4-H Youth Development

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Youth Tractor Safety Certification
For youth ages 14-17 who are interested in summer employment opportunities in agriculture.
We're all tied up waiting for you to join 4-H!
We're all tied up waiting for you to join 4-H!
Citizenship Conference at the Capital
Citizenship Conference at the Capital

Polk County Fair August 9-11

The 2018 Fair theme has been annoucned:  Tropical Nights and Country Lights!

2018 Fair Schedule

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4-H Enrollment for Animal Projects Due May 1

If you are planning on taking an animal to the Polk County Fair, you need to be enrolled in 4-H by May 1.  You must be enrolled in the specific animal project you want to be involved, not just 4-H in general.

Youth Enrollment Forms

Volunteer/Leader Enrollments

Club Contact List (list list changes as new clubs form and old clubs fill to capacity)

Countywide Cloverbud Classes Return!!!

The Countywide Cloverbud Class meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Due to the popularity of these classes they meet from 4-5:30 pm and then repeat the same class from 6-7:30 pm.  Each class comes with a light healthy snack.  Due to prep time required for these classes the class size will be limited with registration required.  


Tues. May 15th - Art

Tues, June 19th - Pet Rock and Record Books

Tues. July 17th - Horticulture - color spots and Fair Prep

Registration:  Thursday before the Tuesday class.  To register:  Call 503-623-8395

Cost:  Classes are $2 for 4-H members and $3 for non-members.  You do not have to be a 4-H member to attend!


Pre-registration required for all classes call:  503-623-8395 or email: Carla.cudmore@oregonstate.edu
All classes are held at the Polk Co. Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale, Suite 301, Dallas
Classes are from 6:30-7:30 pm.  All classes will provide valuable skills and/or projects suitable for entering into the County Fair.
April 25th - Terrarium and Houseplants
Open to K-12th grade, K-2 need to bring an adult
Cost: $5 for 4-H members, $7 for non-members
May 16th - Container Vegetables
Open to K-12th grade, K-2 need to bring an adult
Cost: $2 for 4-H members, $3 for non-members
June 12th – Color Spots
Open to K-12th grade, K-2 need to bring an adult
Cost: $5 for 4-H members, $7 for non-members
July (date TBA) – Flower Arranging – Bouquets, Corsage, & Boutonnieres
Open to 4-12th grade
Cost: $5 for 4-H members, $7 for non-members


Come learn the art of calligraphy and create your own invitations, name tags, announcements, birth certificates or just to write your name! You can be a total beginner or have some experience. Each student will receive their own calligraphy pen to use and then take home upon completion of the classes. We are offering a 4-week series of classes.

When:            Tuesdays -  May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 12 

Time:             4- 5:15 pm

Where:           Extension Office in Dallas

Grades:          Youth currently in grades 3 thru 12

Cost:              $5 for 4-H members, $7 for non-members

Registration is required.  Class can only accept 12 youth.

Call:  503-623-8395  or email:  Carla.Cudmore@oregonstate.edu

What's New in 4-H?!   

Toxophilite Archery Schedule

White Feathers Rifle and Pistol Schedule

Marcia Eash Memorial Fund Award - Applications are NOW AVAILABLE

In loving memory of Marcia Eash (1960-2011), a 23 year leader in the Polk County 4-H Program. Marcia was involved in many aspects of the program, serving as superintendent, club leader, on Leaders Council and State Advisory Board.  The Marcia Eash Memorial Fund has been established as a lasting legacy to Marcia, to remind and teach families who she was, and to impress upon others how much she cared and loved the youth of our county.
            Two awards are eligible to be granted each year.  The award is to be used to start a 4-H project in a new area or improve a current 4-H project. All project areas are included.The first award category is for static projects and will range from $50 - $100. Animal projects and shooting sports will be combined into the second award, which will range from $100 - $300.

Use of the 4-H Name and Emblem

If your club wants to make t-shirts, posters, flyers or whatever please take a minute to review this information on the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem. 

4-H Members and Participants

4-H members are youth in grades 4 through 12 who learn together in club settings led by volunteer 4-H leaders. Club members meet all year long to complete one of 40 or more projects. 4-H clubs usually have officers elected from their membership.

Some youth participate in 4-H school enrichment programs or other short-term special-interest programs. These short-term programs may be led by volunteers or teachers. Most programs focus on science-based curricula that support the latest educational goals for Oregon students.

Youth in grades K-3 may enroll in 4-H Cloverbud programs.


Calendar of Events


  • 17 Countywide Cloverbud Meeting, Natural Resources & Engineering, 4 pm & 6 pm, Extension Office
  • 25 Terrarum and Houseplant STEP Class, 6:30 pm, Extension Office
  • 26 McMinnville Tractor Safety Signup Deadline
  • 27 -29 Spring Classic (horses and large animals), Pendleton OR


  •   1  All 4-H Enrollments with Animal Projects Due by 5 pm
  •   3 Leaders Association Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
  •   5 State Poultry Judging Contest and Quiz Bowl, OSU Campus
  • 15 Summer Conference Registration Opens 6 am!!
  • 15 Countywide Cloverbuds, Arts, 4 pm & 6 pm, Extension Office
  • 16 Container Vegetables STEP Class, 6:30-7:30 pm, Extension Office
  • 28 Memorial Day, Extension Office Closed


  • 12  Color Spots STEP Class, 6:30-7:30 pm, Extension Office
  • 19 Countywide Cloverbuds, Record books and pet rocks, 4 pm & 6 pm, Extension Office

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4-H Pledge

I pledge

my HEAD to clearer thinking,      

my HEART to greater loyalty,

my HANDS to larger service, and

my HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.    


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