Tolland County Events


Upcoming: 2018-2019

October 6: 4-H Lego STEM Skill-a-thon
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November 3: CT 4-H Adventures in STEM Day: Registration due Oct 19 . This event is open to anyone between the ages of 12-18 years old. Learn through a series of hands-on workshops, eat in a real college dining hall and experience a bit more about the UConn campus and some of the amazing students who call it home. Registration Form


Past Event Descriptions


October 11 Fair Board of Directors and Advisors, Fairboard Orientation: deadline to apply is October 2. Fairboard Applications: go to Forms page  

Fairboard Orientation: On the second Wednesday of October each year, new and returning Tolland County 4-H Fairboard meet, in the Gold Building at TAC, to learn about the business and entrepeneurial skills while running the annual Tolland County 4-H Fair. An Advisor's meeting starts at 6:00pm followed by the Fairboard meeting at 6:45. The meetings typically go as late as 9:00pm.

There are up to 30 youth Board of Directors and up to 12 adult Advisors. There are also Jr. Advisors who are fairboard members who have aged out of serving on the board but are not yet 21 years old.
There are 9 fair committees: Activity Building; Entries and Tallies; Grounds and Safety; Horse and Dog Show; Judges, Stewards and Superintendents; Kitchen; Programs; Publicity; Ribbons and Trophies;  

During the orientation there will be teambuilding and networking stratigies taught that will prepare the youth and adult partnership that helps make the Tolland County 4-H Fair a big success in a small local county fair.  


October 4-15: Tractor Supply Paper Clover 4-H Fundraiser:  


Tractor Supply Paper Clover 4-H Fundraiser: This is the Fall Campaign. Twice each year Tractor Supply raises money to help fund  4-H youth leadership programming. During the Paper Clover Campign cashiers ask customers at check out if they'd like to buy a paper clover for $1. When there is a 4-H presence on site during the campaign people learn about 4-H and give more generously. 

Win $100 for your club and help out at Tractor Supply during the Paper Clover Campaign. 

  • Not only will this help donations and improve their relationship with their local store, they will also have the opportunity to enter the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes, where 75 clubs will win a $100 TSC gift card.
  • The 4-H offices work with their local Tractor Supply stores to make this a fun and successful fund raising event. We will have a poster in the store highlighting Tolland County 4-H and brochures to keep infoormation about 4-H in the store; but nothing is as impactful as face to face communication about the benefits of the 4-H program.
  • If you would like to lern more about how you can help, please contact the Tolland County 4-H office 860-875-3331 or e-mail   

October 14: Tolland County 4-H Awards and Recognition Night and Fair Association Annual Meeting

Tolland County 4-H Awards and Recognition Night and Fair Association Annual Meeting: Starting at 6:00pm, this is the Fair Associations annual meeting. We will be voting on the new Board of Directors, Advisors and Budgets. This year we allso have a vote on two amentments to the by-laws.
We will also recognized all our wonderful accomplishments from the past year, have a meal together and have a free prize drawing.
Katy Davis is collecting slides for our slide show for this year’s event so please get her pictures from your club meetings, outings or any local/state 4-H events you participated in this year. You can email photos to her at 


October 14: 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) at the Vernon Tractor Supply 10-2

Stop by Tractor Supply during the paper clover campaign to learn about 4-H STEM programs and the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment and show your support.

4-H NYSD is more than just a single day. It is a catalyst that ignites in youth a spark of interest in STEM. 

October 14: Sheep Shearing School UConn Storrs campus

Sheep Shearing School
Do you work with a sheep project? Want to learn how to shear a sheep? If so this day long program is for YOU! This one day Sheep Shearing School will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 8:00am-4:30pm at the UConn Beef barn on the UConn Storrs campus. If interested click here flyer for full details.


October 20: Due date for Registration and Code of Conduct forms to Nancy Wilhelm: See below November 4:

 CT 4-H Adventures in STEM Day November 4: CT 4-H Adventures in STEM Day registration form and Code of Conduct 

October 28: Tolland County 4-H Volunteer and Leader Appreciation Dinner Tolland Extension Center TAC
Our annual get together to honor and thank our Leaders and Volunteers. 
Tolland County 4-H Volunteer and Leader Appreciation Dinner funding provided by the Tolland County 4-H Advisory Committee

November 1: UConn Career Night for Agriculture, Environment and Health Careers
UConn Career Night for Agriculture, Environment and Health Careers: All high school aged 4-Hers are invited to participate in a special informational session on Wednesday, November 1st in the W.B. Young Building on the UConn campus in Storrs. From 5:00-6:00pm there will be an informational sessions for high school students and parents. This session will be followed up by a special reception where participants can meet with college alumni and business representatives. Please click here for flyer with full details.

November 4: CT 4-H Adventures in STEM Day:
 Registration due Oct 20 (see above). This event is open to anyone between the ages of 12-18 years old. Learn through a series of hands-on workshops, eat in a real college dining hall and experience a bit more about the UConn campus and some of the amazing students who call it home. 

November 10: 4-H STEAM program. Science Technology Engineering Art and Math: 6:30-8pm  TAC room 3
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math = STEAM. This program meets once per month and the focus is use a STEM principle to create something that can be entered in the 4-H Fair Activity Building .   

January 2: Approved Recognition Forms are due from the Tolland County Office to the State Office 
Have your forms in early to the county office - you don't have to wait until due date :) 


January 6: STEAM: 10am- 11:45 am  Make and take feed bag totes. Bring you own empty feed bag (we will have some extras if needed) and learn to sew and recycle your feed bag into a tote bag. Bring your own sewing machine or learn to use one of ours.

January 18: Horse Advisory Committee meetings

January 20: Giddy Up Games – Location TBA – (snow 1/27)

January 27: Open 4-H Nutrition and Food Show TAC (snow date 1/28/18) registration due January 17th
This event provides participants with an opportunity to present, display, and explain the nutritional food they have prepared as well as use some of the additional skills they have learned in the food and nutrition project. Youth participants will also display the knowledge and skills they have learned about food and nutrition during the interview process with the judges. This year's theme is Veggie Table


February 2: STEAM 6pm- 7:45 pm Engineering and Technology: Wired for wind Design and build two types of wind turbines: registrations due January 31:
Engineering and Technology: Wired for wind Design and build two types of wind turbines 1 with a vertical axis and 1 with a horizontal axis
Test them to determine which design is more effective in turning wind into energy

February 3: Teen and Leader Conference - Middletown High School Agriculture Center 
Workshops include CPR, Events planning for Teens, 4-H 101 and more, Teambuilding, Healthy Homes, Ages and Stages, Animal Ambassadors, Creating Container gardens and so much more  

February 10: 2018 Regional Public Speaking Competition, Tolland Extension Center at TAC; registration due 2/2/18
Open to Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland Counties.   

February 10: Sponsorship Kickoff Dinner, 6:00pm Tolland Extension Center at TAC 
We need your help to fundraise for the Tolland County 4-H Fair. Come spend a fun night learning how to sell sponsorships and ads.

February 16 and February Harlem Globetrotters information


March 10: Dairy Beef Day 
Sponsored by Stanton Equipment and Nationwide Insurance – Caluori Agency
March 1Oth 8:30-3:30
Please bring a basket or item for the silent auction to help raise funds for this event.
8:30-9:00am Registration- W.B. Young building room 100
9-9:45am Communicating the story or animal agriculture. Ken Trice will share tips on speaking in public
10 - 11:00am Breakout by age and learn how to tell our own stories
11-12:00pm Breakout by age for dairy and beef judging
12-1:00pm Lunch on your own. At 1pm – return to Hicks Arena for remainder of program
1-2:15pm Fun ideas for your club. We will rotate through ideas such as or making grilled cheese/snacks, quiz bowl, clipping, halter making
2:15-3:30pm Hands on for the afternoon will focus on reproductive parts of the cow and bull and we will cover AI, calving and creating a first aid kit for the fair
If you have any questions please contact Bonnie Burr at or phone 860-416-9531

*Information and registration links to events can be found on the calendar page 

March 14: Fairboard Advisors 6:00 pm Board of Directors 6:45
Meet the second Wednesday of every month leading up to the Tolland County 4-H Fair

March 15: Horse Advisory Committee meetings

March 17: Expressive Arts Day
Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day is an exciting one-day event providing participants with the opportunity to celebrate the 4-H Expressive Arts in Connecticut. The day will include the Connecticut 4-H Fashion Revue, the
4-H Photography & Art Contest, 4-H Textile Arts Contest and the 4-H Talent Show. Workshops, lunch and an awards program complete the day. All youth and adult participants must register and pay a registration fee. A registration form is included in this packet.
The purpose of this packet is to distribute complete and concise information on the objectives, eligibility requirements and guidelines for each of the contests and events happening on this day.
Registration forms for all activities must be received no later than close of business on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Photography entries must be submitted by February 23, 2018.
Textile Arts AND Art entries must be submitted at the event on March 17th no later than 9:30 a.m.

*Information and registration links to events can be found on the calendar page 

March 24: Tolland County 4-H Fair Sponsorship Turn-in 10:00am-2:00pm Tolland Extension Center at TAC

*Information and rforms can be found on the  Fair page 

March 24: Hippology – Storrs


The State 4-H Horse Dates are as follows:

  • Horse Advisory Committee meetings: 11/16/17, 1/18/18, 2/15/18, 3/15/18, 4/19/18, 5/17/18, 6/21/18
  • 1/20/18 - Giddy Up Games – Location TBA – (snow 1/27)
  • 2/24/18 Horsin in Stride workshop day – Haddam
  • 3/24/18 – Hippology – Storrs
  • 4/28/18 – Horse Judging – Storrs
4-H Camp
           June 15-17, 2018 All Camps Conference

The State 4-H Horse Dates are as follows:

  • 7/14/18 (tentative date) - State 4-H Horse Show