When people call our office to find out more about 4-H, I am always a little stumped on where to start. 4-H families will tell you that 4-H is everywhere, and it is a part of everything you do each day.
The Texas 4-H website states “4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering.”
4-Her’s have the opportunity to discover and learn about projects ranging from aerospace to zoology. Below are some of the upcoming dates important for families already enrolled in 4-H or for those considering joining.
All youth planning to participate in the 2013 Wise County Youth Fair need to be enrolled in either 4-H or FFA by Monday, Dec. 31. To register for 4-H, visit 4-H Connect Online to enroll (texas.4honline.com). You will first need to set up a family profile and then register youth and at least one adult. Cost is $25 for youth in third through 12th grade, and adults are free. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 if you have any questions about enrollment. Also, you can use the Internet at the office if necessary.
Consumer decision making practices are 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Extension office. Consumer decision making is a project based on teaching youth about selecting products at the store based on economics and product information. All 4-H members are welcome to attend and should bring a pencil and paper to take notes.
Livestock judging practices are 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27, after hoof trimming on Saturday, Dec. 29, and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Extension office. Livestock judging teaches youth about market animal characteristics and selection and helps with public speaking skills. All 4-H members are welcome to attend and should bring a pencil and paper to take notes.
Hoof trimming is 8:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. All 4-H and FFA members are invited to attend, and the cost is $30 per head.
There will be a “Crafter-noon” 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Extension Office. We will have supplies to create crafts that can be entered into the 4-H Theme/Any Craft or Recycle Division categories at the Youth Fair. We will supply various craft supplies – if you have a specific project in mind, you should bring the supplies for it. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 by Dec. 28 to sign up.
Wise County Youth Fair tag-in for sheep, goats, hogs, non-registered heifers and dairy sale heifers is 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. If you miss this tag-in date, you will not be eligible to show in the WCYF. Just because you tag your animal, does not mean you are entered in the WCYF. Entries open Wednesday, Jan. 9 and will close Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information, go to www.wcyouthfair.org.
The Clothing and Textiles 4-H Club will host a Clothing and Textiles Workshop 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Extension office. Topics discussed will be story boards, construction and buying projects, community service and various Youth Fair categories. To participate in the clothing and textiles project, you do not have to know how to sew. For some, it’s about the love to shop for clothing and accessories.
A Broiler Clinic is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Extension Office. Topics that will be covered include housing, nutrition, health, daily care and selection. If you have been showing broilers for years or if this is your first time this workshop is for you. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 to sign up by Friday, Jan. 11.
Another exciting (scholarship) opportunity for Senior 4-H members is the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo School Tours. This year Wise County 4-Her’s will give tours to schoolchildren on Friday, Feb. 15, at the San Antonio Stock Show. We will travel to San Antonio after school on Thursday, Feb. 14, and return home the evening of Feb. 15.
All senior youth that participate in this tour guide experience have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship (in either 4-H or FFA) or an add-on to their market animal if it makes the sale at San Antonio. Tour guide training is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Feb. 12, at the Extension office. For information, contact the Extension office.
Chrissy Karrer is a County Extension Agent, 4-H and Youth Development.