Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Join Ada County 4-H

It's the end of September and the new 4-H year begins on October 1st! This is a great time to join a local 4-H club and participate in upcoming activities and here's how you do it:

  1. Attend our Open House on September 29 and learn more about our clubs, projects, and activities. You can also meet our staff and 4-H volunteer leaders.

       2. You can all the Extension Office at 287-5900 or email for more information about our program.
Information that will help find a club:
Your children's project interest
The area of the county that you live in
Your children's ages as of January 1, 2015
For more information on projects offered please see this link!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Important Dates for WIF

The Western Idaho Fair is almost here! Here's a list of important dates to remember:

Saturday, August 9: Horse Project interview evaluations at the Western Riding Club. Check with your 4-H leader for interview times.

Monday, August 11: Robotics posters are due to the Extension Office.

Tuesday, August 12: Interview evaluations for all projects, except Horse at the Expo Building from 9 am to 8 pm. Interviews are by appointment only, call 287-5900 to schedule.

Wednesday, August 13: Final day of interview evaluations. 9 am to 1 pm. By appointment only.

Thursday, August 14: Check in for livestock, check fairbook for details.

Friday, August 15 - 19: 4-H Fair at the Western Idaho Fair.

Be sure to check the fairbook for times, dates, and locations of events throughout the fair. Go to:

Monday, June 23, 2014

4-H REC Night

Is your record book ready for fair? If not, come to our 4-H REC Night clinic.

This clinic will have people available to answer your questions or use this time to complete your record book.

  • July 31 and August 1
  • 2 - 8 pm
  • Ada County Extension Office

Call 287-5900 to RSVP. If you would like to help with the clinic please let us know!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Oral Presentations

4-H members can participate in the Ada County Oral Presentation contest held July 14, 15, and 16 at the Ada County Extension Office. This event is open to all 4-H members. Presentations can be given in following categories and blue ribbon winners can participate in the District II Oral Presentation contest held during the Western Idaho Fair.

A Demonstration is showing or demonstrating how to do something or make something.

Illustrated Talk:
An illustrated talk involves explaining something while using pictures, charts, or other visual aids.

A speech uses only words and gestures to present a topic. No visual aids can be used except note cards.

Dramatic Reading:
A dramatic reading includes words and actions to present material to educate or entertain. Presenter may use their own material or previously published material.

TV Commercial:
This is a presentation to convince the audience to buy an idea or product. Illustrations or products can be used if brand names are covered.

Times allowed for each presentation depends on the age division. For more information on rules please see the 4-H Exhibitors Handbook. To schedule an appointment call 287-5900 before July 11. There is even a $10 cash award for demonstrations that promote sheep products. This award is given by the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ada County Fashion Revue

Ada County Fashion Revue features 4-H members modeling their favorite outfit! This could be an outfit you purchased that shows off your style sense or that great outfit that you made or someone made for you.

All 4-H members from Cloverbuds to Senior members are invited to show their style in this event. Blue ribbon winners qualify to participate in the District II Fashion Revue too. To sign up for this event submit your narration form on or before Wednesday, August 13 to the Expo Building. You can turn this form in during the Interview Evaluation before the fair.

Canyon County 4-H is holding a practice for this event on Wednesday, July 9 from 2 to 5 pm. If you would like to attend this practice call 459-6003 to RSVP.

The Ada County Fashion Revue will be Saturday, August 16 at the Western Town Stage. Even if you are unable to participate come on out and watch our 4-H'ers in action!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monthly Calendar June

Summer is almost here and there is so much to do! Check it out:

June 3: District II Horse Camp Orientation, Canyon County Extension, 7 pm. This is mandatory for everyone attending camp.

June 3: Sheep Field Day, Owyhee County Fairgrounds, 1 pm. Learn about your breeding project including nutrition, record keeping, and more! The cost is $2. Call 896-4104 for more information.

June 4: Swine Field Day, Gem County Fairgrounds, 1 pm. Centered on breeding swine. The cost is $2 per person. Call 365-6363 for more information.

June 5: Ada County Leader's Meeting, Ada County Extension, 7 pm. Leaders need to attend two meetings a year and there are only two left before the fair!

June 7: District II Horse Judging and Hippology. Must qualify at the county level to attend.

June 9-13: Teen Conference, University of Idaho, Moscow. If you missed this event this year it is held annually and open to all youth in grades 8 to 12. Look for info next spring!

June 13: Early Bird registration deadline for June Kids Camp. Discount if paid by this date!

June 19-22: District II Horse Camp, Donnelly. Bring you horse and go on trial rides and educational workshops, and campfires. It's too late this year, but look for information next spring.

June 23: Early Bird registration deadline for Teen Camp. Pay by this date for a discount.

June 26-28: Southern Idaho Livestock Judging Camp, Twin Falls. The focus in on livestock evaluation with an emphasis on oral reasons. The cost is $110

June 27-30: June Kids Camp, Donnelly. Open to all youth completing grades 3-5

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Archery Class

Would you like to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow? At this class not only will learn about shooting, proper form and safety, you will also complete a 4-H project to take it to the Western Idaho Fair.

This class will be Tuesdays beginning June 3 to July 22 at Dead On Archery, 2006 E Franklin Rd, Meridian, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The cost is $40. Participants must be 8 years by January 1, 2014.
Send the archery registration in by Friday, May 30.