Congratulations 4-H Class of 2024


We are so proud of the hard work you have put in to get to where you are, CONGRATULATIONS! 


We only need a few items from you in order to give you the recognition you deserve.


Newspaper Recognition: We like to recognize our 4-H Graduates in the newspaper tab, it’s the insert that goes out after the fair in August. 

Please send via email to gallatin4h@montana.edu.

  1. A senior photo labeled with your name
  2. A narrative that includes information about yourself (what high school you graduated from, how many years you were in 4-H, 4-H Projects over the years, 4-H impact on your life, plans after graduation)  This should be about 100-150 words. It should be done in the third person narrative. 

Please send the above items as soon as possible, but no later than June 15. We use these blurbs for the senior recognition ceremony as well!


Senior Board: Bring a poster to showcase you! This will be displayed in the Indoor Exhibit building during Fair Week. You can use any senior boards you have made for school. Drop off to the Indoor Exhibit Building either Sunday, July 14th between 12pm-5pm or Tuesday, July 16th 8am-12pm. 


**Recognition Ceremony: Submit a narrative about yourself (it can be the same narrative you submit for the newspaper tab) and join us at the AgWest Tent at the end of the Round Robin Event on SATURDAY, July 20 at 1:30pm for our Senior Recognition Ceremony. You will be introduced, the information you submit will be read, and you will receive a special surprise!

2024 4-H & FFA Exhibitor Fair Registration is OPEN


Read through the 2024 Fairbook (4-H/FFA Fair Information - Gallatin County Extension | Montana State University) for rules, requirements and important information to help you register and prepare for Fair.  


Registering for 2024 Fair:

  • All members planning to participate in the fair must register for Fair through the online  ShoWorks fair platform to be able to exhibit and participate. 
Register for Fair Here: https://gallatin4h.fairwire.com/
The deadline to register for Fair is June 17, 2024 by 5pm
  • Click the red “Sign In” button, then select either Exhibitor (for one kid) or Quick Group (for families with multiple youth) from the drop-down menu. **Everyone will start fresh and select “I am a new exhibitor (or group) or have yet to register this year” upon first sign-in
  • Exhibitor registration fees must be paid by June 26 by 5pm (via card online through ShoWorks or we accept card/cash/check at the Extension Office)
    Find all Fair Information here:
    4-H All-Species Workshops

    We have  ONE remaining All-Species workshop in 2024:


    June 18th (Tuesday) @ 6:30pm {Animal Bioscience Building, MSU Campus}

    All Species "Marketing Workshop" w/ special guest Mike Swan Learn how to market your animal project to prospective buyers in the community and about the Market Livestock Auction and what that entails.


    Come one, come ALL! All-species workshops are not required, but we highly encourage any 4-H members in any animal project to attend to help you prepare for Fair! Especially if you are new to 4-H or if you are in need of an additional workshop to meet your species workshop requirement this year! 
    *ALL 4-H members must attend the required number of workshops for the species that you are participating in order to exhibit at the Fair. Animal projects allow you to count ONE All-Species workshop towards your species workshop requirement for the year if needed. *Please note: one all-species workshops cannot double-count for more than one species' workshop total.    








    Minimum Workshops Required








    4-H Record Books DUE


    ALL 4-H Members participating in fair are required to turn in all Animal and Indoor project records and project workbooks to the Extension Office.
    DUE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2024, by 5:00 pm. 
    Record books are required to be up to date and include:
    • My 4-H Year (one per member)
    • Project records: Animal or Non- Animal Project Journal & Financial Records (one per project)
    • Project Manual/Curriculum/Workbook(s) for each project with 7 completed activities for this year
    Record Book/Project Interview Scoring Process 
    • Record Books: Upon turn-in of your Record Books, Project & Club leaders will sign, review and score your records based on completeness, content and project standards utilizing a record book rubric. This will be your Record Book score. 
    • Interviews: During the Project Interviews prior to Fair, a judge will evaluate members on their interview skills (eye contact, confidence, attire, ability to answer questions), their 4-H Year experience and project knowledge utilizing an interview rubric. This will be your Project Interview score. 
    • Composite Score: The Record Book score (max points = 82) and the Project Interview score (max points = 48) will be totaled together for a Composite Score (max points = 130).
      • Members with a Composite Score of 105 points (80% or higher) will get nominated to be considered for a Project Award. Those nominated will be asked to re-turn in their completed Record Books in September for final review. Project Awards are presented at the end-of-year Awards Banquet.
    What am I being scored on? Check out the scoring rubrics on the Fair webpage: 4-H/FFA Fair Information - Gallatin County Extension | Montana State University 
    4-H Project Interviews
    All Gallatin County 4-H Members must participate in an interview evaluation with their record book in order to enter exhibits in fair.
    Interviews: During the Project Interviews prior to Fair, a judge will evaluate members on their interview skills (eye contact, confidence, attire, ability to answer questions), their 4-H Year experience and project knowledge utilizing an interview rubric. 
    Livestock, Horse & Small Animal (including Dog/Cat) Project Interviews:
    • Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12, 2024 4pm - 8pm each day
      • SignUp for Animal Project Interviews here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA9A92AABFE3-48915273-2024
        • *If you are planning to exhibit multiple Livestock species (ex. sheep, beef, swine) you will only need to sign up for one interview slot and you will talk about all your livestock projects with one judge.
        • If you are in the Horse project, you will need to sign up for an additional and separate interview slot from your livestock interview.
        • If you are in the Dog or Cat Project, you will need to sign up for an additional and separate interview slot from any Horse and Livestock interviews you may have. If you will be submitting a Dog or Cat Educational Poster, please bring the poster to this interview.
    Indoor Project Interviews:
    • Monday, July 18th between 9am – 3pm.
    • Bring your project exhibit as it will be evaluated during your interview with a judge.
    • If you are entering projects in different divisions, you will need to complete an interview in each project division (Example: entries in Cooking, Photography and Crochet = 3 interviews)
    Interview Judges Needed
    Gallatin 4-H is seeking community members to serve as interview judges at the Big Sky Country State Fair this July! See the attached letter for more information: https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/Fillable2024InterviewJudgesLetter.pdf
    If interested, submit the fillable form to gallatin@montana.edu. Thank you in advance!
    4-H Concessions Cafe @ Fair
    **The 4-H Concessions stand has been deemed “unusable” this year due to a broken pipe and other structural challenges. We are still planning to have concessions, but have not solidified details at this time.
    Stay tuned – we will definitely need all hands on deck to make this happen! 
    The money earned from the concessions is a large part of helping youth and volunteers attend events, fund projects and much more! Your couple of hours is so helpful to making 4-H successful. We will be looking for youth ages 8 and older to work in the 4-H Concessions Stand during Fair Week! Youth 8-11 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 
    Gallatin 4-H Photography Project Photo Show
    Support your fellow 4-Hers and check out their AMAZING Photo Show exhibition June 1st - July 12th inside Cafe M (Belgrade). These youth members have been working hard all year with new Photography Project leader Tamara Knappenberger to capture beautiful photographs. We encourage you to grab a coffee or sweet treat and take a walk around the cafe to admire the 70 4-H photo projects!

    2024 Montana 4-H Congress 


    Calling all 4-H teens ages 13 & up! Join us this summer at 4-H Congress!


    Tuesday, July 9 - Friday, July 12, 2024 on the MSU Campus in Bozeman.

    Pre-Congress and State Ambassador Officer Selection will be July 7-9, 2024. 


    Montana 4-H Congress provides youth from across the state with an opportunity to come together on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman for four days and participate in an event like no other. It offers both youth and adults a venue in which to learn, be challenged, and most of all, have a great time with peers. Montana 4-H'ers have been attending an event like Congress for decades. Congress has become an important tradition and is the signature event for the Montana 4-H Program.


    Learn more about Montana 4-H Congress at: 



    Interested in attending Pre-Congress too? Check out the opportunities here: Montana 4-H Pre-Congress - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University 


    Register for Congress through ZSuite by June 15 


    Congress Base Registration cost = $240 

    Pre-Congress additional cost = $90

    T-shirt (optional) = $12

    Sweatshirt (optional) = $30


    ***If you need financial assistance to attend this event, our Gallatin 4-H Foundation has funding available – please reach out to us at the Gallatin 4-H Office for next steps!

    2024 Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp




    Summertime is fun time and our annual Gallatin County 4-H Summer Camp is just around the corner! Join us for the 2024 “Legends of the Sea” 4-H Summer Camp. Youth campers will embark on a voyage filled with legendary activities, workshops and fun! They will use and learn the 4 H's of 4-H, head, heart, hands, and health, to gain lifelong skills to be a good explorer (citizen). Our 4-H Teen Camp Counselors have prepared a week of fun for youth campers to enjoy - themed workshops, recreation, zip-lining, slip n’ slide, dance and so much more!


    Check out our Gallatin County 4-H Camp informational website for more details and links to register: https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hcamp.html


    When: Sunday, August 11th – Wednesday, August 14th, 2024 (overnight camp)
    Where: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures, located in Cottonwood Canyon just outside Bozeman
    Who can attend: Youth ages 8-13 (based on age as of Oct. 1st, 2023)
    Cost: $250 for current 4-H Members & $275 for non-4H Members

    4-H Camp Registration and payment is due by July 1st by 5pm.


    We hope to “sea” you at 4-H Camp this summer! Please reach out with any questions.

    THANK YOU for GIVING BIG to Gallatin County 4-H Foundation! 


    We are pleased to share that we surpassed our Give Big campaign goal this year! Each gift that was made during this campaign allows Gallatin 4-H Foundation to continue our mission of creating new projects and clubs, funding scholarships to attend Montana 4-H Congress, supporting the 4-H ambassador program, and providing higher education scholarships for Gallatin 4-H youth. 


    Thank you to all the shared, engaged or donated during the 2024 Gallatin Valley Give Big event!

    CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
    The 4-H Year at a Glance - 2023-2024 4-H Annual Calendar HERE
    *Our Gallatin 4-H BAND app has ALL 4-H meetings/events listed in one place in the calendar tool


    JUNE 4  ULC Meeting


    JUNE 15  Montana 4-H Congress Registration CLOSES 


    JUNE 15 Graduating Senior Recognition Blurbs DUE to office


    JUNE 17  Fair Registration CLOSES 


    JUNE 18  All-Species Workshop: "Marketing" (see details in section above)


    JUNE 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE


    JUNE 26  Record Books DUE to Office 


    JUNE 26  Fair Registration Payments DUE




    JULY 1  4-H Summer Camp Registration CLOSES


    JULY 4  Office Closed (Fourth of July)


    JULY 7-9 Montana 4-H Pre-Congress


    JULY 9-12  Montana 4-H Congress (details above)


    JULY 11-12  Animal Project Interviews (Livestock/Small Animal, Horse & Dog/Cat)


    JULY 12-21  Big Sky Country State Fair!! (check the Fair schedules)


    JULY 15 Indoor Project Interviews & Exhibit Judging


    JULY 19 Market Livestock Auction (live bidding only, starts at 4pm)



    AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 14  "Legends of the Sea" 4-H Summer Camp



    See June Committee, Club and Project updates in sections below.


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    ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on 

    June 4th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


    The monthly meeting of the Gallatin County 4-H Unlimited Leaders Council was held on May 7th at the extension office.

    ULC held a formal vote to approve the funding to cover the cost of the CPR training on Saturday, May 11th.

    Fair club displays will have payouts this year in accordance with the fairbook for the ranking displays.

    The 4-H clover heat transfers have arrived, and test pressings were successful. The heat press is fully operational, and will be used to create the shirts for this year's summer camp. The heat press is also ready to be used by clubs and projects who are interested. Reach out to Joey (joey.knappenberger@gmail.com for more information).

    The ongoing review of the policies and procedures manual continues, and will likely be done by the June meeting.

    It was a short meeting this time, as is normal for the May ULC meeting. The ULC is still seeking a vice president to serve the remainder of the current 4-H year and president beginning in October.

    -Submitted by Joseph Knappenberger


    Current Committee: Aaron Pruitt, Kelly Pavlik, Toni Berger, Tamara Knappenberger, Monika Johnson, Laura Fisher, Joey Knappenberger, Tiffany Togstad, Randy Radke, Erica Hastings (Youth), Bonnie Radke (Youth) & Nicole Reeves (Youth). 

    Our next full committee meeting will be Wednesday, June 19th at 6pm at the Extension Office.

    New Sunday Schedule

    The 4-H/FFA Livestock Areas will now be closed to the public on the last Sunday (07/21) of the 2024 Big Sky Country State Fair. Trucks, semis and trailers will be moving through the livestock areas throughout the day, so to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the general public, exhibitors, and animals, the areas will be closed off from the rest of the Fair.


    For mutual benefit of the Fairgrounds and 4-H/FFA exhibitors, Sunday will now become a processor load-out and barn clean-up day. 4-H/FFA market animals that are sold through the Market Livestock Sale are terminal projects intended for meat consumption. At the request of the meat processors, animals are to be transported to their final destinations beginning Sunday morning. All other 4-H/FFA animals will be released from Fair intermittently throughout Sunday at the discretion of each species.


    Exhibitors are still required to be at the Fairgrounds for this day, as they are expected to care for their animals until release, help clean barns and assist species committees.


    4-H/FFA families with reserved RV camping spots will be permitted to move onto the Fairgrounds beginning on Saturday, July 13th. All RVs must be in place by no later than Monday, July 15th at 6pm. RVs will be allowed to leave the grounds at any time starting Sunday, July 21st with attention to livestock transport trailers and load-out schedules.

    The Gallatin 4-H Foundation met last on April 25th to review our 2024 scholarship applications! Congratulations to Grace Simser, Cora Pruitt and Lane Smart for their accomplishments and scholarship awards (see above)!
    This committee will meet next on June 27th at 6pm at the Extension Office. 
    This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
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    Bozeman Area Clubs

    Dag Nabids Club


    Meetings take place the second to last Tuesday of each month. 


    Dag Nabids had a fun meeting on May 21st at MSU. There were 18 people present. We decided to use our $100 grant from Montana Farmers Union for Stafford Animal Shelter. We will use $50 to purchase necessities for their animals and donate the other $50. We will also go visit the shelter together and hopefully cuddle some animals and learn a lot about how they take care of the animals and how they got there. 


    At our meeting, we also talked about which small animals we are going to bring to our petting zoo at the senior living home. We talked about possibly bringing rabbits, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs and geckos.


    We played a fun game of thumb ball where we answered funny questions so we could get to know each other more. Then, we sang Happy Birthday and ate some delicious cupcakes to celebrate the birthdays of Dagny, Hazel and Isa. Lots of our members will be at Fair.


    Upcoming Dag Nabids Events and Meetings:

    June 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM - Stafford Animal Shelter Community Service Project

    June 18, 6:00-7:15pm - Monthly meeting MSU Animal Bioscience Building, Room 145

    June 26 - Record books due to extension office

    Petting Zoo Date/Time TBD (check Band for details)


    Questions, please call or text:

    Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

    Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

    Hyalite Hawks Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    For any questions, please contact

    Jen Wold: jenmariewold@hotmail.com



    Four Corners/Gallatin Gateway Area Clubs
    Gateway Challengers Club


    Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center (145 Mill St., Gateway) from 6:30- 8:00 p.m.


    The Gateway Challengers met on May 13, 2024 for our monthly meeting. Mrs. Black started out with some discussion. We had delicious meal, ham and potatoes, provided by the Doyle family. Then, club T-shirts were passed out to everyone. Mrs. Black discussed our fair club display, our club field trip in June or August, and the Gateway Birthday Bash. Our next meeting will be Monday, June 24th, 2024 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center.


    Please note that our next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, June 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gateway Community Center, and we will be having a regular meeting along with record book check/signing, if you need it, as well as work on our fair club display. More details on that later as we get closer to the meeting. Please keep in mind, if you are entering any project in the fair, your record book is due to the 4-H office for review by Wednesday, June 26. 


    Also keep Saturday, August 24, open on your calendar if possible, as our club will be involved as usual in the Gateway Birthday Bash by entering a float in the parade, as well as running our promotional booth with Chicken Poop Bingo. It starts about 8 am and goes into the afternoon that day and should be a lot of fun! We will need lots of help coming in August, but put that on your calendar, thanks! The Bingo game is a wonderful fundraiser for our club, and we have raised about $250 each year we have participated. Also, save posters or projects that you enter into the fair, as we will be using those in a display for our club, thank you.


    If you still need to get your shirt or sweatshirt, please contact Morgan Stuart at 406-570-0406, text or call, and she can help you with all those details.


    Let us know if you have any questions or need any help with anything, as always. Take care and see you at the end of June!


    For any questions, please contact

    Jessica Black



    Belgrade Area Clubs
    Belgrade Pioneers Club
    Meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at WB Ranch in Belgrade.

    This is the May report for the Belgrade Pioneers 4-H Club! At the last meeting, our club leader, Kevin McPhee, lead us on a tour of the Montana State University Plant Growth Center and taught club members how to graft plants.  During our business meeting, we also discussed having a club booth displayed at the upcoming fair.  A committee for the display was formed and will meet prior to our June meeting as we are planning on making our booth during the June meeting which will be held on June 6, 2024, at the WB Ranch at 6:00.  Please plan on coming to the next meeting where we will be doing a community service activity for the WB Ranch and working on our fair projects! The meal theme for June is "Family Food", so bring your family's favorite dish to share.  


    - Submitted by Jake Oostema


    Do you want more information? Please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406-595-4774.

    Ora Et Labora 4-H Club
    *School Enrichment Program/Club
    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 
    This month the newly named Ora Et Labora 4-H club met and voted on a new logo for our club. The design was created by MaryAnn McDonald. Our club also discussed our upcoming succulent sale fundraiser. It will take place the first two weekends in June at St John Vianney Catholic church. We also discussed how we might do more community service in our club. Fair is coming up soon and everyone is reminded to register by the deadline June 17th and continue to work on their record books!  


    For any questions, please contact Leaders Ashley Casto or Tia Mitchell:


    Pass Creek Club


    Meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00pm at Springhill Church.


    For any questions, please contact Cassie Smieja: smiejahay@latmt.com


    Saddle Stars Club


    Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade.   


    Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger for more information.

    Email: Saddlestars4h@gmail.com 

    Facebook: @SaddleStars4H

    Website: https://saddlestars4hclub.webs.com

    Tamara: tkknappenberger@yahoo.com  (307) 214-8336 

    Shining Mountaineers Club


    **New Meeting Time & Location


    Meetings will now take place on the SECOND Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the 161 W. Madison Ave, Belgrade. 


    May brought brought our group so much outdoor fun and activities!


    Our members were able to volunteer at WildWonders Farm School in Belgrade, helping to dig holes for posts for the large garde.


    Members Bonnie and Maggie Radke attended Rec Lab and Abby Dykema with the MSU Red Bluff Sheep Farm. All had great feedback and so much fun!


    June will bring us lots of fun in the sun with recreational/educational hikes, finishing our record books and preparing for fair with our new club fair committee. 


    Please reach out with any further questions!


    For information about Shining Mountaineers Club please contact:

    Lindsey Klebenow lindseyberlin5@hotmail.com 


    Lindsey Vose lheadman@gmail.com 

    Manhattan Area Clubs

    Dry Creek Teens Club


    Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


    If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

    Gallatin Valley Livestock Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    If you have questions, please contact Jeff Sposito via email jffsposito9@gmail.com 


    Manhattan Clever Clovers Club


    Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


    If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

    Manhattan Livestock Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    This Club is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


    For any questions, please contact Melanie Duffin: rmduffin3@gmail.com


    Three Forks Area Clubs
    Clarkston Mustangs Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




    Willow Creek Wranglers Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    For any questions, please contact Sam Cavin at 599-8288 sjcavin@msn.com

    Member At Large

    New to 4-H? Not sure what club fits your style? Register for your projects under

    “Member at Large” when completing your 4-H Enrollment Clubs page on ZSuite.


    Participating in a specific 4-H club is not a requirement to participate in 4-H projects, but clubs provide members a great opportunity to get more involved with their communities, leaders, and group activities.


    We encourage members to join one of our clubs listed above!

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    2023-2024 4-H Projects
    (listed alphabetically)
    AMBASSADORS / TEEN LEADERSHIP **new leader this year!


    Recap of April Meeting:

    • At the April Teen Leadership Meeting (04/16) members received their Ambassador Polos!! We practiced our 4-H “elevator pitches” which will come in handy when meeting new people at state events, promoting our program to the public and pitching to sponsors/donors/buyers. We spent some time reflecting on our “burdens and blessings” and the importance of shifting our mindset from “I have to” to “I get to” as leaders. The meeting concluded with the best team “building” activity to put our leadership, teamwork and communication skills together (thank you for your help building our new storage room shelves)!!

    TO DO:

    • Narrow down your Leadership Plan of Action (Leadership Plan of Action - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University) – this is the “point” or the culmination of the Montana 4-H Ambassador program and our Teen Leadership project this year. I challenge each of you to create (at the very least) a poster or tri-fold display of your Leadership Plan of Action to display at this year’s Fair. This could show what you are planning to do, have done already, or just on the topic you’re thinking of focusing on (ex. importance of community service, or on a topic we have covered in Teen Leaders this year). Think of what you want your impact as a county leader to be!
    • Fair Registration OPENED on Monday, May 20th – Register under the “Volunteerism” Department and enter a Leadership Display in the Indoor Building!
    • I encourage you to register to attend Montana 4-H Congress!! This is a GREAT leadership event and would be so beneficial for you all to attend to network with others, explore leadership workshops and have some fun with your peers (it’s in Bozeman too!)


    Plans for June:

    • We will plan to have our next Teen Leadership Project meeting on Tuesday, June 11th @ 6pm at the 4-H office.
      • Focus: Dress for Success
      • I’m am still trying to get in with a local thrift store that will allow us to “experiment” with dressing for different occasions for a “Dress for Success” lesson, but no luck so far.


    Teens & Parents – Subscribe to our Teen Leadership/Ambassador BAND Group: https://band.us/n/a7af96P2bcUb7



    If you have any questions, please contact leader, 4-H Agent Molly Yurdana

    molly.yurdana@montana.edu or text 530-613-9908

    BAKING  **new leaders this year!


    What an amazing last meeting we had in May, leader Krista talked to us about her baking experience and how she makes her own baking recipes for her social media page "Triple Tree Bakes". She explained how she does trial and error with the recipes and we got to try some of her recipes at that meeting


    **If there are any questions in your mind regarding record books, submitting baked items to the fair, registering for the fair or how judging and interviews will work....PLEASE, as a parent, reach out me or to the extension office. 


    We will likely hold a baking record book help session towards the beginning of June for those that need help!


    Until then, here are a few things to think on:

    *Fair registration opens May 20th and will be open for about a month. Use the "Fairbook" to help you sign up for fair and guide you with the rules and guidelines.

    *You must complete and turn in a record book (due to the 4-H office on 6/26) to be able to bring items to the fair. 

    *The Fair is a great way to showcase your baking skills, your record books are a great life lesson in record keeping, reflecting on what you learned and budgeting.


    I am always here for questions while Katie and Krista do an amazing job coming up with recipes and shopping for the ingredients! I will send another e-mail as 


    If you have any questions, please contact Erin at (ehagmeier@gmail.com email) or text 406-461-7205 


    Project Leaders:

    Erin Neil

    Katie Taylor 

    Krista Pancich



    Beef families! We have almost made it to the end! ONE MORE workshop 

    Saturday, June 8th at 10am-5pm at the fairgrounds. You must RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BAFAD29AAFF2-48736936-prefair#/.


    We will be going over all fair related information! 


    Lots of paperwork and emails are about to come your way. Please please read everything! 


    If you’re having any problems with your steers or record books please please do not hesitate to reach out! 



    6/18 All Species Workshop Marketing your 4-H Project more info above in Office Announcements section.


    Please contact any Beef Project Leader with any questions. 


    Beef Committee:


    ANNABEL MORGAN   406-580-9003
    MELANIE DUFFIN   406-209-1978
    SETH HALVERSON   406-209-1178
    KELLY PAVLIK   406-600-1016
    CRAIG DEBOER   406-570-3304



    In reference to the photos below:

    "Learn by Doing"🍀🐮 Special shoutout to 4-H member Bode Naffziger for teaching a Clipping/Fitting workshop for our Beef Project last night! We love when our youth members grow into leaders - applying what they have learned over the years and sharing their knowledge with others! With Fair right around the corner, it was a great opportunity for new and returning youth members to learn how to get their animal show-ready!

    *Also special thank you to Piper Davis for bringing one of her steers for the demonstration!💚


    CAKE DECORATING  **new leader this year!


    This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


    Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 6th at 4:45pm in the Gallatin 4-H office on the fairgrounds.


    Questions? Contact new leader Lacey Norstrand at laceynhans@gmail.com 

    4-H Summer Camp will be August 11th - August 14th, 2024 at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures!
    The Camp Counselors have been hard-at-work planning LEGENDARY workshops and activities for the 2024 camp!
    • Sponsorships are DUE to Molly (w/ logos) by JUNE 1st!
    • MANDATORY Workshop Run-Through Day is Saturday, June 22nd at the Gallatin 4-H office. Food will be provided!
    • Counselor CPR – Volunteers at Manhattan Fire have offered to provide a CPR/First Aid certification training to our teen counselors on SATURDAY, JUNE 29th from 8am-12pm at the Manhattan Fire Station. If you haven’t already done so, please SignUp on ZSuite ASAP!! There will be a $30 per counselor fee to cover the cost of the certification cards and registration with the American Heart Association.

      If you have any questions, please contact one of the Camp Directors. **If you will not be able to attend a Counselor meeting, you must let the Office or one of the Directors know. We hope to “sea” you soon!


      Sincerely your Camp Directors,

      Molly Yurdana (4-H Agent)

      Tiffany Togstad (Camp Co-Director)

      Amy Juliano (Camp Co-Director)

      CAT  **new project this year!


      Julie Oghigian

      Dr. Julie O




      The Cloverbud program is designed for youth ages 5-7 (age as of Oct. 1) and strives to develop age-appropriate skills and abilities by giving these young members the opportunity to explore various topics and activities in 4-H before becoming a regular youth member.


      What we have learned so far:

      November: What is 4-H and possible projects 

      December: Sport Fishing

      January: Baking/Cooking and a service project

      February: Dog obedience and agility

      March: woodworking bird feeders

      April: Horse

      May: Group potluck and we worked on our fair booth decor.


      **Fair is such a fun way to showcase the fun things the kiddos have done in Cloverbuds this year and get a cute little green ribbon!! I would love to see lots of fun projects displayed at the fair. Please reach out to me or the Extension Office if you have any questions about registering!! Projects will come to the fair on Monday, July 15th. 


      If you have questions please email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com or 406-431-7205.


      May was all about the Sushi!!!  We welcomed a special guest, Mr. Ryder Usher, to come teach us how to roll sushi.  We had the best of ingredients...  Ahi tuna, smoked salmon, fresh mango, cucumber, avocado, and then some.  And we learned how good microwavable Edamame can be!!  Each member got to take home their own sushi rolling mat and chopsticks.  It was so much fun and absolutely delicious!


      We still have a few dehydrated soup jars left to sell for our project fundraiser, so please contact me or a project member to snag your soup jars before they are all gone!  There are three varieties of soup for sale; Friendship Soup, 3 Bean Chili, and Pasta Fagioli Soup for $15 each. 


      Our next, and final, meeting for this year is scheduled for June 18th,  5:30 - 8:30 pm, at the MSU food lab, room #120 in Herrick Hall, located on S. 7th Avenue off of W. Cleveland.  We will be celebrating with a fondue party, and I will be passing out Member participation gifts for the year.  You will receive a Signup Genius email before the meeting to sign up.  Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.  Hope to see you all there because this is our last hoorah for the year!!


      Call, text, or email Stephanie Lively Grace with any questions.




      The Dairy Cow project wrapped up the workshop year on May 21, 2024 with a tour of the Leep Family Dairy in Toston, MT.  Thank you to the Leep family for letting our project members see a different working dairy in our area.  We appreciate your dedication to the dairy industry!  


      Please remember that the completed record books and workbook activities are due to the 4-H Office on June 26, 2024 at 5pm and don't forget to get your fair entries registered by June 17, 2024.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact either Cassie Smieja or Shawna Oostema.  Looking forward to seeing you at fair in July!


      Questions? Contact leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.



      This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments. 


      The first two months of classes have gone really well and have really flown by.  When we resume in June, we will no longer have split classes.  Per the schedule I handed out at orientation, we will ALL meet for class from 5:00 - 6:00. We will be using an entire hour from here on out.


       There is a lot going on for us in June.  Important dates to remember...

      •  June 12th is our record books/ pizza party.  Location will be sent in an email.
      •  June 19th is our class at an arena.  The address will also be in an email.  
      • June 26 record books and project books are due to the 4-H office.


      No class on July 3.

      Last class on July 10 - Taylor Park in Manhattan


      Don't forget to register for fair and schedule interviews!!!  Please reach out to me if you don't know what class your child is showing in!!


      Watch your email for more details and information for our June classes.  Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.


      Please let me know if you have any questions. See you soon!

      Shawnna Taylor 




      Hello All!


      Fair is a little over a month away and our goal for this month is to make sure that we are working with our dog on a daily basis and continuing to expose them to new smells, places, etc. 


      For the month of June, we will be working both indoors and outdoors so please prepare accordingly! Specifically on June 11th, at our regular time, we will be meeting at the agility course at Heart of the Valley.


      As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me! 




      GOAT - DAIRY
      Our next meeting/workshop will be Monday, June 17th at 6pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. Watch your email for more details!
      Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

      Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

      Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 



      Our MANDATORY Showmanship Workshop will be June 23rd at 3pm (*TIME HAS CHANGED), 604 W Dry Creek Rd.


      Quick reminder record books/alternative projects due to office June 26th by 5 pm. If you need any help, please reach out!


      Questions? Contact a Market Goat Leader:

      Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

      Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

      Wendy Ward (406) 600-9662

      HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!


      As we approach the end of our 4-H year and launching into fair time, let's celebrate all the things we've learned this year. The Horseless Horse Project will be having a year-end party celebration at Audrey's Pizza at 6 pm on Tuesday, June 11th. Don't forget to register for fair! 


      Questions? Contact new leader Sarah Capp at (406) 539-4386 or scapp9999@hotmail.com



      There are a limited amount of clinics left, so please mark your calendars and plan on being there! Our leaders have some excellent clinicians lined up,  The dates of some of our June clinics have changed, so please check the Horse Event Calendar for the latest and remember to sign up in advance!  We cannot adequately meet everyone's needs for quality instruction if we don't know how many kids are coming!!



      1. Exemption letters are due to the committee by 6/12/24. Please email them to gc4hhorse@gmail.com


      2. Register for fair-  https://gallatin4h.fairwire.com/The deadline to register for fair is June 17th, 2024 by 5pm *NO EXCEPTIONS.


      3. Make sure all horses participating in the fair have had Flu/Rhino vaccine between 2/1/24 and 6/1/24 and the proof has been sent to gc4hhorse@gmail.com


      4. Check on your clinic attendance to ensure you have met the guidelines for each project you plan to participate in at the fair. 



      • Remember that all members  must attend at least 3 clinics to participate in the fair.  Projects also have requirements, so plan ahead to make sure you are meeting the specific requirements for your individual projects.  WRH cattle requirements can be found here.      
      • Assessments:  We know of several members who are planning to assess up a level before Fair but have yet to do so.  This needs to be done before you register for Fair,  so please contact your project leader to set up a time and bring your completed project book.  
      • Don’t forget your sponsorship responsibilities! Volunteer at a 4H Fundraiser and designate funds to the Horse Committee or provide a buyout of  $50/member or $75/family via Venmo or check if you have not already done so.  
      • Record Books and project books are due to the 4H office by 5 pm on June 17. These are required if you plan to show.  Please be working on these now!   
      • It's time for Spring vaccines! To participate in the Fair, horses must receive a Flu/Rhino vaccine between 2/1 and 6/1/24.  To attend clinics at the MSU pavilion, each horse will need a coggins within 1 year and flu/rhino within 6 months. If we use the arena anytime from June through September, EEE, WEE and WNV (6 way) will also be required. 
      • Please email proof of vaccines and coggins for each project horse to the committee at gc4hhorse@gmail.com. Please put the horse’s name, member's "last name" and either "24 Spring Vaccines" or  "24 Coggins" (depending on what you're sending) in the subject line. EX- Horsey Smith 24 Spring Vaccines. All Vaccination and coggins records will be shared with facilities if requested. 
      • Fair Horse Show: Friday, July 12-Sunday July 14. See Horse Show Schedule!  Jumping/Dressage will be on Friday, general Showmanship and western classes on Saturday, with Cowboy Church and  Working Ranch Horse on Sunday. Games and the  Awards ceremony will be on Sunday, July 14th evening.    
      • Paperwork- Are you looking for a form or info about the horse project? Look here! 2023/24 Important Links 



      Keep an eye out for future events and volunteer opportunities at the Montana State Drill Team Association Competition in Hamilton from August 1st - 4th.


      For questions, contact Jessie Mejias 352-304-1648. 


      This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


      Hopefully you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and are looking forward to attending our final 4-H knitting/crocheting get-together this Saturday, June 1st, 10-12am, at the Belgrade Library upstairs meeting room.


      Jeanette and I realize some of you may be out of town or at a graduation, but we would appreciate you giving us a heads-up as to whether you will be there or not.  That helps us know how many to anticipate and how many chairs and tables to set up for everyone.


      Jeanette will have the basket she made for the 4-H fair auction and she asks that you bring the item(s) you made for it so we have everything all in one spot at one time.  Thank you for making something for the basket whose bidding dollars will go in to our 4-H knitting/crocheting account to help each of you next year with whatever we need to have a successful project.


      This would be a good time for you to bring your record book and have us look through it and make suggestions on how you can make it be a purple ribbon book.  


      Anyone have special plans for the summer they would like to share with everyone?  Or do any of you need help with your record book or project?  If so, please contact Jeanette or me.


      We look forward to seeing you Saturday -- or hearing why you won't be there.  


      BELGRADE LIBRARY 106 N. Broadway Community room is upstairs in the children’s section

      THE SPRINGS  2632 Catron St., Bozeman  


      Jeanette Hughes  406-570-7368

      Phyllis Lewis  307-4312079



      We are not going to have a formal meeting in June, but instead I am going to be hosting two or if needed three workshops that will be three to four hours long.  The first one is going to be June 8th (a Saturday) from 1-4 pm at the extension office where we hold or usual meetings.  This time is for the 4H members to bring in any leathercraft item they need help with or just a structured time to work on a new project.   


      Feel free to come and go as your schedule allows these times are open for individual help with also feel free to bring your record books if you need a time to work on them or have questions about my expectations.   


      You are free to work on anything that you would like to.  Remember there are kits out there available for purchase at Hobby Lobby, Micheals, Walmart, Joann’s, Tandy Leather, Weaver Leather, Springfield Leather, Makers leather or many other.  Items include can koozies, glasses cases, key chain, belts, purses, wallets, etc.  Please if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via email or text or phone.


      As you all know my family is moving to Wyoming and we have been transitioning for a while, please email me at marble@wyoming.com from now on.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions regarding anything for this project.  My cell is also available for you to use (406) 579-0431. 


      Thank you,



      PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!

      Upcoming Photography Show!!!
      Cafe M in Belgrade will be displaying the photography of our 4-H project from June 1 through July 12! 


      Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 18th 5:30pm-7pm

      Questions? Contact new leader Tamara Knappenberger at tkknappenberger@yahoo.com

      Thank you to everyone who came out to our showmanship and judging clinic on May 18!  During the clinic, our project members were able to practice their showmanship skills and learn about selection and judging of birds along with identifying parts of the birds. Members that attended this clinic are eligible for both a workshop and workbook credit but please remember to tell us what you learned in your workbooks in order to count the workbook credit .


      As fair is fast approaching, we have one regular poultry workshop left on our schedule. That workshop will occur on June 13, 2024 at 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Fairgrounds with the exact location to be announced via a separate email to members. The June workshop will go over how to groom and wash your birds along with fair requirements and registration assistance. We will also have our first round of sign ups for vet checks and barn duty.  At this meeting, we will also have time for more showmanship practice so please plan to bring a bird with you along with your workbooks and record books. 


      Remember as stated in the poultry contracts, the poultry project requires members to attend at least three workshops prior to June 26 in order to show at the fair.  An email was sent out on May 17, 20024 showing where each member stands through the April workshop for the status of workshop attendance.  If you have any questions on this or your project please contact one of the project leaders.  Also, remember that record books and your completed seven activities in your workbooks are due to the office on June 26, 2024 by 5:00pm.  


      Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819, fcclashawna@hotmail.com       

      Judy Brownell: onebar4@aol.com 

      Judy Neiminen: 406-599-0639; lneiminen@gmail.com 

      RABBIT  **new leader this year!


      As fair is fast approaching, we have one regular Rabbit workshop left on our schedule. That workshop will occur on June 20, 2024 at 6:30 to 8:00pm at the 4-H Office! 


      ALL rabbit project members must please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, 2 weeks before show, for the Rabbit Project.


      Sign Contract Here:




      Monica Samson 406-399-1866 samsonwm98@gmail.com 

      Cody Brownell 406-209-4183 

      This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments

      I'm going to be sending out announcements from Band in the future - here's the invite link! https://band.us/n/aca60cSeZ6Z3C


      Joey Knappenberger





      Sewing members are wrapping up their sewing projects for fair. So far, we have made pin cushions, scrunchies, ear warmers, hats, and members are choosing between an apron, bag, or pajama pants as their project to show at fair. The next meeting, we will either be making something for the silent auction or working on a community service project. Don't hesitate to reach out if you are needing help finishing your sewing project or have any questions about registration. 

      Happy June!


      Laura Fisher

      RevivALL Clothing


      Intentional, handmade clothing


      Upcoming Workshops & Deadlines:


      Fair registration is open, please let us know if you have any questions regarding getting registered!


      Sheep Rough  Shear: 

      Sunday, June 2nd 8am-11am (at the Fairgrounds between the wash rack & indoor arena)

      Cost: $8 per lamb

      Be on the lookout for a sign up in your email

      Rough shearing does  NOT count as a workshop!


      Pre-Fair Workshop - June 24th at 6:00pm (Gallatin County Extension Office- 903 N. Black Ave). We will have a Clothing Swap (you are welcome to bring any nice show clothes the kids have out grown) and talk about informational posters.


      Take the time to read through the Fairbook it’s filled with lots of good information and rules we all must follow.


      Remember you need to attend 4 of the 7 workshops! If you are signed up for the sheep project and have not attended any of the workshops please reach out to one of us leaders and we can make sure you get all 4 workshops in. 


      Like always reach out if you have any questions or concerns


      Got questions?? Just reach out:

      Ruth Carr - 406-539-4337 kennellr@gmail.com 

      Kim Flikkema - 406-599-1486 kimflikkema@gmail.com 

      Jodilynn Kelley - 512-663-5569 jkelley@bridgerorthopedic.com 

      Jodi Smith - 406-580-2984 kjsmithhouse@yahoo.com 



      Questions: Contact the following leaders

      Archery – Randy Radke – 406-539-4903

      Air Rifle/Pistol – Lee Nelson – 406-579-0612, Bill Ott – 406-209-2599

      Smallbore – Tom Everett – 406-570-8878, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

      Shotgun, Hunting & Wildlife – Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

      Muzzle-loading – Bill Ott – 406-209-2599, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

      Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 406-451-1207   



      Randy Radke and Mike Prester are the current co-archery leaders - questions contact: gv4harchery@gmail.com



      The venue for air rifle and air pistol is located at 123 Doe Road in Belgrade. For more information contact Bill Ott – 209-2599 or Lee Nelson – 579-0612.


      Greenway range is located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 North Black in Bozeman. For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 or Tom Everett – 570-8878.



      For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.



      It is recommended but not required that the participants be 12 years of age and have been in Hunter’s Education.  Contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 for more information.

      WESTERN HERITAGE **new leader this year!


      Feel free to contact Sarah Brechbuhler with any questions:






      • June 6th {level 2 & 3} Advanced Showmanship (Gallatin County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena)
      • June 13th {level 1 & 2} Clipping & Fitting
      • June 18th  {all levels} Marketing your 4-H Project @ MSU Animal Bioscience at 6:30pm
      • June TBD **new topic** {level 2 & 3} Pork Industry / Awareness

      Please be reminded of our workshop basic protocol:

      • Sign in at each workshop you attend for workshop credit. 
      • The workshops start at 6:30 so out of respect for our speakers and other members, please arrive prior to this time so we can start on-time. 
      • The {levels indicated} are meant to indicate the appropriate audience, but ALL members are welcome to attend ALL workshops
      • Please reach out here if you have any questions. Committee members will also strive to be at workshops early and stay after if you have any questions. 

      📳 Prefer Reminders via Text? We have set up a Parent & Member Remind text group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/d2k7d7h OR Text @d2k7d7h to 81010 and reply once with your name. You must opt-in, we will not add you automatically and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed.

          The 2024 Swine Committee

          Questions? Contact the Swine Committee at gallatinswineproject@gmail.com 

          VET SCIENCE



          Questions?  Contact Monika Johnson at 406-579-3211.

          Molly Yurdana, 4-H Extension Agent  molly.yurdana@montana.edu
          Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant gallatin4h@montana.edu
          Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant gallatin@montana.edu

          The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. 
          To request disability accommodation or to inform us of special needs, please contact the Extension Office at 406-582-3280  five (5) working days before the event.


          Molly Yurdana
          Gallatin County MSU Extension
          4-H Youth Development Agent

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