4-H

Jasper County Youth Fair

July 5-12, 2014
Municipal Park, Carthage, Missouri

The Jasper County Youth Fair is open to Jasper County youth organizations only.

The learning experience is the primary objective of the fair.  Shows are designed to provide a setting where decision-making and the evaluation of differences can be learned.  All activities should be fun and enjoyable along with practical learning skills. 

Entry forms are fillable online and are included with show and project information:

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions 

4-H News and Notes

The Jasper County 4-H News and Notes is published monthly. It provides our members with the most up-to-date information on 4-H happenings in the county, region, state and at the national level.
April 2014 (PDF)
March 2014 (PDF)
February 2014 (PDF
January 2014 (PDF)

4-H Clubs in Jasper County

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest. Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. .

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.

  • Avilla 4-H meeting dates vary at the Avilla School. Club leader: Sarah Calvin (417) 246-5330
  • Center Point Chargers meets the second Wednesday of every month at Center Point Christian Church, Carthage. Club leader: Vanessa Hudson (417) 793-0879
  • Country Kickers meets in Carthage. Club leader: Tracy Reeder (417) 438-7844
  • Forest Mill Friends meets the third Saturday of every month at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. Club leaders: Dixie Rockers (417) 358-1778
  • Lincoln meets the third Monday of every month at Jasper United Methodist Church, Jasper. Club leaders: Pam Weaver (417) 388-7031 and Sheila Andrews (417) 246-5497
  • Mt. Moriah meets the second Thursday of every month at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, north of Carthage. Club leader: Charlene Roper (417) 842-3523
  • Pleasant Valley Pioneers meets the first Thursday of every month at the Jasper County Youth Fair Building, Carthage. Club leader: Tianna Fisher (417) 793-8713
  • Sarcoxie Chiefs meets the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie. Club leader: Lori Meyer (417) 548-7360
  • Spring River meets the second Sunday of every month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Webb City. Club leader: Ela Winder (417) 317-2990

Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association 2014 Officers

President: Charlene Roper
Vice President: Sheila Andrews
Secretary: Lori Meyer
Treasurer: Dixie Rockers
Board members: Pam Weaver and Vanessa Hudson
Fair Board representative: Janie Garner and Eric Stark

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety. Missouri 4-H Volunteer Application Form (PDF fillable) | Spanish version (PDF)

Community Service Project

 4-H clothing project

Mt. Moriah 4-H Club and Pleasant Valley 4-H Club clothing project members recently spent an afternoon making flannel receiving blankets. The blankets will be donated to Life Choices, Carthage, for use in their layette gift baskets. Members participating were MaKensey Dumm, Livia Dumm, Reagan Dumm, Abigail Dumm, Emily Brown, Caitlyn Garrett, and Kayli VanWey. The young ladies began their project by visiting a local fabric store to learn about fabric content, properties, and care, and to choose their favorite blanket fabric. They then pre-laundered the fabric and cut it to size. After stitching the seams, they embellished their blankets with decorative machine stitching. One of the participants summed up the experience this way, "I learned a lot about sewing, but the best part was doing something that will help someone I don't even know."

Legislative AcademyAnne Marie Anibal with Governor and Mrs. Nixon and Representative Mike Kelley

Legislative Academy is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for promising 4-H youth leaders.  The goal is to strengthen relationships between Missouri 4-H and key lawmakers and donors, and for youth participants to acquire skills in legislative advocacy.

Anne Marie Anibal represented Jasper County in Jefferson City, Feb. 17-19, 2014.

Teen Conference

Hannah Andrews and Lydia Rockers were among the 350 people attending the 2014 state 4-H Teen Conference, March 22-23 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center and the University of Missouri campus.  The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity and mastery of new skills, three of the 4-H program’s four “essential elements.”  The fourth is independence, and for many delegates Teen Conference is the first big overnight trip away from home. Also attending was Anne Marie Anibal, southwest Missouri regional representative to the State 4-H Teen Council.

Jasper County 4-H members attend Teen Conference

State 4-H Congress

More than 275 members of 4-H and adult advisers from across the state attended the “Wild Wild West” State 4-H Congress held in Columbia May 29-31, 2013. “Learnshops” and social activities were held throughout the event, with 1994 National Championship University of Nebraska football team member Aaron Davis giving the keynote address on “The Power of Your Choices.”

Jasper County 4-H members experience State 4-H Congress

 Frank Graham Award

Judy Layher (left), daughter of Frank Graham, presents the 2014 Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership award to Jennifer Chandler.

Jennifer Chandler was honored with the Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership award for her dedication to Missouri 4-H.   

The Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes leaders who work to guide our youth. The award is named for Frank Graham, who served as director of MU Extension 4-H Youth Programs from 1958 to 1975. During his tenure of 33 years, Mr. Graham was an avid supporter of volunteer leadership, believing that volunteers are the foundation of the 4-H program.

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H leader

Making the best better for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Sherry Block of Jasper County joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, held August 17, 2013 at State Fair Community College.

Sherry has been involved in the Jasper County 4-H program for more than 30 years. She’s been a club leader, a project leader, small exhibits building coordinator and concession stand manager. Sherry’s so committed that she was a project leader when her own children were too young to be in 4-H.  She helped with costumes and skits for Share the Fun, and served on the Jasper County Youth Fair Board and county Parents’ Association.  As time permits, Sherry works at the 4-H concession stand or cheers for the children at the County Fair.    

Sherry Block accepts Hall of Fame award

Jasper County Shooting Sports

Learn more about the program ..... 

4-H Shooting Sports Project Record Y7450 (fillable PDF)
Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission Waiver of Liability (PDF)

Missouri 4-H Food Quality Assurance

Training offered by your local MU Extension office.
Policy: All 4-H members enrolled in food animal projects including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meats, dairy goats, rabbits and poultry must complete the appropriate level of MSQA certification to be considered a 4-H member in good standing in that project.  Other county good standing guidelines may also apply.  Check with your local 4-H youth specialist for current local guidelines. For more information....

Jasper County 4-H Handbook

The Jasper County 4-H Handbook (PDF) includes club information, awards, activities and rules governing 4-H in Jasper County.


Weights Work Wonders

Weights Work Wonders is a community service project created by the Jasper County Mt. Moriah 4-H Club clothing project group to provide inexpensive weighted blankets and vests for children affected by autism. When a child affected by autism becomes agitated or upset, lying under a weighted blanket or wearing a weighted vest helps the child calm down and regain control. Learn more

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Jasper County 4-H is a United Way agency