There are nine active 4-H clubs in Bates County. Contact the club leader to learn more.
Altona 4-H Club. Club leader: Kirsten Collier, 816-590-7376
Ballard 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Rotert, 660-227-9155
Busy Beavers 4-H Club. Club leader: Karen Scrivener, 660-598-2011
County Line 4-H Club. Club leader: Melody Wikoff, 660-643-7831
Next Generation 4-H Club. Club leader: Alicia Merrifield, 816-297-8872
V-52 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Williams, 660-267-3380
Bates County 2020 County Fair
The Bates County Fair will be for in-county participants only for 2020.
- 4-H Inbuilding Guidelines
- FFA Inbuilding Guidelines
- General Livestock Rules
- Livestock Schedule
- 4-H / FFA Beef Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
- 4-H / FFA Goat Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
- 4-H / FFA Poultry Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
- 4-H / FFA Rabbit Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
- 4-H / FFA Sheep Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
- 4-H / FFA Swine Show (this will have a rules page and entry form)
4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, 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
- make positive decisions
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.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Clover Kids clubs
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.
How to join
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
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.
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News & articles
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gov. Mike Parson proclaimed Oct. 4-10 National 4-H Week in Missouri. With a goal of serving 10% of Missouri youths by 2025, Missouri 4-H joins millions of youths, parents, volunteers and alumni across the nation in celebrating the ...
- Published: Monday, Sept. 28, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo – The 2020 University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest took place virtually Sept. 12-13. More than 100 youths from across the state applied their evaluation and communication skills in this contest.Youths ...
- Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Starting this fall, Missouri 4-H will be able to reach more youths and families across the state through an easy-to-use online learning platform called Canvas that brings 4-H project-based learning directly into the home.This ...
- Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
With the recent restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19 affecting Missouri 4-H members, volunteers, and faculty and staff, we have received many questions about how to handle eligibility for participation at county fairs.As a reminder, Missouri ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
Home production of vegetables has been increasing in popularity in recent years. In addition to saving on the family food bill, the availability of fresh, inexpensive produce from the family garden is conducive to maintaining good dietary ...