Franklin County currently has the largest 4-H enrollment numbers in the state with over 600 members and over 200 volunteers, in 20 clubs. Check out our clubs page to find a group near you, and our newsletter to see what's happening.
Franklin County 4-H members have many fair opportunities to show what they have learned in their 4-H club work. Listed below are the various fairs. If you will be showing a food animal at any of the fairs in the state you must attend a Show Me Quality Assurance Training.
- Franklin County Fair
- Meramec Community Fair
- New Haven Community Youth Fair
- Gasconade County Fair
- Washington Town and Country Fair
- Missouri State Fair
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: Friday, Sept. 2, 2022
SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 40 volunteers joined the 2022 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes ...
- Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
COOK STATION, Mo. – Five Missouri 4-H youths took part in a first-ever primitive camping experience June 16-17 at the University of Missouri’s Wurdack Extension and Engagement Center in Cook Station.The campers were Neva Trosper, of Dent County, ...
- Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2022
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Almost two dozen youths practiced their angling skills June 25 at the 2022 University of Missouri Extension 4-H Sportfishing State Event.Twenty-two 4-H’ers gathered at the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area in hope of catching ...
- Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Missouri families and educators! Truman has something important to share with you. As any loyal fan knows, Mizzou’s mascot, Truman, is a Bengal tiger. Sadly, the number of tigers in the wild has declined sharply over the last century. Today, there ...
A downloadable PDF version of 4-H Youth Services to Communities Form (LG760). Fill out this form to track community service and submit it to your county Extension office.