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

MAY/JUNE 2019 Dear Friends of 4-H, This spring has been filled with a myriad of 4-H activities: Ag Literacy Week, County & District Public Presentations, Dairy Bowls, 4-H Shooting Sports, Tractor Safety and the opening of the 4-H Food Booth just to name a few.

Special Points of Interest 

Camp Sew-for-You

Food Booth Events

Fair Information

Honor Secretaries and News Reports

Calendar of Events

The 4-H Food Booth opened the season with a bang! Business was BOOMING on Saturday of the Antique & Flea Market Show – Sunday not so much due to the cool rainy weather. A special thanks to Joan Prouty for all the behind the scenes work to get us ready to open. A special thanks to all the volunteers that worked shifts including the Artist Kids & Lucky Bums 4-H clubs. More 4-H Food Booth events are coming up; see the flyer inside.

We are planning to offer some animal clinics again this summer: Check the calendar for dates. Details will be coming out in our next issue of Keynotes. We are wrapping up our school programs – Food & Fiber. This year’s topics were: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn, Trees, Maple Syrup, Wool Felting & Starting Seeds. Some of you may have seen either Linda Law Saunders or Cathy Sweet in your classroom. We have also completed our Teen Cuisine program at the Southern Adirondack Education Center. Parade season is here. I hope many of our clubs will be participating. Don’t forget to send us pictures! Happy spring!!

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Camp Sew-for-You 2019 We are once again planning an overnight sewing camp for the novice & intermediate sewer. Youth will have a chance to learn a little creative stitchery, machine sewing, using a pattern plus have some fun, too. Here’s the scoop: Date: Time: Location: Cost:

July 18 – 19 4:00 PM on Thursday through 5:00 PM on Friday Washington County Fairgrounds $25/ person ($30/ non 4-Hers) pays for fabric, supplies & 3 meals plus snacks Who: Youth ages 9 – 17 as of January 1, 2019 Registration deadline: July 12 by 4:30 PM To register, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension, Washington County at 518746-2560 or 1-800-548-0881 or email at Please let us know what types of sewing you’ve done & whether or not you can bring a sewing machine. Please note: The overnight portion is optional. We will be sleeping in the dorms. Parents are more than welcome

Farm to 4-H Table Attention all locavores! We are offering an opportunity for 4-Hers to visit local farms and learn about the production of the foods we eat. On day two we will prepare a 4 course meal with the food we collected to share with families under the leadership of Washington County 4-H Alum & Culinary Institute graduate Jamie Norton! This is a two day event with tours on the first day and the food preparation on the second day. Here’s the details we have so far:


4-Hers 12 and up


July 7 partial day of tours & July 8 all day ending with dinner.


Washington County Fairgrounds except for the tours.



Please note: The times & tour locations are still being finalized. Sign up so you can get the latest information. Class size is limited.

May 18 – 19 Winter Raptor Fest Saturday 10 — 1; 12 — 5 Sunday 11:00 — 4:30

The better staffed our shifts are, the more profit we can earn!

August 19 - 25 Washington County Fair Monday – Sunday 7 – 10:30 PM Tuesday – Sunday 6:30 – 10 AM

Clubs earn $25 per shift worked at any of the weekend events!

4-H Agribusiness Career Conference a.k.a. ABC Trip

Are you at least 14 years old and interested in exploring the field of agriculture careers? Have we got an opportunity for you! The Agribusiness Career Conference (ABC) trip is a partnership of NYS 4-H, the NYS Farm Bureau, and the State University of New York – Cobleskill. The purpose of the event is to explore firsthand the various career opportunities available in the agriculture field. The conference is October 17 - 18 and at SUNY Cobleskill and local agribusinesses. This career exploration conference is open to all youth ages 14 and over who wish to become more aware of opportunities with agriculture and also academic requirements for professional positions available in the various agri-business. It will feature mini-tours to farms and operations in the Cobleskill area as well as seminars, guest speakers and guided tours of the SUNY Cobleskill agriculture facilities. The registration fee is $95, which includes lodging & meals. Teen Council will pay for part of this fee. Registration is DUE to the 4-H office by August 12. If you would like a packet of information and a registration form, call us at 746-2560 or email at Mark your calendars.

Agricultural Literacy Week March 18 - 22, 2019

Success! Thank You to our Volunteer Readers, including Maggie Brand and Sheep and Kids 4-H Klub, Erin Boucher, Wendy English, Elizabeth Holmes, Amy Larmon, Marie Monty, MJ Packer, Karen Rogers, Zoe White and Argyle,, Granville, Greenwich, Hartford and Salem FFA Chapters! Each of you spent hours reading to 1251 elementary students in Washington County and supporting NYS Farms. We could not do it without you! Also, thank you to the Washington County Fair, 4-H Leaders Association and the Washington County Farm Bureau for providing funds so that every school and public library receives a copy of the book!

4H Public Presentation Success THIRTY youth par ticipated in this year ’s Public Presentations. Each of you did an amazing job! Every year that you participate you are practicing and perfecting the art of public speaking and it’s a skill that you will rely upon throughout your life. Well done 4Hers! Thank you JoAnne Booth for organizing the Greenwich site. Thanks to Greenwich volunteers Theresa Nessle, Ruth Shippee, and Hillary Getty. Thank you to Fort Edward volunteers Barb & Truman Frasier & Ward Sweet! Without each of you, this could not happen

With input from the 4-H Teen Council, we created new T shirts for Public Presentations presenters. We have a few left and are selling our supply. Front and back design. Just $10 Show your support for 4H and get one before they are gone!

Attention Poultry Exhibitors!! Due to a nationwide shortage of pullorum antigen, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is waiving the pullorum test requirement for poultry of New York State origin to attend New York fairs and shows. The waiver will be in effect for the 2019 fair season. This waiver does not apply to poultry from out-of-state. Out-of-state poultry must be from a flock that participates in NPIP or must be tested for pullorum-typhoid in order to attend New York fairs and shows. Poultry import requirements, fair requirements, and waiver information can be found on the New York State Department of Agriculture’s website: AIHome.html. New York is a pullorum-typhoid clean state. Pullorum-typhoid testing is still an important means for maintaining pullorum-free poultry and it should be expected that testing will resume in the 2020 fair season.

Bring the whole family for a day of FREE Fun at the Washington County Fair Farm Museum! Participate in activities, visit with animals, and enjoy foods based on the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Tractor Certification & ATV Safety We had some windy & sunny weather, some summer like weather and some very chilly wet weather but that didn’t stop 26 youth from participating in our Capital District Tractor Safety with 4 from Washington County. The farm visits included Eckhardt/ Kinderhook Creek Farm in Stephentown & NYCAMH presentation and Becker Farm Greenhouse in East Greenbush. They even served cookies! Also a big thank you to the following agribusiness that loaned equipment: Brownell Sales & Service, Capital Tractor, Salem Farm Supply, and Falls Farm & Garden (included a presentation on chainsaw and tractor maintenance). Lastly, we are very grateful that the fairgrounds allows us to use their meeting room and grounds! And yes, all youth passed!

4-H Shooting Sports Northern program ran early February through the beginning of April with 19 youth completing the course. Southern program also began February and is ending with 11 youth! We also had one teen and 5 adults trained at the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors Workshop. Jared Richards is a newly trained Jr Instructor!

Are You Up For A Challenge? The Youth Building Superintendents are giving all 4-Hers a challenge!! The Youth Building theme for the 2019 Washington County Fair is: “4-H the Road to Success” We will be using highway signs, road markings, traffic lights, cones, construction gear, etc. Spring is here…it’s time to think FAIR! While planning your fair projects, can you incorporate the youth building theme into them? New this year, several exhibits will receive special awards for use of the building’s theme in their work. Give the “road to success” a try. Can’t wait to see what you create.

Youth Non-Ownership Papers Due June 14 A number of years ago New York State Agriculture and Markets worked with 4-H staff to develop a program that provides greater opportunity for youth whose families do not own their own animals. This was in response to the decreasing number of families who live on a farm and the increasing number who would like to be involved with the Animal Science program, but lacked access to animals. This began the NonOwnership Program. The program is open ONLY to those who do not have access to animals of that species, e.g., a person who lives near a town or village and has no access to large animals, but might have a rabbit, can lease one dairy cow. Youth may register two non-owned animals of a species type, but can only show one of these animals per county and state fair. However , a per son whose family owns their own dairy cattle can not lease a dairy animal of any breed or age for exhibition. A Lessor/owner cannot lease to a family member of the same farm operation. The lessee involved in a family farm cannot lease from another family member. The youth who lease an animal must be involved with care of that animal in conjunction with the owner. Some youth will be living away from the animal they are leasing; however, the youth must show that they have made an honest effort to care for the animal. Care includes, but is not limited to, feeding, cleaning pens, training the animal to lead/ride, clipping, and learning about the animal’s management. It is the responsibility of the youth to work with the owner to submit all required paperwork for the Non-Ownership Program as well as any entries, stall requests, and health papers for the Washington County Fair. The animal must be entered under the owner’s name in the open class department. The Non-Ownership Program is administered through our office for Washington County youth. In our county, you do not have to be a 4-Her to participate. A completed Non-Ownership/Lease Form needs to be completed by the animal owner, the leasing youth, and the parent, and signed by the 4-H educator. We’ve posted the Non-ownership Form on our website; we will also mail or fax copies to you. The Non-Ownership Forms MUST be returned to the CCE/4-H office by June 14 at 4:30 PM! These forms may be faxed to 746-2419 by the same date and time requirement, but must be followed by hard copies in the mail. If you have any questions related to this program, please call our office at 746-2560. Please have these forms filled out as completely as possible before sending them to the 4-H office. Before the original forms are returned to the lessee the 4-H office needs to have all registration numbers and other required information on file for the leased animals. They will not be signed and returned until we have all information.

Important Reminder!! We know that many of you do club fundraisers. That is great and we encourage you to do so, but we want to remind you that any fundraisers you do need prior approval from the 4-H office. There is a form in your leader handbook that needs to be completed and sent to the 4-H office for Chrys’s approval. If you do not have the form we will be glad to forward one to you. This is required each and every time you are doing a fundraiser.

The Food Booth supplies Fairgoers with hot and cold meals all day long. The funds raised from this booth provide funding for several events: Awards, Achievement Night, Educational Trips, and other 4-H events throughout the year. The only way it can be successful is if 4-H leaders, parents and members are willing to volunteer to work a shift! Please complete and submit the form below to the 4-H Office at 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839, by Friday, August 2, 2019. Thank you for your continued support and participation! Club Name ___________________________ # of members working ______________

How many are: ______ 6 to 9 years old ________ 10 to 13 years old ______14 and over Leader’s Signature: ________________________ # of adults working _________ Phone Number: __________________ **Each shift needs 8-12 members and 8-10 adults/teens. For smaller clubs, we will try to match another small club in the same shift. For larger clubs, please consider splitting up your club and work two separate shifts. 6 - 9 year olds are not allowed to work the 6:30 - 10 a.m. shift.

The Fair runs from Monday, August 19 - Sunday, August 25 **Please indicate your first, second and third choice of shift by completing the chart below. All clubs must complete this entire form to ensure accuracy on our part. Clubs will be assigned shifts in the order that this form is received. Please call Barb Lapan if you have any questions.

Shifts August 6:30 am 10:00 am (no young Clubs) 10:00 am 1:30 pm 1:00 pm 4:30 pm 4:00 pm 7:30 am 7:00 pm 10:30 pm

Monday 19

Tuesday 20

Wednesday 21

Thursday 22

Friday 23

Saturday 24

Sunday 25

The Dairy Booth supplies Fairgoers with ice cream cones and milkshakes. The funds raised from this booth provide youth scholarships and leader training. The only way it can be successful is if 4-H leaders and 4-H parents, as well as older youth, are willing to volunteer to work a shift. Each shift will be three hours. This gives leaders and parents a chance to enjoy making milkshakes and dipping cones after the initial learning period. What better way to spend 3 hours than to be up to your elbows in ice cream. 2-4 adults are needed, depending on the day and time for each shift. The 10:30 - 1:30 shift only requires 2 adults or older youth. 10:30—1:30 PM

1:30—4:30 PM 4:30—7:30 PM 7:30—10:30 PM

Name(s) ______________________________________ Phone No. ________________ ______________________________________

The Fair runs from Monday, August 19 - Sunday, August 25 Please indicate your first, second and third choice of shift by completing the chart below. This form needs to be returned to the 4-H Office at 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.



1:30 4:30 4:30 7:30 7:30 10:30

Monday 19

Tuesday 20

Wednesday 21

Thursday 22

Friday 23

Saturday 24

Sunday 25

Washington County Fair Advance Sale Ride Tickets The fair has contracted with Amusements of America to provide the carnival for the 2019 Fair. Once again, your club can make money selling Advance Sale Ride Tickets. Advance sale ride tickets save fairgoers over half the cost of regular prices by buying tickets in advance. The advance sale ride tickets are good for all rides, all ages, all day and night, all week of the fair. It takes 3 to 5 tickets for one ride.

One sheet of tickets has 20 tickets at a cost of $10.00 per sheet. You or your club can earn $.50 per sheet with every 10 sheets sold. Check with your distributor to see when their deadline is for returning money and unsold tickets. You must return all the money and any leftover tickets to the person from whom you picked them up. There is a set limit of 100 sheets/club and 50/sheets per individual. After you sell these you can turn in the money and pick up more. You can pick up your check on, or after, Thursday of fair week at the fair office. Ride tickets will also be available for sale thru the Fair website, and there is no convenience fee to purchase. Tickets may be picked up from any one of the following people:

Extension Office (Hudson Falls) 746-2560 or toll free 1-800-548-0881 Karen Rogers (Cambridge) 677-3681 Diane Jilek (Salem) 854-3721 Judy Stevens (Easton) 692-9310 Dale & Joan Prouty (Hudson Falls) 747-3635 Fair Office (Greenwich) 692-2464 Nicole Wicks (Argyle/Hartford) - 638-6868

College Scholarships The Washington County Fair offers scholarships to youth that have been active in fair activities. Further information about this scholarship can be obtained by calling the Washington County Fair at 692-2464 or visit their web site at for an online version. Applications are due August 1.

HONOR SECRETARIES AND NEWS REPORTERS Club Name Backyard Buddies Crystal Clovers Salem Shamrocks Wampecack Creek Kids Washington Co. Jr. Beef Club

Secretary Emma Farr Alyssa Rowland Unsigned

Rylan Rist

News Reporter Meghann Hart/Alyssa Rowland Georgia Donaldson Travis Yurschak

NEWS REPORTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE In March the Crystal Clovers had a business meeting and made dog door stoppers and discussed next month’s project. At their April meeting Alyssa Rowland led the group in making bunnies for Easter with burlap and stuffing, decorated with ribbon. They also painted gourds for birdhouses. They then cleaned the front of the town barn. On March 31st, the Kidz- n- Goatz visited The Mansion in Cambridge. They made some birdhouses and donated those birdhouses to the residents. The elderly can benefit in many ways from birdwatching. Some of those benefits include decreasing stress and anxiety levels. Others include: observing visual details and noticing small patterns in animal behaviors which in turn boosts cognition. Additionally, two young furry kids, Ruby and Pearl, visited with the residents. The residents had questions about the goats and they were delighted to meet the kids! The Mansion is very welcoming to our club and we anticipate another visit with the residents again this year at a later date when the Memory Care Unit is completed.

On May 5 the Salem Shamrocks met at Woody Hill calf barn to do roadside clean up to help keep our earth clean. They collected trash on Cemetary Road. They would like to ask you to be conscious of your litter and to remind you that they believe everyday is earth day. On March 24th the Wampecack Creek Kids visited the Ross family sugarhouse in Center Cambridge. They got to see how the syrup was made from beginning to end. They tasted the sap as it came out of the tree and also the sweet end product - syrup!! They had tons of fun collecting sap from the old fashioned buckets. We also saw how they gathered sap with the more modern tubing system that used gravity to collect the sap into a stainless steel tank. Afterwards they went to a members’ house and started painting they 4-H club sign. A lot of fun was had by all!!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 MAY May 18 - 19 - Winter Raptor Fest May 19 - 21 - NYS 4-H Capital Days May 25 - 26 - Northeast Vanners Show

JUNE June 14 -

Non-Ownership Papers Due

June 25 - 27 - Career Ex

JULY July 7 - 8 -

Farm to 4-H Table

July 12 -

Rabbit Showmanship & Tattoo Clinic

July 18 - 19 - Camp Sew For You July 27 -

Family Fun Day

OCTOBER Oct. 9 - 20 -

TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser

Oct. 17 - 18 - Agri Business Career Trip

Rabbit Showmanship & Tattoo Clinic WHO: Youth Rabbit Exhibitors WHAT: For showmanship, youth will

learn how to identify the parts of the animal.

WHEN: Friday July 12, 6:00-8:00 pm WHERE: Poultry Barn, Washington County Fair

COST: The showmanship clinic is Aug. 1 -

Teen Council Meeting

FREE! $2.00 per rabbit tattoo - money goes to Rabbit & Cavies Special Awards. (Extra donations are always accepted from grandparents, friends or whomever.)

Aug. 3 - 4 -

Antique & Flea Market

WHY: Everyone that enters rabbits or

Aug. 17 -

Youth Judging Day


Aug. 19 - 25 - Washington Co. Fair Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 - Wash. Co. at NYS Fair

SEPTEMBER Sept. 28 - 29 - Ad. Wool & Arts Festival

cavies is required to do showmanship. All rabbits MUST be tattooed prior to the fair. Tattoos that are faded need to be reapplied.

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