Upcoming Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at Extension offices.

June Extension Events

1-3 District Horse Show
4 4-H Camp Forms due
5 4-H Teen Conference Orientation
6 Green Thumbs/Master Gardener Tour, Lexington
6 Cost-Share Appointments Available
7 Extension District Board, 9am
7 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30pm
7-8 State 4-H Horse Contest
8 Canning Boot Camp, 10am
8 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
11-14 4-H Teen Conference, Lexington
13 Cost-Share Appointments Available
18 Green Thumbs/Master Gardener Tour, Crestwood
18 4-H Camper Orientation
19 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
19 4-H Camp Leader Orientation
20 Cost-Share Appointments Available
21 Extension Council, 9am
21 District Board, 10am
25 Louisville Area Homemakers Annual Meeting, Farnsley-Moreman Landing, 10am
26 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
26-27 Kids Cooking Camp
29 Couch Potato Challenge Logs due

June 30-July 7 State 4-H Horse Show

July Extension Events

5 District Board, 9am
10 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
12 4-H Council
13 Lice Head Checks for 4-H Camp
13 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
14 4-H State Communications, Lexington
16 Oldham County Cattlemen, 7pm
16-20 4-H Camp, Lake Cumberland
17-19 Cooking Basics for Adults
17 Garden Secrets, 6:30pm
23 Home & Family Arts Non-Perishable County Fair Entries, 2-7pm
24 Home & Family Arts Non-Perishable County Fair Entries, 9am-noon
24 4-H Summer Gardening Club, 2-4pm
26 4-H Fair Project Entry Day
28 OC 4-H Dog Show
28 Woodland Owners Short Course, Shelby County Extension
30 Home & Family Arts Perishable County Fair Entries, 9am-noon
30 Ag Fair Entries, 3-7pm

July 31-August 4 Oldham County Fair

August Extension Events

2 District Board, 9am
2 4-H Fashion Revue
2 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 6:30pm
3 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 9am
5 County Fair Entry Pickup, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon-2pm
7 Insect Pests & Beneficials, 6:30pm
10 4-H State Fair Projects due
10 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30pm
11 Monarch Butterfly Egg Hunt, oldhamccd.com
11-12 State Fair 4-H Dog Show
16-26 Kentucky State Fair
21 Cooking With Herbs, 6:30pm
23 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 6:30pm
24 CAIP Cost-Share Education, 9am

Save the date! The Healthy Oldham County Walk will be September 15.


Tips for Avoiding Homesickness

The following 4-H Youth Development article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Handling Homesickness

Going away for a night or even away at camp for a few nights can be a lot of fun. But for some kids, it can be really hard to be away from home. Here are some things you can do that will help you stay and enjoy all the fun.

  • Bring a little part of home with you: For an overnight stay, it may be helpful to bring something from home. Think about your favorite toy or wear your favorite pajamas. You may also want to take a picture of your family that you can look at from time to time.
  • Stay busy: when you are busy having fun, you have less time to think about being home. If you are at an overnight sleepover, play games, dance, and enjoy the time with your friends. If you are at an overnight camp, think about all of the activities that you have to choose from and perhaps even try something new!
  • Talk to someone: For some kids, just letting someone else know that you are feeling a little homesick can help you feel better. Whether it is a friend or a counselor, he or she may have some other ideas to help you have fun and not think about being away from home.
  • Practice: It may seem silly, but it may be helpful to practice being away from home. This may mean staying at a friend’s house for a few hours before trying to stay for an overnight visit. Maybe try checking out a day camp before going to an overnight camp.

If you sometimes feel a little homesick, remember that it is okay and that there are ways to lesson that feeling. A lot of kids feel homesick, and even some adults!

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Source: Nicole Peritore, Extension Specialist for Family Health, University of Kentucky. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Oldham County 4-H Summer Clubs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Kids Cooking Camp

June 26 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is the All American Kids Cooking Camp! Boys and girls between the ages of nine and twelve will learn beginning cooking skills in his fun, hands-on program.

Registration is limited, taken on a first-come first-served basis, and cannot be completed without payment. The $20 supply fee includes lunch. Go online to oldham.ca.uky.edu/Kids-Cooking-Camp for further information.

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Summer Gardening Club

Boys and girls ages nine through thirteen, get in the garden with 4-H! We have four club gardening days planned for this summer:

  • Vegetable Gardens on June 19
  • Butterfly Gardens on June 26
  • Pizza Gardens on July 10 (For this project, you will also need to bring a container at least 24 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep)
  • Butterfly Houses on July 24

To signup for 4-H Summer Gardening Club, send the flyer, 4-H participation form, and $25 supply fee to Oldham County Extension, 1815 North Highway 393, La Grange, KY 40031. Registration materials available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-horticulture-club.

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Love Chickens?

Oldham County 4-H is currently organizing a Poultry Club! The club will focus on learning about chickens, although you do not need to own one yourself in order to participate. Would your child like to join? Are you interesting in volunteering with the club?

For more information, please contact 4-H Agent Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu.

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Oldham County 4-H Champions

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Gold Award Winners

Congrats to Hannah Anderson, Beth Huffman, and Olivia Minor on receiving the 2018 4-H Gold Achievement Award!

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This competitive program involves an application as well as a panel interview portion. These Oldham County members are 3 of the 30 that were selected from across the state to represent Kentucky 4-H. Gold Competitive Achievement winners receive a full scholarship to 4-H Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky in June and an $800 scholarship towards attending National 4-H Congress Conference.

In addition, Beth placed in the top 10 and will interview for the Emerald Award College Scholarship at the University of Kentucky in June.

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4-H Communications Champions

At the Oldham County Communications night in March, the following 4-H’ers earned champion ribbons:

*Olivia Baker
Age 9 Speech
“Amazing Abigail Adams”
*Brady Rutledge
Age 10 Speech
“Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”
*Ava Breeding
Age 11 Speech
“Grit is the Way to Go”
Carrie Olds
Age 12 Speech
*Ella Olds
Age 14 Speech
“Scuba Diving”
Chanrahaas Kona
Age 16 Speech
“The Development of UBI”
Hannah Anderson
Age 17 Speech
“Tweeting the Classics”
*Kendall Kennedy
Age 10 Arts Demonstration
“How to Make Slime”
*Hunter Fackler
Junior Mock Job Interviews

The 4-H’ers denoted with asterisks (*) were champions in the District Communications Event, hosted by Shelby County in April. They are eligible to participate in the State 4-H Communications competition at the University of Kentucky on July 14.

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Congratulations to all our fantastic 4-H’ers on their spectacular performances at this year’s Communications events, and best of luck to the participants that will be moving on to the state event this summer!

State Dog Bowl Results

In March, the Leaders of the Pack, Oldham County 4-H Dog Club, participated in the 2018 State 4-H Dog Bowl and Skillathon. Congratulations to the following 4-H’ers for their achievements.

Carrie Olds, Chloe Hardesty, Caecilia Isenhart, and Freya Isenhart were the Grand Champion Junior Dog Bowl Team.

Beth Huffman earned 2nd in the Individual Senior Skillathon competition.

Carrie Olds placed 3rd in Individual Junior.

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Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Summer Vacation Planning Tips

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Planning for Summer Vacation

It’s time to start thinking about summer. This season is a great time to relax and spend time with family. One of the best ways to spend time with your family is during summer vacations, but planning for those can be expensive and time-consuming.

To begin planning for a summer vacation, it is important to make a budget. This will help you decide where to go, where to stay and how to get there. A budget can also provide you with a spending guideline for once you reach your destination. Remember to account for credit and debit card purchases as well as cash expenditures. Decide on a reasonable budget number and stick with it. Keep track of all your transactions by saving receipts.

Once you have your budget, it is essential to start researching and planning. The internet is a great place to find information on any destination. You will be able to find attractions, hotels, air travel, maps, etc. When booking hotels and making plans, be sure to only use reliable websites.

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You can also enlist a travel agent to help you plan a trip. Travel agents are professionals who help consumers find the best prices and places. Here are a couple of reasons travel agents are useful.

  • Planning. Let them do the work. You can tell them where you want to go and what you want to do and let them work out the details. They can also tell you where or what is available within your budget. In addition, they receive daily updates on great places to visit.
  • All-inclusive options. If you are looking for a getaway with everything included, travel agents will have that information easily available. The travel agent will take care of all of the details so you can enjoy yourself worry-free.
  • Discounts and perks. You often receive discounts to attractions, rental cars, and hotels when making reservations through a travel agency. Travel agents may have access to additional options not available to those planning their own trip. For example, when booking with a travel agent, you may receive free parking at theme parks, a discount at a gift shop, or a voucher for eating at a specific restaurant.
  • Tour books and maps. Certain travel agencies like AAA can provide wonderful tour books and maps If you are driving, they can help map out your route.

When traveling, remember to pack efficiently. Use the list below to ensure that you do not miss anything. If you are flying, use the 3-1-1 guideline recommended by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration: 3 ounces or smaller bottles of a liquid must be placed in a 1 quart clear bag, allowing one bag per traveler. Liquids larger than 3 ounces may not be taken on the plane. They must be placed in checked luggage or discarded.

Clothing Items:

  • Outfits for each day
  • Undergarments, socks
  • Shoes
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear, active wear


  • Aspirin/pain reliever
  • Allergy medicine
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses/contacts
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen

Personal Items:

  • Toothbrush, tooth paste
  • Brush, comb
  • Shampoo, hair products
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Lotion
  • Razor/shaving items


  • Camera
  • Memory card, film, batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers for all devices


  • Reservation confirmations
  • Directions or GPS
  • Passport/driver’s license
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Event tickets

When preparing to travel, make sure to be smart, efficient and find the best bang for your buck.

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Written by Alex Elswick, Extension Associate for Family Resource Management. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Oldham County Cooking Classes

The following Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Cooking Basics for Adults

Cooking Basics takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 17, 18, and 19 at the Oldham County Extension Office. Saving money and eating good food for a healthy diet will be the focus of this three day program for adults. Come for a hands-on experience that will help one become healthier and wealthier!

Free and open to the public. Registration required. Save your seat by emailing crivera@uky.edu or calling (502) 222-9453.

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Canning Boot Camp

Join us at the Oldham County Extension office at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, or at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, for Canning Boot Camp! Learn the safest methods to preserve the wonderful vegetables and fruits that are produced in our county this summer.

Free and open to the public. Call (502) 222-9453 or email crivera@uky.edu to reserve your seat.

Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Summer Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

The following recipe printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Summer Garden Lasagna Recipe


  • 5 medium zucchini
  • 2 yellow summer squash
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggplants, sliced 1/2
  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Thinly slice zucchini and summer squash 1/4 inch thick and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Roast in oven at 400 °F for 20 minutes, turn slices after 10 minutes. Slice eggplants, toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil; place on baking sheet. Roast in oven at 400 °F for 20 minutes, turn slices after 10 minutes. If needed, place under broiler for 5 minutes to reduce excess moisture. Mix together yogurt, cottage cheese, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, diced onion, and chives.

Sauté garlic in remaining olive oil until golden. Add spinach to pan and cook until wilted. Spoon half of roasted zucchini, squash, and sauteed garlic into a greased 9 by 11 inch baking dish. Coat evenly with half of the cottage cheese and yogurt mixture. Place an even layer of eggplants on cottage cheese mixture. Spread a layer of spaghetti sauce on eggplants and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Repeat process for one more layer. Bake at 425 °F for 40 to 45 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped basil and cheese for garnish.

healthy lasagna recipe

Nutritional Analysis: 240 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 840 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 17 g protein

Yield: 10, 1 cup servings

Source: Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud, University of Kentucky Extension

2018 Cultural Arts Champions

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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2018 Homemakers Cultural Arts Results

Congratulations to the following homemakers whose entries won blue ribbons at the Oldham County Cultural Arts competition in February:

*+Suzanna Angelove
Lauren Fernandez
*Patti Hardesty
Pat Honaker
*+Janet Jarrett
*+Faye Korthaus
*+Sally Lackner
*Barbara Lynch
Theresa Melhorn
Mary Ann Mitchell
*+Angela Morris
*+Jackie Norwood
*+Tara Paine
Marcia Rieder
Karen Shorter
*+Rebecca Starry
Candy Thompson
*+Peggy Townsend
Diane Weis

Homemakers denoted with asterisks (*) advanced from the Area Cultural Arts competition to the state event. Plus signs (+) denote homemakers who won blue ribbons at state.

In addition, three Oldham County Homemakers received grand championships for their entries at the Kentucky State Cultural Arts event: Tara Paine, Rebecca Starry, and Peggy Townsend.

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Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2018 Oldham County Fair News

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Oldham County Fair – Ag Entries Accepted July 30

Ag entries, including vegetables, fruits, hay, straw, and other crops, will be taken at the Extension Office on Monday, July 30th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Entries will be judged the following morning and taken to the fairgrounds. New this year: check your entries in online ahead of time. Watch our website for details.

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2018 Oldham County Fair

The 2018 Oldham County Fair is July 31 through August 4! This year, you will be able to register your entries online. More information will be available soon via oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair.

Home and Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Extension office. Please bring non-perishable items for entry between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, or 9:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 24. Perishable entries will be accepted on Monday, July 30, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Entries can be picked up at the Oldham County Fairgrounds between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. Contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent; and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Oldham County Ag News: Cost-Share, Producer Spotlight

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Cost-Share Applications Anticipated in June

We anticipate having applications available in June for two cost-share programs. Please follow up with our office in early June for application and deadline information These cost-share programs are offered through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund in partnership with the Oldham County Agriculture Development Council and Oldham County Farm Bureau.

The first cost-share program is the County Agricultural Investment Program. This cost-share offers 11 investment areas that give Kentucky ag producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products, and diversify their operations. This cost-share has a maximum of $1,500 per approved applicant. New this year: some of the investment areas have specific educational requirements in the form of video training. A schedule of these and other educational opportunities will be mailed to those approved for CAIP cost-share.

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The second cost-share program is the Youth Ag Incentives Program. This cost-share program was developed to benefit youth actively engaged in agriculture and focuses on youth developing agriculture projects. Applicants are required to be enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school, and may also include home school students. Applicants must be at least 9 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Award amount is based on number of applicants, not to exceed $1,500 per applicant.

As a reminder – cash receipts are not eligible for reimbursement in these cost-share programs. CAIP applicants must have a farm serial number to complete an application. If you are unsure of this number, please contact the Farm Service Agency at (502) 845-2820 for more information.

Read more about cost-share guidelines online. Please call our office or email traci.missun@uky.edu with questions about projects that qualify.

Appointments are available with our program administrator for help completing cost-share applications from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 6, June 13, and June 20. Please call (502) 222-9453 to schedule an appointment.

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Producer Spotlight – Managing Small Acreage Horse Pasture

One of the joys of being an agent is seeing people be successful. A few years ago, I met Shannon and Greg Ash. I’d gone over to their place to look at their pastures and help with some questions. Since then, I’ve tested their soil and given advice for timely seeding and weed control for their pastures. Although Shannon and Greg have limited acreage for their horses, they have learned to manage it well.

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A must-have piece of equipment for horse owners is a chain harrow or some other light cultivation implement, especially for those without access to a no-till seeder. A chain harrow allows roughing of the soil in order to get good seed to soil contact that is needed for germination. Chain harrows come in different sizes, including types that can be pulled with ATV’s and UTV’s. Chain harrows can be used to rough the soil (points side down) then flipped to settle seeds into the soil after sowing.

Establishing or reseeding pastures involves several steps, and it’s important to follow through with soil testing, fertilizing, controlling weeds, and managing horses to prevent overgrazing. After testing soil, Shannon and Greg applied fertilizer and lime recommended by the soil test. They followed up with timely herbicide applications to keep problem weeds under control. They also reseeded thinning pastures to provide adequate grazing, keep weeds from coming back, and to prevent erosion. This spring, they shared their latest success:

“We leveled soil in this pasture, then harrowed it both ways (crisscross) to create a good seedbed. In late February, we used a broadcast seeder to spread a mix of perennial ryegrass and clover. We’d planned to run the harrow back over the pasture to get better seed to soil contact, but it started snowing while we were seeding. There were a couple of snows after we seeded. After the new seedlings got about 2 inches high, we went in and hand-raked a few bare spots and reseeded those. The pasture is growing well this spring. We’ve already mowed it to a 5-inch height once. And it’s ready to be mowed again.”

Even though the weather kept them from doing everything exactly as planned, they were still successful. The Ashes plan to keep horses off the pasture for a while to allow good root establishment so horses can’t pull the new grass out of the ground. This is another key to good pasture establishment. Thanks, Shannon and Greg, for sharing your success!

For more information on managing pastures, contact traci.missun@uky.edu or visit forages.ca.uky.edu.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.