National 4-H Week
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We Want To Highlight Our Seniors!


Newspaper Recognition: We like to recognize our 4-H Graduates in the newspaper tab, the insert that goes out after the fair in August. It has all the fair results, and all the market livestock sales photos and info. (*Photo and narrative submission needed)


Recognition Ceremony: Join us at the Bonanza Barn at the end of the Round Robin Event on Sunday, July 25th. Here you and your parents/guardians will be introduced and the information on your card will be read. (*Photo and narrative submission needed)


Senior Board: Bring a poster to showcase you! You can use any senior boards you have made for school. Your board will be displayed in the Indoor Exhibit Building for the duration of Fair Week. (*Bring to Indoor Building at the beginning of Fair Week)

If you would like to participate, please send submissions via email to No later than Friday, June 18th. The Tab is a lot of work, and the senior layout is done well before the fair. Anything submitted after that date WILL NOT be included, so get the info in sooner rather than later.

1. Submit a (high quality) senior photo labeled with your name

2. Submit 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 words. It should be done in the third person narrative.

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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June 8: ULC Meeting
June 23: Newsletter blurbs due
July 12-16: Montana 4-H Congress
July 15-16: Record Book Interviews
July 18-25:  Big Sky Country State Fair
August 2-5: Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp
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July 18-25, 2021
Fair Enrollment is NOW OPEN! We are utilizing a new fair enrollment platform this year. Please watch your email for a link and detailed instructions on how to enroll for Fair.
The 2021 Fairbook & Fair Schedule for the Big Sky Country State Fair have been published. Start planning your Fair entries now! Fair Information - Gallatin County Extension | Montana State University (


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.

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When: August 2-5, 2021
Where: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures
Cost: $200/camper
(**Campers must be at least 8 years old, but no older than 13 as of Oct. 1st, 2020)

We are so excited to be able to have summer camp again this year! Our camp counselors have been busy planning educational workshops and experiences for an exciting week that will take campers on a trip around the world. Campers will love the zip line, archery, giant water slide and much more.


We can't wait to see you at camp!

Register Online NOW!
**Space at camp is limited.
Registration & fees due July 6th, 2021 by 5pm
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Join the fun! We are looking for adult volunteers to serve as camp chaperones. We need both male and female chaperones, age 21 and older. Adult chaperones provide supervision, enthusiasm and inspiration for both campers and counselors. Camp is planned and implemented by a group of teen counselors, under the guidance of their directors. Adult chaperones support this team to ensure camp is safe, fun and educational. We are looking for adults to serve 24 hours, the entire week or somewhere in between.

If you are interested in learning more about being a camp chaperone, please complete our camp chaperone interest form online at and we will be in touch with you to discuss this opportunity more. Camp would not be possible for the time and dedication of our awesome volunteers!

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top

The Gallatin Unlimited Leader's Council met on May 11, 2021 for our regular monthly meeting. We finalized plans for communication day and are looking ahead to a busy spring and summer in 4-H. Our Summer Camp counselors are doing fundraising to help support camp, and appreciate all the support they have received. Be sure to eat out on June 9 at Pizza Hut in Belgrade and use our coupon code. 4-H camp will get 20% of sales. Fair planning is also in full swing and final details are being made to the fairbook and online registration. We continue to look at our policies & procedures and have been working hard to streamline our processes. Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 8 , 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office.

The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Thursday, August 26th at the Extension Office @ 6pm. 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:
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The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 14th, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  
**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)
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Belgrade Pioneers Club

Happy May Fellow 4-Her’s,

This month the Belgrade Pioneers met on May 6th at the WB Ranch Arena. We discussed Communication’s Day and Stir Ups. We helped out by picked up rocks around the arena - a great time was had by all. Our fundraiser committee decided we would meet to sell American flags at Murdoch’s for Memorial Day. The weather was so cold we had to postpone this event until June. We worked on our community service project. We made May Day baskets for the nursing home and filled them with goodies. Our next meeting will be held on June 3rd at 6 pm at the WB Ranch Arena. The dinner theme is pizza! Thinking about joining our awesome group….please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406-595-4774!


Submitted by Ezra Miller, Reporter

Dag Nabids

The May Dag Nabids 4-H club meeting was held on May 11th in the indoor arena at the fairgrounds. Members practiced their public speaking skills in front of an audience.  We learned about the solar system, how to show a rabbit, dog agility, how to make a beaded ring, and fun trivia about chickens. 


Dag Nabids will have a record book workshop June 22nd (Tuesday) @ 4:30pm - 6pm. Please rsvp to Belinda or Monika if you plan to attend. Location to be determined.  

Belinda 406-570-5585 or Monika 406-579-3211

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



For any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406-595-4774

Dry Creek


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

Gallatin Gallopers

The Gallatin Gallopers rescheduled its monthly May 21st meeting due to bad weather and moved it to a combined meeting/field trip Sunday, June 6th at 2pm at Cedar Ridge Equine. Club will provide pizza to members and members can sign up to bring snacks/dessert. We ask that all members RSVP. Following the meeting and weather permitting we will have a how to bathe a horse demonstration.

Club member will have the opportunity to participate in club sanctioned riding lessons at CRE on Saturday, June 26th (11:30am beginner riders), (1:30pm Intermediate riders). We asked that our experienced members stay to assist our beginner members if possible. There will not be a meeting in July, as many members will be very busy preparing for fair. 

Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers met in May at the Amaltheia Organic Goat Dairy Farm for a field trip in place of our regular meeting. The club enjoyed watching goats being milked, baby goats being fed, piglets and their mothers, and a variety of other animals. We also visited their many greenhouses. In all the trip was very informational and each club member enjoyed it. We hope to visit the goat farm again. Our next meeting is Monday, June 14th, 2021, 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center.


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

On May 10th the Saddle Stars 4-H club held a meeting. We discussed ideas for our club fun day that will be in August. We also had several reports on past club rides and clinics. The arena is not available for the June club ride, so we will discuss alternatives at the next meeting. The club will be doing a Spring clean-up at Eagle Mount on June 6th. We had one demonstration at this meeting, that was our last scheduled demonstration of the year. We finished the meeting by working on scrapbook pages and stall posters for Fair. Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, and they start at 6:30pm. Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger, for more information.

-Submitted by Nicole Berger, Club Secretary


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:   I   (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

For any questions, please contact Patrick Marble at 406-570-5897

Willow Creek Wranglers

In May the Willow Creek Wranglers collected food and donations for our local Food Bank. We had great support from the community and club members.

-Submitted by Josiah Kessler, Historian/Reporter


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30 pm.

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.


The Gallatin 4-H Beef project has ONLY TWO in-person workshops left. If you think you are short on workshops please be in touch with Seth to make a plan. Remember you need 3 to attend and show at the fair.

  1. Hoof Trimming Workshop: June 13th (with your steer). The trimming will cost $50 per steer. You will need to bring cash or your checkbook to the event. Tentatively, this workshop will be held at the Beef Producers Scale in Belgrade (official address and the schedule will be sent out the week before with your time slots). You will each get a set time slot so be sure you’re clear about how many steers/ heifers you are going to bring. YOU MUST RSVP to Seth by June 6th at noon. His email is below.
  2. Showmanship Workshop: June 23rd @ 7pm (without your steer). Location is 2300 Stagecoach Trail Road, Manhattan. There will be live demonstrations and a rundown of how you will need to be prepared for the fair.


  • Be sure that if you need to medicate your steer or do parasite control you are paying close attention to withdrawal periods. Some steers may be going to USDA inspected plants for butchering this year so we ALL need to be very careful. Those animals will be tested. If something comes up and your steer needs antibiotics before fair you need to inform a leader and work closely with the vet to follow proper procedures.
  • Be sure you are teaching your steer to drink out of a bucket. The fair uses city water and sometimes steers DO NOT like the taste of the water. If you would like some pointers about how to avoid this issue please contact a leader ahead of time.
  • Please read the fair book beef section about fair rules so you are prepared.
  • For new students a reminder: You will have to be at the fair all week (including Sunday all day).

For any questions regarding this email, please contact:

Seth Halverson -

Annabel Morgan-


**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)


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

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Cloverbuds will have an end of the year celebration Wednesday, June 23rd at 6 pm. We will have chow, a project “show and tell” and make decorations for our table at the fair. Watch for an email for all the details!


-Erin Neil

DLE - Ages 13 and older


The monthly meeting will take place: June 13 (2:15 – 4:30) @ Gallatin County Extension Office


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

Dairy Cow

The 4-H Dairy Cow project will have a pre-fair record book and workbook workshop on June 3rd from 6:30pm-8pm at the Gallatin County Extension Office. 

Contact Cassie (406-539-3833) or Shawna (406-580-7819) with any questions!

Dog Projects

Dog obedience and Dog Agility are right on schedule. As a reminder: we are off the first week of June, and no class the last week of June. Please be courteous and be on time, if you are more than 10 minutes late to class, please do not enter the room, it is at this point to much of a distraction to the dogs and kids. As the weather improves be prepared to work outside if we can. If you have questions about the 4-H book please contact your project leader. 


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.

Food Projects:  Cooking/Baking at MSU

Hello members & happy spring! Now that the COVID restrictions have been lifted, we will be able to use the MSU cooking lab again, yay!  Unfortunately, we can't schedule any meetings yet because they are getting all new stoves/ovens installed over the next month. Typically May is the last month we meet anyway because school lets out and everyone is super busy with summer vacations & activities. So, we will start planning regular meetings for the new 4-H year in October.  


We do have a fundraising opportunity in July baking cookies for the 4-H market buyers' BBQ.  During fair week, we will meet at the MSU cooking lab to bake 500 sugar cookies with green icing to represent 4-H. Please let me know if any of you would like to volunteer and I'll put you on the list to contact with the details.


Stephanie Grace

Goat- Market Goat
Project Leader, Amy Brownell will be sending out a group email for a meeting in June! Everybody's doing great! See you soon!
For any questions contact: Amy Brownell
**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)
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

June is a busy month for the Horse Project! Please mark your calendars for the events below and watch your email for details and sign ups!   


June 1 Horse ID Cards and Vaccinations Due

June 1-16 Fair Registration

June 2 Horsemanship clinic

June 8 Colt to Maturity Clinic

June 10, 11 Working Ranch Horse Sorting clinic

June 16 Prefair Clinic

June 21 Jumping Clinic

June 22 Colt to Maturity Clinic

June 24 Dressage Clinic

June 30 Jumping Prefair Clinic

July 6 Record books due

July 8 Dressage Prefair Clinic

July 18-20 Big Sky Country State Fair 4H Show

Aug 28-29 Working Ranch Horse Finals at 406 Arena Vaughn, MT

Sept 24-26 Montana State 4H Horse Show, Joliet, MT 


Contact the Horse Committee at with any questions!


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


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 have their last meeting before the fair on MONDAY, June 14 @ 6:30, at the indoor arena, next to the 4-H concessions, rabbit/sheep barn. Please bring your record books, activity books, poultry poster if finished to share. We will have a Q & A with adults about the fair.  A demonstration on how to dust (lice) and wash your bird for the fair.  We will help you get your registration ready for entering the fair. Please do not bring your bird to this meeting. The club will also have ice cream bars for all! 

Remember you need 3 meetings to participate in the fair.  If you do not know how many meetings you have attended, please reach out to Judy Neiman, she has been taking roll-call. Thank you!

Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;

Shawna Oostema:     406-580-7819,

Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;     


**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)


Hello all! Fair is creeping right up on us. Our June meeting will be in-person. We will be going over rabbit handling and any questions you may have. I will be tattooing rabbits at this meeting as well so bring any that you have that need a tattoo.We as a rabbit committee are very excited to see each and every one of you!

-Cody Brownell 406-209-4183


**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)


We have just ONE workshop left! 

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

6:30 PM June 9, 2021 Location, 1240 Yadon Rd, Manhattan, MT

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

If you need an additional workshop you may choose ONE of the following options to be counted as a workshop. Substitutions must be pre-approved by a project leader.

- Participating in a Lamb Camp 

- Participating in one Jackpot show will count as one workshop 

- Attending a county-wide workshop (i.e. Marketing Workshops)


Rough Shear:  June 5th, 2021. Shearing will take place at the Wash Rack at the Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds. There is a charge associated with shearing. Rough shearing does NOT count as a workshop! Be on the lookout for a sign up. 

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


**SAVE THE DATE: All-Species Marketing Workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm-8pm in person @ the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn)

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: What do you call a pig that’s not fun to be around?

A: A boar.


Hi Swine Families ~ We’re hitting the home stretch on Workshops!


Upcoming in-person opportunities are:

* All-Species Marketing Workshop will be June 15th at the Sale Pavilion (Red Barn) at the Fairgrounds beginning @ 6:30pm.

* Clipping & Fitting Workshop will be June 22nd @ 6:00pm at 1085 Yadon Road in Manhattan. Park along the fence in the paved parking lot and walk over.


* If you are participating in a Jackpot, you are allowed to count that as one workshop. After attending, please email us a paragraph or two essay that explains what you learned through your experience and send it to the Swine Committee email


The online workshops are all out and available for workshop credit or to use as reference:

** Record Books, Workbooks, Posters and Marketing


** Introduction to Showmanship

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


** 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.


Upcoming Dates to Mark on your Calendar:

·           June 16th Fair Registrations DUE (you should have received an email with the Fairbook and you can plan ahead for your online registration that will be coming out soon)

·           July 6th ALL Workshop requirements must be met (3 for Swine Members)

·           July 6th Record Books DUE to the 4-H Office

·           July 12 Pre-Fair Project Meeting @ Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #1 (Mandatory to attend and we're having a Potluck BBQ!)

·           July 15th & 16th Project Interviews (see Fair Registration email)

·           July 17 Work Day @ the Swine Barn to help setup ~ 9am until done. First Year Members Run Through from 12-1pm

·           July 19-25 2021 FAIR - Check-In for Swine is Monday July 19th.


Keep your eye on your email for updates throughout June. 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

Veterinary Science is coordinating a field trip for June in lieu of our normal meeting. I will communicate to members via email the details of the trip once finalized.

If you have any questions please call Monika Johnson: 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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