Clatsop County 4-H Events

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Below is a list of the 4-H events sponsored by the Clatsop County 4-H Youth Development Program. We are a very busy county! Oregon State 4-H also has many opportunities and events available. 




National 4-H Week

The first full week of October. Clubs are encouraged to promote 4-H by setting up displays, events, etc. Suggestions include: bake sales, displays and demonstrations at local feed stores, grocery stores, parks, etc. Call the 4-H office with your ideas!

4-H Lock-in

A fun over-nighter! Held the first Friday and Saturday of November, 4-H members, grades 4 thru 6, learn games and crafts while older teens act as leaders. It's a night of fun, food, and friends. Teens attend training sessions prior to the event and arrive Friday afternoon to prepare for the evening's festivities. "Campers" arrive around 6:00 pm. After a great night and an early morning breakfast Saturday, parents pick up 4-H members. 

Super Saturday

This event is traditionally held in late January or early February at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. 4-H members and leaders have a choice from about 16 workshops ranging from small animals to crafts, skills to fun & games. There are special sessions geared toward the needs of K-3 Adventure-age kids as well as workshops/round table discussions of special interest to leaders. A great event!


4-H Food Drive

February is Food Drive Month! Canned and non-perishable food items are collected from 4-H groups throughout Clatsop County. Food collected is weighed and each participating club gets credit for the amount of food they bring in. Working with Clatsop Community Action, all collected food is then distributed to local food banks, county-wide.


Camp Counselor Training

This is an opportunity for 4-H youth grades 8 (Counselors in Training - CIT) through 12. Training series run from February through April in Clatsop County, with an overnight training  in April. Training sessions cover: Flier

  • Team Building Games
  • Working with Youth with Disabilities
  • Developing Better Listening Skills
  • Learn How to be an Authority Figure
  • Learn How to Deal with a Resistent Camper
  • Learn How to Help Kids Have a Successful Camp Experience
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Interviews
  • Games
  • Songs
  • Campfire

Youth (grades 9 - 12) who successfully complete the training, may have the opportunity to serve as counselors at the 4-H Youth Lock-in (approved CIT's also), Summer Slumber, & other state-wide camps such as Wild West Camp & Operation Purple.


Beef Weigh-in

Those 4-H  members enrolled in the Market Beef Project, bring their steers to the Clatsop County Fairgrounds in February. Here they are tagged and weighed to be eligible to participate in the Market Beef shows at the Clatsop County Fair held the first week of August.



Livestock Field Day

This event, held in conjunction with Super Saturday, is geared toward those members enrolled in the Livestock Projects. Workshops of interest are covered in the areas of Beef, Dairy, Goats, Swine, and Sheep. In addition to gaining a great deal of knowledge, the kids also gain confidence for handling their animals. 


4-H Presentations

Traditionally held in March, this is a great opportunity for 4-H members to practice their presentation skills and to qualify for the Presentations Competition at the State Fair in Salem. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members can enter as teams, individuals, do Demonstrations, Illustrated Talks, Power Point Presentations, and Impromptu Speaking (probably the most fun of all events). K-3 can also participate, but in a non-competitive format. It is recommended that 4-H members wishing to participate on Presentation Day, attend the workshop generally held in February, where valuable tips and pointers are given to equip each member to do his or her best.


Small Animal Round Up Show

This is an October/November event where 4-H members concentrating on the Small Animal Projects (rabbits, cavies, poultry, and cats), can come out and compete in various events. They will also do Breed ID, General Knowledge, along with other knowledge-based events.


Spring Into Arts

This event is held in the Spring (March or April). Members whose interests center around Home Economics, Fiber Arts, Creative Arts, etc. attend an event where their creative talents are challenged. A fun event!


Spring Dog Show

Members enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project get warmed up for the Clatsop County Fair by competing in Showmanship, Obedience, and some years Agility, and Rally Obedience events. This event is as fun to watch as it is to be a participant!


Spring Weigh-in

The first week-end in May, members who plan to exhibit (and hopefully sell) Livestock Projects (market goats, sheep, and swine), meet at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds parking lot to have their animals weighed, vaccinated, tattooed and tagged for ID for Fair. It can be a wild time, but a necessary part of the responsibility that goes with raising a project animal.


Spring Horse Show

Another "warm-up event" for fair, members in the Horse Project compete in the events they hope to participate in at the Clatsop County Fair. The Equestrian Court competition and selection are also done during the Spring Horse Show. The Gaming and Dressage principles are held in Columbia County, at their Fairgrounds in June/July. Come out and support the kids as they compete.


Summer Slumber

This is a 3-day, 2-night event is offered to youth in grades 4-7.  The participants (4-H and non-4-H members) sleep in tents, do activities and crafts, play games, sing songs, make new friends, and have a lot of fun.  This event is typically held in mid July. 


Home Ec Skills Contest

Held in Spring at Astoria Middle School, this event is open to all 4-H members enrolled in the Foods (Foods & Nutrition/Foods Preservation), Clothing and Knitting (Clothing & Textiles/Knitting/Crocheting) projects. Members will prepare and demonstrate their skills in food/meal preparation or clothing construction/knitting for evaluation by a judge. Intermediate and Senior members who qualify are eligible for State Fair participation in Food Preparation and Mini-Meal Contests in one class of their choice. Following are the available contests/guidelines:


Home Ec Judging Contest

Held in Spring in conjuction with the Home Ec Skills contest.  This event is open to all 4-H members.  The contests are in Foods and Clothing.  See below for the 2010 topics.

Home Ec Foods Judging Contest Topics

Home Ec Clothing Judging Contest Topics



Fashion Revue

Fashion Revue is an opportunity to model your clothing, knitting, or crocheting project. In addition, there is an "Off-the Rack" division that doesn't require sewing or knitting skills. Participants in this division need not be enrolled in the Clothing Project in order to participate. Members who prepare for Fashion Revue gain poise and self-confidence by presenting in front of a small, friendly audience. The 4-H Fashion Review Manual, will help you develop your modeling skill and fashion commentary. Guidelines for Fashion Revue contests (including commentary & entry forms) can be accessed below:



Clatsop County Fair

Running into the tail-end of July and the first week of August, this week is the culmination of all the effort 4-H members have put into their projects during the course of the 4-H year. Each day brings exhibits and competition in all the project areas offered through 4-H. In the main barn there are small animals, goats, sheep, swine, beef, and dairy cattle. Out back you can find the Horse and Dog kids performing in the ring with their special projects, or witness an archery or shooting sports match.

The Exhibits building houses the cooking, sewing, horticulture, fine arts, and educational displays created by 4-H members during the year. It's an exciting place, culminating in the annual Livestock Sale where members in the Livestock Projects hope to recoup some of their investment as well as be able to sock away some extra funds for college. (Of course Fair wouldn't be Fair without food, rides, and great entertainment!) Even if you're not involved in the Fair, come out and cheer on those who are and watch them as they're rewarded for their hard work all year!


Record Book Judging

One of the hallmarks of the 4-H Program is learning to keep records. A valuable life skill, 4-H members are encouraged to keep records on all their projects throughout the year. Records may be turned in to the 4-H office in September, to be evaluated by members of the Record Book Committee. Members with outstanding records can be considered for recognition in their project areas as well as areas of leadership, citizenship, and community service.


Awards Ceremony

Typically held in November, leaders and members each have a ceremony to honored for their achievements and service for the previous 4-H year. The member recognition awards the Record Book participants there awards, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th year member pins, and special awards to members who are nominated for their outstanding acheivement.


Passport to Success

This seminar held in March helps you prepare for real life after high school.  It is for youth in grades 10-12 and they do not need to be a 4-H member.  This event is geared to helping the youth  prepare for life after college.  Classes include topics such as Learning to Manage Debt/Credit, Dressing for Success, Balancing Your Checkbook, Scholarships, Interview Techniques and Learning How to Keep Yourself Out of Bad Situations.



This is a retreat planned by youth for youth! A Regional Youth Governing Board has gathered to plan this year's retreat including the theme, classes, adn activites, basically everything you will do! You can be guaranteed a worthwhile and memorable experience! We look forward to having youth participate from Benton, Clatsop, Hood River, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Wasco, and Yamhill Counties! Come & make some new friends!


Summer Conference

This is a 4 day event at Oregon State University for youth in grades 7-12. This event includes choosing workshop selections from about 40 classes! Experience college life by living in the dorms and eating at the university cafeteria. Other activities include inspirational guest speaker, outdoor games, evening dance, bowling, and the final high-light is a recognition banquet for those chosen to be National Delegates and State Ambassadors.