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Everyone who emails Allyssa ( by Monday, April 12 with the page number containing the
flower symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. New this month, the winner will be able to
choose from multiple NEW 4-H items. Please include the page number in which you found the symbol, something you
learned from the newsletter, and the name(s) of the 4-H’er(s) to be entered in the drawing.

Thank You Sponsors!

Horse Program Sponsors

Charla Merja Family
Jan Bailey

General Fund Sponsors

4-H License Plates – MT 4-H Foundation


William Kessler in memory of Holly (Briggs) Kessler

Dog Obedience Classes

Registration for dog obedience classes is now open! Join Dog project Leader, Ashley Adkins, on Tuesdays from April 27 through June 15 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office for dog obedience. Ashley will work with 4-H members and their dogs on basic obedience skills and other aspects of the Dog Project. Classes will lead up to the Cascade County 4-H Dog Show held on Saturday, June 19. Sign up for dog obedience by Friday, April 23.

Montana State Fair

Mark your calendars! The Montana State Fair will be July 30 – August 7. More information on how to register for the 4-H portion of the State Fair will be available soon.

Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors

4-H Ambassador applications are now open! The Cascade County 4-H Ambassador program provides opportunities for youth to represent 4-H through leadership and service at the county level. Ambassadors are a select team of Cascade County 4-H members that have demonstrated leadership in their clubs and who are interested in developing and refining skills to teach other 4-H youth about leadership, promotion, and service. Additional details can be found in the Ambassador HandbookAmbassador applications are due by 5:00 pm on May 14, 2021. Paper applications are available upon request.


  • Must be 14 years of age AND a freshman in high school as of October 1, 2020
  • Must have been enrolled in 4-H for at least 2 years and be enrolled this year
  • Must be, or have been, a club officer
  • Must have completed a record book in the previous 4-H year
  • Must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.5

Communications Contest Results

The Cascade County 4-H Communications Contest was held last month at the Extension Office. Congratulations to all who participated!


Levi Banks – Career Communications, Demonstration, Prepared Speech
Greta Graft – Cowboy Poetry
Jack Hale – Prepared Speech
Kora Johnson – Prepared Speech
Konnor Johnson – Prepared Speech

Junior Division

Vivian Byrnes – Illustrated Talk, Blue
Bayard Connell – Prepared Speech, Blue
Haylea Grimshaw – Career Communications, Blue
Luke Hale – Prepared Speech, Red
Addison Morefield – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Stephanie Mosmiller – Commercial, Blue

Intermediate Division

Genevieve Connell – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Genevieve Connell – Prepared Speech, Blue
Max Hale – Career Communications, Blue
Max Hale – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Max Hale – Prepared Speech, Blue
Seth Juhl – Career Communications, Blue*
Seth Juhl – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Seth Juhl – Prepared Speech, Blue*
Logan Nation – Illustrated Talk, Blue*
Quinnlan Nation – Video Contest, Blue*
Rosabella Pease – Prepared Speech, Blue
Harper Renfro – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Harper Renfro – Illustrated Talk, Blue

Senior Division

Marshall Byrnes – Illustrated Talk, Blue*
Sterling Byrnes – Illustrated Talk, Blue*
Elizabeth Doyon – Career Communications, Blue*
Elizabeth Doyon – Prepared Speech, Blue*
Emilia Doyon – Career Communications, Blue*
Hannah Doyon – Career Communications, Blue*
Hannah Doyon – Video Contest, Blue*
Ava Fossen – Impromptu Speech, Blue*
Brendan Hessel – Career Communications, Blue*
Elizabeth Juhl – Career Communications, Blue*
Elizabeth Juhl – Cowboy Poetry, Blue
Elizabeth Juhl – Prepared Speech, Blue*
Anthony Matury – Impromptu Speech, Red
Aubry Smith – Cowboy Poetry, Blue

*Congress Qualifier

Cascade County 4-H Camp

Mark your calendars! Cascade County 4-H Camp will be held June 6-9 at Camp Rotary in Neihart, MT. This year’s wonderful group of JDs and Chaperones have started the planning process and are excited for you to join us in June! Camp is open to any Cascade County 4-H’er 8 4-H years old and up (no Cloverbuds). Camp registration will be sent out by email and posted on social media at a later date.

Project Day

The next Project Day will be held on Saturday, April 17 from 9 am – Noon at the Extension Office. Available workshops include Rabbit with Jenna, Poultry with Desi, Cat with Allyssa, and Sewing with Fran. The last Project Day of the year will take place on Saturday, May 15. Available workshops for the May Project Day include Record Book Office Hour, Needle Felting with Hannah, and Photography with Heather. Signups will be emailed and posted on social media two weeks before the scheduled Project Day. Project Day workshops are subject to change.

Fashion Revue and Quilt Show

Registration for the Fashion Revue and Quilt Show are now open! Both the Fashion Revue and Quilt Show will take place on Thursday, May 27 at the Extension Office starting at 5:00 pm. The Fashion Revue is open to all youth enrolled in all sewing project levels and Cloverbuds. Fashion Revue categories include Traditional, Refashioned, and Home Fashion. More information on the categories can be found in the registration. The Quilt Show is open to any Cascade County 4-H’er. Both registrations are due by Friday, May 14. Youth who are 13 years old and older and receive a blue at the Fashion Revue or Quilt Show are eligible to compete at MT 4-H Congress July 2021.

Montana 4-H Congress

The Montana 4-H Center is hopeful that the 2021Montana 4-H Congress will be held in person on the MSU Campus in Bozeman July 12-17. More information will be shared when it is available.

The next meeting of the Cascade 4-H Foundation will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm.

Record Book Tips – Filling out a My 4-H Year Journal black tulip clipart

Each Cascade County 4-H youth is required to fill out one My 4-H Year Journal every year. My 4-H Year Journals allow for youth to reflect on the broad 4-H goals they set for themselves this year. Youth must complete all sections of the My 4-H Year Journal. If a section does not apply, you must mark it “NA”. If nothing was done in that section this year, you must mark it “none”. The most important aspect of the My 4-H Year Journal is the goals. Youth must set 3 broad goals for the 4-H year and record if they achieved these goals. Remember that Record Books are checked for completeness and quality content. My 4-H Year Journals are also available at the Extension Office and can also be found on the 4-H Resources page.

Award Spotlight – Brenda Byrnes Livestock Award

The Brenda Byrnes Livestock award is awarded to one youth 14 years or older by October 1 of the current 4-H year.
Eligible youth must be enrolled in a Livestock Project and be an active participant in club, county, or state levels in  contests and leadership opportunities. Additional credit is given to those who participate in Communications activities.
In order to receive this award, youth must complete a 500-word narrative tying together all elements of the member’s livestock and leadership activities. The winner will be awarded a $25.00 cash award during Achievement Night. If you are interested in being nominated for this award, please reach out to your club’s Organizational Leader.

Enrollment Deadline

The last day to add and drop projects is May 1. Youth will be responsible for completing Record Books for all projects enrolled after May 1. Projects can be added and dropped in ZSuite. Projects can be found in the “Clubs” tab of the “View Enrollment” section.

Leadership Academy Service Project

The Cascade County Leadership Academy group is completing a service project as part of the Leadership Academy process. The group has decided to put together May Day baskets to give to residents at The Grandview at Benefis. The group is in need of donations of candy and Easter basket grass. If you would like to donate to the Leadership Academy service project, please bring your donations to the Extension Office by Friday, April 9.

Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will take place on Thursday, April 1
at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Please note that the May SSLC meeting has been changed to Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex.

Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Trainings

The MT Shooting Sports committee is happy to announce the rescheduling of this year’s 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Trainings. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader, please email Allyssa at for more information.

2021 Trainings

April 9 & 10 in Billings, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Shotgun
April 16 & 17 in Bozeman, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Shotgun
April 23 & 24 in Kalispell, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, Shotgun, Hunting, and Muzzle-Loading
May 14 & 15 in Logan, MT: Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading, and Western Heritage

Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county livestock show and sale, budget, and clinics.

Livestock Quality Assurance

4-H members enrolled in Livestock projects (beef, goat, sheep, poultry, rabbit, and swine) must complete Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA). 4-H members need to take LQA once as a junior member (9-13 years old) and once as a senior member (14 years and older). 4-H club leaders will host LQA training at either a club meeting or a special meeting for those 4-H members who must take LQA. 4-H members will not come to the Extension Office. Your 4-H club leaders will be in contact with you to set up a date for LQA. Please contact Rose at or 406-454-6980 if you are still deciding on a club and need LQA. 4-H members must take an essay/test to show they have been trained in LQA for 2021. Your 4-H club leaders will pick up the essay/test, administer the essay/test, and submit them to Rose at the Extension Office. Due date is April 30, 2021.

4-H Rabbit Project Days for April

Jenna Sasek, senior 4-H member will present at the April 17 Project Day at the Extension Office. The April 17 workshop will be from 9:00 to 10:30 am and will feature starting your own rabbit breeding project, meat pens, and project books. A SignUp Genius link will be emailed so please register for these awesome workshops! 4-H members attending the Rabbit Project Day are asked not to bring rabbits and wash hands and change clothes if they handle rabbits before the Project Day as Jenna will bring her own rabbits.

Weigh Watchers

Western Ranch Supply (4000 River Drive N, Great Falls) is hosting a monthly market animal weigh-in on April 10, May 8, June 5, and July 3. Visit to register and for more information.

Intent to Enter

Intent to enter forms are available at the Extension Office for goats, sheep, swine, rabbits, and poultry. Ear tags (goats, sheep, and swine), a tattoo kit (rabbit), and leg bends (poultry) are also available at the Extension Office. Animals must have a form of identification (ear tag, tattoo, or leg band) when the animal is Intended to Enter. Full body photo(s) showing the ear tag for goat, sheep, and swine in the animal is required with the Intent to Enter form. Important dates for each species in the upcoming dates of the 4-H newsletter.

Intent to Enter Reminders

  • The 4-H member and parent must sign the form.
  • Fill out the form completely. Animal descriptions of color, unique markings, and complete mailing address of the breeder. Forms missing information will not be accepted.
  • A photo showing the full body of the animal with the ear tag installed that clearly shows the ear tag number is required. 4-H members are encouraged to get their ear tags early and take the pictures before the weather gets bad.
  • Intent forms can be turned in before the deadline for all species.
  • Note: The Intent to Enter does not automatically enter your market animal in the Cascade County 4-H Show and Sale. You must fill out a separate Cascade County Livestock Show Entry Form.

4-H Goat, Sheep, and Swine Feeding Workshop

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders are hosting a feeding workshop for market goats, sheep, and swine on Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Extension Office. Register for this feeding workshop by April 16, 2021. You will receive a message stating “thank you for completing the survey” after you have registered. One registration per 4-H member.

Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county horse show, horse camp, State Fair horse show, and clinics.

4-H Patterns Workshop

Have you ever looked at a pattern and wondered what all those lines and drawings meant? The 4-H Horse Leaders have a workshop for you! The workshop will focus on how to read a pattern, maneuvers performed during a pattern, and how to practice the pattern. Youth will be able to then make their own patterns and practice with each other. The workshop will be on April 27 at Newman Stables (626 40th Ave. S, Great Falls) beginning at 6:00 pm. Registration information will be emailed to families from Rose at a later date.

4-H English Clinic and Open Rides

The 4-H Horse Leaders are offering an English Series which includes open rides and a clinic. The open rides will be on April 1 and 15 at Newman Stables and the clinic will be on May 16 at the Chesnut Valley Equine center. The clinician is Renae Talton who began riding horses as a youth in Montana in 4-H. Renae started competing on the local jumper circuit and transitioned to eventing in her teens. She moved to North Carolina, taking the horses, and started her east coast training where she fell in love with the discipline. She has earned both a USDF Bronze medal and USDF Silver medal. Her thirst for learning has put her in contact with classical dressage judges, trainers, coaches, and educated mounts. Contact the Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email Rose at for a registration form or more information. Questions regarding the series can be directed to Desiree Roth at 406-590-7911.

Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1 Shooting Sports Leaders Horse Open Rides  MT 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application

Cloverbud Project


Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

9-10   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Billings  
10 Robotics Project Meeting Weigh Watchers  
11   Leadership Academy  
15   Horse Open Rides Market Swine in Possession and ear tagged

Shooting Sports Leader Training in Bozeman


Project Day

18   Livestock "How to Feed" Workshop  
20 Cascade 4-H Foundation    
21     Market Swine Intent
to Enter and Full Body
22 Camp Planning    
23     Dog Obedience Registration Due
23-24   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Kalispell  
27   Horse Pattern Clinic  
28     Late Market Swine
Intent to Enter
with late fee
29 Shooting Sports Leaders (May Meeting)    
30     LQA Assessment and Test


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Cloverbud Project

Camp Cleanup

Enrollment Closes,
Last day to Add/Drop Projects

Rabbit and Chicken Meat Pens in Possession

Market Sheep and Market Goat in Possession and ear tagged

1-2   Horse Camp  
3   Weigh Watchers  

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

5     Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo
6 Shooting Sports Leaders CHANGED  April 29    
11 Leaders Council    
12     Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo with late fee

Ambassador Apllications

Fashion Revue & Quilt Show Registrations

14-15   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Logan  

Project Day

English Riding Clinics

 Duck Meat Pen in Possession
16   Leadership Academy  
26     Meat Pen Intent to Enter for Turkey, Rabbit, Chicken and Duck
27   Fashion Revue & Quilt Show  
31   Extension Office Closed  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

  Breeding Project Record Books
3 Shooting Sports Leaders    

JD Day at Camp

Weigh Watchers

6-9   4-H Camp  
13   Leadership Launch  
19   Dog Show  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
3   Weigh Watchers  
8-10   Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show  
12  Leaders Council    
12-17    Montana 4-H Congress  
23   Cascade County 4-H Horse Show  
24   Cascade & Teton Counties Working Ranch Horse Show  
30-Aug 7   Montana State Fair  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
July 30-
Aug 1-7
  Montana State Fair  

MT State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals



Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
24-26   MT State 4-H Horse Show  


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