Thank you to all that participated, families that supported, volunteers that helped and sponsors that donated to make the 2022 Big Sky Country State Fair a HUGE success! We had over 300 youth exhibitors participate this year in over 30 different projects. The Indoor Projects building was the most full we've seen it the last few years and the Market Livestock Auction brought in over 1 MILLION DOLLARS for the 2nd year in a row! We are so proud of our 4-H members and thankful to have such a supportive community. 
Fair Sponors:
  • Big Sky Country State Fair & Fairgrounds Staff (Set Up, Facilities, Labor)
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services (Livestock Show Tent)
  • First Security Bank (Livestock Barns, Market Buckles, Sale Staff)
  • Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply (Show Ring)
  • Torgerson's LLC (First Livestock Bedding)
  • Daniel's Gourmet Meats & Sausages (Buyer's BBQ)
  • Swan Land Company (Small Animal Tent)
  • BBG Contractors (Small Animal Tent)
  • Intermountain Veterinary Hospital (Vet Check-Ins)
Rosette Sponsors:
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Edison Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Summit Dental
  • Lehrkind's
  • Core & Main
  • Yellowstone Orthodontics
  • Bank of the Rockies
  • Signs & Designs Unlimited
Blue Ribbon Sponors:
  • Rising Sun Auto Repair
  • Gallatin Cattlewomen
  • Sapphire Restaurants (McDonald's)
  • Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital
Clover Donor Sponors:
  • Rocky Mountain Supply (Round Robin Champion Buckles)
  • Walker Construction
Congratulations to our 2022 Bob Brownell Memorial 4-H Herdsmanship Award recipients! This award is presented to members for keeping excellent appearance, condition and cleanliness of the stalls and barns and being courteous and polite to fellow 4-H and FFA members, adults and fair visitors. Recipients are nominated in each of the species barns. Awards were presented by Rob and Judy Brownell.
Beef Junior - Bob Smieja
Beef Senior - Anna Steele
Dairy Cow Junior - Bob Smieja
Dairy Cow Senior - CJ Oostema
Dairy Goat - Finley Lewellen
Horse - Erica Knappenberger
(Makenze Woodring pictured accepting on Erica’s behalf)
Market Goat - Wyatt MacDonald
Poultry- JoeLyn Neiminen
Sheep- Inga Adelberger
Swine Novice- Rock Charlton (not pictured)
Swine Junior- Grey Collins (not pictured)
Swine Senior- Rosalyn Black
Rabbit- Sean Marble
Photos by: No Studio Required Photography
Congratulations to our 2022 Round Robin competitors and champions! Showmanship skills and knowledge are put to the test as the the top two Junior members and top two Senior members in each species battle it out. The 36 participants exhibit all 8 species in fast-paced rotations and the top 5 in each division are recognized below.
Senior Grand Champion: Wyatt MacDonald
Senior Reserve Champion: Deanna Yung
Senior 3rd Place: Madelyn Beals
Senior 4th Place: Kylie Brownell
Senior 5th Place: Lane Smart
Junior Grand Champion: Trac DeBoer
Junior Reserve Champion: Keira Unrein
Junior 3rd Place: Kallie Mitchell
Junior 4th Place: Griffin Jensen
Junior 5th Place: Makenze Woodring
Rocky Mountain Supply sponsored the event and champion buckles
Photos by: No Studio Required Photography
Congratulations to our 27 Gallatin County 4-H Class of 2022 Graduating Senior members! We recognized and celebrated their hard work, dedication and contributions to our 4-H program during their time as youth members. We wish them all the best in their futures as 4-H Alumni!
Pictured from left to right:
Sven Stenberg, Makinlee Naffziger, Adriana Kamerman, Mariah McPhee, Ella Halverson, Sophie Duffin, Kalyn Yung, Rosalyn Black, Lance Vranish, Erica Berger, and Wyatt MacDonald.
Not pictured:
Ryan Baeth, Sophia Botz, Grace Donnelly, Carson Huckert, Alexander Jones, Malaya Kamerman, Samuel Kesner, Carson Klem, Lori Marx, Felix Peterson, Ruby Pruitt, Landon Scott, Joey TeSelle, Rynna Vaughn, Archer Wold, and Alexis Wulff.
Photos by: No Studio Required Photography
2022 Indoor Projects
Thank you and Congratulations to all the 4-H members that created projects for the Indoor Exhibit Building at the 2022 Big Sky Country State Fair! There were almost 100 entries submitted! There were entries from the Dog, Sewing, Baking/Cooking, Cake Decorating, Photography, Cloverbuds Projects and Club Displays and MORE! We loved seeing all your hard work shine through in your creations. A special thank you to those who worked shifts in the Promotional Booth to get the word out about 4-H to the public.

Montana 4-H State Congress

Eleven Gallatin County 4-Hers attended the 2022 Montana 4- H Congress held on the Montana State University campus in July. They participated in workshops, contests, and connected with other 4-Hers from across the state.


Two of our members, Kaitlyn Scott and Erin Revenaugh, both qualified with their Speeches to attend the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia this coming November!  Alexander Jones competed in Stir Ups, Calla Donnelly competed in Prepared Speech, and Sydney Revenaugh and Lori Marx competed in Career Communications. Mariah McPhee also retired as a Montana 4-H State Ambassador after a year of service. Congratulations to these 4-Hers!  We wish them the best at the National Competition.

4-H Awards Night for Volunteers and Youth!


We are in our final months of wrapping up the 2021-2022 4-H year and want to invite families to celebrate the closing of the 4-H year to the Youth and Volunteer Awards Night on Monday, September 26 at the Bozeman Grantree Inn. An RSVP will be required as we get closer to the event as the meal will be catered. Keep an eye out for more communications coming your way!

Nominate A Volunteer: 4-H Volunteers are so important each year to hold meetings, organize events, pass on their talent and knowledge, work behind the scenes, make time for helping youth and families in 4-H, and so much more.  If you have worked with a volunteer or noticed what they did to make 4-H better, please take a moment to nominate them!  https://forms.gle/p25b1nggWC3DgPQj9
Nominate a Friend of 4-H:  We are grateful for many organizations, businesses, and even community members to make 4-H successful each year (not only at fair).  If you have worked with someone this past year and would like to nominate them for recognition at awards night- please complete the electronic nomination.
EVENTS                                                                back to top 


AUGUST 1- 4 Gallatin County 4-H Summer Camp


AUGUST 10-14 Bozeman Stampede


AUGUST 20 Manhattan Potato Festival


AUGUST 23 Newsletter Blurbs Due





SEPTEMBER 26 Annual 4-H Awards Night Banquet


SEPTEMBER TBD New 4-H Family Info Night



OCTOBER 1 2022-2023 4-H Year Enrollment OPENS


OCTOBER TBD Volunteer/Leader Training


COMMITTEES                                                      back to top


ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on September 5th at 6pm at the Extension Office. The Committee decided to have a July meeting instead of an August meeting due to 4-H Camp conflict and taking graduating seniors to colleges. 


The ULC Committee's Policy & Procedures sub-committee has proposed a new policy that would take effect in the 2022-2023 4-H Year. This policy must be published for 30 days to allow for any public comment or feedback. See below the proposed Membership Policy that would impact the enrollment timeframe.

"The official 4-H program year is October 1 through September 30. Annual membership enrollment begins Oct. 1 and ends March 1st. Re-enrolling members should be enrolled by Oct. 31st. Starting November 1, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee. Some Clubs and Projects have enrollment caps and may close prior to March 1st. Enrollment fees are to be paid annually, plus non-refundable per project materials fees."
Please contact the office with any questions or feedback on this proposed policy before September 1st. Thank you!
The six 2022 Scholarship recipients and graduating seniors were recognized during Fair during the Market Sale (July 22nd) and during the Senior Recognition Ceremony (July 24th). Congratulations seniors and good luck to you as you start your first semester of college this fall!
The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting  will be held August 25th at the Extension Office @ 6pm. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 

The Gallatin County 4-H/FFA Livestock Committee met on various nights throughout Fair Week to ensure all shows, animals and members were taken care of. The Market Livestock Auciton was a HUGE success again this year. Keep an eye out for the 2022 Market Livestock TAB publication in the local newspaper set to be sent out on August 14th. 
The next meeting is September 14th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - belgradepioneers@gmail.com (email), ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

Dab Nabids


Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211



If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatindle@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


Dry Creek-Teens


This club meets in Manhattan monthly on the 1st Monday. The programming is tailored to 7th grade and older and we do not specializing in any projects just topics that teach advanced life skills, teen leadership and citizenship. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com


Gallatin Gallopers


Contact for club information: Cynthia Brewer 406-539-3806, cynthiab610@gmail.com

Gateway Challengers


There will be no meeting in July or August. The next formal meeting will be September 12th at 6:30 at the Gateway Community Center. 

Submitted by Jack Stuart 


Leader: Jessica Black



Manhattan Clever Clovers

We do not specialize in any projects but introduce the members to record keeping, demonstrations/ public speaking, parliamentary procedure and pick fun topics to learn about each month. If your member is 7th grade and older and they’ve been in 4-H previously, we encourage them to join the Dry Creek 4-H Club but please inquire if you are unsure what would be best for your member. We are also seeking an Adult Volunteer to serve as a co-leader to help organize/carry out for this upcoming 4-H year. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

Saddle Stars


Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade. Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger for more information.

Email: Saddlestars4h@gmail.com 

Facebook: @SaddleStars4H

Website: https://saddlestars4hclub.webs.com

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

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
2021-2022 Projects

We are in the beginning stages of planning for the upcoming 2022-2023 4-H Year. The Extension office will start sending emails in late August and September with information on Enrollment, clubs, projects and volunteers. If you are interested in leading a project or club, let the Extension office know at 406-582-3280. 


Are you 13 years old or older?  Do you want to help younger members in the County?  Do you like to plan and put on events and attend retreats?   Do you want to be a Gallatin County Ambassador for the 2021 - 2022 4-H year?  If you are 13 or older and are interested in becoming a Gallatin County Ambassador, please complete the application and submit it to the Extension Office or Shelly by October 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee@charter.net or 406.595.4774.


Baking at MSU


Please call, text, or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 




Average price per pound for Beef at the 2022 Market Livestock Sale was $6.33. Great job at fair everyone!


Seth Halverson- (406) 209-1178 

Annabel Morgan (406) 580-9003       

Melanie Duffin    (406) 209-1978  

Lee Nuss            (406) 599-0601

Cake Decorating


Email Ginny Francis ginnyfrancis@yahoo.com or Kelley gklerwick@gmail.com for further details and location details.

Camp Counselors

Be watching your email, text, and Band app for additional information.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatincamp@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


Any questions please call Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819 fcclashawna@hotmail.com

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

So many Cloverbud submissions to the Indoor Building! We hope you learned a lot, had fun and met some new friends! Great job at fair!


We meet at the fairgrounds on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30. An email about the upcoming meeting is sent the Monday before. If you have questions please Email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com.

Cooking at MSU

Please call, text, or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 



Dairy Cow


Any questions please call project leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.

Dog Projects


No Update. Great job at Fair!

Goat- Dairy


Char Seger 815-980-0888                                      Caitlynn Seger 406-404-0707

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556                             Gena Johnson 406-599-5920

Goat- Market

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! Gena (406) 599-5920 Amy (406) 209-2720  Aimee(406) 548-1031

Horse Projects


No update. 


Gallatin Twisters - Horse


Jessie Sheperd- Twister Coach 352-304-1648  jlsheperd@gmail.com

Jackie Jones- Twister Leader 406-579-9373 jackjones59714@gmail.com 


Greetings knitters and crocheters! Please join us at Cafe in M in Belgrade from 9:30am to 11:30am.  Please email both leaders if you are unable to attend.


- Jeanette and Phyllis

Leadership (Teens)

Be watching Band for more information!  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatindle@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add kmbrewcrew@gmail.com to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

Please reach out to one of our committee members with any questions you may have.

Cody and Amy Brownell 406-209-4183 406-209-2720 

Monica Samson 406-399-1866 


Average price per pen for Poultry at the 2022 Market Livestock Sale was $761.36. Great job at fair everyone!


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

Barbie Huber: 406-599-5950; barbiehuber@hotmail.com;      

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


Average price per pound for Sheep at the 2022 Market Livestock Sale was $10.52. Great job at fair everyone!


Committee Members:

Craig Carr-craig.carr@montana.edu; (406) 539-4338

Ruth Carr- kennellr@gmail.com; (406) 539-4337 

Kim Flikkema-kimflikkema@gmail.com; (406)-599-1486

Shooting Sports


Volunteers needed:

Gallatin County 4-H Shooting Sports is in desperate need of adults to become certified leaders in the different disciplines that are offered in 4-H Shooting.  We are desperately in need of assistance in archery and shotgun.  In order for us to provide a safe and educational experience, we need your help.  Please consider becoming a leader.  More information on leader trainings will made available as it is received. Please plan to attend.  For more information, please contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.


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

Average price per pound for Swine at the 2022 Market Livestock Sale was $9.58. Great job at fair everyone!

We have set up a Parent & Member Remind text group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/834dbc. They're short and sweet but you must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed. 


-The Leaders of the Swine Squad

Travis Collins, Lindsay Herron, Kelly Pavlik, Merle Farrier, Lee Nuss, Eric Johnson, Cory Taylor, Sarah Bailey and Libbie Oram

Vet Science


Questions? Reach out to Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

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

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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.


Molly Yurdana
Gallatin County MSU Extension Agent

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