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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 7/20/17

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  4-H Leader Meeting   Freedom Bank Elkader

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Conference Judging Day, Clayton County Fairgrounds, National

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  County Fair Adventure Day Camp, Clayton County Fairgrounds, National

New 4-H County Council Members Selected

Clayton County Extension Youth & 4-H Committee is pleased to announce the new members for the 2017-18 4-H County Council. 4-H members selected were Emma Ehlers, Edgewood; Jacob Fenton, Strawberry Point; Tess Hilgerson, Elkader; Noelle Kerns, Edgewood; Parker Kingman, Strawberry Point; Skylar Moser, Monona; Dalton Waterhouse, Edgewood and Macie Weigand, Monona. These new members will join Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg; Carson Wille, Strawberry Point; Cody Mueller , Strawberry Point; Julie Lenth, Luana; Kristi Eberhardt, Elkader; Levi Tuecke, Garnavillo; Mackenzie Vlazny, Farmersburg; and Melanie Lane, Elkader to lead and implement the Clayton County 4-H program this coming year.

Retiring members are Morgan Fannon, Edgewood; Ted Hilgerson, Elkader; Nicole Wahls, Garnavillo; Molly Andersen, Guttenberg; Chloe Willie, Strawberry Point; Emma Kerns, Edgewood & WesLee Gould, Strawberry Point. The retiring council members and the new 4-H County Council will be honored during the Share-the Fun Program on Wednesday evening, August 2 at the Clayton County Fair, National.


ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates 100 Years in Clayton County

This year Clayton County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research. ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Clayton County.

A brief centennial presentation with special guest speaker, John Lawrence, Interim Vice President for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be held on Wednesday, August 2 on the stage at the Clayton County Fair following the crowning of the fair queen.

A hundred years ago the people of Clayton County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99 county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.

The Clayton County Extension Council represents county residents and acts on behalf of ISU Extension and Outreach locally. The Clayton County Extension Council includes Matt Gaul, Strawberry Point;

Trent Henkes, Luana; Julie Bergan, Elkader; Deb Schulte, Edgewood; Kimberly Carlson, St. Olaf; Brandon Friedlein, Guttenberg; Linda Orr, Elkader; Mindy Rose, St. Olaf; and Marlene Gould, Strawberry Point.

With their understanding of local issues, these elected officials make sure that significant educational programs are available in Clayton County that help people solve critical issues affecting their lives.

Education and partnerships are how we solve problems and prepare for the future. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach looks forward to being part of the ongoing life of Clayton County for years to come.

More than 1 million benefit

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year. Extension education online reaches more than 4 million.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach contact the Clayton County office at 245-1451-1451 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu.


Ehlers Receive State 4-H Project Award

Emma Ehlers, daughter of Jodi Ehlers and Richard Ehlers, received a state 4-H award in the beef project area. Emma is a six-year 4-H member from the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club in Clayton County. She is a member of the 4-H County Council and has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and 4-H Citizenship Trip to Washington, D.C. She has served as her 4-H club's Reporter and Historian. Emma participates in the beef, horse, dog, photography, sewing and food and nutrition project areas.

Fifty Iowa 4-H’ers received 2017 state 4-H project awards this year. These 4-H youth are recognized as the top winners in their project areas across the state.

The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area. Each youth recipient also received a $100 monetary award from Glen and Mary Jo Mente of Ames and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

4-H projects give youth the opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. “This recognition is a great honor and testament to the 4-Hers’ dedication to mastering skills in a specific project area, while also sharing their knowledge with others through communication, leadership and citizenship opportunities,” said Bonnie Dalager, 4-H youth program specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Each year, youth from around the state complete a rigorous written state project award application and panel interview process,” said Dalager. “The recognition process provides additional skill development opportunities in written and interpersonal communication.”

The recipients of this year’s awards were recognized at the State 4-H Youth Conference during the closing ceremony held at the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Thursday, June 29.


2017 Fair Schedule of Events (subject to change)

 Tuesday, August 1st

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA non-livestock conference judging

12:00 Noon Pet Show (large arena)


Wednesday, August 2nd

9:00 a.m. Horse Show

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Open Class entries received

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rabbits may be brought to the fair

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                4-H Exhibit Hall Open (Commercial Hall CLOSED)

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.              BBQ sponsored by the county commodity groups

6:00 p.m. Swine, sheep & meat goats may arrive at fair

6:30 p.m.                                          Flag Raising Ceremony & Fair Queen Pageant

7:00 p.m.                                        4-H Style Show & Share the Fun Show


Thursday, August 3rd

7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Beef, Dairy, Bucket Bottle Calves, Dairy Goats, Poultry & Other Animal entries received

10:00 a.m. All rabbits, swine, sheep & meat goats must be in place

9:00 a.m. – Noon                          Open Class entries received

Noon – 8:30 p.m.                           Commercial Exhibit Halls Open

Noon – 9:00 p.m.                           4-H Exhibit Halls Open

12:30 p.m.                                         Rabbit Show (small arena)

1:00 p.m.                                       Open Class entries judging

1:30 p.m.                                          Dog Show (large arena)

5:30 p.m. Skid Loader Rodeo

7:30 p.m.                                         Sammy Kershaw (grandstands)

Friday, August 4th

8:00 a.m.                                        Poultry Show (large arena)

8:30 a.m.                                      Meat Goat Show (small arena)

10:00 a.m.                                        Other Animal judging (barn)

10:30 a.m.                                       Bucket Bottle Calf judging (large arena)

10:30 a.m.                                          Sheep Show (small arena)

Noon – 8:30 p.m.                           Commercial Exhibit Halls Open

Noon – 9:00 p.m.                           4-H Exhibit Halls Open

12:30 p.m.                                          Beef Heifer Show (large arena)

6:00 p.m.                                         Market Beef Show (large arena)

8:00 p.m.                                        Mickey Gilley (grandstands)


Saturday, August 5th

9:00 a.m.                                         Swine Show (small arena)

9:00 a.m.                                       Dairy Show (large arena)

Noon – 8:30 p.m.                           Commercial Exhibit Halls Open

Noon – 9:00 p.m.                           4-H Exhibit Halls Open

1:00 p.m.                                        Kiddie Tractor Pull

1:00 p.m. Demolition Derby

4:00 p.m. Dairy Goat Show (large arena)

5:00 p.m. Stick Pony Rodeo (grandstands)

7:00 p.m. Clayton County Bull Bash (grandstands)

10:00 p.m.                      Movie Night


Sunday, August 6th

9:30 a.m. 4-H & FFA Dairy & Livestock Judging Contest

11:00 a.m.                                        Truck and Tractor Pull

Noon – 8:00 p.m.                              4-H Exhibit Hall & Commercial Exhibit Hall Open                             

Noon – 3:00 p.m.                                Kiddie Calf Shows (Dairy & Beef) (large arena) & Little Piglet Show (small arena)

2:30 p.m. Youth Olympics (large arena)

5:00 p.m.                                            Celebrity Donkey Races (grandstands)

7:30 p.m.                                         4-H & FFA Non- livestock entries released

8:00 p.m.                                         Open Class entries released

8:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock entries released


Monday, August 7th

9:00 a.m.                              Livestock Auction

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