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4-H Newsletter August 2019
Calendar of Events


12   Ford & Iroquois Counties 4-H exhibit judging at State Fair

24   4-H State Dog Show, Dixon IL

31   Current 4-H Year Ends 


1     Start of new 4-H 2019-2020 Year!

2    Labor Day - office closed

13-15   Family Camp @4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello

14    State 4-H Shotgun Shoot, Bunker Hill

21    State 4-H Archery Shoot, Pekin


6-12   National 4-H Week

12-13   State 4-H Rifle & Pistol Shoot, Bloomington

New at the Extension Office

Hello, Iroquois County 4-H!

Today I get to introduce myself as the new Program Coordinator of Iroquois County 4-H! Having been a member of the Claytonville 4-H and more recently a leader of the Country Kickers 4-H Club, I'm pretty familiar with the ins and outs of our local program and how amazing it can be. On the other hand, I ask for your patience as I have a lot to learn about being the liaison between you the Clubs and Members, and our Unit and State Offices.

I will do my best and I am thrilled I get to work with all of you to continue to strengthen the excellence of Iroquois County 4-H. Please don't hesitate to reach out by email: ajwagner@illinois.edu, phone: 815-268-4051, or via social media with your questions and ideas. I will be working closely with Mynda Tracy, our Unit 13 Educator, to assist and improve 4-H in Iroquois County!


Angie Wagner

State Fair Information

Congratulations! to all our members who were selected to take their general projects to the Illinois State Fair on August 12! You received an email earlier this week and your informational packets are on the way with your exhibit tag enclosed. You can find additional information at https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/illinois-state-fair-4-h-project-show If you have any questions, please contact the Extension office.

Good luck as well to our members showing livestock in the Junior Shows! We're proud of your accomplishments and look forward to you representing Iroquois County 4-H in Springfield.

New awards, new scoresheets at Illinois State Fair
4-H members selected to exhibit at the state fair will see some changes in how exhibits are judged and prizes are awarded. Judges will use a 10-point scale and give members a score for each element of their exhibit:

  • Their knowledge about the project
  • Their conference presentation of the project
  • The presentation of the exhibit

The new scoresheets are all posted online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hstatefair. For each EXHIBIT CLASS, a champion and reserve champion will be awarded based on points received. In addition, Inspire Awards will be given at the judges’ discretion for work they wish to highlight or acknowledge. Awards will vary in quantity, description, and type between project areas. These awards will not be based solely on scores. Check back soon for more on the new judging and award systems.

Celebrating Volunteers
If you are a 4-H volunteer, be sure to check-in at the information booth at the Orr Building during the 4-H General Show to receive a special gift!

4-H Hall of Fame
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor county volunteers at a ceremony during the Illinois State Fair. The celebration begins at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 13. Supporters and families of the recipients are welcome to attend. Congratulations to our local volunteers being inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame: Kimberly Rahn of Ford County and Tina Fleming-Kidwell of Iroquois County!

State Master Showmanship Contest
Congratulations to Garrett Wright of Ford County and Cyrus Cook of Iroquois County for winning their respective county Master Showmanship Contests!  They will be participating in the Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship Contest Friday, August 9, at 7:30p.m.  The contest is sponsored by Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radion and carries a top prize of $500. We wish Garrett and Cyrus the best of luck!

Understanding 4-H Premiums

In the past, the Illinois Department of Ag has provided funds to local Illinois 4-H members in the forms of premiums (cash prizes) for participation in 4-H shows and exhibitions. We currently have no guarantee that those funds will be provided. We treasure each of our 4-H families and know that you make a financial investment in your 4-H project work. We hope you continue to take pride in your 4-H learning and continue to participate fully in the 4-H program. As you are aware, we have no control on the actions of Illinois government. 

Special Offer to 4-H Families

Georgia Boot to offer 4-H Discount in August & September
Georgia Boot is the brand known as “America’s hardest working boot” with a legacy of comfort and durability passed down from generation to generation.  As part of the #4HBestBootForward campaign, Georgia Boot is offering a bold, one-of-a-kind 50% off discount on any boots on the georgiaboot.com website (except clearance items). This offer will be available for 8-weeks only, starting August 1st and can be redeemed via a coupon code.  In addition to the 50% discount, Georgia will also donate 5% of all boot sales using the coupon code back to National 4-H Council.  To get your discount code go to https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h/ and register today.

4-H Shooting Sports

Sharpshooters, the summer season is upon us! Below is a list of all dates and times for upcoming events.

Aug 11      Archery 2:00-4:00pm
Sept 21     Archery 2:00-4:00pm and Shotgun 4:00-6:00 pm  
Oct 5         Rifle 9:00-11:00am and Shotgun 11:30am-2:00pm
Oct 6         Archery 2:00-4:00pm

Please note that all the above dates and times are subject to change or cancellation if volunteers and instructors are not available.  Cost of each event is $5.00 payable upon arrival at the range.  The location of each shoot will be the Iroquois County Law Enforcement Association Range located in the north-east corner of the Iroquois County Fairgrounds north of Crescent City.

If you have any questions or would like to join the Sharpshooters club please contact Jen at the Extension office 815-268-4051 or jodle@illinois.edu 

State Shooting Sports Contests

Test your skill at the State Shooting Sports contests this fall. Read the age restrictions carefully. You may participate in one, two, three, or all four contests as long as you’ve received instruction from a certified 4-H instructor in THAT discipline. The top performers this fall may be eligible to compete in the 2020 National 4-H Shooting Sports Contest. 

If you are interested in participating in any of the shoots please contact Jen for registration information 815-268-4051 or jodle@illinois.edu

  • Shotgun will be held September 14 at the Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill.     Register now through Sept. 1st @illinois.edu/4Hshotgun
  • Archery will be held September 21 at the Pekin Archers in Pekin. Register now through Sept. 6th @ illinois.edu/4Harchery
  • Rifle & Pistol will be held September Oct. 12 -13 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting (CIPS), Bloomington. Register now through September 20th @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrifle

Requirements for the State Shoots:

  • Participants must be enrolled members of an active 4-H Shooting Sports Club for the 2019-20 year, so it is important youth re-enroll as soon as the new year begins in September.
  • Youth may only compete in the discipline for which they have received instruction from a certified 4-H volunteer instructor. For example, youth who are members of a shotgun club led by a state-certified shotgun instructor cannot register for the pistol contest unless they have also participated in supervised instruction from a state-certified 4-H pistol instructor.
  • Minimum Age: Youth must be at least 14 years of age by Jan. 1, 2020 to compete.
  • Maximum Age: Youth must be no older than 18 on Sept. 1, 2019 to participate.
  • To be selected for the national competition team, youth must not turn 19 before Jan. 1, 2020. Thus, youth in their final year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December 2019 may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest. 

Family Time! We have the perfect spot and time for it. Family Camp is at 4-H Memorial Camp, Sept. 13-15. Enjoy all camp has to offer as a family! Experience rock climbing, zip-lining, archery, fishing, hayrack rides, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and more! Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided, and enjoy many fun activities! 

Expect to eat heartily and make memories that will last a lifetime! Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing your family and friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together. Cost is just $75 for anyone 8 years old and up; $35 for 4- to 7-year-olds. Under 4 is free. Family Camp is open to any family. At least one youth attending must be from 8 to 16 years of age. At least one adult must attend the entire weekend event with their youth campers. Download the registration form @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/4-h-family-camp. Call Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or email him at ardavis1@illinois.edu with any questions or if you need special accommodation.  


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