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Competitions & State Fair

South Dakota 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of state events and educational opportunities.

State Events

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State Shooting Sports

View important dates and resources for state shooting sports events.

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State 4-H Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon

View resources and results from the State 4-H Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon competitions held Sept. 17–18, 2021 in Brookings, South Dakota.

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State Fair

View schedules, resources and results for the 2021 South Dakota State Fair taking place Aug. 31 – Sept. 6 in Huron, South Dakota.

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State Dog Show

View schedules, resources and results for the 2021 State 4-H Dog Show held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Huron, South Dakota.

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State 4-H Rodeo Resources

View the documents and forms to participate in the State 4-H Rodeo.

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State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging

View resources and information for State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging.

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State Horse Show, Judging and Hippology

View contestant resources and results from the State 4-H Horse Show, Judging and Hippology contests.

Science of Agriculture

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The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage 6th – 12th grade youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural challenges in their communities. Youth will:

  • Get excited about and interested in agriculture and STEM.
  • Have a greater understanding and knowledge of food production and its importance in our economy and world.
  • Gain 21st Century skills, including technology, health, business and economic literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, initiative and self-direction.
  • Consider and connect with agricultural-related studies at the university level, while being exposed to and exploring future careers in agriculture.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

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Sep 18

2021 State 4-H Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon

2021 State 4-H Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon will be held from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, in Brookings, South Dakota at the SDSU Animal Science Arena.

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Oct 02

2021 State 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contest

The 2021 State 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology contest will be held Oct. 2 at the South Dakota State University Equestrian Center in Brookings, South Dakota.

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Oct 02

Butte County Shooting Sports Coaches Training

SDSU Extension will host 4-H Shooting Sports Discipline Certification on Oct. 2, 2021 at the 5th & Grant Plaza, 608 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717. Lower Level.