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The 4-H program is found in every state in the nation and over 50 countries around the world. 4-H reaches over 7 million youth! Now it is time to celebrate the county’s largest youth organization!
Window Decoration Contest
All 4-H clubs are invited to decorate windows throughout the county. The theme is “Ticket to Success”. Let’s get the word out about how much fun 4-H in Emmet County is! Windows should be decorated by October 5th and taken down on October 11th or 12th. Let us know which window or windows you are decorating by October 3rd! The top three clubs with the best windows will be recognized at Awards Night in November with cash prizes.
2nd Annual GLOWING 4-H FOOT RACE—Register TODAY!
Join in the fun of this FUN event! The Emmet County 4-H Foundation invites you to participate in either a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 4 Mile Relay, or 5K Race on Saturday, October 4th at 7:00pm at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Register by September 19th to receive a cool 2014 race t-shirt and one glow item. Funds raised will go to the Emmet County 4-H Foundation to benefit all 4-H’ers in Emmet County. All participants are encouraged to “get their glow on” and dress up to glow! The Emmet County Cattlemen will also be grilling burgers and will have a meal available for all race participants and spectators to purchase from 6:00-8:30PM for $5.00. Awards will be presented in several age groups for each event. Register online at: Encourage all of your friends and family to participate too! We also need volunteers to help and sponsors for the event—sponsors will be listed on the back of the t-shirt (this is a good idea for 4-H clubs). Sponsorship money is due by Sept 19th.
Roll Into The New 4-H Year!!!
There will be a 4-H Skating Party on Sunday, October 5th from 4:30-6:30 at Skateland in Estherville. Help us ROLL into the new 4-H year and celebrate National 4-H week! The cost is just $3.00. You can either borrow skates from Skateland or bring your own skates or rollerblades. (Wear socks, and tank tops are not allowed) Make sure to invite your friends and family members to come too! Even if you don’t want to skate, come and visit—Adults may watch for free! Don’t forget to wear your 4-H shirt!
Enrollment Contest
The 4-H club with the highest percentage of re-enrollments completed online and the highest number of new 4-H’ers enrolled (along with $20 fee) by the end of National 4-H Week (October 13th at 8:00AM) will receive a pizza gift certificate at Awards Night in November! Encourage all your 4th–12th grade friends to join 4-H today!! Invite them to your next club meeting!
Wear Your 4-H Shirt to School or Work Day
All 4-H’ers and family members are encouraged to wear their 4-H shirt to school or work on Wednesday, October 8th to help celebrate National 4-H Week. If you don’t have a 4-H T-Shirt yet (or need a new one), we have a few left at the Extension Office!

4-H Equestrian Team Competition

4-H Equestrian Team Competition will be held at
Emmet County Fairgrounds, Estherville, IA  on September 27, 2014 **10:00 a.m. start time**
Lunch stand on grounds made available by Estherville Saddle Club.
$25 Team entry fee – to be sent to Emmet County Extension, 26 S. 17th Street, Estherville, IA 51334 postmarked by September 22, 2014.  Click here to print out a registration form.

Click here for the 4-H Equestrian Team Competition Roster please bring the day of the event.
All classes (except In-Hand Obstacle Relay, Two man Bi-Rangle and Canadian Flags) will follow regulations and judging criteria described in “4-H Rules and Regulations for Equine Shows in Iowa” 4H 511C Revised June 2013. Rules and criteria for In-Hand Obstacle Relay, Two-man Bi-Rangle and Canadian Flags are provided in accompanying documents. Click here to view the Equestrian Team Contest Rules, Click here to view the In-Hand Obstacle Relay Rules, Click here to view Two-man Bi-Rangle Rules and Click here to view the Canadian Flag rules.
1. Showmanship
2. In-Hand Obstacle Relay (Timed TEAM event)
3. Western Pleasure
4. Western Horsemanship
5. English Pleasure
6. English Equitation
7. Trail
8. Egg & Spoon
9. Barrels
10. Two man Bi-Rangle
11. Poles
12. Canadian Flags
13. Keyhole
14. Jumping Figure 8

We would like to say "THANK YOU" to the following sponsors: 

Bomgaars, Estherville
Center Champions 4-H Club
Cozy Horses Equine Training & Lessons – Jessica Haukoos 712-209-3278
Equine Rebalancing, Rachel Smith-Anderson DC; 2501 East Mitchell St. Ruthven, IA; 515-554-3911
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Hillbrook Quarter Horses/The Greig Family
Horsin’ Around 4-H Club
Roy’s Auto, Estherville - 1609 E Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334 Ph. (712) 362-3192
Weavers Leather Store, Inc, 112 N Main St, Buffalo Ctr, IA 50424 Ph. (641) 562-2992
 , 1940 250th Street, Humboldt, IA  50548  (515) 332-2834

The fees for service will be used to off-set direct expenses and to support the 4-H Youth Development County Extension Program.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, age,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or
status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 3280 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

Youth Poultry Workshop


Mark your calendars for an outstanding poultry educational workshop to be held in conjunction with the Master’s Cup Poultry Show on November 21-22, 2014, in Webster City, Iowa.
The ISU Block & Bridle Club will host the following educational workshops on Saturday, November 22:

  •  Washing and show preparation of the birds
  •  Internal anatomy of poultry (dissection)
  •  Egg quality lab
  •  Murray McMurray Hatchery Tour

This educational opportunity is open to all members of 4-H and FFA who desire to learn more about the poultry industry.
Members may also have the chance to discuss show experiences with Master Exhibitors as time allows.
(Registration form will be linked soon.)
Registration will be $10 per person (including lunch and workshop fees).
Registrations are due by October 1, 2014 to:
Bart Pals
146 Brook Terrace
Mason City IA 50401.
For more information, please contact: Bart Pals (641-430-2916) or Zeb Skow (507-236-6788).
For more information about the Master’s Cup Poultry Show, please visit

Project Groups offered in addition to club membership:

  • 4-H Shooting Sports - Deb & Monte Hoffmeyer (362-3846) David Solberg (866-0737) Mike Martens (858-4404) Ole Enderson (864-3686) Dean Christensen (362-7685) Arvin Enerson (362-3916) Brian Rosburg (209-2056)  
    If you would like to be in the Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports group in 2015, call today to reserve your spot (362- 3434)! The group will be meeting March through September, either at the Gruver Community Center (if bad weather) or the Izaak Walton League shooting range. The group practices with archery, air rifles, muzzleloaders, and shot guns (for age 12 and up). They also learn about safety, how to clean equipment used, and more. Group size is limited, so if you are interested, call or email today. Even if you were in the group last year, we need to know if you plan to participate again this year. New members are also welcome! All youth in 4th through 12th grade who are current 4-H members in Emmet County are eligible. All new members would begin in March and must attend safety discussions before practicing with equipment. All guns and archery supplies are provided.
  • 4-H Dog Obedience - Chelsey Guse & Derek Smith (362-2856) Shelby Guse  **Will begin in April-Sign up at Emmet County Extension Office**
  • 4-H Food - Cooking & Baking - Carol Solberg (866-0737) Kevin Krull (867-4103)
    Emmet County started up a new 4-H project group focused on cooking food last year. This group experiments using different types of ingredients different types of food! They also are learning food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal for 2015 will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level next August. More information about this can be found at: statefair/cookthis. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group in 2015 by January 5th. A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served—so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!


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.

County 4-H News

September 15, 2014


Emmet County Extension & Outreach office will host an Continuing Instructional Course for the following commercial pesticide applicators:

  • Roadside, Forest, & Aquatic Pest Management
  • Mosquito & Public Health Pest Management
  • Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators
  • Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Management
  • Fumigation
  • Pest Control Operators
September 8, 2014

There will be a 4-H Skating Party on Sunday, October 5th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Skateland in Estherville. Help us ROLL into the new 4-H year and celebrate National 4-H week!

September 8, 2014

More than $7,600 in scholarships will be awarded.

This contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. It will test their knowledge on all aspects of the beef industry and beef cattle management issues. Stations cover the following topics:
•    Handling and Health 
•    Nutrition 
•    Marketing (Beef cut evaluation) 
•    Seedstock Merchandising 
•    Job Interview 
•    Keep-Cull Replacement Heifers 
•    Reproduction 
•    Beef Management Challenge 
•    Credit and Finance 
•    Beef Industry Issues and Advocacy

September 8, 2014

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey and farmer Nate Anderson were guest experts in the Farm Progress Show tent organized by Iowa State University. They shared their management strategy experiences and listened as farmers talked about management practices for their own farms.

August 28, 2014

Mark your calendars for an outstanding poultry educational workshop to be held in conjunction with the Master’s Cup Poultry Show on November 21-22, 2014, in Webster City, Iowa.

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