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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Monthly 4-H Calendar

Check out these events for the month of May!

May 6 - Deadline to turn COOL forms in for the Swine Project. Forms need to be turned in to the Ada County Extension Office by 5 pm. Include a picture of the pig with the ear tag, $4 per head. This is for any market swine showing at the Western Idaho Fair for 4-H or FFA.

May 9 - Registration due for the District II Horse Camp. Send to 5880 Glenwood, Boise 83714. This camp is open to all members of a youth horse organization.

May 10 - Rabbit and Cavy Workshop, D & B Supply, 12th Ave, Nampa. Check in at 8:30 am. There will be Royalty like activities and workshops. The cost is $6 per person. Call Michelle at 989-2405  ( for more information.

May 13 - Canyon County Sheep and Market Goat Weigh In. 4 to 7 pm, Canyon County Fairgrounds. This is for all market sheep and goats showing at the Canyon County Fair for 4-H and FFA.

May 15 - Ada County Sheep and Goat Weigh In. 4 to 7 pm at the Expo Idaho. This is for all market sheep and goats showing at the Western Idaho Fair for 4-H and FFA.

May 17 - Western Heritage Clinic, 3K Ranch, 9 to 12. Learn about ranch riding, roping, penning, and trail riding.

May 21 - District II Horse Judging and Hippology registration forms are due to Ada County Extension Office. Must qualify at the county level to attend these events.

May 23 - Join us at Jump Time on River St, Boise from 6 to 8 pm for a fundraiser to benefit our exchange program. A group of 4-H members from Minnesota will be traveling here in June. Everyone is welcome to attend this fundraiser, just mention 4-H when you arrive and a portion of the proceeds will go towards 4-H!

May 31 - Ada County English Horse Show at Expo Idaho. This is a schooling show and show attire is not required. The fee is $6 per class or $25 for the day. Call Ginny 884-3071 ( ) for more information. Register by May 17!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Update on Swine Weigh In

Due to the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has been diagnosed in Idaho and the risk
factors involved in bringing pigs to a central location at this time, there will not be an official
Western Idaho Fair 4-H/FFA initial swine weigh in for 2014. This decision was made with the
guidance of the Idaho Department of Ag by representatives of the Western Idaho Fair, Ada County Extension, FFA, Swine Supervisors, and the Junior Livestock Sale Committee.

In order to show and sell a pig at the 2014 Western Idaho Fair exhibitors must do the following:
  •  Have ownership and care of your animal(s) by no later than May 6.
  •      Properly ear tag your animal(s). Numbered tag issued from the Ada County Extension Office should be in the pig’s left ear with the number on the outside of the ear. Several breeders in to area have agreed to help with this process when you pick up your animal; check with them first before you pick up ear tags at the office.
  •      Submit a COOL form to the Extension Office along with fee of $4 per head to cover meat quality fund and tags by no later than May 6, 2014. (Checks payable to Junior Livestock Sale Committee)
  •      COOL form must include ear tag number (ear tag for WIF), breed, gender, detailed description of animal, and at least one (1) picture attached of the pig with the ear tag number showing (over back to show breed/color). Pictures can be attached to the COOL form or emailed to and must have your name, ear tag number, and club or chapter in the email.
  •       Animal ear tag number and animal submitted on the COOL form(s) must be the same animal and ear tag number that is entered on the fair entry form and exhibited at the fair.
Please call 287-5900 with any questions!