4-H

Freestone County 4-H Enroll Online: 2018-2019 Year begins August 15th! Price is $20 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

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 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm at Dew ISD Cafeteria
    • 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 2018 HC Flyer
  • Food Challenge-see below
  • Food Show-see below 
  • Ag Product ID
  • Entomology
  • Photography
  • Horse Judging
  • Wool & Mohair Judging
  • Plant ID
  • Range Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging     Kick off meeting October 4th at 5:30pm @ Extension Office
  • Meat Judging
  • Educational Presentations
  • Beef Quiz Bowl
  • 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.
      • September 18th Informational Meeting and Sign Up
      • October 16th  Mandatory Meeting Last chance to sign up!
      • November 27
      • 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

  • San Antonio, Houston & Austin Broiler orders are due by Noon Friday September 14th. Cost is $37.50 per 25 chicks. You must provide me with First, Middle and Last Name of exhibitor(s), if you’d like to order as a family or individually and the number of birds you’d like to order. Due to the dates each show requires a different set of birds.
  • Major Show Sheep & Goat Validation, Thursday October 25 from 5-7pm at the Fairgrounds show arena. (You must have ordered tags to validate)
  • Major Show Heifer Validation, Tuesday October 23 from 4-6pm at The Emmons Ranch 541 State Hwy 75 N, Fairfield TX. Cost is $15 per head, payable at Validation to Freestone County 4-H Adult Leaders
  • Major swine tag orders are due by Sept. 24th.  Cost is 15.00 if ordered by that date.  Checks pay to Fairfield FFA. Swine Validation will be Monday November 26th.
  • Houston Commercial Steers can be weighed in on official weight tickets from September 1-30th and you must complete the online intent form. You must also mail in the official weight tickets (but make sure you make a copy for your record book prior to mailing)
  • San Antonio Commercial steers can be weighed in on official weight tickets from September 1-15th. No other paperwork is required until you enter the show.
  • Spring Major Show Entry night will be November 7th from 5-7pm at the Extension Office. All entries must be turned in and paid for by 7pm.
  • Major show updates and information for 2018-2019 can be found in the pictures below: 2019 Major Show Dates

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