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100 Years of Community & 4-H

 

2019 Richland County 4-H group photo.

Richland County 4-H is beyond excited to celebrate 100 years of Richland County Fair and Rodeo. It also happens that Richland County 4-H celebrates its centennial right along with the fair. Richland County 4-H has been growing and changing for 100 years and will continue to do so with the support of Montana State University Extension, 4-H volunteers and our amazing community partners. 4-H in Richland County has come a long way in 100 years and none of it could have happened without community support!

4-H focuses on growing confident, capable and caring youth through science, citizenship and healthy living projects that provide hands on learning and engagement in their home and community. 4-H has come a long way since its national beginning in 1902 and now offers a wide variety of projects including animal science, aerospace, robotics, woodworking, entomology, shooting sports, sport fishing, babysitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, leathercraft, photography, cooking, leadership and many more. Along with the projects, 4-H members attend many events and activities that have an emphasis on citizenship, service learning and leadership. All the members in Richland County practice service learning by completing community service projects at the club and county level. Youth also attend local, regional, state and national workshops and events that aid them in learning and developing leadership skills throughout the 4-H year. Currently, Richland County 4-H has 239 members, 108 registered volunteers and 10 community 4-H clubs.

This year at the 2021 Richland County Fair and Rodeo, 4-H members will be showcasing all that they have learned and accomplished during the 4-H year, which runs from October to September. Member's static projects will be on display from Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. to the conclusion of the fair on Saturday, Aug. 7. The horse show will be on Monday, Aug. 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. We would like to invite all to attend the horse show and cheer on the members for all their hard work this year. The livestock shows will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. and continue on Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. On Thursday afternoon, 4-H will conduct their poultry show at 1 p.m. and the rabbits, dogs and cats will start their shows at 4 p.m. Thursday evening will be the small animal round robin which includes poultry, rabbits, dogs and cats. On Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m., we will start the large animal round robin that includes beef, dairy, hogs, lambs, goats, horses, alpaca and llamas. At 1 p.m., we will have our annual Cloverbud Parade followed by the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. In addition, the market livestock program will be holding their annual sale on Friday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. in the new 4-H arena. We invite all to check out the indoor exhibits, walk through the remarkable new livestock barns and chat with 4-H members as they work the 4-H food booth.

Auctioneers Randy Searer (left) and Dan Goss work to get top dollar for 4-Hers during the livestock sale.

4-H in Richland County has so much to be thankful for. We have a great 4-H program and even better community support. We want to thank the county commissioners and the fair board for all their hard work and dedication to the wonderful new Livestock Complex. We also want all of our 4-H supporters to know how much they are appreciated! Richland County is strong and growing because of all who champion for us.

Clubs in Richland County: Badlands Brushpoppers; Brorson Farmhands; Fair View; Forever Buds; Missouri River Ranchers; North Road Renegades; Richland Aces; Richland Rockets; Three Buttes; Yellowstone Valley Trailblazers

 

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