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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Main Office (Lake County)
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (McHenry County)
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website! Unit 3 Vision is to become “Highly Visible and The Leading Local Institution” in Lake and McHenry County where people come to hear and receive research-based education and information in the following areas to make a difference in their lives, homes and communities: 4-H Youth Development Program--Nutrition (SNAP- Ed) Program--Horticulture (Master Gardeners) Program--Local Foods/Small Farms Program

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2015 STATE FAIR DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES FROM LAKE COUNTY 4-H. The board is on display at the Lake County Fairgrounds at the 4-H Exhibit area. Delegates should mark the board by Friday, July 31st at 8:00PM. Alternates should mark the board by Saturday, August 1st at 8:00PM. If you must call the Extension office with your information about going to State, please state your name, Club, project category and a description of the project. To view the 4-H State Delegate and Alternate selections "Click Below".

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2015 Illinois 4-H State Fair - Judges Assistants. Will you help us at state fair? Each day we’ll need about 75 volunteers to help with the state fair general project judging. There are many ways to help? • Judge’s assistants help monitor project exhibits, call up exhibitors for judging, apply ribbons to exhibits and record official grades. There are two different shifts we need workers … 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Noon to 5 PM. Pick one or both shifts to help! If you wish to be reimbursed for your time, we can offer up to $35 per day for judge’s assistants. You can even select the project area you wish to assist. REGISTER ONLINE @ . Mention “paid” or “volunteer” in the notes section to let us know if you’ll be requesting payment.

4-H McHenry County Fair Book - August 5-August 9,2015. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H projects for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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Speaking for Illinois 4-H - Take advantage of new experiences; Join Speaking for Illinois 4-H! A fall Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 26 in Waterloo. If you are 14 or older and wanting to give back to the 4-H program, expand your public speaking skills AND opportunities, and learn how to tell your 4-H story, then THIS training is for you!

“Cooking with Margaret” will be given on September 8th, 6:30 PM at the Lake County Extension Auditorium, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL. Please register by calling the office at 847-223-8627. All HCE members and guests are welcome to attend.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness