Friday, January 29, 2010

Roundup Quilt Challenge

People have different reasons for why they quilt; each reason is valid. Quilts can interest the very young, the very old and everyone in between. There are a variety of reasons that 4-H members choose to participate in the Statewide Quilt Challenge; some enjoy learning how to make quilt blocks, some enjoy creating something beautiful, others enjoy spending time with their friends as they stitch together, while others enjoy giving their finished quilt to someone in need. It is amazing to see young people so interested in learning to quilt. The Quilt Challenge is a wonder opportunity for 4-H members to learn to quilt.

We are very excited about announcing the 2010 4-H Quilt Challenge!This year's challenge fabric is entitled "Barnyard Buddies" by Amy Bradley and includes whimsical barnyard animals on a 4-H green background.

The 4-H Quilt Challenge is open to all 4-H members, not just seniors. Entries maybe individuals,teams or clubs. Adults may help with the quilt design and construction, but a majority of the work needs to be completed by the 4-H members. Quilts may have any design or them but must incorporate some sort of 4-H identification into the quilt top. Completed quilts are donated to a charity (determined by the quilt makers) following Texas 4-H Roundup in June.

For more information about the 2010 State Roundup Quilt Challenge go to To participate in the 4-H Quilt Challenge complete the attached request form to receive the Challenge fabric. There is a limited supply of challenge fabric so get your request in soon.

Please share the 4-H Quilt Challenge information with Club Managers, Clothing & Textiles Leaders and your local quilt guilds.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

County Roundup Contests

Roundup Contests are a great way to meet other youth in the county and across the districts. Roundup consists of several contests for youth to participate. Youth may choose to demonstrate/illustrate something, write a speech, gain knowledge in given topic, but most importantly, youth will be able to share their knowledge/talent.

County Contest – Monday, March 29, 2010 at the Extension Office we will start at 4:00 p.m. If you need an earlier or later time, please contact Cory at to request a different time.

District Contest – Saturday, April 24, 2010 in Fredericksburg (You must compete at the county level to advance to the district level)

Educational Presentations: Either an individual or a team event (up to 5 members)

Topic Choices: Agronomy, Beef, Clothing and Textiles, Companion Animals, Consumer Life Skills, Family Life, Farm and Ranch Economics, Food and Nutrition, Health, Horse, Horticulture, Housing and Home Environment, Meat Science, Natural Resources, Open, Promote 4-H, Safety and Injury Prevention, Sheep and/or Goats, Shooting Sports and Technology.

  • May use Powerpoint or other visual aides for assistance
  • Must not be longer than 12 minutes in length
  • Can have 1 to 5 team members

Share the Fun: 6 Categories to choose from –

Maximum of 6 minutes per presentation

4 minutes for set up and break down

  • Poetry/Prose
  • Vocal
  • Musical (individual category)
  • Band (group of 2-9 members)
  • Choreographed Routine
  • Celebrate 4-H (skit relating to 4-H)

Public Speaking (prepare a speech on a topic relating to youth issue)

  • Individual Contest
  • No props, visual aids or audio/video recordings are permitted
  • Time limit of 5-7 minutes
  • Topic should relate to current events related to youth

Quiz Bowls (3 to 4 member teams of the same 4-H age range) – Must be a team event

  • Beef
  • Horse

Swine Skill A Thon – a great way to showcase your swine knowledge, there is a written exam, a quiz bowl portion and a hands on skills test

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Travis County Youth Show - Photos

Pictures are online! Go to Dawn Hunt's website and click on LINKS. Share the info with your other TCYS friends.

TCYS Rule Changes/Suggestions

If you would like to offer suggestions/changes for the rules for the Travis County Youth Show, there is a form that must be completed and it is posted on the following website: Travis County Youth Show.

Complete the form and email it back to the person as indicated on the form.

West Region Leadership Lab

The 2010 West Region Leadership Lab will be held June 21-24 at the T BAR M Resort and Conference Center in New Braunfels. This event is open to youth ages 13 and up (must not have graduated from high school).

Those interested will need to register via 4-H Connect starting April 19th - May 14th. The cost is $210.00 per person and the 4-H program will pay half of the registration. The half will be reimbursed when you have attended the event.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Cory at
The flyer may be viewed at

Howard County Lamb and Goat Camps

Howard County is hosting is annual lamb and goats camps. The registrations fill up fast, if you are interested, send in your registration soon. To check out more information on the camps, click the following link,, look under the tab " upcoming events".

4-H Has Talent Contest

4-H members are invited to submit their videos of their talent. Youth across the state have the opportunity to showcase their talents or musical abilities. Please see the flyer at This is open to intermediate and senior 4-H members. Please look under the tab "upcoming events".

Polar Bear Golf Tournament

The Capitol Cleaners Dirty Laundry Buyer's Group is hosting the Polar Bear Golf Tournament on February 15, 2010. Check out the flyer at and look under the tab " Upcoming Events". The buyer's group is a huge supporter of 4-H and FFA so please spread the word about the tournament.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Leadership Opportunity at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo

Looking for youth to recite: the 4-H Motto and Pledge, recite the FFA Motto and to sing the National Anthem. If you are willing to contribute in any way, please contact Cory at
The schedule of when youth are needed is as follows:

Sunday, March 14, 1pm, Poultry Show
Monday, March 15, 1pm, Rabbit Show
Saturday, March 20, 9am, Lamb Show
Sunday, March 21, 9am, Goat Show
Tuesday, March 23, 9am, Steer Show
Wednesday, March 24, 9am, Barrow Show
Wednesday, March 24, 10am, Steer Show
Thursday, March 25, 9am, Barrow Show
Friday, March 26, 8am, Heifer Show
Saturday, March 27, 8am, Heifer Show

Community Service Opportunity - Food Check Out

Travis County 4-H has the opportunity to partner with the Travis County Farm Bureau and their annual Food Check Out. Any non-perishable food items brought to the Extension Office by February 19, 2010 will be donated along with the items provided by the Travis County Farm Bureau. The food items are donated to the Ronald McDonald House. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Cory at

Thursday, January 14, 2010

4-H Outdoor Challenge Training

Forget Survivor
This is the way outdoors were meant to be enjoyed,
through teamwork and rugged determination. Yes,
you’ll be challenged physically and mentally, but you’ll
emerge a stronger leader with the confidence to take
on anything!!

Find out more:
Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge Training
Sat., March 27, 2010, 9 a.m.-12 noon
Hays County Extension Office, San Marcos

The flyer with contact information has been posted at Look on the left side of the page on click on the tab "upcoming events"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PBR Iron Cowboy Invitational

On the 4-h Website you can find a flyer and an order form for tickets to this event. It is being held on February 20, 2010 at the Cowboy's Stadium. Check out eh website for more information.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 Clothing Contest

Whether it be shopping for new clothes or constructing your own, this contest is for you. Youth have the opportunity to showcase their sewing skills or consumer shopping skills. Participants will either make a garment or purchase one and will be interviewed on your knowledge of the project and your experiences. Junior and Intermediate youth will need to check out the following website for more information on divisions and required paperwork;

Senior level 4-H members will need to complete the paperwork found on the following website;
State Fashion Show Information.

If you have questions regarding the fashion contest, please contact Cory at

2010 Textiles Contest

Listed below are the class divisions for the Textile Contest. All entries submitted to the Travis County Extension Office by the deadline of March 29, 2010 will be judged an awarded a ribbon. Anyone wishing to enter their items at the district level, must register their items on 4-H Connect by April 5, 2010 and pay the $5.00 fee. For additional information and the entry form please visit the to check out the scoring process and other information.

Class Divisions: Check out the website for description.

Household Item
Kitchen Item
Accessory Item
Embellished Item
Holiday Textile Item

Travis County Youth Show - Auction

The TCYS Auction will be on Saturday, January 23, 2010.
Travis County Exposition Center
Luedecke Rodeo Arena
10:00 a.m. to ???

To view the auction from the floor of the arena, the cost is $20.00 per person - Youth or Adults (The $20.00 fee will include food). If you choose not to be on the floor of the auction, you may view the event from the bleacher type seating.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010 National 4-H Congress

The 2010 National 4-H Congress will take place November 25 - 30th in Atlanta, Georgia. The cost for youth to participate is $1400. Online applications will open on 4-H CONNECT starting February 1, 2010 and close on April 16, 2010. The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program strongly encourages all youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to apply. For more information on attending National Congress please see the following document at (Be sure to look under the tab " upcoming events).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

San Antonio Youth Baking Contest

For those interested, the San Antonio Livestock Show offers a Youth Baking Contest. The rules and guidelines and entry form are posted at (look under the forms tab). The contest is on Saturday, February 6. Deadline for entries is January 16, 2010.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

4-H Spurs Military Night

The San Antonio Spurs are pleased to announce another 4-H night, this time in honor of our 4-H Military Program!

The event will be held on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM. This is a special night in which the Spurs will be honoring fallen & injured soldiers, veterans of war, and children of military families.

Packages starting as low as $12 per person will include a game ticket and a food voucher for a hot dog, chips & soda. Don't wait long to place your order - availability is limited! Please see the attached order form for details.

Please check out the flyer at for more details and ticket order information.
(look under the tab - "upcoming events"

Monday, January 4, 2010

Are you looking for Community Service Hours?

Discover Green is a non-profit organization, started by one of our Travis County 4-H Members, Matthew Evans. Below is a great opportunity for several reasons:
1. Giving back to the community
2. Working with and supporting fellow 4-H members
3. Free validated ticket to a Disney Park for your service hours
Check out the websites below or talk with Matthew. His email is listed below

If you register for one of the Discover Green service projects during 2010 - we will validate your service and you get a free ticket to a Disney Park.
For more information -
For more information about Discover Green --
We have events starting on January 18th - MLK day.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Matthew Evans,

Shearing of Lambs and Goats for County Show

There is an opportunity for youth to have their lambs and goats sheared for the county show. Thursday, January, 14th is the preferred day and you will need to plan to arrive around 7:00 a.m. or a little after. Once the shearer is done on Thursday and no one is in line, he will be leaving, so please plan to arrive early on Thursday morning. If you cannot make it on the 14th, you can try to come on the 12th or 13th, but you may have a longer wait than on the 14th.

This will take place at the Travis County Exposition Center
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on the 12th and 13th
7:00 a.m. to when he is done or no one in line. (plan to be early this day)
Cost is $10.00 per head

If you have any additional questions about this opportunity, please contact Brad or Cory at 512-854-9600.