Please note that all items discussed in this post applies to the following contests: Entomology, Food Show, FCH Quiz Bowl, Horse Quiz Bowl and Livestock Quiz Bowl.
- All contests will be hosted at the Hill Country Youth Event Center (3785 TX-27, Kerrville, TX 78028).
- Masks will still be required for our events (unless a medical condition keeps them from wearing one). Participants will need to supply their own (but we will have extras on hand for those who need one). Further details for each contest provided below:
- Youth participating in ENTOMOLOGY, will always be required to wear their masks while participating in the contest.
- Youth participating in FOOD SHOW, will always be required to wear masks, except when they enter the judge’s area to complete their presentation/interview with the judges. They will be allowed to remove their mask at this time but must put it back on before leaving the judges area.
- Youth participating (as well as coaches) in FCH, HORSE, and LIVESTOCK QUIZ BOWLS, will be required to wear masks, except when they are in the competition room. Upon entering the competition room, they can remove their mask and replace it with the face shield (that they will be provided with upon check-in), as they prepare to leave the competition room, they will need to put their mask back on and keep track of their face shield to use throughout the contest.
- All participants will need to bring a signed “COVID Screening From” when checking in (link to form).
- Those allowed in the building during the contests will be limited to the following ONLY:
- Volunteers serving as judges (or in the case of Quiz Bowls, each team will still be allowed their one coach)
- Agents assigned to the contest
***Everyone else will be asked to remain outside. This will help us to limit the number of people in and out of the building as well as maintain sanitation practices for the events.***
- Awards ceremonies for all contests will be held virtually. We are still finalizing the plans on how those will be conducted, and those plans will be shared with everyone as soon as we can.
We know that this is not the way we normally would host contests, however, please remember that we want to ensure the safety of our 4-H members, volunteers, and employees. We are trying to do what is best for all participants while still providing these opportunities to our youth.
Reminder…If you have teams planning to attend the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Food Challenge Contest on January 27th, the registration deadline is December 1st. Please get registered on judgingcard.com. Registration fee is $40.00 per team. There will be a late registration fee of $100 per team. Please get registered as soon as possible!
The Rabbit Project Workshop Series is complete! Please see the links below for the recordings.
https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/rabbits/ - scroll down to Rabbit Extravaganza and you will see a link for Workshops #1-4.
https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/rabbit-extravaganza/ - link is listed directly about the flyer image.
Below you will find a signup genius link for rabbit validation on November 17th. Families will need to sign up for a time slot this year. This will help us keep under our lower than usual capacity at the extension office.
Please share the link with any of your families that are planning to show rabbits this year.
Information for the 2020-2021 District 11 Shooting Sports Training is now available at the event website: https://d114-h.tamu.edu/events-and-contests/district-11-shooting-sports/.
The event will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Victoria 4-H Activity Center in Victoria, TX. Registration will be online at 4-H Online. Regular registration will be open from November 15, 2020 – December 18, 2020. Late registration will be open from December 19-25, 2020.
Note: The entire training is limited to 60 participants.
In order to make sure we all stay fit as a fiddle, you’ll be experiencing this event from the safety of your own vehicle. Take a gander at farm animals, crops and equipment on this agricultural joy ride! Your smart device will be able to track your GPS location and deliver cool information as you’re driving by each exhibit. Guests will drive away with goodies and supplies to complete fun projects at home! Tickets will be limited, register today at:
Our event is a family friendly event and enjoyable for youth of all ages! Every child will receive a goodie bag at the start of their drive and pick up items at the scavenger hunt exhibits. Items can include: local Texas agricultural products, take home activity kits/booklets and other fun prizes. The flyer is attached to send home with students and/or teachers. More info can be found on our website: https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/2020-kids-kows-cattle-drive/
The Soil & Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University has great opportunities for students wanting to major in Plant & Environmental Soil Science and Turfgrass Science. These majors are great options for students with a STEM and/or Agriculture focus that are interested in plants, water, soil, and the environment.
The Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University is awarding $16,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen and $8000 scholarships to transfer students. Please see the attached pdf for information about the scholarships and the application process. The deadline for the application is January 1. Please find the application at this link:http://soilcrop.tamu.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/scholarships/
Regular Registration for the District Photography Contest will be held on 4-HOnline February 1st-26th, 2021. Cost for registration will be $15.00 per person. Late Registration will be held on 4HOnline February 27th-28th, 2021. Cost for late registration will be $40.00 ($15.00 regular entry and $25.00 late fee).
Each 4-H member may enter up to three (3) photos. A 4-Her CANNOT enter all three photographs in the same category; they will need to be entered in three different categories. If a 4-Her submits more than 3 photos, it will be up to the committee’s discretion as to which 3 photos will be judged. Photos must be taken by the 4-H member between March 1st, 2020 – February 28th, 2021.
Additional Information: The 2021 State Photography Contest Rules can be found at:
We are so appreciative of all our wonderful 4-H members who want to help with the Special Hearts Livestock Show this year. Currently, we are unable to accept volunteers due to Covid-19 guidelines. The Special Hearts Ambassadors have worked hard to changeup the show to allow an in-person event for our amazing participants. Our main priority is to offer a safe event for our participants and ambassadors which means severely limiting the number of people on the grounds at a time. We will not be allowing extra spectators but be on the lookout for pictures and video clips of the event.
As 4-H members the best way you can help with this event is to help us promote the event by spreading the word and sharing the flyer.
Be on the lookout for future volunteer opportunities with Special Hearts events. We are crossing our fingers and hoping we're able to accept volunteers for the archery shoot in the spring. If you're interested in being a Special Hearts Ambassador for the 21-22 4-H year, the application is typically due the first Wednesday in April.
The 2020-2021 Special Hearts Ambassador team
The Comal County Extension Office
We still have many county 4-H awards left in the office needing to be picked up. If you received a county award such as club perfect attendance, rookie of the year, or a Star Award and have not yet picked them up please contact the office to set up a time to come by and collect your awards. You must set up a time to pick these up as Victoria must have advanced notice to group awards for your family. No awards will be handed out to walk-ins.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions:
All forms MUST be filled out in advance. You will not be allowed to sit in the meeting room to fill out entry forms. Forms can be found at https://comal.agrilife.org/publicationsdistrict-4-h-council-officer-elections/livestock-shows/. At this time we are still waiting on entry forms from Houston & Austin. Please contact the office if you do not have printer capabilities and to arrange a time to come by in advance and pick up entry forms.
If you are a council member/parent/adult leader we can not accept your entries at the meeting on November 4. Please drop off your entries during the times listed below.
Each person coming to the Extension Office will need to bring a completed COVID-19 Screening Form below.
4-H Swine validation will be held at the Extension Barns on Nov. 16 from 3:30pm-6pm.
Signup Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaba729a1fc1-comal5
Any person coming on the grounds for validation must fill out this form and return to the Extension Office on or before November 16 to email@example.com.
Gruene Kountry met on Sunday, Oct. 18th at the Extension Office amphitheater.
There were 41 people present: 31 members, 9 adults, and 1 guest.
Finley Nichols gave a Health and Safety Report over fire safety.
Falon Cochran led us in the recreation. We played the game Assassin.
We then talked about how important our law enforcement agencies are to our communities and how it’s important to show our appreciation. We made homemade cards and drew pictures to give to the Comal County Sheriff's Department. We also collected over $200 in Smoky Mo’s gift cards to give to them so they can have a meal on us. Gruene Kountry officers Lexi Golla, Levi Golla, and myself presented the gifts to the sheriff’s department.
Submitted by Kendall Kreusler, reporter
Calf Scramble entries must be entered online by the Extension Office and are due to the office by November 6, 2020 by 6 pm. Entry forms are available below. You must bring all three forms to the Extension Office by the deadline! Remember the Release has to be signed in front of a Notary Public.
🍀Sherwood Club members spent the afternoon volunteering at the Comal County Crisis Center today🍀
2020 Texas 4-H Rabbit Project - Virtual Educational Workshop Series - Recording #1 & #2 Now Available
We currently have the first and second workshop posted in two locations on the Texas 4-H website:
- https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/rabbits/ - scroll down to Rabbit Extravaganza and you will see a link for Workshop #1 and #2.
- https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/rabbit-extravaganza/ - link is listed directly about the flyer image.
Hope these will help to provide your 4-H families with additional resources for their Rabbit projects.
Here is our meeting report from Atlee Homann, reporter.
Bluebonnet 4-H Club held their first in-person meeting since February on Sunday, 10/11/2020 at the Comal County Extension Office Amphitheatre. We practiced social distancing but enjoyed seeing familiar faces. Here are the highlights:
*We did a sock drive for Socktober!
*We installed our 2020-2021 officers that we had previously elected via a Zoom meeting.
*We discussed and prepared for our poinsettia sales, our major annual fundraiser. Poinsettias can be ordered through any Bluebonnet 4-H member through November 8th. The plants have always been great quality and are $13 each. Estimated delivery is December 2nd. Contact a Bluebonnet member or email Patty Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to order.
*We congratulated our member, Rylee Horak. He had the Reserve Champion Market Broilers at the State Fair of Texas!
Here are a few pics.
If you are interested in the robotics project for the 20-21 4-H year please complete the survey below. In addition to members we are also looking for adult volunteers to help us grow the program and implement the extended guidelines for the year.
The Big Tex Scholarship Program has awarded college scholarships to more than 2,700 students for a total of more than $13.9 million. Eligible recipients include graduating high school seniors around the state of Texas who have participated in competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair, graduating seniors from six Dallas Independent School District high schools in the Fair Park area, and seasonal employees of the State Fair of Texas or their dependents.APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
If any rabbit kids need any help with purchasing rabbits or equipment please give either Jody Doerfler 830-822-5036 or Nita Shed 830-708-1133 a call. Due to COVID restrictions we are limited to meetings.
We know the NEW 4HOnline system looks very different from 4-H Connect. Below is a video that will help you enroll and register for events.
Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/HR4ClzlZ8rA
Below is the Table of Contents if you’re looking for something specific so you don’t have to watch the whole video:
Are you new to 4-H? This video will help you learn how to access and use our 4HOnline system so you can enroll your children, enroll as a volunteer, register for events and much more!
Table of Contents:
Creating a Family Profile: 1:17
Enrolling a NEW Youth Member: 5:28
Enrolling a NEW Adult Volunteer: 14:00
Re-Enrolling a Youth/Adult Member: 19:07
Registering for an Event: 21:31
Adding and Editing Credit Card Information: 26:29
Resetting Passwords & Accessing Old Accounts: 28:52
Frequently Asked Questions (Closed Deadlines, Refunds, duplicate accounts, transfers): 30:39
Link to the new website: https://v2.4honline.com/
Texas 4-H currently has the first workshop posted in two locations on the Texas 4-H website:
- https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/rabbits/ - scroll down to Rabbit Extravaganza and you will see a link for Workshop #1.
- https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/rabbit-extravaganza/ - link is listed directly about the flyer image.
4-H Lamb & Goat validation will be held at the Extension Barns on Oct. 19 from 4-7pm.
Signup Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaba729a1fc1-comal4
Any person coming on the grounds for validation must fill out this form and return to the Extension Office on or before October 19 to email@example.com.
The Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover Campaign is coming up! From October 7-18, Tractor Supply will be giving back to Texas 4-H. 90% of the funds from this campaign come back to the state they are raised in! What is raised in your county, stays in your county!
Tom Green County will be hosting an Invitational Food Challenge contest on December 5th at the SPUR Arena on the San Angelo Stock Show Fairgrounds. This contest will be open to the first 50 paid teams. The age divisions for this contest will be Junior ( 3rd – 5th grade ), Intermediate (6th – 8th grade), and Senior (9th – 12th grade) teams.The entry fee will be $40/team, once payment is received your registration will be confirmed. There will NOT be a late registration period. Please register by November 13th on the Tom Green County 4-H Webpage ( https://tomgreen.agrilife.org/invitational-food-challenge/ ) .