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Note from Virginia

Happy belated May Day, Mother Nature sure decided to ring in the month with a bang, huh? {Sidenote: I was neither impressed nor thrilled with her antics..} Nevertheless, we are hopefully starting the warm up to summer now; either way, things are warmer in our office as we have entered the active phases of fair prep.  There are currently less than 50 days until County Fair Entry Day, so, here are some important things that need your attention this month:

Animal Science Day is May 13th
This is a great opportunity for youth (and parents, if interested!) to learn about feeding, preparing, and showing a new animal species OR expanding your knowledge on a species you’ve shown before.
If you will be showing rabbits and they still need to be tattooed before the ID deadline, bring them along and get them tattooed on site!
Kids can pick up to three workshops from the following list: beef, dairy, goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine, and dog.
Cost to attend is $5, workshop runs from 10am-2pm, lunch is included in registration fee!

Animal ID Deadline

Animals NEED to be properly identified and entered in 4-H Online or the hard copy of the ID worksheet must be postmarked to the Extension Office by Monday, May 15th .
You should have received a packet outlining the procedure and paper ID forms for all species that you enrolled in on 4-H Online. If you are missing something or would like to add a new species, let us know ASAP!
We have only seen a few of you in to pick up tags; this also needs to be done before May 15 as you will need these numbers to complete your ID worksheet. The sooner you come in to get them, the better so you aren’t rushing come May 16!


There is a Leaders Council meeting on Tuesday, May 30th  at 7pm, preceded by a Volunteer Risk Management Training at 5:30pm, both at the 4-H Building.  We need AT LEAST one volunteer per club to take this risk management training and we’ll feed you for coming!!  Agenda items for the council meeting include sign up for volunteer shifts during the fair and final fair preparatory items.

As always, feel free to call, email, or stop in with any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions that you may have.  We look forward to another successful fair season!

Lastly, a quick joke to lighten the mood: four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.  After lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.
Much to their relief she smiled and said, ‘well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.’  Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down.                  Then she said: ‘First question: which tire was flat?’

May we all be as on point as this teacher as we wind our way through the remainder of the school year and May the Fourth be with you!


Virginia Hendrickx
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 631-7623
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