County News

June 24, 2016

The Black Hawk County Fair Board invites the community to join in the fun at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair, scheduled for July 26 - 30 at the National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo, Iowa. The event is FREE and open to the public. FREE parking is available on Cattle Congress grounds.
The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair highlights work of 4-H youth and FFA in the county. Exhibits and project entries include livestock and non-livestock projects from youth ages 5 years and older. The fair features traditional livestock shows, including beef, swine, sheep, and dairy and small animal shows, including dog agility, rabbits, poultry and hundreds of non-livestock entries in these project areas: child development, clothing, food & nutrition, home improvement, horticulture, personal development, science & engineering and visual arts. Read more...

See FULL Schedule: Schedule of events for Black Hawk County Fair.     
Projects all CAN ENTER: 
Challenge Classes everyone can enter, not just 4-Hers!  

June 21, 2016

At the National Cattle Congress grounds in the AG Building!
Begins Tuesday, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, 12,19,26, Aug 2

For questions call 319-234-6811 Sponsored by Farm Bureau Women, National Cattle Congress and Black Hawk 4-H.

June 17, 2016

Looking for scholarship and interview opportunities? Please consider this year's Danforth "I Dare You" Award, the Lions Club Scholarship, the Pint 4-H Scholarship, and one of our various livestock scholarships!

• Danforth & Lions: High School 4-H member's only. Email the Application to Emily and & schedule an interview time for fair week. DUE JULY 10 to Extension Office

• Pint: Former BHC 4-H'er that is currently attending a 4 year college, community college, or trade school. DUE JULY 10 to Extension Office. Click here for Application.

• Livestock Scholarships: 2016 Livestock Exhibitors: Pork Producers Application,
Larry Anton Beef Scholarship Application, Black Hawk County Sheep Scholarship Application.
DUE JULY 15 to Soo Grimen. 

June 9, 2016

Beautiful Day at a breath taking setting! The Master Gardener Orchard is a partnership with the Master Gardeners of Black Hawk County and generous grants from the Community Foundation of Norhteast Iowa, the Black Hawk Gaming Association, and Green Scene. The 1 acre orchard that will serve as an excellent demonstration of the types of fruit trees that will thrive in our climate and how best to care for them. The Orchard will soon produce over 10,000 pounds of fruit each year that will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! See more photos on FACEBOOK!

June 7, 2016

Come to our workshop at 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Extension Office. We'll be showing you tips for the "Table Setting Challenge" and for the "Cook This" challenge. Both are great entry ideas for this year's fair. You do not need to be a 4-H member to enter the Table Setting Challenge. And only one of the 3 team members for the "Cook This" challenge needs to be in 4-H!  So come on out and have fun! Please RSVP Here!

June 6, 2016

Please order by June 30th. You can pay when your order come in. Shirts will come to the Extension Office. Make checks payable to Black Hawk County Extension. SHOW YOUR PRIDE!
Click Here to Order! Prices range $20 - $24.

June 5, 2016

For Kindergarten and 1st Graders: June 17th at Elk Run Heights City Hall, June 21st & 28th at Cedar Valley Arboretum, July 12th at Allen College
For 2nd & 3rd Graders: June 20th at Elk Run Heights City Hall, June 23rd & 30th at Cedar Valley Arboretum, July 14th at Allen College
Register Here:

June 1, 2016

Enter your Fair Projects in by July 13th! 

Need some ideas? Click Here!

May 24, 2016

Master Gardener’s Norman Lemmon and Mark Taute are available to answer your gardening questions each Tuesday and Friday mornings until November 1.
 It is a FREE Extension service.  Extension provides unbiased, research-based information and education to help Iowans make better decisions today and tomorrow.
Give Norm a call on Tuesday Mornings or Mark on Friday mornings at 319-234-6811 or email him at

May 20, 2016

What’s the science of dunking a basketball? How about the science of being an Olympic diver? This summer, learn all about the science of sports and join the fun in the STEM Summer Olympics. Learn all about the science of all kinds of sports and activities. Think you have what it takes to be a STEM Olympian? Then come take part in this engaging, education and FUN program! See DATES!

May 18, 2016

Three dates are: June 16th, September 13th and October 20th at the Black Hawk Extension Office.
Why is it important?  Because we said “we believe that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiativeself-determination and leadership.Read More...  Register Here.

April 29, 2016

4-H Dog Obedience Classes will begin Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00-7:00 pm at the Devonshire school parking lot until July 6th. Devonshire School at 515 Devonshire Dr, Waterloo, IA. Classes are free. There are no classes for Dog Agility this year, however you may still enter Dog Agility at fair. Please RSVP to Bring your veterinary shot papers.

April 28, 2016

April 21st, Iowa State Extension and Outreach Region 9 had there All Staff Meeting at the Dan Gable Museum, downtown Waterloo. Presenters where ... read more...

April 25, 2016

See the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier article.

Congratulations to our Black Hawk County 4-Her's who where chosen "2016 Top Teens" by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley for their outstanding youth volunteering. From Black Hawk County 4-H are Maddie Herring, Brody Brinker, Ardis White and Charles Magee. We are all very proud of our YOUTH!

April 22, 2016

Last weekend, April 15-17th, 15 youth from Black Hawk County journeyed to Iowa State University and the state 4-H Center for a weekend packed full of activities.   A video was created of the 100 African American and African Immigrant youth from all corners of Iowa attending Uijima.

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