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MILAM 4-H NEWS

‘Operation Huggables’ donation taken to Military 4-H program
Cheryl Walker
Extension Agent

William and Patrick Dean of the Rockdale 4- H Club recent ly delivered 1,025 stuffed animals to the Military 4-H Program in Bell County through the “Operation Huggables” community service project.

This brings Milam County’s donation to over 5,000 stuffed animals in the last five years. The Dean family coordinates the project for the county. Stuffed animals are cleaned and then donated to children of military families who have a parent being deployed overseas.

This is an ongoing community service project so stuffed animals, new or gently used can be dropped off at the Milam County Extension Office.

LIVESTOCK SHOW UPDATES—Entries for the 2013 Brazos Valley Fair & Expo are due in the Extension Office by Aug. 9. Entry forms are available online or in the office. However, all entries must be entered by the Extension Office online.


William (left) and Patrick Dean of the Rockdale 4-H Club recently delivered 1,025 stuffed animals to the Military 4-H Program through the ‘Operation Huggables’ community service project. Donations to this ongoing community service project can be dropped off at the Milam County Extension Office in Cameron. William (left) and Patrick Dean of the Rockdale 4-H Club recently delivered 1,025 stuffed animals to the Military 4-H Program through the ‘Operation Huggables’ community service project. Donations to this ongoing community service project can be dropped off at the Milam County Extension Office in Cameron. Entries for the 2013 State Fair of Texas are due in the Extension Office by Aug. 16. Entry forms are available online or in the office. However, all entries must be entered by the Extension Office online. Remember, livestock being exhibited in Market Classes must have been validated through the State Validation Program to be eligible to show. Prospect Show Steers do not have to be validated to be eligible to show.

Entries for the 2013 Heart O’ Texas are due in the Extension Office by Aug. 16. Entry forms are available online or in the office. However, all entries must be entered by the Extension Office online. Remember to take your online Quality Counts Verification if you have not taken it before, or you just turned 14.

Members wishing to validate lambs, goats and breeding sheep for Spring Major Livestock Shows (Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston, Austin) need to order tags at the Milam County Extension Office By 5 p.m. Aug. 23. Validation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29. You may order as many tags as you anticipate having projects to validate. Cost will be $12 per lamb and goat tag and $6 per breeding sheep validation. Milam County Junior Livestock Show will accept animals tagged for major shows.

ROCKDALE FAIR—Broiler pick up for the Rockdale Fair is Aug. 28 at the Home Demonstration Building in Rockdale Fair Park. Rabbit validation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Home Demonstration Building in Rockdale Fair Park.

Remember you will enter your animals at validation, so bring the required information with you. Complete rules are posted on our website. This year’s Rockdale Fair will be held Oct. 17-19.

MCJLS—Steer validation for the 2014 Milam County Junior Livestock Show will be 6-7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Youth Exposition Building in Cameron.

MCJLS dates are March 27-29.

JACKET/BLANKET, PATCH ORDERS—4-Hers that achieve a first place ranking in a state 4-H competition are eligible for a 4-H jacket or blanket. It is the responsibility of the 4-H family to notify the Extension Office when they are eligible for a jacket/blanket or patch awards. Orders and deposits are due in the Extension Office by Aug. 5. Jacket deposit is $30 and patch deposit is $10. The 4-Her will receive the jacket or blanket award at the 4-H Celebration in October.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR JACKET/BLANKET—A Milam County 4-H member is eligible to receive a 4-H jacket or blanket for their achievement in placing first in competition in a state 4-H competition listed: record book, food show, fashion show, state 4-H Roundup, state and national shooting sports, state 4-H photography, receive a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship, 4-H identification or 4-H judging team competition, wins a class in any livestock competition showing under the title as a 4-H member. Open shows are not included in this award.

A $50 donation from a local sponsor is given to help pay for each jacket or blanket awarded. The 4-Her is responsible for the balance of the jacket or blanket cost. A 4-Her may only win a jacket or blanket once.

PATCHES, JACKET—Those that have previously received a jacket or blanket can receive one free patch each year for winning in one of the state competitions. 4-H families can order additional patches at their own expense.

Order forms are available at the Extension Office and on the county website. Remember to order by Aug. 5.

RECOGNITION FORMS DUE—Milam County 4-Hers have two more chances to be recognized at the Celebration Event in October. You can submit a record book for county recognition and/ or submit a county recognition form by Sept. 13. Forms for the record book and recognition forms are available on the county website, milam.agrilife.org or at the Milam County Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions, 254-697-7045.

The county recognition forms can be completed each year the guidelines are met, so you can receive the award several years.

Here is a listing of the forms available to 4-Hers:

• 4-H Clover Award—Beginner ages (5-8 years old and not in the 3rd grade).

• 4-H Honor Award—Junior (ages 8 to in the 3rd grade, age 10).

• 4-H All Star Award—Intermediate (ages 11-13).

• 4- H Let terman Award— Seniors (ages 14-18).


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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