Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- 2017 Show Book Release
- Other SPIN Club Opportunities
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Help Illinois win $20,000
- Federation News
- Cat Superintendent Needed
- Free Baby Chicks
- Miniature Pony Available
- Shooting Sports Opportunities
- Finding 2017 4-H Show Information on the Website
- Visual Arts Manuals Needed
- Club News: Pekin Saintly Dragons
- Club News: Morton Helping Hands
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- Are you up on 4-H News?
- Test your skills at state livestock judging contest
- Animal Project 4-H Policy
- Pork Quality Assurance Training
- Livestock Judging Opportunities
- Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
- 4-H Food Stand Sign Up
- Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell County 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
- Congratulations to Lily King!!
- FilmFest 4-H puts YOU in the spotlight
- 4-H Spirit Display
- Win $1,000!
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
- STEM Activities for Youth & Educators
- Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois—Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Team
- Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
- Open your home to International Visitors
- Travel the World as an International Chaperone
- Teen Leaders—We’re Looking for YOU!
- We’re back to the Orr Building
- Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
- State Fair Age change means All 4-H Members are Eligible
- Do your part to help at the Illinois State Fair
- Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours—Equine Headgear
- Quiltchat: The NEW Quilting SPIN Club
Dear 4-H Families,
Since the start of May, I have been visiting 4-H Clubs to conduct a state-wide survey, and Tazewell 4-H, you do not disappoint! I have sat through some fantastic meetings and activities. But the one thing that stands out to me the most are the talks and demonstrations.
You, as 4-Hers, are doing an amazing job of presenting in front of your peers, which is not an easy feat. I have witnessed two live animal talks, Sea Brisket, the rooster and Mumford, the Great Pyrenees. I have seen several food demonstrations, a couple outdoor/nature talks, and many others. You should be so proud of yourself! I know I am.
If your talks and demonstrations are any sign of what we will see at the 4-H Show, then we are all in for a treat!
2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
June 15—Fair Registrations DUE
July 11—Clothing Judging, 5-7 p.m., Extension Office
July 29—Fair Set Up, Mineral Springs Park
July 31-August 2—Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair
August 10—Tazewell's Day at the Illinois State Fair
2017 Show Book Release
The new 4-H Show Book is printed and available! If you have not already received it, your leaders will have it for you at your next 4-H meeting.
Please note a few important things:
The 2017 Show Book is bright GREEN. Throw away or recycle your old PURPLE one!
Enjoy the photos and quotes throughout the book.
There are important pages in the front and back of the book.
Each department has Superintendents listed and they are available to answer questions about classes in that department.
Highlights of the major changes to this year's book can be found online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/64031.pdf.
The Show Book is also available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/63923.pdf.
Registration can be done two ways this year; online or on paper. The online instructions are located at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/70313.pdf. Feel free to utilize whichever method you feel comfortable with.
The paper version is no longer on a triplicate form. Be sure to make a copy for yourself before submitting the form to your leader or the Extension Office.
Additional registration forms are available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/69425.pdf.
Other SPIN Club Opportunities
If anyone is interested in SPIN Clubs in Fulton, Mason and/or Peoria County, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
Tazewell 4-H Events
20—Quilting SPIN Club begins, 1 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
20—Federation Mtg., 6 p.m., Kiersten Rodman's House
29—Memorial Day, Extension Office closed
1—Tri-County Rocketeers Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
5—Horse Clinics begin, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
8—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
10—Photography Workshop, 9 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
12—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
15—Tazewell 4-H Show Registration DEADLINE
4—Independence Day, Extension Office closed
6—Tri-County Rocketeers Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
10—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
11—Clothing & Textiles Judging, 5-7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
13—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
Mid July—Poultry Pullorum Testing
18—Horse Committee Mtg., 6 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
20—Pre-Show Superintendent's Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
29—4-H Show Set Up, 8 a.m., Fairgrounds, Pekin
Help Illinois win $20,000
We need every 4-H alum to raise their virtual hand and be counted by National 4-H Council. It's easy to do. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. You'll even have a chance to donate $10 if you want to help Illinois 4-H. That's up to you. 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, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Watch our social media channels for the BIG PUSH to raise all the hands of Illinois Alum!
Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Kiersten Rodman's House for Bonfire & Outside Activities
Members are asked to bring a dish to share, lawn chairs and a friend. Federation will provide the meat and drinks. Please RSVP to the Extension Office by Thursday, May 18.
Cat Superintendent Needed
We are in need of a Cat Superintendent for the 2017 4-H Show! Please let Katharine know if you are interested or know someone who is.
Free Baby Chicks
Each year, we offer the Embryology in the Classroom program to Tazewell County teachers. We also hatch some in the Tazewell Extension Office. We will be looking for good homes for these chicks plus any chicks that the teachers return to us.
If you are interested and have proper housing for chickens, we would love to give them to you. The last round of chicks will be available Friday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Please contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office to "order" some of the free chicks.
The breed we are hatching this year are White Leghorn. This breed is very athletic, hardy, non-sitters and lay very nice large white eggs. They produce more eggs on less feed than most chickens.
Miniature Pony Available
2 year old gelding
Half-way halter broke
White and brown
Approximately 42" tall
Call Dennis Whitley at 309-267-6028 if interested.
Shooting Sports Opportunities
If anyone is interested in upcoming Shooting Sports events all across Illinois, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
Finding 2017 4-H Show Information on the Website
We realize it can be difficult to track down all the documents we send you for the 4-H Show season. There have been some ongoing changes to our website, so we wanted to share with you the most direct way to find fair links. When you are on the home page (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/), under the "Explore Local Programs" section in the upper right-hand corner, you will need to select "4-H in Tazewell County". This will take you to page that looks like the one above. In the lower half of the list, you will see the "4-H Show & Jr. Fair" tab. This will take you directly to all our 4-H Show and Jr. Fair documents currently uploaded.
We hope this brief tutorial helps eliminate some of the headache that comes from maneuvering our website.
Visual Arts Manuals Needed
Due to a backorder, we are in need of any extra Visual Arts Members' Manuals. These are the tan books with the purple writing that read, "Illinois 4-H Arts". Please bring them by the Tazewell Extension Office.
Club News: Pekin Saintly Dragons
On April 22 the Pekin Saintly Dragons and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from Tazewell County gathered at Pekin City Hall to make the National Wildlife Federation Mayor's Pledge Project a reality.
The Master Gardeners are leading this project that will benefit the community and the environment. In addition to beautifying Pekin City Hall, the Master Gardeners planned the garden to attract pollinators. The plants are intended for monarch butterflies to thrive in the area and be able to sustain their migration, and to provide plants with nectar to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to Pekin.
The 4-H Club helped clean up debris and weeds from the flower beds, while the adults helped bring in large amounts of compost donated by the Pekin Park District for the beds.
The youth worked alongside the Master Gardeners to determine suitable placements within the beds for the plants, with consideration of the height and need for sun. The Master Gardeners also taught the kids the correct way to plant the flowers.
"We had a great time," explained Pekin Saintly Dragons 4-H Club leader Ginnette Soupos. "We would like to give a big shout out to the awesome and patient Master Gardeners. The club plans to visit mid-summer to check on the flower beds and look for larvae and caterpillars to see if monarch butterflies are visiting City Hall."
Club News: Morton Helping Hands
At their April meeting, the Morton Helping Hands took part in a community service project. Each member brought in items from a list, ranging from candy and snacks to outdoor toys and coloring books. The members worked in pairs to assemble 16 Easter baskets to be distributed to children at Guardian Angel House in Morton. The baskets were wrapped up for delivery, and each group worked together to make handmade cards to attach to each Easter basket. It was a fun and interactive project that made a difference to others in their community.
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
Once a 4-H member, always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Click over to go.illinois.edu/4Halumni.
Are you up on 4-H News?
We're trying to make sure that our 4-H members, leaders, and families have easy access to 4-H news and updates. To do that, we need your help! Please fill out a short survey to let us know the best ways to communicate important 4-H information. It should only take about 5 minutes – and there are different surveys for youth and for adults. Visit the links below to take the survey, or complete and return the attached paper surveys. Thanks for making the best better!
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista
Pekin, IL 61554
Test your skills at state livestock judging contest
The Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held Monday, June 19 at the Stock Pavilion in Urbana (1402 West Pennsylvania Ave.) beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. All participants must be checked in by 9:30 a.m. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. Each county may enter a total of three teams, with no more than two junior teams or two senior teams. There is limited Street parking in front of the Stock Pavilion and it is all metered parking so if you wish to park close, please bring quarters!
Get all the rules and details online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock. Counties may enter a total of three 4-member teams and unlimited number of individuals in the junior and senior contests. (The teams may be either two junior and one senior or two senior and one junior teams.) The top three scores of a team will be combined for the final team score.
There will be three classes of beef, three classes of swine and two classes of sheep. There may also be a class of meat goats substituted for one class of the other species. There will also be a class of 15 questions (5 from a beef class, 5 from a swine class and 5 from a sheep class).
Animal Project 4-H Policy
All 4-H members enrolled in ANY livestock project, including dogs and cats, are required to complete the Quality Assurance and Ethics (QAE) training to remain "active" in that project. An "active" status is needed to be eligible to register to exhibit at the county fair and the Illinois State Fair. This rule applies to 4-H members who plan to exhibit live animals AND/OR poster exhibits.
QAE training is only required to be done once during your entire 4-H career. If you have completed it in the past, you should be good to go.
If you have never done the online training, you will go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/, register and complete the required section. I highly recommend that you save your QAE code and certificate in a safe place.
I also recommend you go through ALL of the species in which you think you may ever enroll in the future. Your status does not change to "Completed" until you have done all of the general sections and any applicable specie sections.
If you need any help completing the QAE training, or need to double check your status (you will need to know what year you think you completed the training), contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office.
Pork Quality Assurance Training
Every youth exhibiting a swine project is required to complete the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training. The PQA certification must be renewed on an ANNUAL basis. This year we will not be scheduling a class for this certification. Members must now take the class online at http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/.
If this is the first time taking PQA, you will need to set up an account. Youth ages 8-12 must have a parent register for them.
If you need any help completing the PQA certification, please contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office.
Livestock Judging Opportunities
If anyone is interested in upcoming livestock judging events all across Illinois, please contact Katharine at the Extension Office.
Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
May 20—CIRT Benefit Horse Show, HOI Arena, Peoria, 8 a.m.
June 17—Sporting Clay Shoot, Oak Ridge Sportsman Club, Mackinaw, 8 a.m. registration
For more information, contact Jenna Walker at email@example.com or (309) 699-3710.
4-H Food Stand Sign Up
The schedule is starting to fill up for the various food stands at the 4-H Show. All of the 4-H clubs are invited to work one or more shifts in one or more of the food stands: Lunch Stand, Lemonade Shake Up Stand, Sweet Shop (livestock arena).
Most shifts are in 3 hour increments.
The Lunch Stand and Lemonade Shake Up Stand are situated so that clubs can sign up to work both areas and have some members and volunteers at each stand.
The schedule will be updated weekly on the website.
Call or email Katharine at the Extension Office to sign up for a time slot… or two.
Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell County 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
We are always looking for volunteers from ages 12 to 99. From trotters to judging assistants to building supervisors to food stand workers and photographers, we have something for everyone to do! If you are interested, please contact Katharine at 309-347-6614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer registration is now open and can be found at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16482.
Congratulations to Lily King!!
Lily King, of the Morton Helping Hands 4-H Club, competed with the Logan County Horse Bowl Team at the State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest on April 30 on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. Lily's team placed third, and she individually placed ninth! Just the day before, Lily competed in the State 4-H Hippology Contest on campus, and earned second place in the Junior bracket. Awesome job, Lily! We are so proud of you!
FilmFest 4-H puts YOU in the spotlight
FilmFest 4-H gives 4-H members across the nation a chance to express their creativity, showcase their filmmaking skills, and nurture that spark inside that drives them to make the imaginary real. This year's showcase will be July 23-26 in Kansas City, Mo.
FilmFest is a national film festival for youth who are filmmakers, visual artists, aspiring actors, and others interested in meeting creative people. FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. Check it out @ http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/.
4-H Spirit Display
All Tazewell County 4-H Clubs are invited to create a 4-H Spirit Display at the fair. The goals of the display are to: Beautify the grounds, Promote 4-H, Opportunity for club members to work together on a creative project. Judges are looking for Creativity, Neatness, Eye Appeal, Use of Theme, Club Name and 4-H used in display.
2017 Theme—Building the Future!
Size—no larger than 5' x 5'
Include club name as part of display
Set Up—any time on Sat., July 29, after Fair set up or Monday, July 31
Judging—will take place on Tuesday, winner announced Tuesday night
Contact the Extension Office to choose your display location.
Clubs are responsible for bringing all supplies.
The U of I Extension, County Fair Board and Pekin Park District are not responsible for damaged or stolen items.
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H and FFA members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, and Horses as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth.
NEW IN 2017
Three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in horses and three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in dairy. A total of nine $1,000 scholarships will be provided in a combined contest for beef, sheep, and swine contestants.
Contest Dates: Horse will be July 19; Dairy will be Aug. 19; Combined Beef/Sheep/Swine will be Aug. 9.
The SYPA contest is open to any youth 14 years of age or older (on Jan. 1, 2017) who are current Illinois 4-H or FFA members who are enrolled in that project.
Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the Illinois State Fair in order to participate in the SYPA contest.
Entries are requested prior to the State Fair Junior Shows and available at the Illinois State Fair website.
A participant may receive only one scholarship throughout their career. Further, after receiving a scholarship in any of the specie award areas, the eligible 4-H and FFA member may participate in other specie award programs in following years but will be eligible to receive phase awards only.
In order to receive a scholarship, the 4-H or FFA member must pursue studies at an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college, university, certified post- secondary trade school, or advanced educational program.
Scholarship monies are paid directly by the Illinois 4-H Foundation to the institution where the student is enrolled.
High school seniors should check out the Taco Bell scholarship program. Tell your story in a 2-minute video. The scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. There are no essays, no test scores and no right or wrong answers. Taco Bell is looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers. Its foundation will award 1 million dollars to 100 young adults this year. Learn more @
Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
Saturday, June 10
University of Illinois Extension, Tazewell County Office, Pekin
Registration deadline—June 1
$10 registration fee per session for youth currently enrolled in a 4-H Club
$15 registration fee per session for youth not currently enrolled in a 4-H Club
Super Project Days are open to youth ages 8 to 18 along with an adult mentor of their choosing.
The Photography Workshop will include teaching and hands-on learning. Participants should bring their own photography equipment. Optional supplies include your camera's user manual and photography equipment for the mentor.
9 a.m. to Noon
Topics focused on:
We will be shooting in Auto mode for the morning session.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Topics focused on:
· Shutter Speed
· Aperture & depth of field
· Long exposure
We will be shooting in Manual mode for the afternoon session.
Photography Workshop Instructors: Scott Farquhar & Anita Wilkinson, 4-H photography judges and hobby photographers
STEM Activities for Youth & Educators
Be sure to check out all the upcoming STEM activities at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/69756.pdf.
Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois—Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Team
It is estimated one in five Illinois children, almost 745,300 children under the age of 18, face hunger and food insecurity on a recurring basis. To respond to this sad reality, Illinois 4-H is continuing to address this hunger challenge through the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities program.
Last year, with generous funding from Evelyn Brant Thomas, over 2,050 youth and adult volunteers provided 6,529 hours of service reaching 1,439 families with 2,315 pounds of fresh produce valued at over $4,860. In addition to gardening efforts, Illinois 4-H members partnered with Illini Fighting Hunger and packaged and distributed over 249,168 soy-rice casserole meals within communities where they were packaged. Additionally, over $11,375 was received by local counties to support 4-H's fight against hunger in Illinois communities.
Illinois 4-H club members are encouraged to accept the challenge of addressing hunger in their community. We want 4-H members, volunteers, families and whole communities to be part of the solution for alleviating hunger where you live.
Here are some ways you and your 4-H club may help:
Establish a 4-H Hunger Ambassador committee within your club to help fight hunger in your community.
Establish a community 4-H garden where members grow fresh vegetables to be given to local food pantries, soup kitchens or shelters serving individuals in need.
4-H members enrolled in vegetable gardening can Plant a Row for the Hungry and donate their extra produce to local food pantries, churches and other organizations serving families facing food insecurity.
Encourage other gardening enthusiasts to Plant a Row for the Hungry and pledge to donate their extra produce to local food pantries and organizations serving families in need.
Conduct a canned food drive to support a local food pantry.
Organize a group of 4-H Teen Hunger Ambassadors to learn about hunger in their community and develop a plan to contribute to it reducing the problem.
Organize a food-packaging event where volunteers assemble soy-rice casserole meals for distribution through food pantries within their county. Funding for these events would be available on a cost share basis.
Sponsor a booth in grocery or other retail stores heightening the awareness of hunger in the local community and collect non-perishable food donations to support local food pantries and soup kitchens and other meal sites.
Partner with local organizations by volunteering to serve at a summer lunch program where one or more 4-H clubs sponsors a day or a whole week.
Contact your local Extension Office for details how you can help fight hunger in your community. Grants are available to help fund your Feeding and Growing project.
Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
Tazewell County Horse Committee hosts 4-H Horse Clinics each year. Tazewell County 4-H members are welcome to attend the clinics. It is required that the youth be accompanied by an adult.
Everyone is welcome to bring their horse to the Livestock Arena at Mineral Springs Park, Pekin.
Clinics are held Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. Please bring proof of Coggins test.
Look for signs for trailer parking area.
June 5, 12, 19, 26
Open your home to International Visitors
Illinois 4-H is participating in the 4-H Summer Exchange with Japan. The hosting period will be from July 22 – August 18. We are currently recruiting host families for Japanese youth 12 – 16 years of age or adult chaperones. The youth are currently participating in language acquisition programs – LEX and Labo with similar emphasis on family involvement much like our 4-H program. However, many youth are learning English and come with limited language skills, which provides opportunities for host families to be very creative in communicating with the child.
To be a host family, you must have a child the same gender and within 3 years of age as the host student. Host families do not need to plan special activities as these youth want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English by staying with your family.
More hosting opportunities…
This year the IL IFYE Association will sponsor Poppy (a 24-year-old female from Wales) and Matthias (a 26- year-old male from Austria) arriving in Illinois around June 19 and departing around September 5. We are looking for three homes for each of them. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Susan Herren at email@example.com or call 618-234-2045.
Travel the World as an International Chaperone
The following international travel opportunities are open.
One chaperone is needed for the 4-week Japanese exchange with travel dates of July 12 – August 10 and chaperone fee of $1,750.
Costa Rica is open with travel dates of June 18 – July 17 and chaperone fee of $1,050.
Contact Miriam Rosenbohm, Illinois for 4-H International Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Leaders—We’re Looking for YOU!
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities opening this spring and summer. All applications will be available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the two-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications will be available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
We’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.
Ready4Life Challenge Exhibit
Our mission in 4-H is to empower and prepare youth for successful futures. Now, we've added an exhibit class that lets you show us what your future might be. Every project has a "Ready4Life Challenge" exhibit option. We created the challenge to encourage and recognize 4-H members who take their project to the next level by becoming experts on one or more of the careers related to the project or by starting a business using their project as the product, service, or tool of trade.
Follow these steps:
· Enroll in a project area you like
· Prepare a physical/visual display
representing your business, product, service,
or career related to the project.
· Be prepared to offer verbal or written
explanation that shows your knowledge of
the related career or business, historical and
emerging trends, requirements for success in
the field and an action plan for preparation
that may include items such as an
educational pathway plan, a resume, and/or
Just so you know, the judging for this class is MORE about your knowledge of the career/business side of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business (training opportunities, your business plan, a portfolio of designs, etc.). Sure, they'll want to see something you've made, but that WON'T be the focus of their judging of the project.
An EXTRA exhibit entry in EVERY project has been added to the state fair this year.
State Fair Age change means All 4-H Members are Eligible
All Illinois 4-H members who were 8 to 18 years of age on Sept. 1, 2016 are eligible to show in BOTH the Junior Livestock Show and the 4-H General Project Show of the State Fair. Last year, we had a 28% growth in general project exhibits… and many of them were 8- and 9-year-olds.
If you are an active member of FFA who is 19 to 21 years of age, you may also qualify to exhibit at the Junior Livestock Show if you meet one of these criteria:
· Maintain active membership on the roster of their local high school FFA Chapter
· Maintain active membership in a collegiate FFA Chapter in a post-secondary institution of higher education in the State of Illinois
· Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.
Since 4-H age ends at 18, the only way to exhibit at the State Fair Junior Livestock Show if you are 19 to 21 is to be an active FFA members as verified by Illinois FFA.
4-H members exhibiting in the General Project Show must be selected as a delegate at their county 4-H show.
Do your part to help at the Illinois State Fair
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711. You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help.
Let’s protect that beautiful head of yours—Equine 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.
Quiltchat: The NEW Quilting SPIN Club
Capture your "quiltie"!
Are you interested in self expression through the art of quitling? Then, Quiltchat is the 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club for you! Quiltchat is open to beginners to advanced quilters. You also do not need any sewing experience.
Saturday, may 20 is the kick off meeting, 1-3 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension, Tazewell branch office.
$20 4-H Program Fee if not already a 4-H member.
To register, call (309) 347-6614 or email email@example.com.