Edgar County Green Pride Press
In This Issue
- SAVE THE DATE!
- NEW MEMBER PARTY
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- DOG OBEDIENCE MEETING
- NEW MEMBER ENROLLMENT - PROJECT ADD/DROP
- 4-H ATTENDANCE POLICY REMINDER
- NATIONAL 4-H DAY OF SERVICE
- NEW 4-H FEDERATION OFFICERS
- CHANGES FOR STATE FAIR
- 4-H DAY WITH THE CARDINALS
- ILLINI SUMMER ADACEMIES
- HORSE OWNERSHIP INFORMATION
- ONLINE ETHICS REQUIRED
- LIVESTOCK OWNERSHIP DATES
- ISF LAMB & GOAT TATTOO & WEIGH-IN
- STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY REMINDERS
- THANK YOU LIVESTOCK SUPERINTENDENTS
- EDGAR COUNTY 4-H FAIR HANDBOOK
SAVE THE DATE!
SAVE THE DATE!
The 2018 4-H Fair will be held on July 20—25, 2018 at the Edgar County 4-H Fairgrounds in Paris.
Our general project exhibit day at the State Fair will be Monday, August 13, 2018.
Be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar!
NEW MEMBER PARTY
Welcome New Members!
You are invited to come to the...
New Member Party
Thursday, March 29
7 to 8 PM
New members and parents, please join us for some 4-H FUN!! Parents, this is your chance to have all of your 4-H questions answered at the special Q & A session just for you. 4-H Fair Handbooks will be handed out and discussed at this meeting while members will enjoy some good 4-H activities. See you there!
Our county is part of a 3-county unit which includes Crawford, Clark and Edgar counties. 4-H'ers are welcome to attend events in any county within the unit with permission from the sponsoring county.
March 1 Illini Summer Academies Registration opens! (see more info. on pg. 4)
March 10 Ft. Sumpter Bake Sale and Hot Dog Day @ Rural King in Paris, 10 am—2 pm
March 27 Federation Trip to ESCAPE Terre Haute
March 29 NEW MEMBER PARTY! 7 pm at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Parents encouraged to attend with their 4-H'er.
April 1 New members!! Enrollment deadline—enroll online @
NOTE: ALL 4-H MEMEMBERS MUST BE ENROLLED IN 4-H BY THIS DATE (April 1) TO BE ELIGIBLE TO S HOW AT THE FAIRApril 1 Project ADD/DROP (make changes in your family profile @ 4H Online)
April 24 DOG Obedience meeting, 6 PM at 4-H Fairgrounds
May 5 Lamb & Goat Tattoo/Weigh-In, Coles Co. Fairgrounds, 10:30 AM-Noon
May 19 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, 6:15 game time
June 1 QAEC completion DEADLINE for first time animal project exhibitors
July 1 ISF Livestock entries postmark deadline. NOTE: Must be signed in
Extension office before mailing.
June 24-28 Illini Summer Academies—registration opens March 1
June 21 4-H BBQ Bash, 5 PM at the fairgrounds
June 23 4-H BBQJuly 20-25 Edgar County 4-H Fai
August 13 Edgar County day to exhibit general projects at State Fair
August 9-19 Illinois State Fair
DOG OBEDIENCE MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
6 PM at 4-H Fairgrounds
Lisa Foster, Dog Obedience Club leader and Dog Show Superintendent, will lead these classes which begin on Saturdays in May. All classes will be held at the 4-H fairgrounds and are a requirement to show at fair. If you are not enrolled in the Dog project you are welcome and encouraged to attend to get more information about this fun 4-H project! All members who are enrolled in the Dog project will receive information in the mail. Questions? Call the Ext. Office @465-8585.
NEW MEMBER ENROLLMENT - PROJECT ADD/DROP
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS
Fair Eligibility Deadline is April 1. You must be enrolled by this date to show at the 2018 4-H Fair!
After April 1 and until May 1 contact the office to add/drop projects. NO projects will be added after May 1.
4-H ATTENDANCE POLICY REMINDER
Remember our Edgar County 4-H Attendance policy!!
Youth that re-enroll in a 4-H Club must attend 3 club meetings (college members must attend one meeting). New members must attend 2 club meetings. This requirement is to be able to show at the fair. ALL members are expected to participate in either the BBQ Bash or 4-H BBQ. If you have any questions regarding the attendance policy talk with your club leaders.
NATIONAL 4-H DAY OF SERVICE
Step up on National 4-H Day of Service
4-H members do service better than anyone else! Join us for National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28. If you are busy April 28, plan your service project for any time during April! 4-H members and clubs are encouraged to help their community in any of these 10 areas:
College & Career Readiness
Food Access & Gardening
Health & Nutrition
STEM & Robotics
The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. 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.
Register & Enter Your Results for a chance to appear in the Illinois 4-H Clover!
· Go to https://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/ and register your event with National 4-H Council.
· Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice and find helpful resources.
· Do your event and promote on social media using #thats4H and #TrueLeaders. Tag @illinois4H for a chance at fun prizes for your club!
· Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice after your event and submit a report on what you did.
NEW 4-H FEDERATION OFFICERS
2017-2018 Federation Officers
Federation members will be taking a trip to ESCAPE Terre Haute on March 27. (date is subject to change)
CHANGES FOR STATE FAIR
Exciting Changes for Illinois State Fair 2018!
· Volunteers will be celebrated all day long with a special gift.
· 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 in Decatur.
· 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 on Tuesday, Aug 14 in the Orr Building prior to the Sale of Champions festivities.
4-H DAY WITH THE CARDINALS
17th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
Illinois and Missouri 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 17th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals. The Cardinals will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game will be $25.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front.
4-H members, leaders, alumni, and their families who purchase 4-H Day with the Cardinals tickets will have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield. Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. As an added bonus the Cardinals give-away item for the game is a replica 1968 National League Championship ring. The first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive this one-of-a-kind item.
Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Cardinals order form. Ticket order forms are available at the Extension office or on our website at web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 9, 2018. Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline so families are encouraged to order early. 4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to sit together must send their orders in the same envelope.
Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle to win prizes such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to other Cardinal baseball games. Funds raised through the raffle support Illinois and Missouri 4-H programs. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle is on the ticket order form. 4-H Day with the Cardinals has raised $77,000.00 to support Illinois and Missouri 4-H and Extension programming.
ILLINI SUMMER ADACEMIES
The best just got better! Many new Academies are scheduled
Registration is open 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!
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.
Returning Academies include 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.
The conference is Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 and is open to ALL YOUTH who have completed 8th grade and are at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2018. Check it out @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
If you are paying your entire registration fee, register now @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H.
If you are requesting a Trailblazer scholarship from the Illinois 4-H Foundation, apply @ go.illinois.edu/illini4Hscholarship. Check the website to see if you qualify.
Our Edgar Co. 4-H Federation will provide assistance to any active 4-H member to attend Illini Summer Academies! Contact the Extension office for more information.
Sponsors which cover part of the cost of Illini Summer Academies include Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, Growmark, Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, H. Richard and Sarah McFarland Endowment for Youth Leadership, DuPont/Pioneer, Illinois 4-H Foundation, and the Human Development and Family Studies Department.
HORSE OWNERSHIP INFORMATION
HORSE OWNERSHIP AND LEASE PAPERS for State Fair entries required.
DEADLINE: MAY 1.
If you plan to participate in the Illinois State Jr. Horse Show you must turn in this paperwork to our office and we will forward it on to the state entry office for you. Any horse, pony, mule, or donkey showing at the 2018 IL State 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 or in the Extension Office. This is not a requirement for our county fair, but IS required for those planning to show at the Illinois State Fair. Also, all state fair entries must be signed by the Extension Office before they are mailed. You are responsible for sending in your ISF registration. Deadline for postmark is June 1.
ONLINE ETHICS REQUIRED
Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects—DEADLINE IS JUNE 1
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area.
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 show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show at fair. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. Members must complete this training before June 1. 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.
LIVESTOCK OWNERSHIP DATESLivestock Ownership Dates
Animals must be in the possession of the 4-H'er by these dates! (all dates are current 4-H year)
Breeding calf & heifer - JUNE 1
Cows - JANUARY 1
Market - FEBRUARY 1
Calf & heifer - JUNE 1
Cows - JANUARY 1
Not in milk - JUNE 1
In milk - JANUARY 1
Market - JUNE 1
Breeding - MAY 15
PYGMY GOATS - JUNE 1
POULTRY - JUNE 1
RABBITS - JUNE 1
Breeding - MAY 1
Market - MAY 1
Breeding - JUNE 1
Market - JUNE 1
HORSE & PONY - APRIL 1
DOG - OWNED/LEASED BY JUNE 1
ISF LAMB & GOAT TATTOO & WEIGH-IN
2018 Illinois State Fair – Lamb and Goat Tattoo & Weigh-in
All Lamb and Goat exhibitors planning to show at the IL State Fair MUST have their wethers tattooed and electronically tagged at a designated location. The closest location will be theCOLES COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, CHARLESTON on MAY 5, 10:30-NOON. CONTACT Jenny Lee at 217-493-5005 for more information. Contact number day of event is 217-493-5005. Tattoo/Weigh-in WILL NOT be conducted in Edgar County. Please contact our office if this location and date is not convenient for you and we can give you the information for another location/date from across the state.
STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK ENTRY REMINDERS
REMEMBER! ISF Livestock Entries
ALL State Fair Livestock Entries MUST be signed by County Extension Offices before exhibitors send them into the State Fair Entry office. Entries must be postmarked by JULY 1 with the exception of Horse is June 1 and Dog is August 1. PLEASE BE SURE to have Cheryl or Rebecca sign your entry forms in plenty of time for you to mail them in. Our office will not mail in the entry forms for you. NOTE: You will need to write a separate check for Jr. Show and Open Show entries. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 465-8585.
LIVESTOCK OWNERSHIP FOR Illinois State Fair JR SHOW
Registration papers (pedigrees) will be required in all purebred classes. Registration papers must show ownership of the animals in the name of the exhibitor or ownership by immediate family members, including the exhibitor, for the period required in the 4-H projects. Certificates from breed association reps will not be accepted in lieu of registration papers. The entry form must still be in the exhibitor's name.
FOR ISF SWINE
Premises Identification numbers will be required for all Jr. Dept. Barrow entries to the
Illinois State Fair
THANK YOU LIVESTOCK SUPERINTENDENTS
THANK YOU EDGAR COUNTY 4-H
We want to thank all of the superintendents who volunteer their time and share their knowledge with our 4-H members.
Beef– Lee Ormiston
Poultry– Adam Marrs
Goats– Steve Terrell
Rabbit– Christina Waltz
Horse– Paula Padgett
Sheep– Linda Murphy and
Swine– Tom & Karen
EDGAR COUNTY 4-H FAIR HANDBOOK
2018 Edgar County 4-H Fair Handbook
The 2018 4-H Fair will be here before we know it! Part of that process is evaluating the various project areas and making changes as necessary. We are working on the final updates to our fair handbook and it will be posted on our website by MARCH 15. Each new member family will receive a 3-ring binder handbook for your entire 4-H career. It is YOUR responsibility to check the rules for each project area and to make the appropriate changes to your family's handbook each year. If you have any questions about a project area, please give us a call in the office at 465-8585 or stop by and see us!