Two new 4-H events will be offered this year at the Calhoun County Fair - 4-H Clover Kids and Spectacular Show.

“We are very excited to be offering these two programs in conjunction with the Calhoun County Fair this year. We are looking forward to working with these youth to be able to give them the opportunity to experience showing livestock,” said Emilee S. DeForest, Calhoun County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

Clover Kids gives youngsters in kindergarten through second grade an idea of what 4-H is about.

“The intent behind the Clover Kids program is to start exposing youth to 4-H at a younger age so that when they enter third grade, they can have an idea as to what 4-H project they want to be involved in,” said DeForest.

“Here in Calhoun County, we offer three events for Clover Kids, not including the opportunity to attend monthly club meetings, the Clover Kids Livestock Show, Calhoun 4-H Photography Contest, and Calhoun 4-H Sportfishing. Once the youth enter third grade, they become full-fledged 4-H members and can be involved in any of the 4-H projects.”

In the upcoming event, youngsters will be paired with an older 4-H’er to show the animal they choose when they register – a sheep, goat, pig, or rabbit.

“The Clover Kid will then have the opportunity to show the older 4-H member’s animal, with the help of the older 4-H member,” she explained.

The first step, said DeForest, is to register for the free program at to create a family profile and a Clover Kid. After the enrollment is completed, a link will be sent to the participant to be filled out.

Spectacular Show is similar to Clover Kids but is for children with disabilities who enrolled in Calhoun County ISD or Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School.

Participants are asked to register for the free program at, where they can select the animal – sheep, goat, pig, or rabbit – to show with a 4-H member. Registration forms can also be picked up at the Extension Office, 311 Henry Barber Way, Suite 1.