Clark County 4-H Express
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Family
- FEDERATION FOOTNOTES
- PHOTO BOOTH AT THE FAIR!
- SUPERIOR YOUNG PRODUCER AWARD
- EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM 4-H FAIR
- 4-H FAIR CAMPERS TAKE NOTE! –
- 4-H “SELFIE”
- 4-H BBQ SEPTEMBER 9 – LET US KNOW YOUR SCHEDULE!
- 4-H BBQ NEWS
- Follow these steps to insure "smooth-going" at this year's fair.
- DON'T MISS CLOTHING JUDGING
- Food Auction Info
- BICYCLE RODEO & BICYCLE SAFETY DAY
- TRACTOR & GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST
- 4-H ROCKET LAUNCH, ARCHERY EXHIBITION & FAMILY FUN NIGHT
- OTHER FAIR FACTS
- BARN DECORATING
- FOOD STAND & DRINK TENT
- Livestock - Fair Updates
- Livestock Auction
- 4-H Stuff You Need To Know
- PARENTS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH FAIR
- STATE FAIR GENERAL PROJECT INFO – LET US KNOW ASAP!!
- CLARK COUNTY “4-H MARKETPLACE”
- Cartha's Corner
- Upcoming Events
- CONFERENCE JUDGING INFO
- NEW AWARDS SYSTEM ~ BE THINKING AHEAD!
- 2017 4-H Fair Schedule
Dear 4-H Family
Happy Fourth of July! Can you believe the summer is flying by so quickly? We are just around the corner from the 4-H FAIR!!!
As you finish up (or begin!) your projects, we encourage you to go that extra mile with your 4-H projects. Do a little more research than is called for, be creative in the way you display your project, or try a technique that stretches your potential. That's what 4-H is all about!
Enclosed in this newsletter is LOTS of information about the fair. Please take time to read it carefully and be sure to look at the schedule closely – SOME 4-H Fair shows and activities have changed dates and times! Most importantly…feel free to call the Extension Office with any questions!! Have a great month and see you at the 4-H Fair!
4-H Program Coordinator
FEDERATION FOOTNOTESHey, Federation members and older 4-H'ers – THANK YOU SO MUCH for signing up for "Green Team" while filling out your 4-H Fair Entries! The Green Team is made up of 4-H'ers who volunteer for some additional leadership roles during the 4-H Fair. Each "Green Team" member will be assigned a shift during the fair. Be sure to watch your mail for your "Green Team" letter to view your responsibilities and work times during the 4-H Fair. All Green Team members are asked to help with 4-H Fair set up at the Martinsville Fairgrounds Art Hall and grounds on Thursday, July 20.
PHOTO BOOTH AT THE FAIR!
Be sure to check out the Photo Booth opportunities during the 4-H Fair – in the Arts Hall, Livestock Barns and Tuesday evening's Family Fun Night. Take a picture, capture those memories of the 2017 4-H Fair!
SUPERIOR YOUNG PRODUCER AWARD
The SYPA program is being offered once again at the IL State Fair. This program is designed to emphasize the educational aspects of raising and showing livestock in the junior shows at the fair.
A $1000 scholarship and plaque will be given to the "top 5" individuals overall, in each specie. Junior show participants 14 & older in the livestock categories of horse, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, and swine may apply to compete. Phases of the competition include a skillathon, a written exam, live animal judging and a showmanship contest (varies from specie to specie). Check out the State Fair information for age requirements and information.
EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM 4-H FAIR
4-H members are encouraged to make every effort possible to exhibit their projects at the 4-H Fair. However, sometimes circumstances prevent you from exhibiting. We ask that if you are unable to exhibit that you call the Extension Office at 826-5422 or stop by to pick up a form that must be returned to the Extension Office before the 4-H Fair. ALL 4-H members must be present to participate in the Livestock or Foods Auctions unless attending another 4-H event.
4-H FAIR CAMPERS TAKE NOTE! –
We love that so many families choose to camp at the 4-H Fair and camping spaces will be available again this year. Tent campers will be charged $15.00 and campers will be charged $40.00 (Fee based on a minimum of $10 per day for 4 days. If using utilities more than 4 days, please adjust your fee). If you are using an air conditioner and/or refrigerators, please consider making an additional donation. Camping envelopes will be handed out at Livestock check-in on Sunday evening and available at General Project registration on Saturday. Please make sure you pay sometime during the week. Those payments can be dropped off at the Willow Creek Concession Stand. THANKS!
Also remember that all 4-H'ers who are camping must be accompanied by an adult chaperone and the adult chaperone must be accountable for the 4-H'er. All 4-H'ers should be in their camping area by 11:00 PM!
Send us a selfie of you with your project – general project or livestock!! We'll be posting these at the 4-H Fair again this year!! PLEASE email to firstname.lastname@example.org Send your pictures before Fri. July 8TH !
4-H BBQ SEPTEMBER 9 – LET US KNOW YOUR SCHEDULE!
The 4-H BBQ wraps up the 4-H year and is our major fundraiser of the year. We schedule all 4-H'ers (with the exception of college bound students) to work during the day.
We will be making the schedule to be put in the next newsletter. If you know you have a conflict and can only work a certain time, give us a call! That way we can schedule you at the appropriate time and save you the effort of trying to trade places with another 4-H'er. We know there are often Youth Football games as well as other events that day, so check your calendars and let us know of any conflicts by August 1. Thanks!
4-H BBQ NEWS
4-H BBQ time is just around the corner on Saturday, September 9. Please mark this date on your calendar because we will need the help of EVERY 4-H family at the BBQ. BBQ tickets will be distributed to each 4-H'er during the 4-H Fair at General Project Registration. Beef & Pork BBQ will be available!
¨ WIN SOME COOL CASH – Sell 40-69 tickets and win $25; Sell 70-99 tickets and win $50; Sell 100 and over tickets and win $75. TOP Salesperson wins $100! We NEED you to sell advanced tickets! Ticket sales have dropped lately, so get out there and SELL, make some phone calls. Folks LOVE our BBQ! The top ticket salespersons will receive their cash awards at 4-H Achievement Night!! Be sure to check with your club leaders for additional incentives to sell your tickets for club prizes!
¨ Tickets will be sold at locations in Marshall, Martinsville and Casey two weeks prior to the BBQ. You will have three to four weeks before they go on public sale to make your sales. Ticket prices will be $8.00 in advance, $9.00 at the door, $4.00 for children (sold at door only), and $4.00 for sandwiches.
EACH TEN ADULT TICKETS SOLD BY A
4-H'ER, A FREE TICKET WILL BE RECEIVED. To
be eligible for the free tickets, we request that tickets be turned in to the
Extension Office by 4:30 PM
on Friday, September 8 and definitely by 10:30
AM on the day of the BBQ.
(No exceptions to this rule to receive a free ticket). The tickets that you sell are adult tickets,
not child tickets. Child tickets will be
sold at the door only.
Please think about the many benefits you receive at no cost – free project books, and scholarships to almost every 4-H event. The BBQ is our major fundraiser of the year and as always, we look forward to the full support of our 4-H families at this event!
Follow these steps to insure "smooth-going" at this year's fair.
2017 4-H FAIR EDITION
JULY 22 – 26, MARTINSVILLE FAIRGROUNDS
1. Be sure and use the GREEN 2017-2018 4-H Handbook to find out your project exhibit requirements (it is also posted on the website). Make sure to include all parts of your exhibit.
2. You must attend judging unless the Excused Absence Form (available at Ext. Office & on-line) is sent to the office one week prior to judging. 4-H'ers who will not be present for the fair should write an explanation of their project to be presented to the judge. This project must be shown by another 4-H'er. 4-H'ers not present for judging will not be eligible for State Fair selection (unless they are attending another 4-H event such as the Jr. State Horse Show or in the military)! 4-H'ers must be present to participate in either of the 4-H Auctions.
3. Plan on attending the Awards ceremony, which will follow the Fashion Revue MONDAY evening at 6:30 PM. Who knows, you may be an award winner! If not, the other award winners will appreciate your attendance.
4. Pick up general projects at the Arts Hall between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Wednesday. The Arts Hall will be locked at 1:00 PM. Be sure to have a friend pick up your project if you are not able to be there by 1 PM!
5. Clean up is a continuing process, but we will have a thorough clean-up to make sure the facilities are as we found them. Clean-up will begin Wednesday afternoon and again on Thursday, July 27 at 8:00 AM. Many helping hand make for quick work, so it shouldn't take but a few hours. All 4-H'ers are asked to attend and it's especially important that all livestock exhibitors attend.
Most importantly, have FUN and GOOD LUCK!
DON'T MISS CLOTHING JUDGING
The 2017 Clothing Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at the Casey First United Methodist Church. Judging will begin at 9 AM for all STEAM Clothing and Shopping in Style projects. All 4-H'ers are also required to participate in the Fashion Revue on Monday evening of the fair.
4-H'ers entered in these projects will receive a letter with more details about the judging. Please check your GREEN 4-H Handbook for specific requirements and bring along your completed garment description sheet to the show. We look forward to seeing your neat creations!
Food Auction Info
§ As always, ALL food exhibited at the Clark County 4-H Fair will be sold at the Foods Auction, unless specified in the fair book, on MONDAY evening of the fair following the Fashion Show at 6:30 PM.
§ All 4-H'ers who exhibit a food item may sell one item to keep 50% of the profit. 4-H'ers may participate in the food auction or the livestock auction, but not both. This is a GREAT opportunity for our non-livestock 4-H'ers!
§ 4-H'ers should have indicated on their entry form if they were participating in the auction. If you did not, and want to sell an item, give us a call.
§ 4-H'ers must be present at the auction to sell and keep 50% of the proceeds from their item. Please be present between 6:30 and 7:00 PM, Monday evening near the Arts Hall patio.
§ Invite your friends, parents and grandparents to come and bid on your item. It's always a fun event!
§ For complete details on the auction, refer to page 52 of the 4-H Handbook.
BICYCLE RODEO & BICYCLE SAFETY DAY
The Bicycle Rodeo will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at the Martinsville Fairgrounds at 6 PM on the patio of the Arts Hall. Cloverbuds are also welcome to participate – please call the Extension Office at 826-5422, if your Cloverbud (5-8 yrs old) would like to give the Bicycle Rodeo a try! A helmet is required to ride in skills course. There will also be a safety check and parts identification. A BICYCLE SAFETY & PRACTICE DAY will be held on Sat. July 8, 8-10 AM at the Martinsville Bible Church, 90 Ridgelawn Road. A helmet is required to participate in either of these events. JOIN THE FUN!
TRACTOR & GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST
TRACTOR & GARDEN TRACTOR DRIVING CONTEST will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at the Martinsville Fairgrounds at 6 PM. Information will be sent out to members who have entered. If you are not participating, we still hope you will come to see the contest!!
4-H ROCKET LAUNCH, ARCHERY EXHIBITION & FAMILY FUN NIGHT
4-H ROCKET LAUNCH, ARCHERY EXHIBITION & FAMILY FUN NIGHT ALL TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE 4-H FAIR…
You won't want to miss the FAMILY F-U-N on TUESDAY NIGHT beginning at 6 PM at the 4-H Fair!! Meet us in front of the Grandstands to watch the 4-H Rocket Launch, watch our 4-H Archers and dress for some down and dirty FAMILY F-U-N and GAMES!! Be sure to bring a friend who isn't in 4-H and let's spread the joy. Games can get messy, so be sure to wear OLD clothes to join in on the fun! Afterwards we'll cool down with some Ice Cream donated by Dean and Kay Martin. BRING ALONG A FRIEND!
OTHER FAIR FACTS
YOUR ATTENDANCE IS REQUESTED!
We hope you'll plan to attend....
General Building Set-Up – Thurs. July 20, 6:30 PM
(Green Team & Volunteers, meet at the Extension Office at 5:30 PM)
Sheep & Goat Barn, Rabbit & Poultry Barn, Swine Barn, Beef & Dairy Barns will ALL Set-Up - Thursday. July 20 @ 6:30 PM
4-H Fair Clean Up will begin on Wednesday afternoon & finish
Thurs. July 27, 8:00 AM
Swine Carcass Judging – Edgar Co. Locker, Paris, Fri. July 28, 2 PM
It takes lots of volunteers to get things shaped up for the 4-H Fair. Please do your part and make an effort to attend at least one, if not all of these events.
We would LOVE to see your barns decorated! Please assist your Jr. Livestock Superintendents in decorating your livestock barns!
This year's 4-H Fair theme is 4-H Grows Here. Be creative & join in the FUN!! Superintendents, let the decorating begin!!
FOOD STAND & DRINK TENTThe Willow Creek Church Ladies will be hosting the Food Stand at the Willow Creek stand during the 4-H Fair and several 4-H Clubs will host the "drink tent" serving up cool refreshments during the peak times near the show areas. Clark County 4-H will be serving pork burgers and drinks at the Livestock Auction on Wednesday night. As always, each 4-H club is asked to provide workers during fair week for different responsibilities. THANKS
Livestock - Fair Updates
Livestock Unloading Times - are Sunday from 5 - 8:30 PM for rabbits, poultry, swine, beef, sheep and goats. Please have your health papers checked before unloading. A 4-H Fair Veterinarian will be on the grounds to check ALL animals and health papers before they are allowed to proceed to the barns to be unloaded. Animals will be weighed as they are unloaded. Remember all rabbits and poultry must be checked in on Sunday evening!
Welcome to the 4-H Fair Meeting – will be held on Sunday evening at 9:00 PM at the Show arena. All 4-H'ers and families welcome!!
Swine & Goat Exhibitors - will pay a $10 pen fee to be returned either Wednesday evening or Thursday after their pen has been cleaned.
Grooming guidelines are listed in the fairbook. As a reminder, if a family member assists in grooming an animal, (no professional coaches, groomers or trainers PLEASE!), the 4-H'er must be present to make this a learning experience. Your cooperation will be appreciated.
Horse Exhibitors are reminded that a negative Coggins test must accompany all equine to be unloaded at the 4-H show, which will be checked by a superintendent or other representative. All contestants should be attired in long sleeved shirts (short sleeves are allowed for hot temperatures), boots, and a western hat for halter classes. A certified riding helmet must be worn by all exhibitors while participating in any under-saddle classes or warm up activities.
ALL LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS – PARENTS, no coaching from the sidelines – remember that parents may not coach their 4-H'ers from ringsides or sidelines. Thanks for your cooperation with this matter! Your 4-H'er has worked hard, please let them shine!! There will be an extra person in each show arena to help with unruly animals in case your child needs help.
Health Papers - Remember that several livestock exhibits require health papers from the veterinarian (CVI – Certified Veterinarian Inspection). They include all sheep, goats, swine and breeding beef. Horses require a negative Coggins test. Please refer to the 4-H Handbook for complete Livestock Health Rules. Remember both the swine and horse blood test may take up to a couple of weeks to get back so don't delay!
Pork Carcass Contest - will be offered to exhibitors showing market swine. Pigs will first be shown on hoof at the Swine show then taken to Edgar Co. Locker for processing. Carcass judging will be held on Friday, July 28 at 2 PM. 4-H'ers may use one of the two market pigs shown or may bring a third market pig for the carcass class. See complete rules in the 4-H Handbook.
Auction Fees – Farm Credit Services will once again be donating your 4-H Auction pictures this year, so no photo fee will be charged. Please pass on your appreciation to the staff at Farm Credit. 4-H Volunteers will once again be taking the photos.
Stay with your animal during the auction! We sometimes have problems with 4-H'ers not being with their animal when it's time to be sold. PLEASE stay with your animal, even if you are late in the auction, so you don't get skipped over!!!
Auction Placements will be drawn at the Livestock Supt. meeting on Tuesday, July 18 for placement of where the 4-H'ers sell in the Livestock Auction.
Rabbit and Poultry - 4-H'ers selling their rabbits or poultry in the livestock auction should check with the auction clerks or the buyer following their sale regarding the destination of their animal. Some buyers take home the animals and others return them to the 4-H'ers. If they are returned to the 4-H'er you'll need to pick them up.
Attention Livestock Exhibitors and Auction Participants - Please be sure and water your animals following the livestock auction on Wednesday evening! This is very important, so please don't forget your animal after the sale!
State Fair Livestock Exhibitors - MUST notify the superintendent at weigh-in if their animal will be reserved for exhibit at the Illinois State Fair so this can be noted in the auction bill. ONLY animals going to the Illinois State Fair or the Clark County Fair may be retained by the 4-H'er. (Don't forget 4-H'ers – any animal you keep will NOT get the floor price listed in the auction bill). If a 4-H'er wants to keep their animal, it should not be placed in the Livestock Auction!!!
The Livestock Auction is for many a showcase of the 4-H Fair. We hope that all 4-H'ers participating in the auction will take pride in their appearance and dress appropriately for the occasion.
4-H Stuff You Need To Know
Show Attire – Many times we are in such a rush to get to the 4-H Show with our projects that we forget how important it is to look our best when being judged. This does not mean you need to have new or dressy clothes, but it does mean that exhibitors should be neat and clean, take hats off while showing projects (judges like to see faces when they are speaking), and have your hair combed. Neat appearances will not only make you feel better, it will impress the judges too!
Let your 4-H'er SHINE!! – The 4-H Fair is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to show their exhibit. We ask that ALL PARENTS and other 4-H'ers remain back from the judging table because it sometimes interferes with the judging process. Judge's helpers will be instructed to kindly ask all parents to step back. All parents like to hear the comments that the judge passes on to the 4-H'ers (including us!), but please stand back far enough that your child doesn't look to you for answers or that the judge doesn't feel uncomfortable. Thanks for your cooperation!!
Join us for a General Project OPEN HOUSE Monday evening from 5:30-6:30 during the 4-H Fair! Older 4-H'ers will be present beside their projects if you'd like to go by and ask questions. How many times have you seen a project and wondered "how did they do that!" Well, these kids will be able to tell you. See you Monday night at the Arts Hall!
Project Report Sheets "Planning Guides" are NOT required this year!! YAY! Be sure to check your "green" 4-H Handbook for requirements of other records needed for the show – crop record, menu plans, etc…
Visual Arts projects have a special emphasis on each individual's creativity. Please keep this in mind and be creative with your exhibits rather than using day camp, bible school or other group projects, unless you had the opportunity to use your own creativity. Pinterest is popular, however, you need to make the project your "own" and not copy.
Remember your Ethics! The 4-H Fair provides members AND parents the need to make many ethical choices. Please make good choices! 4-H staff and council members are placed in a very tough position when rules are not followed. Please help us out by doing the right thing and if in doubt, just ask! Make the fair an enjoyable experience for everyone involved!
PLEASE, do NOT bring your "extra" pets into the Livestock Barns. We ask that you leave your dogs and other critters home and not bring them into the barns during the 4-H Fair. Only dogs participating in the Dog Show on Saturday morning should be on the grounds! Only limited traffic will be allowed in the swine barn due to the PED virus. We want to keep our livestock as disease free as possible and ask that only those needing to access enter that area. THANK YOU!!
PARENTS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH FAIR
We have lots of great parents and grandparents in the Clark County 4-H program who are willing to help out when called upon. Sometimes though it is difficult for us to know who is off during fair week or available to assist with a certain project. Here's some places we are looking for helpers during the fair:
· Building Sitters
· Judge's Helpers
· Tractor & Garden Tractor Helpers
· Bicycle Rodeo Helpers
· All parents of 4-H'ers with a Livestock project are requested to assist the superintendents with moving animals during the show and auction, set-up and clean-up, etc.
Please give us a call to let us know if YOU would be willing to help out! As always, your support is most appreciated!
STATE FAIR GENERAL PROJECT INFO – LET US KNOW ASAP!!
· We are very excited that projects will once again be conference judged in the 4-H Department of the Illinois State Fair. This means all 4-H'ers participating will need to take their projects to the fair on Friday, August 11. Exhibitors will be given a check-in time and will be asked to return to the 4-H building at that time. Projects will be displayed until 3:30 following judging. 4-H'ers may participate in only one class - an action-oriented exhibit OR a conference judged exhibit.
· Because we will make our State Fair entries immediately after the county fair, we will need to know ASAP if you plan to send your projects to the State Fair. Please let Cartha know what project you will be sending to the State Fair as soon as you know or no later than the State Fair meeting on Wednesday. Alternates are asked to let us know if you would send your project if possible and we'll notify you as soon as we know. We look forward to lots of great exhibits from Clark County!
· 4-H'ers selected for the State Fair should find out all the details about taking your project to the State Fair at the delegate meeting on Wednesday, July 26, 10:30 AM at the Arts Hall Patio.
CLARK COUNTY “4-H MARKETPLACE”
Monday, July 24
Clark County 4-H Fair
Here's YOUR chance to be an entrepreneur and market your talents! The "4-H Marketplace" will be held Monday evening of the 4-H Fair during the 4-H Dress Revue and Foods Auction. Any 4-H'er may participate free of charge!
· Members can sell or take orders for any items they have made or grown (no food items, please! We do not want to compete with the food auction or food stand.) The item does not have to be a current 4-H project; however, 4-H'ers may display their 4-H project from the exhibit hall if they wish to sell it or take orders for items to be made.
· 4-H'ers are responsible for providing their own table, signs and any supplies they need for their stand. Stands will be set up underneath or around the Arts Hall Patio.
· 4-H'ers can set up any time after 5:30 PM and all booths should be set up for sales from 6:00–7:30 PM. (If 4-H'er is participating in the fashion review or foods auction, they may have someone else man their stand during that time.)
· Members are encouraged to be creative in their marketing (signs, business cards, displays, etc.) Anyone who would like assistance and ideas can contact our Extension
Community Development Educator Tiffany
Macke at 826-5422.
Call the Extension Office by July 10th to reserve your MARKETPLACE space.
Understanding 4-H premiums
In the past, the Illinois Department of Ag has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the form of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We have no guarantee that premiums or any funds for the 2017 shows will be provided. We do however, treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control on the actions of Illinois government. We will continue to look for ways to recognize the outstanding achievements of our 4-H members.
Thanks to these 4-H'ers and families of Ace and Olivia Daniels, Gabe, Lilie and Layla Deckard, Kyla Gustafson, Seth and Jeremiah Hollingsworth, Lilie and Lane Perry, who participated in the PETTING ZOO at Burnsides Healthcare Center in June!
Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar - Do you love photography? Farm Credit Illinois is looking for amazing photos showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Each photographer may enter up to five photos. Learn more @ www.farmcreditIL.com/calendar2018.
Twenty kids across Clark County participated in the 4-H Cooking School on June 28 at the Extension Office. They made their own meals as a team and sat down to eat what they fixed. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our 4-H'ers who volunteered to assist with the class! It was DELICIOUS!
Recently 4-H'ers and parents met for a 4-H Rock Study, traveled to Lawrence Gravel in Darwin for a "Diggin' In" and are having an identification class on July 3 at 6 PM at the Extension Office with local Geologist Lee Beaven. These have been very informative classes. It was a ROCKIN GREAT TIME!!
Twenty 4-H'ers were signed up to enjoy a week at 4-H Camp in Monticello! We hope you've had a GREAT time 4-H'ers!!
Everyone loves a road trip - September 23 @ University of Illinois Campus ~
Come hang out with 4-H members from across the state in a NEW event to kick off the new year. Save September 23 and plan to arrive by 10 AM on the University of Illinois campus. Get an inside look at U of I. Discover new things you can do in 4-H. Start your adventure today! $10 includes lunch, t-shirt goodie bag. Road Trip is open to 4-H members age 13-18. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred of 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip.
July 3 – Pebble Pups Rock ID, 6:30 PM EO
8 – Bicycle Rodeo Practice, 8-10 AM, M'ville Bible Church
11 - 4-H Clothing Judging, 9 AM, Casey First United Methodist Church
11 – Garden & Tractor Driving Contest, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
11 – Bicycle Rodeo, 6 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
13 – Jr. Livestock Superintendent Training, 7 PM, EO
18 - Youth Committee & Livestock Superintendent Meeting, EO
20 - General Building & ALL Livestock Barn Set-up - 6:30 PM, M'ville Fairgrounds
22-26 - 4-H Fair – Martinsville Fairgrounds
27 - Fair Clean Up Day
August 11–20 - Illinois State Fair
11 – Clark County Day at IL State Fair
12 – Family Day ISF & Hall of Fame Recognition – Erin Wycoff
18 – 4-H Records due to Leaders
21 – 4-H Leaders Meeting
22 – 4-H Shooting Sports Open House, 6:30 PM, EO
28 – 4-H & Youth Committee Meeting
September 9 - 4-H BBQ
CONFERENCE JUDGING INFO
Many new 4-H members may be asking…"what is conference judging?"
Judging is a learning experience. From judging you can learn what you did well and how you can improve. A project exhibit does not measure all that you learned but is an example of what you have done. Parents, leaders, and bystanders are not a part of the judging process. During your conference judging you can expect:
¨ The judge will encourage you to talk about your project.
¨ You will be asked questions about your project so be prepared to tell what you were trying to do with your project and describe the methods used to make the project. Feel free to tell the judge any information you want them to know about your project. Don't wait for them to ask!!
¨ Read and follow the project requirements carefully in the 4-H Handbook.
¨ Learn good sportsmanship!
¨ Listen carefully to the judge so that you can accept constructive criticism and learn from it.
¨ Remember judging comments can be helpful, but they are only one person's evaluation.
¨ Projects are evaluated, not the 4-H member. All completed projects meeting show requirements will receive a Blue, Red, or White ribbon. Projects are evaluated individually, not compared.
Remember, most of our judges are volunteers. They are qualified to be judging in their area, or they would not have been asked to judge. They have given their own time; some have even taken time off from work, to help our 4-H'ers. Our Superintendents are parents who have given up most of their week to help with the 4-H Show. Please be courteous and thank them for their support. Show them that 4-H builds character and courtesy. Thanks!
NEW AWARDS SYSTEM ~ BE THINKING AHEAD!
It will soon be time to finish your 4-H records. Have you met the requirements necessary to be an award winner? Be sure to check with your 4-H Leader or the Extension Office if you need more information! If not, you still have a few months left to complete them.
The "My Experience Award Application" is part of our new Illinois 4-H Recognition program and will replace the Standard of Excellence checklist. (Please continue using your "My 4-H Portfolio" or permanent record, but disregard the Standard of Excellence checklist on the back page of the record.)
4-H members completing this form will be recognized as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover at our 4-H Achievement Night in November. Diamond and Emerald Clovers are a very high level of recognition and those members will also be recognized at the State Recognition Banquet. Included is a description of the requirements for each award level.
This form can be also be completed on-line and downloaded from the Clark County 4-H website. A new county award application will also be used and it will be available on our website in the near future. All awards information and applications will be due to your 4-H Leader by AUGUST 18th!
BRONZE – Complete 1 experience in each row
(May not count the same experience two years in a row)
SILVER – Complete 2 experiences in each row.
· At least 2 must be at the county level or beyond.
(May not count the same experience two years in a row)
GOLD – Complete 4 experiences in each row;
· 2 must be BEYOND the county level.
(May not count the same experience two years in a row)
DIAMOND – Complete 6 or more experiences in ONE dimension;
· 4 must be BEYOND the county level
· Participation activities cannot be used
(May not count the same experience more than once)
EMERALD – Complete 8 or more experiences in ONE Dimension;
· at least 4 must be BEYOND the county level.
· at least 2 must be at the State or National Level
· Participation activities cannot be used
(May not count the same experience more than once)
4-H Records will be due to your leaders by Friday, August 18th!
2017 4-H Fair Schedule
2017 CLARK COUNTY 4-H FAIR SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, JULY 11
9:00 AM Clothing Judging (STEAM Clothing, Shopping in Style) Casey UM Church. All exhibitors must also participate in the Dress Revue on Monday evening of the fair.
6:00 PM Tractor & Garden Tractor Driving Contests
6:00 PM Bicycle Rodeo Contest
THURSDAY, JULY 20
6:30 PM Set-up General Bldg. & Livestock Barns – Green Team Members & all families
(Marshall families, meet at Ext. Office @ 5:30 PM to load supplies & be to Martinsville Fairgrounds by 6:30 PM). We will be setting up the General Building along with all of the barns during this time. It will take
everyone's help to get things ready for the fair. Please bring rakes, shovels, etc. for the barns; and brooms, dust pans, cleaning rags, etc.
for the General Building.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
GENERAL PROJECT JUDGING – 9:00 – 11:15
§ All general projects will be conference judged with the 4-H'er present before the judge.
§ 4-H'ers should pick up exhibit tags at the registration table and go to the appropriate table for judging.
§ The schedule below will be flexible to allow for 4-H'ers who have several projects to be judged at the same time. The first judging session will be held from 9:00 - 10:15 and the second session will be from 10:15 – 11:15. Bring your lawn chair to watch the judging!
8:30 AM – 10:45 AM REGISTRATION open for general project judging and will continue open until 10:45 AM. Please notify the registration table of projects you entered, but will not be exhibiting.
FIRST SESSION - 9:00 - 10:15 AM
9:00 Horticulture & Floriculture
JUDGE 2 JUDGE 3
9:00 Photography I 9:00 Photography II, III, & Photo Editing
JUDGE 4 JUDGE 5
9:00 Crops, Plants & Soils, Entomology 9:00 Veterinary & Livestock Science, Small Pets
Beekeeping Shooting Sports
9:00 Natural Resources, Forestry, Sportfishing, Exploring Your Environment, Geology, Outdoor Adventures, Wildlife
9:00 Aerospace (Rocketry), Models, Robotics, Geospatial
(Rockets will be launched TUESDAY @ 6 PM in front of the Grandstands. Bring your launching supplies).
JUDGE 8* JUDGE 9*
9:00 Small Engines, Tractor, & Welding 9:00 Electricity
9:00 Woodworking I, II, III, IV
* - Judged on the East End of the Arts Hall
SECOND SESSION - 10:15 – 11:15
JUDGE 1 JUDGE 2
10:15 Chalk/Carbon/Pigment (Painting, 10:15 Nature, Fiber, Heritage Arts, Wood
Printing, Cartooning, Drawing & Sketching)
JUDGE 3 JUDGE 4
10:15 Paper, Plastic & Glass 10:15 Clay Projects (Ceramics), Computer Arts,
Metal Non-Original Visual Arts, 3-Dimensional, Do Your Own Thing
10:15 Interior Design, Child Development, Health, Walk In My Shoes, Passport to the World
10:15 Citizenship, Service Learning, Communications, Leadership, Performing Arts, Computer, Bicycle, Video, Financial Future, College & Career Readiness, Welcome to 4-H
10:30 AM Cat Show
11:00 AM Cloverbud Exhibit
11:00 AM Dog Show
5:00 PM Horse Show (Martinsville Fairgrounds Horse Arena)
(Participants may register during general project judging at a separate table and at 4 PM Sat. evening before the horse show)
SUNDAY, JULY 23
2:30 – 7:00 PM General Project Building open for visitors.
5:00-8:30 PM Livestock exhibits may be unloaded. Required health papers must accompany stock and be checked prior to unloading. All livestock including rabbits and poultry must be in place by 8:30 PM and market animals will be weighed in at time of unloading. (Swine & Goat exhibitors will pay a $10 pen fee to be returned on Thursday after their pen has been cleaned.)
9:00 PM Welcome to the 4-H Fair (Show arena)
MONDAY, JULY 24
8:30 AM Rabbit Show
12:00 PM Foods Show – All Foods and Cake Decorating Projects
(Judging will begin at 12:00 and all food exhibitors should be present by 12:30 PM. All 4-H'ers participating in the Food Auction should be present by 7:00 PM Monday night. Must be present to participate)
Judge 1 Judge 3 Judge 3 Judge 4
Cooking 101 Cooking 201 Cooking 301 Cake Decorating
Cooking 401 Food Preservation
5:30 PM General Project Open House, Arts Hall (Meet the 4-H'ers & their projects)
6-7:30 PM 4-H Market Place (4-H Entrepreneurs sell their wares)
6:30 PM Dress Revue (all 4-H'ers in Sewing & Textiles and Shopping in Style participate), Awards Program (All 4-H'ers are encouraged to attend).
7:00 PM Food Auction, Arts Hall Patio
TUESDAY, JULY 25
8:00 AM Swine Show
1:00 PM Sheep Show
2:00 PM Goat Show
6:00 PM 4-H Rocket Launch
6:30 PM 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Exhibition
Family FUN Night (in front of the Grandstands). Bring a guest and the whole family!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
8:00 AM Poultry Show
8:30 AM Dairy & Beef Show
10:30 AM State Fair Delegate Meeting (at Arts Hall Patio)
12:00 PM Photo Session for Livestock Grand Champions. Meet at Livestock Show Arena.
11-1 PM All GENERAL projects will be released at 11:00 and must be removed by 1:00 PM. The Arts Hall will be locked at 1:00 PM.
12:00 PM Livestock Released
6:30 PM Livestock Auction. 4-H'ers should be present at 5:30 for pictures.
(Swine exhibitor's pictures will be taken just before they enter the sale ring.)
THURSDAY, JULY 27
8:00 AM Fairgrounds Clean-up. (ALL 4-H'ers should be present. All swine & goat exhibitors with cleaned pens will have their $10 pen fee returned.)
FRIDAY, JULY 28
2:00 PM Pork Carcass Evaluation, Edgar County Locker
2017 LIVESTOCK SUPERINTENDENTS
BEEF - Jeff Lewis, Charles Warfel, Jeremy Williams
SWINE - Greg Strohm, John Goekler, Tal Foley
SHEEP – Fred Morecraft, Linda VonBehren
GOATS – Brenda Gilbert, Scott Price
HORSES – Bob Zellers, Karen Hutchens
RABBITS – Erin Wycoff, Justin Janney
POULTRY – Valerie Mullen