4-H Projects & Contests
There are numerous projects available to 4-H members, including: foods, clothing, public speaking, models, aerospace, wood science, livestock, health, gardening, and photography.
Four-H members begin by exploring their interests. They may select one or more projects and receive a project manual which guides them through activities. All 4-H projects are age appropriate.
One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member decides what they want to learn and do, as they explore their project. This allows the project to be self-paced and gives children important skills in setting and working toward their goals.
Four-H provides youth with opportunities to gain life-skills like decision making, public speaking, and team work through healthy competitions in a fun and educational setting.
Otero County 4-H Achievement Day
The annual 4-H Achievement Day is scheduled for August 7, 2021. Viewing of indoor 4-H exhibits will be held on this date.
Indoor 4-H exhibits (except nutrition/baking) are to be delivered to the Extension Office on Monday, August 2nd, 8am-7pm. Nutrition/baking exhibits are to be delivered to the Extension Office on Thursday, August 5th, 8am-7pm or Friday, August 6th, 7am-10am.
Indoor 4-H Exhibit Rules and Classes
A list of exhibit classes for every NM 4-H project. Use this document and 4-H project materials when preparing 4-H exhibits to ensure standards for exhibits are followed.
Indoor 4-H Exhibit Registration Form
Registration Form for indoor 4-H project exhibits for entry in 4-H Achievement Day.
Otero County 4-H Record Books
Record Books are a way for youth to gain recognition for 4-H project work. Four-H Record Books are due the 3rd Thursday of October to the Otero County Extension Office and must be submitted in a 3-ring binder binder.
Otero County 4-H Record Book Guidelines
Provides format and other guidelines for submitting a 4-H Record Book in Otero County.
My 4-H Story Typed
Use this Microsoft Office Word format for typing the 4-H story.
My 4-H Story Handwritten
Use this PDF format for handwriting the 4-H story.
Otero County 4-H Projects Form
This form only requires an "X" next to each project to be judged.
Project Record SheetsComplete listing of Project Record Sheets (Forms).
Scholarships for 4-H'ers
Walter Wade Memorial Scholarship
A $250 scholarship is available to a young college student who: 1) has been a 4-H member in good standing of 4-H work in Otero County for at least 4 consecutive years, 2) is the most deserving applicant attending any accredited school, and 3) is in at least a 2 year program of study. This scholarship is sponsored by the Otero County 4-H Council and the application deadline is July 1st.
All 4-H Clubs must complete the fundraiser/sponsorship request form below before conducting a fundraiser or soliciting sponsorship or donation.
Fundraising/Sponsorship Request Forms must be completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to fund raising event. Forms will need to be sent to the Extension Office for approval.
Any 4-H Club wanting to conduct a fundraiser involving food must obtain a food permit from the New Mexico Environment Dept. (NMED) before offering their food products to the public. Please contact the Extension Office for assistance with NMED food permit applications.