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4-H Newsletter February 2020
Calendar of Events

(calendar events have a link to more information when available)


15  4-H Open State Day, Uof I Ice Arena, 9:30-11:30 am 

22-23 Junior Leadership Conference, Effingham


6  Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference, Decatur

16  Registration opens for Illini Summer Academies

21 Sew Curtains for Camp, 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, 9 am-4 pm

30 Make-Up Monday: Youth and Safer Beauty Products Workshop, Champaign Public Library, 2:50-4:30 pm


15 Project enrollment deadline for showing at the county fair (except beef- Jan 15)

18 Goat Clinic, Paris

23 YQCA training, 6:30-8 pm, Danville Area Community College Vermilion Hall 306


2-3 Fish Camp, 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello

YQCA training, 6:30-8 pm, Champaign County Extension Office 


1 Fair Entry deadline for 4-H exhibits at Vermilion County 4-H Fair 

21-27 Illini Summer Academies

2020 Summer Shows Dates
  • Public Speaking Contest – Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 9:00 am at Champaign County Extension Office
  • Food Demonstration Contest – Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Champaign County Extension Office
  • Vermilion County 4-H Fair – Tuesday, June 23-Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds (more detailed schedule to come)

Camp is almost full!

You will find the registration on our website https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/4-h-memorial-summer-youth-camp. Just a few female spots remain for Weeks 1, 4, and 5. All male spots have been filled.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the 4-H camp office, thank you!


Let's go fishing!

May 2 – 3 | 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello

Learn more @ go.illinois.edu/4Hfishcamp

With the lake fully stocked, 4-H Fish Camp is back at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2 and lasts until 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Learn how to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. Learn about fishing tips, lures, bait, equipment, knots, fish behavior, fish management, and fish cleaning. Each group registered will be assigned their own log cabin for lodging with single bunks. Participants must bring their own bedding and toiletries.

A fee of $50 per person covers the complete program, lodging, boat, bait, and three buffet meals, including Saturday lunch and supper and a Sunday brunch. You’ll also have fresh fish fillets to take home! Pre-registration and payment are required.  To register, contact 4-H Memorial Camp at (217) 762-2741 or send an email to Curt Sinclair at sinclair@illinois.edu.



March 6 | Decatur

Teens can learn about careers in agriculture at the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference on March 6 at Richland Community College in Decatur. Applying online @ https://womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com/. Presenters include some of the most successful women in agriculture. Their stories demonstrate the potential careers available to any young woman considering an agricultural career.


February 8 | 9 to 11 AM | Effingham County Fairgrounds, Altamont

Register by February 7 @ go.illinois.edu/LATclinic

Learn to show poultry and rabbits from one of the leading Illinois 4-H judges, Mike Claypool. The workshop is open to any 4-H members, and there is no cost. You can even bring your chicken or rabbit with you to get health and showing advice. The workshop is sponsored by the Illinois State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team.


Ford and Iroquois Counties have invited Champaign County to an Ice Skate Day:

Ice Skate with 4-H on Saturday, February 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the U of I Ice Arena, 406 E Armory, Champaign, IL.

Skate rental is free! Donuts, coffee and hot cocoa will be provided. Open to all 4-H Families in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties, but space is limited.

All skaters MUST preregister at https://go.illinois.edu/4Hiceskate



March 21 | 9 AM – 4 PM | 4-H Memorial Camp @ Monticello

Register online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hsewing

4-H Memorial Camp needs new cabin curtains … LOTS OF THEM! If you know how to sew and have taken at least one year of 4-H sewing, we have a great community service project that is fun and will make a big difference! We need 50 youth volunteers to help cut, pin, sew, and hang 126 curtains in the log cabins used by 1,500 campers each summer. The camp will provide all the materials, patterns, and lunch! We have a few sewing machines available, but more are needed. Members may bring one parent or guardian to help. Come help and enjoy the perfect camp lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, veggies, chips, and cookies!



Monday, March 30
2:50pm - 4:30pm
Champaign Public Library
200 West Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820

In partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, University of Illinois 4-H is hosting an educational event on beauty products. Come learn about chemicals that may be in the products you use, why they may be harmful, and how you can make better choices for yourself. You will also have opportunities to check out and test some of the better brands and learn a few nail art tricks from our
presenter, Megan Sieg. Megan is a 4-H alumnus from Dekalb County and is an Environmental Toxicology Scholar in the neuroscience program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
A raffle for safer beauty products will conclude the workshop! 

Please register: https://go.illinois.edu/makeupmonday 


Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 1-4 pm CST
Edgar County Fairgrounds, 319 E. Elliott Street, Paris, IL

Guest Speaker, Stock Show University Professor
BAILEY BERGHERM of Terre Haute, Indiana

Open to any 4-H'er in the surrounding area. Learn proper showing, clipping and
fitting techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their goats to
participate in hands-on showing and clipping. Cost is $10 per person.
Register online at go.illinois.edu/goatclinic or call 217-465-8585.


Taking an animal project? READ THIS

For members enrolled in dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats:

  • The YQCA is a new livestock quality assurance program that is replacing PQA which no longer exists. All 4-H exhibitors of these animals will be required to certify in the YQCA program each year starting for the 2020 show season. Attend either a face to face class or certify online via the website http://yqca.org The YQCA program is for youth ages 8-21. The online version is broken into age divisions as follows: juniors 8-11, intermediate 12-14, senior 15-18, and young adults 19-21. This certification is needed each year with test out options of 1-3 years. Youth exhibiting swine at the Illinois State Fair and 4-H fairs are no longer required to be PQA plus certified. The estimated cost for the face-to-face training will be $3 and $12 for the online version.  More information on local face-to-face training workshops will be announced soon. Vermilion County's date for training is Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8 pm. 

For members enrolled in horses, rabbits, poultry, dogs, and cats:

  • The Quality Assurance and Ethics training is required for youth in horses, rabbits, poultry, dogs, and cats. You only need to take it once in your lifetime. Those who don’t complete the training will be removed from the animal science project and will not be eligible to exhibit at county fairs. The website is open year-round @ http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. NOTE: Youth must be logged on to a computer for this program, either a desktop or laptop; not an iPad or iPhone.
Free Screening of Silo
Silo movie poster 

Silo is the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment. Vermilion County Farm Bureau and Danville Area Community College - with the financial support of several area businesses - are pleased to be able to present a free screening of the movie on Sunday, March 8. It will begin at 3:00 pm at the Fischer Theatre in downtown Danville.

A discussion about grain bin entrapments, led by the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will follow the movie.

The film runs for 70 minutes. It would be ideal for farm families and first responders to attend.