Projects and Activities

What are projects?

A 4-H project is an area that you want to learn more about during the 4-H year (similar to a hobby). This is what you sign-up for during enrollment in 4HOnline. There are projects on just about any topic, from art to woodworking, from computers to rabbits, from sewing to small engines. After you sign-up for your project(s), you will explore, study, and learn skills related to your project by using 4-H curriculum, attending project meetings, or participating in project events like 4-H Fun Day. Another tool to help you with your project learning is the 4-H Record Book which helps you reflect on the overall value of your project experience. The Record Book by setting goals, keeping track of your progress, and recording financial information. In August (the end of the 4-H calendar year), you also have the opportunity to take work from your project(s) to the Winnebago County Fair to show off what you have learned throughout the year. What you TAKE to the fair is an “exhibit”. You do not need to exhibit everything you did in your project(s) but are encouraged to pick some of your best accomplishments!

For a complete list of 4-H projects in Winnebago County:
2017-2018 Project Guide.

For information on how 4-H projects align with County Fair Departments:
4-H Project – Fair Alignment Guide


4-H Project Resources

  • To order 4-H Project Curriculum, visit:  Shop 4-H (formerly 4-H Mall). You can either purchase project curriculum from  the Shop 4-H website or the UW-Extension Office also has project curriculum that can be checked out. Please contact the office for more information
  • Visit the Wisconsin 4-H website for project resources:  Wisconsin 4-H Project Resource 
  • UW-Extension Publications are available at: The Learning Store


New in 2019! Project Learning Days

  • NEW! Calling All Photographers!
    Tuesday, June 25 – 6PM – 8PM
    JPCC (James P Coughlin Center, 625 E County Road Y, Oshkosh)

    All ages are welcome (young ones should bring an adult helper). Join us for a photo scavenger hunt followed by a chance to learn everything you need to know about choosing and readying your photos for fair. Bring your camers (phone, point & shoot, DSLR, anything goes) to take photos and then use those photos to understand how to prep for fair.

Want to Help Plan More Photography Project Events?

Come to a Photography planning Meeting:
Tuesday, July 16th 6-8pm
JPCC (James P Coughlin Center, 625 E County Road Y, Oshkosh)
Youth & Adult Leaders welcome!

For more information contact Kelsie Smith ( or Kim Hoffman ( )

  • NEW! 4-H Grocery Store Tour
    Saturday, June 22 – 10:00am
    Oshkosh Walmart (meet at Grocery-side main entrance)

    Join our FoodWIse Nutrition Educator Kris Soper and learn how to shop for health at your local grocery store!
    Tour includes info on choosing foods in season, the trick to item-pricing, and where to find the healthiest options in the store!

  • Rock Some Mocs!
    Sunday, May 19 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    James P Coughlin Center, Oshkosh
    Cost: $25 (to make moccasins)

Make your own pair of Native American Leather Moccasins. First 5 people to register will also receive a copy of the book “How To Be An Indian in the 21st Century” by Louis Clark.
Come meet local Author Louis Clark at 3pm and try some Native American Cuisine. (You may register to come at 3pm only – no charge if you are not making moccasins)

  • Let’s Plant!
    Saturday, May 11 – 10:00am to 12:00noon
    James P Coughlin Center, Oshkosh

    Learn how to plot and plan your garden area, decide on seed starting vs transplanting, get tips on transplanting, thinning, watering, weeding & fertilizing and much more!

  • 4-H Open Mic & Art Night
    Friday, April 26 7:00 pm
    James P Coughlin Center, Oshkosh

Come show off your talents! Music, Drama, Comedy, Juggling, Art, Photography, and much more!

4-H Fun Day

Winnebago County 4-H Fun Day is an excellent example of youth and adults working together in the 4-H spirit. The mission of 4-H Fun Day is to promote all of the opportunities 4-H has to offer, provide experiences to try new projects, and offer the chance for adults and teen leaders to share their knowledge. 4-H members of all ages, friends, parents and 4-H leaders are welcome to attend!

4-H Fun Day Registration Form 2019


4-H Project Committees

Winnebago County 4-H has several committees that provide countywide project learning. These groups plan and conduct county-level educational events, activities, and meetings. See information below for active county-wide project committees/leaders.

PLEASE NOTE: The Winnebago County Fair and Meat Animal Board (Beef, Sheep and Swine Projects/Meat Animal Sale at County Fair) are not overseen by the Winnebago County 4-H Program/Coordinator.

The Winnebago County Fair

Meat Animal Board/Meat Animal Sale at County Fair (Beef, Sheep, Swine Projects)


Horse & Pony Project (H&PP)

Horse & Pony Project graphic no clover

The purpose of the Winnebago County 4-H Horse and Pony Project shall be to provide education in horse project areas, to promote 4-H activities and provide fellowship to its members. The Horse & Pony Project is led by a Board of Directors who are elected annually and consist of adult and youth 4-H Leaders.

Expectations for H&PP members:

  1. All members are expected to treat other members, leaders and their animals with proper respect and consideration.
  2. All members are responsible for knowing and following the rules and regulations as set forth in the Horse & Pony Project Handbook (above) and in the Winnebago County Fair book (if showing at the Fair).
  3. Active participation in county wide educational opportunities and fund raising events is encouraged!
  4. An adult (parent, relative, club or project leader) will accompany youth members younger than 12 to horse project activities.



2019 Winnebago County 4-H Horse & Pony Project
Tack/Craft Sale

Winnebago County 4-H Tack/Craft Sale Flyer

Saturday, March 9th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunnyview Expo Center (Fairgrounds), 500 E. County Rd. Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Admission $1/person

For more information:
Jon Richey
Tack Sale Chairman

4-H Members & Leaders who are soliciting donations for the Raffle: Use this letter as a receipt to give individuals/businesses for their donation.


Winnebago County 4-H Horse & Pony Project – Scholarship for Secondary Education

The Winnebago County 4-H Horse & Pony Project awards a minimum of two $500 scholarships to current project members.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Student must be enrolled in the Horse or Horseless Horse Project as of January 31 of the scholarship award year.
  • Student must graduate from high school as of the scholarship award year.
  • Student must attend College, Technical College, University, or a special education post- secondary program either full time or part time in the scholarship award year.
  • Tuition costs must be at least the amount of the scholarship to receive the entire scholarship.

2019 Horse Pony Scholarship Application Deadline: Must be postmarked on or before June, 1 2019



Sewing Day Camp: Mark Your Calendars for 2019!

  • June 13 & 14, 9am-12noon BEGINNERS, no sewing experience necessary
  • June 18 & 19, 1pm-4pm INTERMEDIATE, must have used a sewing machine before.

This year there are more options than ever! Two 2-day sessions are being offered this year.

  • The first session will be held Thursday and Friday June 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to noon and is designed for the beginner sewer, with no or little sewing experience. Participants will learn beginning sewing skills while make a drawstring backpack and a stuffed gnome.
  • The second session Tuesday and Wednesday June 18 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. is for participants with some previous sewing experience. Participants from the first session are invited to attend. Class projects include sewing a mermaid tail blanket and a water bottle tote.

All participants will complete a project each day that could be shown at the county fair AND will also help make a quilted blanket for the 4-H fair basket raffle. Other small projects will be available during both sessions if time allows. Some materials will be provided and a supply list will be given prior camp.  All participants age 12 and under must have an adult helper. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine if possible. Sewing machines will be available for those that need them. Two to 4 day participation is preferred, but single day registration is acceptable.

Registration Deadline May 20. 

Bi-County Fashion Review: 

Fond du Lac and Winnebago Counties invite you to participate in the 2019 Fashion Revue. All 4-H members in the clothing, crocheting, knitting, Cloverbud, and Exploring projects are invited to participate in the upcoming Bi-County Fashion Revue.

Monday, June 10, 2019
J.P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. Cty Rd Y, Oshkosh
Registration at 5:00 pm / Show at 6:00 pm

Participants can enter up to six entries:
Garment for Self AND Garment for Other
in each category: clothing, knitting, & crocheting

During the fashion revue each entry/garment will be modeled by the youth who made it (garment for self) or their guest (garment for others). Modeling demonstrations and practice will be provided at the beginning of the fashion revue. Youth will share their knowledge about how they constructed the garment with the judge. Participants will be graded on the garment itself, their creativity in the project, and the overall appearance of the garment on the model. Check out the Fashion Revue Score Card.

Register in 4HOnline by May 15

During registration, youth will need to provide a narrative about each garment they are entering. Narratives should be about 45 seconds in length (about 150 words), and will be read while the garment is being modeled at the Revue. Try to answer the following questions when writing your narrative:

• Where will you wear this garment?
• Why did you choose the accessories you will use?
• What did you learn while constructing this garment?
• List other garments completed or other sewing projects.
• List interests, family, 4-H club, school, and age.

Contact Sara Kolell, (Winnebago County 4-H Leader) with questions about the Fashion Revue.


County-wide dairy activities are planned, coordinated and led by the 4-H Dairy Committee. If you have any questions related to the Dairy Project, remember the Committee is here to help! Contact us via or 920-312-2676. Current events & information are available on our Facebook page:

2019 Committee Members:

Linda Derber  •  Jen Crowley  •  Amy Jo Domke  •  Victoria Ewald  •  Jim Memler  •  Katie Baker

  • Badger Dairy Camp

    UW-Madison staff officially announced Badger Dairy Camp is canceled in 2019 due to school schedule conflicts. Let’s hope 2020 is another story! For more information see their official press release at:

  • 4-H Dairy Judging

    Dairy Judging practices officially kicked off at Cross Farms in March 2019. The team plans to compete at the MilkSource Tag Sale and Area Animal Science Days this year. Practices are on Sundays. Contact Amy Jo Domke ( ) for more details on how to join in the fun!

  • Winnebago County Dairy Show Fee Reimbursement Program

    Our Show Fee Reimbursement Program is ready for the 2019 show season. This program is designed to encourage youth to participate in dairy cattle shows outside of the County Fair. We want our youth get out and network and learn from other dairy enthusiasts.

    • Youth may request up to three (3) single entries per calendar year, at any show on the local, regional, state or national level that is not the Winnebago County Fair.
    • Reimbursement Form 

For information on community dairy-related events (not sponsored by 4-H), see our Agriculture section at:



Winnebago County 4-H Leaders offer Dog Obedience, Showmanship, Rally and Agility Training annually.

2019 Dates & Information:

  • Dog Project Orientation Meeting (MANDATORY) – Thursday, April 11th, 6:30pm
    James P. Coughlin Center – 625 E County Road Y, Oshkosh
    This is a mandatory meeting if you plan on participating in 4-H Dog training classes. Please do not bring your dogs to this meeting.
  • Dog Training (Obedience & Showmanship) – Wednesdays 6:30pm, April 17th – July 24th
    Oshkosh Kennel Club – 220 W Packer Ave, Oshkosh
  • County Fair Dog Show – Thursday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.
    Sunnyview Expo Center, 500 E County Road Y, Oshkosh
    Winnebago County Fair Information & Registration:

Fees & Additional Information (updated 4/1/2019):

The cost to participate in the Obedience and/or Showmanship training classes is:

  • $25 per youth (not per dog).
  • Each additional youth in the same family is $15.
    (1 youth = $25; 2 youth = $40; 3 youth = $55; etc.).

There will be training classes for Rally and some Agility training. There will not be any additional fees for these training sessions.
These fees cover expenses and building rental for the 4-H Dog Project and fair Dog Show.



Winnebago County
4-H Rabbit Fun Show

May 18th, 2019

Sunnyview Expo Center, Barn A
500 E County Rd Y
Oshkosh, WI, 54901

Showroom Opens at 7:30 AM
Entries due by 8:30 AM
Show begins at 9:00 AM

Winnebago County Rabbit Fun Show Flyer & Registration Form

Ages: Youth in third grade to 19 years old may participate in the fun show

Entry fees:

  • All Breed Show: $3.00/animal
  • Costume Class: $2.00/animal
  • Showmanship: $2.00

Note: Rabbit Fun Show is sharing the Expo grounds with 2 other events – check them out!

  • Winnebago County 4-H Horse & Pony Show
  • Oshkosh Kennel Club Dog Show

Food will be available for purchase in the Food Court (4-H Dipper) thanks to the 4-H Interstate Exchange Program. Please support these youth leaders who will be travelling to Oregon this summer.

Shooting Sports

Would you like to become a volunteer for the Shoot Sports Project? Please click below for current opportunities and what those positions entail.

Coordinator Volunteer
Archery Volunteer
Fair Coordinator Volunteer
Gamefeed Volunteer
Hunting Ecology Volunteer
Project Instructor Rifle Volunteer

Forms for shooting sports:

Shooting-Sports-Packet 2018(PDF)


Swine Project – Financial Support

  • Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Pig Project Scholarships

    The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee is once again offering Youth Pig Project scholarships. These scholarships are designed to assist 4-H and FFA members in establishing swine projects that can lead to development of life skills and career opportunities in the Wisconsin pork industry.

    4-H and FFA youth are eligible to apply for a $50.00 scholarship used to offset costs associated with their 2019 pig project. Scholarships will be awarded in three age divisions, as follows: Ages 9-12, 13-15, and 16-19 (as of January 1, 2019). Thanks to support from pig breeders throughout the state, at least twenty $50.00 scholarships will be awarded this spring.





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