Holiday Classic showmanship clinic Nov. 10-11

The annual Holiday Classic will be held at the Belton Expo Center in Belton on Nov. 10-11. This is a free, two day livestock specie clinic and showmanship show for 4-H and FFA members.

On Saturday, participants can bring their animals to the livestock specie clinics and gain knowledge to improve their showing skills. 4-Hers and FFA members that have not purchased an animal can still come to the Saturday clinics and learn about training future projects for show. If you attend the clinics on Saturday, you are eligible to participate in the showmanship show on Sunday. All exhibitors are invited to attend. There are no registration fees and a meal is served Saturday evening.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about raising livestock projects and an opportunity to sharpen showmanship skills. For more information, please refer to the 4-H newsletter or contact the office. We are also accepting donations and selling tickets for a giveaway. These efforts help offset the cost of prizes, meal, and other expenses and keep the cost of the event free. Sponsors will be listed in the program and announced throughout the weekend.

GIFT IDEA EXCHANGE— 4-Hers from across the county have an opportunity to show off their talents with holiday foods, decorations and gifts. The 18th annual Holiday Gift Idea Exchange is set for 6:30-8:0 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. 4-Hers can sign-up to present their ideas by calling the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

After you sign-up you can submit your project directions, recipes, etc. by Nov. 16 to the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron or email it to

On the night of the program, 4-Her will show the finished project and talk about how it was made. In some cases you may want to do a step by step show and tell. You will also be asked to provide a sample of your project as a door prize.

Persons that attend the event will get lots of ideas to add to their holiday celebration from the handout of recipes and project directions. Participants will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments prepared by the 4-Hers.

For additional information or questions about these events, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Milam County office.

MCJLS DEADLINES—The 2013 Milam County Jr. Livestock Show rules and entry form are now available on the Extension website Here are some of the upcoming deadlines:

• Lamb and Goat Tag-In—4-6 p.m., Nov. 19 at the YEB in Cameron.

• Swine and Breeding Gilts Tag-In—4-6 p.m., Dec. 3 at the YEB in Cameron.

• Broiler Orders Due—Dec. 3 at the Milam County Extension Office. The cost is $1.54 each plus $1 box fee per family. Orders must be in lots of 25 to show a pen.

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