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Tracy Fowler-Pestle
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development, Mercer
University of Illinois Extension
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
fowlerpe@illinois.edu

Cheryl Geitner
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
cgeitner@illinois.edu

Mercer County 4-H

Mercer County 4-H

In 4-H, youth are the leaders. They're learning, teaching, serving their communities and gaining skills for the future—and having fun doing it! Given the right opportunities, they will be the ones to make our world a better place and create a positive impact. What if you were one of them?

Join 4-H today!

Mercer County 4-H has dozens of clubs youth and teens can join. Clubs meet on a regular basis in cities and towns across the county throughout the year. There are Community Clubs in Aledo, Alexis, Aledo, Hamlet, and Viola. Plus you can also start your own club! 4-H Clubs can be as small as 5 members meeting in a neighbor's home. At 4-H Club meetings members elect officers, share projects, give demonstrations, go on special outings, do community service projects, make crafts, share snacks, and have a great time meeting new friends.

You can also become a 4-H SPIN Club member. 

A SPIN club is a Special Interest Club sponsored by 4-H. The club is formed when 5 or more youth want to gather to explore a specific topic. We have many different SPIN Clubs you can participate in such as Sewing, Shooting Sports, Lego Robotics, Goats, Rocketry, Cooking, Line Dancing, Rabbits, Honeybees, Video/Filmmaking, Duct Tape Creations, Cardboard Reggata, Pizza-making, Leadership, Scrapbooking and more!  They are started by volunteers who have a passion for a topic and want to share their knowledge with youth!

Don't delay—Join Mercer County 4-H today!  Click on the Join Mercer County 4-H link below to sign up to receive more information!

  • 2014-2015 Illinois Clover PDF

  • 4-H Candy Making Special Interest Club, Aledo, IL
    re you looking for a fun way to spend five winter Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on March 14, 21, 28, April 11, and 18. Mercer County 4-H has a new club where you can learn how to make candy! The owner of Farm Girl Fudge will guide you on a step-by-step hands-on candy-making demonstration. You'll make (and taste) a new candy each week! Yum!

  • 4-H Goat Club, Aledo, IL (Sundays May 17 - July 5)
    You'll learn important life skills by joining the Mercer County Goat Club, a learn-by-doing experience! Life skills included are making decisions, solving problems, relating to others, planning and organizing, and communicating with others. Bring your goat to the Mercer County Fairgrounds for the meetings and learn how to judge and select goats, feed and manage goats, fit and show goats. Don't have a goat, live in town? No worries, you can lease a goat! Your leased goats will be waiting for you at the Mercer County fairgrounds each meeting. There are a limited number of goats for lease, so don't delay register today!

  • Join Mercer County 4-H

  • Mercer County 4-H Club Listing with times and locations PDF

  • Mercer County Extension & 4-H Foundation donation form PDF
    Support the 4-H and Extension programs and scholarships in Mercer County with a tax-deductible donation. See brochure and giving form. here

  • Soup Supper Challenge March 14, Aledo, IL PDF
    Taste a variety of homemade soups made by Mercer County 4-H Clubs and other great cooks in our community! Vote for your favorite one and help us pick a winner for the Best Soup in Mercer County by a 4-H Club and by a community member or business! Donations collected for this event will be donated to support the School Backpack program serving all 3 Mercer County School Districts. It provides a backpack on Fridays of food for school children who face food insecurity- helping them get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food  they need to get enough to eat on the weekends.