Contact Us...

If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at Comal-tx@tamu.edu or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site: http://comal.agrilife.org

Kaleigh Lawson - Reserve Champion Med Wool Lamb @ San Angelo



Congratulations to Kaleigh Lawson, who had the Reserve Grand Champion Medium Wool Lamb at the San Angelo Stock Show! Way to go, Kaleigh!

Comal County Jr Livestock Show Schedule


Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge!
































The Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge will be held June 17-19 this summer at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center in Seguin (Guadalupe County).

Registration will be open from May 1st to May 29th 

The following events will be held this year:
·        Shotgun
·        Rifle
·        Archery
·        Fishing
·        Climbing
·        Kayaking (on the Guadalupe River)
·        Outdoor Skills
·        Biologist Skills
·        Gear Judging
·        Outdoor Safety

The Outdoor Challenge Rules and Resources Guide will be posted soon on http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/outdoor


Another email will also go out soon containing registration fee costs, hotel/lodging information, meals information, and additional details.

Concession Stand at the Junior Livestock Show - Help Needed!

Concession Stand at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show (email jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu to sign up!) – Sign up deadline is Friday, February 19th
Part of our responsibility at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show is to man the concession stand! Money earned at the stock show concession stand funds scholarships for 4-H and FFA students. We are assigned a shift each day of the show and the sale. The times are listed below. PLEASE sign up to help!  We need 4-5 adults and 5-6 kids on each shift! Be sure you’re available to work that shift – you won’t want to work in the concession stand when you should be showing your animal! By the way, you don’t have to show livestock to help with the concession stand!

FYI: Sale order on Saturday, March 5th is: Rabbits, Lambs, Hogs, Steers, Goats, Turkeys and Broilers.

Wednesday, March 2nd – 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3rd – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 4th – 6:00 p.m. to Close

Saturday, March 5th – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Please, please, please, please, please sign up, so I don’t have to stalk you! (ha! You think I’m kidding!) Please specify your shift preference and the names of everyone in the family who will be helping! Also, please specify if they are adults or youth.  Send your cell phone number, as well, please!

District Judging Contests - April 2016

Saturday, April 9th - Entomology Judging @ San Antonio
Wednesday, April 20th - Meats Judging @ San Angelo
Saturday, April 23rd - Soil Judging @ College Station
Wednesday, April 27th - Range Evaluation, Pasture ID, Wool & Mohair Judging @ Junction

Registration on 4-H Connect as follows:

·         Entomology and Meats Judging:
o   Regular Registration: March 14-22 under the event “2015-2016 District 10 Entomology Contest” or “2015-2016 District 10 Meats Judging Contest.”
o   Late Registration: March 23-24

·         Range Evaluation, Pasture ID, Soils, Wool & Mohair Judging:
o   Regular Registration: April 1-20. Each contest will be its own District 10 event on 4-H Connect.

Cost:   Regular Registration:            $10 per individual
            Late Registration:                  $35 per individual

Coaches: please let the office know which individuals will be on teams together. We need this information to certify the entries on the county level. Please make your teams aware that they will need to enter their credit/debit card info on 4-H Connect, as the maintenance at the end of February is wiping all of that information out!

New this year: Teams will be allowed to judge in both Mohair and Wool Judging, as well as both Range Evaluation and Pasture ID. If interested in this, please register for BOTH contests. If a team qualifies in both contests, at the completion of the contest the team will be asked to decide which one they will compete in at State Roundup.

Age Divisions:
-          Juniors – 3rd grade (and 8 years old) through 5th grade
-          Intermediates – 6th through 8th grade
-          Seniors – 9th through 12th grade (has not surpassed their 18th birthday as of 8-31-2015)

TEAM/
INDIVIDUAL:             
Counties may enter as many teams and up to 2 individuals in judging contests in each age division.

Materials:
-          Answer packets/placing cards will be provided for all participants at the judging contests.
-          Contestants will be required to bring two (2) #2 pencils and one clipboard.

Volunteers:
            As always, volunteers are needed to help the contests run smoothly. If you (adults) can volunteer while your 4-H’er competes, please let us know!

For maps to the contest areas, please contact the Extension office!

Healthy Lifestyles Invitational and Recipe Rally

Information and resources for the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Invitational and Recipe Rally contest is now available online at: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/food-nutrition/. Both of these contests are invitational, but be sure to read through the information to get specific details.

Healthy Lifestyles Invitational: This contest is open to intermediates and seniors and is scheduled to take place at State 4-H Roundup on Tuesday, June 7th. The contest is structured similar to a Consumer Decision Making Contest, where youth individually judge classes that relate to the healthy lifestyles topics listed in the contest packet (online at the address above). Youth can register to participate as an individual or team. An online training about this invitational opportunity will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at 10:00 am via WebEx. During this training, an overview of the contest will be provided, and the online invitational opportunity – in which youth can go through a practice invitational contest - will be introduced as well.


Recipe Rally: Although invitational, the Recipe Rally does require some pre-qualification prior to Texas 4-H Roundup. This is an opportunity for intermediates and seniors to work individually or in pairs to submit a video of them demonstrating the preparation of a recipe.  All recipes should tie to the theme, “Picnic Perfect.” Among the entries submitted, four finalists will be selected to be a part of the cooking demonstrations that will take place at Texas 4-H Roundup in June. 

New 4-H International program!

Texas 4-H is excited to announce a NEW 4-H International program! GLOBE – Global Leadership Opportunities Beyond Education! The attached information provides details about this comprehensive two-tiered citizenship and leadership program designed for 4-H members in grades 6-12 (Intermediate and Senior). The program is designed to engage youth to look at their own communities through the eyes of people experiencing hunger and poverty and be inspired to take humanitarian action. As they begin to understand the perspectives of other cultures, they are more likely to have increased respect for those who are different from them.


Tier I begins now and includes youth participating in three webinars followed by an experiential leadership and team building camp at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. The camp is June 29 – July 2, 2016. Texas 4-H will partner with Heifer International to create this ‘international experience’ without actually traveling abroad. Registration is limited to 40 youth; the deadline to register on 4-H Connect is March 13. The $350 registration includes travel on chartered bus, all meals and lodging for the four day/3 night experience and a commemorative T-shirt. Texas A&M AgriLife personnel will chaperon the youth. 

For more information, click here.

Club Assignments for 4-H Council

What's your club's assignment for the April 6th 4-H Council meeting?  

U.S. Pledge, 4-H Motto & Pledge: Bluebonnet
Snacks - Dog Club, Vet Science and Homegrown
Drinks - Close to Home, Horse Club

Community Service - Clothing & Textiles Project









Directions are listed below, if you want to help with Gillespie County's community service project! If you have trouble printing, let Janet know and she can email it to you!















































SET Poster Scholarship Competition


Community Service Opportunity for those with Animal Projects

Do you have a livestock project? A small animal or dog project? A horse project? A photography project? Looking for community service for your project? Well, here it is!

Bring a framed 8x10 photograph of your project to the Extension office by March 1st! We will be donating your animal pictures to local day cares and shelters. Please do not include humans in the pictures - only animals! Bring as many as you want, just be sure they are framed!

Welcome, Dr. Meg!

We are happy to welcome Dr. Megan Capeheart as our County Extension Agent – 4-H and Youth Development, beginning in Comal County on February 16th. Welcome, Dr. Meg!

4-H Booth at the San Antonio Stock Show!

4-H Council Members: Dr. Meg is asking for your help with our booth on 4-H Day at the San Antonio Livestock Show. 4-H Day is being held on Saturday, February 13th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will again be making the very popular popsicle stick animals. Please email Janet (jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu) to sign up for a shift. Times available are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 12-3 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Be sure to specify which shift will work for you!

Bluebonnet's January Meeting

Bluebonnet 4-H Club met on January 10th at the River Chase Club House. We recognized all of the people that participated in District 10 Food Challenge and the Food Show and those who participated in the Comal 4-H Practice Livestock Show. Helena MacCrossan shared with us about her time with the National 4-H Congress meeting in November. We voted to spend club funds to purchase archery equipment and to seek additional funding from community organizations to support starting a Bluebonnet Archery Project. Our community service project this month is to take pictures of animals and frame them to donate to local doctors offices, nursing homes, etc. We talked about the Duds to Dazzle competition and held a mock competition and fashion show with our creations. We also discussed the upcoming Livestock 101 workshop, the 2016 Comal County Youth Homemaking and Arts Fair and the Comal County Junior Livestock Show. Two workshops, one on public speaking and one on animal projects, were presented by senior and intermediate members of our club.

There were 33 youth and 20 adults at the last Bluebonnet 4-H meeting.


Our next meeting will be February 14 at the Extension Office.

Submitted by Lila Moseley

2016 Summer Programs at the Texas 4-H Conference Center


USDA AgDiscovery Summer Program

Have you heard of the USDA's AgDiscovery summer program? Youth get to stay on a college campus for 2 weeks and explore careers in agriculture. There is a new program in Texas this year at Texas A & M University/Prairie View A &M University, but kids can apply to any of the 20 programs throughout the US. It is for kids age 14-17 (Texas A &M is for 15-17 year olds). There is no cost to attend except for transportation to and from the campus. Application deadline is March 7. Here is the link to the website and some pamphlets will be dropped by the Extension office next week.

Second Chance for San Antonio Jackpot Broiler Show


District Photography Contest

Registration for the District Photography Contest will be held on 4-H Connect April 1-15, 2016. Cost for registration is $5 per person. Late Registration is on 4-H Connect April 16-18, and registration will be $30 ($5 regular entry and $25 late fee). 

Age Divisions:
- Juniors - 3rd - 5th grade
- Intermediates - 6th - 8th grade
- Seniors - 9th - 12th grade

Each 4-H member may enter up to three (3) total photographs. You CANNOT enter all three photos in the same category; they will need to be entered in 3 separate categories. Photos must be taken by the 4-H'er between March 20, 2015 and April 15, 2016.

Please check out the rules that are posted on our web site: Click Here. There are specific rules for formatting, labeling/naming the photograph, submitting them and completing your online entry.

Judging will be held between May 15 and June 1, 2016. Results will be posted on the District 10 web site by June 6, 2016. A slide show of all photos will be on display at the District 10 4-H Conference in August.

Please remember, the District Photography Contest and the State Photography Contest are two STAND-ALONE contests. One has nothing to do with the other. The District contest is open to all age groups. The State contest is open to Senior aged 4-H'ers only (grades 9-12).

Sherwood 4-H Club - January Meeting

Sherwood 4-H Club met on January 11th with 39 in attendance (24 members, 14 adults, 1 guest). Our program was given by Dr. Diron Wunderlich, DVM. Dr. Wunderlich told us about his job and what kind of education is needed to become a veterinarian. He answered questions about animal care. 

Our Community Service project is Operation Paperback.

The club played a game called "Bang Bang" for recreation(see below).



























Our next meeting is April 11th at 7 p.m. at Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS. The topic of the next program is the Food Bank.

Submitted by Kayla Wunderlich

Roundup Rooms - Book 'em early!

This is the complete room block list for Texas 4-H Roundup.  Almost all locations listed have double options, some are suites as well.

Each location has set a cutoff date as well for room rates, please note that when booking.  Should a location fill their block, please look to the other locations in town.  

Leadership Opportunities at Rodeo Austin

There are some leadership opportunities available to sing the National Anthem, recite the 4-H pledge and FFA motto for the shows at Rodeo Austin in March. If you will be participating in the show or live close to the area and would like to volunteer, please sign up using the link below.



Please review your schedule carefully when selecting to volunteer so that you are not overbooking yourself.

Wade Busby Memorial Scholarship

If you are not familiar with this organization, they are a non-profit organization that was formed 11 years ago to provide support to 4-H and FFA members.  Their big project is as a buyer at the county youth livestock shows.  Last show season they were the #1 buyer at the Guadalupe County show, the #2 buyer at the LaVernia and Comal County Shows and a silver VIP buyer at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Junior Livestock Show.   In addition to supporting the exhibitors at the shows, they also offer scholarships to graduating seniors.  They will be offering up to 10-$1,000 scholarships to the 2016 graduating class. 


CLICK HERE for the scholarship application.  Eligibility requirements, selection criteria and deadlines are in the document.

Hill Country Central - January meeting

Hill Country Central 4-H Club met on January 19th with 8 members and 1 adult present. The program, presented by Club Manager Barbara Hummel, was on job interviews and scholarships. We reviewed the concession stand sales from the 4-H show in December. Our next meeting is in March and our program will be by health ambassadors.

We will NOT MEET in FEBRUARY.

Submitted by Jacob Timmermann.

Bulverde 4-H Club January meeting

The Bulverde 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016.  There were 8 members and 4 adults present. 
During our meeting we voted to make Valentine cards at our next meeting for the Bulverde/Spring Branch Activity Center.  We also voted to bring dog and cat food to our next meeting to donate to the animal shelter. 
  
Our next meeting will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rahe Bulverde Elementary School Cafeteria. 
Cody & Curtis Stricker and special guest Cassie Stricker gave us a presentation on photography. 


Reporter:  Curtis Stricker  

Eli's Fund


The 2015-16 Texas 4-H Council has selected Eli’s Fund as this year’s community service project.  From now through Texas 4-H Roundup, we encourage your counties to support this effort.  The Moore family of Corpus Christi, TX has provided a $5,000 Challenge Award donation to the Texas 4-H Foundation which will be awarded to the top three counties raising funds.  The award will be disbursed in the amount of $2500, $1500, and $1000 respectively. 

More about Eli’s Fund:
Eli, a bomb-sniffing military working dog was assigned to US Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk. In December, 2010, Lance Cpl. Rusk was killed by sniper fire in Afghanistan. Eli, ever faithful to his handler was left depressed and alone. He would not leave Lance Cpl.  Rusk’s cot at the base for several weeks. In February 2011 Lance Cpl. Rusk’s family in South Texas was allowed to adopt Eli. The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (College of Veterinary Medicine, CVM) has pledged to cover all of Eli’s veterinary care for the rest of his life.  The CVM established Eli’s Fund as a source of financial support for active duty service men and women, medically retired veterans’ service animals and retired military animals.


Donation are being made directly to the already established fund at the Texas A&M Foundation.  Make sure those donating denote #Texas4h and their county information in the Additional Comments or Instructions.  

Homegrown 4-H Club - January meeting

Homegrown 4-H Club met January 14, 2016 with 17 people present. We opened the meeting at 3:05 p.m. After the minutes were read by Jacey Hall we had project reports and discussed dates for a clothing and textiles meeting. We then had a program called Gardening 101, which was presented by Mrs. Jacque Stetter. We then adjourned and had snacks.

In other business of special interest, our club t-shirts arrived!

Our club will not meet in February.

Submitted by: Jacey Hall

Goat Camp



For More Information:
Contact Janet
at the Extension office for the registration form and info page.

Lamb Camp





For More Information:
Contact Janet
at the Extension office for the registration form and info page.

Vet Science - January meeting


The Vet Science 4-H club had an educational meeting with Dr. Rierson. Members observed a dog neuter surgery and learned about surgical instruments   

Hippology Team - Reserve Champion @ Western National 4-H Roundup


Reserve Champion Hippology Team
Western National 4-H Roundup

Team members: Clayton Elbel, Cheyanne Hatley, Ashley Fuqua, and Rachel Fuqua

Coaches: Donna Fuqua and Dr. Leslie Elbel

The Comal County Hippology Team represented the state of Texas at the Western National 4-H Roundup January 6-10, 2016. The team won Overall Reserve Champion. The Hippology contest is a two day competition with four different components. There is a horse judging component, I.D stations, an examination phase and 4 team problems. The team won Reserve Champion I.D. Stations, Reserve Champion in the Examination Phase, Reserve Champion Team Problems, and 8th in Horse Judging. Ashley Fuqua Placed 8th overall individually and 3rd high individual in the examination phase. Rachel Fuqua placed 9th overall individually and 6th in the I.D. stations phase. Clayton Elbel placed 10th overall individually and 5th high in Stations.

Congratulations Team!!!!!

2016 District 10 4-H Small Bore Rifle Contest

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Location: Wilson County Fairgrounds, Floresville, Texas

Regular Registration: March 21-30 on 4-H Connect ($10 per individual)
Late Registration: March 31 - April 1 on 4-H Connect ($35 per individual)
No late entries after this deadline!

This is an indoor - 50 foot competition.

A concession stand will be provided the day of the contest. 

Age Divisions (as of 8-31-2015):
- Junior - 3rd to 5th grade
- Junior Intermediate - 6th - 7th grade
- Intermediate - 8th grade
- Senior - 9th - 12th grade

Counties may enter as many teams as they wish in each age division. Each age division may enter up to two (2) individuals in the contest and individuals will be eligible for high point individual awards.

For more information, contact the Extension office. Complete rules and required waiver form are posted on our web site. Click here for the information!


Gruene Kountry - January meeting

Gruene Kountry 4-H Club held their January meeting on Sunday, January 10th at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room.  There were 61 people in attendance: 34 members, 22 adults, 4 siblings, and 1 guest.
Our guest speaker, Mrs. Phelan, talked to us about renewable and non-renewable natural resources.  She shared with us her Range Method Demonstration from thirty years ago.  We learned about Grass ID and we went outside to look at some grasses that have been planted for anybody in Comal County to see. We also dug holes in the dirt and used magnifying glasses so we could see bugs crawling around in their ecosystem.
During our general meeting, we discussed the Clothing and Textiles project and for the recreation Keene Kreusler read a 4-H story while we passed around envelopes every time the word “the” was heard.  The winner, Austin Rodriguez, won the prize.
 Submitted by Kasen Kreusler , Gruene Kountry Reporter




4-H Shooting Sports Coach Trainings UPDATE

Please take note of the following registrations for upcoming 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Trainings.  Each of these trainings are open to any enrolled 4-H Adult Leader across the state.  Other trainings will be announced as they are planned.

·         
·         The South Region 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training in Uvalde scheduled for February 6-7, 2016 unfortunately had to be cancelled.  It will be rescheduled in the Fall lineup.


·         The District 6 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training scheduled for March 5-6, 2016 in Fort Stockton will open registration from January 11, 2016 to February 19, 2016.


·         The District 7 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training scheduled for March 12-13, 2016 in Brownwood will open registration from February 1 to March 1 and late registration on March 2-6, 2016.


·         The North Region 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training scheduled for April 2-3, 2016 in Lubbock will open registration from February 11 to March 10 and late registration on March 11-17, 2016.


Other trainings will be announced as they are planned.

Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training - March 12-13

We’re pleased to announce that District 7 4-H, in conjunction with the Texas 4-H Conference Center will be hosting a Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training for Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun in Brownwood on March 12-13, 2016.

This training is open to any eligible potential coaches across the state.
•          Registration will be conducted through the Texas 4-H Conference Center Registration Website: http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/  (NOT 4-H Connect)
•          Please Note:  Even though registration will be done through the 4-H Center Registration System, all participants still MUST have an ACTIVE Profile in 4-H Connect and have passed the Background Check PRIOR to participating in the    training.  (This will be checked!- NO EXCEPTIONS)
•          Registration will open February 1st and close March 1st.
•          Please pay close attention to the deadline!
•          Cost is $120


Additional details:
•          Registration will cover meals and course materials.
•          Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun) is obtainable per participant at this training.
•          Lodging will be an option for participants (as an additional fee) and can be added through registration. Lodging options include hotel type rooms for $80 per night or dormitories for $28 per night.
•          Event will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, March 12, 2016 and tentatively end at noon on Sunday, March 13, 2016.  Official end time will be determined by instructor in each discipline.
•          Tentative schedule, what to bring list, and release forms can be found on the 4-H Center website and will be sent to each participant in a confirmation email.

Please note the different registration types and fees:
Adult Leader/Coach Candidate
Adult leader seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH. - $120
Assistant Coach-Adult (age 18-20)
Adult Leader less than 21 years of age seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach. - $120
Assistant Coach-Youth (age 14-18)
Youth 4-H member seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach. Must be accompanied to training by a previously certified Shooting Sports Coach OR an Adult Leader/Extension Employee participating in this training. Must be 14 years of age or older by September 1 of current 4-H year. - $120
Extension Employee
Seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH - No Charge
Previously Certified Coach-ONLY Accompanying a youth Assistant Coach Candidate (under the age of 18).
Seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH-No Charge
Not seeking certification. Must be a previously certified Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Coach, AND must ONLY be participating in this training to accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). - No Charge


2016 Comal 4-H Scholarship

The Comal 4-H Scholarship (award amount $1,000) of New Braunfels Area Community Foundation is available to a current high school senior who plans to attend a college, university or vocational school full time in the Fall of 2016. Applicants must be active in the Comal County 4-H Program and must have been a participant for a minimum of two years. Applicants will be selected on the basis of participation in 4-H projects, activities, leadership, character and scholastic record.

Applications will open no later than January 12, 2016. Application deadline is February 18, 2016. Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY at www.nbacf.org.


For information, visit www.nbacf.org or contact Betty Taylor, NBACF scholarship coordinator, at betty@nbacf.org or (830) 606-9597.

(This scholarship was formerly known as the Comal Extension Education Scholarship.)

Take a Selfie!

New year, new ‪#‎Texas4H‬ Social Media Contest!
At your January club meeting, take a selfie of you and your club and tell us how you all are going to make a difference in 2016!
Post the selfie to Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter!
Tag Texas 4-H and include the hashtags #Texas4H ‪#‎4HGrowsHere‬
Have fun and Happy New Year!

Poultry Equipment For Sale

We have several poultry feeders, waterers AND an automatic water system for sale if anyone is interested. I can be reached at 830-832-6706.

Thanks so much!

Pam Timmermann

Livestock Skill-a-thon - NEW CONTEST!

We are excited to announce the rules and resource information for the Texas 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon contest.  This is a NEW contest for the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup.  This year we are offering the contest as an Invitational Contest open to both Intermediate and Senior age 4-H members.  The first place senior level team qualifies to advance to the 2016 National 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time / Location: TBD 
Contest Superintendents: Brandon Dukes, John Villalba and J.D. Ragland

OBJECTIVE
The Livestock Skill-a-thon contest tests a 4-H member’s knowledge and comprehension of animal science and livestock management practices.  The contest provides an opportunity for youth to gain and develop production livestock skills and life skills through a competitive environment. 

The guidelines can be found on the Texas 4-H website  - click here.

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications Now Online
Applications for the 2016 State Fair of Texas Livestock scholarships are now online! Scholarships are awarded to graduating Texas high school seniors who are enrolling in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum at a Texas college or university and who have competed in competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair of Texas. Apply online today, applications are due February 15, 2016.

2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest - Due January 29, 2016


The deadline for submission to the Texas 4-H office is extended to Friday, January 29, 2016.  

The 2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest theme has been announced.  This year’s topic is “Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?”

The deadline for submission to the Texas 4-H office is Friday, January 8, 2016

Submissions will only be accepted electronically. The essay, along with the certification form, should be uploaded to FormSite at https://fs4.formsite.com/state4h/2016BeekeepingEssay/index.html

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from Texas 4-H:
·        1st Place: $300.00
·        2nd Place: $200.00
·        3rd Place: $100.00
The first place essay will advance to the national contest representing Texas 4-H.


The complete rules and guidelines are available online under the Entomology Project section of the Texas 4-H website http://texas4-h.tamu.edu.

Share-the-Fun Updates

We are excited to announce some changes (and a few reminders) for the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup Share-The-Fun contest!!
1.       Share-The-Fun will be split over two days at Texas 4-H Roundup!
a.       Wednesday: Choreographed Routines, Dramedy, Poetry/Prose, and Vocal
b.      Thursday:  Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, and Solo/Band Performance
2.       NEW! 4-H members will be able to participate in one Share-The-Fun category on Wednesday AND one Share-The-Fun category on Thursday!
3.       NEW! A “Best of Show” will be selected each evening by audience participation through texting in votes.
4.       A total of 7 categories will be offered for the 2016 contest.
5.       Don’t forget!  This will be the third year for the additional acting category called Dramedy. 
6.       The first and second place district winners in each of the seven (7) categories qualify for Texas 4-H Roundup.
7.       The first and second place entries in each category from District advancing to Texas 4-H Roundup may be from the same county.  If a county has an entry in each category at District and each wins first or second, then they can all advance to Texas 4-H Roundup.
8.       Please note the Texas 4-H Roundup rule that went into effect in 2013:  4-H members MAY enter the same category in which they have previously been part of a first place entry at Texas 4-H Roundup. 
9.       There will be an Orientation on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm for Choreographed Routines, Dramedy, Poetry/Prose, and Vocal.  There will be an Orientation on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm for Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, and Solo/Band Performance.  
10.   There will be an Awards Assembly on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm for Choreographed Routines, Dramedy, Poetry/Prose, and Vocal.  There will be an Awards Assembly on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm for Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, and Solo/Band Performance.
More information for teams qualifying for Texas 4-H Roundup will be sent to those counties in the spring.  If you have questions concerning Share-The-Fun for your DISTRICT contest, please contact your 4-H Specialist coordinating that event.  If you have questions pertaining to the rules for the state contest, please contact myself.

The guidelines can also be found soon on the Texas 4-H Roundup website under the Contest Resources section: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/roundup