Dallas County 4-H Event and Meeting Calendar

Monday, February 24, 2014

Texas to Host National 4-H Food Challenge Contest

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is pleased to announce plans to host the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest in 2014!  The contest will be held in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas on October 7th and 8th, 2014 in Dallas. Educational activities are being planned for Tuesday, October 7th, with the food challenge contest set to take place on Wednesday, October 8th.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dallas County Archers Right on Target

Congratulations to all the Dallas County archers who attended the Ellis County Indoor Archery Match today!  It was a great day for all!
Photo courtesy Michael Apodaca
 Intermediate Ladies Recurve Unaided:
Cruz Ontiveros-2nd
Senior Mens Recurve Unaided: 
    Eamon Stack-1st     Christian Shank-3rd
Senior Ladies Recurve Unaided:
Katherine Morgan-1st 
McKenzie Sandefer-2nd    Lupe Ontiveros-3rd   
Senior Mens Compound Aided: 
     Michael Apodaca-5th     Reid Viegut-7th

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Texas Brigades Natural Resource and Leadership Development Camp

Please help us recruit cadets (teens 13-17 years old) and CEAs as Covey (or Herd or Flock or Ranch, given the particular camp).  A 5-day tour of duty with a Brigades camp will leave one physically exhausted but mentally rejuvenated about our youth's role in conservation. Visit quailresearch.org to view a most recent testimonial of an urban Dallas girl who has now "seen the light" regarding conservation, see the Feb. issue of the e-Quail Newsletter under the heading of "intern diaries."

"I have been most fortunate to be an active participant and speaker at some of the Texas Brigades.  To put my experience simply, the Brigades are difference makers for young people.  Brigades are week long investment for a life-changing outcome for youth participants." - Dr. Chris Boleman

Entomology Judging Clinic

The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M will be hosting an Entomology Judging Clinic Saturday, March 29, 2014 on the campus of Texas A&M University.  
 The Entomology Judging Clinic is designed for all youth including 4-H, FFA, scouts, etc., that have an interest in entomology and the youth contests for 4-H and FFA.  The program will be from 8am to Noon and include separate instruction for beginning students and for advanced students on order recognition, morphology, biology and ecology, as well as materials, supplies, and instruction on making collections.  Everyone will then be able to rotate through instruction modules on insect diversity by order or order groups so that they can see, compare and interpret variation in size, structure, color, etc. across a multitude of specimen examples.  There will be a contest room for all to test their skill in a format similar to the 4-H and FFA insect identification contests.  We fully expect the adult leaders to attend any or all sessions and work side-by-side with their members, and we will have a list of resource materials available for their future use.
Students interested in the program must register at https://www.judgingcard.com ; click on Registration and Information; select the calendar month March 2014; select “TAMU Judging Clinics” on calendar date 29 March; and register for “Entomology”.  The cost is $10.00 per person; late registration is $15.00 per person.

Kyle J. Merten, PhD
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Texas 4-H and Youth Development
4180 State Hwy 6
College Station, Tx 77845
Phone - 979–845-6533
Fax - 979–845-6495

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Doggies Do Good!

Three Dallas County 4-H'ers and their best friends graduated from their first obedience class in January. Lupe and Chester, Katie and Silly along with Christian and Pepper walked the stage and accepted their certificates (and chew toys) as their adoring fan cheered. Many thanks to the fabulous trainers at the Dog Training Club of Dallas County located in Duncanville for the excellent training!

More Dallas County Success in Fort Worth!

Dallas County 4-Hers, N. Mai, M. Craddock Jr, and H. Giglotti participated in the Fort Worth Livestock Show with their breeding heifers. The 4-Hers and their heifers looked strikingly composed as they entered the show ring. N. Mai placed 3rd in her class, M. Craddock Jr. placed 23rd, and H. Giglotti placed 6th. In the next few months, 4-Hers will be travel to show their projects in Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fun with Food!

Now this looks like fun! Go take a peek at some central Texas 4-H'ers in action and see what you are missing. Contact Tamra to find out which Dallas County clubs are involved in the Food Challenge and how you can join in the fun!

The Food Challenge was featured as a part of the "Let's Rodeo San Antonio" Special aired on San Antonio's ABC affiliate, KSAT 12, on Friday, January 31st.  Last year's champion, Amy Heimann, a 4-H member from Gillespie County, teamed up against TV personality, David Sears, for a friendly food challenge. The food challenge segment is available at the following link:


2014 marks the fourth year the Food Challenge will be held as a contest at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Poultry Showmanship at the Fort Worth Stock Show

The Poultry show at the Fort Worth Stock show held their first Youth Poultry Showmanship contest on January 25th. Twenty-four youth from across Texas participated in this event.

Check out that tall Urbanite in the back row...That is Dallas County's own Christian Shank. He was awarded first place in the senior division in Showmanship! Way to go Christian!

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