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Bookmark this site and visit often for everything you need to know about upcoming events!  Information will be updated weekly. 



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May 1 is the deadline for Adding/Dropping Projects – Log in to 4-H Online and double check the projects you are enrolled in by May 1.  If you are not enrolled in the project you will NOT be able to enter that project at the fair. The community leaders and the Extension Office WILL NOT be able to make these changes.  If you have not yet enrolled for this year, you MUST enroll in 4-H Online to be official.

May 1 is the deadline for Horse ID paperwork – ALL horse papers are due in the Extension Office to be signed by May 1.  If you have a new horse, a new ID with picture is required. If you are using the same horse you did last year either bring in your papers or mail them and the ID will be signed and returned. - More info

May 1 is the deadline for Beef State Nominations – This includes market steers and market heifers.  All nominations must be submitted on the updated 2018 forms, or they will not be accepted.  These forms AND important nomination updates can be found here.  Please make sure all fields of the declaration form and nomination form(s) are complete, as well as the forms and DNA envelopes being signed by all parties. Everyone is also encouraged to cross-reference the tag numbers between the DNA envelopes and the specie nomination forms. There is a checklist for each species attached as a second page to the 2018 forms; the checklist does not need to be submitted as it is only a reference tool for families. The Rookie Guide is also a great resource for families who are new to the state livestock nomination process.

Market swine, commercial gilt, market lamb, commercial ewe, ALL meat goat, and commercial heifer nominations are due by June 15.

Sheep, Swine and Goat Tagging: Wednesday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Marion County Fairgrounds  NOTE: If your animals need tagged before May 2, bring them to Rickey at any time.  There will be a $75.00 trip charge for tagging done at your own farm.



Click here for the registration link and more info!



Campference - Leadership Through the Ages

4-H Campference is for youth ages 12- 14 (before January 1, 2018), and will be held June 26-29 at Rock Springs 4-H Center. Participants will experience the feel of a conference, while enjoying the 'camp' activities Rock Springs 4-H Center has to offer. This is a great transitional opportunity, as tweens go from being a camper to attending educational conferences. 4-H Campference will feature workshops about opportunities in the 4-H program and how to better interact with others.  Register online by May 15!  More info



Volunteers Needed 

In conjunction with Walk Kansas and The National Week of the Young Child, Tristen has planned a StoryWalk® in each community across our County.  This project is "an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to signs which are staked along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story."   Check out this flyer for the StoryWalk dates across Marion County. If you are interested in helping with this event (set-up/take-down and guiding families along the StoryWalk), please let us know by April 13th!


The Herington Public Library is seeking one or two 4-H Club members to help with a geology program.  This would look great in your Record Book!  The summer reading theme for Kansas Libraries is “Libraries Rock!”  Summer Reading programs are offered on Thursday mornings in May and June.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Children’s Librarian, Susan Mueller, at 785-366-6358.

Click here for more Marion County Volunteer Opportunities.




4H License plates are now available through the Marion County Vehicle Department!                    $40.50 Plate cost (one-time charge), $5 County Fee (if not done at renewal time), $50 Donation to 4H (yearly)



 4-H Project News

Click here for 4-H Dog Care & Training News

Click here for Dog Agility changes.

Geology exhibit box order form.

 KS 4-H Shooting Sports is expanding exhibit opportunities for 4-H members at the State Fair - More info 



Tri-County Free Fair King and Queen Contest

Parade & crowning on July 12 - More info



Planning for the 2018 County Fair (July 21-28) is underway!

We are currently editing this years' Fair Book.  Please contact us if you are interested in being a Superintendent or Assistant!




state news   

Click here for upcoming Photography events.


 Scholarship Opportunities

  2018 Daisy/4-H Shooting SportsScholarship Application - Due April 30




Check out the Youth Livestock Program Website


Saturday, April 21

Johnson Co Spring Beef Show in Gardner - More info


Saturday, April 28

4 State Lookout Sheep & Goat Preview Show in Troy - More info - Entry

Coffey Co Spring Beef, Sheep, & Goat Show in Burlington - More info

Coffey Co Spring Bucket Calf Show in Burlington - More info

Cowley Co Beef Classic in Winfield - More info 

Jefferson Co Spring Poultry Show in Valley Falls - More info

Wabaunsee Co Spring Livestock Day in Alma - More info

Woodson Co Spring Beef, Lamb, & Goat Show in Yates Center - More info


Saturday, May 5

Gary Fuller Spring Classic (beef, sheep, goat, swine) in Emporia - More info

Wild Bill Beef Shoot-Out in Abilene - More info (Rescheduled from April 7)


Sunday, May 6

Gary Fuller Spring Classic (beef, sheep, goat, swine) in Emporia - More info

I-70 Spring Livestock Show (beef, sheep, goat, swine) in Oakley - Flyer - More info


Saturday, May 12

Harvey Co Invitational 4-H Dog Show in Newton - More info

 Marshall Co Spring Swine Show in Blue Rapids - More info

Wild Bill Sheep, Swine & Meat Goat Shoot-Out in Abilene - More info


Saturday, May 26

Cowley Co Spring Sheep and Meat Goat Show in Winfield - More info


Monday, May 28

Pawnee Co Spring Horse Show in Larned - More info


 Saturday, June 2

Johnson Co Spring Goat & Sheep Show in Gardner - More info


Sunday, June 3

Johnson Co Spring Swine & Bucket Calf Show in Gardner - More info


Monday, July 2

North Central District 4-H Horse Show in Salina - More info - Online Registration 


Saturday, June 30

Central KS District 4-H Invitational Dog Show in Salina - More info



For more state-wide event information, check out this Kansas 4-H site