Rock County 4-H

Phone: 608-757-5690 Fax: 608-757-5581

March 2011

What’s Happening in your 4-H Club?
What you’re doing in 4-H is important and we want to share your experiences with others in Rock County 4-H. The Club Happenings section of this newsletter is for you. Encourage your club reporter to write a paragraph or two and send it to Sue Fredrich, by the first Friday of the month and we will publish it in the next Cloverpatch. We would like to hear from every club because what you are doing in your community is important.

Club Project Meetings

Remember that as a 4-H member you learn to be responsible for your projects, going to meetings, knowing deadlines, getting to know others, learning to work as a team, etc. If you have a project meeting in your club, it is your responsibility to let that leader know if you will or will not be attending. Adult 4-H leaders give of their time to share their knowledge and skills and they will show you how to accomplish what you choose to do in a project area, so take the time to contact them and thank them for their time and let them know if you will be attending. Remember, a phone call and a “thank you” goes a long way.

2011 started off with our “4-H Learn-In” focused on the new 4-H member and an introduction to many different projects. A special thanks to all the adults and youth that helped make this happen. We used a phone in registration and the classes that were offered included photography, cloverbuds, scrapbooking, naturespace, music & dance, drama, cake decorating (beginning & advanced) and adult leader training. A special thank you to our teachers; Daryl Hansen, Mike Farrey, Lou Holland, Kathy Tober, Jeanne Smith, Amber & Sue Schimke, Marrissa Neal, Linda Marshall, Sally Reisem, Donna Duerst and additional adult and youth helpers. We also want to thank our help with registration; Briana Bader, Abbey Millard, Lauren Metcalf, Felicia Moy, Colleen Kueltz, Grace van Veldhuisen and Kathy van Veldhuisen. Look for this event again next year. If there is a project area that you would like to teach contact Sue or Linda at 757-5690.

4-H Learn-In a Huge Success

“4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”

Cloverpatch Table of Contents

Club Happenings

Club Happenings…………………….2-3 Leadership…………………………...3-5 Special Projects & Activities……….5-6 Environmental Education…………...6 Home and Family……………………...6 Communication/Cultural Arts……...6-7 Animal Science……………………7-12 Mechanical Science………………12 Fair Facts……………………………..12-13 Snip and Send……………………...15 Calendar…………………………….14-15

River Valley 4-H River Valley is now a 4H club, too! We have already done a lot of interesting things like collecting lots of coats, mittens, and blankets to donate to Echo. We have many new members. In December we went caroling and in January we heard about climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest. At February’s meeting we learned about what it’s like to be in the military and made care packages and Valentines for people serving in the military abroad. In March we will celebrate Mardi Gras and learn about traditional Mardi Gras celebrations. River Valley is a great new club! Submitted by Norah Swenson - Reporter Newark~Beloit Club Happenings: Our January club meeting was our annual pot luck dinner and the food was great! At the County Achievement Program we had many members receiving awards and honorable mentions. In both January and February we helped at Premier Care with their Bingo program. They always enjoy having us. Our February club meeting will also be our Valentine's Day Box Social Auction. The members craft a holiday box filled with treats to auction off and the proceeds go to charity. We also have club bowling & roller skating events coming up. Submitted by Trevor Carr, Reporter Newark Pioneers News At our January meeting, we held a Leader/Member Meet & Greet. Members could meet their project leaders and ask questions. Members also created Valentine cards for residents of St. Elizabeth Manor in Footville and Collinwood in Orfordville. February is our Cakewalk Party month. At the March meeting, we are having a Green Contest because of St. Patrick’s day, and prizes will be awarded to the members who wear the most green.

4-H Staff: Donna Duerst
4-H Youth Development Agent

Sue Fredrich
4-H Program Advisor

Linda Marshall
4-H Program Assistant

Sally Reisem
Americorps Vista

Carol Jaggi
4-H Support Staff

ROCK COUNTY UWEX WEBSITE: Rock County UW Extension Service Phone Number: 608-757-5690 Fax Number: 608-757-5581


Our club is preparing for our fundraiser dinner. Our fourth annual Pioneer Chuck Wagon Meal will be Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and will be held at Newark Elementary School, 11247 S. Merlet Road, approximately 8 miles west of Beloit. Everyone is invited! The pioneerthemed dinner features a choice of pork, beef, or turkey sandwich, baked beans, salad bar, dessert bar, Frito-Lay chips, and choice of drink, including coffee, milk, lemonade, or water, all for only $6. Children under 6 eat free. Tickets are available from Newark Pioneer families and at the door. There will also be a bucket raffle for many great prizes. You choose which prizes you want to try for and put your ticket into those buckets. Raffle tickets are sold only at the event for $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawings will be held at 2:00. Questions, please call 815-494-2832. We hope to see you there! Submitted by Grant Francis, President Badger 4-H Happenings March is a busy month for Badger 4-H. We are planning a Dress-In-Green Contest in honor of St. Patrick's Day, a presentation from the Rock County 4-H Ambassadors at our meeting and a movie night, with lots of popcorn of course! Our Junior and Senior Volleyball teams have been practicing hard for the upcoming tournaments. Good luck to all our players! We are starting on rehearsals for our play for the Music and Drama Festival, choosing our royalty and practicing for the April Basketball tournament. Lizzy Farrey, Badger 4-H Reporter/Photographer Harmony 4-H News At our January meeting we talked about ice skating with Milton 4-H and the county Bowling Bonanza. Chad Ochs announced that Andie Saterbak was the winner of the club handbook contest. There was also discussion about the Achievement 3

Program and our club fundraiser. Under new business we discussed signing up for the county volleyball tournament, ski trip and Communication Arts. Karen McCarthy explained the county 4-H newsletter, Cloverpatch. Project meeting dates were announced and we will have a Scoopie Night on May 16 at the Milton Avenue Culver’s. Matthew Landherr, Secretary Magnolia 4-H Club's Annual Ham and Turkey Dinner Please join us at Magnolia 4-H Club's Annual Ham and Turkey Dinner, Sunday, March 20th serving from 11-2pm at Magnolia Town Hall (¼ mile west of Highway 213 on County A). Buffet style menu includes: Baked Ham, Roasted Turkey/gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Huge Salad Bar, Rolls, Beverage and Dessert. Adults: $7.50in advance $8 at the door, Kids(5-11): $4.50 Come and join us for our annual fundraiser! It's also a great chance to catch up with old friends and see what our club has been up to! Any questions or to order deliveries in Evansville/Magnolia area?? Call 876-6209.


Jr. Council Pizza Night March 28 – 7:00 p.m. Courthouse Conference Center Attention all 4-H members grade 7 and up! The March Jr. Council meeting is Pizza Night! Bring canned goods, that will be donated to a local food pantry and you can eat free, otherwise bring $1! Join us for our committee meetings,

regular business meeting and some social time with your friends. Senior Council Meeting All club chairs, co-chairs and any interested leaders are invited and encouraged to attend Senior Council meetings. The next meeting will be Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse. Clubs should receive the Fair entry packets at this meeting, so please be sure your club is represented! Attention: ADULT LEADERS! Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection Program In 2010-11, we will again be complying with the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection Program. Leaders who completed the Leader Application form and attended leader orientation session need only to re-enroll with their club this year. (Please Note: All returning leaders MUST complete a Leader Re-Enrollment form!) NEW leaders will need to complete a Leader Enrollment form and a Leader Application form. They must also attend a leader orientation session. The remaining schedule for 2011 is: Tuesday, March 8 – 1:00 p.m. - Courthouse Thursday, March 31 – 7:00 p.m. - Courthouse New leaders may sign up for a session on their Leader Enrollment form. PLEASE NOTE: the fee for the required Department of Justice records check is $7.00, and that fee will be collected at the orientation session. Volunteer Tax Deductions A number of tax benefits are available for volunteers under the general charitable deduction of the Internal Revenue Code. Volunteers may deduct unreimbursed, out of pocket expenses directly related to a charitable organization such as 4-H if they itemize deductions for 2010. Detailed information is available in IRS Publication 526, or check out the IRS website 4

at Click on “Forms and Publications” then “Publication number” then scroll down to Publication 526. Attention Parents/Volunteers/Leaders! I am looking for a few individuals interested in working with our Cloverbud Program. If you have a desire to continue to develop our existing program…we need you! Please contact Linda Marshall at 757-5693 today!

Cloverbud Camp Committee Junior Council’s Cloverbud Camp Committee and any other interested youth ages 12 and up should mark their calendars for Monday’s April 18th and May 16th. Our planning meetings will be held directly before the Jr./Sr. Executive Board meetings starting at 6:00 p.m., Janesville Courthouse. Any questions contact Linda at the UWEX Office, 757-5690.

A Great Source for 4-H Project Information – the State 4-H Website! The State 4-H Website is a GREAT source for information on all of the statewide 4-H project areas, and now is the PERFECT time to check it out! Go to and click on “Projects” on the left side of the home page. Then click on any of the project areas and you’ll find:   A description of each project Project literature numbers and titles, as well as a link to the Extension Publications website to purchase copies Related 4-H events and activities that support the project area Internet links to related websites Sources for more information related to the project area.

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The site also contains Activity Plans for many of the project areas. These activity plans can be downloaded and printed directly from the site, and they are excellent resources for project leaders! Check them out…they are almost like pre-planned project meetings! The project information on the State 4-H Website is a valuable resource for members, leaders and parents in just about any project area. It can be used to supplement face-toface project meetings, but it is not intended to replace those meetings! Member and parents, be sure to check with your club project leaders on the dates of their project meetings! It’s time to start working on those 4-H projects, so check out the State 4-H Website and get a great start! Club Fundraising Ideas Are you in charge of fundraising for your 4-H club? The UWEX Office at the Courthouse has a box of information for you to look through with LOTS of different fundraising ideas! If you would like to browse through the box, call the office at 757-5690 or just stop in and take a look! 4-H Newsletter Information The 4-H Cloverpatch is available on line at http:// If you prefer to receive electronic notice when the newsletter is posted please contact Carol at the UWEX Office at 7575690 or email her at We will still be mailing a hard copy to families that have not requested email notification. Also note that registration flyers and additional information about projects, program meetings and workshops are available on line. If you don’t see it, call our office at 7575690. If any families are receiving duplicate mailings of the 4-H newsletter, or if there are any families that are not yet receiving the news5

letter, please contact Carol at 757-5690. If you change addresses and/or e-mail addresses during 2011, please contact Carol as soon as possible. We need your help to keep our records and mailing list current!

Special Projects & Activities

2011 4-H Volleyball Tournaments The annual 4-H Volleyball Tournament planned & coordinated by Junior Council will be held on March 6 & 13 at Craig High School. The junior teams (age 8-13) will play on March 6 and senior teams (age 14 & up) will play March 13. Teams should report no later than 11:00 a.m. Playing will begin at 11:30 a.m. Team rosters are due at check-in on game day. 2011 4-H Jr. & Sr. Basketball Tournament April 3 & 10 Edgerton High School Registration packets for the annual 4-H Jr. Council Basketball Tournament were mailed out in February. Junior teams will play on April 3 and Senior teams will play on April 10. Be sure to get your club involved!

New this year: Members age 13 will be able to choose to play on either the Jr. or the Sr. team, but not both.
Clubs are required to provide one adult per 10 participants to serve as a team coach. Clubs with less than 10 participants are also required to provide one adult. More than one club may combine if there are not enough players (limit 3 clubs on one team unless ok’d by committee). We are also looking for referees. If you would like to ref, contact Sue at the UWEX Office, 757-5690.

Youth Leadership Project Request: LaPrairie 4-H member Laura Prentice is collecting used, unwanted prescription eyeglasses for part of her youth leadership project. Glasses can be picked up at your convenience now through July 1st. She will have special drop boxes at Dave's ACE hardware in Milton & Evansville. After the collection drive Laura will be presenting them to the Lions Club recycle for eyesight program. The glasses will then be sent and matched up to people who need them for free. If you have any questions about this project please email Laura at Thank You.

Home and Family

Environmental Education

Foods Revue Update! All members and leaders in the foods project, please note the change of date for Foods Review. It has been rescheduled for April 16, 2011 and will be held in the Craig Center at the fairgrounds. New lot numbers are listed in your fair book so check them out and enter today!! The registration is now April 4th, see end of newsletter for the new one! Any questions feel free to contact Debra Bader – 751-7952 or Michelle Tranel – 751-7962. Knitting & Crocheting Project Members & Leaders

4-H Shooting Sports Certification Workshop In order to offer any 4-H Shooting Sports dis ­ciplines (archery, air pistol, air rifle, .22 rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading, hunting) 4-H leaders must be certified in the discipline at an ap­ proved 4-H Shooting Sports Certification Workshop AND complete the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Protection Program (see article in the “Leadership” section of this newsletter.) The only 4-H Shooting Sports Certification Workshop to be held in southern Wisconsin this year will be March 25-26 at the Winnequah Gun Club in Lodi. The cost is $70.00 plus lodging, and some financial assistance is available through the Rock County 4-H Leaders Council. Registration forms and information can be found at ces/4h/onlinpro/ shooting/2011CertificationTraining.cfm. The registration deadline is March 11th.

If you have questions or need help with knitting or crocheting projects contact Jane Pennycook (knitting), 752-3274 or Charleta Affeldt (crocheting), 3656423. Remember the winter months are the best time to work on these pro­ jects.

Communication & Cultural Arts

4-H Music and Drama County Festival May 21 Wells Cultural Center, UW Rock Campus, Janesville The Music & Drama Festival will again be held at UW Rock in the Wells Cultural Center on campus. Please mark your calendars and join all clubs and groups participating in this fun opportunity to share the many talents of our youth. 6

Final information was handed out at the February Sr. Council meeting. The registration deadline is April 18. If you have questions contact Sue at the UWEX Office, 757-5690. Photo Tips by Mary Jo Bergs, Photo Leader Nature has provided you a fantastic opportunity to get some great pictures. These can be for before/after photos (think now and in the spring), nature pictures, photos converted to black and white and many, many more options. So bundle up, get outside and go take some snow pictures. Things to Remember:  Judges like seeing that you've thought about your project BEFORE June/July 2011 and were out taking pictures.  Make sure you have the setting on your camera set up for snow photos to avoid over exposure.  Try to take pictures either early in the day or later in the day/towards evening as it provides the best light especially on sunny days.  Cloudy days are also great for picture taking as it provides good light but not the bright, intense light of a cloudless day (this can contribute to over exposing photos too).  Remember the rule of 1/3's and to look at the entire photo and in the 9 'regions' and 4 intersecting points (ask your leader for more details on this if you don't understand.)  Feel free to contact your leader with questions, to look at pictures and help decide what to do etc.  Be CREATIVE - sometimes a picture of a lone barn or snow covered treeline in the 'snowscape' world is intensely beautiful if the photo is taken with thought.




Think about what you are taking the picture of first, your forethought will show up in the photo. Sometimes, impromptu pictures (those that aren't set up) end up being the best photos. This is especially true with people because they will be more relaxed and less posed so appear more natural. And make sure you HAVE FUN WITH THIS! It's what taking pictures is all about.

Thanks to Mary Jo (LaPrairie 4-H photo leader) for these tips!

Animal Science

Swine Carcass Contest Individuals interested in participating in the 2011 Swine Carcass Contest held in conjunction with the Rock County 4-H Fair must participate in the initial carcass barrow weigh-in on Saturday April 16th. Each exhibitor may identify and weigh up to 3 barrows for the carcass contest. The weigh-in will be held in the Sale Arena from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The maximum weight limit will be 90 lbs. Contact Randy Thompson at 608757-5699 if you have questions. Rock County Beef Ambassador Position The Rock County Beef Producers announce a beef ambassador position open to members in the beef project that are freshmen and older youth as of this year may apply. The ambassador will be highly encouraged to attend events, such as the Rock County Spring Preview Show, annual Rock County Beef Cookout, and the


county and state fair promoting our county’s beef industry. Applicants will also have the opportunity to present information regarding the beef industry to area citizens, 4-H groups, FFA members, and so forth. If interested, please contact Randy Thompson at 757-5696 for further information. Market Steer Identification Program Rock County 4-H Fair is once again requiring market steers be pre-identified in order to be eligible for exhibit at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Beef project leaders and Vo-Ag Instructors are asked to assist with the identification as in past years. 4-H and FFA beef project members are encouraged to contact their project leader to make arrangements for identification.

Rock County will host State Fair lamb and barrow identification for the 2011 WI State Fair. Animals will be identified in the Sales Arena at the Rock County Fairgrounds.  Barrows will be identified April 16 from 9-11 a.m. If you have questions contact Tom Knauer, 608-883-2838.  Lambs will be identified May 7 from 9-11 a.m. If you have questions contact Randy Thompson, 608-757-5696  Check the WSF website for further information and other ID locations. http:// news_updates.html Congratulations to Rock County Dairy Quiz Bowl Participants Congratulations to the members of the 2011 Dairy Quiz Bowl members that competed in the state competition. They are Erica Ballmer, Ciera Ballmer, Kristen Broege, Rachel Gerbitz, Sarah Gerbitz, Josh Gerbitz, Abigail Martin, Brooke Trustem, and Luke Trustem. The State Contest was held in Portage. Badger Dairy Camp June 13-15 Check the Dairy Youth website for further information about the camp at dairyyouth/camp.php Nasco Showing & Grooming Demonstrations May 7, Fort Atkinson Experienced showmen will conduct informational demonstrations. 8:30-10 a.m. Sheep Demonstration 10:15-noon Beef Demonstration 12:00-1 p.m. Lunch 1:15-3 p.m. Dairy Demonstration Nasco provides a free lunch. Preregistration is necessary by calling 920-568-5600 by May 2.

Steer ID Guidelines:

Each exhibitor may identify up to 5 steers Steers need to be pre-registered in the name of the exhibitor or immediate family member’s name. Steers will be identified with RFID tags provided by the UWEX Office. Deadline for identifying steers is April 1st. Individuals who identified steers for State Fair or the County Rate of Gain Contest do not have to retag steers. The County will use the ID from these programs. Do not use ear tags from previous years. Market Lamb & Barrow Identification The deadline for market lamb and barrow identification is Monday, May 9th. Each exhibitor may identify up to 8 lambs and 8 barrows. As with the beef project, project leaders and VoAg Instructors will be asked to assist with the identification process. Further information will be available in the April newsletter. State Fair Market Animal Identification 8

Showring Success Seminar, Saturday, March 12th, 2011 The seminar will be held at the Walworth County fairgrounds, Elkhorn starting at 9:00 a.m. To pre-register, contact your local Purina Dealer or call 888-565-2469. The seminar will include showing, fitting and feeding sessions for cattle, sheep and hogs. The program will also include a PQA training session for swine project members. Featured presenters will include Mark Johnson and Bob May. ATTENTION: Horse & Pony Project Members – Important Rule! All 1st and 2nd year Horse and Pony Project members must participate in two (2) Rock County 4-H Horse and Pony Project approved educational events, at least one of which must be with your horse or pony, in order to participate in the Rock County 4-H Fair Horse Show or Pony Show. Members in their 3rd year and up must participate in one such event, with or without your horse or pony. The Horse and Pony Project Steering Committee would like to bring the attention of each and every one of you the availability and importance of our upcoming county level meetings and activities. All members, parents and leaders in these projects are invited to attend ALL EVENTS. Please make note of the rule stated above and don’t wait until the last event…start attending NOW!

Rock County 4-H Horse and Pony Project is on Facebook! Look for the project on Facebook! You can also e-mail questions and comments to our new e-mail address, There are lots of ways to stay informed so don’t miss out on any events or deadlines! Join Us for Scoopie Night! The Horse & Pony Project is having a Scoopie Night at the Milton Avenue Culver’s Restaurant in Janesville on Wednesday, March 9. Please stop by anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. for a delicious meal and/or ice cream treat and help the project raise funds to help pay for educational project events! It’s easy, it’s yummy and it benefits our 4-H youth, so please join us! Open Arena Practices  Saturday, March 12 – 1-4 pm – instruction in Beginning Showmanship  Saturday, April 30 – 10 a.m.-noon – instruction in Advanced Showmanship  Saturday, April 30 – 1-4 pm – instruction in Hunt Seat & English Equitation  Saturday, May 14 – 10 a.m. - instruction offered in Western Pleasure & Driving All Open Arenas will be held at the fairgrounds. Requirements for participation: Current Coggins test results (original and one copy); SEI approved safety helmet and boots with heels. Coggins/Vaccination Clinic Badger Veterinary Hospital will be at the Open Arena on Saturday, March 12 at the fairgrounds from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and will offer spring vaccinations (EWT/WNV, Influenza/Rhino), a fecal egg count and a Coggins test for the 4-H discounted price of $60.00. The price is the same with or without the Coggins. Contact Badger Veterinary Hospital for more information at 754-1888. 9

Attention, PARENTS of Horse & Pony Project Members! The 4-H Horse and Pony Project Committee is concerned that members may be dropped off at county events with their animals and left there unsupervised. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of these members to remain at these events to provide supervision and assistance to the members and animals. This guideline applies to ALL county 4-H Horse and Pony project events!

LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 HORSES. Please call Badger Vet by March 5 to receive their services on March 12. Horseless Horse Project Members – Meetings Just For YOU! Our county Horseless Horse project leader, Brenda Uhe, has scheduled a series of meetings for our Horseless Horse project members! The first meeting will be Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Open Arena in the Multi-purpose Barn at the fairgrounds. Come and learn about Showmanship and other equinerelated topics. Wear warm clothes, boots and gloves! Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Poultry Project Member & Leader Meetings March 19 – 10:00 a.m. Courthouse Plan to attend to learn more about what you can do in this project from our guest speaker. Check out the poultry project website at www. for more information. Additional meetings  June 11 - 10:00 a.m. – Sales Arena, Fair­ grounds – Discussion on Pullorum testing and State for the fair. MARK THIS
DATE ON YOUR CALENDER AND PLAN TO ATTEND. July 16 – 8 a.m. – Poultry Barn set-up.

Horse and Pony Project Committee The Horse and Pony Project Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the courthouse. The next meetings are Thursday, March 3 and Thursday, April 7. All Horse & Pony project and Horseless Horse project leaders and parents are invited to attend all Project Committee meetings. Horse & Pony Description Sheets and Coggins Results All description sheets and Coggins test results are due to the UW Extension Office at the Courthouse by April 15. You must staple a copy of your animal’s Coggins test results to the description sheet, which can be found in the Informational Packet or on the Rock County 4-H website. You still have to bring the original test results to the clinics and shows. PLEASE NOTE: You must also have your Premise ID on the description sheet this year (or the Premise ID of the farm on which your animal is kept.) Failure to meet the April 15th deadline will result in placing penalties at the Fair Horse Show or Pony Show. Don’t miss this deadline! Please contact the UW EX Office at 757-5690 if you need an Informational Packet.


3rd Annual Poultry Project Photography Contest If you are a 4-H or FFA poultry project member and are interested in photography… here’s a contest for you. The 3rd Annual Rock County Poultry Project Photography Contest is planned and organized by Jordan DeLong, Bradford 4-H. Members may enter as many photos as they would like; prizes will go to different people so no one person wins all the prizes in that age division; photos must be taken of domesticated show poultry only; all photos must be unframed/ unmated and 8” x 10”; all photos will be judged on quality, clarity and composition (the bird(s) should be the main subject; and all entries must have your name, address, phone number and grade just completed attached to the back of the photo. Prizes may include chicken feed, feed scoops, incubators, feeders, wa­ ters, watering cans and more! Grade Divisions: Beginner, grades 3-6; Junior, grades 7-9; and Senior, grades 10 and up. 10

Rules are: Entries may be handed in during poultry check-in on Tuesday, July 26, in the poultry barn. Entries may also be mailed before July 22 to Jordan DeLong, 11631 E. Creek Road, Darien, WI 53114. If you have questions con­tact Jordan at 608-676-4907. Check out the flyer at the Rock County 4-H website at http:// index.html under projects. Dog Project Information The Dog Project Orientation meeting was held in February, if you missed this meeting contact Ann Sellnow at 2902453 or 882-6578 before you attend the first dog project training ses­sion, March 3 at the Craig Center. Cat Project Member & Leaders County Cat Project Meeting March 15 - 7:00 p.m. Craig Center, Fairgrounds Plan to attend the next county wide project meetings to learn more about their animals and expectations of the Rock County 4-H Show. Be sure to check your Cat project packet for additional information. This packet is also available at projects.html or at the UWEX Office. If you have questions contact Judy Karstaedt at 365-2441 or Sondra Austin at 754-0134 or Angie Stefanczyk at 931-7143. Important Cat Project Deadlines Your cat’s vaccinations must be current by March 5 if you want to show your cat in the Pre-Fair Cat Show on March 26. Vaccinations must be cur­rent by April 9 for you to show your cat at the Rock County 4-H Fair Cat Show on April 30. Be aware of these important deadlines! Pre-Fair Cat Show March 26 Craig Center, Fairgrounds The Rock County 4-H Pre-Fair Cat Show will be held in the Craig Center at the fairgrounds. Check-in time is 8-9:30 a.m. and the show starts at 10:00 a.m. The entry fee $10 for one cat and $15 for two cats, and entries are lim­ited to 2 cats per member. ALL 4-H mem­bers are welcome to participate. Cloverbuds will have special classes (see entry

form). You need not be a member of the cat project to show your cat in this show! You can also enter the Cage Decorating Contest and Dress Your Cat Contest, as well as the Poster Contest, Photo Contest and Showmanship! To enter, please complete the entry form in the Rock County 4-H Cat Project Booklet you re­ceived or it is available at http:// and return it to Rock County UWEX, Attn. Cat Project, 51 S. Main St. Janesville, WI 53545, the entry deadline is March 11-don’t miss it! If you have questions contact Judy Karstaedt, 365-2441, Sondra Austin, 754-0134 or Angie Stefanczyk, 931­7143. Volunteers Needed For Pre-Fair and Fair Cat Shows! Volunteers are needed Friday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Craig Center on the fair­ grounds to help set-up for the Pre-Fair Cat Show. All those who help will also be able to decorate their cages at this time. In addition, members can earn BONUS Cat Cash by helping with set-up OR clean up on March 26! We also need help to set up on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. for the Fair Cat Show and to help tear down after the show on April 30. Rock County 4-H Fair Cat Show April 30, Craig Center, Fairgrounds The Rock County 4-H Fair Cat Show will be held in the Craig Center at the fairgrounds. Check-in time is 8-9:30 a.m. and the show starts at 10:00 a.m. The written test for Showmanship will begin when you arrive starting at 8:30 a.m. To enter, please complete the entry form in your Cat Project Booklet (also available on line at and return it to Rock County UWEX, Attn. Cat Project, 51 S. Main St.


Janesville, WI 53545. The entry deadline is April 15-don’t miss it! Cavy and Hamster Project Meeting Thursday March 17, 7:00PM An orientation meeting will be held on Thursday March 17 at 7:00PM at St. Patrick's School, 305 Lincoln Street, Janesville. Please enter through door number 4 which has the ramp and follow the signs. The meeting will be in the auditorium. Please plan to attend this informational meeting to learn about animal selection, fair entry changes, and calendar dates for the upcoming year. Any questions, please contact Sue Schimke at 676-4044 or Kathy/Mike Farrey at 754-0139.

Spot Landing Rockets Attention, members interested in Rocketry! This year’s Spot Landing Contest rocket is the Viking. Viking rockets and A8-3 engines will be for sale at the March project meetings. One Viking rocket and 3 engines will cost $10.00...what a deal! So bring your money and get your rockets and en­gines while they last!

Fair Facts

Mechanical Science
Attention Club Chairpersons! NEW FORMAT Mechanical Science Meetings! This year’s Mechanical Science meetings will follow a NEW format! Members and leaders will have the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of Mechanical Sciences by participating in the following meetings:    Thursday, March 17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. – learn about Small Engines and Aircraft Thursday, March 24 – 6:00–8:00 p.m. – learn about Bicycles and Models Thursday, March 31 – 6:00 p.m. – learn about Rocketry

Pick Up Entry Packets! The 2011 Rock County 4-H Fair Entry Packets will be available at the Monday, March 21, 2011 Senior Council Meeting at the Courthouse. Please pick up your club’s packets at this time. If you absolutely cannot pick up your packets on March 21st call Mary Check at 7551470 to arrange a time to pick up the packets at the fair office.
Attention Club Chairpersons! Rock County 4-H Fair Royalty Candidate Information

All meetings will be held at the courthouse and will be large group meetings, so everyone in attendance can learn about all the topics offered at that meeting! Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us!

Information packets were mailed out to club chairpersons and FFA advisors on February 22. The following dates are firm deadlines for Club Royalty Candidates:

April 8, 2011 – Due date for Club Royalty Information to be turned in to the Fair Office. April 20, 2011 – Due date for Candidate applications to be turned in to the Fair Office.


Premium Book Cover Winner

The Rock County Fair Board is pleased to announce the winner of the annual Premium Book Cover Contest. Samantha Emery, of the Milton 4-H. Samantha will receive $25.00 and her artwork will appear on the cover of the fair premium book that is distributed to every 4-H and FFA family in Rock County.





(Shopiere, Evansville, Milton, Orfordville, Edgerton). Each club/chapter must complete a participation form (will be included in the entry form packet that is given to club chairs at the March Senior Council meeting) and include a photo (5x7). The form and photo are due to the Fair Secretary’s Office by 5 p.m. on July 18, 2011. Name of club/chapter and the Rock County 4-H Fair dates (July 26-31,2011) MUST be on both sides of the float so it is visible to all viewers. The 5x7 photo must be taken of the float in the parade. Club/ chapter name and fair dates displayed on the float must be visible in the submitted photo. The Fair Association will award a premium of $150.00 to qualifying clubs/chapters. The float categories are 4-H or FFA and the theme of choice should promote 4-H/FFA.


Changes have been made to the parade requirements for the 2011 fair.  To qualify for an award every participating club/chapter must enter in one of the local summer parades


MARCH 2011 CALENDAR 1 DEADLINE: Rock County Ag Scholarship Applications due DEADLINE: Rock County 4-H Camp Staff Applications due to UWEX Office DEADLINE: SDLT Committee Applications due Dog Clinics, Fairgrounds

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Horse & Pony Project Q & A meeting, Courthouse – 6:00 p.m. Horse & Pony Project Committee meeting, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. DEADLINE: ArtBeat registration due to 4-H State Office


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DEADLINE: Cat vaccinations for the Pre-Fair Cat Show Jr. Volleyball Tournament, Craig High School, Janesville. Youth Protection Program Leader Orientation, Courthouse—1:00 p.m. Horse & Pony Project Scoopie Night, Milton Avenue Culver’s in Janesville – 4-8 p.m. DEADLINE: Pre Fair Cat Show entry forms due to UWEX Office DEADLINE: State Shooting Sports Certification Workshop Registrations due Horse & Pony Project Open Arena and Badger Vet Day, Fairgrounds – 1:00-4:00 p.m. Horseless Horse Project meeting, Multipurpose Barn, Fairgrounds – 2:00 p.m. Sr. Volleyball Tournament, Craig High School, Janesville 4-H Camp Staff Selection Workshop, Courthouse – 6:30 p.m. Cat Project Meeting, Craig Center – 7:00 p.m. Small Engines and Aircraft Meeting, Courthouse – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Chicago Nights Award Trip Planning Meeting, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Cavy & Hamster Project Meeting, St. Patricks’s School, Janesville-7:00 p.m. Poultry Project Meeting, Courthouse – 10:00 a.m. MANDATED FURLOUGH DAY FOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF Jr. & Sr. Council Executive Board Meetings, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Bicycle and Models meeting, Courthouse – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Youth & 4-H Conference Orientation, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Set-up for Pre-Fair Cat Show, Craig Center—6:00 p.m. 4-H Art Beat South (3-5th grade), Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells Shooting Sports Certification Workshop, Lodi Pre-fair Cat Show, Craig Center, Fairgrounds 4-H Ambassador Team meeting, Courthouse – 6:00 p.m. Junior & Senior Council Meetings, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Rocketry meeting, Courthouse – 6:00 p.m. 14 Youth Protection Program Leader Orientation, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m.


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Jr. Basketball Tournament, Edgerton High School DEADLINE: Rock County Fair Steer ID forms to UWEX Office DEADLINE: Foods Revue registration due to fair office (new deadline!) Dog Clinics, Fairgrounds Horse & Pony Project Committee meeting, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Horse & Pony Judging Clinic & Contest, Linda Ehret Training Facility – 9:00 a.m. Horseless Horse Project meeting, Linda Ehret Training Facility – 9:00 a.m. DEADLINE: Cat vaccinations for Rock County Fair Cat Show Sr. Basketball Tournament, Edgerton High School 4-H Space Camp in Huntsville, AL DEADLINE: Horse & Pony Description Sheets & Coggins due to UWEX Office Foods Revue, Craig Center, Fairgrounds – 9:00 a.m. Swine Carcass weigh-in, Fairgrounds - 1-2:30 p.m. State Fair Barrow ID, Fairgrounds - 9:00-11:00 a.m. Cloverbud Camp Committee meeting, Courthouse - 6:00 p.m. Jr. & Sr. Council Executive Board Meetings, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. DEADLINE: Music & Drama Festival entries due 4-H Camp Staff Training, Courthouse – 6:30 p.m. Cat Project Meeting, Craig Center, Fairgrounds – 7:00 p.m 4-H Ambassador Team meeting, Courthouse – 6:00 p.m. Junior & Senior Council Meetings, Courthouse – 7:00 p.m. Rock County 4-H Fair Cat Show Set up, Craig Center, Fairgrounds – 6:00 p.m. Youth Service Day Rock County 4-H Fair Cat Show, Craig Center, Fairgrounds Horse & Pony Project Open Arena, Fairgrounds – 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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SNIP & SEND Foods Revue Registration Firm Deadline – April 4th (new deadline)
4-H Member___________________________________Phone__________________ Address, City and Zip code______________________________________________ Club________________________________________________________________ Age_____ Class________________________ Lot # _____ Grade _____ Exhibitor No.________ I can help: ____set up ____take photos of exhibitors ____work at registration table

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4-H Fair Office/Foods Revue, Post Office Box 170, Janesville, WI 53547


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Rock County Cooperative Extension Staff Phone 608-757-5690 Fax 608-7575581 Donna Duerst
Rock County 4-H Youth Development Agent Email:

Sue Fredrich
Rock County 4-H Program Advisor Email:

Linda Marshall
Rock County 4-H Program Assistant Email:

Sally Reisem
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Carol Jaggi
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