4-H

Freestone County 4-H

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 year is open! Youth enrollment is $30. Adult enrollment is $10. Enroll online at v2.4honline.com. 4-H is open to 3rd through 12th graders.

How do I know what’s going on?

  • Follow us on Facebook, Freestone County 4-H
  • Join us on Remind, text @freestonec to the number 81010
  • Check out the website: freestone.agrilife.org and click on the 4-H tab
  • Follow us on Instagram, @freestone_4h

Club Meeting Protocol:

  • If you are sick stay home
  • If you are meeting inside a building you must wear a mask and maintain social distancing, only families can sit together
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after you arrive
  • Parents and youth must complete a COVID 19 Screening Form. You must bring it to the Club meeting or fill one out when you arrive.
  • All food/drinks must be individually packaged

Club meetings run from September 2020-May 2021. You must attend 4 community club meetings and sign in if you would like to show at the Freestone County Fair.

  • Community Clubs:
    • Wortham 4-H meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6pm at the Wortham Community Center.  Club Managers: April Kofnovec & Mandy Henderson
    • Fairfield 4-H meets the 1st Sunday of every month at 4pm at the Church of Christ Annex (across the street from FJH & FHS) NEW LOCATION & DATE. Club Managers: Brigit Coufal & Stacy Gallegos (April Meeting will be moved to April 11th at the Fairgrounds show ring)
    • Freestone Community 4-H 2nd Sunday of every month at 6pm at the Freestone Community Center. Club Managers: Christi Oakes & Kayla Craig
    • Dew 4-H meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm at Grace Tabernacle Church in Dew. Club Manager: Laura Tugwell

Livestock Project Clinics:

  • Sunday April 11th at 4pm there will be Sheep, Goat and Cattle clinic at the Fairgrounds. This will count as the Fairfield 4-H Club meeting and count for a meeting for any members that attend! You must sign in to get credit for attending the clinic.

The Freestone County Classic Steer & Heifer Jackpot Show will be May 29th at the Fairgrounds

Details can be found here: Freestone County Classic 2021

If you or someone you know would like to help by donating towards the show the letter and information is here: 2021 Donation Solicitation Letter

  • Project Area clubs:
    • Freestone County Shotgun Sports Contact Josh Holcomb 903-394-1459 for practice information (MUST BE ENROLLED BEFORE YOU CAN PRACTICE)
    • Freestone County Shooting Sports Club (Archery) Contact Jerry Bonds 903-654-2228 for practice information (MUST BE ENROLLED BEFORE YOU CAN PRACTICE)

If you want to participate in Shotgun and/or Archery only you are not required to attend community club meetings.

Ag Mechanics will meet at the Rustic Creations Fab Shop (118 Main Street, Streetman) Meetings will be the 2nd & 4th Monday of Every month. Must have parent present. If you have additional questions contact Kayla Lupo 903-388-1741

    • Educational Presentations-April 26-27 starting at 4:30pm each day.(please see the rules for specific category date assignments)
    • Public Speaking-April 29, starting at 4:30pm
    • Share the Fun-Submission uploads to be completed April 20-24th (will send Google Link to agents and participants). Judging to take place April 26-29.
    • More information about these can be found here: https://agrilife.org/d84h/events-and-activities/roundup/

District Contests:

Livestock Judging please fill out the google form if you are interested in participating: https://forms.gle/KfnYrUr1Vf5T1qJy7

  • Information and additional resources will be posted in Google Classroom as well (so check it regularly): https://classroom.google.com/c/MjMyNDU1NzAzODIw?cjc=74kgszo
  • Next Livestock judging practice will be Monday March 22 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Extension Office
  • Practice Contests: March 30th & April 16th
  • District Livestock Judging contest is Saturday April 24th in College Station.

Livestock Quiz Bowl:

  • If you are interested in Livestock Quiz bowl please fill out the google form here: https://forms.gle/v3pN1wwGME7VxxmU6
  • District Contest is Saturday May 1st, location is TBD.
  • Resources and study materials will be checked out from the office, members wanting to participate on the team will be required to study material on their own and attend practices.
  • First practice will be Thursday March 25th from 4:30-5pm at the Extension Office
  • More information regarding the contest can be found here: https://agrilife.org/d84h/events-and-activities/roundup/

Fashion Show, Storyboard & Duds to Dazzle

District Photography:

District Horse Judging:

District Roundup (Educational Presentations, Share the Fun)

  • Educational Presentations & Public Speaking will be held virtually. These will be live presentations.
  • Share the Fun will be recorded presentations and then judged.

Registration March 29-April 15, 2021 via 4-H Online

Contest Dates:

      • Educational Presentations-April 26-27 starting at 4:30pm each day.(please see the rules for specific category date assignments)
      • Public Speaking-April 29, starting at 4:30pm
      • Share the Fun-Submission uploads to be completed April 20-24th (will send Google Link to agents and participants). Judging to take place April 26-29.
      • More information about these can be found here: https://agrilife.org/d84h/events-and-activities/roundup/

Fishing Tournaments:

**Freestone County is in District 8 so if you’d like to enter the district contest as well, select District 8**

District 5 is pleased to announce a 4-H Virtual Bass Fishing Skill-a-thon to be hosted statewide and within districts desiring to participate. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 903-834-6191 or via email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu

    • See skill-a-thon information within the event memo for county agents.
    • Information for 4-H families on skill-a-thon guidelines, schedule of events, and rules of play are attached for distribution.
    • Bass Skill-a-thon will be open to any enrolled 4-H member or Clover Kid across the state.
    • A marketing flyer (in both .jpg and .pdf formats) is attached for your use.
    • As this is a virtual skill-a-thon with fishing pictures to be posted on Facebook for judging, flyer with more information: 2021 Virtual Fishing Bass Rules of Play – FINAL

*County Fair information and livestock project resources are on the Freestone County Fair tab on this website.*

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

  • Ag Mechanics-contact Kurt & Kayla Lupo for information 903-388-1741
  • 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.

Camps

  • Surge Leadership Lab is offered for 9th-12th graders, June 22-24, 2021
  • Southeast District 8 County Camp is for all members at Lakeview Methodist Camp in Palestine, July 9-11 2021.
  • There are also State wide opportunities check out the Texas 4-H website for a full listing.

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 2021 dates are: June 15-19, 2021.

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.

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, this must be completed by June 15th.

  • **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.

 

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
  • Food Show
  • Ag Product ID
  • Entomology
  • Photography
  • Horse Judging
  • Wool & Mohair Judging
  • Plant ID
  • Range Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging
  • Meat Judging
  • Educational Presentations
  • Livestock 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

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