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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! University of Illinois Extension in Lake and McHenry counties offers practical, research-based information to improve lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Please contact us with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities.

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Please Help Extension Celebrate 100 Years of Service by Purchasing an Ad in Our 100th Year Extension Souvenir Magazine which will be published September 2014. The Extension Souvenir Magazine is designed to capture memories and to be a keepsake of Extension reaching its 100th year milestone. The magazine ads program is planned for individuals, families, clubs, businesses, government, and agencies that Extension has impacted their lives somehow. It will feature people that were here to witness it's 100th year birthday and document their businesses and stories. Ad deadline is August 31st. Thank you in advance for your support. "Click Below" to view Lake County's 100 Years of Service Letter.

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ILLINOIS 4-H FOUNDATION-The Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors invites you to... The 2014 Illinois 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair! Awards to be presented include: Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame "Class of 2014", Family Spirit Award: The Harry and Mabel Pratt Family of Livingston County, State Livestock Scholarship, Legacy of Leadership Scholarships. Come enjoy free ice cream and celebrate 4-Hers & longtime volunteers! Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Director of Agriculture's Lawn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. There is no fee for the event. Questions? (217) 333-9295. Reservations: Please register by Friday, August 1st. "Click Below" to Register on our Secure Website!

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Growing watermelons in your home garden and wondering when they are ready to be picked? Watch this...

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4-H Lake County Fair Book - July 23-July 27, 2014. Please review the rules and regulations regarding exhibiting your 4-H project for fair. "Click Below" to view and print the 4-H Fair Book.

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Survey Will Document Economic Impact of County Fairs-Agricultural county fairs have a long tradition in Illinois, but the impact goes far beyond delightful squeals from children on the Tilt-A-World and sticky fingers from cotton candy. In a cooperative effort, University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, fair-goers in 15 counties will be surveyed to assess the economic impact of Illinois’ agricultural fairs. The report will address the money spent by fair attendees, as well as non-economic impacts of annual fairs. The selected counties include Adams, Champaign, Clark, DeKalb, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Lake, Mason, Massac, Marshall, Mercer, Monroe, Richland and Whiteside. Trained 4-H youth surveyors will ask a percentage of fair-goers to complete a survey which will collect information about the fair attendee’s spending habits at the fair, their reason for attending and other information which will help assess the value of local agricultural fairs. Youth will also assist in presenting the results to the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs during its 2015 annual conference. In addition to the blind surveys, key members of the county fair experience, including fair board members, livestock superintendents, carnival operators, exhibitors and vendors, will be interviewed. “Illinois 4-H is proud to assist in this economic development project with the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs,” said Bill Million, U of I 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist. “4-H has a long-standing tradition of teamwork with our local county fairs, and we support the value of the fair experience.” “In addition, 4-H youth will gain valuable experience in research methods, data analysis and public presentation skills, Million said.”

4-H McHenry County Fair Book - July 30-August 3,2014. 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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Looking for plants that can survive this hot summer? We have ideas for you here...

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SAVE THE DATE: October 18, 2014 - Extension 100 Years Gala, Milan Banquet Hall, 651 Lakehurst Rd., Waukegan, IL 60085. Extension is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. We will be celebrating all program accomplishments October 18, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm. More details to come....

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