La Plata County 4-H

La Plata County 4-H

Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, La Plata County encapsulates cities and towns such as Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Mancos. Together, the La Plata County 4-H program allows for traditions to be passed down and enjoyed by younger generations.


What is 4-H?

A nationwide youth development program, 4-H provides an opportunity for participants K through 12th grade - kids 5 to 18 years old - to learn valuable life skills. Those ages 5 - 7 are Cloverbuds who turn into 4-H members when they turn 8 until they’re 18. There are many different clubs and project subjects available including art and music; science and technology; animals and agriculture; communications, healthy living, community and volunteering, and more. 


They host county-wide, state-wide, and even international events such as fairs, conferences, and activities. As a whole, 4-H represents and pledges: “My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, and My HEALTH for better living, For my club, my community, my country, and my world.”


La Plata County 4-H 

La Plata County’s 4-H clubs are broken down into different areas including Durango, Florida Mesa/Sunnyside, Bayfield, Ignacio/Allison, Fort Lewis Mesa, and the Far West Side of the County. Multi-project clubs, these groups take on many projects throughout the season which can include things from quilting, gardening, and canning foods to cake making, car mechanics, goat breeding, and beyond.


La Plata County Fair

An annual event since 1948, the La Plata County Fair has been a culmination of showcasing 4-H projects, carnival rides, live music, and more entertainment and vendors. Dating back to the late 1800s, county fairs have been popular in La Plata County especially in the farm-centric towns of Breen, Marvel, and Kline.


This year, the fair will be held on August 7 - 11, 2024 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and host Suzy Bogguss and Tim Sullivan for the evening’s concert. The evening will also coincide with the True Western Roundup Legends Rodeo starting at 6:30 pm.


There are many programs, events, and activities that celebrate the long lasting traditions in Southwest Colorado. Please do not hesitate to contact The Durango Team at The Wells Group for more local information.

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