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Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

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Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) by Wednesday, June 9 with the page number containing the sun symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. The winner will be able to choose from multiple awesome 4-H items. Please include the page number in which you found the symbol, something you learned
from the newsletter, and the name(s) of the 4-H’er(s) to be entered in the drawing. This is the last newsletter until September 2021, so be sure to get your name into this drawing!

Montana State Fair Information

Registration

Registration for the 4-H portion of the Montana State Fair is open! New this year, we will be using FairEntry to register for the fair.

A FairEntry how-to video can be found at https://montana.techsmithrelay.com/89BR. Please
watch the FairEntry how-to video before contacting the Extension Office
with any questions. The 4-H portion of the Premium Book was emailed to all families. It is crucial that you read through the Premium Book before signing up on FairEntry. Paper registration forms are available upon
request from the Extension Office.

Important Registration Dates

  • June 25 by 4:00 pm – Static Exhibit, Domestic Animal Show, and
    Non-Animal Contest Registrations Due, Small Animal Registrations Due with No LateFee
  • July 5 – Small Animal Registrations Due with $15.00 Fee
  • July 16 – 4-H and Open Horse Show Registrations Due with No Fee
  • July 29 – 4-H and Open Horse Show Registrations Due
    with $10 Fee

What Can I Bring to the Fair?

The possibilities are endless! Youth must be enrolled in the project in which they would like to bring a fair exhibit unless the project is marked “open”. There are 3 types of projects that can be brought to the fair: any
project from project book, any other exhibit (not a poster), and an  educational poster.

Any Project from Project Book

Any project from project book refers to any projects a member has completed from their project book. For example, in the Cat Level 2 book, youth make a homemade cat toy. This could be entered. Make sure you also bring your project book for the judge.

Any Other Exhibit (Not a Poster)

Any other exhibit (not a poster) refers to anything that youth have made using skills and knowledge acquired through their 4-H project work. For example, youth enrolled in the Leather Craft Level 1 can bring a belt they made using the skills they learned in their Level 1 book. A belt is not one of the projects listed in the Level 1 book, so that is why it qualifies under the any other exhibit category.

Educational Poster

An education poster is a poster about something youth learned through completing their project work. For example, youth enrolled in the  Embroidery Project could bring a poster explaining the different  embroidery stitches they learned this year.

State Fair Interview Judging

All 4-H static exhibits will be judged by an adult volunteer judge. Youth will have the opportunity to explain to the judge how they made their exhibit, answer questions about their exhibit, and receive constructive feedback from the judge during interview judging. This year, interview judging will take place in the Harvest Building on Thursday, July 29 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm for all clubs and projects.

What to Expect at Interview Judging

During interview judging, judges will ask youth questions to learn more about the exhibitor’s project and what they have learned throughout their year in 4-H. The more details the exhibitor provides about their exhibit, the more likely they are to earn more interview points. Some questions the judge may ask are:

  1. What is your name, age, and the number of years you’ve been in this project and project level?
  2. What were your project goals at the beginning of the 4-H year?
  3. Did you meet these goals?
    1. If no, why not?
    2. If yes, what made you successful?
  4. How do you feel you did with this project?
  5. What are your future plans for this project?

More details about interview judging criteria can be found on page 3 of the 4-H portion of the Premium Book.

Non-Animal Contests

The MT State Fair is the place for Cascade County 4-H youth to show the community the skills they have learned through 4-H. One way we showcase these skills is our Non-Animal Contests. Contests taking place at the State Fair are Fashion Revue, Quilt Show, Communications Contest, Foods Festival, and Cake Decorating. Robotics will have an opportunity to be featured, but it is not considered a contest. Sign up for Non-Animal Contests is on FairEntry. A complete schedule of events can be found in the 4-H portion of the Premium Book on page 4.

Montana 4-H Congress – Join us for 4-H Camp Congress!

Montana 4-H invites members 4-H age 13 and older to the 2021 Montana 4-H Congress event on the MSU Bozeman Campus July 13-16, 2021! This year’s theme is “4-H Camp Congress”. Congress offers lots of time to socialize with friends, hands on outdoor activities for learning new skills and ideas, and time for small group activities. Participants get a taste of college life eating meals in Miller Dining Hall, visiting several campus buildings and classrooms, and staying in the Yellowstone dorm.

Any Cascade County 4-H’er 13 years or older who received a blue in a county contest may attend MT 4-H Congress to compete in that event. Qualifying contests include Quilt Show, Fashion Revue, Communications Contest (not Cowboy Poetry), Stir-Ups, Horse Judging, Livestock Judging, or Hippology. Youth who would like to attend Congress but have not qualified for a contest may attend under certain circumstances. Please reach out to the Extension Office if you would like to participate in MT 4-H Congress but are unsure if you qualify.

Sign up for the 2021 MT 4-H Congress is on ZSuite this year. The MT 4-H Center sent an email to all eligible youth with information on how to sign up. The Cascade 4-H Foundation will fund up to 75% of youth costs to attend Congress. Please email Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) before signing up for Congress if you are unfamiliar with the reimbursement process.

MT 4-H Congress Chaperone

The Extension Office is looking for 1 adult chaperone to attend MT 4-H Congress with the Cascade County delegation. To qualify to be a chaperone, you must be an active enrolled Cascade County 4-H volunteer, be at least 21 years of age, and be willing to participate in Congress activities. If you are interested in the chaperone position, please email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu as soon as possible.

Design Your Own Boot

Calling all artists! Would you like to design your own boots? 4-H and BOGS have partnered up to present the BOGS Design a Boot Contest. This contest gives one lucky winner the chance to have their custom boot design reproduced on a Limited-Edition BOGS Boot! Visit www.bogsfootwear.com for more information.

Leadership Academy

The final Leadership Academy meeting will take place on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30 pm. We will not have an in-person meeting. If you would like to attend the last Leadership Academy meeting, email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu, and she will send you the Zoom info.

Leaders Council Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council Logog with green four-leaf clover with white H's in each leaf. all in front wooden planks.

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will be held on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. The meeting date was changed due to MT 4-H Congress.

Record Book Office Hours

Are you overwhelmed by the idea of Record Books? Do you have questions about project requirements? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Record Book Office Hours are for you! We will be offering multiple opportunities to work with 4-H faculty and volunteers on Record Books and Project Books before the end of the 4-H year. Registration for Record Book Office Hours is open! Record Book Office Hours will be held at the Extension Office from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on June 20, July 18, and August 15.

Office Closure

The MSU Extension Cascade County Office will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Record Book Tips – Journal of Activities, Events, & Experiences

In the My 4-H Year Journal, there is a section labeled Journal of Activities, Events, & Experiences. This is where you record all of the fun and education things you did this year throughout your life, not just in 4-H. You can include school, church, and organizational activities in this section. You can even include the chores you do at home! This section is important because it gives you a chance to show your 4-H Leader all the other things you are involved in outside of 4-H.

Award Spotlight – Outstanding 4-H Member Award

The Outstanding 4-H Member award is awarded to Cascade County 4-H youth who have gained broad knowledge of 4-H projects and activities and have contributed to improving family and community living. Recipients will also have learned to adapt and apply the latest practices, research findings, knowledge, and skills from project work to everyday living and use their knowledge to promote and instill 4-H pride and respect for 4-H work and its importance in others. Recipients will also have demonstrated notable leadership skills. This award nomination must be accompanied by a 500-word narrative summarizing goals, achievements, and participation regarding the award. If you are interested in being nominated for this award, talk to your club’s Organizational Leader.

Shooting Sports LeadersCascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee Logo

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders will take place on Thursday, June 3 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. This will be the last meeting until Thursday, September 2.

Livestock Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office. Leaders also can participate via WebEx.

Breeding Project Books

Breeding project books are due to the Extension Office by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 4-H members submitting a breeding project book may show a female with offspring at the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show on Thursday, July 8, 2021. 4-H members submitting a breeding project book will interview on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 and Tuesday, June 29, 2021. 4-H members in Chesnut Valley, Great Divide, and Ulm Pishkun will interview on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and 4-H members in Circle S, Eden Livestock, Galloping Guns, Giffen Coulee, Running Free, and Tiger Butte will interview on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Livestock Record Book Interviews

4-H members who are planning on showing at the county show must attend the project book review on either Tuesday, June 22 or 29, 2021. 4-H members in Chesnut Valley, Great Divide, and Ulm Pishkun will interview on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and 4-H members in Circle S, Eden Livestock, Galloping Guns, Giffen Coulee, Running Free, and Tiger Butte will interview on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Interviews begin at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Project book review is a first-come-first-served basis. Each project book must contain:

  1. Project book with 7 activities and expectation of completing
  2. 3-5 learning experiences
  3. Animal Project Journal with current records
  4. My 4-H Year

4-H members who do not have their project books reviewed will not be allowed to show or sell. Please contact the Extension Office immediately at 406-454-6980 if you have a conflict that evening.

Weigh Watchers

Western Ranch Supply (4000 River Drive N, Great Falls) is hosting a monthly market animal weigh-in on June 5 and July 3. Visit www.westernranchsupply.com to register and for more information.

Livestock Show and Sale Information

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale will be July 8-10, 2021 at the Montana ExpoPark’s Livestock Pavilion in
Great Falls, MT. The tentative agenda will be:

  • July 8: Check and weigh-in
  • July 9: Market animal, rabbit, poultry, and supreme breeding female classes
  • July 9: Sale at 6:00 pm
  • July 10: Showmanship, round robin, and award presentation

The large animal judge will be Makae Nack, former MSU livestock judging team member. The small animal judge will be Lacey Lanaghan. Lacey has judged rabbit and poultry for many years and is an American Rabbit Breeders Association judge. Entry forms for the show and sale were due by May 28, 2021. A $10 late fee will be applied if submitted after May
28, 2021. No late entries or refunds accepted after June 4, 2021.

Catalog Entry Form

The 4-H Livestock Leaders will be sending past buyers and other interested parties a catalog to highlight the sale and your market project! We would like all 4-H members to submit their information to be featured in the catalog. Extra catalogs will be available at the Extension Office as well as a digital copy online at http://cascade.msuextension.org.

Complete the Catalog Entry Form by June 4, 2021. Call Brook Gerard at 406-750-1838 for assistance with your catalog entry.

Catalog Photos

Upload high resolution photos to https://www.wetransfer.com/. Just go to the site, choose the free option, add your file (or files) from your computer and then put in your email, your recipient’s email, and a message. Hit the “Transfer” button and wait while WeTransfer uploads the file and sends a notice to the receiver. The files will remain available to download for seven days. Recipient email is Cascade4HVolunteer@gmail.com. Call Brook Gerard at 406-750-1838 for
assistance with your catalog entry.

4-H Livestock Auction

The auction will be both live and video sale this year which means buyers can either purchase animals at the Livestock Pavilion at the Montana ExpoPark or purchase through a video sale online on Friday, July 9. 4-H members will exhibit their market animals and pens in person on Friday, July 9.

Buyer’s Thank you Cards

Buyer’s thank you cards will be provided by the 4-H Livestock Leaders. They will use the picture submitted for the catalog so please use a nice picture for the catalog representing your child and their project.

Other Show and Sale Information

  • Scrapie tags are required for all sheep and goat projects (breeding and market) at the County Show. Tags are available at the Extension Office or through the animal breeder.
  • Health certificates are not required for the County Livestock Show. Livestock will be checked by a veterinarian at the weigh-in. The veterinarian inspection fee is $2 per animal and included on the livestock entry form.
  • Market Beef projects need to bring a brand inspection and a bill of sale to the weigh-in.
  • Work with your animals! Animals that are safe to handle have been worked with. This requirement is strictly enforced for the safety of the 4-H member, fellow 4-H members, and supporters watching the County Show.
  • If you are using a medication on your market animal, you must follow dosage and length of withdrawal time. Consult the Livestock Code of Ethics as defined in the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Rule Book.
  • No hog joggers are allowed at the show.
  • The Livestock Leaders ask each club bring a minimum of 2 pig boards (or hurdles) to the show. Please mark your name and/or club name on each item to ensure your item is returned to you.

Rabbit and Poultry Intent to Enter Forms

Rabbit and Poultry Intent to Enter forms are available at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office for poultry and rabbit meat pens. A tattoo kit (rabbit) and leg bands (poultry) are also available at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office. Animals must have a form of identification (ear tag, tattoo, or leg band) when the animal is Intended to Enter. Full body photo(s) showing the ear tag for goat, sheep, and swine in the animal is required with the Intent to Enter form. Meat Pen Intent to Enter forms are due on May 26. The last date to intent to enter meat pens is June 2 with a $25 late fee. No Meat Pen Intent to Enter forms will be accepted after June 2.

Intent to Enter Reminders

  • The 4-H member and a parent must sign the form.
  • Fill out the form completely. Animal descriptions of color, unique markings, and complete mailing address of the breeder. Forms missing information will not be accepted.
  • A photo showing the full body of the animal with the ear tag installed that clearly shows the ear tag number is required. 4-H members are encouraged to get their ear tags early and take the pictures before the weather gets bad.
  • Intent forms can be turned in before the deadline for all species.
  • The Intent to Enter does not automatically enter your market animal in the Cascade County 4-H Show and Sale. You must fill out a separate Cascade County Livestock Show Entry Form.

Horse Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx.

Montana State 4-H Horse Events

The Montana State 4-H office and volunteers are planning the Working Ranch Horse Finals from August 28-29 at the 406 Arena in Vaughn and the Montana State 4-H Horse Show from September 24-26 at the Cottonwood Event Center in Joliet. Registration for both events opens June 1. The Extension Office will have registration packets available as well as the Montana 4-H State Horse Events Facebook page.

Cascade County 4-H Horse Show

The show will be on Friday, July 23 with check-in beginning at 8:00 am and the show beginning at 8:30 am at the 406 Arena (200 Hwy 87, Vaughn.) Our judges are Joani Kissock and Salina DeVos (trail.) the trail course will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Horse boarding and camping are available at the following costs: indoor stall overnight $30, indoor stall day use only $15, outdoor pen overnight $20, RV electrical site overnight $20. Contact the Extension Office for a registration form at 406-454-6980. Return form with payment to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm on July 12, 2021. No late entries accepted after July 19, 2021. Late fees will be charged for any incomplete or missing information.

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June
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Horse Leaders (Rescheduled June 8)

Livestock Leaders (Rescheduled June 8)

 

Breeding Project Record Books due to the Extension Office

Horsemanship Assessments Due

Horse ID Cards Due

3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
4  

 

Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale Entry Forms Due
5  

JD Day at Camp

Weigh Watchers

 
6-9   4-H Camp  
8

Horse Leaders Meeting

Livestock Leaders Meeting

   
13   Leadership Academy  
19   Dog Show  
22   Mandatory Record Book Interviews for Livestock Show and Sale for members in Chesnut Valley, Great Divide, and Ulm Pishkun  
29   Mandatory Record Book Interviews for Livestock Show and Sale for members in Circle S, Eden Livestock, Galloping Guns, Giffen Coulee, Running Free, and Tiger Butte  

 

July
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
3   Weigh Watchers  
5   Extension Office Closed  
6 Leaders Council    
8-10   Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show  
10     Working Ranch Horse Assessments Due
12     Cascade County Horse Show Registration Due
13-16    Montana 4-H Congress  
14     Working Ranch Horse Competition Registration Due
18   Record Book Offic Hours  
23   Cascade County 4-H Horse Show  
24   Cascade & Teton Counties Working Ranch Horse Show  
30-Aug 7   Montana State Fair  

 

August
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
July 30-
Aug 7
  Montana State Fair  
10  

 

Colt to Maturity and Green Horse Assessments Due
15  

Record Book Office Hours

 
20  

 

Record Books Due to Organizational Leaders
28-29  

MT State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals

 

 

September
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2 Shooting Sports Leaders    
6   Extension Office Closed  
7

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
24-26   MT State 4-H Horse Show  

 

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