County & State Opportunities & Events

Lewis & Clark County Opportunities and Events

Lewis & Clark County 4-H Foundation Sponsorship Request Form

Want to attend a 4-H event but are worried about the cost? Fill out the Sponsorship Request Form and the LCC 4-H Foundation will be in touch!

National 4-H Week

October 1-7, 2023

Monday, October 2nd 

4-H FUNdraiser at Panda Express

Order anytime from 11:00am to 9:00pm either online or in person at the Helena Panda Express!

Bring flyer on phone or paper. Click here for a printable flyer(PDF, 500KB)

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Tuesday, October 3rd

4-H FUNdraiser at MacKenzie River Pizza

Order anytime on Tuesday to support LCC 4-H Be sure to bring the community night voucher on phone or paper.

Click here for a printable flyer(PDF, 418KB)

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Wednesday, October 4th

4-H FUNdraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings

Order anytime on Wednesday to support LCC 4-H Be sure to bring the community night voucher on phone or paper.

Click here for a printable flyer(PDF, 141KB)

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Friday, October 6th

4-H Friday! - Wear Green and 4-H Attire

Show your 4-H Spirit and wear your 4-H shirt or 4-H green today!

Sunday, October 8th

4-H Open House

From 1-3pm in the BHB come celebrate 4-H and learn about what all LCC 4-H has to offer!

4-H FUNdraisers

4-H FUNdraiser at Brewhouse

Order anytime from 11:00am to 9:00pm on Tuesday, January 9th to support LCC 4-H. Be sure to mention 4-H in order for a portion of sales to be donated to 4-H.

4-H FUNdraiser at Panda Express

Order anytime from 11:00am to 9:00pm on Monday, February 19th either online or in person at the Helena Panda Express! Be sure to bring your flyer on phone or paper. Click here for the flyer(PDF, 502KB).

4-H FUNdraiser at Moose Junction

Order anytime from 6:30am to 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 20th to support LCC 4-H. Be sure to bring your flyer on phone or paper.Click here for the flyer(PDF, 266KB).

4-H FUNdraiser at Hammer and Stain

Join 4-H on Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 pm to do a Hammer and Stain project. The details of how to register and what can be made are below using the link. 15% of each project will be donated back to Lewis and Clark 4-H. There are also some buyers thank you examples available if kids would like to attend and make that or something else. You will need to sign up and pay before April 16th to attend. Click here to sign up.

 

 

New Family Orientation

Dates
Thursday, October 12th at 6:00pm - BHB
Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30pm - Extension Office
Saturday, November 4th at 9:00am - Extension Office (almost full!)

We're offering 3 sessions for new 4-H families to learn more about what being a "4-H family" is all about! Come to learn more information on what the 4-H year looks like, county/state 4-H opportunities, and more! There will also be time for questions. The Oct. 17th & Nov 4th sessions will be capped at 30 people.

Please Click HERE to fill out the interest form!

Volunteer Leader Series

Club Leader Workshop
October 19th at 6:00pm
Extension Office - Upstairs Conference Room

Whether a new or returning club leader, join us for an evening that will work on leading an effective, engaging, and fun club meeting! Gain new ideas for activities, fundraisers, and more!

Please Click HERE to fill out the interest form!

Fall Into Leadership Training

October 28, 2023, from9:00 - 12:00. Check-in at 8:45.
Location: 800 N. Hoback.

$10 fee covers snacks, lunch, and supplies. Money will be received at check-in.

Click here to register for the Fall Into Leadership Training

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Awards Night

Awards Night
October 29, 2023 at 5 PM

The 2023 Awards night – “Spooktacular Awards Night!” will be Sunday, October 29th, with a potluck dinner to begin at 5:00 pm.

  • Last Names A-I – Main Dish
  • Last names J-R – Sides & Salads
  • Last names S-Z – Dessert

The awards ceremony will begin immediately following dinner at 6:00 p.m. Truck-Or-Treat will be at 7:00 p.m. Wear your best halloween attire and prepare for a haunted “Trunk-Or-Treat”

The ambassadors are excited to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and achievements of the Lewis and Clark County 4-H youth at this event. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Trunk-Or-Treat 
4-H Clubs: participate in the first annual Trunk Contest - decorate, hand out candy, and compete for the Spooktacular Bragging Rights Traveling Trophy.

Contact Beverly Schneider, prosecutrix97@yahoo.com, or (406) 788-8856 if you have questions.

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Become a Junior Superintendent

October-December each year

  • The primary purpose of a 4-H Junior Superintendent is to work with adult county project superintendents in planning events, workshops, and other learning activities.
  • The Junior Superintendent has a vote during committee meetings and is the youth voice for individual projects.
  • Junior Superintendents are teen leaders in their project area, and are required to uphold the standards as such.
  • Any current 4-H member 13 years old or older who wishes to take a more active part in their 4-H project area can approach the adult project superintendent and inquire about availability. The junior superintendent is then voted in at October, November, and December meetings.
  • Each project can have up to 5 junior superintendents.

Become an Ambassador

Applications due April 12, 2024 for 2024-25 Year

  • The primary purpose of a 4-H Ambassador is to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. A 4-H ambassador must conduct himself or herself with integrity in a mature manner that sets a good example by which other 4-H members may follow.
  • The Lewis & Clark County Ambassador Program consists of a team of up to eight Ambassadors. Any current 4-H member 13 years old or older who wishes to enhance their leadership skills through, fun, hard work, and involvement in the Lewis & Clark County 4-H Program is welcome to apply.
  • Ambassador Application(PDF, 224KB)

Murdoch's Gift Wrapping

Begins November 25th

  • Click here to sign up as a club or project or Call the Extension Office at (406) 447-8346 if you have a group that would like to sign up
  • A maximum of 4 gift-wrappers at once is recommended (1 adult 2-3 kids)
  • A great fundraising opportunity!

Lewis & Clark County 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Saturday, January 6th, 2024 8:00-5:00 p.m.
Registration will close Friday, January 5th at 12:00 p.m.

Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and 4-H Bill Hamilton Building

Air Rifle/Air Pistol

3-D Archery 

Target Archery

3-D will be shot in the 4-H Bill Hamilton Building.

The Adult Fun Shoot fundraiser will take place at the same time as the tournament. There will be one dedicated bale each line for the adults. Two adults per line time. There will be a 5:00 p.m. line time for adults also. If interest is high enough from adults, we may add an additional bale each line time.

Payment- You have the option to pay online through Bow Score or you can pay by check, please include a copy of your registration with the check and mail before the deadline to avoid a late fee.

If you need help registering or have questions, please contact Sam Allen at 406-461-8583

Helena Grand Foods

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9:00-4:00 p.m
East Valley Middle School

Registration is due Wednesday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m. on Google Forms

  • Grand Foods: This event is for 4-H members who would like to challenge themselves with preparation of a new food that can be used for a special event.
  • Members can enter one homemade food item to the competition.
  • Open to all students whether or not you are enrolled in Foods and Nutrition

Grand Food Rules(PDF, 120KB) (PDF, 120KB)

Helena Stir Ups

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
East Valley Middle School

Registration due Wednesday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m. on Google Forms

  • Open to all students whether or not you are enrolled in Foods and Nutrition

Purpose

To prepare an appealing, nutritious dish that can be prepared easily by using common ingredients available in many homes. Meal should be prepared using food safety techniques and reflect creative use of ingredients. The presentation should exhibit knowledge of the foods prepared, excellent public speaking and use of visual aid skills.

Participants 

Individuals or teams of two. Team members should divide work and interview responses equally. An uneven distribution of work will impact the evaluation. Both individuals and teams will receive one score per judge.

Time

Meal preparation and cleanup: 60 minutes
Presentation: 15 minutes
One point/per minute will be deducted from total score for going over 60 minutes preparation time

Theme

Each year the stir ups contest will have a recipe theme. Recipes range from the simplest to more complicated combinations of ingredients which showcase healthy nutritious meals with the advantage of ease of preparation. Creativity is the key to unique presentation– there is no reason to stick to traditional ingredients.

The Theme for this year is SALADS

  •  Provided Ingredients include: 
    • Beef
    • Shrimp
    • Italian sausage
    • Arugula
    • Cabbage
    • Spinach
    • Cucumber
    • Tomato
    • Edamame
    • Avocado
    • Peppers
    • Nuts
    • Blue Cheese
    • Smoked Gouda
    • Apples
    • Oranges

For more information please click here.

Gavel Games

*Not updated for the new 4-H year*

Saturday, May 6th
Bill Hamilton Building

Gather your team and show off your skills at Parliamentary Procedures! 

Through Gavel Games, Lewis and Clark County 4-H members will present previously gained knowledge of parliamentary procedure by acting as officers and members for a model 4-H business meeting.

Rules and Procedures are available on the state website.

Helena Communications Day

Sunday, March 10th 
Location TBD

Registration Due: Wednesday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m. on Google Forms

Communications Day Age Divisions: 

Cloverbuds (Non-Competitive): 5-8 years old

Junior I: 8-10 years old

Junior II: 11-13 years old

Senior: 14-19 years old

 

Categories available at Communications Day: 

Illustrated Talk/Demonstration  -All Divisions

Illustrated Talk/Demonstration Judging Form(PDF, 228KB)

Illustrated Talk Instructions(PDF, 732KB)

Demonstration Instructions(PDF, 832KB)

Prepared Speech /Impromptu Speech – All Divisions

Prepared Speech Judging Form(PDF, 225KB)

Prepared Speech Instructions(PDF, 1MB)

Impromptu Judging Form(PDF, 224KB)

Career Communication – All Divisions

Career Communication Judging Form(PDF, 48KB)

Career Communication Instructions(PDF, 1MB)

Video Contest – All divisions

Video Judging Form(PDF, 228KB)

Video Contest Instructions(PDF, 882KB)

Promotional Package – All Divisions

Promotional Package Judging Form(PDF, 227KB)

Promotional Package Instructions(PDF, 1006KB)

Commercial – All Divisions

Commercial Judging Form(PDF, 226KB)

Commercial Instructions(PDF, 789KB)

Augusta Grand Foods & Demonstration Day

*Not updated for the new 4-H year*

Sunday, April 23rd setup at at 1:30 p.m. and judging starting at 2:00 p.m. at Augusta Community Center
Location TBD 

*All county wide members are invited. Please call Teresa Converse-Lane at (406) 799-2349 for more information and to register. 

Sewing Revue

April 14, 2024
4:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church

  • A Sewing Revue has been held by the Lewis and Clark County 4-H program since the 1980’s. The Sewing Revue at both county and state level (Congress) is an educational component of the 4-H Clothing program. It emphasizes development in selecting, constructing, accessorizing and showing an item the member has sewn.
  • You do not need to be in the sewing, handiwork or quilting project to participate
  • Narrative for Sewing Revue(PDF, 48KB)

4-H Photography Show

May 16th - June 2nd 

The 2024 4-H Photo Show will be on exhibit from May 16 – June 2 at the Holter Museum of Art. This will primarily be a showcase of 4-H’ers who are enrolled in the Photography Project, but because it is a county event, all 4-H’ers are welcome to participate.

4-H Summer Camp Counselors

Are you interested in serving as a camp counselor this coming summer? This is a unique opportunity for 4-H teens to develop your leadership skills, work with a great team of peers, and provide a memorable and meaningful experience as a mentor to our younger 4-H'ers. Applications are open now, and deadline to apply is Friday, December 1, 2023.

Being a summer camp counselor is a commitment: there are monthly planning meetings with your required attendance, a mandatory overnight winter counselor retreat to build our team, and responsibilities outside of our meetings to plan and organize your camp activities. It's strongly recommended that you also enroll in the 4-H teen leadership project. 

Most of all, it's a lot of fun! Many kids say summer camp is their favorite thing about the 4-H program. If you want to be considered as a teen camp counselor, and can commit to the time and responsibilities, please apply now! Teen 4-H'ers ages 13 to 18 may apply. Applications available at https://lc4hcamp.com/apply/

Important dates: 

  • February 25 at 4:00 p.m. - Upstairs Extension Office
  • April 7 at 4:00 p.m. - TBD
  • April 28 at 4:00 p.m. - Upstairs Extension Office
  • May 19 at 4:00 p.m. - Upstairs Extension Office
  • June 30 at 4:00 p.m. - Upstairs Extension Office
  • August 3 at 4:00 p.m. - BHB

4-H Camp Adult Chaperones

We are seeking 2 to 3 adult 4-H volunteers who are interested in serving as a summer camp chaperone. Duties include attending the camp counselor training/planning workshops throughout the year, and accompanying the campers and counselors at 4-H Camp August 4-8, 2022.  Questions? Contact Luke Duran at ElementL@bresnan.net or 406.461.7799. 

4-H Summer Camp

August 4-8, 2023
Loon Lake

Registration Due: Friday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. on Google Forms

  • Any enrolled Lewis & Clark County 4-H'ers ages 8-13 (4-H age) are invited to register for 4-H Summer Camp.
  • Camp will be August 4-8 at Loon Lake 4-H Camp near Bigfork.
  • Fees are $200 per camper, which includes all transportation, accomodations, meals, camp materials/supplies, and a t-shirt.
  • Registration forms can be printed and should be mailed, or brought in person to the Extension Office with payment to be accepted.
  • Registration is limited to 60 campers and will be first come first served, so bring your forms in as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

View the 2022 4-H Summer Camp Report

  

 

 

 

  

 


State Opportunities and Events

4-H Ambassador and Teen Leader Training

October 20-22, 2023
Billings Hotel and Convention Center
Billings, MT 

Registration and payment: Friday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $175

  • Fall Training is the annual leadership development retreat for Montana 4-H Ambassadors and Teen Leaders that are 14+. The event is planned, implemented, and evaluated by the State Ambassador Officer Team. Youth will leave the weekend prepared and excited to take the knowledge and skills they have gained and apply them in their counties.

Click here for more information.

Shooting Sports Invitationals

Throughout the year
Multiple Dates

Click here for more information.

Montana 4-H Shooting Sports events provide 4-H Shooting Sports members with opportunities to participate in fun and educational competitive matches in archery, air rifle, air pistol, and small bore rifle.

4-H Rec Lab

April 19-21, 2024
Jefferson County School, Boulder, MT 

Registration Due: TBD

Must be 13+

  • This event is a 4-H member favorite: It provides an opportunity for youth and adults to enhance their leadership, communication, and team building skills in an action-packed and interactive setting.
  • Rec Lab programming provides participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp, and community leader.
  • This event is ideal for younger senior members to attend as a first-time state event. It allows them to form relationships with 4-H peers from across the state, broaden their skills, and widen their network.

Click here for more information.

Montana 4-H Congress

*Not updated for the new 4-H year*

July 11-14, 2023
MSU in Bozeman

Click here for more information.

Montana 4-H Congress provides youth from across the state an opportunity to come together on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman for four days and participate in an event like no other. Congress offers both youth and adults a venue in which to learn, be challenged, and most of all, have a great time with their peers. Its purpose is to provide a safe and fun environment for youth to experience all that 4-H has to offer - contests, workshops, social events, and more.  

  • Families will register youth through ZSuites
  • This is event is for 13 and older youth members
  • Chaperones must be 21 or older and be a certified 4-H Volunteer. If you are interested in being a chaperone please fill out this google form 
  • Registrations due to the Lewis & Clark County Extension office by Thursday, June 14th by 5:00 p.m.

International Outbound Programs

Click here for more information.

Montana 4-H International Program for Young Adults (IPYA) is a three to a six-month international exchange program to countries around the world for those interested in a rural, work experience. Upon their return to the U.S. delegates are required to update country guides and to report on their experiences to schools across Montana.

Chaperones accompany a group of national delegates to a specified country for one month every summer. Chaperone applications are reviewed by States' 4-H International Education Programs (S4-HIEP) and decisions are made by early March. Chaperones provide conference call orientations, assist with national and in-country orientations, participate in all exchange program activities such as 4-H camps or other field trips, and are available, by phone, to assist host families throughout the exchange. Chaperones also stay with host families for the duration of the exchange.

4-H Citizenship Seminar

*Not updated for the new 4-H year*

Sunday, January 15-Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Begin on Sunday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m. and end on Tuesday, January 17 in the early afternoon around 1:30 p.m.
Location- Helena, MT- Seminar activities will take place at Delta Colonial Hotel
Registration Deadline: January 8, 2021 on ZSuites

Montana Citizenship Seminar is designed to inspire 4-H youth as they learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Youth delegates gain hands-on experience with the legislative process by participating in a mock legislature, create and debate bills, work with other youth from across the state, meet with elected officials, tour the capitol, and participate in a service-learning project.

Click here for more information

4-H Legislative Breakfast

*Not updated for the new 4-H year*

January 21, 2025
Helena, MT

  • Registration is due Wednesday, January 4th on ZSuites
  • Legislative Breakfast is a chance to interact with our state’s politicians and share the impact 4-H has on you and your community.This is an excellent opportunity for any 4-H member who wants to practice for Communications Day or as an activity for Teen Leadership.

The Legislative Breakfast provides an opportunity to educate Montana legislators about the work and success of 4-H in the state. It brings together youth and adult constituents from across Montana to share stories of achievement drawn from their 4-H experiences.  The breakfast also reinforces the vital role of the MSU Cooperative Extension Service budget, which supports 4-H in Montana communities.  

Click here for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    


Lewis & Clark County 4-H Fair 

IMPORTANT DATES

Beginning Friday, June 3rd, 2022, please log on to FairEntry to register

Registration will close Monday, June 27th at 10:59 p.m.

Payment is Due Monday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m. at the Extension Office or 10:59 p.m. on PayPal

Fair July 26-30, 2022

Cloverbud-aged Fair Livestock Class Registration due TBA

Cloverbud-aged Fair Livestock Google Form

BHB Cleaning Sign Up

We are in need of volunteers to help clean before fair, during fair and after fair. Please click this link to sign up

Sched App Info

Yellow sched app logo

Click the image above or go to: https://2023lewisandclarkcounty4h.sched.com/

Create an Account

Sign up for a free Sched account to create a custom schedule, network with other attendees, and take your event schedule on the go. Click "SIGN UP" to create an account using Facebook or your email.

Exhibitors Handbook & Schedule

Livestock Sale

Livestock Sale

PAYMENT POLICY - PLEASE READ

IMPORTANT: Our kids work hard to prepare their animals for the sale and so to ensure timely payment, we've put a payment policy in place: "Payment is due on the day of sale unless arrangements have been made by the buyer with the Extension Office prior to the date of the Livestock Sale." Please contact Extension if you need to make prior arrangements. See our Livestock Sale Policy(PDF, 31KB) for more information.

Pocket Bids (Fillable PDF)(PDF, 217KB) - For Buyer's Who Can't Attend In Person (Due Wednesday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m.)

2022 Livestock Auction Sale Program 

Indoor Judging & Auction

Click here to sign up for Indoor Judging(please read instructions before signing up!)

Sign Up Genius Indoor Schedule Instructions

Indoor Project Auction Form(PDF, 131KB)

  • There will be a live indoor auction of indoor projects at the Mulit-Purpose Sale Arena
  • The auction starts at 3 PM on Saturday, July 30th
  • Please bring your items at 2:30
  • Perishable food items need to be prepared the day of the auction. We will be keeping food items in the cooler until they are purchased. Please include a printed photo and recipe for your food item to be set on the silent auction table. 

FairEntry Information

Click HERE for a video tutorial on how to register

Click HERE(PDF, 1014KB) for written out instructions

Tips for exhibitors making online entries:

  • recommended browsers: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Older versions of internet explorer may cause unexpected results
  • Register all entries for each exhibitor in the family before proceeding to the payment section.
  • Be sure to click the "submit" button when you have completed your entries. Entries are not final until they have been submitted
  • Check your email inbox for a confirmation email with a list of your entries and any related fees.
  • You will receive a second email when your entries have been approved by the office.

Step by step instructions by projects

Indoor Project Entries(PDF, 2MB)

Livestock Project Entries(PDF, 4MB)

Dog Project Entries(PDF, 3MB)

Horse Project Entries(PDF, 3MB)

Cloverbud Project Entries(PDF, 2MB)

Fair Results

Outdoor High Point Awards Sponsors Recipient
Senior Beef Prickly Pear Simmental
Ranch
Isabelle Lowry
Junior Beef Prickly Pear Simmental
Ranch
Brooklyn Smith
Senior Dairy Dahl Ranch Phillip Patten
Junior Dairy CET Transport Alyssa White
Senior Sheep Gruber Masonry Inc. Rebecca Gruber
Junior Sheep Gruber Masonry Inc. Kiley Eckhart
Senior Swine Dahl Ranch Carly LaChere & Zoe Schneider
Junior Swine Dahl Ranch Addison Claridge
Senior Poultry Midtown Fitness AlizaJane Sark
Junior Poultry Gruber Masonry Inc. Ayla Mundinger-Adsay
Senior Rabbit Joe, Lisa & Bri DeWitt Emily Thompson & Mariah Olson
Junior Rabbit Debbie & Dundee Gribbons Alyssa White
Senior Goat Hamilton Livestock LLC Zachary Eckhart
Junior Goat Hamilton-Haven LaManchas  Kiley Eckhart
Senior Dog Friends of 4-H Trinity Bartmess
Junior Dog Sullivan Family Alyssa White
Senior Grand Horse

Emily Gannott

Mariah Olson

Senior Reserve Horse

Alexis Baumgart

Chase Graham

Junior Grand Horse Addy Fitzsimmons
Junior Reserve Horse Mackenzie Morin
Walk Trot Grand Savannah Barker
Walk Trot Reserve

 

Indoor High Point Awards   Recipient
Junior Family Consumer Sciences  
& Healthy Living
Michaela Blaney BCBS   Hadassah Moffett
Senior Family Consumer Sciences  
& Healthy Living
 Michaela Blaney BCBS Nava Rivas
Junior Engineering &
Natural Sciences
 Bill and Laurie Sullivan William Bushnell
Senior Engineering &
Natural Sciences
 Bill and Laurie Sullivan Kaylei Hinck
Junior Expressive Arts &
Leadership

 Michaela Blaney BCBS
 Ostberg Custom CNC

Alyssa White
Senior Expressive Arts &
Leadership
 Ostberg Custom CNC Asa Wood

Round Robin Winners

Junior Round Robin Winners

  • Grand- Alyssa White
  • Reserve-Brooklyn Smith

Senior Round Robin Winners

  • Grand-Mariah Olson
  • Reserve- Abigail Gruber

Ultrasound Evaluation Results

Swine Symbol of Excellence (SOE)

Certified Goat

Certified Lamb

Steer of Merit (SOM)

 

 

For information on open classes, rodeo, concert and other Fair activities visit the Fairgrounds website

Last Chance Stampede & Fair Logo and Link
Last Chance Stampede


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension Service prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Extension Service, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717