Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- June 2017
- Pope-Hardin Co 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- 2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show Dates
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- Test your skills at state livestock judging contest
- What to Expect at the General Show
- Honoring those who lead
- Illinois needs your help
- Win $1,000!
- Everyone loves a road trip
- Save the date for fall shooting sports contests
- Illinois State Fair
- Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior Show
- State Fair Junior Show Livestock entries due July 1
- Happy Birthday
June 2017School is out, and summer has officially begun! June looks to be a busy month here in the 4-H world, with our General Show, Southern Illinois 4-H camp, Expansion and Review, State Livestock judging, and Illini Summer Academies. There are also some leadership application deadlines this month for our older teen members. I would like to thank our 4-H families for hanging with me as Illinois 4-H has gone through several transitions this 4-H year. I know it may seem overwhelming at times but, once we all get the hang of the online systems, these changes will allow my office to be much more efficient in terms of enrollment and show registrations. Having said that, if you haven't enrolled via the Fair Entry system, you only have a few days to get that completed (if you receive this before June 1st). I am available to help you any time, so please don't miss the deadline. Last, but not least, I am excited to see the diversity of project registrations for the General Show. I hope everyone is putting the finishing touches on your exhibits. I have included a brief "what to expect at General Show" segment inside. I can't wait to see all those projects on June 17th!
Pope-Hardin Co 4-HClub Contact Information
Hardin County Corn Fed Clovers– Janetta Flener or Ida Bishop
Pope County Clover Crew– Mandy or Brad Curry
Pope County River Rats– Kala Bonnell or Julie Barger
Upcoming EventsJune 1st– General Project Show Registrations Due
June 15th– Expansion and Review Committee Meeting, DSAC, 6:00 pm
June 17th– General Project Show, Hardin County School, 9:00 am
June 18th-21st– Southern Illinois Camp Session 1, DuBois, IL
June 21st-24th– Southern Illinois Camp Session 2, DuBois, IL
June 25th– 29th– Illini Summer Academies, UIUC Campus, Champaign
July 1st– Horse Show Registrations Due
July 19th– Swine Show, Massac County Fairgrounds, 8:00 am
July 30th– Horse Show, One Horse Gap Campground, 8:00 am
2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show DatesSaturday, June 17th
General Project Show (including small animal live exhibits), Hardin County School, Registration at 9:00 am—Show starts immediately following registration
Wednesday, July 19th
Swine Show, Massac County Fairgrounds, Start time TBA
Saturday, July 29th
Horse Show, One Horse Gap Campground, Registration at 9:00 am— Show starts at 9:30 am
Understanding 4-H premiumsIn 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.
Test your skills at state livestock judging contestThe 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. 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.
Juniors are 4-H members who were 13 years of age and younger as of January 1, 2017. Seniors were 14-18 years of age 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 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).
I have 7 members who have expressed an interest in attending this event. If you are interested but need help with travel arrangements, please let me know.
What to Expect at the General ShowSince we have several new members this year, I would like to take a minutes to explain the General Show process so you will have an idea of what to expect.
Upon arrival, each member will need to check their projects in. There will be a table set up inside the doors of the school and to the left. Connie, Melissa, a volunteer, or I will be there to check the projects in.
Once checked in, display projects will be displayed in the multipurpose room, which will be straight past the check-in table and to the right. There will be tables set up with signs for each project area (i.e. animal science, food, industrial arts, etc.). Projects may be displayed any where on the table reserved for projects in that area. If you are exhibiting a live animal (dog, cat, poultry, rabbit), your animals will be house in the foyer just inside the school doors. This area is air conditioned, so your animals should be comfortable.
Once you have put your project on display, you are ready for judging. There are two parts to the judging process: display and interview. We do not assign time slots for judging, so each member will wait in line to present their project to the judge(s). When it is their turn, they will tell the judge(s) about their project and what they have learned. Interviews typically last 5-7 minutes. Parents are not allowed to assist with the interview process. The point of the interviews are to see what knowledge and skills the member has gained, as well as introducing them to basic public speaking. Once the interview is finished, members can browse other projects, visit with other members or, if they have multiple projects, wait for their next interview.
Once all judging has been completed, judges will award ribbons. Each member will receive a blue, red, o r white ribbon, based on the project display and interview. Cloverbuds will receive a green Cloverbud ribbon. Judges also have the option to promote eligible projects of exceptional quality to the State Fair. If chosen for State Fair, that project will be eligible for exhibition at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on August 12th. Judges may also choose a State Fair Alternate in those eligible areas. Projects that aren't eligible for State Fair may be awarded a County Champion award.
While staff is reviewing ribbons and awards, families are invited to enjoy lunch. Typically, we serve hot dogs, chips, veggies, and water. Once lunch is completed, members will be award-ed with their ribbons, and everyone can head home. I don't anticipate the show lasting past noon.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We want our show to be a positive experience and welcome comments after the show. Please understand that our judges' decisions are final.
Honoring those who leadThe Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Activities begin at 4:30 at the completion of the day's judging.
This year, our very own Elaine Bramlet will be honored as an outstanding 4-H volunteer, and will be inducted into the "Class of 2017" Illinois 4-H Foundation's Hall of Fame. If you are a State Fair exhibitor, or plan to attend this year's State Fair, please stick around and let's show our support for our first Pope-Hardin County 4-H inductee!
Illinois needs your helpWe 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.
Win $1,000!The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H 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 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 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 member must be enrolled, or plan to enroll in, a 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 tripTeens 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? Save Saturday, Sept. 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 contestsHere 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
Congratulations to Pope-Hardin County 4-H Volunteer Brad Curry who completed the rifle discipline training. Stay tuned for more shooting sports info....
LeadershipInterested in taking a 4-H leadership role beyond your county and/or unit? Check out these leadership opportunities.....
Expand Your Leadership Footprint!
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 ap-ply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Do your part to help at 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.
Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior ShowIf you are one of the 2,000 4-H members who exhibit livestock at the Illinois State Fair, pay close attention to the revised schedule for 2017's fair. The NEW livestock show book will be available soon online at the state fair website. The Junior Show and Open Show information is now together in ONE BOOK. Illinois 4-H is proud to partner with the Illinois Department of Ag and support the efforts of the Illinois State Fair.
2017 JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SCHEDULE
BEEF CATTLE SHOW DATE - IN PLACE BY
All beef cattle will be released 8/12 at 5 PM or after the steer show
Performance Cow/Calf 8/10 at 8:00 AM 8/8 by Noon
Heifers: AOB, Charolais 8/10 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Simmental, Chianina, 8/10 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Maine Anjou, Limousin, 8/10 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Maintainer, Shorthorn Plus 8/10 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Heifers: Angus, 8/11 at 8:00 AM 8/8 by Noon
Hereford, Polled 8/11 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Hereford, Shorthorn, & 8/11 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Simmental 8/11 time TBA 8/8 by Noon
Market Heifers & Steers 8/12 at 7:30 AM 8/8 by 8:00 PM
Showmanship 8/9 at 1:00 PM NA
DAIRY CATTLE SHOW DATE - IN PLACE BY
All Dairy Cattle will be release 8/19 at 4 PM
Brown Swiss 8/16 at 9:00 AM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
Holstein 8/16 at 1:00 PM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
Guernsey 8/17 at 9:00 AM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
Ayrshire 8/17 at 1:00 PM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
Milking Shorthorn 8/18 at 9:00 AM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
Jersey 8/18 at 1:00 PM 8/15 by 5:00 PM
GOATS SHOW DATE - IN PLACE BY - RELEASED
Meat Goat: Breeding 8/11 at 8:00 AM 8/9 by Noon 8/11 after Show
Meat Goat: Market Does 8/11 after Wethers 8/9 by Noon 8/11 after Show
Meat Goat: Wethers 8/11 after Breeding 8/9 by Noon 8/11 after Show
Dairy 8/13 at 10:00 AM 8/13 by 8:00 AM 8/13 after Show
Pygmy 8/19 at 8:30 AM 8/18 by 11:00 AM 8/19 after Show
SHEEP SHOW DATE - IN PLACE BY - RELEASED
Breeding Sheep 8/11 at 8:00 AM 8/10 by 8:00 AM 8/11 after Show
Market Lambs 8/12 at 8:00 AM 8/9 by 8:00 PM 8/12 after Show
Showmanship 8/11 after Breeding NA
SWINE SHOW DATE - IN PLACE BY - RELEASED
Gilts 8/11 at 7:30 AM 8/9 by 8:00 AM 8/12 after Barrows
Barrows 8/12 at 7:30 AM 8/10 by 8:00 AM
Showmanship 8/11 an hour after Gilts NA
POULTRY 8/10 at 9:30 AM 8/10 by 9:00 AM 8/10 after Show
RABBITS 8/14 at 9:30 AM 8/14 by 8:30 AM 8/14 after Show
State Fair Junior Show Livestock entries due July 1The 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; or
Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.