Friday, July 23, 2010

U.P. State Fair 2010

August 16-22, 2010
Escanaba, MI

The U.P. State Fair Exhibitor's Guide to Classes and Awards is available on the web.  The U.P. State Fair website also has lots of information about this year's events.

If you will be showing livestock at the fair, don't forget to complete your record book! 

Junior Livestock Record Books are also available to download here:
Intermediate Junior Livestock Record Book (ages 11-13)
Advanced Junior Livestock Record Book (ages 14-19)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Goldmine Girls - "Count on US!" at 2010 4-H Expo Days

The Goldmine Girls, a band made up of Gentian and RiLee Waller (two very talented Marquette County 4-H members!) performed at the 2010 MSU 4-H Exploration Days Talent Show at the MSU Wharton Center in East Lansing, MI.   The video clip includes two songs by the Goldmine Girls at the talent show: a rockin' dulcimer song and their original 4-H song "Count on Us!"  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Volunteers needed for 4-H Ice Cream Booth Fundraiser

The 2010 Marquette County Fair is just around the corner and we are in need of volunteers for the 4-H Ice Cream Booth.

The Marquette County 4-H Council raises funds at the ice cream booth to provide funding for youth development activities like Exploration Days and 4-H Camp. All youth who attended Exploration Days and 4-H Camp this year automatically received a scholarship, courtesy of the 4-H Council. Please show your appreciation by volunteering for two or more hours scooping ice cream during the 2010 Marquette County Fair!

Download an Ice Cream Booth schedule showing the dates and times that we need volunteers.  All Marquette County 4-H members, Exploration Days attendees and 4-H Camp participants are asked to volunteer for at least one 2-hour shift. (Parents: You are welcome to volunteer as well! Please let me know if you would like to volunteer with your child.)

Please select your top three choices (in case your first choice has already been filled!) and contact me via phone or email to let me know when you would like to volunteer to be a “Scooper”!

The 4-H Ice Cream Booth is located in the 4-H Building at the Marquette County Fairgrounds. Please plan on arriving at the booth a couple minutes before your shift is scheduled to begin. A booth manager will provide training and all the necessary supplies.

**On Wednesday, August 11 we need volunteers (youth or adult) to help serve lunch and scoop ice cream at the Ice Cream booth.  The Fair doesn't start until August 12, but the 4-H Council sells food to those who are setting up the fairgrounds and bringing in their animals and exhibits.  We appreciate the help of anyone who can sign up for a shift on Wednesday!!

Thanks for your help with the fundraiser and looking forward to seeing you at the fair!

2010 Marquette County Fair

August 12-15, 2010

Marquette County Fairgrounds
Sands Township
Marquette, Michigan

2010 Marquette County Fair Books are available online and to pick up at the Marquette County MSU Extension office.

Entry deadline is August 5, 2010 (excluding all horse shows and 8 & under)

Market Poulty and Market Rabbit Record Books are available to download.
Poultry and Rabbit Showmanship Reports are also available to download.

Market Livestock (Sheep, Swine, Beef) Record Books Available:
Beginner Record Book (ages 9-10)
Intermediate Record Book (ages 11-13)
Advanced Record Book (ages 14-19)

2010 North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Forum

October 7-10, 2010
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Michigan State University

A fast paced, educational and fun event awaits you on the spectacular fall campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing!  The North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Forum brings together 4-H staff and volunteers from the 12 states of the North Central region, and is a great opportunity for 4-H volunteers (adult and youth) to:

-  Gain knowledge and insight.
-  Learn new teaching skills to take home and share within their 4-H clubs.
-  Develop healthy youth and adult educational partnerships.
-  Have a great time making new 4-H friends and exchanging ideas.

Take a look at the 2010 North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Forum Registration Booklet for more information on the conference, including costs, schedules, and the amazing break-out sessions that you can sign up for!

Don't miss this great opportunity!  The Forum won't be held again until 2012, and will be in a different state!

After you download the Registration Booklet and choose your break-out sessions, you can register online at the North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Forum website.  Conference registration cost is $200 for registrations received by August 15, 2010.  A $50.00 fee will be added to your registration cost is received after August 15.  Scholarships are available for Michigan participants. Those who register for the full conference will receive a $20 scholarship. Those attending only one day will receive a $10 scholarship. Those scholarships will be automatically deducted from the total amount due if participants use the on-line payment option. Refunds will be provided to those who register by mail and send a check.

Additionally, funds may be available from the Marquette County 4-H Council and/or the Marquette County MSU Extension office to help cover some of your registration costs.  If you are interested in attending the conference and would like more information on scholarships, please contact Brian Wibby at the Marquette County MSU Extension office.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Marquette County 4-H News to Use

The Marquette County 4-H News to Use, the e-newsletter compiled by the Marquette County MSU Extension office, is in transition. In order to share 4-H news, information, and opportunities in a more timely manner, I will now be using this Marquette County 4-H blog to share current happenings in the world of 4-H.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback on the new blog! As always, if you have something that you would like to share with other 4-H members, leaders, or clubs, please contact me! I will gladly post your information, stories, pictures, or videos on this blog so that you can share with other 4-H'ers!