Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dates to Remember:
- Are you READY for FAIR?
- Jr. Leader Meetings
- Jr. Leader Unit Trip and Holiday World
- Please Join us for the 4-H Family Pool Party
- Shooting Sports Update
- Need Fair Entry Help?
- Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
- Illinois needs your help
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours
- 4-H Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
- Keep these Dates marked on your calendars
- Your day at the Illinois State Fair
- 4-H Horse Camp
- QAEC Deadlilne
- Fair Entries
- Raymond Evans Most Improved Award
- Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
- Conference Judging Information
- Is it your first year for fair and you don’t know what to do?
- Attention Cloverbuds
- Honoring those who lead
- Foundation Scholarship Winners . . .
- Cooking School
Dates to Remember:
· June 3– Horse Camp, Crawford County Fairgrounds
· July 6– Jr Leaders trip to St. Louis
· June 12 4-H Night at Martinsville Ag Fair
· June 14– Visual Arts Workshop
· June 15 - DEADLINE for FAIR ENTRIES
· June 20-Youth Committee Meeting
· June 21 - Cooking School, Outer West Market Church
· June 25– 4-H Swim Party, Robinson City Pool 7-9 pm
· June 30– Last day to sign state fair papers
· July 4-Office Closed in Observance of Independence Day
Are you READY for FAIR?
Where have the months gone? June is here and July is fast approaching. The main question on my mind is: ARE YOU READY FOR FAIR? If you are unsure of your answer, see if you can check all of these off of your ready for fair list:
____ Do you have your project book and have you looked it over?
____ Do you have your Fair Handbook and know the requirements for your project?
____ Do you have your project complete and ready for judging?
____ You have filled out fair entries on the Fairentry website
____ If you are in horses have you turned in your ownership/lease papers at the beginning of May?
____ If it's your first year in Livestock have you completed the QAEC online?
____ You have checked that you are enrolled in every project you signed up for in February?
____ You have attended 3 club meetings and 1 county event?
If you can check all of these off your list then you are in excellent shape and are ready for fair. If you can't you need to start working on it because fair will be here before you know it. If you feel like you are unsure about what you need to bring to fair or you need help on your project, please call the office I would be glad to help you. If anyone needs help with a project, please set up a time with me and I would be happy to help! This is not just for new members and I encourage you to come in, if you have questions about your project.
Also, Swine exhibitors, remember that the state no longer requires blood work on Illinois swine, BUT you must have health papers to exhibit at fair!
4-H Program Coordinator
Jr. Leader Meetings
The Jr Leaders held their last official meeting for the 2016-2017 4-H year. We held a meeting on May 9, 2017 at the Extension Office.
We talked about our Jr. Leaders trip to St. Louis as well as our Holiday World Trip. The Jr Leaders and our Summer Helper, Carley will be taking charge of the Barnyard Olympics at fair this year, and we are also sponsoring the 4-H family swimming party on June 25 from 7-9 pm! Lots going on. Thank a Jr Leader for all the hard work they do in Crawford County!!!
Jr. Leader Unit Trip and Holiday World
Clark, Crawford, and Edgar counties Jr Leaders/Federation will be heading to St. Louis on Tuesday June 6 . We will be taking 11 Jr. Leaders WHOO HOO!. The Jr Leaders will also be taking a trip to Holiday World on Saturday July 1. The cost will be $15 for Jr Leaders, but we are making this a family trip, so families may attend at $34.99 a ticket! I need to know and have money by June 26th. . The trip will BEGIN at Holiday World. (Call April with questions.) Must have attended at LEAST 1 meeting.
Please Join us for the 4-H Family Pool Party
Who: All 4-H Members (Cloverbuds too) and their families
When: Sunday June 25 7-9 pm
Where: Robinson City Pool
Cost: FREE (Thanks Jr Leaders)
Shooting Sports Update
Our spring sessions have ended and we look forward to seeing more of you joining our Shooting Sport disciplines in the fall . Please keep watching our weekly Eblast for information on summer archery shoots.
Fair entries have been sent out and we always have some great representation for our Shooting Sports in our general projects building. Our hope here in the office is to see more projects from the Crawford County 4-H Shooting Sports members. If you have questions on how to do a project, please call into the office.
Need Fair Entry Help?
Are you needing help filling out your fair entries? Or you don't know what to take to the fair? April will be available to help you get ready for fair. Project questions? No problem, call the office and set a time up with April to meet that day and get you on the right page!
Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
If your future plans bring you to University of Illinois, consider joining a new Collegiate 4-H Club on campus. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in Bevier Commons. The group encourages all those who want to continue serving others and gain leadership along the way to join. For information, contact President Maggi Maxstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois needs your help
We hope you've registered on the National 4-H Raise Your Hand website! Thanks… now, it's time for you to ask all your friends to register as well. Think of all the fun you'll have searching out your former club members. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. The contest ends June 30, so do it today.
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.
4-H Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
Congratulations to the Prairie Pals 4-H Club for having an awesome amount of points and a pizza party for the Scavenger Hunt for the Food Pantry. Keep up the good work in our community service.
Keep these Dates marked on your calendars
June 3– Horse Camp– CC Fairgrounds 9-11
June 14-Visual Arts Workshop
June 15th fair entries due to office
June 21 - Cooking School
June 25– 4-H Family Swim Party
July 17- Fair Clean-up
July 20-27- Crawford County Fair
August 11 - Crawford County Day at State Fair
Your day at the Illinois State Fair
If you are selected as our county's representative at the state fair, here's what you need to know:
The county office will mail you more information after our local show, as well as an exhibit tag for your project. Remove all the tags and ribbons from our local show.
Our county exhibits on Friday August 11, 2017
4-H members should plan to arrive in Springfield at the fairgrounds between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Traffic can be very busy, so give yourself plenty of time. We know that delays happen, so if you get stuck in traffic, don't worry. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals.
Once on the fairgrounds, make your way the far west side of the fairgrounds…. At the Orr Building.
4-H members should drop their projects off at the table for their project area between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Then, check the master schedule to see what time YOUR conference judging begins. Everyone will have at least a 10-minute judging time to discuss your project with a judge. Return to your judging area about 10 minutes before your scheduled time. Your project will remain on display until 3:30 that day. Be sure to come back and pick it up before 4:30 closing time.
If you are registered in Fashion Revue, you don't need to arrive until 12:30 p.m. Be dressed and stage-ready by 1:30. The fashion review begins at 2 p.m.
Come back for the 4-H Clover Celebration at 3 p.m.
No projects may be removed from the judging area until 3:30 p.m. It's the rule, so follow it! If you need to leave early, please arrange with someone else from your county to pick up your project. Be sure to give them your claim ticket.
There will be lots of other fun things to do in the Orr Building.
4-H Horse Camp
When: Saturday, June 3 and July 8
Where: Oblong Fairgrounds Horse Arena
What Time: 9-11a.m.
You do not have to be signed up in a horse project to attend this camp. If you have a love for horses and want to learn more about them, check out this camp. We will also provide riding helmets for members. If you have any questions please contact our horse superintendent Lauren Gullett.
THE DEADLINE IS JUNE 1ST! Please see the list below of the members who have not completed the QAEC. If you have not completed QAEC by June 1st then you will be removed from your livestock projects and will not be able to show at fair. Remember, this year if you are enrolled in the dog or Cat project (Dog or Cat Show OR Exhibit) you will need to complete the QAEC.
Lilly Ann Holcomb
Please remember you WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF YOUR LIVESTOCK PROJECT IF NOT COMPLETED BY JUNE 1!
Fair entry instructions have been sent to your homes along with exhibitor forms/pen assignment. PLEASE FILL THEM OUT AND RETURN BEFORE JUNE, 15. Also please do the online registration for your classes before JUNE 15 as well. By filling out these forms it also allows our office to plan for how many judges will be needed.
Remember this year we have increased the amount of classes you can take in the following categories: Cooking 101-401, Child Development, Sewing and Textiles, Electricity, Floriculture, Health 3, Horticulture, Interior Design, Small Engines, and Theater Arts . For example, if you are enrolled in Cooking 101 you can enter in each of the following classes; coffee cake, cookies, and cereal marshmallow bar. Again this year will be a Tractor and Garden Tractor Driving Contest included in fair events.
Also please register for any showmanship classes you plan on participating in. If you have any questions about your fair entries please call the office and we will be happy to help you.
Raymond Evans Most Improved Award
4-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 Tuesday, July 11 Forms will be posted to our website and available in the office.
Illinois State Fair Exhibitors
ALL Jr. Livestock Exhibitors to the 2017 ISF are responsible for sending their own entry forms to the ISF before the deadlines! The website for the forms is http://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.
· Horse entry forms along with your required fees must be postmarked by June 1st to the IL State Fair. (along with registration papers for horses that are registered).
· They must be signed by the county 4-H office this year. Our last day to sign will be June 30th.
No late entries will be accepted by the State Fair!
Remember, any 4-H'er can exhibit at State Fair this year.
Conference Judging Information
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 of work to help our 4-H'ers. Please be courteous and thank them for their support. Show them that 4-H builds character and courtesy. Thanks!
Is it your first year for fair and you don’t know what to do?
Give April a call! She will be more than happy to sit down with you and explain the process! You and your parents can ask any question you might have about fair and she will answer them to the best of her knowledge.
All Cloverbuds (5-7 years of age) may show their project at the fair. They may show their project(s) on the evening of Thursday, July 20, but will not be in competition with the other member's projects. All Cloverbuds showing a project at the fair will receive a participation ribbon, but will not be eligible for premium checks. You are still required to fill out the fair entry on www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/875
Honoring those who lead
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Activities begin at 4:30 at the completion of the day's judging.
Foundation Scholarship Winners . . .
Mary Ann Catt, Jacob Fritchie, Savanna Wells and Kassandra Wells
Congratulations to our scholarship winners and our recent High School graduates. We wish you good luck in your future plans.
Cooking SchoolJoin us for Cooking School on Wednesday, June 21 at the Outer West Market Church of Christ, 805 W. Market St., Palestine.
The school will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Children in 4th grade or older are invited. Please register at this website or call the Extension Office at 618-546-1549 by June 14.