National 4-H Week

Looking for Some 4-H Kits?

Looking for some hands-on activites at home?  4-H has kits that you can have activities that go along with your projects.  THey include materials and instructions for you to do as a family or if you are a project or club leader that you could get a few to do at a meeting! 


Fair is in the air! Can you smell the burgers and Cowboy Sundaes? Can you taste the Root Beer Floats and the Frozen Grapes? The Gallatin County 4-H Concessions Committee, in conjunction with the Gallatin County ULC, is looking for 2 part-time Assistant Concessions Managers to help out with concessions at the Big Sky Country State Fair (July 19 – 25, 2021).  Duties will vary from prepping to cleaning to cooking to sales.  These are paid positions! If you are interested, please contact Shelly McPhee  at or 406-595-4774.

In order to make this a successful 4-H year for all families, we still have guidelines that must be followed at every 4-H meeting and event. CURRENT COUNTY GUIDELINES MUST BE FOLLOWED!  
Gallatin 4-H falls under the umbrella of MSU Extension and is a government program.

Please familiarize yourself with the document on guidelines:
EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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APRIL 13: ULC Meeting

APRIL 23: Newsletter blurbs due
MAY 15:  Communication Day -location tbd
JULY 18-23:  Big Sky Country State Fair
AUGUST 2-5: Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp

Butter Braids are Coming!            


The Camp Counselors are excited to announce our upcoming Butter Braid fundraiser!  The sale will run from April 1 to April 12, with delivery on April 26.


What is a Butter Braid?  Butter Braid hand-braided frozen pastries are made with 100% real butter and the finest natural ingredients. The delicious flavor lineup includes: Four Cheese and Herb, Caramel Roll with Caramel Glaze, Apple, Blueberry and Cream Cheese, Bavarian Crème with Chocolate Icing, Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing, Raspberry, and Strawberry and Cream Cheese! A light and flaky treat that’s so easy to prepare and enjoy – simply set them out, let them rise, then bake! They start off small when frozen (easy to store!) but DOUBLE IN SIZE when you set them out to rise overnight! They can be stored in a regular freezer for 3 months or in a chest freezer for up to 6 months.

Butter Braid pastries are only $15.00 each!

To Order, contact one of the camp counselors or Shelly McPhee at or 406-595-4774!

What is a Show Clothes Exchange?  This is a very exciting new event, sponsored by DLE.  A Show Clothes Exchange is an opportunity for all 4-H members to take their old show cloths that are too small for them and trade them for other show cloths that will fit for this years' fair!


What we are asking of you?  If you have cloths that you would like to donate, please drop those cloths at the Extension Office between March 1 and April 30. 


Our event will be held in early May and on that date you and your family will have the opportunity to come and pick out new cloths free of charge! We hope that you will participate in donating and are hoping to see you at this new event!

Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

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Hello from the ULC!
Events coming are stir-ups, communications day, and summer camp. We are working on the logistics but are confident these events will happen. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00 at the Gallatin Extension Office.

The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Thursday, May 27, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clus and projects.  We are looking for youth(ages 14+) to serve spots on this committee. 

Youth complete this application:
Give Big is Coming on May 6th and 7th!  24 hours of our community donating to our local non-profits.  Go to the website and find Gallatin 4-H Foundation so that you can be a part of donating to your non-profits!
Market Livestock Logo

The next meeting will be held on April 19, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  

This committee is seeking a 2nd youth member to be a part of planning for livestock and the market sale during fair. 
Youth complete this application:   
CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

Happy Spring Fellow 4Hers!

I hope you enjoyed your spring break! The Belgrade Pioneers met on March 4th at the Lottman’s shop space. It was great. We stayed nice and warm. We did a very fun communication activity to help with the upcoming Communications’ Day. We were given a bag with items inside. We had to demonstrate to the audience on how to do that task. We had a lot of laughs. Next meeting will be held at 6 pm on April 1st at the Lottman’s shop. Dinner will be breakfast! Please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406-595-4774 (text), if you are interested in joining our awesome club. 

Submitted by Ezra Miller, Reporter

Dag Nabids

Our next meeting will be: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:15-7:15pm in Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #2.  Members will also be able to join via Zoom.  Note: An email will be sent out prior to confirm meeting details.


If you have questions, please contact either Belinda Nash (570-5585) or Monika Johnson (579-3211)

Daring Adventurers
Parents in this club!  We are looking for a club leader to continue this awesome club.  


The DLE Teen Leadership group is busy planning some fun community service projects for the month of April. We are planning a county-wide food drive and a show clothes exchange. For more information see the flyers above and the descriptions below.

1. 4-H Show Clothes Exchange

This event is so you can help out fellow 4H members! If you have old show clothes that you have outgrown, you are able to donate them to others who will be able to use them. Then everyone can come in early May to pick new show clothes that fit.  Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

2. 4-H County-wide Food Drive

DLE will be sponsoring a county-wide food drive for April - the month of service.Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee (406-595-4774).

Dry Creek

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -  Thomas A. Edison


For our March Meeting we continued with our theme of learning Practical Skills. Parent-volunteers created hands-on learning on tools and their respective trades: drills, plumbing, irrigation, electrical, sockets/ ratchets and reading a tape measure. It was time well spent and such a great opportunity for all the members that wanted to learn about the tools of the trades.


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016.

Gallatin Gallopers

The Gallatin Gallopers had a very small in person attendance on Friday March 19th for the monthly club meeting held at the fairgrounds. The next monthly meeting will be Friday April 16th at 6pm at the fairgrounds, location to be determined.

We will have an officer leadership training on Saturday April 10th at Cedar Ridge Equine at 3:15pm followed by an Equine First Aid workshop at CRE for all members, no cost, at 4pm. Club riding lessons that were rescheduled in February will be held in May (date coming soon). Member should consider a communications day presentation.


Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers met on March 8 at the Gateway Community Center to have our monthly club meeting. At the club meeting, we went over some announcements and upcoming events, and then we started demonstration speeches. There were 6 demonstration speeches, and after the speeches we played a fun, parliamentary procedure game. Finally, after adjournment, we had lots of treats because of all the food-related demonstration speeches. Then we played a short game and said goodbye. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center, and more members will be presenting their demonstrations, see you then!


If you have any questions contact Jessica Black (406) 539-0940 or

Manhattan Clever Clovers

In March the Clever Clover Members decided to participate in the county-wide food drive and do a Community Service Project in April. After our business meeting, officer Rocky came and spoke about Bike Safety and he brought helmets for those that needed them. We broke into smaller groups and did some other bike-safety activities that helped us learn about hand signals, planning your route, and the importance of wearing a helmet.


Our next meeting will be April 19th.


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016.

Saddle Stars

Submitted by Nicole Berger, Club Secretary

On March 8th, the Saddle Stars 4-H club held a meeting. We discussed more fundraising and volunteer opportunities. We will be helping Eagle Mount with a clean-up day June 6th. We had several reports on club rides and clinics from previous months. Our upcoming club rides are scheduled for April 11, May 16, and June 27. All of our club rides are in the indoor arena on Sundays from 1-3pm. We had 3 demonstrations at our meetings, and we have a few more scheduled in the upcoming months. Our meetings take place the second monday of each month at 6:30pm. 


Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger, for more information.  


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:   I   (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

We started our March meeting with a fun guessing game. Then moved through the pledges to our 4-H committee reports. Our Recreation Committee planned an ice skating party for the 3rd of April at the Bozman indoor rink. Our Fundraising committee talked about an online silent auction that would be hosted on Facebook. Community Involvement committee discussed planting a tree at the Fairgrounds and the Education Committee is planning another activity for this coming April. Our Club Leader gave the exciting news that our April meeting will be in person and held at the fairgrounds, April 5th.  We then moved on to discussing the 4-H camp and its new date in August. Our last topic was the upcoming club communication day. We ended our meeting with an education activity from Ruby Pruitt celebrating world complement day.


By Erin Revenaugh, Club Reporter

Willow Creek Wranglers

The Willow Creek Wranglers 4-H Club met on Tuesday, March 2.  We discussed ways that we can benefit the community.  We purchased tickets from our local FFA and donated our prize to the Food Bank.  Next, we planned the dinner donation to the Three Forks Fire Department.  Finally, we watched some demonstrations by some of our club members.  They presented information about the history of Ford Motors, the top eight types of egg-laying chickens, and types of Baja Buggies.  


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 pm.

Josiah Kessler, Historian/Reporter

PROJECTS                                                          back to top
National 4-H Week
2020-2021 Projects
Our volunteers are still trying to find locations to meet as many locations are closed until a phase 3.  

We will continue to update families that are signed up in projects on details.



If you have any questions,  please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text/call).

Arts & Crafts

We have a possible new leader for this project!  We will connect with anyone signed up for this project and update with the next newsletter.  


Bella is not able to continue to be the babysitting project leader.  Looking for a leader to hold meetings for youth in this project.  We request project leaders to provide a minimum of 6 hours to youth in projects.


We are doing our MANDATORY Beef Market Project Weigh-In at the fairgrounds on Sunday, April 18th from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Please note that the tentative dates provided in a previous email were incorrect and the weigh-in will be on Sunday as it has been in the past.  **We have scheduled time slots for the weigh-in so please refer to the attached schedule. The steers will be weighed and members will be required to demonstrate safe and adequate control of their animal at that time.


This mandatory weigh-in will NOT count as a required workshop as there is not an educational component offered with the weigh-in.  Please do your best to make it at your scheduled time.  If you cannot make this schedule work then you will be required to make other arrangements to transport your steer to a Beef Leader to demonstrate safe and adequate control before June 1st.  Please be aware that if you are not able to demonstrate safe and adequate control as determined by members of the Beef Committee you will NOT be allowed to participate in the fair or sell at the sale.


In the past we have traditionally held a Showmanship Workshop in conjunction with the Spring Weigh-In but have decided it may be more productive to hold a separate Showmanship Workshop.  This workshop will be offered later in the spring and will be an in-person workshop. It will probably be held in mid to late May, keep your eyes open for details to come. Please remember that you are required to complete AQA as a first year member and again as a first year Senior member.  You should have already received information regarding the completion of the AQA requirements if you need to do it this year.  If you are not sure if you need to do it please contact the Extension Office ASAP. **Remember that AQA does NOT count toward the 3 required workshops for the Beef Project.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact a member of the Beef Committee.

Seth Halverson 406-209-1178
Annabelle Morgan 406-580-9003


Any questions please all Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819. 

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Next meeting is April 21st at the Gallatin Fairgrounds Building #1 from 6:00-7:30pm. My phone number is (406) 431-7205 if you need anything or have questions. Erin Neil

DLE - Ages 13 and older

The DLE Teen Leadership group is busy planning some fun community service projects for the month of April. We are planning a county-wide food drive and a show clothes exchange. For more information see the flyers above and the descriptions below.

1. 4-H Show Clothes Exchange

This event is so you can help out fellow 4H members! If you have old show clothes that you have outgrown, you are able to donate them to others who will be able to use them. Then everyone can come in early May to pick new show clothes that fit.  Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

2. 4-H County-wide Food Drive

DLE will be sponsoring a county-wide food drive for April - the month of service.Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.


The monthly meeting will take place on the following dates:

April 11  (2:15 – 4:30)

May 16  (2:15 – 4:30)

June 13  (2:15 – 4:30)

If you have any questions,  please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text/call).

Dairy Cow

Please call Shawna Oostema 406-580-7819 or Cassie Smieja 406-539-3833 with any questions.

Dog Projects

Orientation is on May 4th for Agilty and May 5th for obedience.  Each project is going to be capped at 18 due to classroom size.  

Food Projects:  Cooking/Baking at MSU

We will have a combined baking & cooking meeting at the MSU extension office the evening of April 20th from 6pm - 8pm.  You will receive an email with a SignupGenius link to RSVP so that I can plan accordingly.


We will prepare dinner for everyone to eat together and clean up before heading home.  Everyone is required to stay until cleanup is complete.  Make sure you come prepared to get a little messy, have LOTS of fun, and to fill yourselves with great food prepared by you!

Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.  Hope to see you all there!  Email or call me, Stephanie Grace, with any questions.     406.600.7935

Goat- Market Goat

Our meetings will be the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 at the Fairgrounds in building 4! Future meeting dates: April 20th.  Im super excited to see everyone and to meet our new families!! If you have any questions please let me know! You will be required to wear a mask at our meetings, kids and adults. If you are not comfortable coming to the meetings or wearing a mask please message me to discuss a virtual option! Thank you! Amy Brownell 

Horse Project
Spring is finally here so grab your horse and let's ride!!  Make sure you have the following dates on your calendar...we may also be adding a few workshops so check your email as well! 
2-Apr    Jumping/Dressage Clinic
9-Apr    Twisters Practice
10-Apr    Working Ranch Horse Clinic
17-Apr    C2M/Green Horse Clinic
23-Apr    Twisters Optional Make-up Practice
30-Apr    Twisters Practice
18-May    Recordbook Workshop (non-riding clinic)
14-May    Twisters Practice
21-May    Twisters Practice
               Pre-Fair Dressage (need to reschedule)
June 11-13    Twisters Annual Drill Camp
16-Jun    Pre-Fair Horsemanship- Practice show with judges, including showmanship, equitation on rail, and patterns . All encouraged to attend!
23-Jun    Pre-Fair C2M/Green Horse - Practice show with judges, including showmanship, equitation on rail, and patterns . 
25-Jun    Twisters Practice
30-Jun    Pre-Fair Jumping
July 18-20    Big Sky Country State Fair 4-H Horse Show (open to all in horse project)
Sponsorships are now past due!  Please make sure you have paid as this money goes towards prizes and judges for Fair!  If you have not paid, you can do so at Venmo@GallatinCounty-HorseCommittee or email Toni Berger at  for more details.  
Flu/Rhino vaccinations are due before June 1.  Please email proof of vaccination to the horse committee, along with a Horse ID card for each horse that will be shown at Fair.  



Phyllis Lewis and I will again be co-leading the 4-H knitting group if you are still interested.  Our meeting dates are going to be the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 AM at the Cafe M in Belgrade as this seems to fit everyone's needs.  


Marie Holland home phone  406-813-8467 cell phone  907-280-8085


The next meeting is April 13th at 6pm.  Also put May 4th on your schedule for the following month.  All levels and ages will be together now. 
Meetings are @ 327 Coulee Dr in Bozeman (House of Kris Brewer)
Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

The Poultry club will meet on Thursday,  April 8th at 6:30, Exhibit building 1on the fairgrounds.  We are switching the theme of April and May.  This month we will focus on Poultry Classifications/Breeds and give a Poultry Showmanship demonstration and how to take our bird in and out of a cage.  

You are encouraged to bring 1 bird to the meeting to practice your showmanship skills.  If you do not have a bird available to use, please let Shawna know and she will bring an extra one for you to use.  Please bring a towel tor carpet square to place on your bird on the table.  You will also need to bring your bird in some sort of a container/cage.  You can use a box with holes cut in the top, a dog/cat carrier. 


Workbook 1:  Pg. 10, Fine Feathered Fowl  

Workbook 2:  Pg. 20, Is your Breed up to Speed? 


If you have any questions, please reach out to Shawna Oostema:     406-580-7819,;    Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;    Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;   


Hello rabbit project members! Hope all is safe and well. You will receive an email as it gets closer. Please call with any questions.  Cody Brownell 406-209-4183


REMINDER!!!! Weigh-In and Tagging

You must be in possession of your project lambs by May 8, 2021.  Exceptions will not be made. Weigh-In and Tagging will be on May 8, 2021, from 9-11AM at the Wash Rack at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.  


Remaining Workshops

Showmanship - Bring your lambs!!! - presented by Senior members of the Sheep Project

 6:30 PM May  20, 2021 (Gallatin County Fairgrounds)

  • What to expect in the show ring, strategies and approaches to successfully show your lamb


Slick Shearing Demonstration - Please DO NOT bring your lambs!!! -presented  by Senior members of the Sheep Project

6:30 PM June 9, 2021 Location, TBA

  • Senior Sheep members demonstration of how to slick shear your lamb in preparation for the show ring.

Craig Carr- (406) 539-4338

Ruth Carr-; (406) 539-4337 

Katherine Dawe-; (406) 581-6480

Zach Dawe-; (406) 580-4472

Scott Riffle –; (406) 600-4540

Shooting Sports

Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – David Miller – 451-9942

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

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

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

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

Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 451-1207

Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
4/4/2021 No Shooting - Easter 1:00-3:00
4/11/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/18/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/25/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
  Skeet & Sporting Clays TBD  
Competitions TBD
Western Heritage:  
Winter Online Workshops.  Please visit for more details.
 Apr 12, 2021 06:30 PM
Todd Kesner

Q: What do piglets do after school?

A: Their hamwork!


April is a quiet month for workshops. All members should be getting their pigs settled in and starting to work with them. We do have two online options currently to help you learn about taking care of your pigs. Both of these can count toward your 3-workshop requirement.


Swine Selection & Weatherproof Shelters  If you’re seeking credit for this workshop there is information on the slide show stating how to do so. ***this needs to be reviewed and completed by the tagging deadline of 4/21  to count as a workshop.


CHS Feeds & Nutrition Workshop Please read the Swine Committee Emil about this workshop for more details. Must enter 4-H Member First/Last Name (not the parent) and use “Gallatin County Swine Project ” as the 4-H Club.


Contracts & Tagging Deadline is April 21! You can turn in contracts by mail to the 4-H office, or scan/email them. Tagging protocol / directions have been emailed and are with the tags provided by Merle/4-H Office. We will be sending our reminders but please do not wait to submit your contracts or photos. If you have questions about this process, please reach out.


Upcoming Opportunities (will relay details via email):

Late April: Jr-Level Carcass Workshop: online

Late April: Introduction to Showmanship for Beginners: online

Early May: Competitive Showmanship: in-person @ the Fairgrounds presented by Hugh Braaten & Family

Late May: Posters, Marketing, Cost of Doing Business/Record Books & Workbooks: TBD online or in-person

June: Clipping & Fitting: in-person in Manhattan presented by Deanna Yung


Keep your eye on your email for these details and additional updates throughout April. If you are not receiving these emails and would like to, please email us and let us know at We are also happy to add additional family email addresses to the email list too so everyone is in the loop.


The Swine Committee


Merle Farrier, Lee Nuss, Kelly Pavlik, Jennifer Hiester, Lyndsay Heron, Brad Heron, Travis Collins, Matthew Bates & Eric Johnson!

Vet Science

Next meeting is April 6th from 6-7pm at the Gallatin County Extension office (enter through the door on the north end of the building).


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

JaNaie' Godin, 4-H Agent
Molly Yurdana, 4-H Assistant
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant

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.

JaNaie’ Godin

Gallatin County 4-H Agent

Gallatin County MSU Extension | 903 North Black Ave | Bozeman, MT 59715

(406) 582-3280 | fax (406) 582-3289 |  |


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