4-H

Head, Heart, Hands, Health

The 4-H emblem is federally protected under Section 18 US Code 707 and is protected by the U.S. Congress. The official emblem is a green four-leaf clover with a white 'H' on each leaf standing for Heart, Head, Hands, and Health. White and green are the 4-H colors. The white symbolizes purity.

The green represents nature's most common color and is emblematic of youth, life, and growth.

The goal of 4-H is to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills of youth through mostly experiential learning programs. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today encourages members to learn about many topics, such as geographic information systems, computer science, and even public speaking.

4-H Clover kids are ages 5 through 7 as of January 1 of the current year, they participate in the events (except Horse and Market Beef), but are not judged.

 

Horse Program: Objectives of the light horse project; 1. Develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, sportsmanship and other desirable character traits. 2. Experience the pride and responsibility of owning a horse or pony. 3. Appreciate horseback riding as a healthful and wholesome form of recreation. 4. Acquire skill in horsemanship, and patience and understanding in handling horses and ponies. 5. Learn safety precautions to prevent injuries to themselves, others and their mounts. 6. Realize a greater love for animals and a humane attitude toward them. 7. Prepare for citizenship responsibilities by working together in groups and supporting community horse projects and activities.

The age group: participants must have reached their 8th birthday and be under 19 years of age by January 1 of the current calendar years.

 

 

 

Bucket Calves: A bucket calf is an orphan or a newborn calf purchased when it is one to ten days old.  The calves, which can be male or female, beef or dairy, are started on a bottle and nipple. The age group for participating in this event is generally those who turn 6 through 8 during the current year, however, first year exhibitors are allowed to participate also. This class is designed as a stepping stone for future entry into bigger Livestock projects.

 

 

Sheep & Goats: Age group for this event is generally 8 through 18 as of January 1 of the current year. However, Clover Kids (age 5-7 as of January 1 of the current year) are permitted in a special Clover Kid Show (non-competitive). The participants should be prepared to give prompt answers to questions related to the 4-H sheep reject, i.e.; breed, sex, age, nutrition and growth performance. Judged on appearance of lamb, (Cleanliness, proper trimming), showing lamb, (lamb shows evidence of training as indicated by responsiveness to handling), appearance and merits of exhibitor.

 

 

 

Swine: Age group for this event is generally 8 through 18 as of January 1 of the current year. However, Clover Kids (age 5-7 as of January 1 of the current year) are permitted in a special Clover Kid Show (non-competitive). A small whip, bat or short cane is used to direct the pig around the arena. The pig should be gently prompted when appropriate. Pig should not be touched with hands. Appearance of pig, (e.g. hair and hide clean and free of dandruff, feet and legs clean and hooves scraped), showing pig, appearance and merits of exhibitor, prepared to give prompt answers to questions related to the 4-H swine project, ie.; age, breed, sex, growth performance, reproductive performance, ear notches and carcass value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cattle groups are: Stocker feeder, market beef, breding beef and dairy. Clover Kids (ages 5-7 as of January 1 of the current year) are permitted to show in cattle groups with the exception of Market Beef. Requirements for Clover Kid Exhibitors include: their animal has to be no more than six months of age and no more than 350 pounds at the time of show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Animals: A small animals pet show is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to demonstrate what they have learned about the care and handling of their pets, and to share with the public the satisfaction of having a household pet. Pet exhibitors learn the fine points of care and grooming as they prepare their pet for the show. They learn about breeds and the characteristics of a healthy and well-groomed animal. Exhibitors improve their communication skills, practical showmanship, learn sportsmanship and gain personal confidence. The show helps young people recognize the importance of proper care, allows them to share information with each other and learn from the judge. The categories generally consist of Cats, Rabbits, Poultry, and Household Pets (1. guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and other small mammals. 2. Birds, 3. Reptiles, fish and amphibians). Dogs are also considered a small animal, however, the Dog Show is held on a separate date than the Small Animal Show. Clover Kids are also permitted to show small animals with the exception of Dog. A separate non-competitive show for the Clover Kids is performed preceeding the Small Animal Show.

 

2008 4-H Schedule

GARFIELD-LOUP-WHEELER 4-H

GARFIELD COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE

 Tuesday, July 22  9:00-12:00 a.m.

Garfield County Fair Entry Day

Interview judging of Food, Clothing, Home Environment, Photography, Crops, Engineering, Rockets, Posters and Horticulture

  12:30 a.m. Small Animals in place (mandatory 4_Her Orientation)
  1:30 a.m. Interview Judging Cats, Pets, , Rabbits, Poultry
 Wednesday, July 23 7:30 a.m. Horses in place. Garfield County and Loup County Horse shows are combined for the 2007 year. Horses must be stalled between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. unless released by superintendent. Loup County exhibitors are excluded from this rule however they must be stalled during the Loup County Fair. Released from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. if desired.
  8:00 a.m. Horse Show - Begin with showmanship. Show order posted.
  6:00 p.m. Livestock in place except stocker feeder and lactating dairy
  6:00 p.m. Weigh in Livestock
 Thursday, July 24 7:00-8:00 a.m. Weigh in Loup and Wheeler Co. Beef and Sheep for District Shows
  9:00 a.m District Beef Show
  10:00 a.m. District Sheep/Goat Show
  11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
  3:00 a.m. G-L-W 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging
  7:00 a.m. Rodeo 4-H Livestock Parade of Champions
  9:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall closes
 Friday, July 25 8:00 a.m

Garfield Co. Livestock Show

1. Swine 2. Sheep 3. Meat Goats 3. Bucket Calf Interviews 4. Dairy/Dairy Goats 5. Beef - 1/2 hour after dairy

  11:00 a.m Exhibit Hall opens
  7:00 p.m. Rodeo Parade of Champions
  9:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall closes
 Saturday, July 26 11:00 a.m Exhibit Hall opens
  5:00 p.m 4-H Livestock Premium Auction
  7:30-8:00 p.m Release Exhibits. Exhibit Hall closes at 8:00 p.m.

 Thursday, July 31   Wheeler County Fair Entry Day
  8:30 a.m Horses in place for horse show
  9:00 a.m. Horse Show begins. Show order will be posted.
  2:00 p.m. G-L-W Roping
  2:00-5:00 p.m. Interview judging of exhibit hall projects.
 Friday, August 1 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Small Animal Check-In
  9:30 a.m.  Small Animal Show 1. Cats 2. Small Animals 3. Rabbits 4. Poultry
  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Weigh in Sheep and Swine
  5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Weigh in Beef
  6:00 p.m. All livestock weighed and in place except stocker-feeder and lactating dairy
Saturday, August 2 8:30 a.m.

 Wheeler Co. Livestock Show

1. Swine 2. Beef 3. Dairy 4. Dairy Goats 5. Sheep 6. Bucket Calf Interviews 6. Dairy 7. Goat - Meat

  5:00 p.m. Milking Dairy released
Sunday, August 3 11:30 a.m. 4-H Scholarship, Friend of 4-H and 4-H contest winners recognized.
  12:00 noon 4-H Livestock Premium Auction
   3:00 p.m. Livestock and all Exhibit Hall entries released

 Thursday, August 7 1:00 - 4:00 p.m Loup County Fair Entry Day Interview judging of exhibit hall projects.
  6:00 p.m. Small animals in place
  Friday, August 8 7:30 a.m. Horses in place. Garfield County and Loup County Horse shows are combined for the 2007 year. Horses must be stalled between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. unless released by superintendent. Loup County exhibitors are excluded from this rule however they must be stalled during the Loup County Fair. Released from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. if desired.
  2:00-5:00 p.m. Entry Day. Interview judging of exhibit hall projects.
8:30 a.m.  Small Animal Show 1. Cats 2. Small Animals 3. Rabbits 4. Poultry
  7:00 p.m.  4-H Program (Music, Style Show, Speech)
  5:00 p.m.  All livestock weighed and in place except stocker-feeder and lactating dairy. Weigh in livestock.
 Saturday, August 9 9:00 a.m. All livestock in place. Livestock Show begins. Show order will be posted. 1. Swine 2. Sheep 3. Meat Goats 3. Dairy 4. Bucket Calf Interviews 5. Beef
  3:30 p.m. Livestock exhibits released
6:00 p.m. 4-H Livstock Premium Auction
  8:00 p.m. Exhibits in Exhibit Hall released.

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