Palo Alto County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

January 24, 2020

The annual 4-H Lock-In for all Palo Alto County 4-Hers (grades 4-12) will be held Friday, February 28th from 7:00-midnight at the Authur & Audrey Smith Wellness Center in Emmetsburg.  Chaperones will be needed.  Everyone will be responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the center.  Pre-registration is required.  Deadline to register will be Wednesday, February 26th.  This is the lock-in that was postponed in January due to weather.

January 20, 2020

Palo Alto County Extension & Outreach will again be sponsoring a Babysitting Clinic for all youth ages 10 and up.  The program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15th from 9:00AM-4:00PM at the VFW in Emmetsburg.  Cost to participate is $25 to cover materials, lunch, and snacks.  Sessions will include Basic First Aid/CPR, Babysitting Responsibilities, Basic Care, and Safe Play.  Session will include hands-on activities and take home materials.  Pre-registration is required and is due Feb. 7th.  This will be the only one offered in 2020.

December 11, 2019

All 4-Hers in northwest Iowa are invited to the 2020 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza on Saturday, Feb. 1st, from 9:45AM-3:00PM @ ILCC.  Cost is $5 per participant.  ALL 4-H/FFA members and accompanying adults are welcome to participate for the $5 fee.  Deadline to register is Thursday, January 23rd.  Sessions will include It's Not Just a Shot in the Dark with Dr. Dan Berkland & Stacey Geerdes; Beef Skill-A-Thon - Test Your Knowledge with Amy Powell; Is it Really Meat?; and The Two T's - How to Tag & Tattoo with Beth Doran and Sidney Riemschneider.  Participants can register on a paper form or online at:

March 27, 2019

The 2019 Palo Alto County Fair Book is now on the web.  This is a must see if you plan to bring exhibits to the Palo Alto County Fair.  The fair book includes rules, fair classes and descriptions, premiums, etc.  Please read before you exhibit!  See link below to access the book.

February 15, 2019

Palo Alto County Extension has exciting news!!!  We now have an app available for you to download on your phone. The app contains information on current programing that is being offered. It also contains links to Ag Decision Maker, 4HOnline, YQCA, Palo Alto County Fair, and Spend Smart, Eat Smart.  Go to your app store and search Palo Alto County Extension and download the app today!!!

4-H Newsletters                  
2019 Palo Alto County Fair Schedule


Event Registrations & Flyers       
4-H Enrollment in 4HOnline and Paper Forms
Other Helpful Pieces
4-H Youth County Council
4-H Leaders
Design Elements & Art Principles - Help Sheets
4-H Record Keeping Forms
Area Recognition


4-H Scholarships


2019 Palo Alto County Fair Book


Palo Alto County Fair Website
Fair Entry Forms
Fair Help Sheets
Drug Affidavits
4-H Animal ID Forms

Identifying Animals in 4HOnline Help Sheet (preferred method) 


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. 

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • 4-H Equation

    Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • 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.

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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