All 4th-6th grade 4-H’es are invited to attend an exciting day of FUN at Meredith Park near Mallard, IA in Pocahontas County on Tuesday, June 10th. Youth from Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Calhoun County will be attending. The camp will go from 9:00AM to 5:30PM and is jam-packed with activities through the day. The cost is $25 per 4-H’er and the registration deadline is May 22nd, or whenever the camp is full (we are only allowed around 11 kids from Emmet). The Emmet County 4-H Foundation will pay $15 of your fee, making your fee to attend just $10!! We will work out carpooling to and from Meredith park. Activities will include, making “recycled racers” and racing them, canoeing on the lake, tie-dye t-shirts, rubber band bracelets, spaghetti towers, conservation presentation, obstacle course, recycled craft, foil boat contest, games, and more! Lunch, snacks, water bottles, t-shirts and all other supplies are included! You will also come away with an exhibit you can bring to the Emmet County Fair!
Are YOU ready for an adventure?? All 6th-8th grade 4-H’ers are invited to join us on a fun trip to Sioux Falls, SD on Tuesday, June 17th. We will take a charter bus to travel in style! The first stop is the Great Plains Zoo, which will also include a “Creature Feature”. Then it’s off to Falls Park where participants will see the city’s namesake and historic buildings as they enjoy the sack lunch they brought with. Next we will travel to the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion where youth will enjoy over 100 interactive exhibits and a special classroom experiment! We will also get to see a show in the CineDome. The next stop is the Empire Mall for supper in the food court and a little time for shopping. The last stop is Thunder Road Family Fun Park, where participants can get their fill of go-karts, mini-golf, euro bungee, climbing wall, water wars, human foosball, batting cages, tilt-a-whirl, laser-tag, and the laser maze! Participants will be from Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Calhoun Counties. The bus will fill up fast, so get your registration in soon (we are only allowed around 10 kids from Emmet)! Cost is $100, but the Emmet County 4-H Foundation will pay $50—making your fee just $50 for this awesome trip!!
All 4-H members in 8th-12th grade throughout Northwest Iowa are invited to attend a Senior 4-H Member retreat at the Prairie Heritage Center in O’Brien County (4131 Yellow Avenue, Peterson, IA). This will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd from 4:00-8:00PM. The afternoon and evening will be filled with awesome outdoor activities and outdoor cooking! This will be a great way for you to meet and have fun with other 4-H members your age from Northwest Iowa. The cost will be just $15 per participant and the Emmet County 4-H Foundation will pay $10 of your fee—that makes the fee to attend just $5 (which covers all supplies and food for the evening). Watch for more details as the date gets closer.
The Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports Group will begin meeting on Sunday February 23rd at 4:00 at the Gruver Community Center. This first meeting is for 1st and 2nd year members and will cover sign up and safety. March 23rd Meeting will be for all members at the Gruver Community Center at 4:00PM. Gun cleaning will be covered. Waiver forms must be completed and turn in by this meeting. April 27th at 4:00PM the group will begin meeting at the Izaak Walton League (weather permitting). This meeting will cover archery safety as well as allow members a chance to practice their skills. Members will be asked to do a presentation at one of the meetings this year. During the summer the group plans to meet twice a month on a week night. They will meet through August for 2014. Sign up to be part of this group by calling 362-3434 by February 19th.
If you would like to attend 4-H dog obedience classes this year, so you can participate in the dog show at the fair, you must sign up by April 1st (362-3434). Our great leaders of the dog project group; Chelsey Smith, Derek Smith, and Shelby Guse are excited to get the group started for this new year! *The first meeting to discuss logistics, hand out info, etc will be held on Monday, April 7th at the First Presbyterian Church from 6:30-7:30PM. Parents are encouraged to come with their child to this meeting. Please do NOT bring your dog with to this meeting. Please bring with you to this first meeting a copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination number and date given, date of temporary or permanent distemper immunization (recommended), date of vaccination for parvo virus and birth date of dog.
Dates for dog obedience classes are:
There will also be two practices in June and two practices in July—dates will be announced later. Remember, you must attend 5 of the offered dog obedience classes to qualify to participate in the dog show at the fair. If this is your first year, or you have a new puppy, plan to come, even if don’t plan to participate in the dog show at the fair. Remember to ID your dog by May 15th in your account at ia.4honline.com.
A New 4-H Cooking Project Group will begin meeting on January 19th!! Leaders Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg have some great plans in place to help teach Emmet County 4-H’ers how to cook!! From sautéing to chopping and basting to julienning, they’ll learn lots of new ways to prepare foods while following food safety guidelines. The group is hoping to do a cooking demonstration at the County Fair this summer and possibly participate in the Cook This! contest at the Iowa State Fair. The group is open to 4-H’ers in 4th-12th grade – there is still time to join 4-H for the year if you aren’t a member. If you are interested, please contact the Emmet County Extension Office.
FSQAis a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics. Remember that FSQA is now aligned with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders are required to come to a training. 7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train. 10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or train. When members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.
We will be offering the following training sessions and no make-up sessions!
Saturday, April 26 —FSQA Training Armstrong—Nazareth Lutheran Church, 9-11AM Pre-register by April 24
Wednesday, June 18—FSQA Training 1st Presbyterian Church in Estherville, 7-9PM Pre-register by June 13 FSQA Testing Day will be held on June 17th, 8:30AM-4:00PM, at the Extension Office. Please call and set up a time you would like to test on that day by June 13th—362-3434.
FSQA Trainings in other counties:
Palo Alto County (Extension Office) March 11th, 7:00-8:30PM, RSVP or May 15th, 7:00-8:30PM, RSVP to712-852-2865
Clay County (Royal Community Center) April 27th, 4-6PM or (4-H Exhibit Building—CC Fairgrounds) June 9th, 6-8PM, RSVP to 712-262-2264
Dickinson County (Expo Building) March 28th, 5:30-7:30PM, RSVP to 712-336-3488
Pocahontas County (Extension Office) June 12th, 10AM-Noon, RSVP to 712-335-3103