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.

County Record Books

Record Books are a way for youth to gain recognition for 4-H project work. Four-H Record Books are due October 15 of each year to the Otero County Extension Office and must be submitted in the green 4-H binder, which can be picked up at the Extension Office.

Shooting Sports

All 4-H'ers participating in any Otero County Shooting Sports Project must take and pass a safety exam presented by the designated County-wide Shooting Sports Leader for the specific project.

Youth may also choose to take Hunter Education Classes. Visit the NM Department of Game & Fish website for available Hunter Education Classes. Call the NM Department of Game and Fish at 505-841-8888 for more information.

4-H Indoor Exhibits

Every 4-H Project provides an opportunity for "Indoor Project Competition." 4-H'ers showcase their project work through posters, exhibits, and displays. The 4-H Indoor Exhibition of projects takes place every August during the Otero County Fair. All first place projects qualify to compete at the New Mexico State Fair in September.

OCEA Scholarship for 4-H'ers

A $500 scholarship is available to a high school senior or collegiate 4-H member residing in Otero County whose membership is current and has been a member of 4-H for at least 2 years. This scholarship is sponsored by the Otero County Extension Association (OCEA) and the application deadline is May 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.