Monday, November 23, 2015

Hays Co. Brown Santa Looking for Elves

The Hays County Brown Santa program is requesting donations of toys, canned goods and money.  Last year, Brown Santa was able to help over 550 Hays County families.

All unwrapped toys (for children up to the age of 16) must be donated by Fri., Dec. 11th.  All toys will be wrapped on Sat., Dec. 12th, 9 am-12 noon, and help is needed with this.  Any toy that is already gift-wrapped needs to have a tag that identifies the toy, age group, and if it is for a male or female, and are due by Tue., Dec. 15th.  Money contributions in the form of a check or money order made payable to "Brown Santa" can be mailed to:  Brown Santa, P.O. Box 1475, San Marcos, TX 78667.  Deputies and helpers will be delivering the toys and food on Sat., Dec. 19th, 7 am-12 noon.

For more details or to volunteer, please contact Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez at 512-393-7877.

Food Handlers Class for 4-H Volunteers

We had planned to offer a Food Handlers class for all 4-H adult and teen volunteers on Nov. 30th, but that is now cancelled.  The class offered by Mr. Mark Brinkley with the City of San Marcos no longer meets the state criteria for the course.  The 4-H Adult Leaders Association will review options and make a decision during the Nov. 30th meeting.  Look for more details soon.

Hays County 4-H Food Contests

Congratulations to our Hays County 4-H Food Contests participants:

Food Challenge:
- Junior Team of Clayton Engler, Bryan O’Banon and Cole Younts
- Intermediate Team of Araya Feeney , Bailey Jones, Rebekah O’Banon and Georgia Younts
- Intermediate Team of Colton Engler, Quentin Parrish and Skylar Parrish
- SeniorTeam of Destinee Cabrera, Jake Castillo, Joshua Ewald, Alicia Rios and Gibson Stanley

Food Show:
- Intermediate Protein - Skylar Parrish
- Intermediate Fruit/Vegetable - Carly Mackenroth
- Senior Fruit/Vegetable - Destinee Cabrera

All participants qualified to advance to the district contests on Dec. 5th in Kerrville, so please wish them the best! 

Monday Night Horse Riding at Dripping Springs Ranch Park

The Monday Night Riding Series will begin on October 5 at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on October 5.  It will be from 6-9 p.m.  The first night, we would request that participants not bring horses, as this will be the night that the safety orientation will be conducted.  The schedule for the Monday Night Rides will be:
November 2, 16, 23
December 7, 21, 28

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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, November 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Extension Office. 

A draft copy of the Adult Leaders Agenda can be found by clicking here.

Horse Committee Meeting

The Hays County 4-H Horse Project Committee will meet on Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held at the Hays County Extension Office in San Marcos.  Please make sure that your club's horse project is represented at this meeting.  

A draft copy of the agenda can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Upcoming Prospect Shows

Coastal Bend Classic Youth Livestock Clinic and Show - December 5
Show and clinic for goats, sheep, and beef

Dimmit County Classic Prospect Show - December 5-6
Show for lambs, goats, swine, steers, and heifers

Coryell County 4-H Christmas Classic Lamb and Goat Show - December 12
Show for lambs and goats

Please click on the title of the prospect show for more information and registration forms.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Major Livestock Show Entry Forms

Here are links to entry forms for the various livestock shows.  Please note the date when those entering through the Hays County 4-H program will need to have them turned into the Hays County Extension Office by.  Also, you can click on the name for the specific show to access their web site and get to the Premium Book for each show. 

Fort Worth Livestock Show - Hays County 4-H entries due to Hays County Extension Office by November 4, 2015.
To download an entry form, click here.

Houston Livestock Show - Hays County 4-H entries due to the Hays County Extension Office by November 13, 2015
To download an entry form, click here.
Click here for information on the Houston Calf Scramble.  Calf Scramble Application due to Hays County Extension Office by November 13 for Hays County 4-H members.

Rodeo Austin Livestock Show - Hays County 4-H entries due to the Hays County Extension Office by November 13, 2015
To download an entry form, click here.
Click here for information on the Ultimate Scramble Championship.  Scramble Applications are due to Hays County Extension Office by November 13 for Hays County 4-H members.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo - Hays County 4-H entries due to the Hays County Extension Office by November 13, 2015
To download an entry form, click here.
To download a heifer entry form, click here.

San Antonio Livestock Show - Hays County 4-H entries due to the Hays County Extension Office by November 13, 2015
To download an entry form, click here.
Click here for information on the San Antonio Calf Scramble.  Calf Scramble Worksheet due to Hays County Extension Office by October 29 for Hays County 4-H members.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Congrats to Mikayla and Avery

Congratulations to Makayla Araujo, a member of West San Marcos 4-H.  Her crocheted dress won 1st place at the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts contest.

Congrats also to Avery Herron from Dripping Springs 4-H.  Her purse received 3rd place at the State Fair.

Both of their items were on display throughout the State Fair.  You can find more by clicking here.  Great job!!

2015-16 Hays Co. 4-H Handbook (updated 10/19/15)

Most of you should have received a hard copy of the handbook by now.  If not, check with your 4-H Club Manager.  The book has been updated a bit, so download the latest copy by clicking hereThe 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.

Fall TSC Paper Clover Promotion

Thank you to everyone who purchased paper clovers and hosted special activities during the Fall TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which was October 7-18.  Texas was the leader in clover sales among all states, raising $108,232!  We'll find out soon how much comes back to Hays County from the sale of clovers in our 3 great TSC stores.  Be sure to thank those stores for their tremendous support!!

Go ahead and start making plans now for the Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which will be held in late April/early May.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

National Youth Science Day at Central Texas Speedway

We had a great workshop!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  You can access a highlight video from the event by clicking here.  

Anyone interested in conducting the Motion Commotion project during a 4-H club meeting, at school or with any other group can contact our office about checking out the project supplies.

Horse Project Validation

If you are planning on entering a horse project in the 2016 Hays County Livestock Show, please remember that you must have your horse validated by November 1.  Validation includes either turning a copy of your horse’s registration papers or a Grade Horse form into the Extension Office by the November 1 deadline.  You also need to submit a copy of your current Coggins as well.  You can either bring in these forms, fax them, mail them, or email them to the Extension Office.  Horses must be revalidated each year.  If you need a Grade Horse Form, you can download one by clicking here.

Monday, October 12, 2015

4-H Group Travel Opportunity

Hays County 4-H is currently looking at forming a group of middle and high school students to plan and participate in a group travel opportunity - something special for our older 4-H'ers.  We are exploring the following options:
  • take a group to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus, a week-long 4-H citizenship program in Washington, DC in summer 2017
  • form an interstate exchange group that would partner with a county 4-H group in another state and "exchange" with them - 4-H'ers would be partnered, we would host the other county for a week in summer 2017 and then we would travel and be hosted by the other county for about a week in summer 2018
Both of these are great opportunities for our 4-H'ers.  While these opportunities seem far off, there is much planning that is required.  

If you may be interested a group travel opportunity, please contact Laura or Richard.  More importantly, we need 4-H adult volunteers who will step forward to coordinate these efforts, so please let us know if you are interested in helping.

Be Surer to Report Your One Day 4-H Activities

Congratulations to our 4-H clubs who have or are conducting One Day 4-H projects.  The goal of One Day 4-H is to encourage 4-H members in every Texas county to take one day to make a big impact on a big state.  To find out more about One Day and to report your club's efforts, click here

Thursday, October 8, 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:
  • monthly bank statement(s) - e-mail to
  • monthly club meeting report - click here to access the report (update 10/8/15 - there were some problems with the initial report, but this link is now correct)
Please make sure your club is getting this done.  Thank you!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Texas 4-H'ers Win Cook-off

The4-H Starr Chefs won local, state and national competitions while explaining their culture and ancestry. (AgriLife Extension photo by Yolanda Morado)
The 4-H Food Challenge team from Starr Co. took top honors recently at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans.  Click here to get the full story.

2016 Hays County Livestock Show Validation Dates

Here are the validation dates for the 2016 Hays County Livestock Show

Species                          Validation Date                                              Fee
Steers                             4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Heifers                           4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Market Lambs               4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Breeding Ewes              4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Market Goats                 4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Breeding Meat Goats     4th Saturday in October, 8-11am                    $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Market Swine                 November 22, 1-4 pm                                     $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Breeding Gilts                November 22, 1-4 pm                                     $5/head
                                       Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Market Rabbits               January 2, 8-11 am                                          $2/head

Breeding Rabbits            January 2, 8-11 am                                          $2/head

The validation fees listed here are for the Hays County Livestock Show.  If you have purchased a major livestock show validation tag, you have already paid your validation fees and do not have to worry about these fees.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Enroll Now for the 2015-16 4-H Year

Be sure to get enrolled for the 2015-16 4-H year!!  If you were enrolled in the last 4-H year, 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.

When you enroll, please make sure to click on the "you wish to receive notices via text messaging" box.  This will allow us to send you text messages when we have important announcements or reminders.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rabbit Project Educational Videos

Attention Rabbit Project Members:  There has been a series of rabbit project educational videos that have been developed and posted online.  Find out more about opportunities in the rabbit project, as well as information about nutrition, grooming, showmanship, and much more.  This video series can be viewed for free at

Friday, August 28, 2015

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

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

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!

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 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

* 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 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:

- 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!!

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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