4-H

Freestone County 4-H Enroll Online: 2018-2019 Year has begun. Price is $25 per youth and $10 per adult.  (Must be enrolled by March 1st to show at the County Fair)

To sign up for Remind reminders please follow this link: *Note 4-H reminders will be sent out this way*

https://www.remind.com/join/freestonec

Livestock Judging practice reminders join: https://www.remind.com/join/79472f

Horse Judging practice reminders join: https://www.remind.com/join/8838bc

Beef Quiz Bowl practice reminders join: https://www.remind.com/join/4a4fd7

4-H Christmas Pizza Party & Dance Friday December 7th from 6-8pm at the Green Barn.

  • Theme: Favorite Christmas Character (dress up as your favorite Christmas character)
  • This will count as a club meeting and will replace all club meetings for the Month of December, make sure you sign in.
  • To get in the Door–You must bring personal hygiene items to donate to the Meals on Wheels Recipients, please bring your items in a small or medium gift bag.

Dates To Remember: 2018-2019 4-H Year Meetings start in September

(Must attend & sign in at 4 club meetings to be eligible to show at county fair.)

  • Dew 4-H meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm at Dew ISD Cafeteria (New date & time starting January 2019)
    • Club Managers: Laura Craddick
  • Eagle Country 4-H meets 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6pm at Fairfield Conference Center
    • Club Managers: Melissa Benner
  • Fairfield 4-H meets 1st Monday of every month at 5:30pm at Fairfield Civic Center
    • Club Managers: Maggie Bonds and Misty Lewis
  • Faith Academy 4-H meets 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:30pm at Faith Academy School
    • Club Manager: Kayla Lupo
  • Freestone Community 4-H meets 2nd Sunday of every month at 6pm at Freestone Community Center
    • Club Managers: Marsha Morgan and Christi Jo Kimball
  • Wortham 4-H meets 1st Wednesday of every month at 6pm at Wortham Chamber Building
    • Club Managers: April Kofnovec and Amanda Henderson
  • County Council meets the Last Monday of every month at 5:30pm at the Extension Office (there will be no September meeting, Elections will be in October)
  • Adult Leaders meets the Last Monday of every month at 6:30pm at the Extension Office (there will be no September meeting, Elections will be in October)

4-H and Youth Development

4-H Club Managers, project and activity leaders, as well volunteers at large gain leadership, project and communication skills that help them to develop into effective leaders in the community and in the Freestone County 4-H Program.

Freestone County 4-H Projects and Teams

  • Fashion Show
  • Fashion Storyboard
  • Holiday Classic- livestock project clinic and practice show
  • Food Challenge-see below
  • Food Show-see below 
  • Ag Product ID
  • Entomology
  • Photography 2019_D8_4-H_Photography_Letter
  • Horse Judging Horse & Livestock Practice schedule 18-19
  • Wool & Mohair Judging
  • Plant ID
  • Range Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging     Horse & Livestock Practice schedule 18-19
  • Meat Judging
  • Educational Presentations
  • Beef Quiz Bowl Practice After school from 4-5pm at the Extension Office (District Contest Date is Saturday May 4)
    • Wednesday November 28, Wednesday December 19 , Wednesday Jan 9, Wednesday Jan 30, Wednesday Feb 20, Wednesday March 20, Wednesday April 3, Wednesday April 24, Wednesday May 1
  • Horse Quiz Bowl
  • Share the Fun
  • Leaders 4 Life Skill-a-thon
  • Shotgun and Archery
  • Horse Shows
  • County Fair Livestock show visit: freestoncountyfairandrodeo.com
  • County Fair Home & Garden show visit: http://freestonecountyfairandrodeo.com
  • Archery: you must enroll in 4-H to attend practice. If you have questions and for practice dates contact Yvonne 903-390-8060
  • Shotgun: If you are brand new, have questions or to find out practice dates contact Josh Holcomb 903-394-1459. All 4-H members wishing to participate in shooting sports must be enrolled in 4-H and be active on 4-H connect before you can practice. Make sure you are enrolled by Sept 30th at the latest.
  • Food Challenge and Food Show: There will only be 4 meetings/practices so it is really important to be present if you plan to compete.
    • County Food Challenge Practices will be at Fairfield High School Room C101 at 5pm and will last at least an hour- hour and a half on the following dates.
      • December 4 
    • In addition to attending the dates above contestants will need to join the following quizlet class and complete the quizzes.  I suggest practicing those quizzes until you can make a hundred without any hesitation.  We have lots of dynamic energetic kids in our county, working as a team and cooking is the easy part.  KNOWING THE FACTS is the hard part and that is where we have taken the beating for the last few years.  The kids just aren’t learning the material because they aren’t putting in the time to study it.  Quizlet is a great way to learn the facts quickly and fun.  There are games and quizzes, flashcards and more on the site.  Please encourage your members to join and use that site.
  • Horse Showing and Riding practices are held every Tuesday at 6pm at the Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck, Halter and groundwork is the first hour and riding is after.

District 8 4-H

Quality Counts

  • Make sure if you are planning to exhibit at Major shows in the Spring, youth must complete the NEW Quality counts program by the entry deadline of November 7, 2018.County Fair only exhibitors will have to complete the quality counts program before county fair entry deadline. Quality Counts has a new look, a new site, and a new exam! We are excited to release the new version of the program! The new curriculum has been designed to better equip our youth livestock exhibitors with the most relevant and timely information related to the livestock project area. Focused on quality assurance and character education, Quality Counts is designed to teach young people the importance of displaying good character in carrying out livestock projects, and in every aspect of their lives. **There is a very important one-pager attached with detailed instructions of how students should enroll/login to the course. **
    • Here are a couple of new components of the program to be aware of:
    • Exhibitors will first be required to engage in the full learning content before being presented with the verification exam.
      • Please be aware of this in advance as this could take around two hours for most students to complete the full content and test.
    • Exhibitors will be able to start and revisit the curriculum as many times as needed.
    • Exhibitors will have to complete the test once it is started.
    • Exhibitors must achieve 80% or great to pass the exam, but can take it as many times as needed.
    • Exhibitors will be exposed and tested on the content potentially three times in their livestock showing career: junior (grade 3-5), intermediate (grade 6-8), and senior (grade 9-12).
    • Exhibitors will access the course and exam at a new website:  https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx
      • This will be connected to the current Texas Livestock Validation Website for ease-of-access to information for supervising County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers.
    • Verification on the new system will be required for entries into Spring major livestock shows.
    • **Verification on the old system is acceptable for State Fair of Texas and Heart ‘O Texas Fair entries.**

    Students can access the course here: https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx. The website is very user-friendly, but I have attached a screen shot to accompany the one-pager to help exhibitors get started..

    IMPORTANT: One thing to be aware of is that login to the curriculum site requires unique email addresses for each user. This is explained further in the attachment. We realize there will be cases of families with multiple youth and limited email addresses. If the family cannot use a parent email, create one, or use a student email address, we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

    We do hope that the new Quality Counts program is a positive experience for both exhibitors and supervisors as we strive to raise the bar in livestock exhibitor education. We appreciate your support and patience as we worked to get this out to you all in a timely manner. Thank you for continued commitment in equipping youth livestock exhibitors with the tools and resources that truly make a difference.

Major Show Information

  • Major swine validation is Monday November 26 from 4-6pm at the Fairfield Ag Shop. If you have not paid for your tags, bring money to do so, payable to Fairfield FFA.
  • Major show updates and information for 2018-2019 can be found in the pictures below: 2019 Major Show Dates

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