Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- Tazewell County 4-H Deadlines
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Illinois needs your help
- Federation News
- Cat Superintendent Needed
- Poultry Testing
- Sewing & Textile Judging
- 4-H Clubs: We need your help!
- Pre-Show Superintendent’s Meeting
- Test your skills at the State Livestock Judging Contest
- Visual Arts Manuals Needed
- Animal Project 4-H Policy
- Pork Quality Assurance Training
- Other SPIN Club Opportunities
- Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
- Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
- Parade of Banners
- 4-H Food Stand Sign Up
- 4-H Game Night Donations
- Become part of the solution to hunger in Illinois—Join the 4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Team
- 4-H Spirit Display
- Open your home to International Visitors
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- Tazewell County 4-H Horse Clinics
- Win $1,000!
- Everyone loves a road trip!
- Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
- FilmFest 4-H puts YOU in the spotlight
- Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
- Picture yourself in The Clover
- Step Up & Take the Leadership Challenge!!
- Our day at the Illinois State Fair… August 10
- Do your part to help at the Illinois State Fair
- Parking at Illinois State Fair
- Honoring those who lead
- Earn a spot on the National Dairy Judging Team
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- State Fair Junior Show Livestock entries due July 1
- State 4-H Dog Show, August 26 & 27
- Welcome to the 4-H Show Video Series
Dear 4-H Families,
Congratulations to all the 2017 graduates! The opportunities ahead of you are endless!
I know for most of you, summer vacation is well under way. Well, that means summer activities are also in full swing. Be sure to make time for all your 4-H projects because before we know it, the 4-H Show will be here. In case you were wondering, the 4-H Show is about 50 days away!
Holly and I are staying busy with all our prep work for the show, but do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question. There is a lot happening, so we want to make sure everyone understands what is going on. I would highly recommend taking some extra time to go through this newsletter as a 4-H family. There are lots of upcoming deadlines and dates, so adding them to your own calendar would be super helpful.
Have a fantastic June!
2017 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
June 15—Fair Registrations DUE
July 1—PQA & QAEC Trainings DUE
July 11—Clothing Judging, Extension Office
July 15—Poultry Pollorum Testing, Hoerr Veterinary Service, Morton
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
Tazewell County 4-H Deadlines
June 15, 2017:
4-H Show & Jr. Fair Registration/Exhibit Entries—4-Hers who have met the appropriate Enrollment deadline and plan to exhibit at the 4-H Show and Jr. Fair must complete a Registration/Entry Form indicating the classes in which they will exhibit by June 15, 2017. 4-H Show exhibit opportunities are based on the projects in which the 4-Her Enrolled. Use the Tazewell County 4-H Show Book to register.
July 1, 2017:
PQA & QAEC Training Due—Every youth exhibiting a swine project is required to complete the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training. All 4-Hers enrolled in an animal project are required to take the online Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification (QAEC). Both of these training are completed online.
Tazewell 4-H Events
12—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
15—Tazewell 4-H Show Registration DEADLINE
19—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
26—Horse Clinic, 6 p.m., Livestock Review Building, Pekin
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
15—Poultry Pullorum Testing, 8-11 a.m., Hoerr Veterinary Service, Morton
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
31–August 2—Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair
1-2—Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair
2—Project Pick up, 7:30 p.m.
2—Show Clean up, 8 p.m.
10-20—Illinois State Fair
10—Tazewell 4-H general projects at State Fair
29—4-H Show Evaluation Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
31—End of 4-H fiscal year
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!
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
Remember to bring all the supplies needed to practice your games for the fair!
Incoming Federation members are invited to join us for this meeting. Federation members are 13-18 year old 4-H members.
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.
Saturday, July 15
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hoerr Veterinary Service, Morton
Call to make an appointment, 309-266-8444
Poultry Exhibitors: Please note health requirements on Page 12 of Show Book to make sure you are in compliance.
*This is a special service provided free of charge by Dr. Hoerr. The testing is only free on this date, between these hours. If you are unable to make it at that time, you will need to schedule a regular appointment that will include a normal service fee.
4-H Clubs: We need your help!
The Tazewell County Extension Education Foundation (TCEEF) will be hosting a Silent Auction at the 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair. All proceeds raised will support the Foundation, which in turn supports 4-H and Extension programming.
Each club is encouraged to participate by putting together a themed gift basket (movie night, sports bin, cookie basket, etc.) to be auctioned off during the Fair. Baskets will need to be delivered to the Foods Department during the morning of Monday, July 31. Contact Katharine at 309-347-6614 with any questions.
Test your skills at the 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. The contest will begin at 10. Each county may enter a total of three teams, with no more than two junior teams or two senior teams. County teams are made up of four people, and the top three scores will be combined for the final team score. Get all the rules and details online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Individuals may enter separately, and there is no limit to the number of individuals from each county.
Juniors may not compete in the senior division. Juniors are youth who were not yet 14 on January 1, 2017.
Any 4-H member that has completed a year of college should be entered as an extra individual and not part of a team, but the college student may not have undergone training for post-secondary livestock judging.
Any 4 H member who has competed at the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest as a member of the county team representing Illinois must participate as an extra individual in the June contest and not as a part of a team.
There is a $10 entry fee for each senior participant (age 14 and above) to cover the cost of noon lunch.
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).
REMEMBER… The only parking available is metered street parking. You will need to pay meters throughout the day. Campus police will give tickets, unfortunately. ALSO REMEMBER: It is often VERY warm and humid. Please bring water with you.
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.
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 Certification (QAEC) 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.
QAEC 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 QAEC token 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.
Deadline is July 1, 2017.
If you need any help completing the QAEC, 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.
Deadline is July 1, 2017.
If you need any help completing the PQA certification, please contact Katharine at the Tazewell Extension Office.
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.
Upcoming Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Events
June 17—Sporting Clay Shoot, Oak Ridge Sportsman Club, Mackinaw, 8 a.m. registration
For more information, contact Jenna Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 699-3710.
Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
We are always looking for volunteers from ages 12 to 99. From department assistants 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 email@example.com. Volunteer registration is now open and can be found at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16482.
Parade of Banners
All Tazewell County 4-H Clubs are invited to participate in the Parade of Banners on Tuesday, August 1. It will be right after the Livestock Parade in the Livestock Arena.
Each club should select one or two banner carriers (who are NOT in the Livestock Parade). The banner carriers should meet at 5:55 p.m. in the Livestock Arena to line up and receive directions.
The Parade of Banners is a great way to get 4-H members involved in the fair and leadership responsibilities. You can use it to encourage new members or members who need a gentle push to get involved.
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 is updated weekly at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/70369.pdf. There are still a few 4-H Clubs that need to reserve a time slot.
Call or email Katharine at the Extension Office to sign up for a time slot… or two.
4-H Game Night Donations
All 4-H members and their families are invited to attend the 4-H Game Night on Tuesday, August 1 following the Awards Program that begins at 6 p.m.
It is a fun filled, family friendly event full of exciting games and prizes for kids of all ages.
We are in need of donations to support this special event. We welcome financial donations or actual items donated that could be used as prizes. Contact the Tazewell Extension Office for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Interested families may apply online at: https://www.states4hexchange.org/account/login. For information contact: Miriam Rosenbohm, inbound coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Look for signs for trailer parking area.
Clinics are held Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. Please bring proof of Coggins test.
Please call/text Jenna Walker before each date to let her know if you will be attending. Her number is 309-253-8826.
June 12, 19, 26
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.
Everyone loves a road trip!
Teens are invited to a 4-H Rally on the University of Illinois campus this fall to kick off the new year. Will you be here? Be sure to save the date; Saturday, September 23. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred of 4-H members around the state. Details to come soon!
Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
Here are the dates of the fall Shooting Sports state contests. 4-H youth may participate in one, two or all three contests.
Minimum Age: Youth must be at least 14 years of age by Jan. 1, 2018 to compete.
Maximum Age: Youth must be no older than 18 on Sept. 1, 2017 to participate.
To be selected for the National Competition team, youth must not turn 19 before Jan. 1, 2018. Thus, youth in their final year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December 2017 may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest.
Participants must be enrolled members of a verified 4-H Shooting Sports Club.
Archery will be held September 9 at the Panther Creek Archery Club, Springfield
Shotgun will be held September 16 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill
Rifle will be held September 30 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington
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, Missouri.
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/.
Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
If your future plans bring you to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, consider joining a new Collegiate 4-H Club on campus. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. September 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 email@example.com.
Picture yourself in The Clover
Has your 4-H project changed your life? Does 4-H let you do something you really love? Is your 4-H project something you want to do for a career? We'd like to tell your story in the 2017-18 issue of THE CLOVER. This is what we need from you:
NAME, AGE, COUNTY, CLUB NAME
Couple sentences on WHAT YOU LEARNED from your project.
Couple sentences on HOW YOUR PROJECT IMPACTED YOUR FUTURE.
QUALITY PHOTO of you with your project. The photo file size must be at least 500k in size.
Send the above to Judy Bingman @ firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15.
Step Up & Take the Leadership Challenge!!
There is still time for teens to step forward and make their mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program! Apply online to be a member of the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/leadership. 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 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Interviews take place during the dates of the Illini Summer Academies in June and State Fair in August, so there are two application deadlines – June 15 and July 31.
Our day at the Illinois State Fair… August 10
If you are selected as our county's representative at the state fair, here's what you need to know:
The county office will provide you with more information at our State Fair Orientation on Wednesday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m., as well as an exhibit tag for your project. Remove all the tags and ribbons from our show.
Our county exhibits on August 10.
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 to the far west side of the fairgrounds…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 p.m. Be sure to come back and pick it up before the 4:30 p.m. 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.
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.
Parking at Illinois State Fair
The Extension Office has discount tickets for 4-H exhibit families for our 4-H General Project Exhibit day. Discounted passes are ONLY available to 4-H exhibitors & their family, and not to the general public. We will only have gate passes for Gate 6/Lot 18. Junior Show Livestock exhibitors are required to purchase their parking and entry tickets directly through the state fair with their entry. Please understand this is a State Fair rule and outside the control of Illinois 4-H or the Tazewell 4-H office. Tickets and parking passes will be available for purchase at our State Fair Orientation on Wednesday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Here are the discounted rates:
Car Gate Parking $5/car
Individual Admission (12 and under) free
Individual Admission (13 and older) $5
THERE'S GOOD NEWS: State Fair is providing Load/Unload passes to 4-H families which will allow cars to enter through Gate 8 (or other gate if that is closed) and drive to the Orr Building to drop off exhibits or people. You will need to present your admission tickets for anyone in the car upon entering the fairgrounds; then the driver will need to leave through Gate 9 immediately after drop off, GET THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR READMISSION to the fair, and then re-enter the fairgrounds through the gate for which they have a parking pass. You MUST have a regular parking pass to use the Load/Unload Pass.
Honoring those who lead
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, August 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 p.m. at the completion of the day's judging.
Earn a spot on the National Dairy Judging Team
Grab your pencils and head over to the Illinois State Fair for the 2017 State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The Illinois 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, August 19 in the Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Any 4-H member is welcome to participate. All contestants must be current 4-H members. Contestants are not required to be enrolled in a dairy project.
Register from 9 to 9:50 a.m. the morning of the contest at the Livestock Center. The contest begins at 10 a.m. There will be six classes of cows and heifers selected from various dairy breeds. Youth 13 years of age and younger as of January 1, 2017 will be entered in the junior division. All others will compete as seniors.
Youth may wish to participate in an oral reasons class following the contest. Juniors may read or recite from memories. Seniors who wish to be considered for the state team must give oral reasons on two cow classes. The state dairy judging team will be selected from participants in the contest. State team members must be 14 to 18 years of age on January 1, 2017. The state team will participate in the national contest October 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Understanding 4-H premiums
In the past, the Illinois Department of Ag has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the forms of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We currently have no guarantee that those funds will be provided. We treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control on the actions of Illinois government.
State Fair Junior Show Livestock entries due July 1
The Illinois State Fair sponsors a junior livestock show which is open to 4-H and FFA members only. Entry deadline is July 1 and your entries must be signed either by 4-H or FFA staff. 4-H is proud to support the Illinois State Fair in this event. All questions about the show should be directed to the Illinois State Fair. Learn more and download entry forms online @ http://www.illinois.gov/statefair and click on COMPETITIONS.
The Junior Livestock Department has extended its age to 21. 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 and in accordance with one of the following program options:
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.
State 4-H Dog Show, August 26 & 27
The Illinois 4-H State Dog Show will be held Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign. The club is located at 2210 E. Ford Harris Road, Urbana. Obedience classes will be held on Saturday, with check in beginning at 8 a.m. Showmanship classes will be held on Sunday. The show is open to the public, but contestants must be 4-H members who received a "qualifying score" in their county show. Read more @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/animal-sciences/dogs and then check with the local Extension office. Entries are due through the county Extension office by August 1. Entry fee is $5 per dog.
Welcome to the 4-H Show Video Series
The Welcome to the 4-H Show Video Series is a collection of short videos for new families involved in the Tazewell 4-H program. The videos give insights on preparing for the 4-H Show and what to expect when you get there. You can the find the videos at go.illinois.edu/Taz4HshowWelcome.
I encourage 4-H members and 4-H parents to watch them together. I hope they answer some of your questions and get you excited for the 4-H Show!