4-H Announcements 8/11/23

Here are this week’s updates…

I hope you all had a chance to recoup from fair week!

A huge THANK YOU to the Winnebago County Fair Board and all its volunteers for making the fair such a wonderful experience for our youth! Also, thank you 4-H club, group, and project leaders for prepping the youth in their fair exhibits! AND to all the volunteers working with youth or organizing the Dipper or Basket Raffle…Fair is a magical time for 4-H-ers and we appreciate all of you!


We have an All County 4-H Meeting on August 22nd at 7PM at the James P Coughlin Center. Topics of discussion will be: fair recap, family banquet, annual financial reports, charter renewals, re-enrollment and a presentation from our 4-H Interstate Exchange group! All 4-H clubs and groups must send one volunteer to attend this meeting.


We’re looking for your contributions to the September / October 4-H Newsletter. Please email your articles, promotions, etc. no later than August 20th to dana.berger@wisc.edu

 We would like to include:

  • Club/Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Photos, congratulations and appreciation from events/activities that have already happened
  • Information about upcoming events/activities/meetings/project training.
  • Info from our community partners that would be beneficial to our 4-H members, leaders, and families (i.e. MAB, Farm Bureau, Fair, etc)


We will soon begin the contruction of a new outdoor classroom which will be located near the dish antenna at the James P Coughlin Center. The new outdoor classroom will include rasied beds (to teach vegetable & flower gardening) and a chicken coop and run (to teach about poultty and egg production) and a picnic table area. This is a combined Extension effort in partnership with the 4-H, FoodWIse and Horticultutre programs to help educate our youth and community about healthy eating, food sources and agriculture. The outdoor classroom will also be available to use for outdoor club meetings via reservation beginning the spring of 2024.

We need some help with the contruction of the chicken run. The chicken run will require some basic to intermediate woodworking skills. Please contact me (dana.berger@wisc.edu) if you are interested in helping! Our goal is to have it built by the end of September (or by Dec 1 at the very latest) and it should not take more than a day or two to complete (ideally one weekend). We are really excited about this project!

A special thank you to our donors, helping to fund this project: Jerry Okiewitz (memorial donation) Culvers (Westowne Ave, Oshkosh) Zillges Materials (wood chips).


Save the Date for the 2023 Wisconsin 4-H Fall Forum! Fall Forum is an opportunity for youth and adult leaders to come together to connect, collaborate, celebrate, and continue building excitement and energy for a new year of 4-H learning! The Fall Forum weekend is planned by a team of youth and adults from the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (which includes our very own Finn Lettau and Evan Numrich!) with the support of county and state staff. Mark your calendars now for November 4th & 5th at the Green Lake Conference Center! Watch our website for more details as they are available https://go.wisc.edu/4hfallforum.

NOTE: Funds are available through the Leaders’ Association (from your fundraising efforts) to help fund the cost of registration for 4-H events such as Fall Forum! For more info visit: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/4h/travel/


Please see the attachment to this email for a listing of the barn awards. Congrats to all clubs and groups!

Have a great weekend!

Dana Berger, Winnebago County 4-H Program Educator