Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- Dear 4-H Families,
- Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- Pre-Show Superintendents’ Meeting
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- State Fair Selection
- 4-H Game Night donations
- Federation News
- Clothing & Textile Judging
- Poultry Testing
- Animal Project 4-H Policy
- 4-H Show & Jr. Fair Promotion Cards
- 4-H Show vs. Jr. Fair Judging
- Parade of Banners
- Conference Judging
- Typical Conference Judging Questions
- 4-H Food Stand Sign Up
- Sawdust & Bedding
- Rocket Kits available
- 2017 HCE Food Stand Menu
- 4-H Clubs: We need your help!
- 4-H Spirit Display
- Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
- Horse Paperwork for fair
- Horse Exhibitors, Department Assistants & Judging Assistants through the general judging lines
- 2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
- The Value of the 4-H Show
- Quick notes @ 4-H Show
- Our day at the Illinois State Fair… August 10
- Parking at Illinois State Fair
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- Honoring those who lead
- Earn a spot on the National Dairy Judging Team
- Singers needed!
- It’s a head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA!
- State 4-H Dog Show, August 26 & 27
- Everyone loves a road trip!
- Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
- Join U of I Collegiate 4-H
- Teen Leaders – WE NEED YOU!
- Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar
- It’s a Secret…
- Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
- All the fun of camping with none of the mess! Join us September 22—24
- 2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer Awards
- Win $1,000!
- Club News: Morton Helping Hands
- Remember what matters this summer
- Have a front-row seat to History
- Important and helpful forms available online
Dear 4-H Families,
The 2017 Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair is right around the corner!! Where has the time gone? Holly and I are staying busy getting everything together for an awesome show. I can imagine you all are working hard on your projects as well.
While you are busy adding those final touches to your projects, remember to double check the front of each department to ensure you meet all the requirements. Your fair book is your best friend and guide. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us.
I can't wait to see out at the fairgrounds in a few short weeks!
Dear 4-H Families,
As you well know, Katharine has taken the full time position as the Tazewell County 4-H Program Coordinator. I have stayed on for the past year to help her with this transition and to help out the Unit 11 4-H team as a whole.
As of August 11, however, I have decided to resign from my position here, at the U of I Extension. My desire is to have a more flexible schedule in which I can teach or tutor, and also be able spend more time with my nieces and nephews.
I had no idea my "little summer job" in 2011 would turn into the long term position it did. It has been a real treat to give back to a program I enjoyed so much as a child.
While it is "Good-bye" for now, I hope to see many of you in my new role as "4-H Volunteer". :) Thanks again for all your support the past 7 years!
Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
July 11—Clothing Judging,
July 15—Poultry Pollorum Testing
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
Pre-Show Superintendents’ Meeting
Pre-Show Superintendents' Meeting
Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
Fair Board Meeting & Grounds Walk-Thru
Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
Ice Arena Warming Room
Tazewell 4-H Events
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
1—New 4-H Year begins
14—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
State Fair Selection
All 4-Hers selected to take a project(s) to the State Fair must complete a State Fair project slip (one for each projects selected) and turn it into the 4-H fair office by Wednesday at NOON. If planning to take a project to State Fair, he/she must also attend the State Fair Orientation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Read page 6 of your Show Book!
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.
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.
If parents have questions they would like to discuss with a 4-H judge, the question MUST go through an Extension staff member. Please do NOT approach a judge.
Clothing & Textile Judging
Tuesday, July 11
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
*NEW* Call to reserve your judging time slot, 309-347-6614. Walk-ins will be given the next available time slot.
If you would like to have a set judging time, be sure to call & reserve your time slot. Slots will be available on a first-come-first serve basis.
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.
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.
The following exhibitors are not showing up on our list of QAEC completed trainings:
Miles C., Eli S., Kortlan H., Devin B., Jaxon T., Brianna W., Brooke W., Kaylie D., Aspen H., Ethan B., Emily B.
4-H Show & Jr. Fair Promotion Cards
We have 2000 promotion cards available for 4-Hers and volunteers to place all over the county to help promote the 4-H Show and Jr. Fair!
The cards have the dates of the show and the direct link to the Tazewell 4-H Show's website on them.
4-H Leaders are welcome to pick up a bundle of them to give to their club members, or families/volunteers are welcome to stop by the office and pick up some for themselves.
These cards are ideal for local businesses, libraries, churches, banks, ice cream shops, etc. Be sure to join the Facebook event and share it with your friends, too! Please remember to ask permission before setting them out. If your 4-H Club is making an upcoming parade appearance, these cards would be perfect for that as well.
4-H Show vs. Jr. Fair Judging
The Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair is unique in that the youth have the opportunity to be judged twice- once for the 4-H Show and once for the Jr. Fair.
4-H Show Judging
During the 4-H Show, youth are conference judged. The judge selects the grade and awards based on the interview and exhibit. Exhibitors are measured against standards, and not other exhibitors. This is also known as the Danish System or Group Method.
The Danish System of judging examines each entry on the basis of its own merits. In this system, entries are not judged in competition with one another, but rather on the individual merits of any particular entry. All entries will be placed in one of the following groupings.
"A" Rating = Satisfactory, Project meets standards
"B" Rating = Needs Improvement or does not meet requirements
"C" Rating = Poor, Project needs much improvement
Judges are also asked to select projects to exhibit at the State Fair and trophy winners. Again, these selections should be made based on the conference/interview and done with the 4-H Show judging in mind.
Jr. Fair Judging
The Jr. Fair judging is done after all 4-H Show judging is complete and the Jr. Fair only projects have been added to the display of exhibits. The Jr. Fair is a competitive judging experience in which the exhibitors are ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th place.
This system of judging is known as the "American System." While the American System uses standards and requirements, it primarily uses the idea of competition between exhibitors, pitting one competitor against another to establish the rankings.
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.
A Message to the 4-H Member:
Judging is a learning experience. From which, you can learn what you did well and how you could improve in the future. An exhibit does not measure all that you have learned, but it is an example of what you have done.
During conference judging, the judge will encourage you to talk about your project exhibit.
You will be asked some questions about your exhibit, so you should be prepared to tell what you were trying to do in your project (goals and objectives) and be able to describe the methods and processes used to produce the exhibit.
Read and follow the rules and requirements for your project carefully.
Learn good sportsmanship.
Listen carefully to the judge, so you can accept constructive criticism and learn from it.
Remember, judging comments can be helpful, but they are only one person's evaluation.
Realize that people sometimes make mistakes.
Typical Conference Judging Questions
How did you create your exhibit?
What did you learn?
What would you change for next time?
How many years have you been in this project?
What did you like best?
What was the hardest part?
Who helped you with your project?
Did you make this for anyone specific?
What equipment did you use?
What are your plans for future projects?
4-H Food Stand Sign Up
The schedule is filling 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.
Call or email Katharine at the Extension Office to sign up for a time slot… or two.
Sawdust & Bedding
Each 4-Her will be responsible for providing their own sawdust or bedding for the show.
Rocket Kits available
Anyone planning to exhibit in the beginning Aerospace class for the 4-H Show has the opportunity to purchase the rocket kit at the Extension office. Kits are for sale at $7. The Aerospace judge recommended these kits, thus they meet the judging requirements. Since they were purchased in quantity, we got a great deal on them. Stop by the office to purchase your kit.
2017 HCE Food Stand Menu
The Tazewell County HCE ladies can't wait to see you at their food stand this year! Just to tantalize your taste buds a bit, here is a preview of their menu:
Monday, July 31:
Biscuits and Gravy
Pizza—lunch until gone
Pork Chop sandwiches—around 4
Tuesday, August 1:
Biscuits and Gravy
Ribeye sandwiches—around 4:30
Wednesday, August 2:
Walking Tacos, Nachos, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Porkburgers, Hot Dogs, Pretzels w/ cheese or peanut butter, Desserts with ice cream if you choose, and several choices of sides.
Enjoy the air conditioning while enjoying your meal!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer registration is now open and can be found at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16482. The paper version is also included in this edition of the newsletter.
Horse Paperwork for fair
Horse exhibitors are reminded to bring the following items with them to the 4-H Show & Jr. Fair:
Current Horse & Pony Feed Record
Proof of negative Coggins test. The Coggins test must be up-to-date and the description and markings must match the horse.
Permission to Participate form
Horse Exhibitors, Department Assistants & Judging Assistants through the general judging lines
Everyone should please be aware and courteous about Horse members, and 4-Hers who are volunteering as Department and Judging Assistants going through the general projects judging lines.
The 4-H Show schedule does not allow the leisure of all projects having separate judging times. The Horse Show overlaps other judging events. Thus, there will be times that 4-Hers showing horses will need to have their general projects judged as quickly as possible in order to return to their animals.
Horse 4-Hers - If you are exhibiting in the Horse Show and also need to have a general project judged you may go to the Superintendent of the general project area and talk to them about getting through the line quickly. DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY CUT IN LINE!!!
4-Hers who are volunteering as Department and Judging Assistants should plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to get checked in with where they are volunteering and be ready to get judged as soon as the judge is ready.
All 4-Hers - Please be courteous and respectful when it becomes necessary for another 4-Her to get in line ahead of you. Everyone's cooperation is appreciated.
2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
You are invited to be a part of the very first National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum! This is your chance to get energized as you network with volunteers, county-based staff, and state specialists from all across the county where #4HGrows through volunteers!
Put these dates on your calendar now so you can gain new strategies for enhancing the 4-H experience you support as a volunteer. E-Forum sessions include:
October 5, 2017: 6 – 7:30 PM – Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
Have your every wondered:
What new ideas can I use to get kids more involved?
How do I create fun, hands-on 4-H experiences that shape and prepare 4-H members to be leaders today and successful adults in the future?
November 2, 2017: 6 – 7:30 PM – "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
Or, perhaps you have thought:
They keep saying we need more young people ready for jobs in STEM, how does that relate to the wide variety of animal science projects in 4-H?
Where do I find resources that help me make animal science projects more focused on the SCIENCE than the care, grooming, and showing?
December 7, 2017: 6 – 7:30 PM – Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work
And, you probably have also questioned:
4-H members learn so many valuable skills, what can I do to help them align that with a future career?
Decision-making, leadership development, giving back to others is the foundation of 4-H but how do I help 4-H teens stay connected put those soft skills to work?
Watch for more details to register!
Livestock have specific proof of health requirements for the 4-H Show. Be sure to read the Livestock Health Requirements section in the 4-H Show Book, so you can plan ahead to have the tests completed in time.
The Value of the 4-H Show
Dear Leaders and Parents,
As 4-H volunteers, you know that Illinois 4-H shows, fairs, and expositions serve as vehicles to foster important life skill development in youth. 4-H exhibitions help to: 1) enhance the project learning experiences of 4-H youth and volunteer leaders; 2) facilitate evaluation, both non-competitive and competitive; and 3) publicly showcase evidence of 4-H project mastery.
Public exhibitions help to recognize 4-H youth for their individual and group achievements. 4-H shows, fairs, and expositions give the public an opportunity to see what 4-H is about. Many 4-H exhibitions provide opportunities for Extension to partner with local community groups to offer high quality learning experiences. Thank you for being a part of this important experience for the youth in your county and the entire community.
Quick notes @ 4-H Show
Entry Tags—Most 4-H exhibits have entry tags that get attached to the exhibit prior to judging and display. 4-H leaders will pick up the club tags and distribute them prior to the fair. It is critical that 4-Hers be responsible for their tags and remember to bring them the day of judging. The tags should be attached so they are visible to the public, but not blocking anything important on the exhibit.
4-H Office—During the 4-H Show, the 4-H office is located in the Parkside Athletics building. Questions, emergencies, paperwork, etc. go there.
Project check-out—Livestock projects are released immediately following the Youth Project Auction on Wednesday night. General projects are released the same night at 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Judges—After your project has been judged, if there is a question about the results or comments on the score sheet, you should talk to the Department Superintendent first. If the Superintendent is not available, you should talk to Katharine Girone or Holly Koch. Do NOT confront the judge without prior permission from the Superintendent, Katharine or Holly.
Help—Who can help with questions? 1. Extension Staff 2. Department Superintendents 3. 4-H Leaders and then 4. other 4-Hers and parents
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Department begins each show day with the National Anthem. This year, 4-H members can audition for a chance to the featured Anthem singer. Singers must be willing to be at the fairgrounds in Springfield by 7:30 AM Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Aug. 10-12). We will select three winners so you'll each have one day to perform.
To audition, post a YouTube video of you singing the National Anthem. Email the link and the dates you are available to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 20. We will notify winners by July 25. We will provide a parking pass and 2 tickets into the fairgrounds to each winner.
It’s a head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA!
No worries. It will all be a friendly competition when Illinois 4-H takes on Illinois FFA in a cooking contest at the Illinois State Fair. You'll want to be at the Ag Tent at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 to watch the fun.
Here are the rules:
Two people will represent Illinois 4-H.
Each team gets a mystery basket with 3-5 mystery ingredients that must be used in your dish.
We will have a fully stocked pantry to help supplement your dish.
We will have access to a gas grill and stove burners.
Each team will have 30 minutes to create a dish of their choice. You can create an appetizer, a main course, or a dessert – whatever you can come up with in 30 minutes.
Judges will score each dish based on three categories: presentation, creativity and taste/flavor.
If you'd like to represent Illinois 4-H, send a note to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 15. Please provide your cooking experience and why you think you'd be a great representative. This is open to youth, families, volunteers, or 4-H supporters. Who will Chef 4-H be?
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.
Everyone loves a road trip!
September 23, 2017 at University of Illinois Campus
Come hang out with 4-H members from across the state in a NEW event to kick off the new 4-H year. Save September 23 and plan to arrive by 10 a.m. on the University of Illinois campus. Get an inside look at U of I. Discover new things you can do in 4-H. Start your adventure today! $10 includes lunch, t-shirt goodie bag. Road Trip is open to 4-H members age 13-18. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred of 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip.
Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
Here are the dates & costs of the fall Shooting Sports State Shoots. 4-H youth may participate in one, two or all three contests.
Archery will be held September 9 at the Panther Creek Bowhunters Club, Chatham. Cost $25. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Harchery.
Shotgun will be held September 16 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill. Cost $50. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Hshotgun.
Rifle will be held September 30 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS), Bloomington. Cost $30. Register online only @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrifle.
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.
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.
Teen Leaders – WE NEED YOU!
We are still seeking Illinois 4-H Teen Leaders to apply for the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team! Applications are being accepted this summer for 2-year terms starting on September 1, 2017. The application is available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/leadership.
Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply. This team of 22 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni serve in a variety of leadership capacities during their tenure. They are responsible for the planning and implementation of the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H programs. Members provide youth voice on several statewide committees and assist at a variety of statewide activities throughout the year. Team members also have the first opportunity to apply to attend National 4-H Conference.
We will be interviewing for a minimum of six new members. Applications are due July 31 for required interviews at the Illinois State Fair. Check us out now and apply to become a member of this statewide 4-H leadership team!
Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar
Do you love photography? Farm Credit Illinois is looking for amazing photos showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Each photographer may enter up to five photos. Learn more @ www.farmcreditIL.com/calendar2018. Deadline is August 24.
It’s a Secret…
We have an amazing, spectacular, draw-dropping announcement we'll make Friday, Aug. 11 at the Illinois State Fair. We can't tell you more … except that it will change how you look at reality!
Super Project Day: Photography Workshop
Saturday, August 26
University of Illinois Extension, Tazewell County Office, Pekin
Registration deadline—August 18
$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:
Aperture & depth of field
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
All the fun of camping with none of the mess! Join us September 22—24
Let 4-H Memorial Camp put the fun back in camping. Enjoy a weekend family camping trip with none of the prep or mess! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp!
Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch), and enjoy a LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime!
At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person, while those 4-7 years old are only $35/person.
Plan to arrive anytime from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 22. Camp runs through 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 24. Late arrivals will be accepted from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.
Check out all the details @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/family-camp. Please contact Andy Davis at 217-762-2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you need accommodations.
2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer Awards
The Illinois 4-H program is built on the work of amazing volunteers, and we look forward to recognizing our volunteers for what they do! The National 4-H Council sponsors the Salute to Excellence Award Program that targets 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege. Outstanding local volunteers can be nominated for consideration as the 2018 Illinois Salute to Excellence Volunteer. If you are interested in nominating a volunteer for consideration, contact your extension office.
The award categories are:
Volunteer of the Year – recognizing individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, region, and state level.
Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer – recognizing individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, region or state level.
Nomination criteria will be available at your local Extension Office. Nominations are due to the State 4-H Office by Thursday, September 21, 2017. Illinois 4-H has a history of producing winning volunteers, and we are excited to see what this year holds.
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.
Club News: Morton Helping Hands
On June 10, the Morton Helping Hands 4-H Club held their annual farm tour of members' livestock projects. Members shared information about their livestock, including pigs, goats, horses, chickens, and rabbits. Following the tours, the families enjoyed a cookout together.
Remember what matters this summer
As we look toward a summer filled with shows, we encourage you to remember this:
It's never about winning; it's about being part of something more than yourself.
It's never about being perfect; it's about being your personal best.
It's never about beating someone else; it's about beating your last effort.
It's never about losing; it's about learning what you can do to keep from losing the next time.
It's never quitting, never giving in or giving up, never selling out or selling yourself short.
It's learning to lose gracefully and win graciously in the ring of life.
It's learning that sometimes the break goes your way and sometimes it doesn't, and there's nothing you can do about it but play the game you are there to play.
It's about respecting your competitor and respecting the rules of the game and knowing the minute you stop either one, you've lost.
Have a front-row seat to History
Illinois 4-H, in cooperation with the Marion Miners Baseball Team, is hosting a family-friendly place to watch the TOTAL Solar Eclipse on August 21 … in the location that will experience the GREATEST length of darkness in the country … SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.
The Eclipse is the hottest thing to hit Southern Illinois all year, and Illinois 4-H will be hosting thousands of youth and their families to the Miner's Baseball Field in Marion to watch it. For just $8, you'll gain admission to the field, access to all the educational activities 4-H is offering, and a pair of 4-H Eclipse glasses you'll need to safely watch the eclipse. Parking is $5/car; $10/bus. Food will be available on site. No alcohol will be allowed at the event. For $12, you can order a commemorative 4-H Eclipse t-shirt.
Fly a drone (YES!), see a large telescope, watch videos from astronauts, do cool hands-on science experiments, play laser tag and other fun games. The gates open at 10 a.m. The eclipse should happen about 2:20 p.m. Activities wrap up by 3 p.m.
Learn more and order tickets @ go.illinois.edu/4Heclipse.
Important and helpful forms available online
4-H Show & Jr. Fair Schedule
Banner Parade Information
Conference Judging Information Sheets
Crops & Soils Records Form
Cultural Arts Exhibit Hall Map
Dog Obedience Class Descriptions
Exhibiting Vegetables guidelines
Fashion Revue Form
Food Stand Schedule
Horse & Pony Records
Jr. Fair Youth Project Auction Guidelines
Livestock Records Form
Spirit Display Guidelines
Welcome to 4-H Show Video Series