4-H Events and Activities

Thursday, July 18, 2024

2024 stock Show Information Posted


Entry deadlines for Kaufman County 4-H’ers are ALWAYS earlier than posted deadlines. Late entries after the posted deadline will incur a $50 per exhibitor late fee. 


This will include a multitude of contests and events unrelated to owning livestock. Everybody planning to participate at any of the Spring Major Shows, livestock or non-livestock events, MUST submit an entry on this day.

When entering shows pay CLOSE ATTENTION to  MY DEADLINE ASSIGNED!!!  Most all  show require information to be uploaded online by me.  For Jackie and I to make sure the books balance I need your entries ON TIME!!

***Quality Counts must be completed/updated if participating at State Fair of Texas and any spring major **  

What to Bring – 2024-Exhibitor-Summary-Sheet which includes the following information.

*4-H Member   –     *4-H Member’s SS Number   *Valid Quality Counts Number  *Method of Payment (cash or check)

*Copy of Heifer registration papers   –  *Copy of Pure bred gilt papers

DO NOT forget form of payment  – Checks made to 4-H Council Fund.

One check per family per show.  NO CHECKS FOR MULTI SHOWS.

Entries are not complete if payment is not received.

CONTEST – Entry Date will be November TBA,  2024 by 5:00.  Please mark this date on your calendar if you want to compete at Spring Major Spring Shows. 

2024-2025 Major Livestock Show Updates—all forms and stock show updates are available at this link. (still coming)


If you would like to participate in a calf scramble at one of the major livestock shows this Spring, please complete and submit the Major Show Calf Scramble Application.

Application DUE to the 4-H Office by September 6, 2024.

This application will allow me to contact interested parties when the registration forms for each of the shows become available.

North Texas Fair & Rodeo – August 16-25, 2024 – https://ntfair.com/


West Texas Fair & Rodeo – September 5-14, 2024

Here’s a good reminder:
YOUth Lambs, Goats, Swine = YOU may enter online
Junior Heifers, Steers = your CEA/AST must enter online. Please complete the appropriate Entry Worksheet and turn it into your CEA/AST so they may enter your project
Open Cattle, Sheep, Boer Goats = YOU may enter online

  • Junior Show Breeding Entry Worksheet
  • Junior Show Market Entry Worksheet
    • • Grounds Passes are NOT required for Weekend 1 exhibitors (August 28 – September 2). Grounds Passes will be mailed to the address on file for each exhibitor entered in any show for Weekend 2 and/or Weekend 3.
      • A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI/Health Certificate) is required for all animals EXCEPT: Junior Market Steers, Open Breeding Sheep, and Youth Swine. All poultry are required to have a current Pullorum-Typhoid test and the only accepted birds will be TEXAS poultry.
      • The cap for the Junior Market Steer Show is 720 entries. Please enter your steers with priority and gusto.
  • Livestock Show Updates – 2024 are on the Get Connected page  towards the bottom.

EAST TEXAS STATE FAIR – SEPTEMBER 20-29, 2024 – Deadline to have entries to Office August 1st at the Extension Office

THE LIVESTOCK SHOW IS MOVING – In 2024 the East Texas State Fair will only be able to have the junior shows. These shows will be held in Athens at the Henderson County Fair Complex.
ENTRIES – Entries will begin online starting July 15th. Entry deadline is Friday, Aug. 16, 2024. Junior entries must be made by the ag teacher or county agents. Junior entry paperwork should be postmarked by Aug. 21.

The Henderson County Fair Complex does not allow any outside shavings or pellets. All pellets must be bought at the show and are $8.00 per bag.

RV spaces are available on the grounds. There are 42 – 50 amp spaces, 62 – 30 amp spaces and are $40.00 per night. Please contact Henderson County Fair Complex 903-670-3324 about a week before the show to reserve a spot.

Lambs and goats will be allowed and preferred to be shown off of trailer. Minimum pens available.


     FYI: Junior show animals are NOT required to be Validated.
     NO health papers are required on any animals.
     Junior Heifer Show is a Blow and Go Show.
     Cable halters and pronged chains are prohibited.

     NO pop up tents allowed on grounds.
     NO outside shavings or pellets

2024 Livestock Show Documents

HEART O’ TEXAS FAIR & RODEO  http://hotfair.com

October 3-13, 2024 – (Deadline to enter-August 15th in the county office)


Saturday, June 01, 2024

Junior Ag Women Ambassador

Attention all aspiring agricultural professionals between the ages of 15-25! Ag Women Connect is thrilled to announce an incredible opportunity for you to expand your network and knowledge in the industry. 

Become a Junior Ambassador for AWC and be guided and mentored by Christian women in agriculture who will help you navigate your unique journey.

As an AWC Junior Ambassador, you will represent the organization, the past, present, and future of agriculture and the western way of life to our growing community. 

You will play a significant role in our advocacy, community, and connection initiatives. Plus, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship to put towards your mission and role in ag. 

Don't miss out on this amazing chance to enhance your career and become a part of a supportive community. 

Submit your application by July 31st, 2024, to be considered. 

Recipients will be notified no later than August 15th and will be announced publicly at our 2024 Ag Women Connect Conference Gala on Saturday, September 28, 2024. 

Join us in shaping the future of agriculture!  

Apply here: https://forms.gle/RDgTDwjrRJs5Cutt8

Thursday, May 09, 2024

2024 Validation Dates

 This summer in June is the Validation for the fall shows (State Fair and Heart O Texas) for Goats, Sheep, and Heifers and for the 2024-2025 Major Steer shows, we will be hosting those validations on the dates below. These are the only dates the committee has due to my June camp schedule.

June 17th – 6 pm – Showgrounds – GOATS AND LAMBS ONLY
June 18th – 6:30 pm- Risinger Vet Clinic – HEIFERS AND STEERS ONLY
June 24th – 6 pm – Showgrounds – GOATS AND LAMBS ONLY
June 25th – *****8 am**** - Mabank FFA Barn - HEIFERS AND STEERS ONLY
Registration papers for ALL PROJECTS that will be validated for the shows to show as a breeding project will HAVE TO BE PRESENT AND IN ORIGINAL FORM at the time of validation. NO TRANSFERS OR ONLINE copies will be excepted.

They have made a change to the heifer validation ownership/validation deadline. Heifers must be solely owned and registered as such by October 31, 2024. This is a change from the previous November 1 deadline. Though just one day difference, this will better align with other species validation deadlines. Please make this note in your reminders, rules, and updates for heifer exhibitor families. This does not change any dates for the Fall validation coming up in June. The deadline for that validation is still June 30.

If you have any questions please contact Carrie Sharp

Monday, May 06, 2024

News from the State 4-H Office


Texas 4-H Roundup Registration is OPEN

Attention, Texas 4-H! Texas 4-H Roundup is now OPEN! If you or someone you know has qualified, don't miss your chance to register. Registration is open now until May 13th. Did you want to come to Texas 4-H Roundup, but you didn't qualify? We offer invitational contest. Visit https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/ to explore the contest we have. Don't delay- REGISTER TODAY! Click here to register for Texas 4-H Roundup.


Texas 4-H Roundup Apparel

Gear up in style for Texas 4-H Roundup! Check out this year's Texas 4-H Roundup apparel! Orders are now open until May 12th, and we are offering shipping this year! Don't miss your chance to rock the latest Texas 4-H gear, place your order today! Visit the online store to place your order. 


Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover Extended

Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover Campaign has extended its dates until Sunday, May 12th! Don't miss the opportunity to support Texas 4-H at your nearest TSC location!


Texas 4-H Roundup Invitational Contest

Didn't qualify for a contest at Texas 4-H Roundup? Want to get some state-level contests under your belt? No worries! You can participate in the Texas 4-H Roundup Invitational Contest!! These events are happening during Roundup, and you don't need to qualify- just register. Hurry, registration for Texas 4-H Roundup closes on May 13th. Don't miss your chance to participate in these contest! Register now. View a list of the invitational contests here.


Last Chance - Teen Ambassador Training

It's your last chance to sign up for the second Teen Ambassador Training! This training is for youth to understand their role as a camp ambassador, create camp themes and activities, earn volunteer hours, and participate in team building activities. Texas 4-H members, ages 15-17, and graduating seniors who are 18 years old are eligible for participation. Click here to learn more about Teen Ambassador Training. For registration, click here.


Texas 4-H Beekeeping Essay Winners

Congratulations to Landon Moore of Wise County! His essay was selected to advance to the National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest representing Texas 4-H. 

Also receiving honors were 2nd place, Kenzie Williams from Lipscomb County and 3rd place, Aiden Slotesz from Blanco County. 


Texas 4-H Center Recognized as America's Best Summer Camps 2024

Congratulations to the Texas 4-H Center for being recognized as one of America's Best Summer Camps 2024! This honor is a testament to the camps that the center provides each year, the hard work that it takes to host camps, and the commitment to providing enriching experiences for all campers. Help us congratulate them on this huge accomplishment! See what camps the Texas 4-H Center offers here. 


Texas 4-H Virtual Fishing Skill-A-Thon

Reel in excitement with the 2024 Texas 4-H Virtual Fishing Skill-A-Thon! Cast your line, fish in your own location, and submit your measurements. Registration is now open through 4-HOnline, see the attached PDF for rules and regulations. 


4-H Entomology Collection Contest and 4-H Entomology Photography Contest

Get ready to capture or collect insects! Registration is now open for the 4-H Entomology Collection Contest and the 4-H Entomology Contest through 4HOnline. Don't miss your chance to learn about these fascinating creatures and explore the world of insects. Registration will be open until May 20th, with late registration open until May 24th. Learn about these creatures and explore the buggy world. Learn more or register here.

Upcoming Texas 4-H Natural Resources Program

Check out the upcoming events that Texas 4-H Natural Resources has coming up! See something that your youth might be interested in? Share this with them! Contact Larry Hysmith at Larry.Hysmith@ag.tamu.edu for more details about these events. 

May Newsletter

 Attached is the link for the May 4-H Newsletter.  If you have any questions please email Carrie. 



Thursday, September 14, 2023

September Newsletter

 The September newsletter is attached to this email. Please open and take a look, as in this newsletter we have information about -

  1. National 4-H Week Activities
  2. Volunteer opportunities
  3. How to pick a project
  4. One Day 4-H information
  5. Upcoming workshop and contest information
  6. Fall Council Pecan Sales
  7. Tractor Supply Clover Fundraiser
  8. Spring Major Show entry information (New Deadline due to the time constraints in October and November)
  9. Livestock Validation information (only if you purchased a validation tag)

Go to DropBox Link - https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/zwvyrlnlej0eacdrdw7hm/September-2023-Newsletter.pdf?rlkey=ecc9tf9xe6milg7w8lwqc2xqw&dl=0

Sunday, August 06, 2023

Tuesday, February 07, 2023