Monday, December 28, 2015

New Livestock Skill-a-thon Contest - New at the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup

Texas 4-H is excited to announce the rules and resource information for the Texas 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon contest.  This is a NEW contest for the 2016 Texas 4-H Roundup.  This year we are offering the contest as an Invitational Contest open to both Intermediate and Senior age 4-H members.  The first place senior level team qualifies to advance to the 2016 National 4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time / Location: TBD 
Contest Superintendents: Brandon Dukes, John Villalba and J.D. Ragland

The Livestock Skill-a-thon contest tests a 4-H member’s knowledge and comprehension of animal science and livestock management practices.  The contest provides an opportunity for youth to gain and develop production livestock skills and life skills through a competitive environment. 

The guidelines are attached and can also be found on the Texas 4-H website under Roundup Event / Relevant Files section:

TCYS Food Challenge Contest

Nutrition Quiz Bowl Contest

There is a District 10 Contest set for  February 9th in Kerrville ( be there by 9:00 am). Registration for this contest starts on January 5th and ends on January 19th and must be completed on 4-H Connect (

  • Teams are made up of 3-4 youth and must fall under the same age division. Junior aged members may move up to compete on an Intermediate team, but no one may move down and younger members may not move up to compete on the senior team.

  • Each team member must be registered on Connect by the deadline and will need to include the members of their teammates. ($10.00 per team member to register)
  • A county practice/contest will be held based on the registration numbers. If Travis County has youth that want to participate in the contest, we want to provide you with that learning experience at the county level, but that will be determined based on who registers for district.

·         If you are in need of team members, let me know so we can try to help you get that sorted out.

Email Cory with any questions.

2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest

The 2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest theme has been announced.  This year’s topic is “Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?”

The deadline for submission to the Texas 4-H office is Friday, January 8, 2016

Submissions will only be accepted electronically. The essay, along with the certification form, should be uploaded to FormSite at

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from Texas 4-H:
·       1st Place: $300.00
·       2nd Place: $200.00
·       3rd Place: $100.00
The first place essay will advance to the national contest representing Texas 4-H.

The complete rules and guidelines are attached.  They will also be available online under the Entomology Project section of the Texas 4-H website

Re-Fashion Retreat - January 15-17, 2016

Join us for Re-Fashion Retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center! This year’s program will feature sessions on Duds to Dazzle, Fashion Storyboard, arm knitting, felt needleworking, and much more. This is a family style camp, meaning that each youth must have an adult accompany them throughout the program.

E-mail Jenny Wilder at with any questions. Register now through December 31st at or the “sign up” button on the Texas 4-H Conference Center Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

D-11 Shooting Sports Coaches Training

D-11 is pleased to announce the District 11 Shooting Sports Coaches’ Training held January 9-10 in Victoria, TX at the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center. Please see the attached information for details.

·         The flyer is posted online here:
·         Registration will be through 4-H Connect. Its open STATEWIDE to all volunteers.
o   Registration will be November 6 – December 18.  Late registration is available for an additional $25 December 19 – January 4th.
o   All volunteers must be ACTIVE to register in 4-H Connect.
·         Registration fee is $120.
·         Lodging is not provided, but here are a few suggestions.
o   Hilton Garden Inn, 123 Huvar St, Victoria, TX 77904 (361) 573-0303
o   Hampton Inn, 7006 N Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904 (361) 573-9911
o   La Quinta ( be sure to use your Texas 4-H Friends & Alumni discount here!) 7603 N Navarro St, Victoria , TX  77904(361) 572-3585
o    Holiday Inn Express,  111 Huvar St, Victoria , TX  77904•(361) 575-1600

2016 Teen Retreat - January 8-10

Join us for Teen Retreat January 8-10 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center. This year’s program includes awesome educational sessions, including STEM, Share the Fun, Wildlife, and Leadership. We will also have a Polar Bear Plunge and, of course, nightly 4-H dances! Registration is now open at or click the link on our Facebook page. Cost is $115/youth, $85/adults and includes lodging and meals. Registration is open thru December 31st. Check-in will start at 7 pm on Jan. 8th and the retreat will conclude at 10 am on Jan. 10th.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Recordbook Informational - December 6th

Whether you are new to the 4-H program of just new to completing a 4-H Recordbook, and would like to learn more, an informational will be held on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 pm.  This will be conducted via online and the login information is listed below. Click on the blue font "Click here"

For more information on recordbooks, click here and scroll down to the heading "state events"

Link to Meeting:  Click Here
Meeting Number: 498 731 472
Password: travis

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Consumer Decision Making Contest - December 10th

If you want to try out this contest, please register on the link below and learn about the contest.

Travis County 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest:
·         Thursday, December 10th
·         We will run two rotations to try and accommodate  schedules – 5:30 and 6:30
·         Travis County Extension Office
·         Link to register for contest-

Link to State Website for resources  -

Each contestant will judge 6 classes and give 1 set of oral reasons (will let them know that evening on the class)
Classes: being used for our contest -  trying something new by giving you heads up.
·         Fast Food Meals
·         Jeans
·         Digital Cameras
·         Outdoor Backpacks
·         Active wear
·         Cookware