New this year, the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show (HCDJLS) is opening up the Registered Breeding Swine and the Non-Pedigreed Breeding Swine show to all counties eligible to participate in the HCDJLS. (listed on pg. 40 & 41 of the catalog). Both shows award scholarships to the Grand & Reserve Grand Champion gilts. Please keep in mind that all Non-Pedigreed breeding swine must be Texas validated.
Scholarships for the 2015 HCDJLS will be awarded to exhibitors of the Supreme Champion Registered Heifer, Supreme Champion Registered Breeding Ewe, Grand Champion Registered Breeding Gilt, Reserve Grand Champion Registered Breeding Gilt, Grand Champion Non-Pedigreed Gilt, Reserve Grand Champion Non-Pedigreed Breeding Gilt, and the Grand Champion Angora Goat of the District shows.
The 4-H Whiz Bang rules have recently been revised by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This agency's Outdoor Education branch has been a longtime supporter of the 4-H Shooting Sports Project and has operated the Whiz Bang Program for many years for our youth.
The revised rules are now posted on the 4-H Shooting Sports webpage (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/shootingsports). These rules and procedures will help county 4-H shotgun projects understand the event as it is held not only at the 4-H Shooting Sports State Games in July, but at the local events as well which serve as qualifying shoots for the overall finals held in October each year.
To learn more about this event or to see the revisions, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports webpage and choose the 'Whiz Bang' link under the 'Rules' title box. A schedule of county 4-H projects holding a Whiz Bang event is posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department webpage (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/shooting-sports-opportunities/sporting-clays-schedule). This schedule will be updated prior to the season beginning in the spring.
The Bluebonnet 4H Club kicked off their 2014-2015 year on September 8th at Hoffman Lane Elementary. We had 48 youth members attend, 26 were first timers, with a total of 58 youth who were family members and 45 adults. Great start to the new year. During this meeting we had our new officer installation and welcome to new members. The club managers presented an overview of what our club is about and what we plan to do this year in 4H. Our club participated in a "Jam Making Session" at the Hoffmann's house on September 21st. We had discussions on the Comal 4H Dance that will be held on October 4th, at Anhalt Dance Hall. Our club is responsible for selling tickets. The club will be decorating pumpkins on October 27 at 6:00 pm with the elderly as our community service project. We introduced new projects that the club will be doing this year such as Rocketry and a Fishing Project.
Important Dates and Events coming up are:
October 5th-First Food Challenge meeting.
Dallas State Fair
October 12th - Cheese making at Wirebaugh's House
Pumpkin Decorating - October 27th
4H Enrollment due November 1st.
The Bluebonnet 4H club will be selling poinsettias in November to raise money for our club.
We had a great meeting and many new kids, hope to see you at the next meeting October 13th, Hoffman Lane Elementary.
Harrison Kimble, Reporter
Comal County 4-H is launching a new fundraising project that will help us to promote 4-H and raise money for our county activities. This will be an exciting way for us to show Comal County 4-H in a very positive way to those who see our car decals and view our yard signs. These decals and yard signs are like the ones that are sold by schools, bands, sports teams, dance teams, etc.
Below is an order form. Forms are due to the Extension Office on October 24 with cash or check and may be mailed or hand delivered. All orders received by this date will be ready for pick up at the Extension Office on November 12 (the date of the next County Council meeting). Pricing is on the attached order form. All decals and signs will need to be picked up on or immediately after November 12.
If you have any questions, they may be directed to club manager Carolyn Phelan at 830-237-0450 or email@example.com.
The Gruene Kountry 4-H Club had our first meeting on September 14. We met at a new location this year, Mission Valley Community Center. There was a total of 31 members and 21 parents/guests. The program was led by Gloria Kreusler. Mrs. Kreusler shared information about the Mission Valley Community Center with the group. We then went out side to have recreation.
The members participated in a game "going to roundup," it was a relay race and a fun competition for pride. We ended the meeting by sharing snacks and getting to know one another. The members took a group picture in front of our new meeting building- picture inserted below. Our next meeting is on October 12 which will be our day to tackle the One Day 4-H project.
On Saturday, September 27, Davis Mathews and Hayden Mathews competed as individuals in the Range and Pasture Plant ID contest at the Texas State Fair. Davis was the Grand Champion Individual in the Junior Division and Hayden was the Grand Champion in the Senior age group. Overall, the boys had the two highest scores out of 60 contestants. They are pictured here with Dr. Barron Rector of Texas A&M, the contest superintendent. The boys would like to give special thanks to Carolyn Phelan for her coaching and encouragement over the last 5 years.