Dallas County 4-H Event and Meeting Calendar

Saturday, October 26, 2013

SPCA of Texas Tour

Dog Project members got a behind-the-scenes tour of the SPCA of Texas today. Group members brought with them enrichment toys that they have been making for the dogs and cats in the shelter. L. Ontiveros organized the tour. Lupe recently adopted “Chester” from the SPCA and she is encouraging others to support this great organization. Lupe and Chester are in training for the State 4-H Dog Show this summer!

For more information on the Dog Project Group contact Dr. Tamra McGaughy tdmcgaughy@ag.tamu.edu

Dog Project Kicks off with Obedience Classes this Fall

Dog Training Classes are well underway in several locations across Dallas. Dog project group members and their best friends are learning manners and obedience from some of the top dog trainers in Dallas! Dallas County hopes to host their own county dog show in the spring and have their dogs ready to compete at the State 4-H Dog Show this summer in Conroe.

For more information on the Dog Project Group contact Dr. Tamra McGaughy tdmcgaughy@ag.tamu.edu

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Marksmanship Project Group Takes Aim

Marksmanship Project focuses on hand\eye coordination and basic marksmaship techniques with very simple weapons and prehistoric\neolithic type tools. Participants started with throwing rocks for accuracy and worked their way up with slingshots, throwing knives and axes! They also have done some fire starting and trap setting…just for fun! On the docket for this year are blowguns, throwing hatchets, archery and more.

The focus is on safety, responsibility and having a lot of fun.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Urbanite receives 4-H's highest honor!

4-H’ers from across District IV gathered in Sulphur Springs for the annual Fall Focus Workshop. Members spent the day exploring opportunities in new project areas and learning leadership skills. Dallas County’s own Cielo O. was awarded 4-H’s highest honor… the Gold Star! Congratulations Cielo! Well done!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dallas County Poultry Project group members take the State Fair of Texas Pan American Open Poultry Show by storm!

Pan American Open Poultry Show: Eight members from the Urbanites 4-H Club exhibited a total of 44 chickens in the poultry show and brought home 34 ribbons - 24 were first place ribbons. L. Ontiveros was the big winner; her white Ameraucana hen was awarded the top junior honor – Junior Grand Champion Large Fowl.

State Fair of Texas Egg Show: Five Urbanites entered eggs in the Egg competition. B. Cole’s egg placed 1st in broken-out egg quality and was also awarded best of show.

Youth Poultry Showmanship: Seven Urbanites went head to head with 4-H and FFA members from across the state of Texas in the Showmanship Competition. In the intermediate division C. Ontiveros took 3rd place. In the senior division it was a clean sweep by the Urbanites taking all three top spots. Cielo O. 3rd, B. Cole 2nd and C. Shank 1st.

Youth poultry showmanship was a new event at the State Fair this year. Contestants demonstrated their knowledge and handling ability for veteran poultry judge Steve Jones of Poetry, Texas. The competition was made possible by the generous support of Gecko True Value Hardware in Dallas. The Urbanites are very grateful for Gecko’s encouragement and support. The event was a huge success and the State Fair of Texas plans to make this an annual event.

Urbanites have several other poultry shows and showmanship competitions on their schedule.

The Poultry Group is open to all registered members of Dallas County 4-H. Please contact luannshank@sbcglobal.net to be placed on the email list.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dallas County Urbanites 4-H Club Agricultural Identification team takes top senior spot at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco.

What exactly is a Devil’s Cigar Fungus…and where are blueberries grown in Texas? Ask any member of the Urbanites Agricultural Identification team and they will be happy to tell you all about the wide variety of agricultural products found in Texas. This broad based competition requires the contestants to not only properly identify products but also tests their knowledge about the products economic impact to the state, where and when items are produced, nutritional value, cooking methods and more.

Urbanite members C. Shank, L. Ontiveros, CJ Wicks, M. Apodaca and Cielo O. traveled to Waco on October 6th, 2013 and took top honors the Heart of Texas Fair Agricultural Identification Contest. CJ Wicks also placed 8th senior individual and C. Shank 4th senior individual overall.

Way to go team!

For additional information contact Ashley Ontiveros amagmom@aol.com

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