Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Hays County 4-H Open Youth Horse Shows

The Hays County 4-H Horse Committee will be hosting three horse shows, open to all Hays County 4-H members.  The shows will be held on January 7th, February 11th, and March 25th.  All Shows will be held at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.  Participation at any of these shows qualifies the rider to advance on to the District 4-H Horse Show in June.  Participation in at least two of the three shows qualifies the rider for the year end high point awards. 

A show bill for all three shows can be found by clicking here

Click here for Feb 11th Eligibility form

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Broilers Coming Soon!

Broilers for the Hays County Livestock Show will be arriving December 13th.  When the Extension Office has an arrival time, anyone that has ordered birds will be called. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Looking for some awesome people to Volunteer their TIME! 

We need help reviewing recipes for the Homeskills contestants at the Hays County Livestock Show. 

When: Dec 19th 
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Extension Office

The more people we have the quicker the process will take! 

Please contact Nita Leinneweber  at :
 or the Extension Office, if your willing to help!


4-H Opportunity Scholarship

If you are interesting in applying for the 4-H opportunity Scholarship, please fill out the application form below. 

All applications are due Jan 23rd to the Extension Office. 

Check out this link for more information on all scholarships:

CLICK HERE for the 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Guidelines

CLICK HERE for the 4-H Opportunity Scholarship application

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rabbit Validation

Validation of Breeding and Market Rabbits is scheduled for 
January 7th at the Hays County Extension Office.  
Validation time will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you need to make alternative arrangements for
validation, please contact the Rabbit  Division Superintendent, Blain Eiben at

Thursday, November 3, 2016

HCLE entry forms

Hays County Youth Livestock Show forms are here!!! You can pick them up at the Extension office or from your 4-H Club Manager!! 

Entry forms are due to the Extension office by Dec 14th 
***Rule books state the second Wednesday of December**
                   misprint on entry forms
You can find the Homeskills forms below:

HCLE recipe form

HCLE preserved food form

HCLE art, clothing, photography form

Major Show Worksheet Summary

If you are going to sign up for the Major Stock Shows this year please be sure to fill out the form listed below and turn it in with all the Stock Show Paperwork as you bring it into the office. This is a form that brings everything together so that it will make the checking process go a lot faster as you come in. Thank you

Here is the link to the FORM

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

National 4-H Conference

Applications are being accepted now through December 15 for National 4-H Conference. National Conference is a working conference where youth and adults assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. The program will be held in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the National 4-H Center with travel into Washington, DC. Dates for 2017 are March 25-30.

Youth, ages 15-18, are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted in 4-H Connect through December 15. There is no fee to apply. The Texas delegation will be announced by January 13, 2017. Selected delegates will then have until February 1 to register and make payment of $2,000. The registration fee covers the delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals and ground transportation. Delegates are housed at the National 4-H Center. 

Click here for additional information

Monday, October 31, 2016


Those signing up for Fall District Roundup, you have until Thursday (Nov 3rd) to register!!! 
Friday, Nov 4th will be considered late registration and there will be a $25 late fee.

Please make sure you get signed up on 4-H Connect!!! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SALE, San Angelo, Houston, Austin Entry Forms

Major Stock Show Sign Up!!!! If you plan to sign up for a the San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston or Austin Major Stock Show here are the links to the Junior Market Show and Junior Breeding Show Entry Forms. Please be sure to print off the entry form and fill it out and then bring it by the office with a blank check, so that we have a chance to look at the forms here in the office to make sure everything is correct and there are no changes before you write the check.

Please use the links below to find the entry forms for the Major Shows listed below.

The Deadline for turning in the entry forms will be November 18th at 4:30pm, as this was posted at such a late date. 

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Market Show- Click Here
Junior Breeding Show- Click Here

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Entry Form- Click Here
Junior Heifer Show- Click Here

Houston Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Show Entry Worksheet- Click Here

Austin Rodeo
Junior Show Entry Worksheet- Click Here

Please be sure to fill out all the information under each link, if there is something else you are wanting to sign up for at one of the shows please call the office (512-393-2120) or send me an email at or if you just have any questions please do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Major Show Ft Worth Entry Form

Major Stock Show Sign Up!!!! If you plan to sign up for a the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo here are the links to the Junior Market Show and Junior Breeding Show Entry Forms. Please be sure to print off the entry form and fill it out and then bring it by the office with a blank check, so that we have a chance to look at the forms here in the office to make sure everything is correct and there are no changes before you write the check.

Please use the links below to find the entry forms for the Fort Worth Stock Show.

The Deadline for turning in the entry forms will be November 10 at 4:30pm, as this was posted at such a late date.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Junior Market Show- Click Here
Junior Breeding Show- Click Here

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Extension Office at 512-393-2120

Monday, September 26, 2016

Guadalupe County is having a Pecan Fest!
*Pecan Fest Events include:
Baking Contest w/ World's Largest Pecan Decorated Cake Category - Pecan Queen Contest - Classic Car Show - Skat Tournament - Historical Country Village with Demonstrations & Animals - Jose Antonio Navarro History - Kids & Adults Scavenger Hunts & Activities - Train - Hayrides - Photo Op w/ World's Largest Pecan & a "Real" Big Squirrel - Pecan Sales & Vendors - Concessions

Pecan Fest is at the BIG Red Barn scheduled for Saturday, October 29th the rules and guidelines for the Bake show and a “NEW” event – Pecan Queen’s contest are found below:

For additional information the following individuals can be contacted:

Bake Show – Jenny Siltmann,  830-556-6474
Queen’s contest – Gail Damerau, 830-914-3735

CLICK HERE for application for Pecan Queen

CLICK HERE for Pecan Queen Pageant Rules 

CLICK HERE for Bake Show Guidelines

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Robotics Contest

Kerr County will be hosting a Robotics Contest, Coaches training and Clinic.  This will be open to kids and parents alike in order to provide more information on the 4-H Robotics project and contest.  Families are encouraged to attend and learn from 4-H Robotics specialist Derrick Burton.
                                                For more information contact:  Dakota Moyers, 830-257-6568

When:  Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

Lunch on your own

Friday, September 16, 2016


Due to Conflict with other County Events/Activities, County Roundup date has been changed!!!!! 

New Date:

Monday, October 17th @ 6pm, Extension Office

****Entry forms are due by Oct 10th!!!!****

Apologize for any inconvenience this date may cause, unfortunately we cant please everyone! :(


Monday, September 12, 2016

Attention Horse Project Members

 Save the Date:  September 19, 2016
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It's that time again to start Monday Night Rides.  The first meeting will be at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting will be unmounted.  We will go over all of the paperwork, rules, schedules and answer any questions.  We need parents to attend as well because paperwork needs to be signed.  We are very excited about this year and look forward to seeing you.  If you know of anyone else who may be interested or has expressed interest in a horse project please invite them.

Fancy Feathers 4-H Information Meeting
Do you love Poultry, and don’t want to do a traditional 4H broiler project?
Come to our September meeting to learn about Poultry Projects for Waterfowl, Turkeys, Backyard Layers and Show Chickens.  In addition to Poultry Projects, we have Club Project Groups on Sewing, Photography, Sportsfishing and Wildlife Education. 

Date:     September 20, 2016
Time:    6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place:    Wimberley VFW Post 6441, 401 Jacobs Well Rd, Wimberley, TX
Many of our members are enrolled in more than one Hays County 4H Club… but even if you don’t decide to join as a member, we would love to help you with your project J
Call or email Nicole Dietz with questions: 512-771-5246,

CLICK HERE to find the 2016-2017 Texas 4-H Roundup Guide.  A Texas 4-H Roundup Registration packets will be released mid-spring prior to registration opening on 4-H Connect.

Texas 4-H Roundup is scheduled for June 5-8, 2017 in College Station, TX.  Registration will be from May 1 – May 16, 2017.  There will not be a Late Registration period offered this year.  Other important reminders and changes for 2017 are as follows:

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• Youth MAY NOT participate in more than one contest in a day.
All contest registrations (Qualifying or Invitational) will be $25.00. There will not be a one-day pass option for contests.
• The Invitational Meat Judging and Identification contest will be held simultaneously with the qualifying contest on Wednesday. The invitational contest will be open to individuals or teams of two, limit of three teams per county.
• Robotics Challenge. This contest will be limited to one intermediate and/or one senior team per county. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for a total of 24 teams.  There will be an “intent to compete” registration process again this year prior to May 1, 2017 . More details to come in early Spring from Derrick Bruton.
• County travel grants will be offered for up to 10 counties. The grants will be $500 and will be awarded during the Thursday general assembly. Applications will be submitted online. Deadline will be Monday, April 3, 2017.
• The Healthy Lifestyles contest will be held Thursday, June 8th
• The Recipe Rally Contest – Dinner Tonight presentations will NOT be held in 2017.
As a point of clarification, in an invitational contest, a county may only have a maximum of 2 individual entries per age division. If there are at least 3 individuals from the county in the same age division, they will be considered a team. If a team and its members are not designated on the registration, they will be placed on a team by the State Office.
• Intermediate Age youth can compete as a Senior to complete a team for SOME Invitational Contests. This will NOT be allowed for the following contests: Hippology, Healthy Lifestyles Invitational, and Livestock Skill-A-Thon, as these contests have the opportunity for a team to advance to a National Contest and that National Contest requires “Senior Age” youth)
• 4-H members will be able to participate in one Share-The-Fun category on Wednesday AND one Share-The-Fun category on Thursday.
The Horse and Open FCS Educational Presentations are open to Individuals or Teams of 2 due to the National Contest Opportunity available for this particular category. No more than 2 members can compete at the next level. A Share-The-Fun “Best of Show” will be selected each evening by audience participation through voting via text message.
• The Archery match will be limited to 120 participants. Entry will be on a first come, first-served basis. Contestants must be a part of an organized 4-H archery program under the supervision of a certified archery coach to participate in this contest.
The Wool Judging Contest has changed for 2016-2017. Be sure and review the contest information on the Texas 4-H Roundup Events page.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Fall County Roundup

2016 Fall County Roundup
October 20th @ 5pm
Extension Office
(1253 Civic Center Loop)

Entry forms must be turned-in to the Extension Office by October 10th

 Click Here for the entry forms!

If you need info on the photography contest, click here for the rules and entry form.

**If you need more information on all the contests go to:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Broiler Orders Due

It's time to order Broilers for the 2017 Show Season.  Broiler orders are due to the Extension Office by Friday, October 7, 2016.  Orders must physically be in the office by 4:30 pm.  No late orders will be accepted.  There will be NO Refunds.  Broilers must be ordered in increments of 25 chicks up to a maximum of 75 chicks per exhibitor.  Please make checks payable to Hays County 4-H.
For the order form, click here.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Major Show Validation tag Orders

 Major Show Validation Tag Order forms for Swine are due to the Hays County Extention Office by September 21st by 4:30 pm.
All 4-H members will need to send order forms to the Extension Office NOT Dripping Springs High School as stated on the form
Use the form below.
Click here

Friday, August 26, 2016

Changes in District 4H Roundup

There have been some changes to District 4H Roundup! Now there will be a Fall & Spring District Roundup, instead of sporadic dates throughout the year.

District 10 4-H Fall Roundup will take place in Kerrville on Dec 1st-3rd 2016. Below is the tentative schedule of events:

Thurs, Dec 1st:

3:00pm Food Show

Fri, Dec 2nd:

9:00am: Food Challenge
1:00pm: Beef and Horse Quiz Bowls
3:00pm: Nutrition Quiz Bowl
              AG Product ID Workshop
              Healthy Lifestyles Workshop

Sat, Dec 3rd:

9:00am: Public Speaking
10:00am: Photography Judging Workshop
                Skill-A-Thin Workshop
11:00am: Entomology
1:00pm: Leaders 4 Life

**District 10 4-H Spring Roundup will take place in Fredricksburg on May 4th-6th. More info to come!!! ***

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hays 4-H Shooting Sports

Hays 4-H Shooting Club Registration and Information Meeting

Date:     August 25, 2016
Time:    6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place:    Hays Hills Baptist Church
              1401 Farm to Market 1626

For youth ages 8-18

Meet the club officers and other members for ice breaker games!  Club program includes archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun and BB gun.

Parents - What to expect
               1.  Fill out registration paperwork and receive handbook and record book.
               2,  Club dues* are $75.00 per club year per youth member.  Cash or checks accepted.
               3.  Bring copies of your driver's license (front and back) for range waivers.
               4.  Optional - club shirt orders (amount TBD) and hat orders, $15.00.

* Dues include use of club gear and ammunition at most club practices.

Call or email Cynthia Ritchie for questions: 512-825-5218,

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hays County Livestock Exp Validation Dates Set

Saturday October 8, 2016 at 
Dripping Springs Ranch Park
 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Lambs, Ewes, Market Goats, Breeding Meat Goats
also County validation for Steers and Heifers
Deadline for ordering Major Show Sheep and Goat tags is AUGUST 19th!

Saturday November 19, 2016 at 
Dripping Springs Ranch Park 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Market Barrows and Gilts, Breeding Gilts

 Saturday January 7, 2017 at 
Dripping Springs Ranch Park 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Market Rabbits and Breeding Rabbits