Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Happy Spring
- Jr. Leader's Meeting
- 4-H Carnival Update
- Mark Your Calendars
- College Bound 4-H’ers Can apply for this Scholarship!
- Weigh in planned for state fair sheep & goats
- Project Books/Fair Handbooks
- On-line Quality Assurance & Ethics….
- Swine Kids
- Livestock Ownership Dates for the 2018 State Fair
- Last Day to Drop or Add Project
- Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
- Goat and Sheep Weigh-in
- 4-H Participation Policy
- Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1st
- Horse Camp
- IL State Fair Exhibitors
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
- We’ll help you plant a pollinator garden!
- Help Illinois win $20,000
- 4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
- Foundation Hall of Fame ceremony set
- Exciting Changes for 4-H at 2018 Illinois State Fair
- The best just got better Attend 4-H Illini Summer Academies
- Compete in NEW Public Presentation Contest
Spring has sprung, even though at times, it has felt like Spring since February!! Spring is a great time to begin to work on your 4-H projects. If you think about it, July is only 3 months away!! Fair will be here before we know it!!
Don't forget that if you are wanting to add or drop a project, this must be done by May 1. Please make sure you call the office, or go online to your 4-H online account, so we can begin getting things lined out for fair entries. Also remember that May 1 is the deadline for horse lease/ownership papers to be in to the office. Please don't wait until the last minute to get these in.
Fair handbooks are done, and should have made it to you!! Be sure to check out the book, and your project area to see if there are any changes in your project area! This book is a great resource for you!! Please look this book over. It has SO much information!! Not quite sure what kind of project to make for fair?? This book will give you examples of what can be exhibited!!
I love to hear new ideas, so if you have any, please let me know. I know with the great volunteers we have here in Crawford County, we will make this years Crawford County Fair a fun experience for everyone. We have several activities coming up in the next few months. Keep your eyes on your eblasts and newsletters for exact dates and times.
4-H program Coordinator
Jr. Leader's MeetingApril Meeting:
When: Monday April 23
Where: Extension Office
What Time: 6:30 PM
Jr. Leader's will have their April meeting at Extension office on Monday April 23. We will be talking about some upcoming activities and planning events. Anyone 8th grade and older may attend.
4-H Carnival Update
The 2018 4-H Carnival was a huge success! We had an amazing crowd and I am happy to say that we did make more money this year. Every club participating this year had such creative games, crafts and food! Every club made a little money (some more than others), but all of the children in attendance had a great time. Last year's 4-H Princess Audri Green and last year's 4-H Prince Aiden Postlewaite crowned Natalie Ramsey of the Prairie Pals 4-H Club and Eli Robb of the Oblong 4-H Clovers 4-H Club. We look forward to seeing them in county parades and at the 4-H fair/livestock shows this summer handing out ribbons and awards. Thanks to the 4-H leaders, members, and parents for helping. Also the Daily News for doing a fabulous job of taking several pictures which where in the Robinson Daily Newspaper.
Checks were handed out at the Spring Club Leaders meeting and the couple checks I still have will be sent in the mail to club leaders.
Mark Your Calendars
Keep these Dates marked on your
July 19-26th - Crawford County Fair
August 13th - Crawford County Day at State Fair
College Bound 4-H’ers Can apply for this Scholarship!
4-H and Extension Foundation Scholarship - Must be a Crawford County 4-H Member who is a senior in high school or is in first year of college, trade school, community college or other course of study. Must also have been an active member of the Crawford County 4-H program for 5 or more years. While academics are important, these scholarships are based more on overall 4-H achievements and participation. Applicants who are not selected may apply the following year, but you may only receive the scholarship once. Go online to our website: http://.web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/crawford4h or email April for a copy. Winners will be announced at high school awards night and will be introduced at the livestock auction. All applications must be typed before presenting to the 4-H and Extension Foundation Scholarship committee. Applications are due on or before April 16, 2018.
Weigh in planned for state fair sheep & goats
If you plan to exhibit sheep or goats at the Illinois State Fair, they must be tagged and weighed at one of the official locations. Please register by calling the number listed below if you plan to bring animals. The locations closest to us are:
April 21 Ed Hanson Farm near Clifton, 3034 N. 700E. Rd., 815-545-7287, 9-11:30 AM
April 28 McLean County Fairgrounds, 309-663-8306 , 9 AM - Noon
April 28 Henry County Fairgrounds, 309-337-5816, 9 AM – Noon
April 28 Sandwich Fairgrounds, 815-751-3414, 10 AM - Noon
April 28 McDonough County Fairgrounds, 309-337-0687, 8 – 11:30 AM
May 5 Coles County Fairgrounds, 217-493-5005, 10:30 AM - Noon
May 5 Jefferson-Franklin County Fairgrounds near Ina, 618-695-4917, 10 AM - Noon
May 5 Boone County Fairgrounds, 815-544-3710, 10 – 11 AM
May 5 Hugh Moore, Jr. Farm near Jerseyville, 217-823-3083, 9 – 11 AM
May 5 Monroe County Fairgrounds, 618-939-3434, 9 – 11 AM
May 5 Fayette County Fairgrounds, 618-322-9319, 11 AM – 1 PM
May 12 Terry Bocker Farm near Lanark, 815-244-9444, 10 – 11:30 AM
May 12 Illinois State Fairgrounds, 217-415-2924, 9 – 11:30 AM
May 12 Western IL Vet Clinic near Quincy, 573-406-9770, 1 – 3 PM
Project Books/Fair Handbooks
Your 4-H project manuals have been sent to your leaders and I hope that they have been distributed to you. If after your April meeting, you have not received your project books, please let me know and we will get them to you. Also, please keep in mind the add/drop project date is May 1. Please let the office know if you intend to drop or add a project.
The Fair handbooks have been printed and should be making it your way soon. There has been a lot of changes this year, so be sure and check the projects you are taking for any updates. It is YOUR responsibility to check the rules for each project area and plan accordingly. If you have any questions about a project area please don't hesitate to contact the office with questions.
On-line Quality Assurance & Ethics….
Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects.
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in their 4-H career in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. Certification in one specie must be completed by JUNE 1.
The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects; beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the deadline will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show at the fair. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
SWINE TAGGINEG MEETING will be held on Saturday April 7th at 9:30 AM at the Eagle Theater in Robinson. Like last year, we will be handing out ear tags for you to tag your swine, as well as the nomination forms for you to list your ear notches. You do not need to bring your swine to this meeting., Nomination forms will be due back to the office by Tuesday May 1. We will have taggers for rent for 20$, which will be given back to you when taggers are returned. Don't hesitate to call the office for questions.
Livestock Ownership Dates for the 2018 State FairBEEF:
Breeding - calf & heifer, June 1
Cows, January 1
Market, February 1
Calf & Heifer, June 1
Cows, January 1
Wethers, May 1
In Milk, January 1
Not in Milk, June 1
Market, May 1
Breeding, May 15,
Wethers, May 1
Breeding, June 1
Market, May 1
Breeding, June 1
Market, June 1
HORSE & PONY:
Last Day to Drop or Add Project
May 1st is the deadline to add or drop projects this year for the county fair. It is very important that you let us know here in the office if you plan to drop or add a project. During the week after May 1st we will be busy getting the fair information set up into our system so that we can get your fair entry information to you to be ready for the 2018 Crawford County Fair. If you have questions about projects you are signed up for please call into the office and ask.
Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
We know clubs are doing amazing service projects. The state 4-H office wants to share your amazing stories. It's simple to tell your story:
Tell us a little about your project.
Add a picture if you have one.
Your stories will be collected and shared back on the State 4-H Website! If you've already done a service project this year…. Great, go and report anything you've done since September 1, 2017.
Goat and Sheep Weigh-in
Goat and Sheep Weigh-In
When: May 5
Where: Oblong Fairgrounds
What Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Bring your Market animals to the Oblong 4-H Show Arena on Saturday, May 5, to be identified and weighed.. We do know that our weigh-in day is the same as the IL State Fair weigh in in Charleston. We ask that everyone come early rather than later to weigh in so those who are traveling to Charleston can get there early to get in line.
4-H Participation Policy
¨ Attend a minimum of THREE 4-H meetings
¨ Participate in at least ONE County Event
¨ Must attend Fair cleanup before Fair
Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1st
Any horse, pony, mule or donkey showing at the 2018 4-H Fair must have a current Ownership/Lease paper on file along with 2 photos of your animal, one left side and one right side. Deadline is May 1, 2018. Ownership/Lease papers are available online at the county website, or are available at the Extension Office. We strongly encourage members, if they own or lease more than one horse, to file paperwork on ALL potential exhibit horses by the May 1 deadline. If a horse is injured or dies, it may be replaced ONLY by a horse whose paperwork is already on file by the May 1 deadline. This is also a requirement for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair. We MUST send in State Fair Junior Horse entries (and other required paperwork) no later than June 1. Late entries will not be accepted
Horse camp is coming! The date has been set as Saturday July 7th, with more details to come. We ask all youth enrolled in horse to attend this camp. It will be beneficial for you to come to receive your patterns for show. Please watch your upcoming newsletters and eblast for more information.
IL State Fair Exhibitors
ALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2018 ISF are responsible for having the office sign entry forms before the deadlines to the ISF (July 1)! When it becomes
available, the website for the forms is https://www.agr.state.il.us.isf/premium
Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
All 4-H members are required to wear a properly fitted ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified equestrian helmet whenever mounted or driving at all 4-H horse and pony events, shows, activities, or practices. Original tags must be present in all approved helmets. The 4-H member is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness fastened snugly in place whenever mounted. Helmet policies apply to all county, area, and state 4-H horse and pony events, shows, and activities. Protective helmets are recommended for all riders and drivers at all times. It is recommended that all adults working with 4-H members model the desired youth behavior by also wearing protective helmets whenever mounted or driving.
We’ll help you plant a pollinator garden!
We know honeybees and other pollinators are important to our world ecosystem. Pollinators are threatened by pests, disease, and lack of habitat. Now, you can help save the bees by planting a pollinator garden. Growmark and FS are offering all you need to get started: ¼ pound of seed to cover 700 square feet, planting instructions, and a marketing kit. COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION BEFORE APRIL 15 @ https://form.jotform.com/80734754671160
Help Illinois win $20,000
April 1 – May 15, you can help Illinois win $20,000 just by raising your hand! We need every 4-H alum AND (NEW IN 2018) ANY PERSON to register online with National 4-H Council. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. So, spread the word and tell all your friends… tweet it, post it, chat it, snap it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Your vote counts even if you voted last year! Vote at 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand. We are a HUGE state. Let's WIN this year!
4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the Illinois 4-H training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader is May 19-20 at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Cost is $125, and registration is handled through the local office before May 1.
Foundation Hall of Fame ceremony set
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor one volunteer leader from each county at a ceremony during the Illinois State Fair. The celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 as part of Ag Day at the fair right before the Sale of Champions activities begin. Supporters and families of the recipients are welcome to attend.
Exciting Changes for 4-H at 2018 Illinois State Fair
Exhibit days for non-livestock 4-H projects will be Friday, Aug. 10 – Monday, Aug. 13 in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Our day at the state fair will be Monday August 13th.
NEW IN 2018
Volunteers will be celebrated all day long with a special gift. Check in anytime Aug. 10-13 at the information booth of the Orr Building.
There will be no Clover Celebration.
There will be no Fashion Revue during the State Fair.
The State 4-H Public Presentation Contest will be held separate from the state fair on June 9.
NEW CLASSES have been added:
360° Computer Science class added
360° Video class added to Videos
Diversity and Cultural Awareness Project added
3-D Printing Print—2 levels
3-D Printing Design—2 levels
Visual Arts Fiber Non-Original Class for 8-10-year-olds ONLY
All Clover Challenge projects have been eliminated. See if your challenge fits in the Ready4Life class instead!
The Explore 4-H project will no longer be exhibited at state fair. Child Care is no longer a 4-H project.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame winners at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 14 in the Orr Building prior to the Sale of Champions festivities.
The best just got better Attend 4-H Illini Summer Academies
Spaces are filling up for the BEST SUMMER CONFERENCE EVER! Illini Summer Academies lets you try out college life while you study with college professors and learn about possible careers!
Dates: 4 PM Sunday, June 24 through 9 AM, Thursday, June 28
Eligibility: is open to ALL YOUTH who have completed 8th grade and are at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2018.
Learn more at: go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
We have lots of new Academies this year, including
Companion animal nutrition and pet food manufacturing
Plant biology: Exploring life beneath our feet
Game Design: Digital art, storytelling and fabrication at the Fab Lab
Work Hard/Play Hard: Careers in health sciences, sports and wellness.
And, we have all these Academies returning: aerospace, animal science, anthropology, electrical and computer engineering, human development and family studies, advance family studies, beekeeping, molecular and cellular biology, agricultural communications, theater hip hop dance, theater fashion design, and veterinary medicine.
Compete in NEW Public Presentation Contest
Our county 4-H public presentation contest will be Tuesday May 15th at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office. We will select who advances to state competition at that contest.
The state 4-H Public Presentation Contest will no longer be held at the State Fair. Instead, up to three youth from each county who are selected in our county contest may advance to the state contest to be held Saturday, June 9 in Decatur. All ages are eligible to advance in any of the four divisions: Formal Speech, Illustrated Speech, Original Works, Oral Interpretation. Youth may participate in this contest AND STILL BE SELECTED as a delegate to state fair in a different project area. All presentations must be 4 to 6 minutes in length. See the rules and scoresheets online at 4-H.illinois.edu. Click Member>Projects>Communications. The contest is sponsored by Compeer Financial through the Illinois 4-H Foundation.