Tuesday, July 25, 2017

County 4-H Awards Banquet

Make sure you mark your calendars for this annual recognition event!!  It will take place on Mon., July 31st, at the First Baptist Church in Centerville.  Hundreds of 4-H members and supporters will be honored for their efforts and achievements.  Click here for more details.  Dinner will include food prepared by our 4-H'ers, including Lasagna, Chicken Spaghetti, Bread Pudding and Banana Pudding.  We'll also have salad, bread and tea.  Please RSVP by July 25th at 903-536-2531 or leon-tx@tamu.edu.

Special thanks to Annika and Zoie Stevens for volunteering to compile the 4-H highlights slide show.  If you have any pics you would like included, please get them to the Stevens by July 24th.

Our banquet theme is "Grow with the Green," so please share how 4-H has helped you (kids and adults) grow - please ​click here to complete the very brief survey.  Thank you!

Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor

This FREE workshop is open to anyone 18 or older interested in teaching fishing skills in their communities. The program provides the curriculum, equipment, materials and support to help volunteers successfully introduce youth and their families to fishing. Ideal for teachers, 4-H project leaders (great 4-H project!!!), other youth group leaders, after school or camp staff and community volunteers. TEA-Approved CPE credits available for teachers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for outdoor activities, wear hat, sunglasses and bring a sack lunch or money for lunch and a water bottle.  The workshop is free, but preregistration is required, please contact Greg Akins, 281-534-0123 or

4-H Club Officer & Club Manager Workshop

Thanks to everyone who participated in this workshop!  I hope you feel better about, and are prepared for a great 2017-18 4-H year. Special thanks to our Co. 4-H Council members for helping to present some topics!  If you were not able to attend, and would like handouts, please contact us.  We'll also soon have some of these available online, so check back soon. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

4-H Robotics Camp

Walker County 4-H is hosting a Robotics Camp on July 26th in Huntsville. Click here for more details.

Heart of Texas Fair

Entries are now being accepted for the Heart of Texas Fair.  Entries will be accepted at the Leon County Extension Office through September 8.  (Please note:  While the entry form says the entry deadline is September 16, that is the deadline for the Extension Office to post entries on the Heart of Texas website.  Do not think that the deadline is September 15, it is September 8.)
You can access the rules for the show by clicking here.
You can access an entry form for the show by clicking here. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

State Fair of Texas Entry

Entries are now being accepted for the State Fair of Texas.  Entries will be accepted at the Leon County Extension Office through August 18.  (Please note:  While the entry form says the entry deadline is August 25, that is the deadline for the Extension Office to post entries on the State Fair website.  Do not think that the deadline is August 25, it is August 18.) 

You can access an entry form by clicking here.
You can access the rule book by clicking here.

2017 District 8 County Camp Video

Check out the fun that participants had at the 2017 District 8 County Camp!  Watch the highlight video by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

4-H'ers Complete SURGE

Congrats to our Leon County 4-H members who participated in District 8 4-H SURGE (also known as Leadership Lab): Nathan Barrett, Megan Green, Callie Harter, Chelsea Harter, Jennifer Moran, Skylar Parrish, James Rodell, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor.  They were joined by 160 other 4-H members, Extension staff and adult volunteers from across District 8 which includes 21 counties.  Activities included educational workshops, service projects, challenge games, District 4-H Council officer elections, dances and ceremonials.  Participants strengthened their leadership skills so they can provide programs and facilitate activities for other audiences.  James Rodell completed his term as a District 4-H Council officer, and Nathan Barrett was elected to serve for the 2017-18 year.  Special thanks to Centerville ISD and Mr. Jimmy Richardson for providing transportation.

Congrats Chelsea & Nathan!!

Congratulations to Chelsea Harter for being selected as a Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador!!  In this role, Chelsea will provide educational programs focused on how to live a healthy lifestyle.  We wish her the best in this endeavor!  She'd do a great job in presenting a program during 4-H club meeting.

Congrats also to Nathan Barrett for being selected as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador!!  Nathan will develop and practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth, and to become advocates for animal agriculture.  Best wishes!  Another great resource for your 4-H club meeting program.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Camps at 4-H Center

Still looking for camps for the kids?  Check out the summer camp opportunities offered by the Texas 4-H Conference Center near Brownwood - click here.

Texas 4-H Roundup Report

Congratulations to all of our Texas 4-H Roundup participants:

  • Rifle Match - team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 12th place
  • Ag Product ID (invitational) - Senior team of Justin McGuire, Skylar Parrish, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 10th place
  • Livestock Skill-a-thon (invitational) - Nathan Barrett participated as a Senior
  • Fashion Show - Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in Construction Theatre/Costume and  qualified for the national contest
  • Archery (invitational) - Madeleine Phillips was 9th in Intermediate Compound Aided and Adriana de la Garza took 7th in Intermediate Barebow
  • Food Challenge - team of Chelsea Harter, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor placed 10th in Fruit and Vegetable
  • Healthy Lifestyles (invitational) - Justin McGuire was part of a multi-county Intermediate team that placed 8th, and he was 6th high point individual
  • Livestock Judging (invitational) - Senior team of Nathan Barrett, McKinzie Hamilton, Zoie Stevens and Justin Vann earned 5th place and Annika Stevens also participated as an Intermediate
  • Photography - Megan Green brings home a blue ribbon with her Landscape picture
  • Texas 4-H Scholarships - Charlee Cockrell and Natalie Freeman each received $20,000 scholarships from Houston Stock Show and Candace McGuire was awarded a $10,000 Wallrath scholarship
  • James Rodell did a great job serving on Texas 4-H Council this year
Special thanks also to all of our parents who participated in Roundup!  Kuddos to Mrs. Jana Barrett, Normangee 4-H Club Manager.  She provides overall leadership to Texas 4-H Roundup, working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure it is a quality experience for everyone.  We are so proud of her!!

Click here to view all of the Roundup results (at the bottom of the page).  You can also learn about various contests and activities that you can look forward to participating in next year.  You can also click here to view photos from Texas 4-H Roundup (via flickr). 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Home & Garden Fair

The First Methodist Church of Centerville will host the annual Leon County Home and Garden Fair on July 4th. The public is invited to submit entries and participate in the silent auction.  Divisions will include Photography, Sewing and Needle Art, Baked Goods, Food Preservation, Fresh Vegetables and Fruits, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Fiber/Clay, Creative Arts and, Quilts. Click here for more details.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Multi-County 4-H Camp

Madison Co. is promoting their Multi-County 4-H Camp, which will be July 21-23 at Camp Tomahawk Christian Retreat Center in Livingston.  Click here to see the promo flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact Shaylee Turner at the Madison Co. Extension office at 936-348-2234 or Shaylee.Turner@ag.tamu.edu. 

4-H'ers Needed

The Leon Co. Extension Education Association (LEEA) is sponsoring their Fall Sale on Sat., Sept. 30th, at the Leon Co. Expo Center.  All profits from this are used for scholarships for Leon County 4-H members.

They are needing help from 4-H'ers to do:
1Make Promotional Signs - LEEA will provide sign material for 25 signs, and they need a 4-H member or 4-H club to make these signs (they even have the wording for the signs).  Signs must be completed by August 15th, and will be put up by EE members.
2Help with Sale - help bus the concession area, be runners, and other duties on Sat., Sept. 30th, 8 am-2 pm
3Clean Up - help remove tables and chairs and clean up at the completion of the Fall Sale
If you have any questions, please contact Lora Nichols at 903-536-6012 or loranichols29@yahoo.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Kids Camps

Working with several partners, we are offering 5 camps this summer:
- Arts & Crafts - June 7, 9 am-12 noon; for kids going into grades 1-6
- Gardening - June 15, 9 am-12 noon; for kids going into grades 5-8
- Vet Science I - June 22, 9 am-12 noon, for kids going into grades 3-12
- Vet Science II - June 22, 3-5 pm, for kids going into grades 6-12
- Talk Like an Insect - June 29, 9 am-12 noon; for kids going into grades 3-12
Click here for the promotional flyer.  Please contact our office to sign up for any and all of these great camp sessions.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

4-H Recordbook Time!!

It's already time to be thinking about getting those 4-H recordbooks done!  There are lots of resources and folks to help, so now is the time to get started! 

Click here to view or download a 4-H Recordbook Training presentation.  Click here for a quick overview and info about county deadlines.  All recordbook instructions, forms, tips sheets and score sheets are available by clicking here.  Our D8 4-H Specialist Laura Huebinger also provided tips and notes for each age division's report form:

All 4-H recordbooks are due by 5 pm on Thur., June 29th at the Extension office in Centerville.  We will judge books (Co. 4-H Recordbook Judging) starting at 6, and we need adult and teen volunteers to help!!  Dinner will be provided for judges between 5 and 6.  Sign up with the Extension office to help!  D8 4-H Recordbook Judging is Thur., July 6th, and we'll also need volunteers for that.

Friday, April 28, 2017

D8 4-H Fashion Show Results

Congrats to Chelsea Harter and Natalie Uptmor on their success at the District 8 4-H Fashion Show.  Chelsea placed 2nd in the Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25 category.  Taking 1st and qualifying for state was Natalie in the Construction Theatre/Costume.  She also placed 3rd in Natural Fibers-Cotton.  Special thanks to Mrs. Julie Uptmor for serving as a judge during the contest!!  We wish Natalie the best as she competed in the Texas 4-H Fashion Show on June 7th in College Station.

TX 4-H Archery Results

Congratulations to our 4-H’ers who participated in the Texas 4-H Archery Match!  Special thanks to all the coaches and parents!!  Placing in the top 10 of their class were:
  • Joshua Embry - 9th place Sr 2 Compound Aided
  • Trey Noack - 4th place 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
  • Jake Cadenhead - 5th place 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
  • Kaeli Walker - 1st place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Brendon Bellah - 3rd place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Memphis Fouse - 7th place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Adriana de la Garza - 7th place 1st yr Int Barebow
Others who participated included:
  • Karson Bearden - Jr Compound Aided
  • Katherine Powers - Int Barebow
  • Madeleine Phillips - Int Compound Aided
  • JoBeth Eddings - Sr 1 Compound Aided
  • Aiden Robinson - 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
Complete results are available here.  Click on the "contests" tab and look for 2017 Indoor Archery Match Results.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Leon County 4-H Agricultural Advocate Program

This summer, we are planning a "livestock ambassador type program" for Leon County 4-H members.  This leadership opportunity will be available to Leon County 4-H members that will be going into grade 9, 10, 11, and 12.  It will expose participants to the major agricultural commodities in Leon County as well as provide training to become an advocate for agriculture.   This program will be limited to 10 participants.  Applications will be due to the Leon County Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  You can download an application by clicking here.  If you have any questions, contact Richard at the Extension Office or email him at re-parrish@tamu.edu.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Congrats & Best Wishes!!

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in our County 4-H Spring Contests!!  We had 29 4-H'ers who participated in clothing, public speaking and/or photo contests.  You can click here to view the Co. 4-H Photo Contest entries and results.

Best wishes to the following who are advancing to their District 8 Contests:

- Chelsea Harter - Sr Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25
- Natalie Uptmor - Sr Construction Theatre/Costume & Cotton Natural Fibers

Public Speaking/Performance Arts:

- Team of Skylar Williams, Rayna Roddey, Darren Edwards, Aubree McAllister, Katelynn Dunn, Bryanna Hutherson and Avery Shaw - Jr Share the Fun Vocal
- Ashley White - Jr Share the Fun Vocal
- Quannah Dudley - Jr Share the Fun Musical/Instrumental

- Caroline Dudley - Int Public Speaking
- Quentin Parrish - Int Share the Fun Solo/Band Performance
- Anthony Banda - Sr Share the Fun Vocal and Share the Fun Solo/Band Performance

Pictures by the following are advancing:  Skylar Williams, Quannah Dudley, Drew Ellen Stewart, Levi Scoma, Rylee Morton, Callie Powell, Lindsey Hardin, Emily Banda, Mikayla Swallow, Stephanie Vandegriff and Megan Green. Others who participated in the county contest also included:  Grace Hulzing, Riley de la Garza, James Bodine, Adriana de la Garza, Caroline Dudley and Paiton Carter.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and parents for helping these young people!!

We need volunteers to judge at District 4-H Fashion Show and Roundup (public speaking), so please contact our office to sign up ASAP.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Polo Available

We have a navy blue, men's medium Leon Co. 4-H polo shirt available for $25.  If you are interested, please contact the Extension office at 903-536-2531. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Texas 4-H Explore Guides

Texas 4-H has launched several of their "Explore" books which were developed to support volunteers, County Extension Agents, and even 4-H members, in leading project experiences for youth. There are six lessons in each book that follow the “do, reflect, apply” model of learning, providing guidance for hands-on exploration and learning about a specific topic.  As of 12/16, 11 guides are available: Clothing & Textiles, Consumer Education, Food & Nutrition, Housing & Home Environment, Leadership, Global Exploration, Theater & Performance Arts, Personal Development, Photography, Rabbits and Science.  Click here to view (and download) the books.  They are listed under the "4H Explore Guides" heading.

Congrats to our D8 4-H Food Contest Participants!!

Leon County was very well-represented during the District 8 4-H Food Challenge and Food Show on Dec. 7th in Belton.  

Food Show Placings:
Callie Powell-2nd place in Int Grains
Chelsea Harter-5th place Sr Protein

Food Challenge results:
Team (The Divas) of Skylar Williams, Evelynn Landry, Olivia Ross, Mia King and Rayna Roddey placed 2nd in Jr Nutritious Snacks
Team (Cuisine Queens) of Sasha Duck, Graci Kelley, Callie Harter and Annika Stevens placed 1st in Int Fruit & Vegetable
Team (Sizzling Supremes) of Chelsea Harter, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in Sr Main Dish, which qualified them to advance to Texas 4-H Roundup, they also won Team Spirit Award
Team (M&M's) of Alexis Manaham, Anthony Banda, Kelsi Corgey, Jacey Knippa and Megan Green placed 4th in Sr Nutritious Snacks

Megan Green also participated in Food Show.  Other Food Challenge participants included Austin Light, Richard Ross, Anfernee Evans, John Landry and Colter Accord, Kayla Saenz, Emma Adams, Abby Brewer, Avery Best and Lindsey Hardin.

Special thanks to Debby Johnson, Spring Powell, Sarah Adams, Kandace Stevens and Julie Uptmor for volunteering as judges and group leaders today - we could not run the contests without you!!