Congratulations 4-H Class of 2023 


All of us here in the office are so proud of the hard work you have put in to get to where you are, congratulations! We only need a few items from you in order to give you the recognition you deserve.


Newspaper Recognition: We like to recognize our 4-H Graduates in the newspaper tab, it’s the insert that goes out after the fair in August. 

Please send via email to gallatin4h@montana.edu.

-a senior photo labeled with your name

-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. 


Please send the above items as soon as possible, but no later than June 15.


Senior Board: Bring a poster to showcase you! This will be displayed in the Indoor Exhibit building during Fair Week. You can use any senior boards you have made for school.


**Recognition Ceremony: Submit a narrative about yourself (it can be the same narrative you submit for the newspaper tab) and join us at the AgWest Tent at the end of the Round Robin Event on Sunday, July 23th at 2:00pm for our Senior Recognition Ceremony. You will be introduced, the information you submit will be read, and you will receive a special surprise!

Mark Your Calendars: 4-H All-Species Workshops 
Come one, come ALL! All-species workshops are not required, but we highly encourage any 4-H members in any animal project to attend to help you prepare for Fair! Especially if you are new to 4-H or if you are in need of an additional workshop to meet your species workshop requirement this year!
*All 4-H members must attend the required number of workshops for the species that you are participating in order to show at the Fair. Animal projects allow you to count ONE All-Species workshop towards your species workshop requirement for the year if needed. *Please note: one all-species workshops cannot double-count for more than one species' workshop total.  








Minimum Workshops Required









This year we are offering TWO All-Species workshops in the month of June:


June 21st (Wed) @ 6:30pm {GranTree Hotel, Bozeman} - All Species "Marketing Workshop w/ special guest Mike Swan" 

  • Learn how to market your animal project to prospective buyers in the community and about the Market Livestock Auction and what that entails.

June 27th (Tues) @ 6:30pm {Exhibit Building #4, Gallatin County Fairgrounds}

- All Species "Record Books, Project Interviews & Demonstrated Learning Workshop"

  • Learn what your completed record book should look like, what to expect during your required project interview(s), and how to demonstrate what you learned this year in a variety of scenarios.

2023 Fair Registration NOW OPEN


Read through the 2023 Fairbook (2023Fairbook.pdf (montana.edu) for rules, requirements and important information to help you register and prepare for Fair. 

2023 Fair Registration:

  • All members planning to participate in the fair will have to register for Fair on the online ShoWorks fair platform to be able to exhibit. 
  • The deadline to register for Fair is June 16th, 2023 by 5pm *NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • Click the red “Sign In” button, then select either Exhibitor (for one kid) or Quick Group (for families with multiple youth) from the drop-down menu. **Everyone will start fresh and select “I am a new exhibitor (or group) or have yet to register this year” upon first sign-in.
  • Exhibitor registration fees must be paid by June 28th by 5pm (via card online through ShoWorks or we accept card/cash/check at the Extension Office)


     Find all Fair Information here:  https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hfair.html

    Record Book Evaluations & Project Interviews


    All Gallatin County 4-H Members must participate in an interview evaluation with their record book to enter exhibits in fair. ALL 4-H Members participating in fair are required to turn in all Animal and Indoor project records and project workbooks to the Extension Office by June 28, 2023, by 5:00 pm.
    Record books are required to be up to date and include:
    • My 4-H Year (one per member)
    • Project records: Animal or Non- Animal Project Journal & Financial Records (one per project)
    • Project Manual/Curriculum/Workbook(s) for each project with 7 completed activities for this year.
    NEW Record Book/Project Interview Scoring Process 
    • In the efforts to clarify and improve record book standards and expectations, we are trying out a new score-based procedure to determine Project Award nominations. With both record-keeping skills and interview skills being equally important to develop in our youth, the two areas will be scored and totaled to determine award nominees.

    Livestock/Small Animal, Dog & Horse Project Interviews: Thursday, July 13 & Friday, July 14, 2023 4:00pm-8:00pm each day

    • See the “Are You Ready for Fair Checklist” (click link) for Interview SignUp links
      • If you are entering projects in multiple livestock species (ex. goat, sheep, swine), you will interview on all species in ONE 20-minute interview.
      • If you are entering projects in Livestock, Horse and Dog, you will need to complete a separate interview for each department (= 3 separate interviews)
      • Dog Project members, if you are entering a Dog Educational Poster, please bring it to your interview to be evaluated (you do not need to bring your actual dog to your interview).


    Indoor Project Interviews: Monday, July 17th between 9am – 5pm.

    • See the “Are You Ready for Fair Checklist” (click link) for Interview SignUp links
      • If you are entering projects in different indoor project divisions, you will need to complete an interview in each project division (Example: entries in Cooking, Photography and Crochet = 3 interviews)
      • Bring your project exhibit(s) as it will be evaluated during your interview with a judge.
      • *Be aware that the Horse and Dog shows are that Monday, so schedule your Indoor Project interviews around those accordingly.

    4-H Café HELP NEEDED


    The money earned from the concessions is a large part of helping youth and volunteers attend events, fund projects and much more! Your couple of hours is so helpful to making 4-H successful. We are looking for youth ages 8 and older to work in the 4-H Concessions Stand during Fair Week! Youth 8-11 years old must be accompanied by an adult. (Please make sure to sign up for an adult slot. If the adult slot is filled, please select another time.)


    Café Help SignUp: 4-H Cafe & Concessions 2023 (signupgenius.com)


    Additionally, we have a few more needs for the Café this year!

    • Student Managers: We are looking for 2 student managers to aid and help the manager. Duties will include prepping food, cooking, cleaning, and managing.
    • Concessions Manager or Managers: Do you have a day or two or even the entire week to be a concessions manager? The concession stand will open Monday, July 17. Monday and Tuesday it will be open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday it will be open 8:00 am - 11:00pm, Friday it will be open 8:00 am - around midnight. (Friday is Market Sale Night, so it will be open for the duration of the sale or until we run out of food.) Sunday, July 23, it will open at 8:00 am and will be done when everything is cleaned up and cleaned out, usually 7pm.
    • These positions have monetary compensation. Contact Shelly McPhee (ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406-595-4774) for more information or if you are interested.

    4-H Senior Spotlight


    Montana 4-H Foundation recently announced their 2023 State 4-H scholarship recipients and Gallatin 4-H member Kaitlyn Scott was selected to receive the Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship! Congratulations Kaitlyn!

    2023 Montana 4-H State Congress

    Registration closes June 15th


    Montana 4-H invites ALL members 4-H age 13 and older to the 2023 Montana 4-H Congress event on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University Tuesday, July 11 – Friday, July 14. Montana 4-H Congress provides youth from across the state an opportunity to come together on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman for four days and participate in an event like no other.

    Congress offers both youth and adults a venue in which to learn, be challenged, and most of all, have a great time with their peers. Montana 4-H'ers have been attending an event like Congress for decades. Congress has become an important tradition and is the signature event for the Montana 4-H Program. Congress' purpose is to provide a safe and fun environment for youth to experience all that 4-H Congress has to offer including contests, workshops, entertainment, social events, and much more. Learn more here: Montana 4-H Congress - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University

    This year, join the “live studio audience” of  TV4H, the 4-H Network that links Montana 4-H'ers together! There will be something for everyone at the  TV4H Network at Montana 4-H Congress!

    What do you do at 4-H Congress?

    • Enjoy social time like dances, teambuilding games and crowd-pleasing sessions with lots of laughs.
    • Stay in the MSU dorms!
    • Opportunity to choose from variety of hands-on workshops delivered by MSU faculty, community organizations and other top-notch presenters giving you lots of ideas for your own future and how you can have an impact on your community.
    • Give your hands to larger service by being part of a statewide service project giving back to those that have given to us. 
    • Participate in one of the 13 state level contests (not required). If you are interested in competing, please reach out to the Gallatin 4-H Office. Learn More about these contests.


    Important dates and deadlines:

    • June 15 – Congress & Pre-Congress Registration Due (State deadline)
    • June 15 – Ambassador Officer Team and Advisor Applications Due (if this interests you)
    • June 15 – Officer Selection Committee Applications Due (if this interests you)
    • July 9 – Pre-Congress & Ambassador Officer Selection Begins (if this interests you)
    • July 11 – Congress Begins (approx. 2pm)
    • July 12 - State Contests 
    • July 14 – Congress concludes (approx. 10am)
    • See full schedule here: https://www.montana.edu/extension/4h/programs/events/mt_4h_congress/sched.html


    Register NOW! Registrations must be completed through https://4h.zsuite.org/ or the Gallatin 4-H office. Please remember, youth must be at least 13 years old as of October 1, 2022. *On the registration question of “chaperone” please put “4-H Office” for now – as the event gets closer we will pick our 4-H volunteer chaperone based on schedules availability.


    ***If you need financial assistance for this event, we have funding available – please reach out to us at the Gallatin 4-H Office for more information! 

    2023 4-H "Medieval" Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!


    Are you 8-13 years old? Join us for 4-H Summer Camp! Attendees will travel back in time to pursue a medieval medley of missions. They will use and learn the 4 H's of 4-H, head, heart, hands, and health to gain lifelong skills to be a good citizen. Our 4-H Teen Camp Counselors have prepared a week of fun for youth campers to enjoy - themed workshops, jousting, zip-lining, slip n’ slide, dance and so much more!


    When: July 30 - August 2, 2023 (overnight camp)

    Where: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures, Bozeman

    Theme: "Medieval"

    Youth Campers: ages 8-13 (as of Oct. 1, 2022)


    Registration closes July 1st!


    Online registration is on ZSuite:

    4-H Members: Log into your ZSuite account and look for 2023 Summer Camp registration under the “Events” tab. https://4h.zsuite.org/event-registrations/21078

    • Cost for Members is $210
    • Cost for Non-Members is $250
    You may pay online or at the Extension Office. 
    THANK YOU for GIVING BIG to Gallatin County 4-H Foundation!

    We are pleased to share that we surpassed our Give Big campaign goal this year! Each gift that was made during this campaign allows Gallatin 4-H Foundation to continue our mission of creating new projects and clubs, funding scholarships to attend Montana 4-H Congress, supporting the 4-H ambassador program, and providing higher education scholarships for Gallatin 4-H youth. 


    Thank you to all the shared, engaged or donated during the 2023 Gallatin Valley Give Big event!

    Host an International Delegate this Summer or Academic Year!  


    The Montana 4-H Exchange Program is seeking host families with a youth within 3-4 years of age and same gender of the youth delegate.


    Short-term summer hosting opportunities (~3.5 week):  

    ·Norwegians in MT June 25-July 19:  Currently we have only one more Norwegian youth to match with a host family – a 18-year-old male.

    ·Japanese in MT approximately July 23-August 18 (final dates may change slightly depending upon flight details): We have ~10 more male and female youth, ranging from 14-17 years of age, and 1 adult chaperone to match with host families.
    2023 Summer Host Family Application: https://www.states4hexchange.org/host-family/application


    Academic Year Program (AYP) hosting opportunities (~9.5 month):

    ·Japanese approximately mid-August, 2023 to mid-June, 2024: We have 1-2 more youth to match with a host family.

    2023-24 AYP Host Family Application: https://smr.to/p87059


    Contact Christine at c.sommersaustin@montana.edu  or 406.994.3504 for more information.

    EVENTS                                                                back to top 


    JUNE 6  ULC Meeting


    JUNE 15  Montana 4-H Congress Registration CLOSES 


    JUNE 15 Graduating Senior Recognition Blurbs DUE to office


    JUNE 16  Fair Registration CLOSES 


    JUNE 21  All-Species Workshop: "Marketing" (see details in section above)


    JUNE 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE


    JUNE 27  All-Species Workshop: "Record Books, Project Interviews & Demonstrated Learning Workshop" (see details in section above)


    JUNE 28  Record Books DUE to Office 


    JUNE 28  Fair Registration Payments DUE




    JULY 1  4-H Summer Camp Registration CLOSES


    JULY 3  Office Closed


    JULY 9-11 Montana 4-H Pre-Congress


    JULY 11-14  Montana 4-H Congress (details above)


    JULY 13-14  Project Interviews (Livestock/Small Animal, Horse & Dog)


    JULY 15-23  Big Sky Country State Fair!!


    JULY 17 Indoor Project Interviews & Exhibit Judging


    JULY 21 Market Livestock Auction (live bidding only, starts at 4pm)


    JULY 30 - AUGUST 2  4-H "Medieval" Summer Camp



    See other June Committee, Club and Project updates in sections below.



    The 4-H Year at a Glance - Full 2022-2023 4-H Yearly Calendar HERE

    COMMITTEES                                                      back to top
    ULC (Unlimited Leaders Council)
    ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on
    June 6th at 6pm at the Extension Office. 
    Greetings from the Gallatin County ULC!  The ULC committee met back on May 2nd. National Volunteer Appreciation Week was at the end of April and ULC gathered nominations to send goodies in the mail to volunteers that have made an impact this year - 19 volunteers were awarded for their efforts! ULC is exploring new options for their CD bank account to take advantage of the high interest rates right now and to maximize the funds we have in that account. There was discussion on potentially having a Teen Dance at the 2023 Fair coordinated by some of our Teen 4-H Clubs. Additionally, there may be the opportunity to host a concert in early October as a fundraiser for Gallatin 4-H - the fundraising committee is going to look into details. 4-H Camp registration is open and the camp counselors will have the opportunity to get certified in CPR and First Aid. Molly provided recaps on our very successful 4-H County Contest season and mini awards night. Our 4-H Cafe concessions stand at the Fair is in need of help this summer! We are looking for both youth and adult managers to help make the concessions stand run this year.
    Current Committee: Shelly McPhee, Aaron Pruitt, Kelly Pavlik, Patrick Marble, Toni Berger, Tamara Knappenberger, Stephanie Lively, Monika Johnson, Jessie Sheperd and Molly Yurdana. Youth Members: Kaitlyn Scott, Erica Hastings and Nicole Berger. 
    Our next meeting will be Monday, June 19th at 6pm at the Extension Office. 
    The 2023 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction will be Friday, July 21st and begin at 4:00pm this year (one hour earlier than prior years). 
    The Market Sale will be a live, in-person  ONLY sale. There will NOT be an online bidding component this year. *The Livestock Committee will still offer Proxy Bidding and Add-On opportunities (more to come on this).
    • Please start letting buyers, family, friends, etc. know about these changes as soon as possible so they can plan to be there earlier and IN-PERSON! More details and marketing materials for this will be announced soon.


    We publish and frequently update Fair Information here:  https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hfair.html
    Buyer Information Here:
    The Gallatin 4-H Foundation met back on April 27th to review applications to select the 2023 Foundation Scholarship recipients. The committee was impressed by the applications and enjoyed reading about what our members have accomplished. Congratulations to our 5 scholarship recipients! We wish you luck in your future plans!
    • Erin Revenaugh (Doney Scholarship Recipient)
    • Carey Hansen (4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipient)
    • Kaitlyn Scott (Market Livestock Scholarship Recipient)
    • Deanna Yung (Market Livestock Scholarship Recipient)
    • CJ Oostema (Market Livestock Scholarship Recipient)
    The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held June 22nd at the Extension Office @ 6pm. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
    CLUBS                                                            back to top
    Bozeman Area Clubs

    Dag Nabids Club


    Contact leaders for meeting dates, times and locations.


    The Dad Nabids had their 7th 4-H club meeting on Sunday, May 22nd at the animal science building at MSU.


    We played an interview game and it was really fun. We had lots of laughs and learned some new ideas about how to think on our feet.


    The next meeting is scheduled: TBD.


    Questions, please call or text:

    Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

    Monika Johnson 406-579-3211


    DLE Club


    Developing Leadership Excellence is one of the Teen Leadership projects and clubs for Gallatin County. This project and club is open to members 13 and up.


    We are planning the Family Fun Night event!  Let me know if you have questions or if you would like to help out!


    If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), 

    gallatindle@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


    Gallatin Gallopers Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    Our club is based on the Horseless Horse project, but anyone interested in horses is welcome to join. 


    If you have questions, contact Cynthia Brewer at 406-539-3806 or cynthiab610@gmail.com.

    Hyalite Hawks Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    For any questions, please contact

    Jen Wold: jenmariewold@hotmail.com



    Four Corners/Gallatin Gateway Area Clubs
    Gateway Challengers Club


    Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center from 6:30- 8:00 p.m.


    The Gallatin Gateway Challengers May meeting we went over work books, and club display at fair. A big thanks to our newest club member for bringing dinner for everyone.


    There will be no meeting on June 12. We will reschedule our June meeting and let you know via email. We will also schedule a book signing date for late June, TBA.


    I just wanted to let everyone know that we are going to CANCEL our meeting on Monday, June 12. There are at least two other animal projects having meetings on the same night, so it seemed like a good idea!


    Would you let me know via email or text, if you could come instead to a meeting on Monday, June 19? This meeting will be unique because we will be traveling to a few members’ homes to see their 4-H projects, that is, the animals they are raising/showing at the fair. Also, if you would like us to try to come to your place, please let me know as well. We will probably try to go to about 3 homes. We will not be meeting at the Community Center first this year.


    I will also be scheduling an afternoon or evening at the end of June to sign your “My 4-H Year” paper for your record book. Look for details for that to come. Remember, your completed record book is due to the 4-H office by 5 p.m. on June 28, if you’re planning on taking anything to the fair, animal or indoor project.


    P.S. Please don’t forget to let me know about June 19! And no meeting on June 12!!!!


    For any questions, please contact

    Jessica Black



    Belgrade Area Clubs
    Belgrade Pioneers Club
    Meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at WB Ranch in Belgrade.

    The Belgrade Pioneers met on Thursday, May 4th. Our theme was potluck, and we had great food! We met in our committees, had a business meeting, and played a game. Then we planned our fair booth and club merch and made Mothers Day Cards.

    Our June meeting will be on Thursday, June 1st, at 6 pm, at the WB Ranch Arena. Our theme for June is Spaghetti!


    Do you want more information? Please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee@charter.com or 406-595-4774.


    Pass Creek Club


    Meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00pm at Springhill Church.


    For any questions, please contact Cassie Smieja: smiejahay@latmt.com


    Saddle Mountain Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    For any questions, please contact

    Jess Woodring:



    Saddle Stars Club


    Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm 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   (307) 214-8336 

    Shining Mountaineers Club


    Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the River Rock Nazarene Church. 


    On May 6th we held our monthly club meeting at the Church of Nazarene. Nicole Berger gave a presentation about being an exchange student through 4-H. On May 21 at 2:00 pm we picked up trash at Big Sky Archery. We will hold our next Shining Mountaineer club meeting on June 5th at 6 pm. We will also be holding our July meeting on June 26, bring your record books to be signed. 


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

    Manhattan Area Clubs

    Dry Creek Teens Club

    This club is designed for members ages 12 & older as of Oct. 1st. 


    Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


    If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

    Gallatin Valley Livestock Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    For any questions, please contact Jen Scott: gr8jenscott@gmail.com 



    Manhattan Clever Clovers Club

    This club is for members ages 8-11 as of Oct. 1st. 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.


    Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


    If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com


    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.

    Manhattan Livestock Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


    For any questions, please contact Melanie Duffin: rmduffin3@gmail.com


    Three Forks Area Clubs
    Clarkston Mustangs Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




    Willow Creek Wranglers Club


    Meetings take place on the second Monday or Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at Three Forks School.


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

    Member At Large

    New to 4-H? Not sure what club fits your style? Register for your projects under

    “Member at Large” when completing your 4-H Enrollment Clubs page on ZSuite.


    Participating in a specific 4-H club is not a requirement to participate in 4-H projects, but clubs provide members a great opportunity to get more involved with their communities, leaders, and group activities.


    We encourage members to join one of our clubs listed above!

    PROJECTS                                                    back to top
    2022-2023 4-H Projects
    (listed alphabetically)

    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 2022 - 2023 4-H year? 


    If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406.595.4774.



    Thank you to all of the participants in the MSU Baking Project!  Keep baking!  I look forward to seeing your projects in the fair!


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


    FINAL workshop: Thursday, June 15th from 4:30-7:30 Practice Fair/ Pre-Fair at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. You will BRING YOUR STEERS to the beef barn. There are many of you that need to come to this workshop. It’s really good for your steers to practice being at the fairgrounds!

    Do not forget: if you use any medications or fly spray on your steers you need to be aware of the withdrawal periods for butchering.


    Make sure you are working on your record books!


    Please feel free to call any of the leaders any time with questions:


    Beef Committee:

    Annabel Morgan 406-580-9003

    Seth Halverson 406-209-1178

    Melanie Duffin 406-209-1978

    Craig DeBoer




    Other cattle opportunities (unrelated to 4-H and DO NOT count as workshops):


    • Park County 4-H Beef project are hosting a Cow Camp and Show for beginning and intermediate-skill-level beef members on July 1st and 2nd.
      • Day 1 of the workshop will cover Clipping/Fitting, Show ring Etiquette, and Showmanship. Day 2 is a small show for them to practice their skills and have some fun. The Yeager family from Fairfield is teaching the workshop and will be on hand to help kids Sunday. They have shown across  Montana and the Western US with success and had a lot of fun and gained experience along the way. 
      • They have set a fee of $75 to cover the expenses of the workshop and to put some money in the pot to be paid out at the show. Max of 20 participants. All participants will receive a bucket with goodies, a T-shirt, a BBQ dinner Saturday night,  a lot of fun, learning, and will meet some new people to help them in their beef project! The workshop will be held at The Woosley Ranch in Sedan. Tent/Trailer camping is available and part of the entry. No power or water for hook ups.
      • Sign Up here: https://forms.gle/kM7b1t1WYYSZKJ3U7
    • Genex Tour (Billings) - come tour the facility and learn more about what they do at Genex on June 22nd at 9 am. They are located at 3800 Duck Creek Road Billings MT 59106.

      • Topics that will be covered currently include, the bull collection process, semen morphology and mobility, how AI straws are produced, biosecurity and herd health when in stud, how we export semen worldwide, and so much more. Additionally, our site manager will also be talking about potential summer internships and future employment opportunities for interested members.  




    Cake Decorating Extravaganza!!

    The final cake decorating project meeting of the year was held on Monday, May 15th.  Participants in the cake decorating project were given the task of bringing an iced cake to the workshop and to have all their icing colored and ready to go.  They then had 75 minutes to decorate their cake, highlighting some of the techniques and skills that they acquired throughout this year.  Although only 10 members were available to participate that evening, they did a great job of showing off the skills that they acquired throughout the year.

    As the cakes were completed, the judges arrived to take on the task of choosing a winner.  The judges were very complimentary of the variety of skills and creativity that came out in the cakes.


    Final results were as follows:

    1st Place – Best of Show – Maddie Black

    2nd Place – Kelsie TeSelle

    Best Use of Different Piping Techniques – Michaela Fry

    Best Theme (Beach) – Charlotte Sonnichsen

    Most Patient/Most Colorful Cake – Emma Anderson


    Other participants:

    Alex Stoffers

    Addie Jones

    Joseph Stewart

    Hazel Atkins

    Kelsee Smith


    Hopefully, these young decorators will all show off their new skills at the fair this summer. Thanks to all of them, as well as all of the others who participated in this project this year.

    Ginny Francis, Project Leader


    Mark your calendars!  2023 4-H Summer Camp will be held July 30th (Campers)/July 29th (Counselors) - August 2nd, 2023, at the Yellowstone Youth Alliance!  


    CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! Check out the post at the top of the newsletter for more information!


    The Camp Counselors have been hard-at-work planning Medieval workshops and activities.  Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 17th at the Gallatin County Extension Office for Run Through Day. I look forward to seeing you all there!  


    For more information and questions, contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatincamp@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text). 


    The Cloverbud program is designed for youth ages 5-7 (age as of Oct. 1) and strives to develop age-appropriate skills and abilities by giving these young members the opportunity to explore various topics and activities in 4-H before becoming a regular youth member. Cloverbud Project will meet on the second Wednesday of the month (Dec-June) at the fairgrounds from 5:30-7pm. 


    The Cloverbuds had an older 4-H member show us service in May by coming and talking to us about rabbits. We also had a mock rabbit show and tried foods rabbits like.


    June will be our last meeting. We will have a potluck, make decorations for our booth at the fair and answer questions about the fair. Potluck will be Thursday, June 15th from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Oak Springs Park. Please bring a side dish to contribute. 


    If you have questions please email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com.


    Last month we cooked an Asian inspired dish to reflect on our field trip to Wasabi.  We whipped up some orange chicken and vegetable lo mein that was so delicious!


    May was our last cooking meeting for the year in the MSU kitchen.  It was a great year of cooking with everyone!  Have a great summer!!


    Call, text, or email Stephanie Lively with any questions.




    Our last dairy cow workshop prior to fair will be on June 12, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the 4-H Office.  Please bring a poster board and your ideas of what you would like your fair poster to be along with your record and activity books.  We will be working on your fair posters and getting ready for fair! Come also help us celebrate National Dairy Month for June! Any questions please contact one of the project leaders. Looking forward to seeing you in June!


    - Project leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.



    Dog Obedience:

    All of the kids need to be working with their dogs at home because none of our commands will be mastered in the 45 minutes we spend together each week!!


    June 7: Tour of Bridger Veterinary Specialist at 3:30. The clinic is located at 1110 Campbell Rd. in Bozeman. NO DOGS

    June 14: Dog Record Book class and pizza at the 4-H Office at 4:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend this class and I will ask for an RSVP the week before so I know how much pizza we will need! I'm thinking about 2 - 2 1/2 hours overall but you do not need to stay for the entire time. NO DOGS

    June 15: Dr. Julie Oghigian, her daughter Kate is in our class, has invited us to tour Alpenglow Animal Hospital at 2:00. The clinic is located at 2401 Riata Rd in Bozeman.  NO DOGS

    June 21 and June 28 are regular classes at our regular time.


    Record Books are DUE to the 4-H Office on June 28th by 5pm!

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

    Shawnna Taylor 406-599-0869 




    Dog Agility:


    Hello Dog Agility Participants!


    Below is the schedule for the rest of the year. We will be having some classes outside as well as changes to location so please take note of location on schedule and be sure have water, sunscreen, etc. and always closed-toed shoes. Also, please double check and make sure that your dog's rabies vaccine will still be current at fair and if it is not, please schedule an appointment with your vet soon to get it updated! Remember fair is on July 17th from 2-4pm. And as always if you have questions or concerns, please give Jen a call at 406.388.4789 or email: facility@montanamurraykennels.com.


    Thursday, 6/1 No class

    Wednesday, 6/7 at 3:30pm Touring Bridger Vet Specialist

    located at: 1110 Campbell Road 59718 (next door to Gallatin Veterinary)

    Thursday, 6/8 at 4pm Class at Heart of the Valley Agility dog park

    Wednesday, 6/14 at 4:30pm at Fairgrounds; Working on record books

    Thursday, 6/15 at 2pm Touring Alpenglow Veterinary located at: 2401 Riata Road 59718

    Thursday, 6/15 at 4pm Regular class at MMK

    Thursday, 6/22 at 4pm Regular class at MMK

    Thursday, 6/29 at 4pm Class at Heart of the Valley Agility dog park

    Thursday, 7/6 No class

    Thursday, 7/13 at 4pm Last Regular class at MMK


    Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call at 406.388.4789 or email at facility@montanamurraykennels.com.

    Thank you!

    - Jen Osler


    We will be offering a Fitting/Clipping workshop on June 12th at 6pm at the fairgrounds. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to this event on our Band app by June 7th if possible so we know if we'll have enough members for the workshop.


    There will be a MANDATORY Showmanship workshop on June 21st at 6pm at the fairgrounds as well. If you have any questions, please reach out to to us.  


    Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

    Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

    Amy Brownell (406) 209-2720 



    Workshop Schedule 


    June 10, 2023 @ 11:00am- Fitting and Fair Prep (**LOCATION CHANGE to Fairgrounds Anderson Arena


    June 17, 2023 - Big Timber ADGA Showmanship Clinic

    June 21, 2023 @ 6pm- Showmanship ****required for Novice to attend (**LOCATION CHANGE to Fairgrounds Beef Barn)


    Other Important Dates

    June 28, 2023- Record Books Due to Office

    June 28,2023 - CL/CAE results Due

    July 13-14, 2023 Project Interviews

    July 18-23, 2023- FAIR


    Questions? Contact a member of the Dairy Goat Committee:

    Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 

    Gena Johnson 406-599-5920

    Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146




    We have some great workshops coming up, including a general Horsemanship clinic on Saturday, June 3rd at the fairgrounds!  Only 1 general horsemanship clinic left! Please sign up on the Signup Genius links on the calendar 2 days prior to the clinic!  Sign up here:  22-23 Horse Events


    The horse project is putting together a horse basket to promote our project at the fair. If you have items to donate (per 4-H rules no alcohol) or are a parent willing to take the lead on the horse basket, please let us know. 

    We are looking for a parent to prepare a display booth for the fair. We have several items that can be used from a previous display window. If you are interested in helping with the display booth, please reach out to the committee.


    Jess would like to start a horse breeding project similar to the livestock breeding projects. If you are interested in this, please reach out to Jess at reininginmt05@gmail.com.


    If you have project, fair, or horsemanship questions or troubles, reach out to a committee member. We want to help by answering questions or pointing you in the right direction. 


    I Want to Show at Fair: Great, make sure you PREPARE FOR FAIR. Here are a few things you need to do to prepare:

    1. Take care of the sponsorship fee for each participant/family. You can contact Toni for more information 406-539-3747.
    2. Make sure you have the minimum influenza/Rhino (EHV) administered to all participating horses and all the information sent to the committee by June 1st.
    3. Make sure you have participated in a minimum of 2 clinics before the fair. *Check out the specific requirements for each project below.
    4. Be sure you are working on and keeping up with your clinic project sheets and record books. ALL 4-H Members participating in fair are required to turn in all Animal Project records and project workbooks to the Extension Office by June 28, 2023, by 5:00 pm. For the full details of the process and example rubrics, please see the“Record Book & Project Interview Help Guide” attached to this email
    5. Levels 1-3 be on the lookout for the “Prepare for Fair” contest information that is coming soon.
    6. Register for the fair here https://gallatin4h.fairwire.comThe deadline to register for fair is June 16th, 2023 by 5pm *NO EXCEPTIONS.


    A few other reminders:  


    Sponsorships:  Sponsorships of $75 per family or $50 per member were due by the end of March!  Turn in individual/family sponsorships to venmo @GallatinCounty-HorseCommittee.  If you have met or would like to meet your sponsorship commitment in some other way, please participate in a 4-H fundraiser and donate your proceeds to the Horse Committee or contact Toni Berger to participate in helping secure a corporate sponsorship.  406-539-3747


    Clinic Requirements:  There are a limited number of clinics left before fair so please make sure you are on track to meet the clinic requirements of each project you plan to show in! If you will not have completed required workshops by June 1, please write an email to the horse committee by June 1 letting them know if you plan to use a June workshop to complete this requirement.

    Horsemanship- any 2 workshops

    Colt to Maturity/Green Horse- 2 c2m/gh workshops

    Jumping- 2 jumping workshops (only 1 required for level 4 and up)

    WRH- 3 WRH workshops (at least 1 of the 3 must be on cattle)


    Please be sure to check the updated google drive for an accurate calendar! 22-23 Horse Events


    Horse Committee meetings are held on the third Monday at 6:30 pm at the Smart's residence every month. We welcome any parents who want to be involved and help shape the project! *June's meeting date has changed. Please see the calendar below.


    Call Jessie Sheperd for more information!

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



    As a community service project this year, the Knitting/Crochet projects have been working on creating a lap blanket that we they will donate to the cancer center. Keep an eye out for it on display at the Fair in the Indoor Exhibit Building! 


    - Jeanette and Phyllis

    LEADERSHIP (Teens)

    This project and club is open to members 13 and up. Developing Leadership Excellence is one of the Teen Leadership projects and clubs for Gallatin County. 


    We are planning the Family Fun Night event!  Let me know if you have questions or if you would like to help out!


    If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee@charter.net or 406-595-4774.



    The 2nd and 4th Thursday of May Leathercraft will be meeting at 6 pm at the River Rock Church of the Nazarene.



    Questions? Contact leader Merrita Marble at marble@bresnan.net or 406-388-2055

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

    Thank you to Wyatt MacDonald for presenting his knowledge about showmanship at our May meeting . We also had fun with our costume contest! Our final workshop for the year will be held on June 8, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00pm (note the time change) in Building #4 at the Fairgrounds. This workshop we will be going over fair preparation and helping with record/activity books.  Any questions please contact one of the leaders shown below.


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

    Judy Brownell: onebar4@aol.com 

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



    Hello Rabbit project. It is hard to believe but we are gearing up for our last meeting before fair. I would strongly encourage all to attend, especially 1st year members, as we will be covering alot of info regarding fair. Our meeting will be June 15 at 6pm in exhibit building 4 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. 


    Please reach out with any questions you may have.


    Cody 406-209-4183 

    Amy 406-209-2720 

    Monica 406-399-1866 


    Please make sure to sign the livestock contract for the rabbit project. This is required of ALL 4-H rabbit members.


    Sign Contract Here: https://na3.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=4697684b-6ff5-417b-af3c-e1d3e986b08b&env=na3&acct=960f6090-f7cb-40a6-adf5-0490f456d6eb&v=2

    The last Sewing Project meeting will be on Monday, June 12th from 4pm-6pm at 2107 Lea Ave, Bozeman.


    Hope to see you there!


    Questions? Contact leader Laura with RevivALL Clothing at revivallclothing@gmail.com

    June 4th 7:30AM- Rough Shear at the Fairgrounds Washrack. $8 per lamb. Look out for an email to sign up! *Does not count as a workshop*


    June 6th 6:30pm - Slick Shearing Workshop. Do NOT bring your lambs! Senior members will demonstrate how to slick hear your lambs in preparation for the show ring. We will be at the Swan Farm (1240 Yadon Road, Manhattan)


    June 13th 6:30pm - Showmanship Workshop at the Fairgrounds (**LOCATION CHANGE to Fairgrounds Performance Arena - outside next to the Anderson horse arena).

    BRING YOUR LAMBS. Learn what to expect in the show ring, strategies and approaches to successfully show your lamb!


    Be working on your record books - they are due to the 4-H Office 6/28


    For the sheep that lost their scrapie tags, please contact the breeder you got your sheep from and get a new one BEFORE FAIR!


    Committee members:

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

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

    Jodilynn Kelley- jkelley@bridgerorthopedic.com (512) 663-5569

    Jodi Smith (406) 580-2984



    Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 451-1207

    *Members must be 9 years old as of Oct. 1st to participate.


    Remaining dates for our 2023 season:

    Monday – June 5, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 8:30

    Monday – June 12, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00

    Monday – June 19, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00

    Monday – June 26, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00

    Monday – July 10, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00

    Monday – July 17, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00

    Monday – July 24, 2023 – 2 bays, 6:30 – 9:00





    Please check you emails for more details on these upcoming events and milestones for the project.

    • June 6th - Posters, Marketing, Cost of Doing Business/Record Books, Workbooks @ the Fairgrounds Building #4 beginning at 6:30PM
    • June 12th - Fitting & Clipping @ 1085 Yadon Road in Manhattan beginning at 6:30PM
    • June 21st  All-Species* Marketing (GranTree Hotel at 6:30pm)
    • June 27th  All-Species* Interviewing / Demonstrated Learning (Building #4 at the Fairgrounds at 6:30pm)

    SOME OF YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WORKSHOP COUNTS! A list was emailed out on 5/25 with the names of Good To Go (3 or more workshops) and those that have less than 3. We have not received any Jackpot write ups so if you're on the "less than 3 list" please get that in and we'll stop hounding you. 


    And again, ALL SPECIES WORKSHOPS only count as one of your workshops. If you're needing 3 workshops still, you'll need to attend two of the Swine-Specific ones. The Ultrasound workshop from 5/10 was the first All Species, in addition to the June ones. We know everyone is busy with school winding down but please prioritize these workshops to get to 3 so you don't jeopardize your chance to compete at fair. 


    Our Project Scale is repaired and ready to roll - literally. There were some major repairs needed to the scale and the trailer from last year. We have decided to charge $10 per use of the scale this year. This is mostly so we can recover some of these costs; but we will also be able to create a stash of funds to purchase a 2nd (and eventually 3rd scale) that are easier to transport. We are using the same Google Sheet for the Enclosed Pig Scale sign-up https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S12noFt-mTUOP5XPQhNXRMt8dU48Zt5JJPM8hAENJYs/edit?usp=sharing

    • Each person has a maximum of two days to pick up the scale and return it.
    • The sign up needs your name and phone - so we can track it down if it doesn't get returned.
    • Address / Location is on the bottom of pickup and dropoff. Families can also call / coordinate with the next family that is on the list and transfer the scale vs returning it all the way to Belgrade.
    • Payment is on the honor system this year - Venmo to @Kelly-Pavlik-2 or PayPal to deal44@hotmail.com or Cash/Check to Gallatin Co. 4-H and delivered to the 4-H Office 903 N Black Bozeman 59715
    • Please reach out to Lee Nuss via phone or text (406) 599-0601 if you have any questions on the scale or coordination problems.


    Parents and Members can sign up for our Swine Remind text group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/fh2693

    If you have additional email addresses you want on this distribution list, please send a quick note to gallatinswineproject@gmail.com to ensure it's on the list. If you received this email, you're on our list for the remainder of the project. 


    Don’t forget to sign up for our Swine Project Parent & Member Remind text group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/fh2693. They're short and sweet messages/reminders but you must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed.


    If you are not receiving the email updates, please send a quick note to gallatinswineproject@gmail.com to ensure you’re on the list.


    Thank you,

    -Swine Committee



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



    The Weed Science project is designed to teach members a basic understanding of invasive plants, causes of their invasion, economic and environmental impact of weeds, weed identification, and rangeland monitoring.


    Questions? Contact Kevin McPhee at kevin.mcphee@montana.edu

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