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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:

4-H Google Calendar

Spring Archery Practice Dates - March 22 through April 26

The Archery Project leaders will start their 6-week archery practice next Wednesday March 22, located at 325 Resource Drive (Extension Office) New Braunfels, Texas behind the hog barn in the grassy area. Bows are not required but if you want to bring your own bow (with arrows) you can shoot it after coach inspection. There are no limitations on the number of Archers that are allowed so please come out and join our practice to improve your archer skills. Pay attention to the weather and dress appropriately. All shooters must have on closed-toe shoes, no exceptions. Shorts or long pants are allowed, however, if you wear shorts, please bring some bug spray for your legs, etc. A water bottle or water container for the archers is highly recommended, even in cold temperatures.

We will have a county-wide archery tournament early in the summer (date to be determined). Practice is highly encouraged prior to entry.

The dates of the 6-week spring practices are below (save the dates). Times are 6-8 pm.

  • 22 March
  • 29 March
  • 5 April
  • 12 April
  • 19 April
  • 26 April
Gerard MacCrossan and Hank Thetford are the archery project leaders.

Questions can be directed to Hank Thetford at: or 

2023 Green Cord Award Application - Due April 15

Attention Seniors!

Click on the application below to fill out and return to the Comal County 4-H Office before April 15th for the Green Cord Award. 

District 10 4-H Photography Workshop- April 29

District 10 4-H Photography Workshop (April 29) - Our District 10 4-H Photography Ambassadors will be graciously hosting a 1-day Photography Workshop to 4-H members of all age divisions on April 29th, 2023 (Saturday) from 9AM – 2PM at the Gillespie County Extension Office. 

4-H members will receive instruction in areas of composition, color theory, still life, and photography judging! Mr. Dave Richards, Professional Wildlife Photographer will be the special guest instructor! See details below.

Registration Information: Registration will take place on 4HOnline.

  • Registration Opens: March 27, 2023
  • Registration Deadline: April 14, 2023 (NO LATE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED)
  • This workshop is LIMITED to the first 50 youth participants! 
  • Parents/adults are welcome to attend with their youth, however, we are limiting (1) parent/adult per youth.
  • Workshop fee per youth is FREE! 
  • Lunch provided to all participants (youth/adults). 

Water Ambassador Applications - Open March 15 - May 1

Applications will open for the 2023-2024 Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program on March 15! These youth travel across the state of Texas learning about different water resources and give back to their communities through education and service. Click here to access the information and send to an interested youth in your county today.

Tom Green County 3D Archery Shoot - April 1, register now

District 10 4-H Spring Roundup - Register March 3-21

Clink link below for the 2023 Spring Round-Up Contest Guide

2022-2023 District 10 4-H Spring Round-Up Guide

Contest Entry Forms and Score Sheets are available at:, then scroll down to the contest entry forms and score sheets.

Updated! Scholarship Programs

To apply for each of the Scholarship opportunities above, You just have to click on each link below!

·       Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship - Deadline February 15, 2023 (must turn in to Lauren Strom by February 10, 2023 for her to review) **click on scholarship portal to apply, Texas 4-H Foundation Rules-Guidelines

·        Updated! New Braunfels Community Foundation "Comal 4-H Scholarship" - Deadline March 8, 2023

·        Comal County Master Gardener Scholarship - Deadline March 5, 2023

·        2023 Jason H Krueger Scholarship - Deadline April 20, 2023

District 10 4-H Bulletin - March 2023

TAMU Meat Judging Clinic - March 25

Register now on for the TAMU Meat Judging Clinic Saturday, March 25th at the Rosenthal Meat Science Center at Texas A&M. Learn more by clicking here. 

Sonora Invitational Judging Contests & Fleece Show- April 1

Sonora Invitational 4-H Judging Contests will be on April 1, 2023. Youth may enter all contests: Grass ID, Range, Wool and Mohair. Bring as many teams and individuals as you want! 

They will also have a fleece show and wanted to make available the entry form and rules for our fleece show (link below). Please pass this on to your Breeding Sheep or Angora Goat exhibitors who might submit entries to our fleece show. 

These can be emailed to or; hard copies may be mailed to:

Sutton County Extension Office
P.O. BOX 1047
Sonora, Texas 76950

Sonora Fleece Entry Sheet

Texas 4-H Livestock, Equine and Poultry Ambassador Programs - Applications open Feb 15 - April 15

Texas 4-H Livestock, Equine and Poultry Ambassadors Applications are now open.  More details regarding the programs can be found at

See image below for selection criteria and application process.

4-H Council and Adult Leaders Meeting - April 5

2023 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest - Due April 3

2023 Essay Topic: The Importance of Beeswax

Although honey bees are much-beloved for honey, bees also produce beeswax that can be used in many ways. For this essay, a 4-H student should discuss why beeswax is so important to the hive (it's a pantry, it's a nursery, it's the dance floor), but also discuss their favorite way to use beeswax outside the hive. Photos of candles, soaps, or lip balms that are made to show the 4-H'er's skill in using beeswax are welcomed as are recipes or brief instructions.

More information can be found on the contest page and at this link:

Essays will be uploaded to 4HOnline using the “2023 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest” event. Deadline to submit is Monday, April 3, 2023. Winners will be announced the week of April 24th. 


2023 Texas 4-H Horse Validation - due April 15

Texas 4-H Horse Validation for the 2023 season will be open in 4H Online from March 1 – May 1, 2023. Please see the link below for the guidelines for families.  

2023 Texas 4-H Horse Validation – Guidelines for Families

A few important reminders:

  • ALL horses must be validated/re-validated each year. There is no limit to the number of horses that can be validated. You are encouraged to validate all horses that may possibly be shown at district and/or state shows. Only state validated horses can be substituted in the event that a validated horse becomes unusable due to lameness, sickness, etc.
  • The family can submit payment of $10.00 per horse ($20.00 after April 15th, or $250 from May 1st to May 5th), in the form of a credit card ONLY.
    • From March 1 – April 15, the validation cost for each horse is $10.00. The $10.00 cost is only guaranteed if the animal validation is approved by the county office by the April 15th deadline and the payment is processed.
    • From April 16 – May 1, the validation cost for each horse is $20.00. The $20.00 cost is only guaranteed if the animal validation is approved by the county office by the May 1st deadline and the payment is processed.
  • Each validation must include front view, right side view, and left side view images.  The entire horse should be included in the photo and markings should be clearly visible.  
  • If the horse is registered, a copy of the registration papers must be uploaded.  These papers must list the 4-Her, sibling, parent, stepparent, grandparent or legal guardian as the current owner. If the ownership is in the process of being transferred, please list “pending” in the registration number area.  Once the updated registration papers have been received, please email me a copy of the new papers and I will add it to the validation. 
  • *NEW IN 2023* - Lease horses are now eligible to be validated and shown at District and State 4-H Horse Shows. An official Texas 4-H Horse Lease Agreement must be signed by the exhibitor, horse owner, and the supervising County Extension Agent. The lease period must include, at minimum, May 1st to August 31st of the current 4-H year. The lease agreement form can be found at and must be uploaded to 4H Online at the time of validation.
  • Image uploads in 4H Online must be in the form of a .jpg, .gif or .png file.
  • Families should validate each horse only one time. Once the horse is validated, any sibling within that family is eligible to show the horse at their district show and/or the State 4-H Horse Show.
  • Youth validating a futurity horse must be at least 12 years of age (as of Sept. 1, 2022) and at least in the 6th grade.

 Validation walk-through guide for families:

  • For additional one-pagers and other resources, please visit
  • Validation walk-through video:
  • The family will receive an automated message from 4-H Online when the County Extension Agent has approved the horse at the county level. This approval does NOT guarantee eligibility. After it is approved at the county level, the validation will then be reviewed at the state level. The family will be notified by June 1st if there are any issues with the validation at the state level.
    • We will begin to review validations at the state level on March 1st and will be working closely with families and agents to fix errors as quickly as possible prior to the validation deadline.

Congratulations Krissie Feller!

Krissie received 3rd in the San Antonio Jr. Market Steer show.

Way to go Krissie!

Comal County 4-H Dance Fundraiser Information - June 17


Michelle sent out sponsor information to the Club Managers so club members can start recruiting sponsors for the Dance in June. If you did not receive from your club manager, please contact the office and we will provide the information. 


Updated!! COUNTY 4-H Fashion Show, Duds to Dazzle, & Fashion Storyboard - March 19


Click the Link Below to Register for the county show. Sign up before 5 p.m. on March 10th. 

Spreadsheet sign up

County contests will follow District rules. See links below for the Duds to Dazzle and Fashion Show guidelines. **Please pay careful attention to the links within the packets where you can find all the forms, resource materials, kit supplies guidelines, and a whole lot more of information you will need. 

Fashion Show - Remember to send in your entry forms and submissions by no later than March 10 by 5:00 p.m. The links to forms are found in the guidelines.

Story Board - Remember your Entry and submission of Storyboard needs to be saved as a PDF Jpeg, jpg or png. Deadline is March 10 by 5:00 pm

Put it on your calendars!
  • District 10 sign-up deadline Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
  • Late D10 registration Wed.-Fri, March 22-24, 2023 D10

2023 Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match - Deadline is March 1

Registration is open on 4-H Online for the 2023 Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match. Deadline to register is March 1, 2023. There are 5 venues across the state where 4-H’ers may choose to shoot, however they may only shoot at ONE. The spots are limited.  If participants wait, they may not get the venue or time they want. Venues are: Monahans, Carthage, Bay City, Graham, Mercedes. 

American Youth Horse Council Symposium - March 9-11

The American Youth Horse Council is hosting their national symposium in Fort Worth March 9-11th. The symposium presents an opportunity for adult and youth leaders in the horse industry to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry. This year's symposium will include a unique focus on horse judging standards and coaching successful youth in judging, as well as equine reproduction with an emphasis on foals, and equine genetics. Click on picture below to register now!

Claybusters Novice Shoot - March 25

Lake Dunlap Catfish Habitat Project - April 29

This is an opportunity to involve Comal County 4-H to assist Texas Parks and Wildlife and GBRA on a collaborative project building and deploying some large catfish spawning boxes to add habitat to the reservoir before it fills. They need folks that can help build and deploy along the bank of Lake Dunlap prior to its filling. 

Please sign up at: Lake Dunlap Catfish Habitat Project

Texas 4-H Center, Teen Weekend - May 5-7

Congratulations to Travis Migura!

Travis is pictured here with the poultry judge Keith Staggs after the judging Wednesday afternoon at the San Antonio Stock Show. His broilers came in 6th place.

Way to Go Travis!

Congratulations to Ray Allen Schaefer!

Ray Allen placed 10th with his broilers at the San Antonio Stock Show.

Way to Go Ray Allen!

Congratulations to Madilyn Howell!

Madilyn is pictured here with her Reserve Champion Dorper. 

Way to Go Madilyn!

Madilyn Howell
2nd place class 2 
Reserve Champion Dorper

Steer/Heifer tag orders - due March 30

It is time to order your Steer and Heifer tags for the 2023-2024 stock show year.

**NEW** FOR 2023, all state validated heifers will be tagged similar to steers.

Please fill out the order form (link below) and drop off the form and payment to the office. We are open M-F, 8-12 and 1-5. You may also mail the form to 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78132, or drop off after hours in the black drop box on the wall by the front door. 

Tags ordered by 5pm on March 30 are $25 each.

Late tags ordered after March 30 are $35 each.

Steer/Heifer tag order form

STATE FAIR Lamb and Goat tag orders - Due March 30

Validation tags for STATE FAIR lamb & goats are now available to purchase.

See below for the Lamb and Goat tag order form. Please complete this form and return it with payment to the Comal County Extension Office by 5:00 pm on March 30, 2023. The validation date, time, and location are to be determined.

You may either mail payment to the office or use the locked drop-box by the office front door. Our mailing address is 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78132.

We are open Monday through Friday, 8-12 and 1-5, if you'd like to drop the payment and form off at the office.

Tags ordered before 5pm on March 30 are $20 each.

Tags ordered after March 30 are $30 each.

2023-2024 Texas 4-H Council At-Large Application - Due March 30

The 2023-2024 Texas 4-H Council At-Large Application information has now been posted at under Texas 4-H Council. Interested 4-H members will apply on 4HOnline by selecting the “2023-2024 Texas 4-H Council At-Large Application” event.

·         2023-2024 Texas 4-H Council At-Large Application Packet
·         2023-2024 At-Large Application/Nomination – Leadership History
·         2023-2024 Texas 4-H Council Membership Contract (please review the 
          contract closely prior to planning to run either for At-Large Delegate or a 
           District representative)

Deadline is Thursday, March 30th. The committee will begin reviewing the applications and invite candidates for the first round of interviews tentatively scheduled for the week of April 24th

Applications will be accepted for the Texas 4-H Council At-Large Delegate positions and narrowed to a pool of applicants (approximately 12 or so to complete the speech/impromptu question part of the process) by the selection committee. The At-Large Delegate Presentations will take place on Monday, June 5th as part of Texas 4-H Roundup. Elections will be held using an electronic method and results announced Thursday, June 8th at the general assembly.

A Q&A Session is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 pm, Thursday March 2nd, if there is enough interest. This will be a time for 4-H members, parents, or CEAs to ask any questions regarding the At-Large Delegate application process or about serving on Texas 4-H Council. The session will be hosted by members of our current Texas 4-H Council. Please sign up using the Google Link so that we know if there is enough interest  

District 10 4-H Bulletin - February 2023


2023 Jason H Krueger Scholarship Application, now open


Rabbit Validation, February 8

Due to inclement weather, Rabbit Validation is now on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room located at 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels TX.

District 10 Record Book Training, February 8

District 10 Record Book Training
(Virtual via Microsoft TEAMS)

Are you new to doing 4-H Record Books? If so, join us on February 8, 2023 @6:30PM via Microsoft TEAMS for a virtual training on how to start a 4-H Record Book.

Meeting information below:

Microsoft Teams meeting

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 226 710 744 994 & Passcode: FRLknr

Download Teams | Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 210-807-7955,,94948715# US, San Antonio Phone Conference ID: 949 487 15# 

Youth Hospitality Volunteer for CCJLSA - March 4

Attention 4-H!!!

There are still times open. Please click on the below link to sign up as a Youth Hospitality Volunteer for CCJLSA. 

See flyer for more information.

2023 Spring Virtual Fishing Reel 'em in - Open now through March 31

It’s time to start gearing up for the STATEWIDE 2023 4-H Virtual Fishing Reel ‘em In Skill-a-thon!  Registration opened on 4HOnline, February 1st with the spring tournament scheduled to start on March 20th.  This is a fun, educational opportunity for 4-H youth and Clover Kids to get outside and fish with their families and friends as the fishing takes place wherever they are located in Texas! Short educational videos on fishing tips, equipment, fish ID, industry careers, and more are available on the Texas 4-H Natural Resources Facebook page and new YouTube page. Prize packages of gift cards, fishing gear, and more will be awarded as provided by our sponsors. Last year we awarded over $13,000 in prizes!

See flyer and attached Rules of Play.

2023 Refashion Retreat - open now

The 2023 Refashion Retreat is upon us! The retreat will begin on Friday, March 3rd at 6 PM and end with a fashion show on Sunday morning, March 5th. Youth registration is $155 and every youth needs to have an adult chaperone registered. Bring your sewing machine and sewing tools and be ready to let your creative juices flow. 

Register at Refashion Retreat

4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training - Texas 4-H Center- Brownwood, Texas - open February 1

There will be a Shooting Sports Coach Training hosted in Brownwood at the Texas 4-H Conference Center on Friday- March 10th and Saturday- March 11th.

Here are some important points:

  • Training will start at 2PM on Friday (Check-In at 1PM) and will conclude Saturday at approximately 2PM.
  • The registration fee covers the training and meals.  On-site lodging available for additional fee.
  • Participants must complete an online 4-H Green Injection Training; the link will be provided to registered participants.
    • This online portion must be completed prior to arrival.
  • Registration for this training is done through the Texas 4-H Conference Center website Texas 4-H Conference Center - Lake Brownwood, TX ( 4-H Online (BUT, participants MUST have an active profile as well) 
    • Registration will open on February 1 and will close on March 3rd (but fee will increase on February 18th). 
  • PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive coach certification at the end of the training, the participant MUST have done the following:
    • Attend ENTIRE Training (Start to Finish)
    • Complete the Online Green Injection prior to training.
    • Have an active profile in 4-H Online with approved background check.

Click letter for complete details.

2023 Comal 4-H Scholarship - Due March 2

DEADLINE: March 02 2023 at 04:00 PM CST

The Comal 4-H Scholarship is available to a current high school senior who plans to attend a college, university or vocational school in the Fall of 2023.

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.

REQUIREMENTS: Applications are open to students who:
  • Are current high school seniors with plans to attend a college, university or vocational school in the Fall of 2023;
  • Are active in the Comal County 4-H program and have been a participant for a minimum of two years; and
  • Will be enrolled full time as defined by the receiving school and meet academic requirements for the receiving school.
  • To view the full set of Required Documents and Essay Questions, click on the PREVIEW Button.
QUESTIONS? Contact Betty Taylor, Director of Communications and Donor Services, at or (830) 606-9597.

Apply or Already have an application started? Sign In

Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador - Due March 15

Changes are coming to the Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador (HTYA) program fir 2023-24! Please read carefully. 

Here are the highlights of the changes which are included in the handbook and additional attachments.
2023 HTYA Handbook

  • Applications will be due March 15 for the 2023-24 year. This revised deadline is due to changes in summer training summit.
  • New AND Returning ambassadors must apply annually.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with other statewide ambassador groups they may be or have been a part of. In other words, if an applicant failed to meet the requirements of another state ambassador group, they will not be accepted into the HTYA program.
  • Applications will be submitted online. Once application deadline closes, agents will be contacted to approve the applications received for their county.
  • Current ambassadors will still have until the end of May to complete their required hours. Should they apply and fail to complete their hours, they will be dismissed from the program at that time.
Summit Training
  • In 2023, HTYA will hold ONE Super Summit for all new and returning ambassadors. This Super Summit will be held June 4-5 prior to Texas 4-H Roundup in College Station.
  • Tentative timeline for summit is Sunday, June 4 from 1 – 7 PM, and Monday, June 5 from 8:00 AM – 5PM.
  • Estimated cost for the summit is $50-75 person.
  • Lodging and travel will be the responsibility of the ambassador.
  • There will be no virtual or alternative options offered in 2023. Applicants must commit wholeheartedly to the HTYA program when applying, including attending the Super Summit. Applicants should reserve the June 4-5 dates before applying!
  • Registration will be separate from Roundup registration for this event.

4-H Landscape Challenge - Due March 31

4-H Landscape Challenge – hosted by the Texas A&M Horticulture Department

New in 2023, the Texas A&M University Horticulture Department will be hosting a 4-H Landscape Challenge. The Final Challenge will take place on Monday, June 5, 2023 in College Station in conjunction with Texas 4-H Roundup week. This is not an official Texas 4-H Roundup contest; however this week provided a great time for the Department to host this opportunity. Youth that compete in the 4-H Landscape Challenge Final are also encouraged to register for Texas 4-H Roundup and the events and activities offered that week. This challenge is meant to promote landscape design knowledge and professionalism to 4-H students by simulating a real-life interaction between customer and landscape professional. Additionally, the challenge will serve to educate the public on the value of landscaping by beautifying the grounds.

Additional information is at 

2023 4-H Day at the Capitol, registration open February 1

2023 Texas 4-H Day at the Capitol event returns to Austin, Texas this Spring! Some big reminders regarding this event:

- Space is LIMITED to the first 250 YOUTH and 50 ADULTS who register on 4HOnline. This event is a first come/first serve. In past years, this event's registration was full within the first 24 hours!

-Registration will OPEN on February 1st (Wednesday) at 12:00PM/Noon on 4HOnline. 

-Registration will CLOSE as soon as the event is full, or no later than February 8th, 2023. 

-Cost is $40 per participant! If you are an adult who would like to register, please make sure you have an active and approved profile on 4-HOnline.

Please read the infographic for more details!

District 10 Photography Contest

The District 10 Photography Contest information is released and ready for distribution to interested members. See the contest webpage for full details:

Registration on 4HOnline ( Regular Registration Period: $15 per contestant entered – Feb. 1 – Feb. 20, 2023 (DEADLINE)

Late Registration: $40 per contestant entered – Feb. 21 – 22, 2023 FINAL LATE DEADLINE

IMPORTANT! INCOMPLETE ENTRIES will be deleted after the late deadline.

Broilers for San Antonio, County, Houston, and Austin

Houston/Austin updated!

For those who ordered broilers to show, our agent will pick up broilers from College Station on the dates below. We will notify you when you can pick them up from our office. Information for pickup times of broilers are as follows. 

PICKUP Information for SASSR broiler chicks

Date: Friday, December 23, 2022  

Time: After 1 pm (estimated)

PICKUP Information for County (Comal) broiler chicks

Date: Pick-up day is January 20, 2023

Time: TBA

PICKUP Information for Houston/Austin broiler chicks

Date: Friday, January 27, 2023

Time: 1 pm (estimated)


District 10 4-H December Mid-Month Bulletin

2023 National 4-H Conference - Delegate Applications due December 22

Applications for youth to participate in the 2023 National 4-H Conference on April 14-19, 2023, in Arlington, VA are now open in 4Honline. Youth must be 15 – 19 years old to attend. Attached is the announcement for Texas 4-H members. Applications are due next week, December 22, 2022, the delegation will be announced early January 2023.

National 4 H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4 H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, nation and world. At the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in round table discussions and present to federal partner agencies along with the opportunity for delegates to engage with their U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Land-Grant University 4 H Departments send delegations of 4 H youth between ages 15 and 19 to participate in the National 4 H Conference.  Delegates work together in the four weeks prior to the conference to prepare briefings on important topics. During the conference, delegates will virtually present their prepared briefings to federal officials in Washington, D.C. 4 H youth also have the opportunity to engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while discussing topics affecting youth and 4 H programming nationwide.

Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting.

District 10 4-H Contests at SALE, opens January 2

What District 10 4-H contests are offered at the San Antonio Stock Show?

See the link below for limited information on these contests.

The 2022 District 10 Winter Contest Guide will be released soon. Please check back at the link above.

Please note that the District Dairy Judging Contest and corresponding awards have been eliminated due to low participation across the District.


Click here: 2022-2023 District 10 4-H S.A.L.E. Contest Guide & Schedule

2022-2023 District 10 4-H Horse Judging at S.A.L.E.

  • Date: Monday, February  13, 2023
  • Location: Freeman Coliseum
    • 7:30AM – Registration Begins
    • 8:30AM – Contest Begins

2022-2023 District 10 4-H Consumer Decision Making at S.A.L.E.

  • Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Location:  Headquarters (HDQTRS)
    • 8:00AM – Registration Begins
    • 9:00AM – Contest Begins