County News

December 30, 2014

 111 head of market steers and market heifers were weighed in for the 2015 Fayette County Fair by 51 4-H/FFA exhibitors.  The 2015 Fayette County Fair will be held August 5 - 9.

December 8, 2014

A new report points to strong economic impacts of local food in Iowa – more than $22 million in sales at the farm gate and at least 171 new jobs over the past two years – and explains how local food coordinators are contributing to this growth in their communities.

December 4, 2014

A great day was had by those who participated in the annual fall project workshop.  Each participant completed seven projects which included a Countdown to Christmas snowman, Making 3 homemade seasonings…chili powder, taco seasoning, and ranch dip, cut out turkey pieces, clay sculpting, record clock, rabbit center piece, and string art.  Members of the county council did a wonderful job serving as station leaders and helping wherever needed.   Photo Page

October 20, 2014

Members of the Fayette County 4-H Citizenship group enjoyed hosting an afternoon of fun for Fayette County Clover Kid members at a Halloween Party held in the Extension Office meeting room.  Activities in which the children enjoyed were a cupcake walk, pinning the nose on a witch, throwing spiders into a web, getting tattoos, coloring sheets and feeler boxes along with being finger printed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department staff.   Photos

September 8, 2014

The Fayette County Fair was held July 29 through August 3 at the fairgrounds in West Union.  Check out the ribbon results!

April 2, 2014

The annual Clover Kids day was held for youth kindergarten through 3rd grade.   Youth in attendance participated in pirate themed activities, played games, completed crafts and learned more about being a pirate.  A big thank you to members of the County 4-H council,  Youth committee members and Clover Kid leaders for their assistance.  Photo Pages

March 21, 2014

March 16th was an “egg”cellent day in the Dance Pavilion located on the Fayette County Fairgrounds, as the Fayette County Omelet/Pancake brunch was served. 

March 3, 2014

The 2014 Fayette County 4-H Lock in was held at the Upper Iowa Rec Center February 28-March 1.  The evening started off with members of the County 4-H Council leading get acquainted games to the 35 youth in attendance, followed by games of basketball, board games and chatting.   Over 400 Domestic Abuse Safety Packets were assembled for Helping Services of Northeast Iowa as a community service project.  Pizza, ice cream and munchies were enjoyed by all in attendance throughout the evening.  Photo page

February 6, 2014

Mr. Al Miller became the Fayette County Engineer this past September.  He recently visited the citizenship group and shared about his job. Along with what type of schooling is needed to become a county engineer, what his duties consist of and different departments he oversees.  Mr. Miller also shared photos of recent jobs that were completed within in the county.  The youth and adults in attendance asked questions which mostly focused around the blizzard  and snow accumulation in Fayette County. 

January 24, 2014

Teresa Dehning, Volunteer Program Coordinator with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa spoke with the County Council members on Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Abuse.  As a community service project the members helped build 208 Safety Kit booklets that are used by the local law enforcement agencies when they are called out to a domestic abuse investigation.   

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

January 17, 2014

The number of cover crop acres has increased dramatically over the past five years in Iowa — from less than 10,000 acres in 2009 to about 300,000 acres this fall.  One Iowa farmer who is helping to increase that number is Joe Kriegel who farms and grows cover crops on more than 2,000 acres in Poweshiek County with his three sons, Patrick, Nicholas, and Jared.  Read how he is seeing more benefits than just erosion control.

December 3, 2013

The annual 4-H Awards Program was recently held at the Fayette Opera House.  County Council members, Youth Development Committee members and club leaders honored club members and volunteers for their accomplishments achieved during the 2012-13 4-H year.  Award Winners & Photo Pages

December 3, 2013

A hands on project workshop allowed the 4-H members the opportunity to make five projects on a Saturday during the Thanksgiving break.  Cutting greenery from tree branches and creating a Christmas centerpiece, starting with a 29 inch long piece of PVC tubing, cutting to the correct length and assembling a marshmallow shooter, selecting six old records, drilling/piecing together followed by painting to create a flower to be used as a landscape decoration, creating a tin book scrapbook and measuring dry ingredients correctly to make cookies in a jar were enjoyed by the Fayette County 4-H youth who recently participated in the project workshop.  This project workshop was led by members of the Fayette County 4-H Council.  Workshop Photos

November 21, 2013

A food and nutrition fair workshop was recently held in which youth were able to learn more about the judging process, learn more about a good place setting versus a bad place setting, and have an opportunity to work as a team to create a well-balanced meal using MyPlate.  Workshop Photos   

November 21, 2013

Fayette County Extension and Oelwein Lions club are working together to collect used but serviceable eyeglasses.  A purple box is located in the Extension Office lobby located at 201 East Clark in which these glasses can be placed in. 

August 22, 2013

Neil and Julie Lansing of West Union have been life-long supporters and have gone the extra mile with the 4-H program in Fayette County. All six of their children were very active in 4-H and five of them served or are currently serving on the Iowa State 4-H Council. Neil and Julie have encouraged their grandchildren to be 4-H members. One currently is a member, one a Clover Kid and the other two wait patiently to reach 4-H age.

June 19, 2013

It was a beautiful day for the 3rd annual Fayette County 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament held at Big Rock Country Club located near Fayette.  New this year was a “Hole in One” contest in which no one was successful in obtaining.  Other contests were held throughout the 18 hole course with the winners being named as follows Bill Dohrmann-Closest to Pin on Drive #13, Andrew Sharff-Longest putt on #7, Bradley Minger-Closest to Pin on Drive #2, and Ethan Fink-Longest Putt on #18. After completing the 18 holes of golf, participants gathered in the club house and heard from Foundation President, Don Bahe as he gave an update about the Fayette County 4-H Foundation and enjoyed a delicious meal.  Sponsors for the day included: Don Bahe and Lisa Bahe-Dekalb Seeds, Stanley; Denny Martin CPA, Oelwein; Mediacom, Cedar Rapids; Maynard Savings Bank, Maynard and Hazleton; and Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, West Union.

May 31, 2013

STEM camp is open for all youth entering 4th-8th grades. The camp runs from June 24-28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office in Fayette. Youth will explore the science behind Animals, Food, and Renewable Energy.  Robotics and Physics’ experiments are an all-time favorite. Deadline is June 10. $10 a day or $40 for all 5 days.   Registration Form

May 31, 2013

Day camps offer the chance for hands-on experiments, activities, games, adventures and most of all - FUN! This year Fayette County Extension & Outreach is offering 3 different day camps across Fayette County which include Art Attack, Ag Academy, and Bug Camp for youth completing grades K-3.  All camps run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and cost only $10 each.  Registration for Art Attack and Ag Academy are due June 10 and Bug Camp deadline is July 15 to the Fayette County Extension Office in Fayette.  All materials are provided – just bring a sack lunch and drink for Art Attack and Ag Academy day camps. Lunch is provided at Bug Camp. You do not have to be a 4-H member to participate, so invite a friend and join the fun!  Registration Form

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