Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Pig-A-Palooza: Livestock Camp

Pig-A-Palooza LIVESTOCK Camp

What: A LIVESTOCK camp for all 4-H youth (9-19 years of age)- geared toward those interested in showing at the fair. This year there will be instruction for: Steers, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Chickens, and Rabbits.

When: Sunday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 1st

Where: Marquette County Fairgrounds

Registration Deadline: May 23rd

2014 Pig-A- Palooza Promotional Flyer

2014 Pig-A-Palooza Camper Packet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Exploration Days

Registration Books and Forms are now available at the Extension office and online (see "Forms" below).  Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperones will be on the Michigan State University campus June 19-21 for the 44th annual 4-H Exploration Days. Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest such as veterinary medicine, Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming, and many more. 214 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered this year. Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old by January 1, 2014 in order to participate in the event.

Exploration Days, Michigan’s largest annual 4-H event, is designed to help students learn new ideas and techniques while exploring career options and developing decision-making, independence and teamwork skills. They also meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and areas throughout Michigan. 4-H volunteers and staff are on hand to offer oversight and guidance.

“Exploration Days gives 4-H youth an authentic collegiate experience,” says Judy Ratkos, MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program leader and coordinator of the event. “They are exposed to things they cannot get at the local level. Information learned in a session may spark their interest in a college major or career.”

Wednesday Night’s Wharton Center Entertainment is “Science in the Movies”. See the secret science behind movie stunts and special effects! Presented by Steve Wolf, an award winning engineer of stunts for feature films and TV shows.

When not in sessions, students will have a plethora of recreation and learning choices. This year’s Exploration Days features the following options:

Abrams Planetarium- Take in a narrated sky show to learn about the stars and planets.
Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center -This MSU facility features the latest in shooting range technology and is designed to accommodate a variety of shooting sports activities. It promotes, advances, and encourages the safe use of firearms and archery equipment for programmatic and recreational use.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum -This new, world-class museum provides innovative educational and creative art including interactive exhibits to help visitors learn about the modern art on exhibit.
 4‑H Children’s Garden- Experience the many themed gardens within the world-famous 4‑H Children’s Garden.
MSU Animal Teaching and Research Centers Tour- travel by bus to visit the MSU dairy, horse or beef facilities.
MSU Dairy Store- See where MSU makes its very own ice cream and cheese, and consider buying a yummy snack while you’re there.
MSU Museum -Explore the animals, cultures, crafts and much more on display at MSU’s very own museum.
Science Palooza- See and do a tons of really cool, fun science-related activities.
Swimming- swim with others from your county delegation in MSU’s Oplymic-sized outdoor pool.

During your leisure time at 4‑H Exploration Days you can also bowl, shoot pool, dance, ice skate, swim and more!

The annual State 4-H Awards Celebration, a formal event celebrating the accomplishments of more than 160 Michigan 4-H members, takes place June 19.


Cost and Scholarship Information


Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
New and Returning 4-H Members
Full cost with no scholarships
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship applied
Cost with $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship AND $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied


The options above show the cost for youth to participate in the event. The costs include a $165.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee, a $24.00 early arrival fee, a $65.00 bus fee, and (for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H) a $10.00 Participation Fee. In addition to these fees, participants are also responsible for 3 meals while traveling to and from East Lansing. Some sessions also require that participants pay a "session fee". See registration booklet for more info (these session fees are due along with any balance at the orientation meeting in June).

The Marquette County 4-H Council and the State 4-H Office provide financial assistance to support the participation of Marquette County youth in this event. Youth must complete scholarship applications in order to receive financial assistance.

Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship
The Marquette County 4-H Council will provide $113.00 scholarships to youth who complete a Marquette County 4-H Council - Exploration Days Scholarship Application Form. The form must be received by the Marquette County MSU Extension office by April 17, 2014 in order for youth to get this scholarship.

State 4-H Scholarship
Each year the State 4-H office awards each county a limited number of Exploration Days Scholarships. These $40 scholarships are to support participation of financially limited youths who would otherwise not attend and to encourage and support youth who have not participated in Exploration Days in the past. If you are new to Exploration Days, please fill out an application. If you have multiple children attending, please fill out an application. These forms are due April 17th, as well.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines
Please note: All participants MUST include 8 session choices on their registration form. You will not be registered unless your form has all 8 session choice lines completed and the $80 registration fee is paid. Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well.

Everything you need to register for Exploration Days is in the Registration Book. You can download the book (or only the forms) from this blog. Printed books are also available at the MSU Extension office. Feel free to stop by and pick one up or contact the office and we can mail you the book.

Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged!
The deadline for registration is April 30th. Scholarship applications are due April 18, 2014.

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meeting
Mark your calendar and save the date!  A mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 5th.  This meeting will be a shorter version of the orientation meeting for individuals who have attended Exploration Days in the past. A mandatory Exploration Days orientation meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10th. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. ALL youth participants and a parent, and adult chaperones are required to attend one of these meetings.  Location of both meetings will be in the 4-H building at the Marquette County Fairgrounds. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios

A Personal Data Sheet with a current photo will be needed for each youth and adult participant. These sheets will help county conference assistants (CCAs) and chaperones put names and faces together, put all pertinent information in one place and assist with identification and tracking if someone is missing. I encourage you to fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms. You can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June.


Registration Checklist

For more information about Exploration Days, visit the website:

Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 Marquette County Fair Livestock Record Books and Entry Form

Below you will find the necessary forms for exhibiting your livestock at the Marquette County Fair.

Livestock Pre-Entry Form

Beginning Member Livestock Record Book

Intermediate Member Livestock Record Book

Advanced Member Livestock Record Book

Please contact Emily Bruce, the Marquette County Fair Livestock Superintendent, for further information. 

2014 UP Leadermete

The 2014 UP Leadermete is set to be held in Marquette County again. The program runs from Friday, March 21st through Saturday, march 22nd. It is geared toward youth leaders ages 12 years old and up, and adult club and project leaders.
Please read the cover letter for detailed information about registration.
2014 UP Leadermete Cover Letter
Please click on the link below to access the event brochure.
2014 UP Leadermete Brochure

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Liana Graves
Marquette County MSUE (Thursdays and Fridays) 906-475-5731
Alger County MSUE (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 906-387-2530

Thursday, December 19, 2013

4-H Ski Nights at Marquette Mountain

Thanks to Jill Churchill, we will be enjoying two 4-H ski nights at Marquette Mountain this winter!
Lift tickets and Rentals are just $16 per person.
Just present the flyer at the time of purchase and you will get the discount. 
Non-4-H Family Members are also included in this deal!
Come out to the hill and have some fun! We hope to see you there!
February 9th Ski Night Flyer
March 2nd Ski Night Flyer

Friday, September 6, 2013

2012-2013 Marquette County 4-H Awards Information

About the Awards Program:
The Awards program is an annual event that provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of 4-H members, leaders, volunteers, and families. An invitation  to this event will be posted later this month.

Individual Awards
As in past years, 4-H youth members (ages 9 and up) need to fill out the Project Awards Form if they would like to be considered for a project pin. Each enrolled 4-H member is eligible for a year pin and a project pin. The same project pin and/or award cannot be received two years in a row. Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) will receive a year badge and certificate, but are not eligible to receive project pins.

Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards
Youth ages 12 – 19 (4-H age determined by age of child on 1/1/2013) are also eligible for Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards. Youth must fill out a cover sheet for these awards and write an essay.

Volunteer and Community 4-H Awards
Also, be sure to make nominations for Volunteer & Community 4-H Awards. Youth, leaders, volunteers and parents are encouraged to fill out a nomination sheet. This is your opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions and efforts that others make to 4-H!

Awards Handbook
The Awards Handbook provides more information on the awards process and eligibility for all awards. If you have questions about the awards, please contact your club leader or the MSU Extension office.
Download the Marquette County 4-H Awards Handbook 

Awards Forms
Printed forms are available to pick up from the Marquette County MSU Extension office, or may be downloaded here:

(If you would like forms mailed to you please contact the MSU Extension office at 906-475-5731)

Forms are due to the Marquette County 4-H Council no later than Wednesday September 25, 2013. Only those who submit completed forms to P.O. Box 971, Marquette, MI  49855 by the deadline will be considered for awards. If you would like to submit your forms electronically, please email them to

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ice Cream Booth at the Marquette County Fair

The Marquette County 4-H Council is serving Jilbert's Ice Cream at the Fair again (located inside and 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds)! It is a fantastic way to help raise funds for the Marquette County 4-H Program. The Council helps fund 4-H Camp, Exploration Days, National 4-H Congress, and much more!
The 4-H Council has hired two individuals and is looking to hire one more person for the job of ice cream booth manager for the four days of the fair: Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th. Managers must be 18 years of age or older to be considered for the position. If you are interested, please email Liana at or call the MSU Extension Office at 906-475-5731.

Youth, parents, and club leaders are encouraged to volunteer in the ice cream booth as well. It is a fun way to serve your community and help the 4-H program. Please follow the link below to sign up. Once you are at the sight, type in your name and select your top choice time slot. Scroll over to the right hand side of the page and hit save. That is all you need to do to sign up for the ice cream booth. Space is limited to three volunteers per 2 hour time period.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pig-A-Palooza Handouts

For those of you who missed Pig-A-Palooza but show pigs at the fair, please help yourself to the handouts that the participants received. We hope you find them helpful. If you need hard copies, call the Extension office and we can provide one for you.

Swine Exhibition Handouts

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pig-A-Palooza Swine Camp

What: A swine camp for all 4-H youth- geared toward those interested in showing at the fair.
When: Sunday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, July 2
Where: Marquette County Fairgrounds
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 21st

Pig-A-Palooza Promo Flyer

Pig-A-Palooza Camper Packet