4-H

Freestone County 4-H

All 4-H T-shirts are here! Call the Extension Office 903-389-3436 for times to pick up. Even if you did not order a t shirt, all 4-H members got a t shirt ordered for them), if you ordered additional shirts you will pay for them at pick up.

SHAVINGS! We have large bags of Clifton Flake shavings and bags of Pellet shavings available for 4-H members. They will be $5 a bag. You can pick them up at the Extension office. The price being offered is a discounted rate from 4-H Adult Leaders.

4-H BBQ Bash

  • Sunday August 14th 6-8pm
  • Teague City Park
  • Returning members come at 6pm for County Awards Presentation & to receive County Fair add on checks from Freestone County 4-H Adult Leaders
  • New members come at 7pm to learn about Freestone County 4-H (clubs and project areas are encouraged to have information and a table set up!)
  • Please RSVP by calling the Extension Office 903-389-3436
  • 4-H BBQ Bash

State Fair of Texas, East TX State Fair & Heart O Texas Fair entries will be due August 22nd by 6pm.  

  • Check each show’s respective websites for the entry forms and information

Major Show Tag orders & Fall Validations:

  • Major Show sheep & goat tag orders are due August 25th, $20 a Tag
    • Major show sheep & goat validation will be October 27th from 4-6pm at the Sheep & Goat Pavilion at the Fairgrounds
  • Heifer UIN orders are due Sept 14th (message me with the number of heifers you plan to validate)
    • Heifer Validation will be October 24th from 4-6pm at Emmons Ranch in Fairfield

Club manager training will be at the Extension Office August 22nd at 6pm. 1 manager for each club (minimum) should attend.

Club Meetings will begin in September I will send out dates and locations in the next couple of weeks!

  • Fairfield 4-H will meet Sept 11 due to Labor Day meeting will be at 4pm-Location may change
  • Freestone Community 4-H will meet Sept 11 at 6pm at Freestone Community Center
  • Wortham 4-H will meet September 7th at 6pm at the Wortham Chamber Building (next to the post office)

4-H Enrollment will open on August 15th. 3rd graders must wait until September 1st to enroll. Cost is $25 per youth, $10 per adult.

Freestone County 4-H Ambassador application is open and they are due to the Extension Office September 22 by 5pm. Please review the guidelines before you apply if you have any questions let me know.

Archery

  • You must be enrolled in 4-H before you can attend practice
  • Find them on Facebook (Freestone county 4H Archery) and join Remind (Send a text to 81010, text this message @93f248)

Shotgun

  • You must be enrolled in 4-H before you can attend practice
  • Contact Josh Holcomb 903-394-1459 to get on the GroupMe for practice information

FAQs

I am new to 4-H what do I do?

Visit a 4-H club! Pick a club that works for your schedule and go to a meeting. You will see firsthand what happens at the club meetings, get to meet the volunteers, and see the youth involved. You can ask questions at the club meeting and even get enrolled! If you would rather ask the Extension Agent (Erin Davis) questions give us a call 903-389-3436.

If you don’t fill out a paper form and pay by check for your enrollment at the club meeting you can enroll online: 4honline.com

What happens at club meetings?

There are officers of the club (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer etc) that will be at the front of the room running the meeting. They will call the meeting to order, go over the minutes from the last meeting, treasurers report, announcements (dates and deadlines for things coming up), there will be an educational presentation, recreation (game or activity) and even sometimes snacks!

Make sure you sign in at every club meeting, so the club managers can keep track of how many meetings you’ve attended. (You must attend 4 club meetings to show at Freestone County Fair). Parents please sign in as well.

Club meetings will last 30-45 minutes. It is recommended that parents attend the meetings as well so you can hear the announcements and know what is going on.

I’m interested in a project but need help getting started

Look at the Explore guides and information and the Texas 4-H Website (https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/), if there is a project leader listed reach out to them to find out more. If you have additional questions reach out to Erin Davis, County Extension Agent 903-389-3436 and she can answer your questions and get you started!

When is the Freestone County Fair?

Freestone County Fair is always the week prior to the 3rd Saturday in June. The sale takes place on the third Saturday, so the shows will take place Tuesday-Friday. The 2022 Dates are: June 13-18, 2022

More information about the fair can be found at: http://freestonecountyfairandrodeo.com/index.html

Erin will present information about county fair livestock projects (heifers, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits, poultry) at the January club meetings. But keep in mind County Fair steers are validated the first Saturday in December. If you need help finding a livestock project Erin can help just let her know.

Projects Offered:

Citizenship

Consumer Education

Dog Care & Training

Entomology

Fashion & Interior Design

Food & Nutrition

Health & Personal Safety

Horticulture

Junior Master Gardener

Leadership

Livestock Judging

Meat Science

Natural Resources

Outdoor Education & Living Skills

Photography/Videography

Public Speaking

Range Science

Robotics

Rocketry

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Small & Companion Animals

Soil and Crop Science

Sportfishing

Theater & Performance Arts

Veterinary Science

Wildlife & Fisheries

Workforce Preparation & Careers

Youth Entrepreneurship

Livestock Project areas:

  • Dairy Cattle
  • Beef Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Swine
  • Rabbits
  • Broilers
  • Horse

Most common project areas will have information presented at club meetings and there will be livestock project clinics.

Specific project information can be found at: https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/

Projects with additional meetings/practices outside of club meetings

  • Livestock Judging-join the Remind class if interested text @79472f to 81010
  • Livestock Quiz Bowl-join the Remind class if interested text @37ec7a to 81010

Contest Opportunities

Information on contests will be posted here: https://agrilife.org/d84h/events-and-activities/

  • Variety of Fishing opportunities for both teams and individuals
  • Shotgun shoots (contact the Shotgun coach for info)
  • Archery shoots (contact the Archery coach for info)
  • Food Challenge/Food Show
  • Dairy Judging
  • Horse Judging
  • Photography
  • Fashion Show, Fashion Storyboard, Duds to Dazzle
  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Livestock Judging
  • Meat Judging
  • Soil Judging
  • Leaders 4 Life Skillathon
  • Education Presentations
  • Public Speaking
  • Share the Fun
  • Horse, FCH and Livestock Quiz Bowls
  • District & State Horse Show
    • Some contests are also offered at Major Shows (Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston, Austin) pay attention to Major show information when posted.

Quality Counts:

Quality Counts (only need to complete once for each age division; Junior 3rd-5th grade, Intermediate 6th-8th grade, Senior 9th-12th grade) correct age division and an active Quality counts number is required for participation at the Freestone County Fair & All Texas Major Shows, this must be completed by the Monday of county fair, or before any major show entry deadline.

  • **There is a very important one-pager with detailed instructions of how students should enroll/login to the course. **QC Enrollment
    • 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:  https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx

 

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.

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