4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

What is 4-H?

4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family.  Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives. Kentucky 4-H believes in providing positive youth development experiences that all youth to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.  

4-H is a youth organization committed to building outstanding leaders with marketable skills to succeed in today’s global society. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The four H's represent the idea of HeadHeartHandsand Health. These are the values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Head   Managing, Thinking

Heart   Relating, Caring

Hands   Giving, Working

Health   Being, Living

4-H Clubs and Events

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Achievement Program

Motivation and the use of incentives are essential to positive youth development. 4-H Youth Development programs provide opportunities for creativity in a learn-by-doing environment and encourage youth to become involved in projects and activities. The 4-H Achievement Program is intended to recognize 4-H participants who have outstanding accomplishments and incentivize youth to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Every effort is made to make this 4-H program inclusive to all eligible youth.

4-H Achievement Design:
  • Comprehensive program spanning the entire career of the 4-H’er.
  • Awards points for outside efforts and interests.
  • Encourages growth and development by awarding high points at multi-county, state, and national levels.
  • The program does not require a previous level of achievement to apply for a higher level as long as the 4-H’er meets the minimum point requirements.
  • 4-H’ers can choose to compete for awards and prizes (i.e., Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald) – or achieve levels and be recognized in their counties through Clover Levels 1 through 3.
  • Youth who have obtained a “Bronze,” “Silver,” or “Gold” – retain their title.
  • The new 4-H Achievement Program includes and incorporates the previous “Middle School Leadership Awards.”
  • Previous work completed by the 4-H’er (from past years) may be included in the new Achievement Program.
  • The achievement program is designed to allow 4-H’ers to begin keeping records of their awards, participation, and projects.
All program documents and materials can be
reviewed and downloaded here:    
Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program Website   

Kentucky 4-H Achievement Program Application

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Camp

4-H Camp photo of Fleming County Campers 2023

Camp questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, 
by e-mail: staci.newsom@uky.edu 
or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at (606) 845-4641

4-H Camp Class Sign Up in 2023!

Letter for Camp Classes   

Camp Classes   

Online- Camp Selection   

Paper Form - Camp Selection   

2023 Camp Application

(NOTE:  Camp registration is full.)

4-H Cloverbuds logo

Cloverbuds Club / Cloverbuds Camp

Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities in providing 4-H Cloverbuds programs. 

The Cloverbuds program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach their highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.

If you have any Cloverbuds Club or Cloverbuds Camp questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, by e-mail: staci.newsom@uky.edu or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at (606) 845-4641

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Communications Project

Fact Sheet


Written Communications Contest

4-H Speech Contest

Program Year logo 2024

Fleming County 4-H Country Ham Project


If you are interested in your 4-Her participating in the 4-H Country Ham Project for 2024 now is the time to sign up!  Deadline to sign up is December 1st.  The Fee to participate is $70.00 (Checks payable to the Fleming County Extension Office)  Contracts/Commitment forms are available below.  Hard copies are also available at the Extension Office for pick up or can be emailed.


4-H Country Ham Auction - Save the Date Flyer

2023 4-H Country Ham Exhibitors

Kentucky 4-H Country Ham Video on
Cleaning Hams and selecting one for State Fair

4-H Country Ham Project Tutorial Video

Speech Topics Slides

2023 Speech Topics

Speech Topic  -  Videos

Junior - Born 1999 through 2003

Senior - Born 1994 through 1998

Video #1 

        Junior:  The history of country hams

        Senior:  Insects that  infest country hams and how to control them

Video #2

        Junior:  How to store and cook country hams

        Senior:  Design a country ham curing facility for your county's ham project

Video #3

        Junior:  Steps to curing a country ham

        Senior:  Dry cured hams throughout the world

Ham Curing - What to Bring

4-H Country Ham Curing...What to Bring

4-H Country Ham Thank You Cards -
Addresses of Buyers

4-H Country Ham Project photo at KY State Fair

It's that time of year again!

If you are wanting to sign your 4-H Member up for the
4-H Country Ham Project now is the time!

Registration Deadline: December 9th
Registration Fee: $60

Be sure to read through the requirements prior to signing your youth up for this project.
It is very involved and has a lot of parts to it!

The country ham has been a food tradition in Kentucky and throughout the southeast for hundreds of years.  The Kentucky 4-H Country Ham project continues the tradition of the country ham.  The project began in the late 1990’s with less than 40 4-Hers to currently over 775 4-Hers from greater than 65 Kentucky counties.  The project begins in the cold winter months of January and ends in August at the Kentucky State Fair, where the hams are judged by members of the Kentucky Country Ham Producers and the students present a 3 to 5 minute speech on the project.  Throughout the project the 4-Hers learn about food production and how the country ham fits into Kentucky’s food heritage.

Description:  Open to youth ages 9-18 years old.  Youth learn about and complete the curing process of a country ham.  Youth are required to complete a 3-5 minute speech at the Kentucky State Fair.  Must pre-register for project!  Registration materials are available via online and at the Fleming County Cooperative Extension Office.  

Staci Thrasher, Fleming County 4-H Agent for Youth Development - 
Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

2022-2023 4-H Country Ham Project Contract

Program Year logo 2024

Fleming County 4-H Dog Club!

4-H Enrollment Form

State Dog Show

Dog Bowl & Skillathon

4-H Dog Camp 

Dog Health Form
(To Bring your Dog to Activities,
this Dog Health Form must be filled out)

4-H Dog Club flyer

Informational Meeting will be held January 26th
at the Fleming County Extension Office at 6:00pm.  
To register your 4-H member scan the QR code on the flyer
or click this link:

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Enrollment

2023-2024 Program Year

4-H Enrollment Flyer

4-H Enrollment Link

4-H Enrollment Flyer for 2023 -2024 Program Year

Program Year logo 2024


4-H Floral Hall entries

Entry Day: 
July 5th, 2023

Viewing to the Public: 
July 5th (AFTER 5:30PM)
July 8th, 2023 (PICK UP 9AM-12PM)

Open Class - Categories  (Open to general public) 

4-H Cloverbud Categories: 

4-H Cloverbud - All Categories   

4-H Categories

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Golden Reins Horse Club

 4-H Horse Club Fun Show - May 20, 2023

What a beautiful day Saturday for the final 4-H Fun Show of 2022! Thank you to the community for the great turn out and to the 4-H Golden Reins Horse Club Members, Parents, and leaders for hosting such a great event!

4-H Horse Club Program:

The 4-H Horse club is a fun, up and coming group with great leadership! If you are wanting to get your youth involved this is a great time! 

4-H Golden Reins 4-H Horse Club is for Fleming County youth ages 9-18 (as of Jan 1, 2023). Our current guidance leads us to beginning our program year meeting virtually this fall with a kick off event, and then hopefully move to a local venue for club meetings as protocol allows.

Lessons will be focused around equine education. Each member wanting to participate in statewide 4-H events such as district shows, state show, state contest, etc. must complete 6 educational hours under the direction of our 4-H Certified Leaders.

Join the 4-H Horse Club.

You will need to join the 4-H Horse Club remind group to receive up to date information.
Text: 81010 Message: @fc4hgo

Staci Thrasher, Fleming County 4-H Agent for Youth Development - 
Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

From the Horse’s Mouth
The official newsletter of the KY 4-H Horse Program

Program Year Logo 2024

4-H Livestock logo

Fleming County 4-H Livestock


To All 4-H Livestock Club Members

Thank You Cards
Buyers Addresses
due October 2nd by 4:30p.m.

NOTE:  Stamped addressed sealed and return address on all Thank You Cards.

Fleming Co. Youth Livestock Show & Sale

Whos Who at Fleming County Show & Sales

Show & Sale Newsletter

2023 - Market Animal Project Booklet 

Fill out the Fleming County 4-H Enrollment and PIEF forms and check 4-H Livestock, then circle your livestock animal choice.  
You will need to join the 4-H Livestock Club remind group to receive up to date information.  Text: 81010 Message: @fclivest

Join the 4-H Livestock Club today.

Dustin Worthington
"I Love Cows"
Essay Contest

Cover Letter
Application Information

Fleming County 4-H Livestock

Educational Opportunities  
Tagging and Validation   
4-H Livestock Resource Guide      

Fleming County 4-H Livestock
2021-2022 Validation Dates & Deadline

Market Animal Tagging/Validation 2022:

  • Market animals will tagged by the exhibitor. There will be no validation sites.
    Below is a timeline on market cattle tagging and further down the page
    on small animal (sheep, swine and goats).

    • Market Cattle:

  • 4-H Exhibitors are expected to have their 6 hours of educational training. Mallory Trenkamp (State Fair) will then send a sheet with all 4-H exhibitors within your county to verify that those exhibitors completed their educational requirements on time. A more details explanation of this process is in the 2022 Guidelines for Validating Market Animals in Kentucky PDF at the bottom of this web page.
  • Feeder Calf:

                Validation Information:

                     Feeder Calf Nomination Form                

                    *Feeder Calf Exhibitors will need to obtain an EID tag (See your local
                    vet) or Premise ID tag for their Feeder Calf Project.  These are often
                    referred to as “840 tags”.

                       Local veterinarians for EID tag
Fleming County Animal Hospital
                                          (606) 845-4951 ● 500 W Water St Flemingsburg, KY 41041
                                 Fleming Regional Animal Care Center 
                                          (606) 845-7387 9142 ● Morehead Rd Flemingsburg, KY 41041        
                                 First Choice Animal Clinic 
                                          (606) 267-5022 ● 1028 Ewing Rd Ewing, KY 41039  

                      Premise ID Tag or “840 tags” Submission Form   

  • Small Market Animal (Sheep, Swine and Goats):             

                    Market Lamb:

                           Market Lamb Validation Form      

                   Market Goat:

                          Market Goat Validation Form  

                   Market Hog:

                          Market Hog Validation Form     

Policy Rules and Guidelines Page  

2022 Ownership Possession and Care Rules

2022 Guidelines for Validating Market Animals in Kentucky

2022 Exhibitor Checklist

2022 Extension/FFA Checklist

2022 Livestock Exhibitor Dates

2022 KUIP Tag Replacement Form

2022 Project Animal Location Waiver Form

2022 Qualifying Show Rule Exemption Form

                      Reminder:  A small animal species will only qualify for the Kentucky State Fair
                                          if it has completed during a species specific (swine, sheep, goat) class
                                          at a KDA District Show or Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo.

Sign up for your 4-H Livestock Club "remind" for all up-to-date information on meeting changes, etc. To sign up - Text: 81010 Message: @fclivest

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Staci Thrasher, by e-mail:   staci.newsom@uky.edu or call the Fleming Co. Extension Office at 606-845-4641

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Livestock Judging/Skillathon

Educational Opportunities


4-H Livestock Skillathon Practice flyer Nov., 2023


Remember to sign the registration sheet
at each event to receive credit toward your
6 hour requirement. And fill our the Enrollment form as a 4-H member in 2023-2024.

Questions? Contact Staci Thrasher 606-845-4641 or staci.newsom@uky.edu

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Shooting Sports logo

Fleming County 
4-H Shooting Sports Club 

Kentucky 4-H State Shoot Registration 2023


Fleming County 4-H Shooting Sports Flyer - Reg. and Safety Training

   Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports began in 1988 and is a nationally recognized program that focuses on fostering life skills and positive youth development through healthy competition, service, leadership and education. There are a variety of disciplines offered within the program including archery, muzzleloader, pistol (air & .22 caliber), rifle (air & .22 caliber), shotgun, and hunting and outdoor skills, all of which are taught by a National or State Certified Instructor.

    Shooting Sports is open to all youth, 9 to 18 years of age as of their 4-H age (age as of Jan. 1st of that year).

    Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. This program fosters mastery by learning firearm safety and marksmanship, belonging by taking part in club and community activities, independence by demonstrating responsible firearm use, and generosity by participating in community service and outreach projects.



Join the 4-H Shooting Sports Remind to stay up to date
on upcoming events:

Text:  81010

Message:  @fc4hss20

Range Address:
244 Sportsmans Rd Flemingsburg, KY 41041

          The Range Safety Meeting will involve rotations to all disciplines
and allow time for questions from both parents and youth.

            - Please do not bring firearms to this meeting.

Once the club starts meeting, the 4-H Shooting Sports will meet at the range every Tuesday at 6pm weather permitting.

Cancellation notifications will come out when decisions are made via remind.

- Please notify the club if you will not make it to practice


 Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in being a 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer
please contact Staci Thrasher.   If we do not have Certified Coaches moving forward we may be offering limited disciplines.

Study Materials

Hunting Skills   
Western Heritage     
General 4-H   


4-H Shooting Sports Club is an introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms safely.  It teaches leadership and responsibility in a non-formal environment while offering fun activities for youth and adults.  While competition is not the main focus, the program does offer opportunities to participate in shooting events, competing in various disciplines and age groups.
Once you enroll and sign up for our "Push Alerts",
the "remind system" will notify you of adverse weather
and all up-to-date information.
Be sure to check the “Shooting Sports” section of the
4-H enrollment form to get up to date information!
Remember to include your email address for 4-H notifications.

Program Year logo 2024

4-H Tractor and Lawn Mower Driving

2023 Tractor Driving Contest flyer

Tractor Study Guide
Getting Acquainted with Your Tractor

4-H Lawn Mower Operators Contest - Division 6023  
4-H Tractor Operators Contest - Division 6022

For Further Information,
visit 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Program.
 Petroleum Power Website   

4-H Brand Logo 2023 Program Year

4-H Teen Council

FC 4-H Teen Council flyer 2023-2024


4-H Teen Leadership Academy


Program Year logo 2024

Fleming County 4-H Weather Policy

The Fleming County 4-H Program follows the following weather policy:

If the Fleming County School System cancels or dismisses
school early due to weather related reasons, then all
Fleming County 4-H programs, activities, or meetings
are cancelled for that day as well.

Fleming County 4-H strives to provide positive youth
development programs to youth across the county.
In doing so, we want to keep the safety of
both our members and volunteers in mind.

Sign up for your 4-H Club "push alerts" for all up-to-date information
on meeting changes, etc. by emailing Staci Thrasher, at staci.newsom@uky.edu

Additional Information

4-H Newsletters

No Newsletters Available

There are no newsletters available at this time. Please check back at a later time or contact Fleming County Extension Office.

How does 4-H benefit youth?

4-H’ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race or gender, benefit from their participation in Kentucky 4-H. Positive youth development studies have affirmed that compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are:

  • Four times more likely to contribute to their communities. 
  • Two times more likely to be  civically active.
  • Two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology  programs during out-of-school time.
  • 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Staci J. Thrasher

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

(606) 845-4641 staci.newsom@uky.edu Fleming County Extension Office 1384 Elizaville Rd., Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041-0192


No Announcements Available

There are no announcements available at this time. Please check back at a later time or contact Fleming County Extension Office.

Contact Information

1384 Elizaville Rd. P.O. Box 192 Flemingsburg, KY 41041-019

(606) 845-4641