4-H & Youth

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. For more information, please visit the Iowa 4-H website




4-H Events


Market Beef Entries Due

Market Beef entries are due Jan. 31, 2023, by 11:59 pm on 4HOnline.

For questions contact the office at xdallas@iastate.edu or by phone at 515-993-4281.


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See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/yqca


Experience 4-H


Experience 4-H day will be 9-10 am on Saturday, March 4th at the community building. There will be booths highlighting the different project areas in 4-H and members to answer any questions. Some areas include insight into horse showing and leasing a horse, dog care, rabbit care, showmanship, fun make and takes like catapults, food, and nutrition, how to succeed at communication day, and several others! There will also be food, a hot cocoa bar, and prizes!''

Open to anyone interested in learning more about 4-H. You do not need to be a member.

Contact Pearl Jones at pearl@iastate.edu or 515-993-4281

Registration not required

Want to Join 4-H?https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas/join-4-h

State Recognition Day

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/recognition-opportunities

State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa

See more info at https://sstfi.org/


Dog Obedience

Date / Time

Mondays I  6:30 - 7:30 pm 


Dallas County Fairgrounds

Varied Industries Building


For all dogs, any breed, 6 months or older.

Must have
- Proof of Rabies Vaccination


$5 - 4-H Members
$15 - Non-4-H Members
$25 - Adults

Registration contact the office at xdallas@iastate.edu 

National 4-H Conference

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/national-4-h-conference

Equine Extravaganza

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/equineextravaganza

4-H Connect Retreat

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/connect

Scholarship Applications

See more info at https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/en/funding_for_4hers/scholarships

Swine Exhibitors // Erysipelas Vaccinations


Erysipelas vaccination is required for all swine that will be exhibited at the 2023 Dallas County Fair. The first dose should be given by April 15th. We have a bottle on hand at the Extension Office (you will need to provide your own NEW/CLEAN needles & syringe) You can also pick up your county and state fair 4-H tags. Image removed.Image removed.

Thank you, Minburn Vet Clinic for donating the Erysipelas vaccine!


Animal in 4HOnline by May 15


Sheep & Goat Weigh-In

Sheep and Goat Weigh-In - May 7th @ Dallas County Fairgrounds 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Market sheep and goat weigh-in for the 2023 Dallas County Fair will be on Saturday, May 7th 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Dallas County Fairgrounds.


All market sheep and goats must be weighed-in at this time. All reproductively in-tact male sheep and male goats must be castrated or banded BEFORE unloading at the weigh-in.

All breeding and market animals that will be shown at the state fair must attend weigh-in to be retinal imaged. ALL sexually intact sheep and goats must be identified with an official scrapie tag or official scrapie tattoo registered with USDA.


Taste of Camp

June 8-10—Wesley Woods—Indianola, IA
Climbing wall, archery, swimming, campfires, challenge courses, furry animals, skits and so much more!
Youth who have completed 4th-7th grade in the spring of 2023 are eligible to attend Thursday, June 8th — Saturday, June 10th.
Youth who have completed Kindergarten-3rd grade in the spring of 2023 are eligible to attend Friday, June 9th — Saturday, June 10th.
ALL YOUTH WELCOME, 4-H/Clover Kids enrollment is not required, so bring a friend!
Cost is $90 per Clover Kid age camper, $160 per 4-H age camper.

Register online at https://form.jotform.com/223267256067055
There is a registration minimum to hold camp. Please keep an eye on your email for updates and additional forms that will need completed.
Questions? Contact Sammy Brand in Warren County (515-961-6237, snhasper@iastate.edu) or Lindsey Young in Madison County (515-462-1001, lindseyy@iastate.edu)


Animal Science Roundup

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/animalscienceroundup

Citizen Washington Focus

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/cwf

FairEntry Due

Please don't forget to get your entries into FairEntry before July 1st! This is also the due date for State Fair Livestock entries, so make sure you are registering for both if you are showing at the county and State Fair.

If you need to confirm whether or not I have received your entries reach out to the Dallas County Youth Coordinator, and they would be more than happy to let you know.

Communications Day 


Dallas County Extension Office

28061 Fairground Rd. 

Adel, IA 50003

Judging will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Communications Day is an event for youth in, K-12th grade to give a presentation or working exhibit. If selected you have a chance to take your project to the Iowa State Fair.


Exhibitors will need to use this sign-up genius link to reserve their in-person judging time slots. Dallas County Exhibitors: Dallas County Communications Day (signupgenius.com)


Exhibitors also have the option of videoing their communications exhibits and emailing them to Pearl by May 26th so that our judge has time to review and judge them before our event on June 3.


Dallas County Fair

See more at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas/county-fair

July 10

  • Static Judging Day  I  Community Building  I  12:30 - 5:30 PM


4-H Week

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Iowa 4-H Giving Day

Dallas County >> https://go.iastate.edu/CCVOAW

We’re so excited to be a part of Iowa 4-H Giving Day! You can support our campaign by visiting https://www.iowa4hgivingday.org and donating TODAY. #GrowIowa4H

Trunk or Treat

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Record Books Due

See more at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas/record-keeping

Annual Club Program Plan / Calendars Due

See more at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/volunteerresources


Beef Weigh-In

Location: Scale house northwest of the livestock building

For 4-H and FFA members who want to show market beef at the state or county level. Not necessary for Clover Kids members.

Tags will be available for purchase that day.

Winter Fest

Crafts, games, and snowball challenges
Movie: Home Alone

Open to youth K-12th grade
Registration not required. To register contact the ISU Dallas County Extension office at 515-993-4281 or email aleta@iastate.edu

Cost: FREE

Parents are invited to stay but are not required.

Open to currently enrolled 4-H members. Attendees can bring a friend.

Enroll in 4-H today at 4HOnline 2.0

Nutcracker Ballet + STEM

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/nutcracker-ballet-stem

Beef Blast

See more info at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/beef-blast