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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 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. 16–17, 2022 in Brookings, South Dakota.

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State Shooting Sports

View important dates, updates, results and resources for state shooting sports events.

two young males with their show goats at a competition

State Fair

View schedules, resources and results for the 2022 South Dakota State Fair taking place Sept. 1–5 in Huron, South Dakota.

Left: Australian Shepherd at dog show. Right: Thai cat at cat show.

State Dog and Companion Animal Show

View schedules, resources and results for the 2022 State 4-H Dog and Companion Animal Shows taking place Saturday, August 27, 2022 in Huron, South Dakota.

Horse judging, 4-H, Horse Show

State Horse Show, Judging and Hippology

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

4-H youth completing a dairy cattle judging scorecard.

State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging

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

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Indoor archery range.
Dec 17

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training @ Brookings County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST in Brookings, South Dakota.

Three numbered targets in a rifle range.
Dec 17

4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training @ Faulk County

SDSU Extension will host a 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Training on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST in Faulkton, South Dakota.