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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

LaSalle County
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Bureau County
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

LaSalle County
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Marshall-Putnam County
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Marshall-Putnam 4-H Show

NEWS RELEASE – Submitted BY Anne Scheel Program Coordinator


The Marshall-Putnam 4-H Show is a special event for all 4-H’ers in our counties.  It is the highlight of the year for our members. We are inviting the community to come out the Fairgrounds in Henry and enjoy all of the activities.

This year the Show begins on Monday, July 16 with the Dog Show beginning at 6:00pm in the Activity Building..  It continues through Thursday, July 29 with Closing Ceremonies at 7:00 pm. There are a variety of events and activities for both youth and adults to take part in.

Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm in the Hunt Building is the Fashion Review. The 4-H members who participate in clothing projects model their items in the Fashion Review. At 6:45 pm prior to the Fashion Review the new 4-H, Ambassadors Ceremony will take place.

Wednesday, July 18 from noon to 5:00pm, the American Red Cross will be conducting the Annual 4-H Blood Drive.  We encourage you to call the Extension office at 309 364-2356 to schedule an appointment to donate blood. 

The Sale of Champions is also on Wednesday and will begin at 7:00pm. The Marshall-Putnam-Stark Beef Improvement Association sponsors this event. In addition to 4-H members auctioning off their champion livestock, 4-H Federation members auction off their homemade pies in the special M-P 4-H Show pie plate. This year’s plate features a hand painted tractor. Hand made by Ann Crosby of Annie’s Little Pots in Princeton.

Throughout the 4-H Show, the food stand will be selling their famous Super Nachos, Sno-Cones, Roast Beef Sandwiches and homemade pies, along with many other tasty foods.  Wednesday evening, prior to the Sale of Champions, from 4:30-7:00pm there will be delicious Pork Chop sandwiches available as well sponsored by the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau.


Of course, the real excitement of the Show is the 4-H’ers and their projects. Beginning the evening of Monday, July 16, 4-H projects will begin to fill the buildings and fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to come to the Marshall-Putnam fairgrounds in Henry to view the projects, watch the livestock shows and encourage the 4-H’ers.


Projects will be on display in the Commercial Building and Art Hall. Livestock will fill several barns. Throughout the show, many events will keep everyone busy.


Some of the major events to take place listed below.

Monday, July 16

Dog Show at 6pm


Tuesday, July17

Horse Show at 5:00pm

Style Review at 7pm


Wednesday, July 18

Swine, Sheep & Beef Shows begin at 8am and run consecutively throughout the day

American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon-5pm

Pork Chop Supper starting at 4:30pm

Sale of Champions & Pie Auction at 7pm


Thursday, July 19

Cloverbud Fun time (free activities for youth 4-8)

Rocket Launch at 4pm

Evening Show and Closing Ceremonies (presentation of awards) at 7pm


The Silent Auction runs from Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm and until Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm


The 4-H Show’s main goal is to give 4-H’ers the opportunity to exhibit the projects in which they have enrolled. The youth are conference judged with their project and awarded a blue, red, or white ribbon.


Top projects are chosen for trophies and State Fair honors. There are also some special awards given, including a special book, silver trays and Genhger scissors. The awards are announced at the Evening Show. There are many donors who make the trophies and gifts possible to help honor and recognize our wonderful 4-H’ers.




If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate please contact 309 364-2356.  University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.


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If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at 309 364-2356.  Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.




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