4-H Beyond Fair


4-H is the youth development program of Extension at land grant universities. Adults play a vital role in the 4-H program by coordinating 4-H clubs, mentoring youth, and helping plan and run events.

“Florida 4-H strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for youth participating in 4-H programs by helping youth feel a sense a belonging through healthy relationships with caring adults, provide opportunities of engagement through experiential learning (hands-on) activities, and encourage youth to find their spark!”


Extending your Experience Beyond Fair

The fair season has come to a end in DeSoto County, but 4-H programming runs through August 31st. Get the most out of your participation with these three upcoming opportunities.

  • 4-H County Events
  • 4-H Awards and Recondition
  • 4-H Conferences and Camps

4-H County Events

4-H County Events strengthens presentation and communication skills. Speaking is not your thing? There is an event for you!

4-H county events consist of 5 categories: public speaking, demonstrations and Illustrations, photography exhibits, Share the Fun and Graphic design.

Winning intermediate and senior 4-H members advance to the District Contest. Seniors  awarded a blue ribbon at the district contest advance to the state contest at 4-H university in July.

4-H Awards and Recreation

Recognition for your work in 4-H is easy peasy! Look for the Awards and Recognition Application in your returned DeSoto County Fair Record Book. You do not have to complete another record book, but instead complete the application and turn it in with your completed fair record book. After you turn in your record book, look for an invitation in the mail and bring your family to celebrate your hard work!

 4-H Conferences and Camps

Did you know Florida 4-H has conferences and camps for youth on the university of Florida Campus and Florida State University?

Intermediate and senior 4-Hers can attend iLead and 4-H University at the university of Florida over the summer months. There, they will stay in college dorms, attend educational workshops, and meet others from all over the state.

Do you want to visit the state Capitol, Tallahassee, and learn how government affects our day to day lives?

4-H Legislature brings 4-H youth to the Florida State Capitol and gives Senior 4-H members the opportunity to act as a decision maker for our state in the same place elected officials meet, the House Chambers.

For more information about 4-H Events, visit: https://florida4h.ifas.ufl.edu/events/

Summer Camps are still open each summer but have gone through some restructuring. All 4-H and non-4-H youth, ages 8-18, are open to attend 4-H camps over the summer. Look for camping opportunities at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf this summer and sign up on 4-H Online.

For more information about day and overnight camps at Camp Cloverleaf, visit: https://florida4h.ifas.ufl.edu/camps/camp-cloverleaf/summer-camp/

4-H state events and summer camp registrations is completed on 4-H Online.

Contact us!

UF/IFAS Extension DeSoto County

2150 NE Roan St.




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Posted: February 19, 2024

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers
Tags: #4HAnimalScience, #4HAwards, #4HCamps, #4HServes

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