4-H Youth Development

Polk County Fair August 9-11

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

2018 Fair Schedule

Countywide Cloverbud Classes Return!!!

The Countywide Cloverbud Classes are starting. They will be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Due to the popularity of these classes they will meet from 4-5:30 pm and then repeat the same class from 6-7:30 pm.  We have a wide variety of leaders helping this year with lots of new ideas. Each class comes with a light healthy snack.  All projects and activities completed are appropriate to be exhibited as Cloverbud Display at the Polk County Fair or entered into the open class youth division!  Due to prep time required for these classes the class size will be limited with registration required.  


Tues. March 20th - Sewing and Show-n-Tell

Tues. April, 17th - Natural Resources and Engineering

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.  ie: Class on Dec. 19th, register by the 14th. To register:  Call 503-623-8395

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

Spring Break Classes (Almost Full - Register Quickly)

Spring Break is March 26-30 come spend your mornings with us at the Extension Office!  We have some fun and exciting classes in the works.  Registration is limited, you must pre-register so we have supplies available, call 503-623-8395. You do not need to be a 4-H member to come, so bring your friends!  You will be taking something home from all the classes!

Classes are at the Polk County Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale, Suite 301, Dallas.  All classes meet from 9:15-noon.

Ages:  Grades K-12, K-2 accompanied by parent

Cost:   Member $3 per day or $10 for all week, Non 4-H Member $5 per day or $15 for all week

What will you be doing??

Monday March 26:   Homemade Pretzels   Register by Friday, March 23rd

Tuesday, March 27:   Horticulture and Herbs Register by Monday, March 26th

Wednesday, March 28:   String Art    Register by Tuesday, March 27th

    Bring your own hammer clearly labelled with your name.

Thursday, March 29Intro to Ceramics Register by Wednesday, March 28th

Friday, March 30:  Birds and Birdhouses   Register by Thursday, March 29th

    Come make your own birdhouse and learn about local birds.

    Bring your own hammer clearly labelled with your name.

Light snack provided each day. Come to get dirty, wear your old clothes!


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

4-H Enrollment Forms for 2017-2018 are Ready!

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What's New in 4-H?!   

Toxophilite Archery Schudule

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


  • 20 Wild West Camp online Registration Begins
  • 20 Countywide Cloverbud Meeting, Show and Tell.  4 pm & 6 pm, Extension Office
  • 24 Dog Rally Training, Polk County Fairground
  • 25-28 Youth Voices in Action Conference Salem, Oregon
  • 28-30 Youth Tractor Safety & Certification Class, Aurora, OR 
  • 26-30 Spring Break Classes!!!!  Extension Office


  • 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


  •   3 Leaders Association Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
  • 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

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