Community service is big giving part of 4-H
During spring break, 4-Hers in Milam County delivered items to the Ronald McDonald House in Temple and the Military 4-H. Thirty-four pounds of can tabs, 99 pounds of items and $25 in cash was collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Temple. The items included individual snack and food items, paper goods, games and personal care products.
These items are available to families staying at the home. The Ronald McDonald House sells the tabs to buy additional items for the families using the facility.
There were 948 stuffed animals delivered to the Military 4-H during spring break. Milam County has been helping with Operation “Huggables” for several years. The new or gently used stuffed animals are given to children of military families who are being deployed overseas. William Dean and A.J. Harwell are the 4-Hers coordinating the collection.
Thanks to all the individuals that donated items for the projects. Also thanks to the El Camino Real Master Naturalist who collected tabs. As an ongoing community service project, 4- Hers collect can tabs and stuffed animals throughout the year. So if you have items to donate, drop them off at the Milam County Extension Office at 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron during regular businesses hours. If you have questions, contact us at 254-607- 7045.
COUNTY CONTEST RESULTS—Milam County 4-H Contest Night was conducted with two participants with educational presentations, one participant in share the fun contest and four participants in the Fashion Show. All of the 4-Hers demonstrated knowledge gained in their project activities.
Chandler Barton and Colby Barton presented educational presentations. A horse presentation was given by Chandler Barton and a rabbit presentation was given by Colby. Both received blue ribbons for their presentations.
Emily McCoy participated in the Share the Fun contest. She entered the vocal division of the contest. In the Fashion Show, all participants received a blue ribbon: Robert Miller, beginner; Calla Vinton and Abbigail Miller, juniors; and Kendall Lee, intermediate.
Congratulations to all of the participants and thanks to all of the leaders assisting the 4-Hers. Also, thanks to the Milam County Extension Education Association members for providing refreshments.
MAJOR SHOW TAG ORDERS—It is time to purchase Major Livestock Show Validation Tags. If you plan to show steers at the major shows or goats, sheep and swine at the State Fair of Texas, you must order your tags by 5 p.m. on April 16 at the Milam County Extension Office. The cost is $12 per tag. Tags ordered after the deadline will cost $30 per tag. You may order tags through an FFA Advisor, but the Milam County Extension Office must receive the order and fee by the April 16 deadline.
Here are the shows accepted by this tag order: Steers 2012—State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas or 2013—Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston, Star of Texas; Lambs, goats, swine 2012—State Fair of Texas; The 2013 Milam County Jr. Livestock Show will accept major steer tags.
The exhibitor that orders these tags will need to bring their animals to validation on June 26. At validation, your livestock project and a parent must be present to complete validation. If a parent is unavailable to attend validation, you must contact the extension office prior to the validation to complete the required paperwork. Additional information on validation will be provided to the persons ordering tags.
HORSE SHOW VALIDATION— If you are planning to enter the District or State Horse activities, you must complete Horse Validation materials by May 1. Horse Validation will be processed through 4-H Connect from April 1 to May 1. The cost is $10 per horse. Information on horse validation is available in the March 4-H Newsletter posted on our website http://milam.agrilife.org/.