Community service opportunities available for 4-H'ers
Step out of the box and try something new for community service. The Cameron and Rockdale Food Banks need your help! How can you help? Every other month we will select a couple of items for you to donate. At the end of those months we will donate those items to the local food banks.
Other ways to help include unloading, sorting or handing out groceries at the Cameron Food Bank. They need help on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month.
Contact the Extension Office for more information. Start giving back to the community and making a difference for others.
County food show
The Milam County Food Show will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the New Salem Building in Rockdale with registration at 5:30 p.m., judging at 6 and the Food Challenge at 6:30.
This event is for all 4-H'ers interested in cooking. Entry forms, food show information, questions and resources are on the website http://milamco. tamu.edu/ - under 4-H activities and at the Extension Office. Submit your entry form and recipe to the Extension Office by Sept. 21.
This year juniors and intermediates must do the Food Challenge to participate in the District Food Show. Seniors can elect to do the food challenge and/ or the regular food show to compete on the District Level.
During our regular food show on the county level we will do a Food Challenge as an activity. Everyone will get a taste of the activity to see if you want to be part of the contest at the District Food Show on Oct. 31.
Photos for the County and District Photography Contests for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors, are due Sept. 3. District photos will be displayed at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco, the week of Oct. 8-17.
Rules and sample label is available at the Extension Office, on the website, and included in the August 4-H newsletter.
Senior photos will be due spring 2010 for the State Contest. This is NOT the qualifying contest for the state senior contest that w ill be held in spring 2010.
This year the Rockdale Fair will have three auction baked foods divisions. Entry form and rules are available on the county website and is included in this month's newsletter. The grand and reserve champion items will be auctioned. You may only auction one baked food item and one animal entry.
Entry cost is $8 per entry and deadline is Sept. 25. (Must be received by Barbara Walker, the Extension Office, or ag science teacher.)
Ages five and up, youth and adults can enter the Home Economics Department of the Rockdale Fair. Complete rules and entry forms are available on the Extension website or at the Extension Office.
Non-food items can be entered on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 15 until noon. Food items are accepted until 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
New this year—The New Salem EEA Club will be providing cash awards to grand and reserve champions in the youth division. Show off your talents, win cash or get a ribbon.
Consumer decision making
Consumer decision making practice informational meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Bea's Kitchen in Cameron. During this meeting, 4-H'ers and leaders will explain the project and the consumer decision making judging contest. Additional practice sessions will be organized to prepare for the San Antonio Livestock Show Judging Contest in February and District Consumer Contest.
This is a great opportunity for 4-Hers to learn the importance of financial decisions.
Mark your calendar
The 2009 4-H Banquet is set for Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Rockdale KC Hall.
Major show lambs/goats—Tag Orders due with payment Aug. 28. Order at the Extension Office. Tags are $10 each.
Major show tag orders for swine are usually due in September. Order at the Extension Office. Tags are usually $10 each.
Major show broiler orders are due Oct. 2. Submit orders at the Extension Office.
Entr y deadlines for major shows are:
• State Fair of Texas, Sept. 25 to Oct. 18—Entries due to Extension Office Aug. 14.
• Heart of Texas, Oct. 8 to 17—Entries due to Extension Office Sept. 4.
If you are interested in scrambling for the Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Star of Texas Livestock Shows, contact the Extension Office prior to Sept. 15.
Rockdale Fair, Oct. 15-17
The 2009 Rockdale Fair Rules are now available on the Extension website http://milam-tx.tamu.edu. There are some major rule changes for this year.
Ag Mechanics Project Show—Interested in displaying your hard work in either welding or wood projects? Then enter the 2009 Rockdale Fair Ag Mechanics Project Show. Entry deadline is Sept. 28 to be mailed to the Rockdale Fair Association. Complete rules and entry forms can be found on the Milam County website or at the Extension Office.