Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- May, 2017
- Dates to Remember
- Jr. Leader Meeting
- Ethics Training Update:
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
- Shooting Sports Update
- 4-H Scavenger Hunt for the Food Pantry
- Last Day to Add/Drop Projects
- Project/Fair Books
- Illinois State Fair
- Mark Your Calendar
- GOAT and SHEEP Weigh-In
- Livestock Ownership Dates for the 2017 4-H Fair
- Online Quality Assurance and Ethics
- State Fair Lamb & Meat Goat Exhibitors
- Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1st
- Raymond Evans Most Improved Award
- IL State Fair Exhibitors
- Start thinking about FAIR!
- Fair Entries
- 4-H Attendance Policy
- Jr. Leaders' Earth Day Movie Thank You
- June 1 is state horse show ownership deadline
- Zion Country Kids
- Oblong Robotics Club
- Flash Flood Safety Tips
- 4-H Ag Olympics
May, 2017I can't believe that May is here already. It is hard to believe I have been your 4-H Program Coordinator for a year and a half Time FLIES when you are having fun!!!! With May comes the end of the school year and we have a few graduating from High School this year. I would like to wish, and for you all to wish good luck to the following seniors:
Mary Ann Catt
May also brings the deadline of adding and dropping projects here at the office. If you are a horse person we have to have your ownership/lease papers here in the office on file for you to be able to show at the fair by May 1 as well. We are working hard here in the office to get the show system set up on our computers so that entries for fair can be made! Entries will be made ONLINE this year at http://crawford4-hfair.fairentry.com. I plan to have this up and running by May 1 and will shut off on June 15. I will still be sending out Pen Assignment forms to be returned back to the office. Another item to remember is the QAEC for all live-stock members (this includes dogs, cats, and small animals). You must have that completed by June 1st otherwise you will not be able to show at the county fair this year.
If you have any questions please give me a call at the office or email me at
Dates to RememberMay 1 - Dead-line for Horse ownership/lease papers in office
May 1- Add and Drop Deadline
May 6 - County Sheep & Goat Weigh-in at Oblong Fairgrounds 8-10 AM
May 6- State Sheep & Goat Weigh-in at Coles County Fairgrounds 10:30-12
May 9-Jr Leaders 6:30 pm, Extension Office
May 20– 4-H Day with the Cardinals
May 29 Office Closed for Memorial Day
May 30-Cupcake Decorating Workshop 2-4
Jr. Leader MeetingMay Meetings:
When: Tuesday May 9
Where: Extension Office
What Time: 6:30pm
The Crawford County Jr. Leaders will meet on Tuesday May 9 at 6:30 pm at the Extension Office. We will be talking about our summer work-shops, Jr Leaders Trip to St. Louis and Holiday World, and start working on Barnyard Olympics for fair. Anyone 8th grade and older is encouraged to attend.
Ethics Training Update:The following members must complete the Ethics training by JUNE 1:
Lilly Ann Holcomb
Let’s protect that beautiful head of yoursEquine Headgear:
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.
Shooting Sports UpdateShooting Sports Air Rifle is wrapping up, and WOW what a first session!!!! Thank you , Jacob Baxter, Crystal Baxter and Bob Fiscus for getting this program up and running this year!!!!
I recently visited the Archery class and another huge WOW!! These kids are good!! Thank you to all who help make this Shooting Sports program in Crawford County! Without your help, this program would not be possible!!
4-H Scavenger Hunt for the Food PantryPalestine Prairie Pals was the big winner of the 4-H Scavenger Hunt for the Food Pantry. Thank you to all the clubs who participated!
Last Day to Add/Drop ProjectsMay 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 get ready for the 2017 Crawford County Fair. If you have questions about projects you are signed up for please call into the office and ask.
Project/Fair BooksIf you still have not received your project books or the fair book by your May meeting please call into the office so that we can get you your books for fair.
Also please keep in mind if you have dropped a project and received a project book please bring it back to the office so that we may pass that along to another 4-H'er (this is only possible if it has not been written in).
Illinois State FairWe're back to the Orr Building
Once again, all 4-H general project exhibits will be housed in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
DROP OFF your exhibit anytime from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Orr Building. YOU WILL NOT NEED TO CHECK IN WITH ANYONE.
CHECK THE BOARD to see what time you should be back for judging. Members must be present for conference judging.
LEAVE YOUR EXHIBIT on display throughout the day. You cannot remove it before the release time at 3:30.
PICK UP YOUR EXHIBIT from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. following the Clover Celebration. We hope all families will honor the 3:30 release time….pretty please.
Mark Your CalendarKeep these Dates marked on your calendars:
June 15- fair entries due online
June 15– Pen Assignments due to Office
July 20-27- Crawford County Fair
August 11- Crawford County Day at State Fair
GOAT and SHEEP Weigh-InWhen: May 6
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 6, to be identified and weighed. Our 4-H Goat and Sheep superintendents are: Doug Knoblett and Nick Dart. This is also the same day as State Fair Tattooing at Coles County Fairgrounds from 10:30-12. If you are plan-ning on going to State Fair, your animals must attend to get tattooed.
Livestock Ownership Dates for the 2017 4-H FairMay 1- Horses
Market Lambs and Ewe
June 1- Goat Kids
Online Quality Assurance and EthicsDon't forget to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification before June 1st. The unit deadline is June 1st. If you have not completed training by June 1st you will be withdrawn from the project and will not be eligible to exhibit at the county fair! IF YOU HAVE ALEADY TAKEN THIS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN.
It is a very simple task that takes 30 minutes at the most. And you only have to complete it in one specie (rabbit, poultry, beef, etc.) Even though it ask for you to print off the certificate I do not need them here in the office (but you may wish to print it for your own records). If you need a computer to use please stop by the office and we will get you set up.
Go to the following website and complete this today if you haven't:
State Fair Lamb & Meat Goat ExhibitorsAll Lamb and Meat Goat Wether exhibitors planning to show at the IL State Fair MUST have their wethers tattooed at a designated location. The closest location will be at Coles Co. Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:00 PM. Please call if this location or date will not be convenient for you and we can give you another location across the state.
The following rules apply:
Both Premiere & Live Show Lamb Wethers must be lamed on or after January 1, 2017 and must be weighed, tattooed, and tagged before May 15, 2017
Meat Goat Wethers must be born on or after October 1, 2016, weighted, tat-tooed, and tagged before May 15, 2017 and registered in the name of the exhibitor ONLY. Ownership dates for kids and yearlings not in milk is May 15, 2017
Horse Ownership/Lease Papers Due May 1stAny horse and/or pony showing at the 2017 4-H Fair must have a current Owner-ship/Lease paper on file along with 2 photos of your animal, one left side and one right side. Deadline is May 1, 2017. Ownership/Lease papers have been mailed to all horse project members or are available online and at the Extension Office. This is also a requirement for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair.
Raymond Evans Most Improved Award4-H Members showing horses at the 4-H Horse Show are eligible. Members are required to complete a paragraph about their 4-H experience, skills and knowledge learned about horses. The award will be presented at the conclusion of the Horse Show on Friday, July 21. Jean Rains is the sponsor of this award. Please return forms to the office by Friday, July 14. Forms will be posted to our website in May.
IL State Fair ExhibitorsALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2017 ISF are responsible for sending their own entry forms before the deadlines to the ISF! When it becomes available, the website for the forms is https://www.agr.state.il.us.isf/premium . State Fair Livestock entries along with your required fees must be postmarked by July 1st, to the IL State Fair. They must be signed by April before sending to ISF.
Start thinking about 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 re-searched 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!
Fair EntriesOur office is busy working on getting the 4-H Show set up in our computer system so that we can send out fair entries to you in Mid-May. We do ask that you look over these and quickly return them to our office by June 15th. This will be the dead line to turn in your entries. We will not accept late entries for the fair. Make sure to look over your fair book as soon as you get it so you have an idea what you will be taking. If you have questions please call into the office and ask or feel free to contact your superintendent for more clarification.
4-H Attendance Policy
4-H'ers must attend THREE Club Meetings, and attend ONE County Event to show at the county fair. College students must attend on club meeting and one county event.
Jr. Leaders' Earth Day Movie Thank YouA HUGE THANK YOU to the Eagle Theater for letting us come spend our Saturday Morning with you for the Earth Day Movie Sponsored by the Crawford County 4-H Jr. Leaders.
June 1 is state horse show ownership deadlineExtension offices MUST send in State Fair Junior Horse entries (and other required paper-work) no later than June 1. Late entries will not be accepted. In order for a 4-H or FFA member to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show, ownership and/or lease pa-perwork must be placed on file at the local University of Illinois Extension office or with their Vocational Agriculture teacher by June 1. In addition to the ownership/lease papers, two photos, one of each side of the animals will be mandatory for all horse and ponies, grade and registered animals.
We strongly encourage members, if they own or lease more than one horse, to file paper-work on ALL potential exhibit horses by the June 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 June 1 deadline. A horse may only be owned or leased to, and exhibited by ONE 4-H or FFA member at the State Fair Junior Horse Show.
Zion Country KidsZion Country Kids recently did a community service project of wrapping silverware for our local soup kitchen. Without you guys, a lot of community service in Crawford County wouldn't happen! Thank you to ALL the clubs for being so great at helping out our community!!!
Oblong Robotics ClubThe Oblong Robotics Club recently had a program called the Makers Literacy Program come to their class. This was a 2 day program led by Ronald Duncan. If you have a chance to talk to any of these kids about their experiences, do so! It was very cool!!
Flash Flood Safety TipsMore people lose their LIVES in floods than in any other weather-related event.
80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake - try-ing to navigate through flood waters.
Some floods can take several hours or even days to develop, but a flash flood can hit in a matter of a few minutes, typically occurs in low-lying areas and is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms.
In hilly terrain, flash floods can strike with little or no advance warning. Distant rain may be chan-neled into gullies and ravines, turning a quiet stream into a rampaging torrent in minutes.
Drivers should not be lulled into a sense of false security just because they are in a vehicle when flooding occurs.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people driving through flooded areas. Water only a foot deep can displace a 1500 lb. vehicle! 24" of water can easily carry most automobiles! Roads concealed by water may not be intact.
When water is running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.
If you're in a vehicle during a flash flood or water is rising around it, all occupants should get out immediately and go to higher ground. Just six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and slide; 12 inches will float many vehicles.
Don't sit in the vehicle and let it fill up with water. Stay calm and unbuckle your seat belt. Open the door to get out as long as water is below the bottom of the door.
If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember it's better to be wet than dead!
If water is higher than the bottom of the door, don't open the door because it will let in water. Power windows don't stop working immediately, so you should be able to roll your window down and get out that way.
Do not touch, brush against or try to remove a live wire on our vehicle while exiting.
Try to keep your cell phone dry and operational, so you can call 911 after escaping to higher ground OR the roof of the vehicle.
Do not allow children to play around streams, drainage ditches or viaducts, storm drains, or other flooded areas!
Be especially cautious at night. It's harder to recognize water danger then.
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!