4-H Activities

Marathon County 4-H has many informational, exciting, and fun activities for youth and adults to attend during the year. More information about these activities, including registration forms are available in the Family Focus newsletter.

Cake Revue – This program gives 4-H members the opportunity to be evaluated on their cake decorating skills. Participants answer judge’s questions and are required to demonstrate cake decorating techniques. Blue ribbon cakes are required to be brought to the Wisconsin Valley Fair for display.

Camping Programs – Summer camping excursions are planned for 4-H members in grades K – 12th. Camp includes crafts, swimming, boating, sports, nature hikes, educational programs, and meeting new friends. Junior Camp is for youth in grades K – 4th and is held at YMCA Camp Sturtevant in June. Youth are welcome to being non-4-H friends to attend. Please print and fill out necessary forms for 2015 Junior Camp Junior Camp FORMS TO BE RETURNED. Camp Upham is for members in grades 4th – 7th and is held at the 4-H Upham Woods Environmental Center near Wisconsin Dells – usually in July. A teen winter weekend is held in January or February along with neighboring counties for 4-H members in grades 8th – 12th.

Clothing Revue – This program gives 4-H clothing members the opportunity to be evaluated on a garment they have constructed. Youth are evaluated on the fit of the garment, as well as their pose and self confidence. All members enrolled in the clothing project are encouraged to participate in the Clothing Revue. Participants must model at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Up to two youth can be selected to participate in Clothing Revue at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Demonstration Contest – This contest provides youth the opportunity to do a demonstration on a subject they feel comfortable talking about. This helps them develop poise and confidence in speaking before a group. Top winners go on to the Wisconsin State Fair.

Foods Revue – Entries are conference judged with food preparation and nutrition questions asked. Be prepared to display one food item you have prepared; recipe for the food item must be included.  Include the menu for the entire meal.  Table setting and centerpiece should be appropriate for the entry.  Check out the Foods Revue guide for more information.

Market Animal Show & Sale – This program is designed to help young people learn to raise meat animals (beef, swine, & sheep). It is offered to 4-H and FFA members in Marathon County in grades 3 – 13. Those who wish to participate must enroll in the program at the mandatory family meeting in December. There are strict educational requirements and standards for animals raised and sold through the program. The sale takes place at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. For more information, see the Family Focus newsletter.

Marathon County Dairy Heifer Project – This program is designed to help young people learn to raise dairy cattle. It is offered to 4-H and FFA members in Marathon County. Those who wish to participate must fill out the application below. In this program you and a sponsor purchase a heifer calf and show it at the Wisconsin Valley Fair for two years. The second year the animal is put up for sale where the animal may be purchased by anyone.  Deadline extended to January 1, 2017.

Dairy Heifer Application

Pre-Fair Music & Drama – This program gives 4-H members the opportunity to be evaluated on their vocal, instrumental, or drama skills. Evaluations are given to the participants by judges. All blue ribbon winners are required to repeat their performance at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Prefair event will happen on June 27, 2015.

Wisconsin Valley Fair – The fair gives 4-H members a chance to display articles they made and worked on in their 4-H project during the year. At the fair, members will receive an evaluation from judges on their efforts, receive premiums, meet new friends, and share new ideas. Members need to sign up for projects during fall registration process. They may change their project selection up to March 1st.

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