County News

May 22, 2013

“Learn By Doing” is an integral part of 4-H, but there is more to Experiential Learning than just “doing”. Eighteen supportive, caring adult club leaders from Fayette County recently joined together at the Extension Office for the annual 2013 Experiential Learning training to learn more on ways to help youth move beyond the “doing” to reflect on and apply the learning experience to similar or different situations. By practicing and utilizing the Experiential Learning model, volunteers will be able to help youth look back at their experience, determine what will be useful or important to remember, and apply the new information to real life situations.

 Volunteers and staff will work together to make sure Experiential Learning is included in future 4-H programming – whether it is a club meeting, a camping trip, an afterschool program, a Clover Kids program, a project workshop, or any other fun, learning experience designed for and with 4-H youth.

May 16, 2013

4-H and FFA members from Fayette County weighed a total of 29 meat goats, 75 market sheep and identified 11 breeding sheep for the 2013 Fayette County Fair.  The Meat Goat and Sheep Show will be held on Tuesday, July 23.  Thank you to everyone who assisted with the weigh-in.

April 3, 2013

The 4-H/FFA Fayette County Swine weigh-in was held on Saturday, March 30 with 189 head being weighed in by 29 4-H and FFA members. 

Thanks to the volunteers who assisted on that brisk morning. 

April 3, 2013

On Monday, April 1 the round barn at the Fayette County Fairgrounds saw a new addition, as 79 new poultry cages were installed.  Chris Palmersheim, Strawberry Point, built the cages and was assisted by several 4-H & FFA members and their families in getting the cages installed.

Donations from local individuals, businesses, 4-H clubs and monies received from a Pioneer Grant helped cover a good portion of the expense to upgrade these cages.  A sign of all donors, who helped make this project a reality, will be seen hanging in the rabbit and poultry barn at the Fayette County Fairgrounds during fair week, July 23-27.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who contributed and helped install the cages on this brisk April morning.   

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March 27, 2013

The 11th annual Fayette County 4-H Omelet Brunch was held on March 17 with over 800 people being served.

A big thank you to everyone who sold tickets, donated to or bought an item from the silent auction, helped with set up and during the event.  All help was greatly appreciated!

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March 27, 2013

15 youth ages K-3 enjoyed learning about the importance of recycling, along with what types of recycling items Fayette County accepts, when they met for the annual Clover Kids Day.

Members of the Livewires Junior Council assisted Dawn Amundson, Environmental Education Coordinator from Gilbertson Nature Center in leading many of the activities.

Jeff Bunn, from Bunn Services, brought a garbage truck so the youth could get up close and see how garbage is handled when picked up from their home.

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March Project Workshop
March 12, 2013

A 2 hour mini workshop was held March 2nd from 10-noon at the Extension Office. 4-H members and adults learned Job’s Tear Beading from Consumer Horticulture Program Assistant Bob Hauer and how to make Duct Tape Roses from Michele Kelly, CYC.

March 12, 2013

Expanding knowledge of state government and communicating with legislators in Des Moines was the focus of the March 6 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty-eight 4-H’ers and nine adults.

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March 12, 2013

Youth From West Central K-3 Afterschool program enjoyed making and tasting dips from the Mediterranean area with AmeriCorps RC, Katie Lay and Iowa State University County Youth Coordinator, Michele Kelly. Youth were given the opportunity to learn more about each ingredient and took turns measuring out the ingredients. After everything was mixed up they enjoyed tasting Hummus and Tzatziki Sauce on crackers.

January 22, 2013

Fayette County 4H citizenship members recently toured the Fayette County jail.  They were able to visit with the dispatcher (Kelly) and learn about how she works with deputies and emergency units to dispatch at the time of an emergency.  Detention Officers Kristina and Nick did a great job explaining the steps included in booking a person and showing the youth the county jail. 4-H members participating in the tour included Ashley Baumler, Hayley Bushman, Piper Siblik, Matt Appler, Allie Sadler, Nathan Arthur, Andrea Baumler, Mary Scott, Donovan Bunn, Madelyn Bunn, and Dillon Lee.  Also in the photo are Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator and Detention Officer Kristina. 

January 15, 2013

A mini workshop was held in which a small group of youth gathered to create their own masterpieces using paper.  Each of the attending participants were shown projects that supplies were available for and then selected a project to start with.  Projects include a circle book, tin can book, paper piecing and a snowman.   Each child in attendance mentioned how they enjoyed the ½ day workshop and look forward to having more in the future. 


December 18, 2012

The Fayette County 4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh-in was held Saturday, December 15th at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.  A total of 83 animals for the 2013 Fayette County Fair were weighed by volunteers.  The 4-H & FFA Beef Show will be Wednesday, July 24th.

November 29, 2012

The annual Fayette County 4-H Awards program was held Sunday, November 18th at the Fayette Opera House.  Youth were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2011-2012 4-H year.  Adult awards were given to Janet Bodensteiner-4-H Alumni, and Roger Stahr-Honorary 4-H member.  Eden Outer Limits 4-H club were the recipients of the Top Community Service award.   


October 31, 2012

The fall ditch pick-up was conducted south of Fayette along Hwy 150 by members of the 2012-13 Fayette County 4-H Council on Sunday afternoon prior to their monthly meeting. 

During the meeting election of officers was held with the following results:  Katy Appler, President; Molly Schmitt, Vice President; Katie Stewart, Secretary; Carissa Lee and Katie Stewart, Youth Committee reps; Dayle Lantzky, Fairboard rep; Molly Schmitt, Katy Appler and Katie Stewart, Fayette Co. Foundation reps.


October 11, 2012

4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life.  Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth.

October 11, 2012

Seventeen young ladies gathered Saturday, October 6th to learn everything from how to make edible modeling dough to how to position a baby who has something caught in his throat at a basic babysitting class held at the Oelwein RAMS Center.

The 6 1/2 hour class cost participants $15 and was conducted by Fayette County Extension Youth Coordinator, Michele Kelly, with assistance from Oelwein Fire Captain, Mike Thoma. The girls came from Oelwein, Fairbank, Maynard, Manchester and Calmar.

Some of the girls, who ranged in age from 11 to 13, had some experience caring for young children, but they all wanted to gain more skills. Topics ranged from what information a sitter should always get from parents to the safest way to use the bathroom if the sitter is alone with a young child who is not asleep.  The girls also had an opportunity to make a healthy snack, a boo boo bunny and practice holding and diapering a life size baby doll, borrowed from West Central Consumer Science class.

September 5, 2012

An Adobe Youth Voices - Create With Purpose Video Camp was held July 11th at the Fayette County Extension Office.  Participants spent the day developing, filming and then mixing a video.  This Adobe Youth Voices camp was designed to help young people understand how to create with purpose when sharing a media message.  Photo Page

September 5, 2012

The 2012 Communications, Clothing and Foods Fair was held on July 10.  4-H'ers and Clover Kids gave presentations, participated in Share the Fun acts; modeled their outfits for Clothing Selection, $15 Challenge and Fashion Revue; and brought food they had made as well as a place setting for the Foods Fair.  Photo Page

August 17, 2012

The Youth Classic Dairy Show will be held on Sunday, September 16 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.  The show is open to youth 9-19 years old as of January 1, 2012.

July 6, 2012

The 2nd annual Fayette County 4-H Foundation Charity Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 23rd at Big Rock Country Club in Fayette.  Aprroximately 50 people enjoyed the day golfing 18 holes.  Complimentary lunch was served by members of the Fayette County Foundation Board.  The 3rd annual golf tournament will be held on June 15, 2013.

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