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 or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site:

County Recordbook Judging Results

Holly Bass - Swine - 3rd place
Helen Dudley - Swine - 2nd place
Micah Duke - Swine - 4th place
Wyatt Edwards - Sheep - 2nd place
Katelyn Gant - Companion Animals - 1st place
Samuel Hall - SET - 1st place
Layton Hemann - Poultry - 1st place
Axel Keller - Goat - 2nd place
Kendall Kreusler - Swine - 1st place
Brynnleigh Miller - Clothing & Textiles - 2nd place
Winter Mosse - Horse - 2nd place
Florence Rosenthal - Companion Animals - 2nd place
Wyatt Skrivanek - Wildlife & Fisheries - 1st place
William Thetford - Goat - 1st place
Jacy Welch - Horse - 1st place
Peyton Wirebaugh - Clothing & Textiles - 1st place
Dylan Wunderlich - Natural Resources - 1st place
Rylee Wunderlich - Sheep - 1st place

Landry Davis - Swine - 2nd place
Kylee Edwards - Sheep - 1st place
Lane Golla - Beef - 1st place
Nathanael Hall - SET - 1st place
Ward Harrell - Goat - 2nd place
Reagan Hoffmann - Rabbit - 1st place
Trey Hoffmann - Goat - 1st place
Layne Horak - Shooting Sports - 1st place
Mason Keller - Goat - 3rd place
Kasen Kreusler - Swine - 1st place
Keene Kreusler - Plant & Soil Science - 1st place
Madison Migura - Poultry - 2nd place
Mason Miner - Poultry - 1st place
Peter Skrivanek - Horse - 1st place
Nahalie Stidhem - Clothing & Textiles - 1st place

Madison Davis - Swine - 1st place
Clay Elbel - Horse - 1st place
Cody Elbel - Shooting Sports - 1st place
Jacey Hall - Horse - 3rd place
McKenna Hall - Horse - 2nd place
Charles Harrell - Goat - 3rd place
John Harrell - Goat - 2nd place
Sam Harrell - Goat - 4th place
Kenzy Hoffmann - Goat - 1st place
Caitlyn Homewood - Shooting Sports - 2nd place
Makenzie Knipe - Horse - 5th place
Bridget Martin - Horse - 4th place
Ryan Owens - Sheep - 1st place
Camryn Stetter - Clothing & Textiles - 1st place
Presley Wirebaugh - Health - 1st place

Recordbooks can now be picked up - we're here 8-12 and 1-5, Monday through Friday. 1st place books go on to District competition and must be returned by Monday, July 10th.


Last week more than 1,600 Texans Raised their Hand for 
4-H!  Thank you and help us keep it up!
Ohio and Indiana are still ahead and we have more 4-H members and volunteers of those two states combine! 
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9 - Tom Green
10 - Waller & Comal (Tie)


STATE FAIR ANIMAL VALIDATION: JUNE 26th - 8:00 a.m. - Comal County Fairgrounds

Historians - Club Scrapbooks DUE AUGUST 1st!

Club Scrapbook Award
Each Comal County 4-H Club has the opportunity to enter a club scrapbook in this annual contest. Scrapbooks are compiled throughout the year and due at the end of the 4-H year, prior to the Awards Program. Scrapbooks are DUE August 1st in the Extension office.

Format must be one of the following:
- Traditional Scrapbook-printed photographs and memorabilia in a traditional scrapbook format - must be smaller than 13x17”
- Digital Scrapbook – use a digital scrapbook format; submit an electronic copy on flash drive or CD/DVD OR print the pages and submit hard copy of the scrapbook.
- PowerPoint Presentation – submit a PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive or CD.

State 4-H Roundup Results

State Photography Contest:
Helena MacCrossan - 1 Blue, 2 Reds, 1 White ribbon

Compound Aided - Ryan Owens - 20th
Compound Unaided - Helena MacCrossan - 2nd
Genesis (Seniors) - Miranda Horak - 5th, Maggie Lind - 6th
Genesis (Intermediates) - Layne Horak - 6th, Trey Hoffmann - 12th

Horse Quiz Bowl
4th place team: Ashley Fuqua, Bridget Martin, Clayton Elbel
10th place team: Camryn Stetter, Jacey Hall, McKenna Hall

Robotics Challenge (Intermediates):
1st place team: Elijah Harris, Nathanael Hall, Reagan Hoffmann

Food Challenge (Bread & Cereal):
8th place team: Camryn Stetter, Miranda Horak, Presley Wirebaugh

Horse Judging:
4th place team: Jacey Hall, Madison Oquin, McKenna Hall, Sarina Mims
8th place team: Carlye Lawrence, Emma Feldman, Kate Roach, Hannah Strahl

Invitational Meat Judging (Seniors): Bridget Martin - 16th

Invitational Meat Judging (Intermediates):
10th place team: Hannah Wittig, Trey Hoffmann
Layne Horak - 16th

Qualifying Meat Judging and ID:
5th place team: Barrett Kerr, Clayton Elbel, Cody Elbel, Kenzy Hoffmann

Range and Pasture Grass ID:
6th place team: Ashley Fuqua, Caitlyn Homewood, Helena MacCrossan

Range Evaluation:
Hayden Mathews - 2nd High Individual

Food Show:
Presley Wirebaugh - 1st place Fruits and Vegetables
Shelby Steinbach - 4th place Protein

Hippology (Seniors):
3rd place team: Ashley Fuqua, Bridget Martin, Jacey Hall, Clayton Elbel
8th place team: Cody Elbel, Camryn Stetter, Madison Oquin, Sierra Peirsol

Hippology (Intermediates):
Nathanael Hall - 16th

Invitational Poultry Judging (Seniors):
2nd High Point Individual - Helena MacCrossan
1st place team: Dalton Skarovsky, Helena MacCrossan, Maggie Lind

Share-the-Fun (Instrumental):
McKenna Hall - 5th place

Sheep & Goat Educational Presentation:
Kenzy Hoffmann - 3rd place

Wildlife Challenge (Seniors):
Hayden Mathews - 1st High Point Individual
1st place team: Grace Gambrell, Hayden Mathews

Wildlife Challenge (Intermediates):
Davis Mathews - 1st High Point Individual
Nahalie Stidhem - 2nd High Point Individual
1st place team: Davis Mathews, Nahalie Stidhem

Hippology and Horse Quiz Bowl at State Roundup

3rd place - off to Nationals! Jacey Hall, Bridget Martin, Clay Elbel, Ashley Fuqua

4th place - Bridget, Clay and Ashley

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Camryn Stetter, Jacey Hall, McKenna Hall

Cooke County Archery Tournament

William Thetford and Ryan Owens competed in the Cooke County Archery Tournament on May 27, 2017 and represented Comal County well. William placed 3rd in the Junior Division and Ryan placed 1st in the highly competitive Senior Division.

County Book Drive - June 12 - July 14

Monday June 12th, Comal County is kicking off Kits for Kids.  We are partnering with the NB Chamber Business Education Partnership to help provide new or gently used books to children Pre-K thru 4th Grade. The NB Chamber Business Education Partnership works with non-profit organizations within our community who provide support to families in need and one of those ways is with books for children.  Many children in our community have not had a book to call their own or may have lost all they had due to financial hardships, family violence, or other circumstances.  This is another great opportunity for our county employees to give to those in need.  The Kits for Kids Book Drive will run from June 12- July 14 with multiple drop off locations throughout our county offices. 

State Roundup Results: 1st place Robotics Team!

Congratulations to our Comal County Intermediate Robotics Team: Eli Harris, Reagan Hoffmann, and Nathanael Hall who won First Place at State Round-Up!

Texas 4-H Horse Show Shirt!

A few important details:
  • All orders need to be placed online by midnight on Monday, July 3, 2017.
  • Pick up at Texas 4‐H Horse Show from 1‐3 pm on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, or Friday on the East Concourse on the south end of the Coliseum. Shirts will not be mailed directly to the exhibitor.
  • Pre‐sale only. No shirts for sale at Texas 4‐H Horse Show.
  • Short‐sleeve.
  • Sizes from Youth Small to Adult 3X.
  • Short Sleeves $12 ($14 for Adult 2xL and $16 for Adult 3XL)

Science Camp!

Join us 3 Fridays in June for Science Camp! Each Friday we'll explore a different topic. Camps will be held from 2:00 to 4:00. 

June 16th - Robotics

June 23rd - Marshmallow Catapults

June 30th - Balloon Hover Crafts

4-H Members - 1 day $5; 3 days $10

Non 4-H Members - 1 day $10; 3 days $20

RSVP: 830-620-3440

4-H Sewing Camp - July 17-19

4-H Sewing Camp is being held in the Extension Meeting Room July 17-19.

9 a.m. - 12 noon -  Beginners

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -  Advanced

Cost:  $15 per participant

RSVP: by July 12th

4-H Food Camp - June 27-29

Food Camp is being held in the Extension Meeting Room June 27-29.

9 am - 12 noon  -  Beginners

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Advanced

Cost: $15 per participant

RSVP: by June 23rd

2017-2018 Turkey Orders

  • Turkeys will be straight-run (toms and hens) for 2018
  • Price has increased to $4.25 per bird
  • Must be ordered in multiples of 25 (25 birds = $106.25)
  • Turkey Orders due by Tuesday, August 1, 2017 
  • Payment - EXACT CHANGE ONLY or check payable to Comal 4-H Council

Sheep Capital Lamb Camp - Aug 4-6 in San Angelo

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County are proud to present the Sheep Capital Lamb Camp to be held in San Angelo, Texas on the fairgrounds the first weekend in August. 

The camp will be open to incoming 3rd Graders through Seniors in high school, and exhibitors of all levels of experience are welcome to participate. The camp will be divided into three age divisions to better facilitate hands on experience with the participants.

Camp will be a three day program, kicking off on Friday, August 4, with registration that morning, and the clinic starting shortly after Noon. Saturday will be a full day of clinic information, and hands on experience for the showman, and a Family Fun Night is planned for Saturday evening. Sunday will wrap things up a showmanship contest for the age divisions, and an awards program wrapping up just after lunch!

The registration fee will include breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and lunch Saturday and Sunday, a t-shirt, and a camp packet. There are also additional meal tickets available for children too young to participate. Each camp participant must also have an adult supervisor, though an adult supervisor can be responsible for multiple children.

Registration is available beginning May 1. Forms may be mailed to: 
San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo
Attn: Brittni Kaczyk
200 West 43rd Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903

2016-2017 Comal County 4-H Recognition Packet

The 2016-2017 Comal County 4-H Recognition Packet is now posted on our web site.
CLICK HERE for the packet.

In this packet:

1) Important dates

2) Information about awards for 4-H members

3) Club awards

4) Special awards

5) Gold, Silver and Bronze Star Biographical Sketch Form

6) Special Awards Nomination Form

7) Scrapbook Scorecard (shows how scrapbooks are scored)

Important dates to remember:

Thursday, June 15th     Recordbooks due; Star Award applications due (sign up for your
                                       interview time when you drop off your recordbook!)

Friday, June 23rd         Multi-County Recordbook Judging

Friday, June 30th         Gold, Silver and Bronze Star Award interviews; Special Awards DUE

Tuesday, August 1st    Council and Club Scrapbooks due by 5 p.m.

Spring Roundup Results!


Junior Buying
Abby Craun - 1st place - Dresses/Jumpers
Florence Rosenthal - 1st place - Specialty/Formal

Junior Construction
Peyton Wirebaugh - 3rd place - Dresses/Jumpers

Intermediate Construction
Nahalie Stidhem - 1st place - Dresses/Jumpers
Lila Moseley - 1st place - Ensembles
Reagan Hoffmann - 1st place - Specialty/Formal

Senior Buying
Presley Wirebaugh - 1st place - Business/Interview Attire
Camryn Stetter - 2nd place - Semi-Formal to Formal


Junior - Wearable
3rd place - Fashion Passions: Abby Craun, Alice McManus, Brielle Baksic, Florence Rosenthal, Jaclyn Martinez

Junior - Non-Wearable
1st place - Gruene Kountry #2: Addison Carroll, Hannah Pape, Isabella Martin, Rylee Wunderlich

2nd place - Fasty Crafty Sewers: Allyson Scott, Berkley Bates, Kimberly Scott, Layla Alvarez

Junior - Jewelry/Accessory
1st place - Gruene Kountry #1: Brynnleigh Miller, Kendall Kreusler, Peyton Wirebaugh, Sofia Bendele

Intermediate - Non-Wearable
2nd place - Scissor Sisters: Claire Anderson, Grace Gambrell, Lila Moseley, Nahalie Stidhem, Reagan Hoffmann


Senior Sheep & Goat
1st place - Kenzy Hoffmann: "Hey there Calyipheye Gene - you don't make my sheep pretty..."


Choreographed Routine
3rd place - Presley Wirebaugh: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend - baton twirling

2nd place - McKenna Hall: A Hobbit Medley - Bilbo's Adventure - piano


Junior High Point Individuals
1st place - Dylan Wunderlich - 14 pts
3rd place - Isabella Martin - 9 pts
5th place - Claire Schaeferkoeter - 9 pts

Junior Teams
1st place - 32 points - Claire Schaeferkoeter, Isabella Martin, Dylan Wunderlich
2nd place - 18 points - Blake Pellerin, Jena Rust, Rylee Wunderlich

Intermediate High Point Individuals
1st place - Ty Schaeferkoeter - 22 pts
2nd place - Emily Rankin - 18 pts
3rd place - Brenlea Broyles - 16 pts

Intermediate Teams
1st place - 54 points - Brenlea Broyles, Emily Rankin, Ty Schaeferkoeter

Senior High Point Individual
3rd place - Kayla Wunderlich - 28 pts


Junior High Point Individuals
1st place - Kendall Kreusler - 72 pts
5th place - Weston Ackermann - 51 pts

Junior Teams
1st place - 174 points - Kendall Kreusler, Weston Ackermann, Wyatt Edwards

Intermediate High Point Individuals
1st place - Davis Mathews - 388 pts
2nd place - Kasen Kreusler - 251 pts
3rd place - Keene Kreusler - 243 pts
4th place - Kylee Edwards - 232 pts
5th place - Reagan Ackermann - 232 pts

Intermediate Teams
1st place - 863 points - Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler, Kylee Edwards
2nd place - 655 points - Owen Vollbrecht, Ray Allen Schaefer, Reagan Ackermann, Kasen Kreusler

Senior High Point Individuals
1st place - Hayden Mathews - 390 pts
3rd place - Ashley Fuqua - 366 pts

Senior Teams
2nd place - 871 points - Ashley Fuqua, Hayden Mathews, Helena MacCrossan, Caitlyn Homewood


Junior High Point Individuals
2nd place - Weston Ackermann - 108 pts
3rd place - Kendall Kreusler - 107 pts
4th place - Wyatt Edwards - 89 pts

Junior Teams
1st place - 304 points - Kendall Kreusler, Weston Ackermann, Wyatt Edwards

Intermediate High Point Individuals
1st place - Davis Mathews - 302 pts
2nd place - Keene Kreusler - 253 pts
4th place - Kasen Kreusler - 199 pts
5th place - Owen Vollbrecht - 196 pts

Intermediate Teams
1st place - 716 points - Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler, Kylee Edwards
2nd place - 579 points - Owen Vollbrecht, Ray Allen Schaefer, Reagan Ackermann, Kasen Kreusler

Senior High Point Individuals
2nd place - Hayden Mathews - 330 pts


Close to Home - Year End Party and District Roundup Pictures

Close to Home's May meeting was an end of year party @ Landa Park. Thanks for a great year! 

Close to Home 4-H Club

District Fashion Show

Jr Fashion Passions got 3rd place in wearable (Vest)

Intermediate Scissor sisters got 2nd in non-wearable (trivet)

State 4-H Shooting Sports Games

Step 1:  4-H Connect May 5 - June 15; Late Registration: June 16 – July 1

Step 2:  iClays (deadline TBA)

Events                                               Dates                   
Archery - NSC, San Antonio        July 16-22, 2017

Shotgun – NSC, San Antonio        July 18-22, 2017

HMPR – Austin Rifle Club, Manor July 9-14, 2017

Gruene Kountry May Meeting - Election of Officers!

Gruene Kountry 4-H Club met on Sunday, May 7, at the Mission Valley Community Center for their end-of-the-year party and election. 

We started with our business meeting and election.  We also collected donations for our clubs' Duds to Dazzle service project (gently used clothing).  We ended the day with a Field Day that included sack races, tug-o-war, three-legged race, water balloon toss (that turned into a water balloon war!) and a snowball fight!  We enjoyed homemade snowcones and lots of treats!  We hope everyone has a safe, fun summer!!

The 2017-2018 officers are:

President – Sarah Syamken
1st Vice-President – Keene Kreusler
2nd Vice-President – Michael Syamken
3rd Vice-President – Clay Migura
Secretary – Brynnleigh Miller
Treasurer –  Madison Migura
Reporter –  Kasen Kreusler
Historian –  Kendall Kreusler
Parliamentarian –  Travis Migura
Council Delegates – Falon Cochran, DeDe Davis
Alternate Delegates – Kylee Edwards, Wyatt Edwards

*Group photo is of our 2017-2018 officers*  Other photos are fun shots from our field day.

District 10 Range and Pasture Grass ID Contest

All team members competing at District

Senior Team qualified for State Roundup!

Results of the District 10 Range and Pasture Grass ID Contest:
The Comal County Junior Grass ID Team composed of Wyatt Edwards, Kendall Kreusler, and Weston Ackermann placed 1st; Kendall earned 1st High Point, Weston earned 5th and Wyatt earned 6th.

The Comal County Intermediate Grass ID Team #1 composed of Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler and Kylee Edwards placed 1st; Davis earned 1st High Point, Keene earned 3rd and Kylee earned 4th.

The Comal County Intermediate Grass ID Team #2 composed of Kasen Kreusler, Reagan Ackermann, Owen Vollbrecht and Ray Allen Schaefer placed 2nd; Davis earned 1st High Point, Kasen earned 2nd, Owen earned 6th and Ray Allen earned 7th.

The Comal County Senior Grass ID Team composed of Hayden Mathews, Ashley Fuqua, Caitlyn Homewood and Helena MacCrossan placed 2nd and earned the opportunity to advance to State 4-H Roundup; Hayden earned 1st High Point and Ashley earned 3rd.

Results of the District 10 Range Evaluation Contest:
The Comal County Junior Range Evaluation Team composed of Wyatt Edwards, Kendall Kreusler and Weston Ackermann placed 1st; Weston earned 2nd High Point, Kendall earned 3rd and Wyatt earned 4th.

The Comal County Intermediate Range Evaluation Team #1 composed of Davis Mathews, Keene Kreusler and Kylee Edwards placed 1st; Davis earned 1st High Point, Keene earned 2nd and Kylee earned 6th.

The Comal County Intermediate Range Evaluation Team #2 composed of Kasen Kreusler, Reagan Ackermann, Owen Vollbrecht and Ray Allen Schaefer placed 2nd; Kasen earned 4th High Point, Owen earned 5th, Reagan earned 7th and Ray Allen earned 8th.

The Comal County Senior Range Evaluation Team composed of Hayden Mathews, Ashley Fuqua, Caitlyn Homewood and Helena MacCrossan placed 4th; Hayden earned 2nd High Point and earned the opportunity to advance to State 4-H Roundup.

Congratulations to all of these hard-working 4-H'ers and their Coach Carolyn Phelan!

McKenna Hall - on to State Roundup!

McKenna Hall with Close to Home 4-H Club won second place in the District Share-the-Fun Instrumental Division and advances to State Roundup for her piano arrangement from The Hobbit film score. 
Way to go, McKenna!

2017 CCJLS Points

Broilers           $138.57
Goats              $213.83
Hogs               $212.73
Lambs             $180.49

Rabbits              $157.59
Steers                $391.07
Turkeys             $140.04

Coop Club

The Coop Club has changed their meeting location to the Extension Office. The meetings for May through August have been scheduled (see below). You may also check the 4-H calendar for the meeting dates and times.

Mon Jun 19
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Coop Club - Extension Meeting Room
Mon Jul 17
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Coop Club - Extension kitchen
Mon Aug 21
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Coop Club - Extension Meeting Room

The meeting date and time for September and beyond will be posted at a later date. 

District 10 Meats Judging Contest - April 19, 2017

3rd place District 10 Meats Judging team - Going to state! Only 9 points separated top 3 teams!

Clay Elbel, Cody Elbel, Barrett Kerr, Kenzy Hoffmann 

6th place Intermediate team: Hannah Wittig, Trey Hoffmann, Layne Horak

Congratulations to Barrett Kerr, 2nd Place Overall

Close to Home Elects Officers!

Our 2017-2018 club officers are:

President: Aubrey Harris
1st VP- Nahalie Stidhem
2nd VP- Allyson Reyna
3rd VP-Elijah Harris
Secretary-Grace Gambrell
Treasurer-Hannah Kolb
Reporter-Flori Rosenthal
Health & Safety-Jackson Craun
Historian- Jacey Hall
Parliamentarian- Gus Scotch
Community Outreach Coordinator-Nathanael Hall
Finance- Gregory Weston, Jacey Hall, Grace Gambrell, Allyson Reyna

County Council Delegates: Allyson Reyna, Grace Gambrell, Aubrey Harris, Nahalie Stidhem 
Alternate Delegates: Elijah Harris, Samuel Hall 

Council Officers Elected for 2017-2018

Congratulations to the following 4-H'ers who were elected 2017-2018 officers of Comal 4-H Council:

Chairman: Cody Elbel
1st Vice-Chairman: Clayton Elbel
2nd Vice-Chairman: Ashley Fuqua
3rd Vice-Chairman: Barrett Kerr
Secretary: Kenzy Hoffmann
Treasurer: Ryan Owens
Reporter: Presley Wirebaugh
Historian: Caitlyn Homewood
Parliamentarian: Helena MacCrossan
Community Service: Maggie Lind
District Delegates: Clayton Elbel, Kenzy Hoffmann
Alternate Delegates: Helena MacCrossan, Presley Wirebaugh

District Photography Contest Results

Congratulations to the following 4-H'ers who participated in the District Photography Contest:

Animals - Domestic:  Samuel Hall - Participant
Catch-All: Ashley Dudzikowski - White ribbon
Food: Ashley Dudzikowski - Red ribbon
Plant/Flora: Ashley Dudzikowski - Blue ribbon

Animals - Wildlife: Mason Miner - Blue ribbon
Food: Nathanael Hall - Blue ribbon - Category Winner!
Night Photography: Nathanael Hall - Red ribbon

Animals - Wildlife: Helena MacCrossan - Blue ribbon
Catch-All: Jacey Hall - Blue ribbon
Details & Macros: Jacey Hall - Blue ribbon
Digital Darkroom: McKenna Hall - Blue ribbon
Dominant Color: Helena MacCrossan - Blue ribbon
Elements of Design: McKenna Hall - Blue ribbon
Plants/Flora: Helena MacCrossan - Blue ribbon

To see all the photos entered in the District Contest, go to these sites:

4-H Clothing & Textile Service Project Update

Due to multiple requests to extend the original April 2017 deadline, a new one has been set - August 31, 2017.

APRIL IS NATIONAL RECYCLE MONTH.  What a great time for an individual, county or district 4-H program to set a goal to participate in the state-wide 4-H Clothing & Textile service project by collecting apparel, accessories or other textiles, and donating to a charity or cause of their choosing.  YOU get to make the choice of how and when you want to implement between now and the end of this 4-H year.  Ideas include:  individual led project work; county 4-H summer camps; district leadership labs; and more!  What a simple way to make a huge difference and 'be green' in the process!  All you're asked to do is complete a brief online report so details can be captured, then the total state-wide impact shared in September 2017.

Specifics of the service project, including the link to complete the report, can be found on this informational flyer, or by contacting Extension Program Specialists, Charlene Belew, or Angela McCorkle.
Don't let your unused and unwanted apparel, accessories and other textile items become a statistic:
  • The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.
  • While the EPA estimates that the textile recycling industry recycles approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) each year, this only accounts for approximately 15% of all PCTW, leaving 85% in our landfills.
  • The average US citizen throws away 71 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.
To learn more about what happens to a large majority of donated items, check out the Life Cycle of Secondhand Clothing graphic prepared by the Textile for Recycling organization.

Youth Agriculture Lifetime Leadership (YALL) Tour - July 16-21

The Youth Agriculture Lifetime Leadership Tour is set for July 16-21, 2017. This year marks our third year to host this tour. We would like to invite young agriculturalists from districts 7, 10,11, & 12 to participate in a unique opportunity this summer. Our 2017 tour will be to south Texas to tour the various agricultural industries south Texas offers. The purpose of this tour is to provide youth from their sophomore year to graduating seniors an opportunity to witness the commercial agriculture opportunities both academically and through career exploration.  If you'd like a copy of the application, email Janet at and ask for the YALL application.

A more detailed itinerary is being developed. Please go online to our YALL Facebook page at  A video from the 2015 tour interviewing participants and discussing the tour is available on a youtube link at:

Deadline to apply is June 16. 

Thanks to great sponsorships we are able to keep this week long tour to a minimal cost of $200/participant. The total cost of the tour will be around $1000/participant, but due to the generous donations from our donors we are able to reduce that cost substantially to the participants. 

Congratulations, Shelby!

Congratulations to Shelby Steinbach, who placed 20th with her turkey and 25th with her chickens at the Houston Livestock Show.

Congratulations, Helena!

Congratulations to Helena MacCrossan, whose photographs will be going on to State competition. Helena had the winning photograph in the following categories (see captions):
Animals - Wildlife

Plant - Flora

Elements of Design

Youth Homemaking & Art Fair Scholarship and Group/Champion Winners

Category Champion Name 4-H Club
Pies Group Marcus Patranella Bluebonnet
Pies Group Miranda Horak Bluebonnet
Pies Reserve Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Pies Grand Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Gardening Grand Tyler Vineyard Hill Country
Sweet Quick Bread Group Kaitlyn Keil Bulverde
Sweet Quick Bread Group Cody Stricker Bulverde
Sweet Quick Bread Group Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Sweet Quick Bread Grand Ella Pinkham CCLS
Scrapbooking Reserve Brynnleigh Miller Gruene Kountry
Scrapbooking Grand Layton Hemann Bluebonnet
Photography Group Tyler Vineyard Hill Country
Photography Group Avery Shrum Bulverde
Photography Group Camryn Stetter Bulverde
Photography Group Ella Rankin Sherwood
Photography Reserve Cody Stricker Bulverde
Photography Grand Megan Skarvosky Bluebonnet
Horticulture Group Avery Shrum Bulverde
Horticulture Reserve Presley Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Horticulture Grand Trey Hoffmann Bluebonnet
Sweet Yeast Bread Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Sweet Yeast Bread Reserve Helena MacCrossan Bluebonnet
Sweet Yeast Bread Grand Arnold Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Crafts Reserve Isabella Martin Bulverde
Crafts Grand Nathanael Hall Horse Club
Clothing Group Abby Cloe Bluebonnet
Clothing Reserve Austin Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Clothing Grand Lila Moseley Bluebonnet
Food Preservation Group Madilyn Howell Sherwood 
Food Preservation Reserve Kendall Kreusler Gruene Kountry
Food Preservation Grand Andrew Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Non Sweet Quick Bread Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Non Sweet Quick Bread Grand Kenzy Hoffmann Bluebonnet
Candy Group Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Candy group Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Candy Group Ella Pinkham CCLS
Candy Group Helena MacCrossan Bluebonnet
Candy Group Wyatt Edwards Gruene Kountry
Candy Group Bailee Dunlap Bluebonnet
Candy Reserve Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Candy Grand Clay Hoffmann Bulverde
Cookies group Kaitynn Keil Bulverde
Cookies Group Trey Hoffman Bluebonnet
Cookies Group Travis Migura Gruene Kountry
Cookies Reserve Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Cookies Grand Wyatt Edward Gruene Kountry
Bars Group Ray Allen Schaefer Gruene Kountry
Bars Group Presley Wirebaugh Bluebonnet 
Bars Group Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Bars Grand Kenzy Hoffmann Bluebonnet
Yeast Bread Group Austin Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Yeast Bread Group Reagan Ackermann Gruene Kountry
Yeast Bread Reserve Kasen Kreusler Gruene Kountry
Nutritious Snacks Group Madlyn Howell Sherwood
Nutritious Snacks Reserve Trey Hoffmann Bluebonnet
Nutritious Snacks Grand Emily Hartmann Gruene Kountry
Decorated Food Grand Nahalie Stidhem Close to Home
Paintings & Drawings Group Madison David CCLS
Paintings & Drawings Group Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Paintings & Drawings Reserve Samuel Hall Close to Home
Paintings & Drawings Grand Kaitlynn Keil Bulverde
Industrial Arts Group Dakota Barrett CCLS
Industrial Arts Grand Chad Friesenhahn Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Madison Migura Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Morgan Elsworth Sherwood
Cakes Group Rylee Wunderlich Sherwood
Cakes Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Ainslee Childress Claybusters
Cakes Reserve Keene Kreusler Gruene Kountry
Cakes Grand Ashley Fuqua Horse Club

Congratulation to all! Well done!