rabbit.

Trevor Sypnieski will be providing education on registering rabbits and will be available to register for $6 per rabbit.

Silent auction, food stand, and rabbits for sale. You don't want to miss this event!

Held at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, in the curling building.

Contact the Extension office or Sherry Bock at with questions!

Crow Wing County 4-H Yearly Calendar

Events are added throughout the year and edited if needed.

Access the Yearly Calendar events HERE.

Upcoming Events

  • State Ambassadors Applications Open | Wednesday, March 1, 2023

  • Daggett Brook 4-H Club | Monday, March 13, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm | Daggett Brook Town Hall

  • Local Ambassadors | Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 6:30-8:15 pm | Extension Office

  • Cuyuna Range Miners 4-H Club | Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm | Deerwood Auditorium

  • Horse PDC Meeting | Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 6:30-8:00pm | Location TBD

  • Minecraft Gaming Project Club | Friday, March 24, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Zoom Meeting

  • Fruit and Meat Delivery | Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 8:30 am - 12:30pm | Crow Wing County Highway Garage

  • Share The Fun | Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 2:00-4:30pm | Pequot Lakes High School


Events and news are separated into county items and regional/statewide items. Please click on each of the links to view county and statewide events.

Events in Crow Wing County – calendar of events

Statewide news - learn about what's going on across Minnesota

Extension Office/Window Hours

Monday: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

Tuesday: No office/window hours
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Friday: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

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