4-H Events and Activities

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

KCJLS Creative Talent Photo Contest

Last Minute Prep for County Fair Creative Talent Non-Food entries. All non-food items and horticulture items for judging will be brought and checked in at the Women’s Building at the
fairgrounds on THURSDAY, February 20, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and FRIDAY, February 21, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. Easels and display stands can be provided by the exhibitor and clearly marked with the owner’s name.
All non-food items and horticulture items will be judged on SUNDAY, February 23rd, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For Photo entries.
Mounting instructions: Photos must be mounted on Black or white studio mount, foam core board, or a board of like thickness.
Sides must be 1-inch border on all sides.
Photo Optimization: All photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have
been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (red eye reduction, removal of dust, cropping, minor adjustments to
exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will have points deducted.

Here is a great video for the mounting photos for the photo classes. be sure to remember to put a 1" border around the edge of the photo for "hanging" at the county fair.
Only when trimming the photo remember to leave a 1" border.

Rules for the KCJLS Creative Talent can be found at:

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation project workshop

WHEP Project Workshop
A 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) workshop for parents and 4-Hers will be held on Feb 29th where you can learn about wildlife in our area, and how a WHEP contest plays out. Register by February 21st!
on 4-H Connect

2020 Storyboard Contest Rules & Procedures

2020 Storyboard Contest Rules & Procedures Available for Download
Is your 4-H'er a Fashion & Interior Design guru? Or really creative and great at making a storyboard? Check out this contest! Make sure you download the rules and guidelines today to get started on your project in time!

Texas 4-H Veterinary Science Summer Camps

Intro to Invitationals: Week 3 Archery

For the next 13 weeks, we will be sharing information about our invitational contests at Roundup. These contests are open to ALL Texas 4-H members that qualify for the age group restrictions.

Intermediate and senior Texas 4-H members shooting under a certified 4-H shooting sports coach, shoot your shot at the Invitational Roundup Archery contest! Don't miss your chance to walk the stage, have new experiences, and learn! Learn more about the project and the contest at the link below.

To Learn more go to:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

At Large Council Applications now open

At-Large Council Applications now Open
The 2020-21 Texas 4-H Council At-Large Delegate information has been released for agent review and use. Please distribute as you deem appropriate. We had an excellent group of candidates last year and trust that the experience was an educational opportunity for everyone. Click on the link below and go to the "Texas 4-H Council" section of the webpage for more information and to access the application.

WHEP Project Workshop

WHEP Project Workshop
A 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) workshop for parents and 4-Hers will be held on Feb 29th where you can learn about wildlife in our area, and how a WHEP contest plays out. Register by February 21st!

Intro to Invitationals: Week 2 Ag Product ID

Intro to Invitationals: Week 2 Ag Product ID
For the next 13 weeks, we will be sharing information about our invitational contests at Roundup. These contests are open to ALL Texas 4-H members.

Study, prepare, and identify 20 different agricultural products to show off your agricultural product knowledge! Don't miss your chance to walk the stage, have new experiences, and learn! All Texas 4-H youth are able to enter in the Agricultural Product Identification contest at the 2020 Roundup. Learn more about the project and the contest at the link below.


Kaufman County 4-H has Quizlet study cards for you to practice and test your knowledge of Texas Ag Products!!!

Intro to Invitational at State 4-H Roundup - Week 1 Entomology

Intro to Invitationals: Week 1 Entomology
For the next 13 weeks, we will be sharing information about our invitational contests at Roundup. These contests are open to ALL Texas 4-H members.

Bug out with us over your collection of insects! Don't miss your chance to walk the stage, have new experience, and learn! All Texas 4-H youth are able to enter in the Entomology Contest at the 2020 Roundup. Learn more about the project and the contest at the link below.

Kaufman County we have a study set on Quizlet!!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

State 4-H Entomology Contest

 Let’s go KAUFMAN County 4-H!!!  *NEW* this year, the contest is separate from Texas 4-H Roundup Registration. Registration will be through 4-H CONNECT on May 1 – May 22, 2020. Cost is $10. Collections will need to be physically brought to College Station on Tuesday, June 9th and turned in at the HEEP Center, Room 411 by 10 am. Awards will be announced during the Entomology Identification Awards ceremony the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10th. 4-H members do not need to be present, but must make arrangements to have their collections delivered/picked up for the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4 entries per age division.

The contest is open to Junior, Intermediates and Seniors. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4 entries per age division. Additional awards may be provided if sponsorship is available.

For more information, you can visit https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Validation Information for Spring Majors and County Fair

    •   October 17, 2019 - 4-H - starting at 4:30 pm at the Kaufman County Showgrounds
  • COUNTY FAIR - November 5th, 2019 - 6:30 pm Risinger Vet Clinic - COUNTY FAIR Market Steer and Commercial Heifer tag in.  I will be sending out a list of the Major Validated Steers.  Those Major Validated Steers do not need to be present BUT the county fair PAID entry must be turned in for those steers on November 5th, 2019. 
  • COUNTY FAIR - December 19, 2019 All entries for county fair due.  I will be at the County Fairgrounds at 6 pm all tagging will take place.
  • COUNTY FAIR - January ??, 2019 Broiler chicks delivered  to the county for pickup
  • COUNTY FAIR - February 5, 2019 Validation of Market Meat Pens (Rabbits). 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm county Fair grounds.  YOUTH MUST HAVE ENTERED IN DECEMBER!!!

No tags for Sheep and Goats and Does will be removed by the validation committee.  BUT a tag and tattoo will be done for all.  Please start "Cleaning Up" projects ears to make validation go smoothly.

Texas Breeder Tags for sheep and goats are needed for several shows.  IF your students are wanting the number to qualify then have that numbered tag in the ear by validation time please.

District IV 4-H Contest Updates

District IV Contest Updates

Updated contest guides are starting to be posted to https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/
Please review all information thoroughly. Some contest has minor changes this year as noted in specific contest rules and guidelines. The 2020 State 4-H Roundup Contest guide is up on the state 4-H Site. Google Texas 4-H Roundup and it take you to the page. The District Contest may have SLIGHT differences. Those rules and guidelines are being posted at https://d44-h.tamu.edu/event-page-links/

AS contests are up dated for the 2019-2020 year you will see in the right column "Updated for 2019-2020". District Committees are working hard to up date as much as possible.

District IV 4-H Photography Contest
Contest Timeline.
• October 1, 2019 Contest Registration opens on Texas 4-H Connect
• November 1, 2019 Contest Registration closes on Texas 4-H Connect No Late Entry Options.
November 7, 2019 Photos are due to the Kaufman County Extension Office by 4 pm
• November 19, 2019 Judging will take place at the Morris County Annex starting at 9:30 am. (600 Broadnax, Daingerfield, TX)
Each participating member is required to register on Texas 4-H Connect and pay the district contest registration fee. When registering on Texas 4-H Connect, you will be assessed a $10.00 fee for the first photo entry. Subsequent entries are an additional $0.50 per photo.
More information can be found at the District Event Page https://d44-h.tamu.edu/event/photography/

Beginner Horse Judging Workshop – Nov 2nd
The district IV 4-H horse committee is hosting a beginning horse Judging workshop at TAMU Commerce Horse Unit. Workshop starts at 9 am, there will be lunch served with a practice horse Judging in the afternoon.
Workshop is open to youth and adults. Registration is now open on 4H Connect for $15 per person (includes instruction, materials, practice materials, and lunch with a drink).

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Week – Oct 9-20th

In October we will have the chance to work with the Terrell Tractor Supply Company to sell paper clovers to help raise money for the leadership programs in Kaufman County 4-H.  Looking for teams to help with booth times at the Terrell TSC.   We have a canopy, table, table cover, handouts, and more for the setup.

   October 8th – Horse Club at Terrell TSC  (you all did AWESOME!!!)
   October 12th – Kemp 4-H at the Mabank TSC
   October 14th – Terrell TSC – Council 9-1
   October 19th – Terrell TSC?? Would anyone like to help with this Day??

At the Tractor Supply Store days bring baked goods to sale. Also, a good idea is cool water on hot days or something hot to drink on cool days. To get “credit” for working one of the fundraisers take a group picture with everyone there. Please contact Carrie if you would like to set up a time.

New fundraisers for 2019-2020 4-H Year

We need your help! Each year, the Kaufman County 4-H hosts fundraisers to help with the costs of supporting our youth. 

For the 2019-2020, 4-H Year we will be hosting 6 Fundraisers to help with the developing opportunities and the participation we have in the county for the members.

We need our 4-H members to participate in each fundraiser.  We want you to know that we utilize the funds raised for the total Kaufman County 4-H program…. which includes you! Just what does the council help fund???
– Awards for county competitions
- Membership awards for those completing record books. 
– Competition scholarships for district and state contest.  

Assisting with the county council fundraiser brings lots of fun opportunities to the 4-H members in the county. We are also able to help offset the costs of many events, camps, educational supplies, workshops, contests, and leadership activities through these funds. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Extension Office and visit with Carrie Sharp about the fundraising activities.

The 6 fundraisers are:
1. Popcorn/Tamale Sales – October to December 2019
     Attached to this newsletter
2. October TSC Paper Clover Week – October 9th-20th
3. December Concession Stand at fairgrounds (breaksfast only then cookie sales)
4. County Fair Cookie Sales – February
5. Spring TSC Paper Clover Week – March
6. Memorial Day Bake Sales - May

4-H members wishing to receive participation incentives, leadership camp scholarships, District and State participation scholarships, will need to participate in 4 of the 6 fundraisers.  Each fundraiser will have a base line sale needs to qualify as participating in that fundraiser.  
Popcorn/Tamale Sales – October to December
Attached to this newsletter is the sales sheet for the popcorn and the tamales.  We will be participating in this fundraiser from October 1 to December 6th with pick up of popcorn and tamales on December 17th.  Just in time for Christmas presents or snacks for family!!

On the sheets declare what club(s) you are representing.
This year the council will be awarding..
++Top salesman who will get 10% of their Net Profits.
++Clubs will receive 10% of their clubs Net Profits (if members are part of more than one club those will be split between those clubs they put down on their sales sheet)

Council News

Small typo in this months newsletter. The Special Program will be in November. BUT this months meeting will be at 7:00 pm with several of the officers in fall sports. BUT also I hear there may be a survivor type game that includes snacks. Just a hint

Council Meeting – New Time!!!
The next 4-H Council Meeting will be October 18th, at 7:00 pm at the Extension office.

We will have special program again in November, Mr. Shelton Gibbs, Criminal Defense Lawyer for Kaufman County.
One Day 4-H Date!!!
Texas 4-H! One Day 4-H is October 12, 2019. This event allows 4-H members, parents, and volunteers help their communities through service projects. This event is flexible and can be as straightforward or intricate as you like. 

If your club is doing something for One Day 4-H please email the office so that we can celebrate your club!!!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Henderson County Youth Livestock 101 clinic

Updates to the 2020 State 4-H Roundup

State 4-H Roundup contest rules updates. Here is a short list of what is changing or being up dated....
Look to the State 4-H Roundup 2020 site for more details.

The following Contests did have changes this year to their State Rules and Guidelines, please be sure and review for specifics online. I have highlighted some information below.

1. Consumer Decision Making – Added 4 new categories and removed 4 previously used categories
2. Duds to Dazzle – a few modifications to the rules, denoted in the Guide with a blue New icon!
3. Family Community Health Quiz Bowl (formerly Nutrition Quiz Bowl) – Nutrition resources did not change. Added 3 categories from Healthy Lifestyles Contest and 1 category from Consumer Decision Making to the contest.
4. Food Challenge – Several changes this year to the Food Challenge rules for the State contest. Be sure and review. All changes are denoted with a purple NEW icon! NOTE: The State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas contest this fall will follow the 2018-2020 Food Challenge Contest Rules.
5. Food Show – Theme this year is “Food Around the World”. Contest changes are denoted with a purple NEW icon!
6. Healthy Lifestyles – New categories for this year – ATV Safety, Sunglasses, Sports Injury Prevention, E-cigarettes & Vaping
7. Hippology – One new resource added – Horse Smarts
8. Horse Judging – Removed calf roping from the performance classes. Also Halter classes will be chosen from stock type breeds.
9. Livestock Quiz Bowl (replaced Beef and Swine Quiz Bowl) – Use of Ohio Guide for resources along with Quality Counts Curriculum – NOTE: For 2020 HLSR Beef Quiz Bowl, the contest will use the 2019-2020 Beef Quiz Bowl Resources which can be found at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/quiz/
10. Robotics Challenge – a few contest rules have been denoted in red in the August 2019 contest rules
11. Veterinary Science Skill-a-thon – As a reminder, as of the 2019 contest, youth do not have to be “pre-selected” to compete.
12. Wildlife Challenge – Contestants will compete as Individuals only, no Team entries

The following contest will no longer be part of the Texas 4-H Roundup registration. They will be stand-alone state level registrations in 4-H CONNECT. Similar to the State 4-H Photography contest.

2nd video for Record Book Prep - Keeping Track

This is the second in a series for Record Book Prep. This Video shows how and some examples what to keep track of this 4-H year.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Video series to prep for the 4-H Recordbook

August is here which means the beginning of a new 4-H year!!! After you navigate the 4-H Connect re-enrollment or signing up for the 1st time. Take a look at the record book prep. Learning to keep records is a life skill everyone needs to learn. We will be starting a video series to help prep. This first video takes a close look at the record book and where to look about selecting a project.

4-H recordbook forms amcan be found by googling Texas 4-H Recordbook.

Video #1

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Texas 4-H Rabbit Extravaganza Info

The Texas 4-H Rabbit Extravaganza Show Catalog has been posted on the Texas 4-H Website athttps://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/rabbit-extravaganza/ and is also attached here. Please check the website for updates as information is added.

Registration will open tomorrow, August 15, 2019, at noon and go through September 10, 2019.