Summer 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

June 4-H Calendar

2-4 District Horse Show
5 All 4-H Camp Forms Due
5 Teen Conference Orientation
6 Project Day: 2-Point Perspective
8 Project Day: Leaf Printing
8 Extension Council & District Board
9 Project Day: Making An Electromagnet
12 Robotics Club
12-15 Teen Conference
16 Project Day: 4-H Clover Photography
15-16 State Horse Contest
20 Camp Leader Orientation
22 Camper Orientation

July 4-H Calendar

2-8 State Horse Show
4 Office closed for Independence Day
8 State Communications Day
10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
13 4-H Council Meeting
14 Head Lice Checks for Camp
17-21 4-H Camp
27 Fair Project Entry Day

August 4-H Calendar

2 4-H Fashion Revue
1-5 Oldham County Fair
11 State Fair Projects to Office
12-13 State Fair Dog Show
17-27 Kentucky State Fair

Oldham County Dog Show details to be announced.

Ag Clubs Update: Cattlemen, Green Thumbs, Master Gardeners

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association News

The Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association will meet on July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the extension office. The meeting will feature guest speaker Jim Akers of Blue Grass Stockyards. The association welcomes new members – pick up an application at our office or join online at www.kycattle.org. Annual $35 membership dues cover membership to both Oldham County and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Associations, a subscription to Cow Country News, and meals at county meetings.

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Charlie McDonner of Whayne Supply was a guest speaker and sponsor of the Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association March meeting. Members elected officers for the current year: Maynard Stetten as president, Paul Bradshaw as vice president, and Jerry Bennett as secretary/treasurer.

Plant Sale & Auction Benefits 4-H

For the second year in a row, the Green Thumbs Garden Club held a spring plant sale and auction to benefit Oldham County 4-H. Green Thumbs and Oldham County Master Gardeners collected plants, containers, garden sculptures, and other garden decor for the event. This year, the clubs raised a total of $1,284, roughly a hundred dollars more than last year! This generous donation will be used as scholarships to send Oldham County children to 4-H camp in the summer.

Thank you Green Thumbs and Master Gardeners for your continued support!

Enter the 2017 Oldham County Fair

The following 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

4-H at the County Fair

Oldham County 4-H Fair

Don’t wait until the last minute to finish those 4-H fair projects! The 2017 Oldham County Fair is August 1 through 5. 4-H fair registration forms are due to the office by July 5. Early registration allows staff time to print entry tags for easy distribution on entry day. Projects will need to be delivered to the extension office between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Projects will be judged July 28, and entries will be transported by 4-H staff and volunteers to the fairgrounds on Monday, July 31. Judging early will enable us to meet the State Fair registration deadline.

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The Oldham County 4-H Fair catalog is now available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair. A printed version of the catalog is also available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office. All 4-H projects will need to be picked up on Sunday, August 6, between noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

Sign Up Today for the Fashion Revue

The 4-H Fashion Revue promotes skills in construction, selection, and coordination of clothing. 4-H members will have the opportunity to model clothing in the Sewing and Fashion Magic categories. The Sewing category allows 4-H’ers to model clothing they have entered in the 4-H Fair. In Fashion Magic, 4-H members model outfits and accessories they have purchased and assembled.

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The 2017 Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Centerfield. For more information on entering, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu.

Enter the County Fair

Home & Family Arts Department

The 2017 Oldham County Fair is set for August 1 through 5. Department categories and rules are available at the extension office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair. All Home & Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension office.

Check in nonperishable entries on Monday, July 24, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, July 25, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Judging follows at 12:30 p.m.

Perishable entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Monday, July 31.

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, the Family & Consumer Science Agent will begin arranging entries for display in the Home & Family Arts Building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

Entry check out is between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

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Volunteers are needed to help register entries, assist judges, and arrange displays for the 2017 Oldham County Fair. Contact Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu to volunteer your time.

4-H Summer Programs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Solar Eclipse Camp

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Solar Eclipse Camp will be August 18-21 at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. A premiere viewing location, the camp sits directly in the path of the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!

Ages 9 through 18 are eligible to attend. The $250 camp fee includes all activities, lodging, meals, snacks, t-shirt, and special solar eclipse viewing glasses. Participants experience a space-themed camp with class options that include:

  • Weather
  • Rockets
  • Drones
  • Astronomy
  • Space exploration
  • And more!
  • Special guests from NASA, TV meteorologists, and astronomers are scheduled.

    For more information contact Shane Browning, West Kentucky Camp Director, via (270) 797-8758 or shanebrowning@uky.edu.

    Kentucky Forestry, Entomology, and Wildlife Leadership Program

    Interested in the environment? Want to know more about forests, trees, insects, water, and wildlife? If yes, then the Forestry, Entomology, and Wildlife Leadership Program is for you!

    Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school are eligible to participate. The program will be held from June 4 through 9 at Lake Cumberland Education Center in Jabez, Kentucky. More information is available online at kflp.ca.uky.edu.

    Summer Project Days

    Join 4-H during the summer for Project Days where we build and create interesting, creative projects that can be entered in the fair to win ribbons and premiums! View the Fair Catalog online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair or at the extension office during fair season. Registration for fair entries should be submitted to the Oldham County Extension office by July 5.

    Registration information for Summer Project Days is available online: oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-project-days

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    Discover Two-Point Perspective Drawing! Learn to write your name using two-point perspective, and make a beautiful piece of art that you can enter in the fair and then hang in your room. This class takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6. The supply fee is $5.

    Learn about Kentucky trees in Leaf Printing! Participants will identify 10 leaves and their primary uses, then make a notebook of leaf prints displaying their new knowledge. Leaf Printing is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with a supply fee of $5.

    Making an Electromagnet will be the subject of the class on Friday, June 9, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Learn about electricity using Snap Circuits, then mount your own electromagnet. $10 covers all necessary supplies.

    The last 4-H Project Day of the summer will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 16. In 4-H Clover Photography, you will express your unique style by designing your own 3D 4-H Clover and photographing it! This class has a $5 supply fee.

    4-H Awards

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Kentucky 4-H Gold Award Recipient

    Congratulations to Molly Logsdon who received the Kentucky 4-H Gold Achievement Award, the second highest 4-H award in the state.

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    A lifelong 4-H’er, Molly joined the Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County at age six as a Cloverbud. She has attended 4-H Camp since age nine, and this will be her fourth year in a camp leadership role. President of the Oldham County Teen Club, Molly also serves on the Kentucky 4-H State Teen Council and the State Teen Newsletter Committee. Two of their current projects include establishing the District 3 Teen Council and Teaching Positivity Through Improv.

    This November, Molly will representing Kentucky 4-H at the 2017 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. We are so proud of you, Molly!

    State Communications Day

    Oldham County 4-H’ers conducted speeches and demonstrations at the 2017 District 3 Communications event in April. A special congratulations to those that will be moving on to the state competition in July: Hannah Anderson, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Griffin, Kendall Kennedy, Sam Ray. Excellent work, 4-H’ers!

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    State Dog Skillathon Results

    The 2017 State 4-H Dog Skillathon was held on Saturday, March 11th in Scott County. Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H’ers for their achievements:

    Beth Huffman and Carrie Olds both placed third in the individual skillathon.

    The Junior Team received reserve champion: Carrie Olds (team captain), Ella Olds, and Peyton Ash.

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    Support OC 4-H

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Reality Store Volunteers Needed

    The 4-H Reality Store program is a budgeting simulation for high school students. Reality Stores will be held on March 31 at South Oldham High School and on May 5 at Oldham County High School.

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    We still need volunteers to make these events possible. If you can help out on either day, please contact the extension office at 222-9453.

    Support the Kentucky Ag Tag Program

    The Kentucky 4-H Foundation is proud to be part of the Ag Tag Voluntary Donation Program. When renewing their license plates, Kentucky farmers can make a $10 donation which is split equally among Kentucky 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud. This year is the fifth year for the program and the 4-H Foundation asks all farmers to make the donation when they renew their farm license plates in March.

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    The 4-H share for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, was $184,237. These funds benefit all levels of Kentucky 4-H. The Kentucky 4-H Foundation splits the donations equally between the county from which the funds originated and the Foundation itself. The Foundation uses its half to support state level programs. The other half of the Ag Tag donation stays in Oldham County to fund programs and activities that teach youth about leadership, citizenship, science and technology, communications, public speaking, agriculture, and much more.

    Spring OC 4-H News

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Attention: 4-H Participation Forms Due

    Please do not forget all 4-H members must be registered with Oldham County 4-H by April 15, 2017 in order to qualify to compete in any 4-H events. This requirement applies to all 4-H competitions including Horse Show, Horse Contest, and Dog Show as well as the Oldham County 4-H Fair.

    State 4-H Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H members for earning State Achievement Awards:

    Bronze Award
    Maggie Anderson
    Keirstin Kennedy
    Emmett King
    Ruby Mason
    Coral Schulte
    Ethan Willis

    Silver Award
    Noah Anderson
    Beth Huffman

    Gold Level Interviews
    Hannah Anderson
    Sarah Griffin
    Molly Logsdon
    Olivia Minor
    Karmen Woods

    Gold Level Interviews will be held on Saturday, March 4, in Clark County. Interviewing is the final step of the Gold Level Achievement Award. Gold Level Honorees will be announced the second week of March.

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    Upcoming 4-H Dog Program Dates

    Take your dog to camp. Dog Camp is the perfect opportunity for 4-H’ers to work with their dogs one-on-one and in group instruction situations. The 2017 Kentucky State 4-H Dog Camp will be held at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp from May 19 to 21. If you would like to receive registration information, contact the Oldham County Extension office at 222-9453, and we will send the information to you when it becomes available.

    The 4-H Dog Volunteer Certification Program will be available twice this fall. Volunteers can attend training on September 23 at McCracken County Extension office or November 4 at Wolfe County Extension office.

    Qualifying for Competitive 4-H Horse Events

    4-H members who would like to qualify to participate in any 4-H Competitive Horse Event (this includes 4-H Horse Shows) must complete six hours of instructional training taught or approved by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. Please meet with your leader now to ensure completion of the six required hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Documentation must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

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    Note upcoming competition 4-H horse events. The District 4-H Horse Show will be held June 2-4. State Horse Judging is June 14 with the State Horse Contest on June 15. The State Horse Show will be July 2-8.

    Start Thinking About the Oldham County Fair

    The 2017 Oldham County Fair will be August 1-5. Projects will be entered on July 27 at the Oldham County Extension office and will be available for pick up on August 5 at the Oldham County fairgrounds. Registration forms are due to the extension office by July 6. Remember, to be eligible to exhibit projects in the 4-H categories during the county fair, youth must be a registered 4-H member by April 15. Fairbook available online. Note major changes in Arts & Crafts and Photography categories.

    4-H Speech Program

    The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the Spring 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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    4-H Speech Program Inspires Confidence

    Public speaking is often one of our biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age by participating in the public speaking program. Public speaking skills help youth develop the confidence, organizational skills, and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

    It is important for young people to give 4-H public speaking a try. The earlier children begin the program, and the longer they stick with it, the stronger their public speaking skills will be. Youth are encouraged to deliver speeches on any topic they find interesting. The search for more information on the topic promotes valuable research skills. Composing the speech with proper structure teaches organizational skills. Young speakers also learn to use creative techniques to grab their audience’s attention.

    Competition begins at the club level, qualifying for the county competition on March 27. County winners advance to the April 15th district tournament. District champions advance to the state tournament in July at the University of Kentucky. Judges evaluate presentation and ability to clearly deliver a message.

    It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program! Call 222-9453 for details. Speakers can register online.

    HELP!! We need judges for the 4-H Communication Competitions on March 27 and April 15. Interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest? Please contact Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, at 222-9453. We need your help to make this a rewarding experience for our 4-H’ers!

    Winter Oldham County 4-H News

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Achievement Award Recipients Recognized at 4-H Banquet

    The 4-H Achievement Program recognizes members beginning in the sixth grade. The application is a detailed resume of the member’s 4-H and community involvement. Scholarships are available at each state level achieved. Congratulations to the following 4-H members who have completed a Clover Achievement Level:

    Clover Level 1
    Adelle Minor
    Caroline Olds
    Izzy Perez

    Clover Level 2
    Rebekah Anderson
    Lilly Crook
    Ella Olds

    Clover Level 3
    Maggie Anderson
    Keirstin Kennedy
    Emmett King
    Ruby Mason
    Coral Schulte
    Ethan Willis

    Clover Level 4
    Noah Anderson

    Clover Level 5
    Rebekah Degnan
    Beth Huffman
    Olivia Minor

    Interviewing for the Gold Award
    Hannah Anderson
    Sarah Griffin
    Molly Logsdon
    Olivia Minor
    Karmen Woods

    Those members who achieved Clover Level Three, Four, or Five will advance to the state level for judging. Good luck, 4-H’ers!

    Santa’s Workshop 2016

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    Moms and Dads, do you need a little bit more time to get those last few presents wrapped or to shop for the last gift on your list? If so, send your kids to the extension office to have some fun and make gifts they can give to their friends and family.

    Santa’s Workshop will be held at the Oldham County Extension office on Monday, December 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will make holiday gifts for friends and family. The $25 supply fee includes lunch. Open to boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Call 222-9453 to register.

    4-H Communications Program Gets Underway in January

    Youth develop organizational and critical thinking skills by learning the logical way to prepare a speech or present information through a demonstration. Competitive events give youth the opportunity to practice what they have learned and receive positive, constructive suggestions to improve.

    Standing up and delivering a speech or presentation develops independence and confidence in youth. These experiences help youth overcome the fear of speaking in public. Members know that success is due to their preparation and presentation skills. Speaking in front of a large group or only a few individuals with ease gives people a sense of belonging and the opportunity to bond with other youth and adults. Many doors are opened in terms of personal friendships and professional advancement.

    After mastering skills, gaining independence, and developing a sense of belonging, youth want to share what they’ve learned. They may initiate and lead a service project in the community or help their peers in various other ways. Generosity such as this is an innate part of all aspects of our 4-H Youth Development program.

    A broad range of communications expertise is vital for today’s youth and tomorrow’s adults. 4-H Youth Development helps youth improve their quality of speech and association with others, whether one-on-one in a job interview or a keynote address in a banquet hall. Contact the Oldham County 4-H office at 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu if your child is interested in participating in the 4-H Communication Program.

    Source: Dr. Mark Mains, Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Assistant Director.

    Attention Horse Club Members

    In order to qualify for participation in any 4-H Competitive Horse Event, including 4-H horse shows, 4-H’ers must complete 6 hours of instruction taught by their 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader. The 6 instructional hours must be completed before April 15th and be documented by the Certified Horse Club Leader.

    Please meet with your 4-H Certified Horse Club Leader now to ensure you will have your completed and documented 6 hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Members must also have their 4-H enrollment form submitted to the extension office on April 15th. Documentation of hours completed must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

    4-H Thankful for Volunteers

    The following 4-H Youth Development article printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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    4-H is Thankful for our Volunteers

    Now is the time of the year when many of us reflect on all of the things for which we are grateful. In Oldham County 4-H, one of the things we are most grateful for is the volunteer support. Our volunteers are leaders, cheerleaders, mentors, and advocates for our youth. It is with their help and service that many young people find their voice or passion and become healthy, capable, caring, and productive adults.

    Volunteers assist by leading club meetings, serving as camp counselors, judging speech and demonstration contests, and utilizing their unique interests, skills and abilities to serve the 4-H program and extend it to audiences which would otherwise be unserved. In the process, our volunteers shape future leaders by demonstrating leadership skills, instilling a sense of community, and offering a positive connection with someone from a different age group or generation.

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    Whether they serve episodically or for many years, volunteers are a valuable and essential component of 4-H. Without their help, most 4-H programs would be impossible to deliver. While they do not serve for praise or recognition, many volunteers get a great deal of fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and enjoyment out of volunteer service, as they watch youth develop self-confidence, self-worth, and leadership skills.

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    If you are a volunteer, thank you for all that you do. If you are interested in more information about learning how to volunteer with the Oldham County 4-H program, contact the extension office at 222-9453.

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    Source: Ken Culp, District III, Principal Extension Specialist for Volunteerism, 4-H Youth Development