Contact Us

Jodi Baumgartner
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007
jbmgrtnr@illinois.edu

Johnna B. Jennings
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199
jbjennin@illinois.edu

Ogle County 4-H

Ogle County 4-H

Deadlines and Participation

Enrollment Deadlines

Youth may join 4-H at any time of the year, but must be enrolled in the projects of their choice by April 15 of the current 4-H year if they intend to exhibit at the 4-H Fair. This deadline applies to ALL project areas. Enrollment forms must be turned into local club leaders.

Ogle County Club Attendance Policy

Ogle County 4-H members who wish to exhibit at the Ogle County 4-H Fair must have...

  • Attended a minimum of 50% of the club meetings held since joining. (Note: The "join" date is September 1 for all youth who are continuing membership for consecutive 4-H years. The "join" date for new members is the first club meeting attended.) You must be present for a minimum of 45 minutes of a club meeting to be counted present.
  • ...Or fulfilled those obligations established and agreed upon in a properly signed and filed 4-H Agreement (contract).

4-H Contracts

4-H Contracts are available in the Extension office and from local club leaders. They should be used by members who cannot make at least 50% of their club meetings during the year, but who wish to exhibit at the fair. Contracts allow members and leaders to work together to identify things that members can do to make up for missed meetings. Contracts must be complete and on file in the Extension office by January 15 for re-enrolling members and by April 15 for all new members.

Collegiate Club

4-Hers who are attending college may enroll as members of the Ogle County Collegiate Club. Participation in this capacity makes it possible for long-term 4-Hers to complete their 4-H careers and qualify for fair exhibition through county involvement during school breaks and summer months, rather than by attending meetings. Collegiate members contract with Extension staff to complete 12 hours of service. Contact the Extension office for information.

Fair Exhibition

Ogle County 4-H members who wish to exhibit at the annual Ogle County 4-H Fair must have 1.) attended a minimum of 50% of the club meetings held since joining OR 2.) fulfilled those obligations established and agreed upon in a properly signed and filed 4-H Contract.

Ownership Deadlines

All 4-Hers who intend to exhibit animals at the annual 4-H Fair must abide by specific animal ownership deadlines. These ownership deadlines vary by animal species and type. They are listed in the annual 4-H Fair Book and are available in the Extension office.

Beef Weigh-In

All 4-Hers who intend to exhibit beef market animals (heifers, steers, or carcass animals) at the annual 4-H Fair must have their animals weighed and tattooed at the county 4-H Beef Weigh-in held each year during late winter. Beef project members will be notified of the exact date, time, and location by mail.

Horse Agreements

4-Hers who intend to participate in the horse show at the annual 4-H Fair must complete ownership or lease agreements for each horse they plan to exhibit. New agreement forms must be completed each year. Blank agreement forms are mailed to horse project members during late winter and must be returned to the Extension office by May 1.