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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

4-H, Shooting Sports, Muzzleloading gun, Adolescent girl shoting a muzzleloading gun while 2 adolescent males watch

State Shooting Sports

View rules and resources for 4-H State Shooting Sports.

Cover for the 2019 SDSU Extension 4-H Horse Show Guide cover

State Horse Show

View the horse show guide, forms and horse advisory council information.

two young males with their show goats at a competition

State Fair

September 3-7, 2020

young cowgirl running a horse through the pole bending pattern

State 4-H Rodeo Resources

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

Group of teens filling out worksheet, 4-H, Livestock Skill-a-thon

State Livestock Judging

4-H youth are given the opportunity to develop critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills through the livestock judging project.

Science of Agriculture

Teen boy and adult male reviewing specimens under magnifying glass.

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