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Randolph County 4-H

 
 
 
 Michaela Castens
 

There are a lot of exciting upcoming opportunities for our 4-H families. Check in on the Extension events page, and be sure to connect with us by following us on Facebook. Information is also updated on the 4-H website on a regular basis. 

We have officially moved into our new office space within the Randolph County Farm Bureau. Erica and I will be staffing the office Monday through Thursday (we will remain closed on Fridays). The address is 1403 N. Hillcrest Drive, Sparta, IL 62286. Our phone number of (618) 443-4364 remains the same. If you are sending something to us through the mail, please include PO Box 505!

A quick note to leaders that treasurer's books and secretary's books are due on September 1. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at (618) 443-4364 or mes379@illinois.edu.

- Michaela Castens, Randolph County 4-H Extension Program Coordinator

 
 

Blessing Box Workshop

 
 
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Join us for a blessing box workshop on Saturday, August 28, at 9 a.m. at the Randolph County Farm Bureau. Our blessing box will help address food access in our community! Come and learn about the importance of community service while doing a community service project for Randolph County! In this workshop, we will be cleaning, decorating, and supplying items for a 4-H blessing box. The program is open to the public, and youth ages 5-18 are invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is required and youth should bring one item to add to the blessing box. Please bring ONE item from a category below:

  • Food: Canned items including meat, vegetables, fruits; breakfast cereals, shelf-stable meals, soups, pasta, granola and protein bars
  • Hygiene: Shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorants, feminine hygiene products
  • Household: toilet papers, paper towels, diapers and wipes, garbage bags
Register Today

 

 
 

Illinois State Fair Volunteers Needed!

 
 
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We are excited to open the registration for volunteers for the 2021 4-H General Project Show at the Illinois State Fair! The State 4-H Office is looking for volunteer judges and project assistants who are eager to interact with Illinois youth and provide a great state fair experience for them. This event will have face to face judging, and we would love for you to consider assisting us this year.

DATES OF THE FAIR:  August 13-15 (Friday through Sunday)

Location: Orr Building, air-conditioned building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

Apply online at go.illinois.edu/statefairhelp. Please feel free to sign up for one or up to all three days.

Once you sign up, more information will be forthcoming within the next two to three weeks. If you know of anyone else who may have experience and would like to volunteer, please feel free to share this information with them!

 
 

Free eSports competition scheduled for Illinois State Fair

 
 
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Get ready for a head-to-head e-Sports battle! 4-H is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology to launch the first ever 2021 eSports Competition on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. A paid admission to the State Fair is required to enter the Fairgrounds. Admission to the Orr Building and participation in the competition are free! All youth 19 & under are welcome to register, with certain games having minimum age requirements to enter. Get more information or register at go.illinois.edu/eSportsComp
 
 
 

Race drones at the Illinois State Fair!

 
 
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Save the date for the Quads Away Drone Racing Competition at the Illinois State Fair!  This competition is set to take place on Friday, August 20 at the Multi-Purpose Arena at the Illinois State Fair Grounds and will be coordinated and operated by the Drone Racing MultiGP group, Central Illinois Drone Racers. Pilots ages 10 and up will be invited to participate, and the top pilots in each division will be awarded a cash prize. Learn more or register online.

 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
  • August 11                         State Superior Young Producers Contest- General Livestock (In Person)
  • August 13 - 15                 Illinois State Fair (General Projects Show and Junior Livestock Shows)
  • August 21                         State Superior Young Producers Contest- Dairy (In Person)
  • August 28                         State 4-H Dog Show (In Person)
  • September 1                    4-H New Year Begins
  • September 18                  Archery State Shoot at Peking Archers, Pekin, IL
  • September 25                  Shotgun State Shoot at Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill, IL
  • October 2                         Rifle State Shoot at Central Illinois Precision Shooters, Bloomington, IL
  • October 3                         Pistol State Shoot at Central Illinois Precision Shooters, Bloomington, IL
  • October 16-17                  Junior Leadership Conference
  • November 1                     Summer 2022 Outbound Applications Due
 
 
 
 
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