Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015-16 Hays Co. 4-H Handbook

The handbook is now complete and available by clicking here.  One hard copy will also be provided to each 4-H family during your upcoming 4-H club meetings.  The handbook provides a great variety of 4-H info, so please take time to review it and keep it close by in order to add updates throughout the year as needed.

4-H Council/Adult Leader Meetings

County 4-H Council and the County 4-H Adult Leaders Association bring together representatives of all 4-H clubs to share ideas and plan for county-wide 4-H activities. Their first meetings for the 2015-16 year will take place on Monday, Sept. 28th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Extension Office. 

Poultry Orders for 2016 Livestock Shows

It is time to order broilers for the 2016 livestock show season.  You can access a copy of the broiler order form for the year 2016 Hays County Livestock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show, Houston Livestock Show and Star of Texas Livestock Show by clicking here.

All order forms and fees must be in the Extension Office office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21st. Please be advised that livestock show entry fees are NOT being collected for the shows at the time of order.

Monday, August 31, 2015

4-H Photography Project Session

Below is some info from Dave Wilson, Dripping Spring 4-H Photography Project Leader.  This is open to any local 4-H kids, regardless of club, who want to participate.

It’s almost time for another monthly photography group meeting and this month, we’re going to try our hand at some rodeo photography. Various events for the Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo are taking place at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on Saturday morning, September 5th, so I propose that we meet there at 10:00am to take pictures. It looks like the fun starts at about 10:30am with barrel racing (see the schedule on http://www.cprarodeo.com/schedule.php#ds2) followed by team roping. Both of these are amazing fun to shoot so come along and join us.

If anyone is interested in even more photography that day, we’ll be heading in to Wimberley for the rodeo that evening. It starts at 7:30pm at the VfW arena but I’ll likely be there an hour early to find good places to shoot from and to see if I can get “backstage” to take pictures of the riders. If you want to join me, let me know and we can arrange somewhere to meet. Tickets for this cost $15. I don’t know how much it costs to get in to the Dripping Springs events - they may be free to spectators?

Bring a camera and a telephoto lens if you have one. Don’t be worried if you don’t have a telephoto lens - hopefully we’ll be able to take pictures behind the scenes too so be prepared to take portraits as well as action shots.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Heifer Validation for 2016 Spring Major Livestock Shows

It is time to get an idea of how many heifers we will need to validate for the 2016 Spring Major Livestock Shows.  Validation cost will be $10/heifer.  Validation will take place on October 24, 2015 from 8-11 am at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, along with sheep and goat validation.  Richard will need a count of how many heifers to plan for by Wednesday, September 16.


Any heifer that has been validated under the major livestock show heifer validation process does not need to be revalidated unless there has been a change of ownership.  At validation, exhibitors will need to have a copy of their original registration paperwork with them.  Or, they can email Richard at the Extension Office a scanned copy of the original paperwork before validation.  Either way, he must get an electronic copy of the original registration paperwork for each heifer being validated.

You can either call the Extension Office with a count of how many heifers you are planning on validating or else email Richard at re-parrish@tamu.edu.

Dist. 4-H Community Service Project

All 4-H clubs throughout District 10 are invited to participate in this project.  If you make care packages, please keep a count and submit your totals as requested.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

4-H Club Resources

We provide a monthly 4-H club meeting sign in sheet for you use.  Click here to download the Word file.  You can then personalize it for your monthly meetings.

All 4-H clubs must submit the following items by the 25th of each month to our office:
Please make sure your club is getting this done.  Thank you!

Annual Hays Co. 4-H Report

Each year we compile a report about our 4-H youth program.  Click here to review the 2014-15 Hays County 4-H Youth Development Report. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

4-H National Youth Science Day

We had a great group of 4-H members and volunteers participate in last year’s NYSD project (the highlights video is linked further down on this website), and we are trying to offer something just as special this year, and will provide those details as soon as possible.  NYSD is set for Wed., Oct. 7th.  The 2015 project is Motion Commotion which explores the science of motion through the relationship of speed and stopping distance. The activity extends to real-world investigations on reaction time and safety, making connections to the dangers of distracted driving.  This would serve as a great 4-H club meeting program as well as a project for classrooms and other youth organizations.  Click here to find out more about NYSD.  Please let us know if you are interested in completing the project.

Fall 4-H FCS Project Leader Training

Calling all 4-H adult and teen volunteers who are interested in learning more about FCS (Family & Consumer Sciences) projects such as food and nutrition, clothing, consumer, photography and public speaking!!  The training is set for Thurs., Sept. 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Extension office in San Marcos.  We will be showcasing these FCS 4-H projects and making plans for educational activities and contests related to them.  We will plan to have a follow up training around February the finalize plans for spring projects and begin planning for fall projects.       

National 4-H Week - Oct. 4-10

This is a great week to promote 4-H and let others in the community know what impact 4-H makes in your lives.  Click here to visit the Texas 4-H website for promotional materials and ideas.

CTMC Kids Art Contest

CTMC invites youth ages 2-18 to create art for their 2016 calendar.  Deadline for entries is September 18th.  Click here to find out more. 

West San Marcos 4-H Dove Hunt

West San Marcos 4-H is hosting its 6th Annual Dove Hunt on Sat., Sept. 12th.  Click here for more details.

4-H Trip to Washington, DC

We are considering gathering a group of 4-H'ers to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus.  CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from Washington, DC.  Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:
  • strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
  • understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
  • exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.
This would be a fabulous trip for our 4-H'ers age 14-19.  Parents can also accompany the group.  Registration cost is $816 which provides 6 nights lodging, 14 meals, shirt, workshops, admission and tickets for local sites, etc.  This does not include costs for transportation to and from DC or during CWF.  Click here to visit the CWF website for more details.

We are just trying to see who all may be interested in participating.  Please contact Laura or Richard by Friday, September 18th if you are interested

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

While you might have missed the live versions of the Texas 4-H Virtual (online) Volunteer Conference sessions this last year, you are encouraged to click here and view the recorded sessions at your convenience.  These sessions provide excellent information and resources, so please take advantage of them!

Enroll Now for the 2015-16 4-H Year

Update:  With the exception of Hill Country 4-H, all clubs are now chartered and available for enrolling. 
If you are a current 4-H member or adult volunteer, you may now re-enroll on 4-H Connect.  Anyone new to 4-H can also enroll.  If you are just going into 3rd grade, please note this very important information.  Because the 4-H age is now based on grades as of September 1st, the state 4-H office recommends you wait until September 1st to enroll.  If you enroll before September 1st, the system will likely tag you as a Clover Kid for the year.
If you are currently enrolled in 4-H, you already have a profile on 4-H Connect.  Please log in (if you forgot your password, you can request a new one) and update your family profile and re-enroll members and adults.  If you and your family are brand new to 4-H, please set up a family profile and then individual profiles for members and adults.  Once you have submitted your enrollment on 4-H Connect, please make sure your status is "pending."  We will approve enrollments weekly.  In order to participate in various contests and activities, you must be enrolled.

All adults working within the 4-H program should also enroll as volunteers on 4-H Connect.  The volunteer application fees are covered by the 4-H Adult Leaders Association, so it doesn't cost you anything.  And all enrolled 4-H members and volunteers are covered by the Texas 4-H liability insurance as well as the county's supplemental medical insurance.

Click here for more info on our 4-H clubs, when they meet and who to contact for further details.

TSC Paper Clover Promotion - Oct. 7-18

Please be sure to visit one of our 3 local Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores during their Fall 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which is set for October 7-18.  For every paper clover purchased, 60% of the funds come back to support Hays County 4-H.  We also encourage our 4-H clubs to work with their store managers to plan special events in conjunction with the promotion.

The Spring 4-H Paper Clover Promotion (April 22nd and May 3rd) provided $913,553 in support to 4-H across the nation.  Texas was the top selling state with raising $106,842.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Warm Up America Community Service Project Opportunity

Here's some information shared from Comal County:
Do you know how to crochet or knit, or want to learn how?  This is a great way to learn a new skill while helping those in need.   We realize that everyone’s time is valuable and you may not have the time or skill to complete an entire afghan.  We are collecting 7” x 9” rectangles knit or crocheted from a washable wool blend in any color which will then be sewn together to make completed adult size afghans.   Donate just one or donate several.  The more rectangles we receive, the more afghans we can complete.  For children’s afghans make the rectangles in a sport weight washable acrylic in child friendly colors.  If you want to participate, but simply don’t have the time to knit or crochet, we will accept yarn donations to share with those who are willing to help knit or crochet.  Click here for more info.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

One Day 4-H

The goal of One Day 4-H is to encourage 4-H members in every Texas county to take one Saturday in October to make a big impact on a big state. Each 4-H club or county program will choose how best to ignite the spirit of service as we help improve Texas in hundreds of ways, from border to border.  Find out more by clicking here

Friday, August 7, 2015

School Supplies Still Needed


We were collecting school supplies for the 15th Annual Greater San Marcos Youth Council's School Supply Drive, but we have turned in our box to the Youth Council.  They are still collecting supplies, so please feel free to drop off your donations at their location at 1402 IH-35 N in San Marcos (next door to DPS office).  Click here to find out what supplies are needed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Awards Night

Congratulations to all of our 4-H members, volunteers and supporters who were recognized at the Awards Night on Aug. 3rd!!  Our big award recipients were:
- Honorary 4-H Member - Mr. Dave Wilson
- Meritorious Service Award - Dripping Springs Ranch Park
- Friend of 4-H - Mr. & Mrs. Kim (Janis) Weinheimer
- 4-H Alumni Award - Mr. Jeff Dodd
- Till Volunteer Award - Mrs. Dori Naivar
- Gold Star Awards - Makenna Hawkins and Kyle Herron
- Silver Star Awards - Joseph Nino and Arielle Wortham

Thanks to Buda 4-H for hosting a wonderful event, which also included a 4-H Talent Show!  Special thanks to Mrs. Becky Hawkins and Tina Owens for all their extra effort!!

Click here to view a great highlights presentation that was compiled by Mrs. Owens.

Mrs. Owens also took several photos during the 4-H Awards Night.  Here's the info on accessing those photos:

Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/133494913@N05/

* Sign up for FLICKR
* Search "Tina Owens"
* Click on "People"
* Choose/click on the Tina Owens that has Konleighstrong under it

Thursday, July 30, 2015


T.L.C - Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication Training

Alexis Skaggs, a summer intern from Kentucky who has been working in the Hays County Extension Office, has developed a leadership training module titled "T.L.C. 101".  This training module focuses on Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication.  In this training module, Alexis covers information that can build young leaders and strengthen 4-H clubs.  Check out the training module by clicking here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

4-H Recordbook Results

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers whose 4-H recordbooks advanced to district judging, which took place on July 9th in Creedmoor.  Placing in the top 5 of their categories were:
Hannah Vincent, 4th in Jr Companion Animals
Ashley Wortham, 1st in Jr Horse
- Paul Kennedy, 4th in Jr Photography
- Joseph Nino, 3rd in Int Beef
- Nicholas Basinger, 1st in Dairy
- Rebekah O'Banon, 4th in Int Food & Nutrition
- Arielle Wortham, 2nd in Int Horse
- Rebekah McDaniel, 4th in Int Poultry
- Drew Wilson, 3rd in Int Rabbit
- Konleigh Eben, 2nd in Int Swine
- Alaynna Burke, 2nd in Sr Companion Animal
- Kyle Herron, 5th in Sr Goat
- Karen Crews, 3rd in Sr Horse
- Madison Hawkins, 3rd in Sr Leadership
- Sydney Basinger, 4th in Sr Photography
- Kamry Clark, 3rd in Sr Swine
- Brack Bonner, 3rd in Sr Wildlife & Fisheries

Others whose books competed were:
- Kalea Caldwell, Jr Poultry
- Madyson Clark, Jr Swine
- Makayla Araujo, Int Clothing & Textiles
- Kendyl Gordon, Int Goat
- McKenna Hawkins, Sr Sheep

Congratulations also to others who submitted their recordbooks for county judging: Priscilla Ruiz, Olivia Twining, Cassandra Twining, Kate McCallick, Skylar Parrish, Aliseana Lopez, Eamon Decker, Alaura Webb, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Bridget Decker, Gillian Guynes, Hayden Lugo, Cooper Moore and Holden Gardner.  Special thanks to those who served as county judgers:  Debbie Moore, Lois LaCaze, Haley White, Beth Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell, Jaci Kroupa, Richard Parrish, Laura Petty and Alexis Skaggs. 

All of these 4-H'ers will be recognized at the upcoming Hays Co. 4-H Awards Night on August 3rd.  Be sure you get your tickets!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time to order Sheep and Goat Validation Tags for Major Livestock Shows

It is time to order major livestock show tags for sheep and goat projects.  All tag orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by August 25.  You can download an order form by clicking here.

Validaiton will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4-H Shooting Sports Club Update

Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports had a member, Cole Ritchie,  on the Texas Team participate at the 4H National Shooting Competition in Grand Island, NE.  Texas Team won 2nd place in Nationals all around to Missouri- It was a close competition! 

Cole Ritchie was on the Texas Pistol Team.  Texas Pistol Team won 3rd place overall in nationals and 1st in Pistol Silhouette Cole won 9th Individual in pistol silhouette and 9th in the pistol camp perry round and 8th place pistol individual over all!

Other:  The Texas Shotgun team came in first and had an amazing presence at the games. 
 
Cynthia Ritchie, Hays 4-H Shooting Sports Club

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Texas 4-H Roundup Results

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who are participating in Texas 4-H Roundup!- Haley White received a $1,000 Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Haley also joined Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins and Alaynna Burke to do the Ag Product ID Contest.  Madison earned 8th high point individual.
- Makenna also took part in the Archery Contest.

- Aubrie Caldwell and Alyssa Caldwell participated in the Photography Judging Contest.  Aubrie was high point intermediate individual.
- We also participated in the 4K for 4H with Aubrie taking 1st place within the intermediate division.
- Mrs. Jaci Kroupa was honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award.  Because she has become instrumental with the flood clean up, Jaci was unable to attend Roundup.
- Alaynna also competed in Share the Fun Vocal, placing 9th.
- Madison also participated in Open Ag/Natural Resources Educational Presentation in which she placed 5th.
- For the Texas 4-H Photo Contest, Madison had 2 blue and 2 red awards, Makenna received 1 blue award and Avery Herron won 3 blue awards.  Their photos are on display in our office for the next year, so check them out.

We thank all of our 4-H volunteer and parents who accompanied us to Roundup! 

Flood Recovery Efforts

First off, thank you to everyone who has stepped up to help with the recovery efforts.  No one wishes this kind of tragedy on anyone, but it's these times that let us know that people are willing to help each other.

Rather than outlining the needs, please refer to the following sites for the most up to date info:
- Hays County Facebook and Twitter (@hayscountygov)
- City of San Marcos' Facebook and Twitter (@cityofsanmarcos) 

You can also call 512-753-2320 for any questions or concerns about Memorial weekend floods.

Above all, please keep all the families affected in your prayers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

District 4-H Leadership Lab

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who participated in District 4-H Leadership Lab on June 24-26 in New Braunfels:  Haley White, Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Kendyl Gordon, Kyle Herron, Taya Schwieing, Cassandra Twiining, Olivia Twining and Bobbi Williams.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thank You Safety Day Volunteers!!

Special thanks to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who helped with our Safety Days!! Thank you to:  Alizae Mendoza, Aliseana Lopez, Makena Hawkins, Kora Renfro, Carleigh Funk, Konleigh Eben, Quentin Parrish, Priscilla Ruiz, Ashley Wortham, Arielle Wortham, Araya Feeney, Skylar Parrish, Joseph Nino, Jennifer Ruiz, Becky Hawkins, Tina Owens, Dori Naivar, Haley White, Kendyl Gordon and Lois LaCaze.  Special thanks also to our 4-H Shooting Sports members and volunteers who presented the firearm safety session:  Scott Edwards, Lisa Edwards, Riley Edwards, Cynthia Ritcher, Gretchen Westbrook, Yahva Westbrook, Alyssa Tate and James Tate.  A big thank you also to Dyan, Olivia and Cassandra Twining for leading the hearing session.

Over the 2-day Safety Days, we had a total of 755 4th grade students from 7 Hays CISD elementary schools and 225 youth and adult volunteers and school staff.  Students rotated through 9, 20-minute sessions on a variety of safety topics.  Thank you to everyone who helped make both days successful!!  

Check out the highlights videos that Richard compiled.  He went above and beyond this time with two versions – 1 long and 1 short.  Click here to view the 18-minute video and click here to view the 6-minute (short) video.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Congrats and Best Wishes!!

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who recently participated in District 4-H Roundup, Clothing and/or Photography Contests:

Roundup:
- Ashley Wortham was 1st in Horse
- Arielle Wortham placed 1st in Horse and received the Sweepstakes Award
- Skylar Parrish placed 4th in Open-Ag/Natural Resources
- Madison Hawkins took 1st in Open-Ag/Natural Resources and qualified for state
- Kyle Herron received 4th place in Public Speaking
- team of Aliseana Lopez, Joseph Nino and Risa Martinez placed 2nd in Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H
- Makenna Hawkins received 5th in Share the Fun Solo/Band
- Priscilla Ruiz placed 1st in Share the Fun Poetry/Prose
- Araya Feeney received 1st place in Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna Burke placed 2nd in Share the Fun Vocal and qualified for state
- Quentin Parrish placed 5th in Open-General
Special thanks to Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke and Jennifer Ruiz for serving as judges!!

Clothing:
- Avery Herron had the Best of Show in the Textile Show
- Rebekah McDaniel took 1st place in her Fashion Show category

       Photo:
- Paul Kennedy - 3 blue awards
- Hannah Vincent Dame - 2 red awards
- Kayla Cox - 3 blue awards
- Alyssa Tate - 3 blue awards
- Konleigh Eben - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Drew Wilson - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Zoe Flynn - 3 blue awards
- Jenna Krenek - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Sydney Basinger - 3 red awards
- Eamon Decker - 2 blue awards
- Brook Krenek - 2 blue awards
- Austin Drake - 2 blue and 1 red awards and a category winner

Headed to Texas 4-H Roundup
A special congrats to everyone who will be participating at Texas 4-H Roundup the week of June 9th in College Station:
- Madison Hawkins - Open-Ag & Natural Resources Educational Presentation
- Alaynna Burke - Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna and Makenna Hawkins were selected to sing the National Anthem during the Thursday night assembly at Roundup - there were over 100 entries, and 3 were selected to perform, so this is quite an honor!
- Haley White - receiving a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Alyssa Caldwell and Aubrie Caldwell - Invitational Photo Judging Contest
- Alaynna, Madison, Makenna and Haley - Invitational Ag Product ID
- Alaynna and Makenna - Invitational Wildlife Challenge
- Madision, Makenna and Avery Herron have photo in the Texas 4-H Photo Contest
- A big congrats to Mrs. Jaci Kroupa who will be honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award
- Jay and Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke, Beth Caldwell, Kalea Caldwell, Richard Parrish and Laura Petty will also be participating.

Best wishes to everyone participating in Texas 4-H Roundup.  You can still participate in workshops, recognition assemblies, kick off event, concerts, etc.  Click here to find out more about Texas 4-H Roundup.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Texas Community Futures Forum Summary

We conducted our Futures Forum on March 28th.  The event brought together individuals from throughout Hays County to identify and prioritize critical issues.  The forum is conducted state-wide, within each county, every 4-5 years.  Issues were reviewed within four areas:
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Families & Health
  • Community Resource & Economic Development
  • Youth
Click here for a complete summary.

Summer Programs & Opportunities

There are so many wonderful opportunities right here in Hays County, and our Hays County FCS (Family & Consumer Sciences) Advisory Committee saw a need to compile Summer Youth Program Opportunities as a tool for families to learn about various activities and be able to get involved in positive learning programs.  This is our third year to do this.  Click here for a compiled list of opportunities.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Clothing Workshop

Recently, four Hays County 4-Hers participated in the Hays County 4-H Clothing and Textiles Workshop.  As part of the workshop, cuddle pillows were made and donated to San Marcos/Hays County EMS for children in traumatic situations.  Pictured from left to right: Rebekah McDaniel, Rebekah O’Banon, Bailey Jones, and Sarah Mendoza.

Hays County 4-H Roundup & Clothing Contests

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in our County 4-H Roundup (public speaking) and Clothing Contests on April 7th.  These 4-H'ers qualified for district contests, which are being held May 1st or 2nd in San Antonio:
Clothing Contests:
- Rebekah O'Banon - Fashion Show Construction Semi-Formal/Formal
- Rebekah McDaniel - Fashion Show Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25
- Avery Herron - Textile Show Accessory

Roundup:
- Quentin Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open General - “The Universe”
- Madison Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Open Agriculture - “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”
- Araya Feeney, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Vocal - “Naughty”
- Aliseana Lopez, Risa Martinez, and Joseph Niño, East San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H - “What Has 4-H Done for You?”
- Priscilla Ruiz, Wimberley 4-H - Int Share the Fun Poetry/Prose - “Cowgirl’s Prayer”
- Alaynna Burke, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Vocal - “Blue”
- Makenna Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Solo/Band - “Forever and Ever Amen”

- Ashley Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Jr Horse - “Preparing for a Horse Show”
- Salem Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Companion Animals - “Insuring the Health and Welfare of Your Cat”
- Arielle Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Int Horse - “Competitive Horse Judging”
- Skylar Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open Agriculture - “Worm Composting”
- Sarah Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Open General - “Character Development and Design”
- Kyle Herron, Dripping Springs 4-H - Sr Public Speaking - “Hormones in Beef”

Hays Co. 4-H Photo Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who submitted entries for the Co. 4-H Photo Contest!!  59 photos were submitted by 11 4-H'ers.  Special recognition goes to:

  • Jr Best of Show – Paul Kennedy, Animals Domestic category
  • Int Best of Show – Drew Wilson, Animals Wildlife category
  • Sr Best of Show – Avery Herron, People category

Congratulations also to our senior 4-H’ers whose photos qualified for the Texas 4-H Photography Contest:

  • Madison Hawkins:   - Animals Domestic, Catch-all, Night Photography and Plant/Flora categories
  • Makenna Hawkins – Theme category
  • Avery Herron – Animals Wildlife, Nature/Landscape and People categories

Because we never had a chance to showcase the photos, I have compiled a slide show which includes all 59 entries.  Click here to view a slideshow which also includes info on what awards each photo received.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Job Fancy Feathers 4-H!!

Mr. Wayne Williams, 4-H Club Manager, shared this...
Fancy Feathers 4-H held their 8th annual Open Chicken Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on March 21st.  There were over 500 fancy birds entered in the show, representing all six classes of standard chickens, all six classes of bantam chickens, and even some very nice show ducks.  In addition to all the birds, Fancy Feathers had several activities for the youth and adults alike, to include raffles, Cluck Off, Match the Judge competition, and a Home Depot kids’ workshop.  Three Fancy Feathers members took home top honors at the show’s awards.  Bridget Decker won the highly competitive Cluck Off trophy and a cash award, Alyssa Caldwell won Grand Champion Backyard Large Fowl, and Bobbi Williams won Grand Champion Bantam Junior Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wimberley 4-H News

Congratulations to Wimberley 4-H for being honored by the children's shelter.  4-H members brought coats and clothes to the kids there. They not only collected coats all over town, they took them to the kids and visited with them.  Thanks to Kim McGee for sharing!!

Mrs. McGee also reported on the 4-H food and nutrition project lesson, which included a sit down lesson about nutritional value and a special guest French professor who teach them how to make crepes.  They also received a French language lesson.  What a great experience!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Horse Judgers Shine

The Hays County 4-H Junior Horse Judging team received third place honors in the San Antonio Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest held on February 19. There were fifty-three teams competing in the Junior Division of this contest. The Hays County 4-H Team members consisted of Sarah Bouckley, Colin DeWitt, Haley Garland, all members of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club, and Arielle Wortham, a member of the Wimberley 4-H Club. The team also had two of its members place in the top twenty high point individuals in the contest. Of the 182 junior contestants competing in the contest, Haley Garland was the 12th high point individual and Colin DeWitt was the 15th high point individual in the contest.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

4-H Exhibitor Cards

Attention 4-H members.  As many of you get ready for the Hays County and other shows, don't forget your 4-H Exhibitor sign. Click here to view/download the sign.  It is a pdf-fillable file, so add your name and club, print and post with your exhibits/projects during the upcoming shows.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monthly 4-H Club Meeting Report

All 4-H clubs are required to complete a monthly 4-H club meeting report.  Click here to go to and complete the report by the 25th of each month.

4-H Clubs and groups are also required to submit a copy of their monthly bank statement(s) to our office by the 25th of each month.  I would prefer an electronic copy if at all possible. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congrats Bobbi!!

Congratulations to Bobbi Williams, Fancy Feathers 4-H member.  She participated in the Ohio National Poultry Show November 6-9.  This is largest poultry show in the US.  It was also the 100th year anniversary of the American Bantam Association, which Bobbi is a member.  There was over 9,600 birds in the show,  2,700 of them were in the Junior show that Bobbi competed in.  The traditional goblet trophy was for one of the birds she entered.  She won best Rose Comb Clean Legged Bantam and was 3rd overall in the entire Junior Show.  The other trophy was awarded to her for winning the 16 year old Showmanship Class.  There was 190 kids that entered the Showmanship competition.  In the 16 year old class there was 19 entries.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congrats Cole!

Congratulations to Cole Ritchie, member of the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, on being selected for the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports team!!  He is one of only 36 members of this team.  Besides representing Texas 4-H and the shooting sports projects, the team will be competing at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational on June 21-26, 2015 in Nebraska.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rockets to the Rescue Workshop

We had a GREAT trip to Southwest Research Institute on October 8 for the Rockets to the Rescue project!  If you missed it, you missed out on a lot of great learning and fun.  To get an idea of what happened during this fantastic trip, you can watch the video that was put together following this trip.  You can access the video by clicking here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

School Attendance

Steady school attendance is very important, so check out these resources.  Click here to view the Parent's Guide to School Attendance.  Click here to visit the Missing School Matters website.

Children's Shelter Needs Your Help

Julia New with the Greater San Marcos Youth Council shared the following...
I was wondering how we could spread the word to Hays County 4-H groups that we have needs for Hays County foster care children? Our children’s shelter has received wonderful donations from groups throughout the years and it’s a pretty painless effort for everyone.  For example, cleaning supplies, snacks, juice boxes, wipes, diapers, etc. Farm Bureau customers can purchase car seats for $30 or $35 for case workers to transport babies and children in or to give to new parents. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I’m also happy to present to any 4-H groups. 
If you would like to contact Mrs. New, she can be reached at 512-754-0500 or jrnew@gsmyc.org.

Hannah & Bindi Earn Awards at Dog Show


Hannah McGee and her dog. Bindi, recently took first place in obedience and rally and shined in the showmanship ring at the Kaufman County 4-H Show. There are 2 more Kaufman shows this fall, with a Best in Series in November. Check Texas 4-H Dog Show | Texas 4-H and Youth Development regularly for dog show and dog care workshops throughout the state. You do not have to be an active member of a dog club to participate in many of these.

Friday, September 26, 2014

4-H Shooting Sports Club Receives Grant

Cynthia Ritchie, 4-H Shooting Sports Co-Club Manager shared the following:

The Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club has received grants from local area chapters of the Friends of National Rifle Association (NRA) and the USA Midway Foundation through Texas State Rifle Association.  The NRA has been a generous supporter over the last two years by providing thousands of dollars worth of shooting supplies such as ammunition, shooting equipment and archery equipment.  The USA Midway Foundation's grant goes specifically to pay for training the 4-H volunteers in the various Shooting Sports disciplines.  This year the club has received $8,503.92 in grants and over $1,000 in private donations.  For more info on the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, click here.