Friday Forecast - 7/15/2022

Dakota County 4-H Weekly Newsletter- July 15, 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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New publication! Dakota County 4-H Fair Edition, watch for these special newsletters leading up to the county fair

Don't miss the Dakota County 4-H Fair Edition. This is a new newsletter that you will receive periodically leading up to the 2022 Dakota County Fair. In this newsletter, you will receive important fair reminders, updates, and information. Please still continue to read the weekly Friday Forecast for important program information.

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.

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 animal science pre-fair letter posted

The 4-H pre-fair animal science information letter is posted on the Dakota County 4-H website.

We suggest that you print this information as it will be helpful as you navigate through the 2022 Dakota County 4-H animal science programming leading up to and at the Dakota County Fair.

If you have questions, please feel free to connect with:

Volunteers needed for horse barn stall set-up - July 25

We are looking for strong volunteers to assist with setting up stalls on Monday, July 25 at 5 p.m. in the horse barn on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Please sign up here.

It is important to have several strong adults since the horse stall panels are extremely heavy.

It is important that these stalls get set up prior to barn clean up on August 2nd.

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.

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.

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

Dakota County 4-H Chef for a Day Contest is back!

Chef for a Day registration is now open for our 2nd Annual cookoff. Teams will be competing to win over the judges with their best BREAKFAST FOOD. There will be 4 teams in the Junior Division (3rd-8th grade) and 4 teams in the Senior Division (grades 9+). Each team can have 3-5 participants.

The goal of this contest is that all the teams are charged with cooking their very own breakfast dish with the ingredients available to them in a certain amount of time. Each team will go up against the others in their age division to try to create the tastiest and most well-balanced meal that the judges like.

You can sign up as a full team of 3-5 participants, or sign up as an individual and a team will be made. Spots will fill up quickly so don't wait to register!

Date: Tuesday, August 9

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: Foods Building on the Dakota County Fairgrounds

Cost: Free

Sign up here:

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Your help is needed on Saturday, August 6 in the 4-H Building to display projects, work with judges, and assist with entry day details. It is the expectation that every club sends 2-3 volunteers per shift. Your help with this event makes for a successful judging day. We appreciate you taking the time. Sign up today!

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

Location: 4-H Building on the Dakota County Fairgrounds

Upcoming General Livestock Judging Practice Schedule

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

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 session at Lucky U Stables added - August 18

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

When: August 18

Time: 7-8 p.m.

Where: Lucky U Stables (11050 Manning Ave S, Hastings)

Must be enrolled in 4-H Online prior to participating. Payment form HERE.

Dakota County Wildlife project work time- July 25

On July 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount, 4-H shooting sports, and wildlife members will be gathering to work on the county project, "What Do Owls Eat?". During the work time, members present will work on dissecting owl pellets and going through materials. Please RSVP by Saturday, July 23 by calling or texting Ruth at 612-432-2659. This planning time will count as wildlife hours for State Shoot.

Additional work date scheduled for Monday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Inver Glen library

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