Welcome to Yankton County 4-H! Our mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. From rocketry, robotics, cooking, sewing and photography to animal care, the opportunities available in 4-H are endless.

Shooting Sports 4-H Club

The Yankton County 4-H Shooting Sports Club is currently meeting every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 4-H building. Come watch a practice if you are interested in joining!

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2015 State Fair Book Released

The 2015 State Fair Book has been released. Download it to start outlining your 4-H projects and the areas they fall under. Major changes in this year's book are outlined on page 7.

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Livestock Judging

Livestock Judging practices are held on a weekly basis. Any 4-H member from any county can attend. No livestock experience needed! Check out when our next practice is!.

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State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest


For Immediate Release: August 3, 2015

Media Contact: Candi Briley, 605-353-7340

State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest

HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate! Sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Industries Association, competitors will test their creative talents utilizing any materials to create a poultry or fowl exhibit in the contest.

The exhibits will be on display in the Poultry Barn for the length of the fair. Judging categories include Most Creative and Most Lifelike and will be broken down to ages 17 and younger and ages 18 and older. A $100 prize will be awarded to the top winner in each category, with a $50 prize for second place. Entries will be judged on Friday, Sept. 4, and must preregister prior to Aug. 29. Registration forms can be found at http://www.sdstatefair.com/special-events/all/build-a-bird.

In lieu of recent Avian Flu outbreaks across the Midwest, the live poultry shows have been suspended at the South Dakota State Fair. No live animals will be allowed.

Live poultry may be absent from the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, but the Poultry barn will still host plenty of events throughout the fair including several presentations on poultry health, updates on the Avian Flu, Ag Heritage Museum old time poultry exhibit and a lunch sponsored by Dakota Provisions.

Monday, Sept. 7, is Poultry Party Day: Poultry Education at the State Fair and will feature a “Calling all Redheads” contest at the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage. The closest red-haired person to match the color of a Rhode Island Red Chicken will win a prize sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Fanciers Association. Other fun activities include a “Something to Crow About: Bird Calling Contest” and “State’s Largest Chicken Dance.”

The 2015 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 7. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Sept. 2. This year’s theme is “Sew it. Grow it. Show it.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s time to make plans to attend the Western Junior Show at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.

The 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Show is scheduled for October 9 & 10, 2015.  Events include a bread baking contest, Meat ID contest, Family Life Photo Contest, Home Living Exhibits, Place Setting Contest, Measuring Contest, Produce ID & Judging Contest, FCS Skill-a-thon, Fashion Revue Judging, and Public Presentation Contest.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. Entry forms must be completed, signed, dated, and turned into your Extension Office on or before September 18, 2015 and to the Show Registrar by September 23, 2015 to be eligible for the “Premier Exhibitor Award”.  The 2015 W4-HFCS Show Book is attached.

The 4-H Western Jr Livestock Show is scheduled for October 7-10.  The 2015 Western Junior Livestock Show rule book is now on line at www.westernjuniorlivestock.com. Entries for the normal fees are to be postmarked by August 25th. Late entries with higher fees are to be postmarked by September 20th.  There have been many changes made this year so please be sure to review the rule book.  The show includes livestock shows, forestry, range and pasture, forage exhibits, entomology, livestock judging, Meats ID, and grass & range plant ID.