Friday, October 29, 2010

Major Livestock Show Entry Forms

If you plan to exhibit livestock projects at any of the following livestock shows in the spring you need to complete your major show entry paperwork:
San Antonio Livestock Exposition
San Angelo Livestock Show and Rodeo
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
All forms may be found at , on the right side of the page, there is a tab, livestock information under the heading "4-H Programs", Click on the livestock information link and the page that will come up obtains the forms you need.
Each exhibitor needs to complete a major show summary form - this allows us to be more organized and make sure we have all the entries in order for each exhibitor. The forms are divided out by the specific show. Please pay attention to the details of each form.
If the responsibility of each family to submit their own paperwork to John or Cory at the extension office. Checks need to be made payable to Travis 4-H. Forms are due back on November 10, 2010.
If you have any questions, please let us know.

San Antonio Livestock Show - Youth Day Activities

SALE Youth Day - Saturday, February 5, 2011
Exhibits, Activities, Photography Contest

For more information on the events or activities, please check out the following website:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

National 4-H Conference - April 2-7, 2011

The National 4-H Conference is the Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults--at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture--assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces.

The National 4‐H Conference requires youth who are focused and committed to working during the Conference and in their state. The Texas delegation will consist of 10 youth delegates, who need to engage in pre‐ and post conference work and participate in all scheduled conference
activities. The minimum age requirement for a Texas youth delegate is 15 years old (must be by January 1, 2011). The maximum age for a youth delegate is 18.

Applications must be submitted online and certified through 4H CONNECT by November 13, 2010.

The delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals, and transportation costs is $1500.00. This registration fee will be due on January 5, 2011.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

4-H SET Workshop

District 10 Training for youth, parents and volunteers
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Helotes 4-H Activity Center, 12132 Leslie Road, Helotes, TX
RSVP By: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 to:
Pam Axtell, Bexar County Extension Office
Please call 210-467-6575 or e-mail Pam at

Check out the flyer at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Consumer Decision Making

If you like to shop, and would like to learn more about making a more conscious consumer decision when shopping, the Consumer Decision Making Contest is for you. For more information check out the the following website:

The big District 10 Contest will be held on February 5th in San Antonio in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.

If you interested, please let Cory know by November 10th.

4-H Food Challenge at San Antonio Stock Show

The Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program is pleased to announce that the Food Challenge
will be offered as a contest at the 2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
A few important items related to this opportunity include:
Contest Date: The date of the contest will be Sunday, February 20, 2011.
Entry: Entries must be made on official San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo entry forms. There will be an entry fee of $25 per person. Youth will participate in the Food Challenge as individuals. No team entries are allowed!
Eligibility: In 2011, this contest is only open to eligible youth in the Senior age division - youth with birth dates between September 1, 1991 and August 31, 1996 (ages 14 to 19).
Contest Information: The format of this contest will be similar to the 4-H Food Challenge as it is conducted at Texas 4-H Roundup. The 2010-2011 4-H Food Challenge Guidelines will apply to this contest. The guidelines are available on the 4-H web site at:
More information will be available in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Premium Book, which will be available on their website:

If you plan to enter, submit your entry form to the Travis county Extension Office by November 10th.

Travis County Youth Show Entries

If you plan to exhibit at the Travis County Youth Show - livestock or youth fair, your entries are due November 1st, 2010. You should be submitting those through your club manager, but if for some reason you miss that deadline, the entry form and money should be submitted to the Extension Office (physically in the office).

Forms may be found at
  • below the big brown box, place your cursor over "2011 Show Information"
  • It should highlight in a neon green, left click on that.
  • Then page that pulls up will list the judges and scroll to the bottom of that page to get the show entry forms
Physical address:
5501 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

Mailing Address:
1600 B Smith Road
Austin, TX 78721

Travis County Food Project Contest Information

The Travis County 4-H Food Show, Nutrition Quiz Bowl and Food Challenge Contests are being held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 6011 Blue Bluff Road. Information about these contests may be found at

If you have questions, please ask. or

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tractor Supply Clover Card

The TSC Clover Card is a great way to celebrate the new partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H! Each use of the card shows TSC the value of 4-H customers and, more importantly, enters your 4-H club for chance to receive gift cards from Tractor Supply.

Each month, TSC will randomly select five transactions made with the Clover Card. The local club associated with each of those cards will receive a $500 Tractor Supply Gift Card. Remember, each swipe of the card gives your club a better chance to win gift cards from TSC!

The TSC Clover Card offers special deals to those in the 4-H community — parents, guardians, volunteers and leaders — and provides chances to win TSC gift cards for their club.
Sign up deadline for the card is November 21, 2010.

Who is eligible for the TSC Clover Card?
4-H members, 4-H parents or guardians, volunteers, club leaders, and 4-H staff are eligible for the card. However, there can only be one card per household. TSC team members, store managers, vendors, and respective immediate family members are not eligible to sign up for a card. See the “Complete Rules” online at for details.

How do I get a TSC Clover Card?
The only way to sign up for the TSC Clover Card is via Tractor Supply Company’s 4-H mini-website, found at Only a parent/guardian can sign up for the card if the 4-H member is under 18 years of age.

What are the benefits of signing up for the card?
By signing up, you will receive a 10% off coupon that comes along with the card. TSC will send you specials and promotions via email that are available only for cardholders. The TSC Clover Card will offer special deals to those in the 4-H community — youth, parents, guardians, volunteers, club leaders, staff — and provides chances for 4-Hers to win a TSC gift card for their club. By using their TSC Clover Card with every purchase, 4-Hers are entering their club into a monthly drawing for a $500 TSC gift card. There will be five (5) $500 gift cards awarded to clubs every month until June 2011.

How long do I have to sign up for the card and once I sign up, when will I receive it?
Enrollment for the pilot program runs through November 21, 2010. Cards will receive 2-4 weeks after the online card form has been completed.

How long is the card valid?
This pilot card program will expire on June 30, 2011.

Does every 4-Her in my family need to sign up for a card?
No, one registration per household is all that is needed. When you register for the TSC Clover Card you will receive 2 cards for your family to use. Anyone who is active in 4-H is eligible for this card.

Can I use my card for on-line purchases with TSC?
No, currently the cards are only for in-store purchases.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We Got Your Back - Service Project

The Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board is sponsoring a state-wide community service project for the 2010-2011 4-H year. "We've Got Your Back" is a project that any 4-H club or group can get involved in! 4-H members collect gently used backpacks and/or purses, along with non-perishable food items and basic necessities, such as toiletries. The backpacks are then filled with the food items and toiletries and distributed to people in your local community! 4-H members are then encouraged to report online the number of backpacks and other items collected. For more information, a promotional flyer and a link to the online report, visit the healthy lifestyles program page on the Texas 4-H Website:

If a youth member would like to take the lead on this project for the county, please contact Cory at

Texas Sea Grant - Video Opportunity

Texas Sea Grant is seeking energetic and creative young filmmakers to take part in the inaugural Ocean Education: Diversity in Videos (OEDIV) contest. Teams comprising students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit videos, no longer than 5 minutes, that convey clear and important messages about the ocean in terms the general public can understand.

Student teams must include at least two and no more than five students and be supervised by an advisory teacher. Entries can be in English, Spanish or both. Contest registration opened Sept. 1, 2010. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Texas Sea Grant website. All videos, in the form of a DVD disc, must be received in the Texas Sea Grant office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. The judges' decisions will be announced by January 15, 2011.

The first and second place winners will be invited to the NOSB Loggerhead Challenge on February 5, 2011, in Corpus Christi and the NOSB Dolphin Challenge on February 26, 2011, in College Station, for screenings of their videos. NOSB audiences include scientists, graduate students, teachers, and the many high school students who compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

For more information about Texas Sea Grant's marine education programs, including OEDIV or NOSB, contact Liz Turner, Marine Education Specialist.

Exchange Program

Texas 4-H Families will have an opportunity to host a young person from Japan in Summer 2011! There will be 10 Japanese youth and a couple of adults coming to visit our State! More information will be coming from Jodi McManus on this. Families will apply to be a host. Those selected will have a youth or adult in their home for approximately 1 month (mid-July to mid-August) and will treat them as a part of their family!

Texas 4-H Golf Challenge

  • This event will be held June 20-21, 2011 in College Station. The two day event will include workshops, golf pro clinic and evening social and dinner on the first day followed by an 18 hole scramble and golf scenario quiz on the second day. This event will be for youth ages 11-18. Look for more info from Kyle Merten on this event!

2010 Junior Leadership Retreat - Registration Closes October 22nd

WHO: 4-H members ages 9-14 (and Adult Chaperones)
WHAT: State level leadership development program
WHERE: Texas 4-H Conference Center, Brownwood
WHEN: Friday November 5 through Sunday November 7
COST: $100 for youth, $65 for Adult Chaperones (includes two nights lodging, four meals, two evening snacks and program fees)

Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops
with younger 4-H members. This year, the program will focus on new 4-H project opportunities — Leaders 4 Life, Global and Cultural Education, Keys to the Courthouse, Team Building and Recreation round out the five educational workshops.

Registration is being conducted on 4-H Connect (

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10th Ever Cowboy Christmas Ball

It is that time of the year again. The 10th Ever Cowboy Christmas Ball is just around the corner. This annual event is sponsored by a dedicated group of individuals who support the 4-H youth at the Travis County Youth Show.

November 20 , 2010
6:30 p.m. - midnight
Double Tree North
Live Music by Rick Trevino
Silent and Live Auction
$75.00 per tickets (tables of 10 are available for purchase)
***adult only event***

For more information or tickets:
Purchase tickets by contacting:
Mo Hamann (512)751-4315
Terri Rhyan (512)750-6744
Kelly Pond (512)426-1459
Julie Morris (512)835-7575
Krista Fowles

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fort Worth Stock Show

If you plan to exhibit an animal at the Fort Worth Stock Show, please go to the following link, complete the correct form and submit your form and entry fee to the Travis County Extension office by November 1, 2010.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vote for Matthew Evans & Discover 4-H -J.C. Penney Contest

Matthew Evans, a Discover 4-H Club member, submitted their service projects to the J C Penney Contest! His nomination is one of the top 3 and voting is going on NOW!!! Please support Matthew by clicking on the link below and then click on the link in the right hand box that says "vote on the top 3"! Matthew and his club could win big money for charity AND a scholarship!!! You can vote one time a day!!!
While you are on the JCP Facebook page, also vote for 4-H in the left hand box by clicking on the "vote for your favorite"!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

San Antonio Livestock Show -School Tour Guides

4-H youth in grades 9-12 are invited to sign up and serve as a school tour guide for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. If you are interested in giving back and taking on this leadership role, you must sign up with Cory by emailing her at This is a time commitment of 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The tour Dates for Travis County Youth will be on the following dates:
Thursday, February 10th
Friday, February 11th
Monday, February 14th

Email Cory, indicating your days of preference by November 29th.

Meeting Make up Opportunity

If you missed your 4-H meeting club or just need a 4-H meeting in general to attend, join us at 6:15 on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (tonight) at 5501 Airport Blvd (Room 209 - North Entrance of Building).

4-H Trip to Europe

A trip to Europe is being planned by Charla Bading, District 7, 4-H Extension Specialist for next summer. There is a flyer posted at under the tab "4-H Events". The flyer provides details on cost as well as the schedule. This trip is open to youth (15 years of age) and adults.

If you are interested, please look over the flyer and let me know so I can forward along any additional contact information for you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

4-H Food Challenge

The 4-H Food Challenge is a contest open to 4-H youth that is a mock of the Iron Chef Show. It is a team event made up of 3-5 youth (of the same age range). Youth will be provided ingredients to make a dish of their choice, determine the following: cost analysis, nutritional information and make a group presentation about the dish and answer questions. The county contest will be held on Saturday, November 13th.

For those interested or would like more information, please contact Cory at More information on the contest may be found at at the link here.

4-H Contests Informational

Whether you are new to 4-H or have been a member for a number of years, there are numerous contest opportunities available. An informational meeting is being held on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Travis County Extension Office (5501 Airport Blvd) to discuss contest opportunities, requirements for the contests and time of the year when the contests occur. If you are interested in any of the following contests, please sure to attend as the contests listed below will major topics of discussion. There are many other contests out there, so don't think you only have to be interested in the ones below.
  • 4-H Food Challenge
  • 4-H Food Show
  • Nutrition Quiz Bowl
  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Fashion Show
  • Fashion Storyboard
If you have questions, please let Cory know.