Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Holiday Classic Clinic and Prospect Show

The 27th Annual Holiday Classic Beef, Lamb, Goat, and Swine Clinic and Prospect Show will be held November 3-4, 2018 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.  This event is intended to provide an educational opportunity for new families participating in the livestock project area.  The main purpose is to teach the basic principles of livestock management as they relate to facility maintenance, selection, nutrition, animal health, handling, showmanship and transportation.  In addition to the great educational clinic, there is a FREE prospect show that exhibitors can participate in on Sunday!  In order to participate in the Sunday showmanship and prospect shows, youth must attend the Saturday clinic.  More information and a schedule can be found by clicking here.

Support Leon Co. 4-H

Feed your family and support Leon County 4-H - https://www.schwans-cares.com/c/42676.  When ordering from Schwan's via phone or online, be sure to provide the campaign number of 42676 for Leon County, TX 4-H.  Thank you!

Nutrition Quiz Bowl

Nutrition Quiz Bowl is a contest opportunity that is part of the Food & Nutrition project.  It is a quiz game, tournament style that tests teams of 4 on their knowledge of food and nutrition.  4-H’ers buzz in to answer questions and earn points for correct answers.  Open to all 4-H’ers.  Click here for more details.  The District 8 contest is set for Sat., Feb. 23rd, in Waco.  You must register for the contest on 4-H Connect between Jan. 21st and Feb. 8th.  Cost is $10 per 4-H’er.

Consumer Decision Making

The District 8 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest is coming up on Sat., Feb. 23rd, in Waco.  It is a judging contest in which a 4-H’er evaluates 6-8 classes of consumer products.  For each class, there are 4 similar products and a situation statement with information about the person the product is being “purchased” for.  4-H’ers rank/place the items in each class.  Intermediate and Senior age 4-H’ers also present reasons for their placings for 1-2 classes to a panel of judges.  Open to all 4-H’ers, and can be done as a team of 4 or individually.  Click here for more info.  For the district contest, you must register for the contest on 4-H Connect between Jan. 21st and Feb. 8th.  Cost is $10 per 4-H’er.

If you are an adult volunteer who is not quite ready to take 4-H'ers to the contest, you can also volunteer to serve as a group leader, reasons taker, etc.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the contest, and get ready to coach local 4-H'ers in the future.  If interested, contact Laura at the Extension office.

Get Ready for County 4-H Food Contest!!

Many of our 4-H'ers are already busy with their food project activities.  Special thanks to all of our project leaders!!

We have now received all state and district 4-H Food Show and Food Challenge info, so we are able to compile our County 4-H Food Contest info.  Our Food Contest is set for Sun., Nov. 11th, at Marquez Baptist Church.  Check in will be at 2 (please, do not arrive before 1:45), and we hope to be done by about 6:30.

Click here for contest info and project resources.  Click here for the Co. 4-H Food Contest entry form.  Deadline for all entries is Fri. Nov. 2nd.  Click here to visit the D8 4-H site for guidelines and forms.

When you submit entry, please note any food allergies you may have so I can avoid including those ingredients in food challenge.

Upcoming 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training

4-H Member Volunteer Opportunities

Veterans Outdoor event has requested 5-6 older 4-H'ers to help serve dinner at their upcoming event on Sat., Nov. 10th.  Please sign up with the Extension office to help.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

4-H Archery

The Leon Co. 4-H Archery Group has kicked off their year, so if you are interested, please either visit their Facebook page or contact one of the following leaders:

James Embry - 936-396-7014, jae@otsc.tamu.edu
Mike Watkins - 936-355-4906
Steve Schultz - 979-219-3302

Practices are taking place at the old Leon Co. showbarn, which is located off of Hwy 75 in Centerville.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Major Livestock Show Information

It is time to begin thinking about making entry into the Spring 2019 Major Livestock Shows. 

Leon County 4-H entries into the Fort Worth Livestock Show are due to the Leon County Extension Office by November 2.
Fort Worth Livestock Show Premium Book
Fort Worth Livestock Show Entry Form

Entry forms for the following livestock shows are due to the Leon County Extension Office by November 16.  Links will become active once the specific livestock shows have released their premium books and entry forms.
San Antonio Livestock Show Premium Book
San Antonio Livestock Show Entry Form

San Angelo Livestock Show Premium Book
San Angelo Livestock Show Entry Form

Houston Livestock Show Premium Book
Houston Livestock Show Entry Form

Rodeo Austin Premium Book
Rodeo Austin Livestock Show Entry Form

Monday, September 24, 2018

Enroll in 4-H for the 2018-19 Year

Below are some tips to help everyone get enrolled.

4-H Connect (https://texas.4honline.com) is our online 4-H enrollment and event registration system.  Click here to find resources to help you navigate 4-H Connect.  Please complete your enrollment (both 4-H members and adult volunteers), and let us know if you have any questions.

Re-enrolling for 2018-19?
Your enrollment status is now “inactive.”  ALL youth and volunteers who want to re-enroll for 2018-19 will need to log into their family profile and re-enroll.

Brand New to 4-H?
You can also enroll by creating a family and individual profiles on 4-H Connect.

All 4-H members (not volunteers or Clover Kids) are assessed the $25 ($20 before 10/31) Texas 4-H Participation Fee, which you will pay by credit card on 4-H Connect.  Once you enter payment info and "submit enrollment," the enrollment status will be "pending."  At that point, our office will review and approve members, so the enrollment status will be "active," and payment will be charged to your credit card.  If there's any problem, you may need to re-submit enrollment.

Parents & Other Adults
We need you to enroll on 4-H Connect as well!!  If there's a possibility you will work with any children other than your own, you need to enroll as a 4-H volunteer on 4-H Connect.  All 4-H adult volunteers are assessed a $10 volunteer fee, but we feel it's important to cover this cost for you.  SO, when you enroll - this is JUST FOR ADULTS - you will need to go through your enrollment, but STOP at the payment section.  Leave your enrollment "incomplete," and we will take care of the payment for you.  If you submit your enrollment with a credit card payment, we will send it back to you, but we will then go in and complete the payment by 4-H club/county check.  You'll receive an e-mail saying they need to re-submit your enrollment, but you do not need to do anything.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Livestock Judging Practice Schedule

The next practice for the Leon County 4-H Livestock Judging team on Tuesday, September 25, at the Leon County Extension Office.  We begin at 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in livestock judging or want to find out more about what it is, come join us.

Future practices will be held October 23, November 6, and December 4.  All will be held at the Leon County Extension Office, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New Quality Counts System Now Open

All 4-H and FFA members will need to go through the training module and take the test, regardless if you have done this in the past.  There are a few changes in the new system from the old system:
  • Exhibitors will first be required to engage in the full learning content before being presented with the verification exam
  • 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 greater to pass the exam, but can take it as many times as needed
  • Exhibitors will be exposed and tested on the content potentially 3 times in their livestock showing career: junior (grade 3-5), intermediate (grade 6-8), and senior (grade 9-12)
  • Login to the curriculum site requires unique email addresses for each user - each person taking the training and test will have to use a unique email address for each account.
  • Exhibitors will access the course and exam at a new website: https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx
A step-by-step guide to get you started can be found by clicking here.

Please be aware that all 4-H and FFA exhibitors planning on exhibiting a project in the 2019 Leon County Livestock Show must take and pass this new test prior to making entry into the show.  Any exhibitor planning on making entry into a 2019 Spring Major Livestock Show must take and pass this new test prior to making entry in October/November.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Leon Co. 4-H Handbook/Calendar

Click here to view/download the 2018-19 Leon Co. 4-H Handbook & Calendar.  A hard copy will be provided for each 4-H family during your upcoming 4-H club meetings.  Use your handbook/calendar to provide you some great info.  Dates in the calendar are subject to change, so be sure to visit our 4-H website and attend your club meetings to be kept up to date.

Monday, August 27, 2018

2018-19 4-H Clubs & Groups

4-H Report Form Tool

We talk about 4-H recordbooks, but what I like to focus on this time of year is recordkeeping!!  While we would love for everyone to compile a recordbook, it's nearly impossible to put a good recordbook together without a record of what you've done - our memory just can't keep track!  There are many ways to keep records, but Richard has compiled a "Leon Co. 4-H Project Record" that will help you!  Click here to view the Word and pdf files.  Download to your computer or print to keep track!  We'll be talking more about recordbooks as they year goes along.

Monday, August 20, 2018

30 Days of Doing

What can you, your family or your 4-H club do in 30 days?  Maybe take the challenge to do something each day throughout Sept.

30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning.  Plus, could win a $10,000 scholarship.  Click on the image for ideas or click here for more info.

National Youth Science Day (NYSD)

This year's project, Code Your World, is a four-part challenge that teaches kids ages 8-14 to apply computer science (CS) to the world around them through hands-on activities. It includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction.  Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Great 4-H Awards Banquet

Congratulations to everyone who was recognized during our Leon Co. 4-H Awards Banquet on July 30th!  Click here to view the 4-H year highlights video (Star Studded Success) and the awards slide show.

Special thanks to Kandace Stevens and everyone who helped prepare the meal!  We also appreciate Zoie Stevens for compiling a great highlights video.  A big thanks to everyone who helped set up, decorate and clean up!  While the AC could not keep up with our large crowd (about 200 people), the room looked great!!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Texas 4-H Roundup...

Congratulations to all of our Texas 4-H Roundup participants!!  Roundup was held June 12-14, in College Station.  Highlights include:

Texas 4-H Scholarships
- Leon County 4-H members brought home a total of $34,000 in scholarships
- Natalie Uptmor - $20,000 from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
- James Rodell - $10,000 from Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation 
- Matthew Roach - $4,000 Texas 4-H Collegiate Scholarship

Contest Results include:
- In the Rifle Match, the team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 11th place. 
- For the Invitational Ag Product ID Contest, Caleb Rappolee and Graci Kelley participated as Intermediate individuals, and the Senior team of Cole Rappolee, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 16th place.
- Natalie Uptmor placed 5th in the Buying Formal/Semi-formal category of the Fashion Show.
- In the Invitational Livestock Judging Contest, the Intermediate team of James Bodine, Cody Cox, Graci Kelley and Caleb Rappolee placed 16th, and the Senior team of Cole Rappolee, Gatlynn Johnson, Zoie Stevens and Annika Stevens earned 11th place.  Jake Henigan also participated as a Senior individual.
- Emily Banda, Hayley de la Garza and Megan Green all brought home red ribbons for their Photography Contest entries.
- Anthony Banda took 10th place in Share the Fun Vocal.
- Samantha Bowers placed 5th in Share the Fun Solo/Band.
- Nathan Barrett participated in the Public Speaking Contest

Normangee 4-H member John Landry was selected to sing the National Anthem during the Thursday evening assembly. 

We also want to say a huge THANK YOU to our coaches and other parents and supporters for helping our kids reach this level.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Congrats to our District 8 4-H SURGE (formerly known as Leadership Lab) participants:  Emma Adams, Nathan Barrett, Makayla Gilliam, Callie Harter, Aurora Moran, Cole Rappolee, Annika Stevens, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor.  They enjoyed a great time on June 24-27 at T Bar M Resort & Conference Center in New Braunfels.  All of these 4-H'ers are available to offer programs for your club meetings. 

Special congrats to Nathan and Zoie for being elected to serve on the 2018-19 D8 4-H Council!! Nathan will also represent D8 on Texas 4-H Council.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

D8 4-H Photo Results

Congratulations to all of our participants in the D8 4-H Photo Contest!  Their photos were displayed
during D8 4-H Roundup on May 5th.
  • Jaidynn Childress - 2 Blue Awards
  • Madilynn Cox - 2 Blue Awards
  • Grace Hulzing - 3 Blue Awards and 1 Reserve Champion (Food)
  • Mia King - 6 Blue Awards, 2 Champions (Dominant Color and People) and 1 Reserve Champion (Enhanced)
  • Levi Scoma - 2 Blue Awards and 1 Champion (Motion)
  • James Bodine - 3 Blue Awards and 1 Reserve Champion (Details & Macro)
  • Caraline Dudley - 2 Blue Awards
  • Adriana de la Garza - 1 Blue Award and 1 Champion (Enhanced)
  • Lanie Goolsby - 3 Blue Awards and 2 Champions (Landscape and Travel)
  • Hadley Klock - 2 Blue Awards
  • Emily Page - 2 Blue Awards
  • Reagan Van Dresar - 1 Blue Award
  • Emily Banda - 5 Blue Awards
  • Hayley de la Garza - 1 Red Award
  • Megan Green - 1 Blue Award and 3 Red Awards
To view all results and photos, click here.  Unlike most of our D8 contests, winners from the Sr Photo Contest do not advance to state.  Photos by Emily, Hayley and Megan qualified at the county contest, so we wish them the best in the state contest.

D8 4-H Roundup Results

Leon County was well represented at D8 4-H Roundup on May 5th in Riesel!  Congrats to:
  • James Bodine & Caraline Dudley were 2nd place in Health
  • Quannah Dudley placed 2nd in Public Speaking
  • Nathan Barrett was 1st in Public Speaking and is advancing to state
  • James Bodine placed 4th in Share the Fun Poetry/Prose 
  • John Landry placed 1st in Share the Fun Vocal
  • Anthony Banda was 2nd in Share the Fun Vocal and is advancing to state
  • Samantha Bowers placed 2nd in Share the Fun Solo/Band and qualified for state
  • Skylar Parrish participated in Safety
  • Quentin Parrish presented in Open ANR
Special thanks to Mrs. Dudley, Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Landry for serving as judging! Great job everyone! Best wishes to Nathan, Anthony and Samantha as they head to Texas 4-H Roundup!  To view all results, click here.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

D8 4-H Rifle Match Results

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who took part in the District 8 4-H Rifle Match on April 28th in Oakwood:
Light Rifle: (individual high point placing)
- Jr team of Clayton Cromeens (35th), Brody Duncan (4th), Colt Reeder (14th) and Eric Sapien (24th) placed 3rd 
- Jr team of Ace Harter (21st), Caddel Keeling (33rd), Aiden Robinson (16th) and Parker Thomas (7th) placed 4th
- Jr team of Levi Middleton (22nd), Gaven Stennett (25th), Toni Stennett (23rd) and Trenton Weiler (30th) placed 6th
- Jr team of Rhett Boyd (20th), Hunter Fulmer (36th), Fisher Fulmer (28th) and John Landry (27th) placed 7th
- Jr team of Tate Henson (39th), Briar Kent (26th), Brylee Ryder (29th) and Ruby Smith (37th) placed 9th
- Int: Lane Vann (14th)
- Sr team of Colton Adams (4th), Kassidy Bell (15th) and James Rodell (6th) placed 1st
- Sr team of Melanie Barnett (12th), Austin Breest (8th) and Shayne Pringle (13th) placed 2nd
Precision Rifle: (individual high point placing)
- Int team of Sydney Boyle (6th), Graci Kelley (18th), Evelynn Landry (24th) and Conner Noey (20th) placed 4th
- Int team of John Cocking (19th), Billy Duncan (16th) and Lane Vann (13th) placed 5th
- Int: Tanner Henson (25th)
- Sr team of Colton Adams (5th), Kassidy Bell (6th), James Rodell (3rd) and Justin Vann (9th) placed 1st and is advancing to the state contest!!
- Sr team of Melanie Barnett (17th), Austin Breest (13th) and Shayne Pringle (19th) placed 4th
A huge thanks to Mr. Adams and all of the volunteers and parents who helped make this event possible!!  Best wishes to the Sr team headed to state!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

State 4-H Archery Match Results

Image result for awardsCongratulations to our 4-H'ers who competed in the Texas 4-H Archery contest over the last few months:
  • Ryan Sprinkle - 3rd place in 1st year Compound Aided
  • Karson Bearden - 7th place in Jr Compound Aided
  • Brendon Bellah - 28th in Jr Compound Aided
Special thanks to our Archery Project coaches!!

District 4-H Fashion Show Report

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who participated in the District 8 4-H Clothing Contests in Belton on April 17th:

★Jaidynn Childress, Normangee 4-H - 3rd place in Jr Fashion Show Buying - Everyday Living
★Natalie Uptmor, Buffalo 4-H - 1st place Sr Fashion Show Buying - Semi-Formal to Formal; advancing to the state contest!!
★Mia King, Normangee 4-H - 4th in Jr Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Grace Hulzing, Normangee 4-H - 4th place in Jr Fashion Storyboard - Pet Clothing
★Brackyn Frederick, Normangee 4-H - 4th in Jr Fashion Storyboard - Non-Wearable
★Robyn McKinney, Normangee 4-H  - Int Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Rylee Morton, Normangee 4-H - 1st in Jr Fashion Storyboard - Jewelry
★James Bodine, Centerville 4-H - 3rd in Int Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Rylie McKinney, Normangee 4-H - 3rd in Int Fashion Storyboard - Non-Wearable

Special thanks to Mrs. Uptmor for serving as a judge during the event!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Leon County Livestock Show Senior Salute

Each year, the Leon County Livestock Show pays special tribute to the graduating seniors from the Leon County 4-H and FFA programs.  See this year's Senior Salute video by clicking here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

4-H Memorabilia

Cool story about 4-H in the March issue of County Living magazine.  Click here to view.  If you ever come across 4-H memorabilia and want it to go somewhere, drop it off at our office.  We display a great 4-H collection in our foyer.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

4-H Club Manager Training Series

Laura Huebinger, our District 8 4-H Specialist, is conducting this series for 4-H Club Managers, potential Club Managers, Project Leaders, etc.  This series is online during the lunch hour, and will give volunteers a chance to can ask questions, get questions answered, share ideas, and hopefully learn something new!  Trainings are set for: Feb. 20th, March 20th, April 24th, May 15th and July 31st, 12:00-1:00 pm.  Click here to find out more and access the trainings.  Each training will be recorded so you can go back and watch them at your convenience.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

For at least 2 years, we have been compiling and sending the weekly 4-H Monday Memo to help keep you informed about 4-H activities.  The MM is sent to all e-mail addresses associated with active profiles on 4-H Connect.  Since some folks are not getting the weekly messages, we are now also uploading each MM to our website.  At any time, you can click here to access recent MM's.  Just another way we are trying to keep everyone up to date.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements.  Thanks!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Scholarship Resources

We have compiled some scholarship info and resources to help you. Also included is information about NUMEROUS scholarships. Please click here and check it all out!  At this point, not all applications are available, but keep checking back for 2018 forms.

For those of you who are considering applying for a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship, you can watch a recorded presentation by Laura Huebinger, our District 8 4-H Specialist.

We are here to help you in preparing applications, so please let us know if you need any assistance. We have a few laptops and WiFi available at our office if you need to make use of them. 

If you know of any additional scholarships, please share that info with us so we can include it in our resources.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Leon County Youth Ag Fair

The Leon County Youth Ag Fair was held on November 8 for all of the 4th grade students in Leon County.  Check out the highlight video to see what all the students experienced! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

4-H Polo Shirt!!

Mrs. Barrett is kind enough to coordinate the order of Leon Co. 4-H polo shirts that 4-H members and volunteers can wear during various contests and activities.  We'll soon be compiling another order for be looking for details soon. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

4-H Sweatshirt Hoodies

We have just a few Leon Co. 4-H sweatshirt hoodies available for $20.  First come, first serve.