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 

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

4-H Shotgun Camp

The 4-H Shotgun Camp will be held June 25-28 in Brazos County.  Registration is first come, first serve for the 60 youth positions and 10 adult coach positions, so be sure to register ASAP on 4-H Connect (deadline is June 11th).  Click here for more details.  Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested.

County 4-H Camp!!

Southeast District 8 County 4-H Camp is set for July 7-9, in Palestine.  Click here for the promo flyer/registration form/release form & medication form.  Deadline for submitting your registration form, release form, medication form and money is Fri., May 26th

For older 4-H'ers interested in serving as a Teen Leader, click here for the application, which is due with the registration form and money.  Also note that if you are planning to be a workshop leader, you will need to participate in the Teen Leader Training on Mon., June 5th in Waco (transportation provided).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Texas 4-H Roundup

While the deadline to register to compete at Texas 4-H Roundup (June 6-8, College Station) has passed, there are still many opportunities you can participate in.  And since we are so close to College Station, don't pass up these great opportunities.  

Opportunities include:
- several workshops including 4-H Going to the Dogs, Ag Product ID for Beginners, and Parliamentary Procedure
- the Sleeping Mats for the Homeless workshop is a come and go session between 10 am and 3 pm on Wed. and Thurs.
- 4-H Night at the Rec Center on Tues.
- Trade Show & College & Career Expo
- Recognition assemblies
- Dances
- Sam Riggs concert on Thurs.

At this point, all registration must be done on-site, when you arrive at Roundup.  A one-day on-site registration is $15 for juniors (grades 3-5) and $20 for seniors (grades 9-12), intermediates (grades 6-8) and adults.  You can also visit the Texas 4-H Roundup site for complete info about Texas 4-H Roundup.

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, May 5, 2017

4-H Food Challenge Demo

Come learn about the 4-H Food Challenge on Sunday, June 3rd, 2 pm, at the Buffalo Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.  The Oakwood/Buffalo 4-H Food Challenge team of Chelsea, Zoie and Natalie is busy preparing for their next big competition, and will be providing a Food Challenge demonstration to share with others what the contest is all about and how they prepare for competitions.

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

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. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge

This contest allows 4-H members to participate in a series of activities such as archery, kayaking and fishing.  It will take place June 16-18, in Seguin.  Register on 4-H Connect May 1-30.  Click here for more details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador - Apply Today!

2017 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:
  • Texas A&M University July 17-20; Cost: $250 
  • Texas Tech University/West Texas A&M University July 24-27; Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:
  • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
  • Students with a profound interest in animal science and animal production
  • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
  • Top 25% class rank
Application Process:
  • Applicant clicks here
  • Student completes the application and enters the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
  • CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  • A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants per university
  • Applications are due June 2nd. Applicants will be notified by June 16th
  • regarding application result

Click here to get more information about the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

State-wide 4-H Community Service

The 2016-17 Texas 4-H Council invites you to participate in their 2016-17 statewide service project, supporting your local first responders.  You could provide care packages or host a fundraiser.  Care package items could include energy/protein bars, peanuts, gatorade, water, tissues, encouraging notes, etc.

They also ask that you report your efforts - click here to share what you have done to support local first responders.  Please report your efforts by May 31.  Results will be compiled and showcased during Texas 4-H Roundup.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4-H Robotics Project Update

We have hosted 2 county-wide 4-H Robotics project meetings over the last few months.  In order to better serve local communities, we are looking at starting 4-H Robotics groups in the Oakwood and Centerville areas.  Other areas can also start the program - all you need is interest from kids and leadership of volunteers.  This could be done as a weekly afterschool activity or whenever your group can get together.  We have EV3 robotics kits that may be checked out for use with your project group.  If interested in helping with 4-H Robotics, please contact Laura Petty.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Howard College Lamb and Goat Camps

Howard College, in Big Spring, is once again hosting their annual Lamb and Goat Camps.  Lamb Camp will be held June 4-6; Goat Camp will be held June 11-13.  The cost for each camp is $85.  Click below for more information on each camp.

Lamb Camp Advertisement
Lamb Camp Information Letter
Lamb Camp Registration Form

Goat Camp Advertisement
Goat Camp Information Letter
Goat Camp Registration Form

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!!