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4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development programs give young people a chance to learn important skills, gain experience in teamwork and accountability and contribute to their communities. 4-H Youth Development Educators connect the University of Wisconsin to the community through local coalition and community programs.


4-H News and Announcements

Oconto County 4-H has a new email!
 …and it’s easy to remember:

Please send all your requests for the following information to the new email address [. . . .]

Deadlines that may help with your planning:
Please note these dates as you do your planning, and send information to the office for publication and sharing [. . . .]

Spring Fling
Spring Fling classes have been finalized.  Watch your e-mail for your schedules.  Missed the registration deadline?  No problem. Registration has been reopened at  [. . . .]

Calling on you to YELL The Loudest EVER!
The Yell (Youth Engaged in Learning about Leadership) conference is open to youth in grades 6-12, and will be held on May 3 at [. . . .]

Billboard Contest
The theme of the 2014 Billboard Contest is “Celebrating 100 years of 4-H”.  The entry form, and all the guidelines can be found on the website at  This contest is sponsored by the [ . . . .]

Area Animal Science Days in Manitowoc County!
Manitowoc County will be hosting Area Animal Science Days this year.  It will take place on Thursday, June 19  at the fairgrounds in Manitowoc. This fun-filled event offers contests in [. . . .]

Konnichiwa, 4-H members and parents!
Looking for some fun and excitement this summer? How about hosting a new friend from Argentina (July 8-Aug. 5), Mexico (July 3-29), Japan or South Korea this summer (July 26- Aug. 22)? Wisconsin 4-H International Programs are offering hosting opportunities to several families this summer, but hurry! The deadline for assignments is [. . . .]

You, too, can make a 4-H Video to Celebrate the Centennial of 4-H
Gather your family, friends, club, or any 4-H gang together and make a centennial celebration video about your membership in 4-H. This could include multi-generational families, alumni from a former 4-H club, a current 4-H club, former camp counselors, fair friends – you name it – get the group together and make a video or two or three. Or maybe you would like to tell your own individual story [. . . .]

Swine Exhibitors
The decision has been made to have a terminal show for the 2014 swine project at the Oconto County Fair.  This means there will be no breeding classes shown.  The Fair Board will be arranging for all market hogs to be sent to either Maplewood Meats or Gillett Meats on the Monday (August 18th) following the Oconto County Fair by the Fair Board. 

Because the Wisconsin state veterinarian banned swine weigh-ins, the swine will be identified [. . . .]

Sheep Weigh In
The Sheep Weigh-in is planned for Saturday, April 26, at the Fairgrounds in Gillett from 10-11 a.m.

4-H Camp
Summer Camp (for youth who have completed grades 3-6) will be June 16-19 at Camp Bird.  Adventure Camp (for youth who have completed grades 7-12) will be July 20-23 at Upham Woods.  These camps are open to all youth; being a member of a 4-H club is not a requirement to attend, so tell your friends!  The brochure and registration forms for Summer Camp are available at [. . . .]

Come Learn about Alpaca Shearing!
4-H Leaders Jim & Laurie Konyn of Hums of Faith Suris just west of Oconto are looking for some volunteers to help with their alpaca shearing on Sunday, May 4.  Volunteers should be 12 years old or older, and would only be needed for a 2 hr shift (but can do more if you are having fun!).  We will be shearing from 7:00 am to about 3:30-4:00 pm

Families are welcome to come and watch.  This is a wonderful opportunity for 4-H youth to [. . . .]

MAQA Training Dates
Please note…all youth exhibiting market beef, sheep, swine, poultry or meat goats at the fair must attend a MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) training every year.  If you are not MAQA certified, you will not be eligible to sell in the Sale of Champions at the 2014 Oconto County Fair.

The MAQA trainings scheduled for this year are [. . . .]

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest
Are you an animal lover?  Fiber enthusiast?  Or just looking for a free, family activity with over 400 alpacas?  The Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest is for you!

Do you want to learn a new skill in fiber arts? Are you looking for an affordable family outing? Or do you love alpacas and are interested in learning more?   The Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest offers [. . . .]

2nd Annual Central Wisconsin Spring Fling Beef Show
The 2nd Annual Central Wisconsin Spring Fling Beef Show will take place May 9-10, 2014 at the Waushara County Fairgrounds in Wautoma, WI. The show will include [. . . .]

100 Years of Growing Wisconsin Leaders through 4-H
4-H in Wisconsin celebrates 100 years.  Take a look at the wonderful 4-H Centennial feature spread in the Wisconsin Counties Association Magazine by clicking here.

Thank You!
A BIG Thank You to the Northern Riders 4-H Club for hosting the Achievement Program this year.  They did a lot of work on this program, from planning, invitations, scheduling,  [. . . .]

Awards & Recognition in Oconto County 4-H
We are proud of the accomplishments of our 4-H youth in Oconto County, whether it is an individual who has made strides in their project work, or a group of youth working together toward a common goal.  We take time in November each year [. . . .]

If you have any questions regarding 4-H Youth Development in Oconto County, please contact Paula Huff:

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Paula Huff
4-H Youth Development Agent

Oconto County UW-Extension
Oconto County Courthouse
301 Washington Street
Oconto WI 54153-1699
Phone:  920-834-6845
Fax:  920-834-6853

Karen Behnke

Karen Behnke
Program Assistant

Phone:  920-834-6845