District photography contest entries due this week

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 labels are available at the Extension Office, on the website, and included in the August 4-H newsletter.

Senior photos w ill be due spring 2010 for the State Contest. This is NOT the qualifying contest for the state senior contest that will be held in spring 2010.

Livestock Information

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.

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. - under 4-H activities and at the Extension Office. Submit your entr y 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.

Rockdale Fair, Oct. 15-17

The 2009 Rockdale Fair Rules are now available on the Extension website http://milamtx. There are some major rule changes for this year.

Tag-in for market rabbits is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Rockdale Fair Park.

There will be three auction baked food divisions in the home economics show of the Rockdale Fair. The grand and reserve champion items w ill be auctioned. You may only auction one baked food item and one animal entry.

Age divisions are juniors (3rd grade to 13 years of age) and seniors (14-18 years of age).

Auction item classes include: cakes (not decorated), pies, cookies (6 cookies). Entry fee is $8 and deadlines is Sept. 25.

Ages five and up, youth and adults can enter the Home Economics Department of the Rockdale Fair. Complete rules and entr y forms are available on the Extension website or at the Extension Office.

Non-food items can be entered on Wed ne sday, Oc t. 1 4 a nd Thursday, Oct. 15 until noon. Food items are accepted on Friday, Oct. 16 until 10 a.m.

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.

Major Show Calf Scrambles

If you are interested in scrambling for the Houston, San Antonio, For t Wor th and Star of Texas Livestock Shows, contact the Extension Office prior to Sept. 15.

'Operation Huggables'

The "Last Hug" is a story about a small child who watched as he said good-bye to his father, who is a member of the United Sates Armed Forces. As the small child stood alone on that dreary, rainy, and cold day, he wrapped his arms around himself as if trying to hold on to that "last hug" until his parent returned.

O perat ion Hug gable s wa s created to collect new and gently hugged teddy bears, dolls, or other stuffed animals of a "huggable size." The goal is to provide as many huggables to military children of all ages across the state. Instead of the empty arms around themselves on departure day, kids will be able to hug and hold their huggables before, during, and after deployment.

Local 4-Hers William Dean and Cooper Smith are co-chairing an Operation Huggables stuffed animal drive. If you have any stuffed animals, there will be a box located at the Extension office in Cameron. If you need someone to pick up the stuffed animals, call William Dean 512- 446-2845 or Cooper Smith 254- 697-4049.

Food bank donations

Step out of the box and try something new for community service. The Cameron and Rockdale food banks need your 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.

Another way to give back is by helping to unload and sort groceries at the Cameron food bank. The Cameron Food Bank needs help on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month.

Contact the Extension Office for additional information. The Aug./Sept. grocery list to donate includes one pound bags of rice and pinto beans and jars of peanut butter. Please turn these items in at your club meeting or drop of f at the Extension Office.

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