Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- The Value of the 4-H Show
- State Fair Project Slips
- 2018 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
- 2018 HCE Food Stand Menu
- Federation's September Meeting
- Quick notes @ 4-H Show
- Parade of Banners
- Sawdust & Bedding
- Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
- Looking for a way to help at the Tazewell 4-H Fair & Jr. Show?
- 4-H Game Night donations
- Conference Judging - A Message to the 4-H Member:
- Typical Conference Judging Questions
- Local 4-H Events
- Rocket Kits available
- 4-H Show vs. Jr. Fair Judging
- Your cabin is waiting at Family Camp
- Could you use $1,000 for college?
- 4-H Food Stand Sign Up
- Horse Exhibitors, Department Assistants & Judging Assistants through the general judging lines
- Horse Paperwork for fair
- Save the date for fall shooting sports state contests
- Discover your future at FilmFest 4-H
- Understanding 4-H premiums
- Let’s get real!
- Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
- We’re Looking for New Members!
- Our day at the Illinois State Fair… August 11
- Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony
- Celebrating volunteers at the fair
- Which dairy cow do you place first?
- Important and helpful forms available online
Dear 4-H Families,
The 2018 Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair is right around the corner!! Where has the time gone? Bailey 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 in your FUSHIA 2018 Show Book to ensure you meet all the requirements. Your show book is your best friend and guide. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us.
PLEASE watch your emails carefully the next couple of days for last minute details or requests about the 4-H Show.
I can't wait to see out at the fairgrounds in a few short days!
The Value of the 4-H Show
Dear Leaders and Parents,
As 4-H volunteers, you know that IL 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.
State Fair Project Slips
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!
2018 Tazewell 4-H Show Dates
July 28 — 4-H Show Set Up, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin @ 8 a.m.
July 30-August 1 — Tazewell 4-H Show & Jr. Fair
August 11 — Tazewell's Day at the Illinois State Fair
2018 HCE Food Stand Menu
The Tazewell County HCE ladies can't wait to see you at their food stand! Just to tantalize your taste buds a bit, here is a preview of the menu.
Monday, July 30
Biscuits and Gravy
Pizza—lunch until gone
Pork Chop Sandwiches—around 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31
Biscuits and Gravy
Ribeye Sandwiches—around 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1
Biscuits and Gravy
Walking Tacos, Nachos, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Pork Burgers, Hot Dogs, Pretzels w/ Cheese, Desserts w/ ice cream (if you like), and several choices of sides! NEW… SUPER Nachos—nachos w/ taco meat, tomatoes, onions & nacho cheese
Federation's September Meeting
Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
This will be the kick-off meeting for Federation, so be prepared for lots of fun!
Any 4-H member, ages 13-18, are invited to join Federation. Federations exist to increase the involvement of youth in county programming efforts and developing camaraderie beyond the club level.
Quick notes @ 4-H Show
Entry Tags: Most 4-H exhibits have entry tags that attach to the exhibit prior to judging and display. Tags were picked up by club leaders or members. It is critical 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.
Exhibit check-out—Livestock exhibits are released immediately following the Youth Project Auction on Wednesday night. General exhibits are released the same night at the conclusion of the Youth Project Auction (around 7:30 p.m.)
Judges—After your exhibit 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 Bailey Hoerbert. Do NOT confront the judge without prior permission from the Superintendent, Katharine or Bailey.
Help—Who can help with questions?
1. Extension Staff
2. Department Superintendents
3. 4-H Leaders and then
4. other 4-Hers and parents
Parade of Banners
All Tazewell County 4-H Clubs are invited to participate in the Parade of Banners on Tuesday, July 31. 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.
Sawdust & Bedding
Each 4-Her will be responsible for providing their own sawdust or bedding for the show.
Online ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area.
The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.
I 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: Wyatt S., Joe L., Madison B., Zachary K., Alexia F.
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.
4-H Game Night donations
All 4-H members and their families are invited to attend the 4-H Game Night on Tuesday, July 31 following the Awards Program.
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.
Conference Judging - 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?
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.
Local 4-H Events
28 Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair Set Up, 8 a.m.
30-Aug. 1 Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair
1 Exhibit Pick Up, at the conclusion of the Youth Project Auction (around 7:30 p.m.)
4-H Show Clean Up, 8 p.m.
9-19 Illinois State Fair
11 State Fair Exhibit Day for Fulton, Mason, Peoria, Tazewell Counties.
14 Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame celebration
25 Illinois 4-H State Dog Show, Granny Rose Canine Enrichment Center in Dixon
30 4-H Show Evaluation Mtg., 7 p.m., Extension office, Pekin
31 End of 2017-2018 4-H Year
1 2018-2019 4-H Year begins
3 Labor Day, Extension office closed
8 State 4-H Archery Shoot, Pekin
14 Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension office, Pekin
15 State 4-H Shotgun Shoot, Bunker Hill Shooting Park
29 State 4-H Rifle/Pistol Shoot, Central IL Precision Shooters, Bloomington
Rocket Kits available
Anyone planning to exhibit in the beginning Aerospace class for the 4-H how 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.
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.
Your cabin is waiting at Family Camp
Registrations are now being accepted for Family Camp Program at 4-H Memorial Camp Sept. 14-16. Come out and enjoy all that the camp has to offer! Experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, hayrack rides, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. We will also have drone demonstrations, and participants will have a chance to fly drones themselves!
Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing your family and 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! Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories that 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 cost for participants 8 years and older is $75/person; $35/per person for youth 4-7 years of age. Learn more at: 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 special accommodations.
Could you use $1,000 for college?
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Dairy as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth. The educational objective of SYPA is to provide youth participants in the Junior Livestock Division a practical experience that will develop their life skills, problem solving abilities, and communication techniques.
The SYPA contest is open to 4-H members who are 14 years of age or older doing project work in the species area for which they are entering. 4-H age is determined as of January 1, 2018. Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the Illinois State Fair to participate in the SYPA contest.
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.
BEEF, SHEEP & SWINE CONTEST: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Livestock Center. Send registrations to Dan Jennings, U of I Extension Animal Science Educator, 1100 E. Warrenville Rd., Suite 170, Naperville, IL 60563
DAIRY CONTEST: 8 a.m., Saturday, August 18 at the State Fair Livestock Center. Scholarships sponsored by Compeer Financial. Send registration to Dave Fischer, retired U of I Extension Diary Specialist, 901 Oak Hill St., Trenton, IL 62293.
Check out more details @ https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/competitions/premium-books/Documents/livestock.pdf, page 35.
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.
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 exhibits judging lines.
The 4-H Show schedule does not allow the leisure of all exhibits 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 exhibits 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 exhibit judged, you may go to the Superintendent of the general exhibit 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.
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
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.
Save the date for fall shooting sports state contests
4-H youth may participate in one, two, three, or all four state shooting sports contests set for this fall. The top performers this fall may be eligible to compete in the 2019 National 4-H Shooting Sports Contest. Registrations for all State Shoots begins July 15 and closes Aug. 15.
Age Requirements for the State Shoots:
Participants must be enrolled members of an active 4-H Shooting Sports Club for the 2018-19 year, so it is important youth re-enroll as soon as the new year begins in September.
Youth may only compete in the discipline for which they have received instruction from a certified 4-H volunteer instructor. For example, youth who are members of a shotgun club led by a state-certified shotgun instructor cannot register for the pistol contest unless they have also participated in supervised instruction from a state-certified 4-H pistol instructor.
Minimum Age: Youth must be at least 14 years of age by Jan. 1, 2019 to compete.
Maximum Age: Youth must be no older than 18 on Sept. 1, 2018 to participate.
To be selected for the national competition team, youth must not turn 19 before Jan. 1, 2019. Thus, youth in their final year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December 2018 may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest.
Archery will be held September 8 at the Pekin Archers in Pekin.
Shotgun will be held September 15 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill
Rifle will be held September 29 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington
Pistol will be held September 30 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington
Discover your future at FilmFest 4-H
Youth from across the nation go on location to Columbia, Mo. this summer to take part in "FilmFest 4-H," the national 4-H film festival. FilmFest 4-H runs July 29 – August 1 in Columbia, Mo. Register online at filmfest4h.org.
Companies use digital media every day. Scriptwriting, camera framing, and video editing skills are becoming as important as reading in many jobs. Now in its 8th year, the festival continues its mission to bring youth together to learn from working professionals in the television and film industry. Past presenters have included film directors, actors, TV series editors, writers, stunt persons, special effects (SFX) experts, sound engineers and commercial animal trainers. Scheduled for 2018 is SFX makeup artist Joseph Drobezko, an internationally recognized makeup artist who has already worked on several films and is fresh off the most recent season of Faceoff.
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.
Let’s get real!
4-H REAL media is an exciting new learning experience for 4-H members ages 13-17. 4-H REAL media is online and has 4 interactive learning modules (approximately 20 minutes each) to teach how advertising tries to manipulate youth. Youth will create their own messages to fight back and help protect their friends and community. As you go through the levels, you will complete surveys and earn up to $50 each for participation.
After completing the interactive modules, you will create an anti-substance abuse poster or 30-second video AND enter your poster or video into an online social media contest. There are cash prizes for the contest that give you the chance to win up to $250! Submission of your video or poster qualifies as a national mastery experience, and if selected as one of the top winners, it will be shared nationwide and therefore qualify as a national level service experience. Both experiences are recognized as part of the current Illinois 4-H State Experience Award Application. An email invitation will be sent directly through 4-H online to all age-eligible members. Please be on the lookout!
Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
We know clubs are doing amazing service projects. The state 4-H office wants to share your amazing stories. It's simple to tell your story:
Tell us a little about your project.
Add a picture if you have one.
Your stories will be collected and shared back on the State 4-H Website! If you've already done a service project this year…. Great, go and report anything you've done since September 1, 2017.
We’re Looking for New Members!
You see them at state 4-H events in their bright green shirts. Now YOU can become an Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team member.
Eligibility: Age 16 to 19 by September 1, 2018.
Length of service: Two years, so new Team members selected this summer will serve from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020.
Apply online after May 1: go.illinois.edu/4HYLT. Look for the application at the bottom of the page under "Resources."
Deadline: Early deadline is June 15 for interviews during Illini Summer Academies. Last deadline is July 31 for interviews during the Illinois State Fair.
The State Youth Leadership Team plans and implements the state Jr. Leadership Conference, plans and teaches the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program, and assists (behind the scenes and in front of the audience) for many other statewide events. Team members have the opportunity to serve on statewide planning committees and advisory groups, including the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee, Illini Summer Academies planning committee, and Teen Leadership Conference planning committee. Members also have the first opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. each spring.
Our day at the Illinois State Fair… August 11
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 1 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 11.
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.
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 fun things to do in the Orr Building and around the fairgrounds.
Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor one volunteer leader from each county at a ceremony during the Illinois State Fair. The celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 as part of Ag Day at the fair right before the Sale of Champions activities begin. Supporters and families of the recipients are welcome to attend.
Celebrating volunteers at the fair
If you're a volunteer leader, be sure to check in at the Information booth at the Orr Building August 10-13 during the 4-H General Show to receive a free gift!
Which dairy cow do you place first?
Line 'em up and rank them at the 2018 Illinois 4-H State Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and the contest begins at 10. All contestants must be current 4-H members, but you do not need to be enrolled in a dairy project. There will be six classes of cows and heifers of various breeds. Youth 13 and younger (as of 1/1/18) will be in the junior division. Youth 14 and older will be in the senior division. All participants will be invited to present oral reasons, but it is not mandatory. Juniors may read or recite from memory. Those seniors wishing to be considered for the state team must give two sets of oral reasons. State team members must be at least 14 but not older than 18 as of Jan. 1, 2018. The national contest will be Oct. 1 in Madison, Wisconsin.