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Marc Cournoyer

New London County 4-H Educator

562 New London Turnpike

Norwich, CT 06360

(860) 885-2824

County Resources

4-H Fair

4-H Fair & Expo

All 4-H'ers in New London County are welcome at the Fair! It doesn't matter if you are in a community-based club, an afterschool program, or a science program. Our Fair is for our 4-H'ers, run by our 4-H'ers!

New London County 4-H Fair


AUGUST 9-11, 2024

(Check back for regular updates)

Fair Board/Association meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the Month, October-July at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich. Executive Board members meet at 6:30 pm, followed by our monthly meeting at 7:00pm.

All NLC 4-H'ers are part of the Fair Board. We urge you to attend each month and be a part of the planning and organizing of the 4-H Fair. 


2024 NLC 4-H Fair Forms 

Available spring/summer 2024

2024 NLC 4-H Fair Book/Poster Art & T-Shirt Design Contest Links: 

Fair Book/Poster Art & T-Shirt Design Guidelines

2024 NLC 4-H Expo Ad/Sponsorship Campaign Links:

Ad/Sponsorship Campaign instructions

Ad/Sponsorship Campaign contract form

Ad/Sponsorship Campaign tally sheet

Meeting Agendas:

March 5, 2024

February 6, 2024

January 2, 2024

December 5, 2023

November 14, 2023

October 3, 2023

September 5, 2023

August 1, 2023

Meeting Minutes:

March 5, 2024

February 6, 2024

January 2, 2024

December 5, 2023

November 14, 2023

October 3, 2023

September 5, 2023

April 4, 2023

March 7, 2023

February 21, 2012

February 7, 2023

January 3, 2023

Additional Resources:

2023 4-H Fair Review Notes

NLC 4-H Fair Association By-Laws

NLC 4-H Fair Donation Letter 

County Programs

County Programs

Creative Arts Skill-A-Thon

4-H creative arts skill-a-thon flyer

New London County 4-H will be hosting a creative arts skill-a-thon day on Saturday, May 4. There will be workshops, a gallery for 4-H members to display creative arts projects and more.

Public Speaking:

All 4-H'ers are encouraged to join in the Public Speaking contests. They can present a speech, a power point, a demonstration, or an illustrated talk (using poster or photos) and are divided into Junior and Senior presenters. The guidelines for the speeches, presentations, and local contests are in the NLC 4-H Public Presentation Information Flyer below. Topics are entirely of the presenters choosing. Everyone receives a participation ribbon.

In an effort to be in line with other counties throughout Connecticut, we have removed the requirement to participate at a local contest in order to be able to qualify to compete at the county contest scheduled to take place Friday February 23, 2024. Clubs are welcome to host local contests if they wish for those 4-H members who might not be ready for the county level or just to provide additional practice opportunities. The blue ribbon winners of the county competition go on to the next level statewide CT 4-H contest in early March (this contest is virtual). The top four scorers in each category will then compete for the UConn 4-H state title (in person) on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

4-H Explorers may participate at the local contest, they do not compete at the county level.

Food Show:

The Food Show is open to all clubs in New London County! If you are an independent member or only one or two of your club who wants to participate, contact the 4-H Office to be connected with a participating club.

Each year has a different theme, and clubs choose how to interpret the theme. The club plans a meal and each 4-H'er makes a dish to bring. Clubs should set and decorate their table according to their theme. You can even dress up!

Each club is judged and then the judges decide the top 3 winners of the Coveted 4-H Spatula Award. There is also the 4-H'ers Choice Award- each 4-H'ers places a vote for the club display/meal they liked the best. All participants receive a Food Show ribbon.

Poster Contest theme varies by year. Anyone may submit a poster, and they are judged at the same time as food judging.

OH! And did we say after judging EVERYONE EATS ALL THE FOOD!

NLC 4-H Food Show advertising banner

Food Safety   *   Kitchen Safety   *    Setting Your Table (new!)

Annual Recognition Night


This event is scheduled for November 17, 2023. It is a celebration of the accomplishments by all of the 4-H'ers, volunteers, and leaders in our county. In addition to shout-outs to winners from the Food Show, Public Speaking, Fair, and National Trip awards, we recognize leaders for significant service milestones (every five years). Fair Premium checks are handed out and we install the incoming NLC 4-H Fair Officers.

Submissions for the County Recognition awards are reviewed in October and publicly awarded at Recognition Night.


End of the Year

As the end of the year wraps up, we need some help from the club leaders. Please see the form below.


Educational Activities

Educational Activities

    We have the following educational activities available:

    • Rabbit hopping tutorial
    • Clipping your goat
    • Blowing and washing your beef project
    • Dog project info
    • Drenching your goat

    View all of our educational activities.

    Pack Goat Overview Informational Packet


    Programs & Partnerships

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