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2020 State 4-H Event Cancellation List

Updated May 26, 2020
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Timothy Tanner

SDSU Extension State 4-H Program Director

This list aids planning and decision-making for 4-H member families and volunteers in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Its purpose is to communicate transparently the last possible date we will decide to keep a particular state 4-H event. Given the significant lead-time needed to prepare for and conduct our events, we hope this list will give you a better picture for how the upcoming 4-H season may transpire.

If you have not already received a document on local 4-H cancellation deadline decisions, please contact your local 4-H professional for more information.

By way of example, consider the Healthy Living Day Camps (HLDC) slated for the second week of July. In order to properly prepare and conduct the HLDC, we have set our cancel decision date as May 22. So, imagine a scenario in which the 4-H in-person activity ban was lifted (by the Governor’s office, University, Extension, etc.) on June 1. Under that circumstance, the HLDC would remain cancelled even though it might seem like they should have been able to continue. 

Shooting Sports: Matches 4 and 5: We will leave these listed on the schedule for now; possibility exists that the dates will be modified later once we receive permission to resume in-person events; possibility also exists that Fall Shoot will be an “open” event if qualifying via Matches 4/5 is unable to be held. Match 4 concludes July 15 and Match 5 is July 16 - August 31.

State Event Cancel Decision Dates

  • June 22
    • State 4-H Ambassador Retreat
  • July 16
    • Shooting Sports: Match 5
  • September 1
    • Shooting Sports: Fall Shoot
  • September 9
    • Livestock Judging/Skillathon
  • TBD
    • State Fair: 4-H Division
    • State Dog Show
    • Finals Rodeo

Modified Events


  • Shooting Sports: Spring Shoot
  • Science of Ag Contest
  • 4-H Camps:
    • East 1, 2 and 3
    • West 1 and 2
    • Teen
    • Pre-teen
  • SD Rangeland & Soils Days
  • Dairy Judging Contest
  • National Land & Range Contest
  • National Shooting Sports Invitational
  • Citizenship Washington Focus
  • State Fairgrounds Service Day
  • Healthy Living Day Camps


  • State 4-H Horse Show: moved to August 29–30 with registrations due August 11
  • National 4-H Conference: moved to September 26 - October 1 with registration on August 5
  • National Shooting Sports Archery Qualifier: postponed from mid-June to TBD in fall; event will be modified from original format but still provide a capstone archery experience for the year

Virtual Alternatives

  • Teen Leadership Conference
  • Performing Arts Camp