4-H Annual Activity Description


The 4-H Calendar is cyclical.  Activities and events tend to happen at the same time every year.  The following is a list of major county, state and national 4-H activities.  All listed activities are open to any enrolled 4-H member or volunteer.   Confirmation of dates, times and locations are sent to leaders and/or appear in newsletters.

The official 4-H year is 1 October- September 30.
Fairfield County dates to remember – Awards – Due May 1- The Award Year is from May 1 to April 30



After School Programs 4-H After School programs start in elementary and middle schools

New 4-H Year Begins


Online Enrollment starts or they must be completed and sent to the 4-H Office each year.  Return no later than December 1 to remain on the mailing list and maintain volunteer liability
National Youth Science Day Wednesday of 4-H Week, 4-Hers across the country participate in the same STEM activity

National 4-H Week

(First full week)

Groups should participate in 4-H week through county or area wide exhibits in businesses and stores, presentations at civic groups and articles in newspapers
Fairfield County 4-H Fair All members should participate!  The Fair book listing regulations, awards and classes is distributed to members in Sept.  This is an opportunity to exhibit anything members have made, grown or worked on during the year.  All exhibits are judged on the Danish system and ribbons are awarded.  Special awards are given in each division.
Fall Festival at the 4-H Farm Held at the Auer 4-H Farm in Bloomfield.  Exhibits, demonstrations, product sales, hayrides and refreshments


Adventure’s in STEM Day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related workshops and activities
National 4-H Congress

Congress happens in Atlanta and is a state award trip. Approximately 1,200 outstanding

4-Hers from across the nation participant in this 4-day recognition, cultural and educational event.  CT delegates are selected on the basis of CT 4-H Recognition Forms, county recommendation and state interviews.

Volunteer Training An opportunity for all adult volunteers and teen in leadership positions to learn about the 4H club program, 4-H club organization, new policies procedures, program planning, teaching techniques, community service, craft ideas, parliamentary procedure, etc.


Fairfield 4-H Spring Benefit Horse Show Ad Campaign Begins 4-H’ers sell sponsorships and ads for Benefit Horse Show to be held in May/June.  Funds raised from this support all County 4-H programs.
Fairfield 4-H Spring Benefit Horse Show Prize List Cover Contest 4-H Spring Benefit Prize List Cover contest begins.
CT Recognition Forms Due For all teens interested in being selected to attend National 4-H Conference at the 4-H Center in late March, to attend Citizenship Washington Focus in July or to become a state Teen Ambassador.


Work on Fairfield 4-H Spring Benefit Horse Show Ad Campaign
Work on Fairfield 4-H Spring Benefit Horse Show Prize List Cover Contest


Fairfield/New Haven Public Presentation Program 4-H’ers present a speech/visual presentation (illustrated talk/ power point/demonstration).  Two seniors are selected to participate in the State Public Speaking Contest as well as two juniors in both speech and visual presentations
Closing Date Fairfield County Benefit Ad Campaign.
Closing Date Fairfield County Benefit Horse Show Prize List Cover Contest.


State 4-H Public Speaking Contest Contest is a competitive process with selection at the county level.
Award applications Award applications be sent to leaders and independent  members – due May 1
State 4-H Expressive Arts Day -State Fashion Revue, State Talent Show, State Home Arts Contest and State Photography Show State event which includes the Clothing Revue, State Talent Show, Home Arts Contest and Photography Show.  Some contests are a competitive process with selection at the county level. Other contests are open to anyone who fits the criteria. Entries usually due Feb 1.
State 4-H Poultry Show Held at UConn- open to all poultry youth
State 4-H Horse Symposium Held at UConn.  This week-end event features speakers, demonstrations and exhibits related to all aspects in the Horse industry.
Fairfield County  Volunteer Recognition Dinner Recognition dinner for all Fairfield County volunteers and teens who successfully participate in county committees and leadership projects.
National 4-H Conference Outstanding 4-H members from across the state are chosen in the spring for recognition to participate in national events such as the National 4-H Leadership Conference, or 4-H Youth Congress.  Members are selected on the basis of the CT Recognition Form submitted in January.


County Science Workshop – tentative Bethel location; topic changes every year
State Hippology Contest, Quiz Bowl & Horse Judging Contest Teams and/or individuals may represent their county in this comprehensive test of horse science knowledge.   A state team is selected.
State 4-H Citizenship Day 4-H members 12-19 spend a day in Hartford learning about State government. Includes tours, workshops, visits with legislators.


Award Applications –May 1 Award, camperships and scholarships applications are due in the 4-H Office by May 1.  Forms will be sent to all enrolled members and volunteers in March/April.
4-H After School programs End of the year recognition program for 4-H after school programs in elementary and middle schools
State 4-H Dog Clinic Open to enrolled members in the dog project.  All day clinic at Tolland Extension Center

Set-up day for the

4-H Benefit Horse Show

Held prior to benefit horse show at the Bethel Office.  Members spruce up the grounds and prepare food.
4-H Benefit Horse Show Open benefit horse show sponsored by Fairfield County 4-H. Proceeds of this show support 4-H programs. English, western, outside hunt course and trail.
4-H Benefit Horse Show jump put away and Pizza Party Grounds clean-up and pizza party the day after the horse show.  Held the day after the horse show


Recognition Night Fairfield County Recognition awarded to youth and volunteers.
Eastern States 4H Horse Program Delegate Selection Selection involves application, leader recommendation, record books, interview and test.  Successful delegates become part of the CT delegation at Big E.  Riders and “handy-helpers” are encouraged to apply.


4-H Camp For youth from rural, suburban and urban communities.  Campers 8-15 attend a one or two week camping program at one of four 4-H camps located in the eastern area of Connecticut.  Activities usually offered include crafts, outdoor cookery, nature, swimming, etc.  Special clover camps for 6 and 7 year olds available at some sites.  Some camperships available.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), Chevy Chase, MD A week-long conference held at the 4-H Center for teens.  Learn about our national government by visiting historic spots, meeting with legislators and attending social activities and workshops with members from around the country.  (Offered alternate odd years)
CT Sate 4-H Horse Show Statewide 4-H Horse Show for Connecticut 4-H members showing their verified horse project.


Annual Report and Re-enrollment Requests Leaders receive and fill out re-enrollment request for 4-H year starting in October.
Environmental Sciences Day 4-H Environmental Science day is held in August at a variety of sites around the state and is for youth ages 10 and up with accompanying chaperon.   Youth have the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops which challenge their awareness of our planet and the impact we have on it



Record Books Due


Members send record books to the 4-H office to be evaluated. Ribbons awarded on Danish System.  Youth completing record books will be recognized.

Record Book Evaluation


All leaders invited to evaluate record books submitted by members.  Ribbons awarded on Danish System.  Record books plus ribbon and participation pins returned to members.
Eastern States Exposition or the Big E,  Springfield, MA Selected 4-H’ers will be exhibiting, demonstrating and competing for awards.
4-H Day at Eastern States Exposition, or the Big E,  Springfield, MA Organizational leaders may request free passes from the 4-H office for 4-H members and leaders.
UConn Cornucopia Fest University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Open House – Storrs campus.  Workshops, exhibits, fun. Public Welcome.

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