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Welcome our new 4-H staff!


Colyn Wiening has joined the Gallatin County 4-H Extension office as the new 4-H Assistant, she will be providing support to the 4-H programs and families. Growing up Colyn spent her summers with both sets of grandparents in Western Colorado on their fruit orchards or walking the irrigation ditches and learning about farming. Colyn double majored at Colorado State University and graduated with degrees in both Animal Science and Agricultural Business. She has spent the last several years as a 4-H volunteer with her daughters’ projects and is excited to join the 4-H office. 


To contact Gallatin County 4-H email

EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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July 6: Record Books DUE to Extension Office
July 12-16: Montana 4-H Congress
July 15-16: Record Book Interviews
July 18-25:  Big Sky Country State Fair
July 23: Newsletter blurbs due
August 2-5: Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp
August 10: ULC Meeting
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July 18-25, 2021
Prepared for fair? Fair is just a few weeks away! Check the 2021 Fairbook for arrival, show and activity schedules.


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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EARN MONEY for your Club/Project at the Bozeman Stampede!


***ATTENTION LEADERS*** Each year Gallatin County 4-H is given the opportunity to make money for their club / project / committee of their choosing during the Bozeman Stampede. The Bozeman Stampede is a non-profit organization that brings a 3-night PRCA rodeo to Bozeman every year since 2010. Missing last year, they’re planning on returning in 2021 in full-force for the nights of August 5th, 6th & 7th. ALL of their profits get paid back to the clubs and groups that help them put on the rodeo, including prep and cleanup! Past groups have made upwards of $20/hour per person so it’s really a great way to raise funds for your club/project/committee. Please check out the sign up here and get your members/parents on board now!


Please reach out to Kelly Pavlik via email or text if you have questions

(406) 600-1016


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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

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 10, 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 Thursday, July 8th, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  

We are happy to report that everything is moving along on the planning and we're getting down to the finer details of finalizing registrations and getting the online sale platform ready to go. This year's Auction is both Live and Online and will function similarly to last year: with improvements in critical areas (lessons learned from 2020). Please be watching your emails as we'll be issuing instructions on how to upload your pictures and your information on your animal(s) you're selling. 

CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

Happy Summer Fellow 4H’ers!

The Belgrade Pioneers met on Thursday, June 3rd, at the WB Ranch Arena. The Fundraiser Committee set a date to sell flags in front of Murdoch’s on Saturday, June 12th. We had a total of 150 flags to sell. We had a lot of donations! We discussed fair preparation. Our club decided to have a Club Booth and an Educational Booth. There will be no meeting in July due to our busy fair schedules. Our August meeting is To Be Determined. We might have a pool party! Interested in joining our awesome club? Contact Shelly McPhee at 406-595-4774!


Submitted by Ezra Miller, Reporter

Dag Nabids

No update for the Dag Nabids Club. Best of luck to fair participants. Please reach out to a senior 4-H member or leader with questions or concerns. We cannot wait to see your projects at fair.  


-Belinda and Monika 

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

The June meeting wrapped up our year of Educational Dad Task’s with the dad-liest task of them all: BBQing, Using Propane Tanks & Determining if Meat is Properly Cooked. The members enjoyed their own cooked-to-perfection hamburger or hot dog afterward! Thanks to all of the dad’s (and mom’s) that participated in teaching skills this year!


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

Gallatin Gallopers

The GG4H club met on Sunday June 6th at Cedar Ridge Equine for a general meeting and pizza lunch, that was followed by a presentation on how to bathe a horse. Club members will have the opportunity to ride in lessons on Saturday, June 26th (beginners at 11am and intermediate riders at 1pm). If members with experience are able to come early and help with the beginner riders lesson, their help would be greatly appreciated. There will not be a meeting in July as many members are busy with fair preparations. The club will be putting together a display for the fair, we will be emailing information on how members can contribute in the next week or so. We will have a meeting in August (Date/location/time TBD).

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Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers met in June at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center for our regular club meeting. We discussed our revised constitution/by-laws and club expectations and voted on them. They were approved. We also talked about the upcoming fair and our club display. Afterwards, the club enjoyed snacks and played a game while some club members had their record books signed. Our next meeting will be the second Monday of September, the 13th, at 6:30 pm at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. We will not meet in July and August. Hope to see you at the fair!


Written by Maddie Black, club reporter.

Manhattan Clever Clovers

Club members took to the Manhattan School grounds in May to cleanup leaves, weeds and trash. They helped get the school presentable for Graduation Ceremonies. It was a fun way to say “thanks for a great school year to our school!”


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

Saddle Stars

For any questions, please contact Tamara Knappenberger at 307-214-8336 or email

Shining Mountaineers

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

Willow Creek Wranglers

For any questions, please contact Katy Hansen at 570-9996 or Sam Cavin at 599-8288.

PROJECTS                                                          back to top
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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.



  1. Get your steers used to drinking city water as soon as possible. If you need tips contact your leaders
  2. Make sure you have small square hay bales for fair week secured
  3. Bring neck ties for your steers for tie outs at fair and be practicing showing your steers with their show halters

If you have any last minute questions contact either Seth or Annabel!


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

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Meetings have concluded for the 2020-2021 4-H Year! The Cloverbuds project is a great way for youth ages 5-7 to get involved and introduced into the world of 4-H. Meetings include activites across all project areas to spark interest to inspire involvement in those projects when members are 8 years old. Know a Cloverbud? Encourage them to enroll in the Cloverbud project this upcoming October for the 2021-2022 4-H Year!

DLE - Ages 13 and older


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

Dairy Cow

Check the Fair Schedule for arrival and show times. We can't wait to see you at fair!

Dog Projects

We have two sessions left before fair, the class on July 7th is going to take place at Montana Murray Kennels, and if the weather permits we will meet on July 14th at the Lewis and Clark Park in Belgrade. 

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 406-600-7935

Goat- Market Goat

What a great final meeting we had before we go to fair! Everyone has been working hard! Record Books need to be turned into the 4-H office by July 6th! Don't forget to get signed up for your interviews. Later this week I will send an email with the schedule and vet checks! See you soon!! 

-Amy Brownell

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

We know you are all busy riding your horses and getting ready for fair!  July is another busy month for the Horse Project so be sure and mark your calendars and watch for emails!

**July 6 - Horse Project Record books due to the Extension Office by 5:00 PM


There are a couple horse project clinics upcoming:

  • July 7 - Working Ranch Horse Clinic 
  • July 8 -  Dressage Prefair Clinic

Other Events:

  • August 28-29  Working Ranch Horse Finals in Vaugh MT - registration is open
  • Sept 24-26 Montana State 4-H Horse Show in Joilet MT - registration is open
Gallatin County Fair Horse Show - Sunday, July 18th - Check In/English Events
  • Sunday, July 18 - 8:00 AM-Noon Horse check-in
    • 12:15 PM mandatory fair horse meeting at the outdoor arena.
    • 9:00 AM - All English/Dressage/and Jumping classes
  • Monday, July 19 - Western Events
    • 8:00 AM - Showmanship, Bareback, Trail, Western Classes and Reining  
  • Tuesday, July 20 - Working Ranch Horse Events
    • 8:00 AM - Working Ranch Horse - Test, Pattern/Cow Work/Trail, Roping, Sorting
    • 3:00 PM - Games
    • 6:00 PM - Twister Drill Team Performance and Awards Ceremony
    • 8:00 PM - Barns Clean and Check Out

Patterns and other important reminders will be emailed to all horse project members, so be checking your emails regularly for news from the Horse Committee!


Parents, we need your help to make this a successful, smoothly run event! On days when your children are showing, we know you will be busy helping them, but you can still sign up to help at other times! Watch your email for sign-up link!


Contact the Horse Committee at with any questions!  Good luck 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


Check out the Fairbook for all photography project specifications for submitting entries to the Fair!
Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

**Record books are due July 6th at the 4-H extension office. 

Remember you need 7 activities for this year completed in your yellow/activities workbook.

Barn Set-up is July 17th at 10am. This is a mandatory event for those participating in the 4-H fair. A separate email will go out with more details on items needed. A friendly reminder that you will need to dust your chickens 10 days prior to fair, that date is July 8th. You will also need leg bands for all poultry participating in the fair. If you still need bands, please reach out to Shawna. Please come to vet-check with your vet check form completed and your birds banded. Don't forget to sign-up for a livestock interview, vet check and barn-duty. We ask that everyone help with barn duty. Thank you! Stay cool.


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 everyone. Fair is less than 20 days away. Make sure to get your record books turned into the 4-H office by July the 6th. We are setting cages up and having a mock show on July 11th. We will be having a couple of prestigious judges walk the kids through the show process. This will also be a good time to get your rabbits tattoos taken care of. If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to any one of the committee members. 

Cody Brownell 406-209-4183 

Colyn Wiening 406-570-3562 

Monica Samson 399-1866 

Chris Lottman 579-9315


Hello Sheep Project Members! It’s hard to believe that we are just under a month from Fair. You’ve all been working hard and now it’s time to show off that hard work! 

We opted not to have a pre-fair workshop this year, instead we are entrusting that you will review ALL the information in this email on your own. 


 Important Dates, Times & Information

  • Thursday, July 1st 6-7pm-  We will be at the Extension Office with the scale if you would like to weigh your lambs.

  • Tuesday July 6th,  5pm- up to date record book and project workbook due to the Extension Office.

  • Tuesday July 20th, 5-7pm- Mandatory Animal Check-in from 5-7pm- Indoor Arena

  • The Vet Check Form (click HERE) must be filled out by the member and signed by the vet PRIOR to lambs entering the building.

  • After lambs are approved by the vet, lambs must be weighed at the south end of the barn. Once weighed and checked in, market lambs will be ultrasounded.

  • Lambs must be slick shorn at time of check in.

  • Informational Poster (unless you are a novice)  is due at check in.

  • Tuesday July 20th, 7pm- Mandatory Member Meeting in the Outdoor Arena- pizza dinner will be provided 

Pre-Fair Prep 

❏ Get Your Record Book & Project Workbook up to date/completed 

  • Members are required to deliver their up-to-date Record Books (Animal Journal & Workbook w/ 7 new activities completed) to the 4-H office by July 6th for review by the Sheep Committee. 

  • The Committee will review the books that week. You will be notified via email when it is ready to be picked up and be given directions if more work is needed.  Members are required to bring their signed record books & workbooks with them to their Project Interviews; which are July 15th & 16th (Thur & Fri before Fair Week) from 4pm - 8pm each of the days. A signed record book and project workbook as well as a project interview are required in order to Exhibit / Participate at Fair! Members will need to sign up in advance for an interview time. The link is in the Registration Email.

❏ Market Your Animal 

  • You should be marketing NOW! 

  • Try to bring at LEAST three new buyers to the sale.

  • Be confident in what you are selling!

  • Have copies of all your flyers ready to hand out when you go. 

  • Don’t forget to mention add-ons and proxy sales if buyers can’t make it to the auction.

Contact a Sheep Leader with any questions!

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:  
Online Workshops.  Please visit for more details.
Todd Kesner



Q: What did the pig say on the warm summer’s day?

A: “I’m bacon.”


Hi Swine Families ~ Happy already-hot July! Hopefully the pigs are staying cool!


We are all done providing Workshops – a big thank you to all of those that helped put those on. If you haven’t met your Workshop requirements you’ve received email notifications.


We’re moving onto Record Books & Interviews – please look for the email sent 6/30 for specifics:

  • July 6th ALL Workshop requirements must be met (3 for Swine Members)
  • July 6th Record Books DUE to the 4-H Office
    • Up to-date Animal Project Journal (if you’ve completed an online record book, you must print out the pages, sign them and turn those in)
    • Project Workbooks w/ 7 new activities complete this year (3rd level members may substitute an number of these activites w/ research topics <these were also sent via email>)
  • July 12 Pre-Fair Project Meeting @ Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #1 at 6:00pm (Mandatory to attend and we're having a Potluck BBQ!)
    • Last Names A-M bring a Side Dish; N-Z please bring a dessert
  • July 15th & 16th Project Interviews (see link below to get signed up for a time slot)
  • 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.


Project-Related Fair Signups:

Project Interviews

Volunteers to assist the committee for Work Day / Show / Pictures / Sale Night

Barn Duty (Adults only for now, we’re still making lane assignments)


Keep your eye on your email for updates. 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

No update for Vet Science project. Wishing all fair participants the Best of Luck. Please reach out to me with questions or concerns. I cannot wait to see your projects at fair.  


-Monika Johnson

JaNaie' Godin, 4-H Agent
Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant

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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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