4-H Events and Activities

Monday, December 12, 2016

Swine Jackpot Show - January 14th

4-H Dog Project Validation DEADLINE - January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 is the deadline for 4-H Dog Project Validation in 4-H Connect.  Attached are the detailed instructions.  Members complete the validation themselves, there are no fees and, similar to horse validation, we encourage members to validate any dog that may be eligible for them to show.  Some families will need help getting photos uploaded.

Dogs must be validated to participate in the Texas 4-H Dog Show on July 7-9, 2017 in Belton, Texas at the Bell County Expo. 

There are also flyers attached involving opportunities for members to get some practice. 

Montgomery County Dog Project Workshop in Conroe, Texas on January 7, 2017.  Registration due December 23, 2016

Guadalupe County 4-H Dog Show in the works for January 28, 2017 in San Antonio. (No flyer yet)

Montgomery County 4-H Dog Show - February 7, 2017 in Conroe, Texas.  Entries due January 20, 2017.

Brazos County 4-H Dog Show - February 18, 2017 in Bryan, Texas.  Late registration fee of $25 after February 3.

The 2017 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book has been sent for editing and formatting and will be distributed as soon as that process is complete.  It will also be posted to the Texas 4-H web page http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/ along with the flyers listed here.

Texas 4-H Roundup Theme!! "Dream On"

Texas 4-H Roundup is six months away. Mark your calendars, if you have not done so already, for June 5-8, 2017.  Also, bookmark http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/ to find all information related to Roundup.                                                                                                                                                                                     
The 2016-2017 Texas 4-H Council has set this year’s theme for Roundup which is “Dream On”.  Many of our Districts have already hosted qualifying events this year and you may have seen the “My Dream Came True” signs that our qualifying members are receiving.  We encourage the members to post on social media using hashtags #Texas4H and #4HDream which is this year’s Roundup specific hashtag.  We are currently downloading images as we find them and plan to use them in Roundup digital marketing pieces in the near future.

4-H day at the Capital

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program will once again host 4-H Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  This event is designed as a citizenship experience for 4-H members of all ages to learn more about the state legislative process, as well as meet their state representative and senator through an office visit.

Because this event is held during the legislative session and other organizations/groups are at the capitol on the same day, the number of participants (youth and adults) must be limited.  The event will open for registrations on January 9, 2017 at 12 noon and will remain open until January 27, 2017 or until the event is filled.  (In 2015, the event did fill up within the first 24 hours of being open).  4-H Day at the Capitol is open to the first 250 youth and 50 adults registering for the event.  

4-H CONNECT Registration will open at 12 noon on JANUARY 9, 2017 and close JANUARY 27, 2017
Cost per participant: $30.00 (includes lunch and t-shirt)

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (Estimated Start Time: 8:30 am and Estimated Finish Time:  4:00 pm)
Event limited to the first 250 youth/50 adult (registration is non-refundable or transferable!)

Other facts about the day that you should consider before registering:
  • This event does occur during the legislative session, therefore, the event schedule may change from what is published and even distributed the day of the event.  Changes to the overall schedule as well as House and Senate member visits will be occurring throughout the day and the 4-H Program will do our best to maintain the most up-to-date schedule changes through email and text messaging.
  • We request patience of all our 4-H members, parents, and County Extension Agents during the event due to the fast pace of the event.  This includes not just schedule changes, but cancellation of office visits or locations of visits. 
  • For those parents who do not get registered for the event, but their 4-H member did, they are welcome to attend and join in on the gallery and office visits, but due to space, the welcome assembly in the auditorium and the lunch will be limited to only registered individuals. The capitol does have a cafeteria located close to the room where the event lunch will be served.  
  • 4-H members attending the event maybe separated from their parents for periods of time when they are in the welcoming assembly or on office visits, please be assured it is the priority of the 4-H Program that each youth member is safe and comfortable in their participation of the event at all times.
  • Each registered participant will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt, therefore the dress is casual-nice (pressed blue jeans or khaki pants/skirt, casual shoes - not tennis shoes).  The t-shirt will be distributed at check-in and youth will have time to change prior to the event starting.
  • A detailed information packet will be sent to each registered participant approximately a week before the event with an updated schedule, parking information and other logistical information.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Office at 979-845-1212 or email Dr. Toby Lepley at t-lepley@tamu.edu.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Blackland Income Growth (BIG) conference is offering a workshop for YOUTH this year!

The Blackland Income Growth (BIG) conference is offering a workshop for YOUTH this year!

Please help spread the word with your 4-H members and share with your ag teachers so they can offer it to their FFA members, as well.  This can be considered a school-related absence; be sure to check eligibility before excusing youth from school.

There will be a new session at the 2016 Blackland Income Growth Conference. The event is titled “BIG Youth Workshop,” and it will be on December 13, 2016  from 9am-1:30pm at the Extraco Events Center.  There is no cost to attend and lunch is included! The target audience is 4-H and FFA members in grades 7-12.  We are inviting you to bring your ag classes and/or 4-H clubs to this program.

You can go to the link http://agrilife.org/d84h/bigyouthworkshop to register.  Please RSVP by November 30th.    I have attached the BIG program brochure.  We also invite you to take your ag classes and/or 4-H clubs to tour the agriculture vendors that will be on display in the Extraco Events Center Coliseum that day.

9:00 – 9:30 am – Check-in
9:30 – 10:30 am – Ag Financing: A Youth Perspective, Mr. John Minor
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break, Trade Show
10:45 – 11:45 am – The Truth About Your Food, Dr. Billy Zanolini
11:45 am – 12pm – Break, Trade Show
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Scholarship Luncheon, Speaker: Julie Borlaug

Saturday, November 05, 2016

2017 Beekeeping Essay Contest Information

The 2017 Beekeeping Essay Contest information. This year’s essay will be submitted online through Texas 4-H Connect.

2017 Essay Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Deadline for submission will be Friday, January 27, 2017.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from Texas 4-H:
·         1st Place: $300.00
·         2nd Place: $200.00
·         3rd Place: $100.00
Texas 4-H Contest Sponsored by : A complete list of sponsors will be sent to participants for thank you purposes by February 1, 2017.

The attached information will be added to the Texas 4-H website http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/ .  We will upload sponsorship information to the page as well once received.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jana Barrett.

Jana Barrett

Wise County 4-H Vet Science Skillathon - December 10th

Wise County 4-H
Vet Science Skillathon

Date:  December 10, 2016

Start Time:  9:00 am (Please arrive at 8:30 to get checked in)

Location:  Weatherford College Wise County
                 5180 US 380
                 Bridgeport, TX 76426

Cost:  $5 includes lunch

Divisions:  Junior/Intermediate Division
                   Senior Division

Please call Wise County Extension office (940) 627-3341 to register.  

Texas 4-H Horse Leader Training - November 18-19

4-H Horse Project Leader Training- November 18th-19th, Athens, TX There is still time to sign up!!
It is NOT too late to join us!! Open to 4-H Volunteers and County Extension Agents The clinic will begin November 18th, 2016 at 1:00 pm and conclude on November 19th, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Henderson County Fair Park - 3356 Hwy. 31 E; Athens, TX 75751 Registration is just $60/person, meals will be provided all you need to do is log into 4H Connect to sign up.
The Day and a Half training will focus on building blocks for a great county 4-H Horse program where leaders will get the tools to support, educate and encourage project leaders to provide safe, educational and memorable experiences for youth interested in horses. This will be accomplished by discussing the nuts and bolts of how to run an effective 4-H horse program, along with hands-on sessions about teaching safe and fun horsemanship lessons to youth.
Here is a sample of the fun to happen starting November 18 and 19th!!! There is class room time but also hands on learning!!
Day 1
Philosophy of 4-H and youth development
Learn How to be an effective volunteer leader
Hands on sessions at the arena on Horse behavior and safety and handling, Tying up – location, knots, Grooming and Clipping and Showmanship, and learn fun Parliamentary procedure games to help make a smoother meeting
Day 2
What does it take to have a successful county horse club and riding program
Health care and feeding programs
Organizing effective riding sessions and clinics
Tack and equipment
Discussions and demonstration on training methods
Not to mention food and snacks for everyone!!! So sign up and come join the fun!

Texas 4-H Career Pathway Webinar

The Texas 4-H Program is beginning a new series sponsored by Lockheed Martin which focuses on educating young people on career and education opportunities in the area of STEM.  The November webinar is entitled “Science and the Movies” and will feature Tim McLaughin, Associate Professor and Department Head of Visualization in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.   Mr. McLaughin will talked about his work in the film industry and working on such films as Star Wars: Episode I, as well as others.  

The webinar is completely FREE to everyone and is a great opportunity for linking 4-H Extension Programming to our schools and other youth serving organizations.  If you have any questions, please contact Greg Myles in the Dallas County Extension Office.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

2017 Texas 4-H Photography Contest

Theme:  For 2017 the theme is “Reflections”. These are photos shot off any natural or artificial reflective surface.  A well-excited shot will be able to show perfect symmetry or a slightly distorted shot.  Examples of photographs in the theme would be, but not limited to, photos from lakes, a window pane, a mirror, or a polished/wax car.  4-H members are encouraged to be creative when thinking about reflections in everyday life and where they are seen.

Changes to rules for 2017.  Photos must be 8X10 in size with a quality resolution.  Over the past two years the majority of disqualification in the contest have occurred when the photography is too small to be viewed by the judge when downloaded from 4-H CONNECT.

Additionally, please remember that all photos must be the original work of the 4-H member submitting the photograph.  No photograph can be submitted which has been taken by other 4-H members, a family member, or any printed/digital source.  All photos will be scanned through a reverse image search.

Entry Period:  April 1, 2017 to April 15, 2017 through 4-H CONNECT.  Rules can be found online http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/photography-video/

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

4-H Night at the Mesquite Rodeo!!!

Come out and celebrate the start of National 4-H Week at Mesquite Rodeo!

Community Service Project - How Can You Help Louisiana?

Texas 4-H is asking for your help in collecting general school supplies for south Louisiana. This is a great service project and one that you can do early as a One Day 4-H project. We just your help in Making a Difference in the lives of Louisiana residents at this time.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Club Meetings Schedule

Summer Club Meetings

Most ALL clubs are on summer break.  The first meetings will start back up after August 15th.  Check with your club officers and Club Managers for the Next Meeting.

Annual Achievement Night - August 19th

Annual Achievement Night- August 19th

Annual Achievement night is where 4-H’ers that have completed their projects by turning in a record book and those that have completed in 4-H events on the county, district, state and national levels will be recognized for their hard work.

This is also the night that we say “thank you” to the leaders and supporters that worked with us all year.


Fall Livestock Show Dates and Entry Deadlines

North Texas Fair- August 19-27, 2016

West Texas Fair- September 10-19, 2015

State Fair of Texas- September 30 – October 23, 2016 

East Texas State Fair- September 25- October 4, 2015

Heart O’ Texas Fair (Waco)- October 8-17, 2015


East Region 4-H Horse Show


Region 4-H Horse Show
Speed Division
Junior Division Poles
   Mary Beth Beam – 2nd
   Ella Jacobsen – 5th
   Kaelyn McDougald – 10th

Junior Division Barrels
   Mary Beth Beam = 1st
   Ella Jacobsen – 2nd
   Kaelyn McDougald – 10th

Junior Division Stakes
   Elle Jacobsen – 2nd
   Mary Beth Beam – 6th

Registered Mares 5 and Over
   Ananiesa Brantley – 7th
   Emma Gibson – 10th

Hunter Flat Division
Junior Hunter Showmanship Ananiesa Brantley – 10th
Junior Hunter Under Saddle Ananiesa Brantley – 3rd
Junior Hunt Seat Equitation  Ananiesa Brantley – 8th
Junior Hunter Versatality  Ananiesa Brantley – 6th

Roping Division
High Point District 4 Junior Division – Garrett Roffino
Junior Calf Roping –  Garrett Roffino 1st
Junior Breakaway Roping - Keller McDougald 1st
Junior Team Roping  Garrett Roffino – 1st

Stock Horse Division
Junior Boxing
   Dally Creech – 2nd
   Mary Beth Beam – 4th
Junior Ranch Pleasure
   Mary Beth Beam – 6th
Junior Stock Horse Horsemanship
   Dally Creech – 7th
Junior Stock Horse Trail
   Mary Beth Beam – 3rd
   Jacob Crawford – 8th
   Jessica Crawford – 10th
   Dally Creech – 12th
Team Sorting
   Jessica Crawford – 4th
   Jacob Crawford – 9th

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Leadership Lab UlTra

The Leadership Lab UlTra deadline is fast approaching for Intermediates grade 6-8 and Seniors grade 9-12 members.

Leadership Lab UlTra will be held at the Lone Star Baptist encampment this year in Lone Star, Texas.

 Information for this year's UlTra Leadership Lab has been posted here:
http://agrilife.org/d44h/event/ultra-leadership-lab/  Connect is up and running for registrations. 

Contact the office for more information at 972-932-9069 or email cl-sharp@tamu.edu or jrobertson@ag.tamu.edu

Dear 4-H Families,

The Robotics STEM Club will not meet tonight.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

4-H Record Book and Awards application information

Record Book Workshop
Record book workshop will be on May 19th, at 6:30 pm for “Introduction to Record Books” hosted by the Livestock Project Club at the county fairgrounds.  

June 4th Assistance with Record books at the Extension office from 9 am – 12 p.m.
Record Books/Memory Books and Member Achievement Plans – Deadline June 17th
Project Record books and Annual Banquet Award applications are due June 17th to the county Extension office.  Information and help guides can be found on:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recordbooks/

If your club would like a program on completing the project record books give the Extension office a call to set up a help date.

District ULTRA Leadership Camp 2016

This year’s District Leadership Camp will be held on July 5-7th, at Lone Star.  Registration deadline is June 15th. It will be 2.5 days of fun and excitement!! Hold these dates and look for more information to come!!! Deadline to register is June 15th on 4H Connect.

Congratulations to Our District Contest Winners!!!

District Roundup
Junior Educational Presentation
Hannah Maxwell 1st in Open FCS division with her talk on Puppetry.

Intermediate Educational Presentation
Seth Maxwell 1st in Open Ag with his presentation on Aquaponics
Reuben Stecher 1st Goat Division with his talk on Diseases of the Dairy Goats
Ananeisa Brantley 1st Horse Division with her talk on Genetic Disorders of the Horse

Senior Educational Presentation – BOTH SENIORS heading to state!!!
Isaac Stecher 1st Open Ag Division with his talk on Grafting Peach Trees.
Ryan Rattan 3rd in Health with her talk on Health Choices.

Share the Fun
Choreographed Routine

Isaac Stecher, Ryan Rattan and Quentin Gravelle 2nd (they are heading to STATE!!!)

District Horse Judging
Keller McDougald, Mary Beth Beam and Dally Creech placed 2nd Overall team, 1st Overall team in reasons. Keller was 1st individual in reasons, Dally was 2nd individual in reasons and 3rd overall individual and Mary Beth was 3rd individual in reasons and 4th overall.  Great Job Team!

4-H Multi County Camp – July 11-13

Planning for the Multi County Camp in Lone Star, Texas is once again started.  This year a full three days of fun are centered on the Theme – “ 4-H Grows.”  Come have fun with 4-H’ers from 6 other District IV counties.  4-H’ers from 8 in 3rd Grade to 18 has fun at the Lake front camp. Registration is $115.00 for 3 days and 2 nights of fun and activities.  (Registration is Due May 25th.)

Poultry Showing Opportunities for State Fair and Spring Majors

2016 State Fair Poultry
If you are interested in showing broilers at the 2016 State Fair of Texas your orders need to be turned into the Extension office by June 25th.

Junior Market Turkey Division

If you are interested in showing turkeys at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo the deadline for ordering birds is July 8, 2016.  Contact the Extension office to order your birds or for more information.

2016 State Fair of Texas Youth Cooking Contests

2016 State Fair of Texas Youth Cooking Contests
VERY COOL CONTESTS!!! Most have two divisions. 

Newest One! The Youth Cooking contest has two youth divisions, Junior (Age 12-17 yrs) and Children’s (Age6-11 yrs).  Junior division can choose between Candy, Cake and Cookies.  Children’s division can choose between Cookies and Candy.

But there are many more,  to the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Handbook, www.bigtex.com

Go to Big Tex and find out more and Start Cooking!!!

2016 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition

2016 State Fair of Texas Creative Arts Competition
The State Fair offers more then 1,100 categories in 12 departments to be entered and judged before the fair begins on September 30th, 2016.  The Fair also offers 24 daily contest during the annual exposition.

There are two ways to enter. 
  1. IN PERSON – deadline to mail your entry form and fee is Friday, July 22, 2016.  An entry receipt will be mailed or emailed to you.  Bring that receipt and your entry item to the Creative Arts Building on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, August 12th, 13th, or 14th, from 9 am to 5 pm.  If your receipt does not arrive in time to bring with you, bring entries in anyway.
  2. BY MAIL – deadline to mail in your entry form, fee, and return-mail postage is Friday, July 22, 2016.

After judging, all exhibitors will be notified of their entry’s status via mail or email.  Also, keep an eye on www.bigtex.com where they post all the judging results.  Entries that are awarded ribbons will be on display in the creative arts building during the entire run of the Fair.

Regional and State Horse Show Up Dates

To participate in these shows you need to have your horses online for validation before May 1st!!!

NEW!!! To the Horse Show Line Up
*** Age Divisions!! Junior (Grades 3rd to 8th grade) and Senior (9th to 12th grades) for most classes. 
*** Stock Horse Showmanship

NEW!! to the 2016 Regional Horse Show
On Monday night June 13th at the Henderson County Fairgounds in Athens Texas there will be Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Practice starting at 6 pm for $5 per run

Also, they will host a Trail class practice starting at 6 pm where the actual trail patterns for the next days trail classes will be set for exhibitors to see and ride over the course.  The practice will cost $10 for 15 minutes to be in the arena on the course.  Only 5 horses will be allowed in each time slot, so plenty of room to practice the course.  In addition someone from the show will be in the arena to help with figuring out the obstacles.  You do not have to be entered in the class to practice the Trail class.

State Horse Show Rules and Regulations
The 2016 State 4-H Horse Show rules and regulations are ready at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academics/equine/state-4h-show/   Please feel free to distribute to your 4-H’ers. 

If you should have any questions please call the Extension office.

Validation Dates and Times for Kaufman County

Below is the times and dates for the Validations for the State Fair Market Lamb, State Fair Market Goat, Fall show Heifers and Major Steers.  If you have a major time conflict on one of these dates you need to contact the office soon!  Junior Heifers need to have their papers transferred into the youths name by validation time!!

2016 State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas will be held September 30 – October 23, 2016.  If you bought a tag for the State Fair Goat and Lamb shows we will be tagging on June 23rd at the Kaufman FFA Show Barn at 4:00 p.m.

2016 State Steer Tag In – June 21st
State Steer Tag In will be held at Dr. Risinger’s Vet Clinic in Terrell on June 21st , at 6:00 p.m. Please Do Not arrive before 6:00 p.m. This is for ALL MAJOR shows validation ONLY!!!

2016 Fall Heifer Validation
Fall Show Heifer Validation is for the State Fair of Texas and the Heart of Texas Fair junior heifer shows.  We will be validating on June 23rd at the Kaufman FFA Barn at 4 p.m.  We are verifying June 30, 2016 ownership, registration paper upload and physical validation. A $10.00 per heifer fee will be collected. PLEASE DO NOT UNLOAD YOUR HEIFERS TILL DIRECTED.

** Heifers validated last fall will not need to be validated unless there has been a change in breed or ownership.**

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


(Tag orders are not an entry or participation in a show)
(Orders must be received and paid for by this date)

Tags ordered after April 20th will be $20.00
Please make your preliminary orders correct.

• Only one order form per FFA Chapters and 4-H Families will be accepted.
• No orders will be taken by phone.
• Each Chapter MUST provide a valid e-mail address that is regularly checked.
• Validation materials postmarked between July 2 and July 6 will be accepted along with a $500

Correspondence and other important validation information will be sent to the validation e-mail address provided.
Mail: Carrie Sharp
Attn: Texas 4-H/FFA Lamb/Goat Validation Program
2471 N. State Hwy. 34
Kaufman, Texas 75142

MARKET LAMBS___________@ $10.00 per tag=$______________
MARKET GOATS___________@ $10.00 per tag=$______________

Payment must be made by check (#requested)(Total Due) or money order made payable to
4-H Council Fund


NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS: (Please print or type and fill in ALL blanks)
Name of AST or 4-H Family Member: _________________________________________
Name of Chapter/High School or 4-H Club (if applicable)____________________________________________
Complete Email Address & Cell Phone or day/night contact number _____________________


(Tag orders are not an entry or participation in a show)
DEADLINE: April 5, 2016
(Orders must be received by this date)
 Only one order form per FFA chapters and 4-H Families will be accepted.
 No orders will be taken by phone.
 Each Chapter MUST provide a valid e-mail address that is regularly checked.
Correspondence and other important validation information will be sent to the validation e-mail
address provided.
Mail: Carrie Sharp
Attn: Texas 4-H/FFA Steer Validation Program
2471 North State Hwy 34
Kaufman, Texas 75142
@ $10.00 per tag = $ Payment must be made by check (# requested)
(Total Due) or money order made payable to 4H Council Fund


NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS: (Please print or type and fill in ALL blanks)
Name of AST or 4-H FamilyMember __________________________________________________
Name of Chapter/High School or 4-H club (if applicable)___________________________________
Complete Email Address & Cell Phone or day/night contact number__________________________

ItsHEIFER Validation Time Again!!

(Orders are not an entry or participation in a show)
DEADLINE: April 15, 2016
(Orders must be received by this date)

  Only one order form per FFA chapters and 4-H Families will be accepted.
No orders will be taken by phone.
Each Chapter MUST provide a valid e-mail address that is regularly checked.
This is for a new heifer or a change of ownership/breed classification only.

Correspondence and other important validation information will be sent to the validation e-mail address provided.
***************************************************************************** Mail: Carrie Sharp
Attn: Texas 4-H/FFA Heifer Validation Program
2471 North State Hwy 34
Kaufman, Texas 75142

@ $10.00 per heifer=$__________

Payment must be made by check (# requested)

(Total Due) or money order made payable to 4H Council Fund

NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS: (Please print or type and fill in ALL blanks)


Name of AST or 4-H Family Member


Name of Chapter/High School or 4-H club (if applicable)

Complete Email Address    &     Cell Phone or day/night contact number