Demonstration contest successful

By JENNIFER HUDNALL Extension Agent for 4-H Published:

Congratulations to all youth who participated in the 4-H Demonstration Contest. Category winners included Sam Dugan, Ashton Goins, Rachel Olds and Timothy Stanley. Nenna Eneje also received a blue ribbon.

4-H Livestock Club

Its time to get your 4-H animal tagged. If you plan to show in a 4-H show, your animal must receive a KUIP TAG. Also, you need to have six hours of livestock training to receive this tag. Here are some things to know.

In order to get your animal tagged, you must have signed documentation from a Certified Livestock Volunteer and me. Please bring in your forms to the Extension Office prior to your tagging date to allow enough time to get your Certified Volunteer signatures. Call me if you need help with these forms.

When and where can you tag your animals? You can tag your animal at a variety of validation sights. If you are not sure when the closest tagging sight is for your particular species is, call me at 695-9035. You can also log onto http://www.kyagr.com/mkt_promo/fair/index.htm and under district programs click on validations rules and forms.

Applications now available

for 4-H Teen Conference

Plans are being made for the 2006 4-H Teen Conference to be held June 12-15 on the University of Kentucky campus. It is open to any Franklin County teens who have graduated from the eighth grade through age 19.

The conference is designed, planned and conducted by teenagers with support from the state 4-H office and county Extension agents. Assigned 4-H members and state officers preside over all events and activities.

While attending the conference youth will develop key leadership and citizenship skills, develop knowledge in specific subject areas, acquire skills that they can use in their county 4-H programs, and have fun! Teen Conference is an excellent place to make new friends from across the state. Youth will also become more acquainted with the UK campus and career opportunities.

A number of workshops and tracks will be offered on topics of interest to youth. Each participant will attend a track of their choosing that will meet for two days. Participants will also select workshops that cover a variety of topics.

The election and installation of state 4-H officers at the conference will allow 4-H members to gain valuable citizenship experience. The election process will involve hearing campaign speeches, deciding on the best candidate and voting for that person.

Youth will experience a mini-session of college life as they stay in a dormitory, eat in the cafeteria and visit areas of the campus such as the library, Kentucky Educational Television, the Nutter Center and other facilities.

There will be plenty of time for social opportunities including dances, free time to visit entertainment facilities and other gatherings to strengthen existing friendships and make new friends.

Community service projects are another part of the conference. Previous projects have included volunteering at the UK arboretum and senior citizens center.

Applications are available at the Franklin County Extension Office. The fee for the event is $140. Registration must be completed and returned to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than April 20.

For more information on the Senior Conference, contact me at the Cooperative Extension Service, 695-9035.

4-H Calendar

NO SCHOOL CLUBS IN APRIL

April 1 Regional Livestock Skillathon at Shelby County

April 10 Shooting Sports meeting

April 11 4-H Livestock Meeting at KSU Farm, 6 p.m.

April 28 Pop tab collection deadline

April 29 4-H Livestock Meeting at U.K. Research Farm, 2-4 p.m.

May 3 4-H Dog Club Meeting at Life House

May 4-5 TFCA Environmental Camp

May 11 Fashion Review, 6

June 8 4-H Cooking Camp, 9 a.m.

June 12-16 4-H Teen Conference at U.K

June 20 Camper Orientation at Peaks Mill, 6 p.m.

July 3-7 4-H Camp

July 17-22 Franklin County Fair

(Unless otherwise noted, all events and meetings are at the Extension Office).

The Franklin County Extension Office is located at 101 Lakeview Ct. The telephone number is 695-9035. Web site is http://ces.ca.uky.edu/franklin. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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