4-H Youth Programs
Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5124
Extension 4-H Youth Educator
4-H Program Coordinator
Voice (989) 895-4026
Fax (989) 895-4217
TDD/TTY (989) 895-4049
Office Hours: Monday-Friday
8 a.m to Noon - 1 to 5 p.m.
4-H works with young people throughout Bay County helping them become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. Educational programs are provided by trained, dedicated adult volunteers interacting with young in a community setting. 4-H clubs, community service, environmental programs, community youth development, citizenship programs, leadership training, and school programs connect Bay County youth with the wider world through Michigan State University and the national and international programs it supports.
Hot Topics for 4-H Youth Programs in Bay County
- 4-H T-Shirt Order Form - Bay County 4-H is selling t-shirts again this year. All shirts proceeds will benefit the Livestock Assciation of Bay County. To order: Please fax form to (989) 895-4217 or email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to order is Friday, July 26, 2013 by 3:00 p.m.. The final order will be sent in Friday by 4:00 p.m. Shirts will be distributed during Fair Week. Payment is due at time of pick-up of t-shirts. Please make checks payable to Bay County 4-H Livestock Association. If paying in cash please have exact change. If you have any questions contact MSU Extension at (989) 895-4025. Design and color choice is still be decided. No cancellations once order is placed. If you send in an order you must purchase those shirts. Click here for Order Form.
The application forms for the 2013 fair
camping are available by clicking here.
Camping forms are due to Bay County
Fair Board by July 5, 2013. The cost is $50 per campsite. All camping questions
and concerns should be directed to Bay County Fair Board at (989)
Don't miss out on the fun event on Friday, August 9,
2013, at 1:00 p.m. The deadline to turn your application in is Thursday, July
18, 2012, during Fair Entry Registration. Click here
Auction and Buyers Reception - The Livestock Auction will be held on
Thursday, August 8, 2013, with bidding beginning at 6:00 p.m. Contact MSU Extension - Bay County at (989)
895-4026 with questions. Click Here for the tri-fold promotional flyer.
- 4-H Cookbooks - Bay County 4-H Advisory Council is selling 4-H cookbooks for $10 each. The proceeds from the sales benefit the Bay County 4-H Youth Program. The cookbook is made up of 300 recipes from 4-H members, leaders, volunteers and alumni. For more details click here.
King, Queen, Prince and Princess Contest - The Bay County King, Queen,
Prince, and Princess contestants for the contest will interview on Wednesday,
July 17, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at Fair Entry Registration. Winners will be
announced at the Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition's Opening Ceremony on
Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Click here for the application.
- Equestrian KQPP Contest - Bay
County 4-H members the Equestrian King, Queen, Prince, and Princess contest will
interview on Wednesday, July 17, at 5:00 p.m. at Fair Entry Registration.
Contestants will be judged based on a written test, educational display,
interview, and participation in the Equestrian showmanship and equitation
classes on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Click here for the
- Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition - The Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition will take place from Monday, August 5, through Saturday, August 10, 2013. 4-H youth will showcase their hard work from this program year. Come out and show your support of the great work our youth do. More details will be available soon. Visit the Bay County Fair Website at www.baycountyfair.com.
- Livestock Association - Don't forget that Livestock Association meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, at 6:00 p.m. at the Canteen Building. All youth showing an animal at the Bay County Fair must attend at least three meeting and participate in at least three community service activities.
- Bay County 4-H on FaceBook! As Bay County 4-H tries to find faster and better ways to communicate and advertise our 4-H program, we felt it is time to get on FaceBook. Please search for Bay County 4-H on FaceBook and become a fan.
Councils and Associations
The Clover Chatter email newsletter is published 12 times annually. Sign-up below to receive the latest updates about Bay County 4-H. Click on the Bay County 4-H Newsletter Archive box to see past 4-H newsletters.
Bulletins and Form Downloads
If your 4-H club is looking for frequently requested Extension bulletins and/or 4-H Bay County Youth Programs club forms or policies, they are made available for download at our Bulletins and Downloads page. If you have trouble opening anything posted to our Bulletin and Downloads section, please contact our office.
Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition
This year's Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition was held Tuesday, August 7, through Saturday, August 11, 2012, at the Bay County Fairgrounds, 800 Livingston Street, Bay City.
For more information about midways events contact Bay County Fair Board at (989) 895-3744, or visit them on the web at http://baycountyfair.com/Fair.html
Frequently Asked Questions
What do the four "H's" stand for?
Glad you asked! "4-H" stands for Head (because 4-H gets adults and kids thinking and learning together), Heart (because 4-H fosters caring, important relationships between youth, their peers, and adults), Hands (because the focus of 4-H is on hands-on learning), and Health (because 4-H activities promote a healthy balance of young people's obligations to school, family, and community, and help kids learn to make healthy lifestyle choices.)
Don't I have to be involved with farming to enroll my child in 4-H?
No! 4-H programs are designed to benefit both youth and adults from all walks of life, regardless of whether they come from rural, urban, or suburban backgrounds.
How old must by child be to participate in 4-H?
Children between the ages of five and eight are considered to be "Cloverbuds" and have specialized programming in 4-H. Children between the ages of nine and 19 are standard 4-H members. "4-H Age" is determined by the age of the child as of January 1 of the current calendar year. In other words, a child who was 11 years old on January 1 is considered to have the "4-H Age" of 11 years for the entire year.
What does it cost to be enrolled in 4-H?
A ten dollar ($10.00) participation fee is collected once each year from each 4-H youth participant. Families with three or more children participating in 4-H pay a maximum of $30 per year. No child is ever turned away from 4-H due to an inability to pay the participation fee. Money collected from participation fees is used exclusively to develop, purchase, implement, and update 4-H programming.
When must my child be enrolled in 4-H to show at the Fair?
Any 4-H Member who plans to show projects or animals at the Bay County Fair and Youth Exposition must be enrolled in an active 4-H Club by April 1, and attend three (3) regular club meetings before the Fair begins in early August.
How long is my enrollment good?
Any youth or volunteer involved in 4-H programs must re-enroll on an annual basis. The 4-H program year runs from October through September. Re-enrollment for the new program year must generally be completed by December 1.
Can I start my own 4-H club?
Absolutely! You must have at least five youth from at least two different families, and conduct at least six meetings per program year. Also, each club must have at least one adult who accepts responsibility as the organizational leader.
What do I have to do to become a 4-H leader/volunteer?
All adults who work with 4-H youth must complete the Volunteer Selection Process, including a criminal history check. Contact MSU Extension - Bay County for more information on completing this requirement.
How does my child get to sell an animal at the 4-H Livestock Auction?
Any 4-H member who intends to sell an animal at the Livestock Auction must be a member of the Bay County 4-H Livestock Association and attend at least three regular association meets during the program year. Steer to be sold in the auction must be in the youth's possession by February 1. Swine, lambs, and goats must be in the youth's possession by May 1. Water fowl, poultry, and rabbits must be in the youth's possession by June 15.
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