Clay County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

July 8, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County and the Clay County Fair officially announced that there will be no district livestock shows or communication events this year. Local Clay County 4-H and FFA members will still have the opportunity to exhibit animals in a local Clay County-only show, with details to be announced at a later date.

Clay County Extension Council Chair Gary Johnson said that the decision was very difficult and required a great deal of collaboration between the extension council, ISU Extension and Outreach staff and the Clay County Fair. Ultimately the decision was made to cancel district shows for 2020 in order to keep youth participants’, families’ and community members’ health and safety at the forefront.

June 30, 2020

Achievement Fair will be held by using the Iowa State Fair model.  This will mean that 4-H families will bring their exhibits to the 4-H Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds from 8am – 6pm, Monday, July 20, and will place the exhibits in areas designated for each project area.  Large items should arrive only by families by using the north door to the 4-H Auditorium and will be placed along the north wall. 

  • All human sciences, communication and clothing exhibits MUST be entered in Fair Entry. The entry program will be open July 2 and will close on July 20. 


north wall.

2019 Clay County 4-H Hall of Fame Recipient Greg Lear
April 8, 2020

Clay County 4-H is seeking nominations for the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee.  The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, supporters and pioneers who have made a significant contribution to the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program. Nominations must be received by May 5, 2020, in the form of a letter or email to dehrkoop@iastate.edu to the Clay County Extension Office, 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100, Spencer.

Youth and Judge at Achievement Fair
March 25, 2020

Please join Clay County 4-H in “compassion” and participate in one or both of these great Community Compassion service opportunities.

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
March 23, 2020

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2020 garden season.  Sign up before April 1st to get a discount on your 2nd plot!

Statewide Resources

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

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