4-H Shows Coming To Area Counties

July 17, 2013

4-H & Youth 4-H Shows Have Begun Summer is in full swing and so are 4-H shows in all five counties. The Washington County 4-H Fair kicked off last week and we will have one (sometimes two) fairs running from now until the State Fair starts in August. You can find full 4-H Show schedules and photos from shows on our website http:// web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/

State Fair Day The Illinois State Fair is August 8-18

On August 10 many local families will head to Springfield to at­tend the 4-H Foundation Family Event from 4-6 p.m. If you are interested in attending you can register at https://ecommerce.aces.illinois.edu/4Hfamilyevent/. Washington County 4-H State Fair Delegates will show their projects on August 11, while Bond, Clinton, Jefferson and Marion County 4-H State Fair Delegates will show their projects on August 12. Livestock events and contests for our 4-H members are spread throughout the week. For a full schedule of the various events the Illinois State Fair go to http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/general.htm

Award Applications

Now is the time for 4-H members to start thinking about their award applications for this year. Those late summer and early fall deadlines will be here soon. Not sure where to start? Contact local 4-H staff for help.

Southern Illinois Beef Conference

The Southern Illinois Beef Conference will be on July 25 at Rend Lake College. “The conference is es­pecially geared for cow-calf producers and designed to take home knowledge that will enhance their ability to improve management decisions,” said U of I Extension animal systems specialist Teresa Steckler. You can find more information and registration at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dsac/sibc/

Commercial Composting Workshop

University of Illinois Extension and Illinois State University will be hosting a one-day commercial com­posting program on July 26 in Mt Vernon, Il at the Farm Credit Services Building. The workshop will teach participants the benefits of composting, Illinois IEPA regulations related to composting, permitting and local siting requirements, composting basics, and compost uses. Find out more at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/news/news29406.html

HCE Volunteers Help with Cooking Schools

HCE and HEA groups help out local communities in a variety of different ways. Did you know one of these includes being group leaders at local cooking schools? You can find photos from cooking school in our scrapbook online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/scrapbook/index.cfm?bookID=9#p24

Barn Quilt

Tour The Jefferson County HCE is headed to Calhoun County later this month for a Barn Quilt Tour. TheCalhoun County Barn Quilt Project is a community based effort to promote and preserve agricultural and rural heritage. Volunteers have hand painted over 82 quilt patterns onto 2’X2’, 4’X4’, 6’X6’, and 8’X8’ wooden blocks and placed them on various barns and buildings throughout the County.

Master Gardener Bus Tour

If you are a Master Gardner, now is the time to sign up for the bus tour on August 7. It will be the Mas­ter Gardener Tour of U of I Campus Gardens. Stops include the Master Gardener Idea Garden, All-American Selection Garden, the Japanese Garden and the popular local nursery Prairie Gardens. Regis­tration can be found online at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8596 or by calling your local Extension Office. This trip is currently only open to Master Gardeners, but any re­maining spots will be opened to the public on July 19.

Horticulture Telenet Series

Starting Soon The Four Seasons Gardening Summer/Fall teleconference series will start in late August. This is a great educational series for the gardening enthusiast and the casual gardener alike. Watch for more details online soon at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/tmhort.html.