4-H events

Achievement Day — 1st Saturday in June (all ages) — Allows members to participate in several learning activities. Blue ribbon winners in selected categories may be chosen to represent Jasper County at Regional Achievement Day held in July in Springfield. Top participants in Public Speaking (categories: Prepared Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Service Announcements, Technology Assisted Speaking, and Interpretation) will have the honor of representing Jasper County at the State Contests. Categories include: Judging & Demonstrating, Personal Development, Fashion Revue, Public Speaking, Clover Kid Sharing, and Power Point Presentation.  Held at the Carthage Vo-Tech Center, Carthage High School.  

Awards Banquet — November - An opportunity for the Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association to give recognition to 4-H members and volunteer leaders for their outstanding participation and accomplishments achieved in the Jasper County 4-H program. The program recognizes outstanding project members of the year, top club officers, and special recognition of members. The basis of these awards are selected from the End of Year Report forms.  4-H members participating in 4-H events and/or 4-H trips are also recognized. Volunteers who have served 5, 10, 15 and more years are also given recognition.

Bright and Bold or Making the Best Better — (all ages) — Workshops for leaders and members in Jasper County along with other counties in the Southwest Region. At these workshops, families participate in officer training, leader training, information sessions, and general sharing sessions.

Fashion Revue — 1st Sunday in June — Members enrolled in 4-H clothing projects — An opportunity for members to show off their garments. The classes are Clothes You Make and Clothes You Buy, Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-13), Senior (ages 14 and older); Knitted and Crocheted Garments (any age). Category winners are selected to compete at the state level.

Jasper County Youth Fair — July - Provides an opportunity for youth to showcase their completed projects. 4-H members meeting club and county requirements may exhibit at the Jasper County Youth Fair held in Carthage MO in July. It is required that you have at least six hours of project studies by the project leader and attend at least 51% of all club meetings. Clubs may have additional club requirements. The Jasper County Youth Fair is open to Jasper County youth organizations only. 2017 Fair results (PDF) and special award winners (PDF

Regional 4-H Events

4-H Camps — (all ages) — Camp Smokey, Roaring River State Park - summer. Clover Kids Camp — parent and child spend two days and one night together at camp. Teen Camp — members 13 and older have fun learning leadership skills which wil

l be used if chosen to be counselors at member camp. Member Camp - three-day, two-night. Members 8-12 years old stay in dormitory style cabins, help with kitchen duty, hike, swim, and experience hands-on workshops.

Ozark Empire Fair  — July — Springfield. Members earning blue ribbon at the Jasper County Youth Fair may be selected to compete.

R.A.T.T. (Regional Action-packed Trip for Teens) —  Spring (12 years old and above) — 1-day trip, location varies — A "just for fun" trip planned and sponsored by the Regional Teen Council. Past trips have been to Kansas City, St. Louis and Branson and have included ice skating, a movie at the IMAX theater and a ride in the Gateway Arch. Fee is dependent on the tour and distance to the destination.

Regional Achievement Day — (all ages) — Springfield - summer. Members receiving a blue ribbon for a demonstration, judging, fashion review, public speaking, or personal development at County Achievement may be considered to represent Jasper County. Categories and number of participants are determined by the regional staff.

Regional 4-H Teen Council — Ongoing (12 years old and above) — Council members help with Regional Achievement Day and the Ozark Empire Fair and plan social activities, such as the R.A.T.T. trip for 4-H'ers from around the region. While all teens in the region are encouraged to participate, each county has two voting members on the Council. Meetings are held quarterly. State 4-H Council regional representative application

Regional Shooting Sports Contest — Summer (open to all members enrolled in Shooting Sports projects)

State 4-H Events

Legislative Academy - (between ages 14 and 20) A one-of-a-kind opportunity for 4-H teens to be ambassadors for Missouri 4-H at the heart of Missouri state government in Jefferson City.  Youth delegates from across the state are selected by 4-H to meet with executive, legislative, and judicial state government leaders.  Highlights also include shadowing state legislators, and meeting with commodity groups, state agencies, and major supporters of the 4-H program.

The Academy provides teens with opportunities to share their 4-H experiences and success stories, while gaining leadership and citizenship skills for careers in public service, law, journalism, public relations, lobbying, and related fields.


Citizenship Washington Focus — Summer (ages 14-19) — 10-day trip to Washington, DC. While in DC, members stay at the National 4-H Center, tour national historic sites and government facilities, meet with members of Congress, and learn how the legislature operates. Side trips to Mount Vernon, New York and Gettysburg are often included in the trip. Cost varies. The Parents' Association pays half of the registration fee and all the transportation fee..

Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp — Spring (4-H members enrolled in dairy) — Springfield, Mo. Participants will be guided through the basics and finer points of fitting dairy cattle.

Missouri State Fair — August — Sedalia, Mo. Blue ribbon winners at the Ozark Empire Fair (OEF) may be chosen to exhibit.

State 4-H Congress — June (ages 14-19) — 3 days, 2 nights in Columbia, Mo. Members stay in dorms at the University of Missouri and participate in a variety of leadership, project, and career workshops. They enjoy listening to motivational speakers and participating in social events. At Congress, 4-H'ers will elect the members of the State 4-H Council. Members may attend Congress as many times as they wish. Registration cost varies. Transportation is generally arranged through the Southwest Region. The Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association pays ½ of the registration fee and all the transportation fee.

Missouri State 4-H Council — Ongoing (ages 14- 17) — Columbia, Mo. Plan and present workshops at Teen Conference and State Congress. In addition, members of the Council facilitate state events such as Fashion Revue, Public Speaking, and Shooting Sports. Council members act as advisors to regional and county teen councils, and aid the state staff in planning state-wide events. To become a member of the Council, 4-H'ers must complete an application form, undergo an interview, and be elected as a Regional Representative. Regional Representatives having served at least one term on the council may be considered for a state officer position. Regional Representatives and state officers are elected during State Congress. State 4-H Council regional representative application.

State Fashion Revue — Columbia, Mo. State 4-H Fashion Revue is a competitive event for youth enrolled in 4-H clothing and textile projects. As a part of these projects, youth learn about and practice clothing construction, consumerism, appearance, grooming habits, clothing selections and more. Youth have the opportunity to demonstrate what they've learned during county and state 4-H Fashion Revues. Competition categories include, Clothes You Make and Clothes You Buy, Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-13), Senior (ages 14 and older); Knitted and Crocheted Garments (any age). Members must be enrolled in the appropriate clothing, knitting, or crocheting project to participate. Jasper County representatives are selected during the Jasper County 4-H Fashion Revue. Because participants have been selected to represent Jasper County at the state level, the Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association pays entry fees and up to $75 per person for lodging and transportation expenses.

State Livestock Judging Contest — Columbia, Mo. A three- or four-member junior team (13 years old and under) and a three- or four-member senior team (14 years old and above) represent Jasper County at the state contest. Teams are determined by the scores members receive during the county contest. Because participants have been selected to represent Jasper County at the state level, the Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association pays entry fees and up to $75 per person for lodging and transportation expenses.

State Horse Judging Contest — Columbia, Mo. A three- or four-member junior team (13 years old and under) and a three- or four-member senior team (14 years old and above) represent Jasper County at the state contest. Teams are determined by the scores members receive during the county contest. Because participants have been selected to represent Jasper County at the state level, the Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association pays entry fees and up to $75 per person for lodging and transportation expenses.

State 4-H Public Speaking Contest - Saturday in September - Jefferson City - September. Two junior (13 years old and under) and two senior (14 years old and above) members may be selected at the county public speaking event to represent Jasper County at the state event. Members do not need to be enrolled in the public speaking project to participate in the event. Because participants have been selected to represent Jasper County at the state level, the Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association pays entry fees and up to $75 for lodging and transportation expenses.  

State Shooting Sports - September - Millersburg. Members enrolled in the Shooting Sports project may be selected to represent Jasper County at the state event by accruing points in local events. Because participants have been selected to represent Jasper County at the state level, the Jasper County 4-H Parents’ Association pays entry fees and up to $75 per person for lodging and transportation expenses.

State Teen Conference — March (ages 11-13) — 2 days, 1 night in Columbia, Mo. Members participate in get-acquainted activities; take part in leadership, communication, and community service workshops; enjoy a movie/games/dance gala; and tour the University of Missouri campus. Registration cost varies. Transportation is generally arranged through the Southwest Region. The Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association pays ½ of the registration fee and all the transportation fee.

National 4-H Events

National 4-H Conference — April (14 years old and older) — 7-day trip to Washington, DC. A working conference under the leadership of a planning committee of youth and adults and National 4-H Headquarters staff. This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, state, and county Extension staff members from across the United States, its territories, and the Canadian Provinces. Selection of delegates is based on application form available from the Extension office and delegate must have been selected as a National Congress delegate in the previous year. Cost is paid by the state.

National 4-H Congress — Thanksgiving weekend (ages 14 - 19) — 4-day trip - location varies. Attending National Congress is the highest award a 4-H member may receive. Members compete for the award by completing the appropriate form available from the Extension office. Applications are first evaluated and members interviewed at the regional level. Applicants receiving the highest scores at the regional level are then evaluated at the state level. Approximately 35 of the state’s top scoring members will be invited to a personal interview. Of those, about 20 members will be selected to represent Missouri at National Congress. The Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association pays half of the registration fee and all the transportation fee.