Clark County 4-H Express
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Family
- FEDERATION FOOTNOTES
- PUBLIC PRESENTATION CONTEST – APRIL 24
- DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES BEING HELD
- TRACTOR CLUB TO MEET APRIL 13
- 4-H TRUE LEADERS OF SERVICE DURING NATIONAL 4-H DAY OF SERVICE
- FILMFEST 4-H PUTS YOU IN THE SPOTLIGHT
- BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER IN 2017
- 4-H Ag Olympics
- Thinking Ahead to the 4-H Fair!
- REMEMBER THE 4-H ATTENDENCE POLICY!!
- STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY DATES
- SHEEP ID DAY – APRIL 22
- SHEEP & MEAT GOATS GOING TO THE IL STATE FAIR - (MANDATORY)
- ONLINE ETHICS CERTIFICATION MANDATORY
- HORSE MEMBER MEETING
- HORSE OWNERSHIP/LEASE PAPERS DUE
- 4-H HORSE CAMP MAY 13-14
- CONGRATULATIONS HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY TEAM
- Cartha's Corner
- IL BEEF EXPO SKILLATHON
- LAKE LAND COLLEGE JUDGING CONTEST
- DO YOUR PART TO HELP AT THE IL STATE FAIR!
- MASTER GARDENER PLANT & BAKE SALE
- State Fair Day
- FARM TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST-GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST-BICYCLE RODEO
- Upcoming Events
- MARSHALL COONHUNTERS CLUB – YOUTH NIGHT
- Discover St. Louis
Dear 4-H Family
HAPPY SPRING! Isn't it GREAT to see those spring flowers and the grass turning green! Okay families, it's time to get serious about 4-H projects and participation!
Once again there are many activities planned for the upcoming months. This newsletter is an April/May combined, so be sure and check out the whole thing for Swine Tag pickup, Sheep Weigh-in, workshops, State Fair entry information, summer camps and conferences, and MUCH MORE!!
4-H families, please feel free to give us a call here at the Extension Office or drop us an email if you need additional information. You can always visit us on the above website too!
4-H Program Coordinator
Our April Federation meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 24, 6:30 PM at the Extension Office. Our Public Presentation contest will be held in conjunction with the meeting, so start working on your speech! Several High School 4-H'ers participated in Job Shadowing over spring break and we'll want to hear about their experiences at the April meeting too!
The May Federation Bash will be held Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 PM at Lincoln Trail State Park (watch for signs). We'll be honoring our graduating seniors, having a short meeting, and lots more fun! Be sure to join us for dinner and cake to congratulate our seniors! Even if you haven't been able to join us before, please feel welcome to come - Federation is open to all members 8th grade and older.
Upcoming events –
o Public Presentation Contest/Federation Meeting ~ Monday, April 24, 6:30 PM, Clark County Extension Office.
o Federation Bash ~ Tues. May 2, Lincoln Trail State Park, 6:30 PM.
o Discover St. Louis ~ Tues. June 6, Jr. Leadership Retreat to St. Louis. Register by May 17! You must have attended at least one Federation meeting.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION CONTEST – APRIL 24
Did you think giving your club talk or demonstration wasn't such a big deal? We are looking for individuals to participate in the annual Public Presentation contest. It will be held Monday, April 24, 7 PM at the Extension Office. The contest is open to all 4-H'ers and is a great experience! PLEASE pre-register for the contest by Friday, April 21 if you plan to participate.
A $20 first place award will be presented in each category in both the Jr. and Sr. Divisions. Second place awards will also be presented. The top 4-H'er will be eligible to advance to the State Fair. Don't miss out!
Contest categories include: Formal Speech, Illustrated Speech, Extempore Speaking, Master of Ceremonies, Oral Interpretation, Original Works, and Project and Food Demonstrations. Time recommendation for speeches is 4-6 minutes and 8-10 minutes for demonstrations. Refer to the Public Presentation requirements in the 4-H Handbook for specific requirements or call the Extension Office for a score sheet.
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES BEING HELD
The Clark County 4-H program is once again offering Dog Obedience classes. The classes have started and participants meet each Monday at 6:00 PM at the Marshall Fairgrounds. These classes help both the handler and the dog become better trained! Cost for the classes is $20 for 4-H'ers and $30 for non-members. Anyone interested in participating should join the program as soon as possible by calling Hillary Deckard at 812-240-5910. Be sure to bring current health papers with you!
TRACTOR CLUB TO MEET APRIL 13
The Clark County 4-H Tractor Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 13, 6 PM at the Jacob Smith's Family Farm, 11500 N. 430th St, Casey. Jacob will talk about his equipment and their farming practices. If the weather permits, he will demonstrate some of the family's equipment. New members are welcome. For more information – contact the Clark Co. Extension Office at 826-5422 or Jeremy Williams at 276-9997.
4-H TRUE LEADERS OF SERVICE DURING NATIONAL 4-H DAY OF SERVICE
We know that 4-H members do Community Service better than anyone. Now, there's a day set aside to celebrate that service as 4-H clubs across the nation come together for the first National 4-H Day of Service April 29. The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volunteers and community partners. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
4-Hers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 has been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach. Register your project online @ http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service .
FILMFEST 4-H PUTS YOU IN THE SPOTLIGHT
FilmFest 4-H gives 4-H members across the nation a chance to express their creativity, showcase their filmmaking skills, and nurture that spark inside that drives them to make the imaginary real. This year's showcase will be July 23-26 in Kansas City, MO.
FilmFest is a national film festival for youth who are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and others interested in meeting creative people. FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. Check it out @ http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/ .
BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER IN 2017
The 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies will see some cool changes this year. Be sure to save the dates of June 25-29! The academies will be hosted in one of University of Illinois' newer living quarters, Bousefield Hall. This is a list of what you can choose from – Journalism, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Chemistry, Digital Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Exploring Human Development & Family Studies, Exploring Theatre & Fashion for Stage, Exploring Theatre & Hip Hop, Family Sciences, Entomology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Plant Science, Ag Communications and Veterinary Medicine. Registration will open March 1 @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H. Check it out!!
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15. Financial needs scholarships will be available from Illinois 4-H Foundation donors. The conference is open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017. Clark Co. 4-H'ers receive a one-half discount.
4-H Ag OlympicsDust off your denims, strap on your work boots, flex your muscles and put together a 4-H AG OLYMPICS TEAM!
join us for… "4-H night at the Martinsville Ag Fair"
Monday, June 12 @ 6 PM in front of the Grandstand, Martinsville Fairgrounds!
AGE CATEGORIES INCLUDE – Cloverbud through 4-H age youth!
Your 4-H Leader will be sharing information with you soon.
Be watching the June Newsletter for more details!
Thinking Ahead to the 4-H Fair!
The 4-H year has flown by quickly. Spring is a great time to get serious about your 4-H projects if you have not already done so. It is exciting to think about all the possible activities and exhibit ideas you have with each project and narrowing down the list to what you will exhibit at the 4-H Fair. Here's some things to consider:
· Take the time to thoroughly look through your project books. These books are University researched information that you can learn a lot from. Although it is not a requirement, it is a recommendation that you do as many activities as possible. Challenge yourself to go above and beyond! Use the information from your project book to develop your talk or demonstration if you have not already given yours this year. Rather than just making a fair exhibit, make it your goal to learn everything about this project that you possibly can!
· Carefully read the 4-H Handbook from your county to know the specific requirements for your 4-H Fair exhibit. Nothing is more disappointing than taking a project to the fair to find out you have not met the exhibit requirements. Please call the Extension Office if you have questions about your fair exhibit.
· If possible, share your project before the fair with someone to get their feedback. That will give you an opportunity to make improvements to your project prior to the fair.
Our goal this year is to see high quality projects in our general building and livestock barns. We hope to have 4-H'ers who can share with their judges how you experimented, practiced, researched, and went above and beyond the basic requirements in your project!
REMEMBER THE 4-H ATTENDENCE POLICY!!
4-H'ERS MUST ATTEND THREE CLUB MEETINGS, CLUB TOUR, OR CLUB ACTIVITIES BEFORE JULY 1 OF THE CURRENT YEAR TO BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN
4-H EXHIBITS AT THE FAIR, THE 4-H AUCTION,
OR TO RECEIVE 4-H PREMIUMS OR AWARDS.
Members are encouraged to attend 2/3 of their meetings.
College students must attend at least one of the above.
STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY DATES
· State Fair Livestock Entries along with your required fees must be postmarked by July 1, to the IL State Fair.
· Horse entry forms along with your required fees must be postmarked by June 1 to the IL State Fair. (along with registration papers for horses that are registered).
State Fair materials are posted on the web at http://www.illinoisstatefair.info/. Please call us at the Extension Office if we need to run information off of the website for you. Any 4-H'er 8-18 or older by September 1, 2016 can exhibit their livestock at the State Fair. No LATE entries will be accepted by the State Fair. NOTE: ALL forms must be signed by an Extension Staff person before being mailed!
SHEEP ID DAY – APRIL 22
Are you enrolled in a market sheep project?? Saturday, April 22 has been set for the Sheep Identification Day at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. The weigh-in will be from 8:30-9:00 AM. All market sheep must be present for identification purposes to be eligible to show at the 2017 4-H Fair. See below article for all SHEEP to be EXHIBITED AT THE STATE FAIR.
If you are enrolled in sheep, but have decided not to exhibit, please let the office know prior to the weigh-in! Thanks!
SHEEP & MEAT GOATS GOING TO THE IL STATE FAIR - (MANDATORY)
Anyone interested in showing their Sheep wether or Meat goat wether at the IL State Fair, MUST take their animals to be weighed and tattooed at a regional site for identification. The closest site will be held at the Coles County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 AM - Noon. Lambs must be castrated prior to tattooing for the wether classes. Remember, anyone 8-18 years or older by September 1, 2016 is welcome to show at the ISF.
ONLINE ETHICS CERTIFICATION MANDATORY
For everyone taking a 4-H Animal Project including CATS, DOGS & ANIMAL SCIENCE POSTERS. All 4-H members enrolled in any of the above areas are required to complete the Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The deadline to complete the training is June 1. Those who don't complete the certification will be removed from the project. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake it. The web site – is http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/qaec/.
HORSE MEMBER MEETINGThere will be a Horse Meeting (for all 4-H Horse Families, including kids!) on Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM at the Clark Co. Farm Bureau Office basement in Martinsville. Plans will be made for horse camp, summer trip, 4-H Fair and much more! Everyone is encouraged to attend
HORSE OWNERSHIP/LEASE PAPERS DUE
All 4-H'ers exhibiting an animal at the 2017 Clark County 4-H Horse Show must submit horse ownership and/or lease forms to the Extension Office by May 1. Two photos, one of each side of the horse, are also required. If you are in need of extra forms, call the Extension Office at 826-5422, they are also available on line at – http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/ . Each 4-H'er planning to exhibit at the IL Jr. Horse Show must provide the Extension Office with 2 sets of forms and pictures per horse. Any 4-H'er wishing to exhibit in the IL Jr. Horse Show must send in their entries to the ISF postmarked by June 1, 2017.
4-H HORSE CAMP MAY 13-14
Come to 4-H Horse Camp at the Casey Fairview Park May 13 and 14 (St. Mary's-of-the-Woods in case of inclement weather)! You won't want to miss world renowned clinician, Terry Myers of Ohio. Terry was our clinician for the 2015 Horse Camp. There is no cost for enrolled Clark Co. 4-H Horse youth and open to all 4-H Horse project members. Meals will be provided. There are camper hook-ups at the park for anyone wishing to spend the night. Out-of-County 4-H'ers will be charged $20 to attend camp. Helmets are required for all youth riders.
The 4-H'ers portion of the clinic will be on Saturday, May 13 with adults and youth participation for Sunday, May 14. Any non-4-H affiliated adult/youth are welcome to participate in the clinic on Sunday at a cost of $30 per participant. This will be a hands-on clinic with your horse to help improve your handling skills, horsemanship, safety, and a whole lot more FUN!
For more information please contact Cartha at the Clark County Extension Office 826-5422. Registrations are due to the Extension Office by May 1.
CONGRATULATIONS HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY TEAM
Members participated in the Regional Contest in both Hippology and Horse Bowl on April 1 in Casey. Senior Hippology participants were Haley Elliott 3rd, Abby Davidson 6th place; Intermediate – Lana Shotts 1st, Avery Walden 2nd; Juniors – Gabe Deckard 1st place. All Clark County Hippology participating are eligible to attend the State Hippology Contest April 29th. The senior HB team placed 2nd with team members Haley Elliott, Abby Davidson and Lana Shotts. GREAT JOB 4-H'ers and GOOD LUCK at State!
IL BEEF EXPO SKILLATHON
Eight Clark Co. 4-H'ers attended the IL Beef Expo in Springfield in February. The senior team included - Logan Hendrix, Sara Smallwood, Kami Titus, Tiffany Williams. Those participating in the Jr. Team were Randy Robinson, Tyler Akers, Carson Foley, Kennedy Williams.
LAKE LAND COLLEGE JUDGING CONTEST
Six 4-H'ers did a GREAT job March 25th at the annual LLC Judging Contest. Junior Team Division included Tyler Akers, Carson Foley and Karli Titus. The Senior Team included Kami Titus, Sara Smallwood and Logan Hendrix. Yay 4-H'ers!
DO YOUR PART TO HELP AT THE IL STATE FAIR!
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711 . You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help.
Summer is quickly arriving and we're already making preparations for the 2017 4-H Fair. Each year we ask businesses and individuals in the community to sponsor plaques and banners for the livestock award winners at $25 each. We are also looking for sponsors of our Senior Showmanship award winners in each specie for a donation of $50. If you would be interested and are not on our list, please let us know.
We greatly appreciate the support of the Clark County community!
MASTER GARDENER PLANT & BAKE SALE
Saturday, May 6, 8:00-10:30 AM at the Extension Office. Do you have too many irises and not enough day lilies? Are your houseplants falling off the shelf? Then dig and divide your plants and bring them to the MG Plant Sale. Anyone can buy – Anyone can sell! Set your own price. The Clovers 4-H Club will be hosting a baked goods sale in conjunction with the plant sale! Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 to reserve a space!
State Fair Day
It's your day to shine at the Illinois State Fair – SAVE THE DATE for Clark County's Day at the IL State Fair – FRIDAY, AUGUST 11!
FARM TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST-GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST-BICYCLE RODEO
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017, 6 PM
Back by popular demand – the Farm Tractor Driving Contest, Garden Tractor Driving Contest and the Bicycle Rodeo will have their own exhibit date on Tuesday, July 11, 6 PM at the Martinsville Fairgrounds.
Tractor Driving Contest – Members 12 and over are encouraged to participate in the Tractor Driving Contest. The contest will consist of driving a tractor pulling a wagon through a skill course,
and backing the wagon into a space representing a shed. Further information will be sent to those registered for the contest prior to the fair and the contest may include a written test and parts identification.
Garden Tractor Contest – Members 10 and over are encouraged to participate in the Garden Tractor Contest. The contest will consist of driving the garden tractor through a skill course.
Further information will be sent to those registered for the contest prior to the fair and the contest may include a written test.
Bicycle Rodeo - 4-H'ers who are enrolled in Bicycle 1 or 2 and exhibit in the bicycle project may also participate in the Bicycle Rodeo held prior to the fair. Specific guidelines will be sent to
those members who pre-register for the class. A premium will be paid to those members participating in the rodeo who are enrolled in the class and also exhibit a project at the fair.
We MUST have a minimum of six 4-H'ers registered in each area to hold the contest!
APRIL 18 Youth Committee and Expansion & Review Meeting, 6:30 PM, EO
22 Sheep Weigh-in, 8:30-9 AM, M'ville Fairgrounds
24 Federation Meeting & Public Presentation Contest, 6:30 PM, EO
MAY 1 Horse Ownership & Lease Papers due to Extension Office
1 Swine Ownership Papers due to Extension Office
2 Federation Bash, 6:30 PM, Lincoln Trail State Park
6 ISF Sheep & Meat Goat ID, Coles Co. Fairgrounds
6 Master Gardener Plant Sale, 8:00 AM, EO
13-14 4-H Horse Camp, Casey Fairview Park
20 4-H Day with the Cardinals, St. Louis
29 Memorial Day, Ext. Off. Closed
JUNE 6 Discover St. Louis, Federation Trip (May 17 - Deadline to sign up)
12 4-H Night at the Martinsville Ag Fair (Ag Olympics & Archery Shoot)
20 Leaders Meeting
28 Cooking School, Ext. Office, 9-2 PM
JULY 11 4-H Clothing Judging, 9 AM, Casey United Methodist Church
11 Garden Tractor, Tractor Driving, Bicycle Rodeo, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
20 4-H Fair Set-up – General Arts Building & Animal Barns
22-26 4-H Fair - Martinsville Fairgrounds
27 4-H Fair Grounds Clean-up
28 4-H Swine Carcass Judging, 2 PM, Edgar Co. Locker
MARSHALL COONHUNTERS CLUB – YOUTH NIGHT
Friday, June 16, 6-10 PM
Location: Quality Lime Road South, then left on 1450 N. Club will be on left.
Parents are invited to stay for the duration of the event.
Optional 1 hour night hunt (Bring flashlight, rubber boots recommended)
Where to Hunt
Choosing a Hound
Bench & Night Hunt Competitions
How to Get Started Coonhunting
Discover St. Louis
Tuesday, June 6
Open to Federation members who have attended at least 3 meetings.
Cost is $20
Registration deadline is May 17
We will leave early a.m. and return home early evening
Tour Home of the St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium
1 hour riverboat cruise
Lunch at the St. Louis Spaghetti Factory