Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gentian Waller's Experience in 4-H

For those of you who did not get to see this article from last summer, here it is. Gentian was interviewed by Johanna Boyle form the Mining Journal and featured in a Sunday paper. This article was printed the Sunday after she won her State Award during Exploration Days. She shares her unique experience and love for 4-H. Gentian has made the most of her years in 4-H, there is no question. Way to go, Gentian!
Gentian Waller Article

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Input Session about the U.P. State Fair

There is a U.P. State Fair Conference Call/Input session schedule here in Escanaba  (MSU Extension Service Conference Room, 2840 College Avenue ) on  Monday, November 26th at 6:30 PM EST to discuss the U.P. State Fair livestock programs, gather input and begin the planning process for the 2013 Upper Peninsula State Fair.  All MSU Extension County Program Coordinators and 4-H Leaders are encouraged to participate

The meeting will be held at the Delta County MSU Extension Service Conference Room, 2840 College Avenue, Escanaba. 

Please RSVP to the Upper Peninsula State Fair at 906/786-2192.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may attend by teleconference or Skype.  Please call this number with your contact information.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2013 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

Graduating Seniors, here is the 4-H Council Scholarship letter and appication. The deadline has been pushed up for this year. They are now due in February. This allows the scholarship recipients to be recognized for this achievement during their awards banquets at school. Best wishes to all of you as you step into a new era of life!

2013 4-H Council Senior Scholarship Cover Letter

2013 4-H Council Senior Scholarship Application

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2013 Marquette County Fair Livestock Record Books and Pre-Entry Forms

The link below is to the home page of the Marquette County Fair website. Go to Forms to get the Pre-Entry Form and the Livestock Record Books. Please note the deadlines for pre-entry for the different categories. That is located on the top of the Pre-Entry Form.

Marquette County Fair

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bruce, the Livestock Superintendant. Her home phone is 906-238-4237 or her email is

*While you are on the Fair website take a minute to see the Livestock Auction information from last year under the Exhibitor Info. drop down menu and select Livestock.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Volunteer Workshops

Here is a link to the Volunteer Training Workshops available at Kettunen Center. These are for adults and TEENS!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 4-H Halloween Party

Click on the link to view the invitation.
Bring a friend!
Bring a snack!
Bring your costume!
Bring your dancing shoes!
*Note the location change.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

American Legion Judging Sheet Example

The American Legion Post of Marquette gives two $50 prizes to 4-H members at the Marquette County Fair. 4-H members who win a rosette can sign up for an interview to compete for the award. The link below provides you with an example of what the judges are looking for during these interviews. Of course, no one ever gets a perfect score, but this example will give you pointers.
For those of you who have been trying for years to win this honor, you now have a chance to see where you can improve for next year. Best of luck!
American Legion Judging Sheet

Monday, September 24, 2012

Marquette County 4-H Awards Party

Marquette County 4-H Awards

The Marquette County 4-H Awards Planning Committee invites all Marquette County 4-H members, leaders, parents, families, and volunteers to attend the 2012 Awards Party!

When: Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Marquette County Fairgrounds
in the 4-H Building

Come enjoy recognition, appetizers and dancing!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Negaunee Rod & Gun Club Youth Day Event

For those of you who enjoy shooting sports, here is a day full of it. It is open to all youth ages 10-16 and FREE!
Try: Air Rifle, .22 Rifle, Archery, Shotgun, and more! The link below is a flyer with more details.

Safe Hunting & Shooting Youth Day

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2011-2012 Awards

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 year.

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 1/1/2012) 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 MarquetteCounty 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:

 2011-2012 Project Awards List

(If you would like forms mailed to you please contact the MSU Extension office)

Forms are due to the Marquette County MSU Extension office no later than Friday September 21, 2012. Only those who submit completed forms to the MSU Extension office by the deadline will be considered for awards. If you would like to submit your forms electronically, please email them to

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ice Cream Booth Volunteer Schedule

The Marquette County 4-H Council holds an Ice Cream fundraiser each year at the Marquette County Fair.  Funds raised support the youth and adult volunteers who participate in the Michigan 4-H Youth Development program.  4-H members, parents, club leaders, and Council members are encouraged to sign-up to volunteer for a shift in the 4-H Ice Cream booth (located inside the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds).  A manager will be on-site during each shift to provide orientation and supervision. 

Wednesday (August  8)
Fair is not open to the public.  Volunteers are needed to help serve food and ice cream to vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and others who are setting-up and bringing their exhibits into the fairgrounds.

Thursday (August 9) – Sunday (August 12)
Fair is open to the public.  Volunteers will help take orders, run the cash register, scoop ice cream and keep the booth clean.

To sign-up for a shift please contact the Marquette County MSU Extension office: email Liana Graves at or call 906-475-5731.

An updated version of this schedule will be posted as people sign up. Thank you in advance for your support!

Updated Ice Cream Booth Volunteer Schedule

Ice Cream Booth Manager Schedule

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fair Resources

For those of you who need Marquette County Livestock Record Books, the link below will take you to the forms page of the Marquette County Fair web site.

For those of you who do not yet have your Fair Book, here is the web address to print it. We also have books at the office if you can stop in and pick them up.

See you at the fair!!

For those of you showing at the U.P. State Fair, the Record Book Forms are below.

Beginner Livestock Record Book
Beginning Beef Record Book
Intermediate Livestock Record Book
Advanced Livestock Record Book
Record Keeping Rules

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4-H Beautification Campout at the Fairgrounds

Friday July 6th at the Marquette County Fairgrounds

Come join us for an opportunity to serve our community and have a bounch of fun!
Come around 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Fun Games
Planting and cleaning up our grounds

Please bring a flat of plants that can withstand the heat of summer. Planters are being built so we can fill them and put in front of the cattle barns and hog barns and in front of the 4-H building.
Grass seed is also needed.
Please conact Kelly Conery for more details at 906-485-1651.
See you at the Fairgrounds for loads of fun!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Supplies Needed for 4-H Camp!

Calling all 4-H Families:

We are in need of a few things for 4-H Camp. If you have any of these items that you are willing to part with, we would be grateful!

Items to Donate:
Scrapbooking Materials
Old Trophies (or other items to be given as prizes)

Items to Lend:
Bocce sets (we need three)

Thank you! Please contact Liana at 906-202-3057 to make arrangements for your donations.

4-H Tent at the Marquette County Fair

Hello 4-H Leaders ~

The theme for the 2012 4-H tent this year will be "Green and Growing".  We would like our 4-H groups to team up with the local business that promotes green living, green power, or any other green ideas.  Be creative!  We hope that each booth will provide an educational experience for all who attend.  For example if you know of a business that sells wind power products then have your group approach that business and come up with a plan to learn as much about their business as possible, then set up a display together promoting their business in exchange for knowledge.  It will teach 4-Hers and the community more about living "green" while supporting our local economy and will keep us all "Green and Growing".

If you have any questions or would like any help with anything please give Kelly Conery a call at 485-1651 or Becca Conery at 486-4369.  

Thank You for Supporting the 4-H Tent!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Senior Scholarship Application

The Marquette County 4-H Council is providing 4-H Seniors with an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to help with expenses of post-secondary schooling. If you have any questions, contact the MSU Extension office.

Cover Letter
Senior Scholarship Application

Congratulations Graduates and best wishes!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

'Magnify the Science' Video Production

Magnify the Science

We need youth and adults who may be interested in helping us out with a video production!!!!!

We are looking for youth (up to 5) and adults (up to 5) who are available and willing to help us create the video production for the magnify the science in your county 4-H programs online resource.

Again, you do not need to be ‘all knowing’ but help us show the process of scientific inquiry while you are being taped; thunder and lighting production in Marquette will be doing the taping and editing for us. 

We are looking at completing this taping on ONE of the following days;  please let us know your availability by responding to this email by this Friday, june 15th.  Thanks

Please check all days that you are available: 

____     Monday, June 25th           from approximately 9 a.m. est to 1 p.m. est

____     Friday, June 29th               from approximately 9 a.m. est to 1 p.m. est

____     Sat., June 30th                    from approximately 9 a.m. est to 1 p.m. est

Please let us know how many will attend and if they are youth or adults, thanks!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Exploration Days Orientation Meeting

The Exploration Days Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th at the Marquette County Fairgrounds from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This is a mandatory meeting for ALL Marquette County Exploration Days delegates and a parent/ guardian. It is where we take photos for your personal data sheets, sign-up for roommates, learn about the itinerary for the trip, see a video about the Exploration Days experience, discuss the code of conduct, and answer any questions.
The make-up day for those unable to make the June 5th meeting is Monday, June 11th at the fairgrounds from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

See you next week!  :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

4-H Camp 2012

You have all been anxiously awaiting it, and now it is here! The 2012 Marquette County 4-H Summer Camp will be held July 10-12 at Clear Lake Education Center, located in the Hiawatha National Forest. Campers (ages 9-13) will enjoy participating in a variety of fun, hands-on educational activities while at camp, including a high ropes challenge, nature exploration, swimming, astronomy, arts and crafts, drama, and group activities. Youth do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend camp.

Older youth (ages 14 and up) are needed to serve as Junior Counselors. Youth serving in these positions will provide leadership (along with an Adult Counselor) to a cabin of younger campers.  We are asking Junior Counselors to arrive a day early to camp for training. We will get started in the early afternoon and work on team building and leadership skills. Adult volunteers are needed to serve as Counselors. Adults serving in these roles must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process before they are accepted as volunteers. Adult Counselors provide leadership for a cabin of campers and youth counselors.

The cost of 4-H Camp is $55 per youth already enrolled in 4-H ($65 for youth not yet enrolled in 4-H) and includes everything campers will need; daily meals, snacks, lodging, all program supplies, crafts, and instruction. Youth and adult counselors attend camp at no cost.

Space at camp is limited. Registration will be completed in the order that applications and payment are received by the MSU Extension office. The final day to register a camper (space permitting) is June 29, 2012. Junior and Adult Counselor applications must be submitted to the MSU Extension office no later than June 15, 2012.

For questions or more information, please contact the MSU Extension office, located at 184 US Hwy 41 East in Negaunee. Call 906.475.5731 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email for more information.

Camper, Junior Counselor, and Adult Counselor forms are available at the Marquette County MSU Extension office or can be downloaded here:

****Please make all CHECKS out to MSU****

Download Camper Application Forms

Thanks to the support of Wells Township School and the Marquette County 4-H Council, we are able to offer transportation to and from camp again this year:

Bus Sign-Up Form and Schedule

Friday, May 4, 2012

Marquette County 4-H Shirt Order Form

4-H Shirt Order Form

Host families needed for 4-H Japan Exchange program!

Summer 2012
4-H has a wonderful opportunity for Michigan families to host a youth from Japan this summer. We are looking for families that have children between the ages of 10 and 16 to host a Japanese delegate (who are ages 12-16).  The Japanese youth live with your family between July 22 and August 18.  They are most interested in learning about the day-to-day life of American families, so there is no need to plan "special" activities or trips.  Please consider participating in this amazing, life changing experience!  

Youth delegate pictures and profiles can be viewed here:

Host Family Application Packets are available to download here:

For more information, visit the Michigan 4-H International Exchange Programs website:

Meet the delegates and get updates:  "like" the Michigan 4-H International Exchange Facebook page: 

Here's a sample of some of the delegates that will be coming to Michigan this summer!  See the rest here:

ID-Code:  KNG-042
Age: 12  -  Gender: Male

Likes playing tennis, fishing, cycling, soccer, reading comics and playing games.  Would like to play tennis with host family, make many friends , and teach host family about Japan and Japanese culture.  Described as cheerful, tolerant, and laughs a lot.  Allergic to pollen (cedar).

ID-Code: KNG-020
Age: 13  -  Gender: Female

Belongs to the art club in junior high school.  Her hobby is drawing illustrations.  Would enjoy talking with host family and would like to go shopping, swimming, camping, and listen to music.  Described as talkative and laughs a lot.

ID-Code: SPK-007
Age: 14  -  Gender: Female

Loves dancing (especially hip-hop) and music.  Would like to experience everyday life in the U.S. and know the difference from Japan.  Would like to share Japanese culture with host family.  Would like to share Japanese tea ceremony with hosts.  Described as curious, cheerful, talkative, and sociable and laughs a lot.  

ID-Code: YAM-003
Age: 13  -  Gender: Male

Hobbies include swimming, reading, playing outdoors with friends and pets, listening to music and camping.  Would like to stay at a farmhouse and take care of animals.  Wants to eat American food like hamburgers and steak.  Described as curious and shy.  Can host in 2013. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

4-H Camp T-Shirt Design

Are you interested in creating a design for this year's Camp T-Shirt? Click on the link below for more details!

4-H Camp T-Shirt Design

Thursday, March 8, 2012

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp

4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

July 29 – August 4, 2012
Camp Chickagami
Presque Isle, Michigan

Teens 12 – 15 years old:

Go charter fishing, snorkeling or sailing! Hike through forests! Wade through wetlands! Explore dunes! These are just a few of the exciting activities you can do at 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp.

If you want to have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences, come to the week-long adventure known as 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp.

 Ten reasons to attend camp
1.  Have fun in the great outdoors doing camp activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and having a campfire!
2. Learn about and enjoy Great Lakes ecol­ogy and Michigan’s diverse natural resources.
3. Explore natural resources management issues and what you can do to help.
4. Find out about careers related to the Great Lakes and natural resources.
5. Learn from Michi­gan State University faculty, MSU Exten­sion program staff and others who are also natural resources experts.
6. Discover environmental education proj­ects that you can do at home.
7. Make new friends from across the state and learn about where they are from.
8. Enjoy a chance to be independent from your family in a safe, friendly environment.
9. Learn new ideas, skills and techniques you can use for the rest of your life.
10. Develop your leadership abilities.

When and where is camp?
4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp will be held July 29 to August 4, 2012. Lodging, meals and programming will take place at Camp Chicka­gami, near the shore of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities.

Who should attend?
You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp!
You can apply to attend 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp if you’ll be aged 13 to 15 during camp. (Note: If you’ll be entering eighth grade in the fall after camp but have a late sum­mer or fall birthday so you’ll only be 12 during camp, you may still apply.)
Space is limited to 70 campers.

How much does camp cost?
The fee of $335 for campers who are 4-H members and $345 for campers who are not 4-H members includes meals and snacks, lodging, a T-shirt, and program and activity fees. Donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation, Michigan Sea Grant Extension and Michigan State University Extension generously offset about 26 percent of the real $450-a-camper cost!

How do I apply?
You can download a camp application from or pick one up from your county Michigan State University Extension office. The packet includes the Camper Application, Code of Conduct, Parent or Guardian Consent forms, and optional partial scholarship request information.
Send your completed application packet and deposit ($100 for 4-H members; $110 for non-4-H members) by May 14 to:
4-H GLNR Camp Registration/Attn Holly Lacina Michigan State University 160 Agriculture Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Please make the deposit check or money order pay­able to MSU and write 4-H GLNR Camp on the memo line.
If space is still available after May 14, late enroll­ments will be accepted with a $25 late fee until camp fills or until June 8, 2012, whichev­er comes first. The remaining $235 payment is due by June 11, 2012, along with additional forms that will be sent to you in a camper accep­tance letter.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Exploration Days 2012

Registration Books and Forms are now available at the Marquette County MSU Extension office or may be downloaded (see "Forms" below).
About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperones will be on the Michigan State University campus June 20-22 for the 43rd annual 4-H Exploration Days.  Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest ranging from veterinary medicine to Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming and many more. Nearly 200 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered.   Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old before January 1, 2012 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.”

When not in sessions, students will have a plethora of recreation and learning choices. This year’s Exploration Days features tours of the MSU Skandalaris Football Center, Breslin Student Events Center, the MSU Dairy Store, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the 4-H Children’s Gardens and a planetarium show. The opening night entertainment on June 20 features 
Judson Laipply, creator and performer of “The Evolution of Dance” and an award - winning speaker and inspirational comedian

Here's a clip of Judson:

The annual State 4-H Awards Celebration, a formal event celebrating the accomplishments of more than 160 Michigan 4-H members, takes place June 21.

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 $50.00 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.  

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 20, 2012 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 available to full time youth participants only.  These 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.

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. 

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 either from your club leader or  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 and forms. 

Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged!  For the best chance of getting assigned to the sessions of your choice, have all paperwork completed and turned in to the Marquette County MSU Extension office no later than March 19, 2012.   Scholarship applications are due April 20.  The final day to register is April 27, 2012.


Registration Checklist
Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship Application
State 4-H Scholarship Application
Registration Book
Registration Forms Only

For more information about Exploration Days, visit the website at: