National 4-H Week


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 
Check the calendar today logo

May 11: ULC Meeting

MAY 15:  Communication Day & Stir-Ups
May 23: Newsletter blurbs due
July 13-16: Montana 4-H Congress
July 15-16: Record Book Interviews
July 18-23:  Big Sky Country State Fair
August 2-5: Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp
COMMITTEES                                                      back to top

ULC has been continuing our monthly meetings. As fair time approaches rapidly we are ironing out all of the details! Special events like Camp and Communication Day are being discussed at every meeting. We are making sure you will be well fed at the concession stand! Shelly has been busy working on great ideas for Fair week! We are even working on new ideas for next year! We encourage everyone to pay close attention to all of the emails and newsletters coming up. They will be FULL of important information!


Next ULC Meeting is Tuesday, May 11th @ 6pm at the 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 Tuesday, May 18th, 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 May, Fellow 4H’ers,

The Belgrade Pioneers met on April 1st, 2021, at the Lottman’s shop. We discussed selling flags for fundraising for Memorial Day. We also are going to work on May baskets for our community service project. We will assemble the baskets at our next meeting and deliver the baskets to a local Assisted Living residence. As special thank you to Jason Holland for allowing us to meet at the WB Ranch Arena, we are going to pick up rocks around the outside arena. Thank you, Jason and Hayes! This meeting our activity was making homemade butter and classifying and tasting different kinds of apples. Our meal for May will be BBQ and we will meet again on Thursday, May 6th at 6pm at the WB Ranch Arena. Joining our awesome 4-H club is simple, just text or call Shelly McPhee at 406-595-4774!

- Submitted by Ezra Miller, Club Reporter

Dag Nabids

The April Dag Nabids meeting was held in the Gallatin Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #2. Club President Riley Robinson-Yattaw led the business meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing our next meeting and upcoming Communications Days and Stir-Ups. Communications Day and Stir-Ups will be at MSU on Saturday, May 15th. In preparation for this and as a fun change-up, our club will be hosting presentations at our May meeting. Watch for an email from club officers with more information and to sign-up for what you’d like to present. You can present anything, from a 4-H project to a special interest to a how-to (such as “how to brush your teeth”). If you don’t want to present, that’s great!  Come see what others have to share and participate in giving friendly feedback.


Our next meeting will be: Tuesday, May 11 @ 6:15-7:15pm in Fairgrounds Indoor Arena 

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 group (Teen Leadership) has been up to many exciting activities this month! In April we organized a county-wide food drive competition between the clubs and projects in the county - winners to be announced soon! We are also excited for our show clothes exchange that will take place Saturday, May 1, at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds - Exhibit Building 3 from 1:00 - 4:00 . Next up for us to plan is the Family Fun Night at the fairgrounds!


If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee (email) or

406-595-4774 (text).

- Gallatin County Development of Leadership Excellence (DLE) Team

Dry Creek


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

Gallatin Gallopers

Club officers met at Cedar Ridge Equine on April 10th at 3:15pm for an officer training. After the officer training there was a first aid demonstration led by Amy and some of the officers. Amy demonstrated how to apply a leg wrap and talked about colic effects and treatments. Then officers helped club members put together a drawing of a first aid kit based on what they had learned.


There was another meeting on April 15th at 6:00pm at Cedar Ridge Equine. After the meeting there was a speed events demonstration with barrels and pole bending, by Sophia Bates. The date for the next meeting is May 21, 2021 at 6pm at Cedar Ridge Equine. Riding lessons are being considered for some time in May. Club members should start putting together a Communications Day presentation.

Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers met in April at the Community Center to have our regular club meeting. We did not have a traditional club meeting since their were so many demonstration speeches. Many club members presented a wide variety of demonstration speeches. There were many food related demonstration speeches so afterwards we had many snacks. Then we played a small game of tag and said goodbye till next month. Our next meeting will be a field trip on May 10, time and location to be announced, members/families please check your email for details coming soon.


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

Manhattan Clever Clovers


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

Saddle Stars

Next meeting is a Club Ride on May 16th at the Fairgrounds Indoor Arena from 1:00pm-3:00pm 


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


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:   I   (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

Our Shining mountaineers 4-H meeting started with a fun communication activity led by Lori Marx. We then had our committee meetings. After that, we called the meeting to order. We went over the minutes and then the reports. The recreation committee is planning for an outdoor event in August. Community involvement planned a park clean-up day on the 24th of this month. Fundraising is hosting an online silent auction. And education is planning a campfire cookout on May 8th. Moving on from the reports we discussed the skating event. The club communication day will be held at the end of the May meeting. We had a quick reminder that the county communication day will be held on May 15th. We talked about this year’s 4-H camp and how record books will be due in July. We are participating in a county food drive for this month. We then talked about participating in the show clothes exchange and decided we would be doing 4-H camp scholarships this year. We then adjourned the meeting. 

-Erin Revenaugh, Club Reporter

Willow Creek Wranglers

The Willow Creek Wranglers 4-H Club met on Tuesday, April 13. We discussed our plans for our food drive and when we would collect the food. Club members announced what they had been doing in their projects and on our April community activities. We also watched some demonstrations by some of our club members. They presented information about the types of gun scopes and the parts of a western saddle. 


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 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.


Just a few reminders, Fair will be here before you know it. Everyone should be working on your Record Books and Bite into Beef activity books. If you have any questions about the requirements please reach out to a Beef Leader. Everyone needs to have 3 approved workshops completed to be able to sell at the Fair. There are still 2 online workshops available if anyone needs to complete those, please see the following links.


Steer Selection Workshop


Feeding Workshop


***Remember you need to write up a short paragraph about what you learned and email Seth Halverson to get credit for the workshops. We will also be having a Hoof Trimming Workshop and a Showmanship Workshop which will be in person and more than likely held in June. Keep your eyes open for emails with specific dates and locations. If you have any questions about how many workshops you have done, contact the Beef Leaders for that information.


We only have processor spaces available for steers that are sold at the Fair. If you are raising an extra steer, it is your responsibility to make processing arrangements on your own. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact a Beef Leader.


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 May 19th 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 group (Teen Leadership) has been up to many exciting activities this month! In April we organized a county-wide food drive competition between the clubs and projects in the county - winners to be announced soon!  Next up for us to plan is the Family Fun Night at the fairgrounds!

The monthly meeting will take place on the following dates:

May 16  (2:15 – 4:30) @ Gallatin County Extension Office

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

The countdown to fair has begun and for our May Dairy Cow workshop we will get some expert tips on how to fit our cattle for show. Please plan to come to the Smieja residence on Walker Road to meet our guest speaker on Friday, May 14, 2021.  The learning begins at 4:00pm and should wrap up around 6pm. We will also be working on our showmanship skills during this clinic but please do not bring your showmanship animal to the workshop. We will be having one more workshop in June and remember you must have three workshops attended by July 6, 2021 in order to participate in fair.  Any questions please contact Cassie Smieja (406-539-3833) or Shawna Oostema (406-580-7819).


Dog Projects

Due to Covid restrictions and facility size, 4-H has decided to limit the number of members in the Dog Agility and Dog Obedience projects. Members have been assigned to either Dog Agility or Dog Obedience. You are more than welcome to attend Pack Walks at any time as an additional activity outside of your assigned project meetings. Contact the Extension Office if you are unsure of which project you've been assigned and any questions or concerns.


Dog Agility Orientation will be Tuesday, May 4th @ 4:00pm

Dog Obedience Orientation will be held Wednesday, May 5 @ 4:00pm

Both orientations will be at 25 Dollar Dr. in Belgrade.

Food Projects:  Cooking/Baking at MSU

Email or call me, Stephanie Grace, with any questions.     406.600.7935

Goat- Market Goat

We had a great tagging and weigh-in!! Our next meeting will be May 13th at 6:30p.m. at 15580 Crowley lane. Please bring your goats

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 

Goat- Dairy Goat

Our next meeting will be May 15th at 10am at the Extension Office (enter through the door on the north end of the building).

Questions? Contact Lea'h MacDonald 

Pack Goat

My name is Gena Johnson and I am leading the Pack Goat project this year and am looking at holding a workshop in the near future for our Pack Goat event at fair. If you are interested in joining this extra project, please email me in the next few weeks to sign up for the pack goat project and to receive emails for upcoming events! I'm looking forward to working with you guys! Please email me at 


Horse Project
Saddle up 4Her's it's time to ride! Fair is quickly approaching so we hope that all members are spending time with their horses regularly to prepare! To help guide less experienced members in this process, watch your email for the details about the "Prepare for Fair Competition" that will run May 1st through Fair, with prizes going to the 4Her with the most points in each level, 1-3.  


Also, please note the Record Book and Fair Registration workshop has been moved to Thursday, May 20. Meeting will be 6-8 pm at the Extension Office, with Pizza provided. This horseless workshop will cover important topics like record books, what classes to register for, preparing for project interviews, and how to make an award winning stall poster presentation! Have questions? Experienced 4H'ers and Horse committee leaders will be there to help! Watch for a Sign up Genius to let us know you are coming!



Sponsorships are now past due! Please make sure you have provided at least $50 per child or $75 per family in sponsorships! If you have not paid, you can do so at Venmo@GallatinCounty-HorseCommittee or email Toni Berger at  for more details.  


Horse ID cards and 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 May 4th @ 6pm. 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 May 13, 2021 at 6:30pm. We will be meeting in the Indoor Arena, NOT the exhibit buildings. The indoor area is located down by the poultry barn/concessions on the fairgrounds. We will have an orange cone set out in front of the correct building. We have a special guest coming to the meeting to help prepare everyone for showmanship. This is a meeting you will not want to miss! 

Hands on practice with a chicken professional. We will not be working on our project books at this meeting but if you want to keep up the goal of a completing an activity a month we recommend: 

Workbook 1: Pg. 30 Starring in Showmanship 

Workbook 2:  Pg. 28, Fair or Fowl 


**Please bring a towel or carpet square to place under your bird to protect 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. Paper towels and or wet wipes are also handy for any messes. 


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


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 9-10:30 AM in the Wash Rack at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds  


We have just TWO workshops left! 


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

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

  • 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.

Committee Members:

Craig (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

Western Heritage:  
Winter Online Workshops.  Please visit for more details.
Todd Kesner


Q: Why did the 4-Her call thier pig “Ink”?

A: Because it was always running out of the pen.


May will be a busy month for workshops. We do have two online options currently. Both of these can count toward your 3-workshop requirement.


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.


***NEW***  Introduction to Showmanship

Please review the information and take the quiz  **ONE QUIZ PER MEMBER**

*You will receive a confirmation email with your responses. No need to contact us to notify, as we’ll also receive the response.


Upcoming Opportunities (will relay details via email):


Early May TBD: Jr-Level Carcass Workshop: online


Tuesday May 25th: Competitive Showmanship: in-person beginning at 6:30pm @ the Brownell Residence near Three Forks and presented by Hugh Braaten & Family. The address is 15580 Crowley Lane, Three Forks 59752 and members will have to park on the road. Brownell's are rabbit breeders so if your family also has rabbits, we encourage you not to attend because of biosecurity concerns for their rabbits and yours.


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


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


Keep your eye on your email for these details and additional updates throughout May. 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 May 4th 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

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