Sibley County 4-H Newsletter
Sibley County Fruit Sales Are Here!
Once again Sibley County 4-H will be selling fruit! Every 4-H Family is to sell $150.00 worth of fruit. A better goal would be to have EVERY 4-H’er sell $150.00 worth of fruit. The money is used to pay the program fee for State Fair, State Dog Show, State Shoot, State Horse Show, afterschool programs, reduce the programming costs of 4-H, and provide scholarships for youth who attend county, regional, and state events. ALL club members are required to sell fruit because EVERY 4-H member in Sibley County is a recipient of the money raised. If a family chooses to not sell $150.00 worth of fruit, the Federation will not pay for their Program Fee for the above-listed activities.
You should have received your club fruit sales information packet in the mail. Forms and information were mailed on Friday, January 13 to Sibley County 4-H Families. If you have not received it, please contact our office at 507-237-4100 or email Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org or email Joleen at email@example.com. Once again this year fruit sales are offered online. All orders will need to be entered online. Look for more information in your fruit sales packet.
ALL paper fruit sales will need to be entered ONLINE into your family’s account. Orders must be entered into myfruitsale.com by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 24. Then you must get a printed copy of your family’s order and any money you collected into your Fruit Sales Coordinator. The Fruit Sales Coordinator must turn everything into our office by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27. If you are not sure who your Fruit Sales Coordinator is, please check with your Key Leader. The fruit will be delivered on Monday, March 20 starting approximately at 8:30 a.m. We will be looking for volunteers to help unload the fruit (three to four from each club). Please let your Key Leader know if you can help out that day. Fruit will be delivered to the Sibley County Highway Department/Sheriff's Shed on Highway 19 in Gaylord.
Please make sure you get out there and SELL, SELL, SELL! This is our only fundraiser for the year and we need it to be successful! Selling fruit is one of the easiest things to sell. Just get out there and ask people to support 4-H! Good luck!
Beef Weigh-In and ID
Beef Identification materials were emailed out to “ENROLLED” beef members a couple of weeks ago. If you did not receive the information in your email, please contact our office.
Once again Minnesota 4-H will be using its online enrollment system, 4HOnline, to record all animal identifications in 2021. Online animal identification reduces inaccuracies and inefficiencies. More information and a 4HOnline user guide can be found at www.4-H.umn.edu/animal-ID.
Central identification for market beef and dairy steers will take place on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2023 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Joy Cohrs Farm, 17138 State Hwy. 22, Glencoe. The snow date is February 12, 2023! This Central ID Weigh In day is optional. If you choose to participate in the weigh in, please bring your completed Market Beef or Dairy Steer ID worksheet with you. Ear tags will be available at weigh in. If you choose not to participate in Central Weigh-In, you will need to self ID. You will need to pick up ear tags at the Extension Office. ALL Market Beef ID’s are due Wednesday, February 15! There will be a charge for ear tags ($2.00 a piece).
Auction and PDC Meetings
The Auction Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center. If you have any ideas and would like to be part of the committee, please join us!
The Animal PDC Committee (Beef, Dairy, Dog, Goat, Horse, Lama, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine) will be meeting to discuss these project areas on Tuesday, March 7 starting at 7:00 p.m. – NOTE DATE CHANGE. If you have any ideas and would like to be part of the committee, please join us!
Events Through 4-H Online
There are many great events coming up that you can register for through 4-H online. Just log into your family profile and click on events. Scroll through all the options, I am sure there is something that you may be interested in. Remember if there is a cost to the event, that the Sibley County Federation has scholarships available to reimburse a portion of the cost.
Winter Weather Check
It is again that time of year. Inclement weather is upon us! If the weather causes cancellations or postponements of 4-H events, listen to one of the following local radio stations: KDUZ - Hutchinson 320-587-2140 and KNUJ - New Ulm 507-359-2921. If any of the county schools are canceled or have an early out due to weather, the evening county-wide 4-H events will be canceled.
Job Interview Contest
Twenty-two 4-H’ers were interviewing for jobs this past week when they went through a mock job interview. On Monday, January 23 at the Sibley County Service Center job applicants filled out an application or resume and were interviewed by age category for a job they were interested in. Jobs they could pick were from the 4-H Fair Valley Employment Opportunities.
Jobs included Admissions, Food Services, Landscaper, Mechanic/Carpenter, Performing Artists, Petting Zoo and Public Relations. Judges for the evening were Alison Eibs, Klea Rettmann and John Glisczinski.
All contestants did a great job. Results are as follows: Senior Division 1st place went to Rachael Dose, AC; 2nd – Taylor Schafer, BWS and 3rd – Abby Willegal, BWS. Also participating were Nicole Anderson, WW and Mitchell Olson, BWS.
Intermediate participants were: 1st – Kelly Willegal, BWS; 2nd – Nora Doehling, AC; and 3rd – Aiden Kerber, WW. Also participating were Grant Dose, AC; Alexander Kerber, WW; Russel Kerber, WW; Lydia Prahl, RRR; and Lauren Schafer, BWS.
Beginner participants were: 1st – Ashley Schafer, BWS; 2nd – Josie Wibstad, AC and 3rd – Mason Olson, BWS. Also participating were Eli Doehling, AC; Genevieve Kerber, WW; Benton Prahl, RRR; and Gavin St. John, AC.
Cloverbuds participating were Lillian Prahl, RRR and Lucas St. John, AC.
Congratulations to all participants!
Camp Counselors Needed!
We are looking to build our 4-H Camp Counselor team, and are hoping you will join us! Counselors are the heart of 4-H summer camp - They provide active, hands-on fun and cooperative outdoor programming, lead cabin activities, and supervise all aspects of the campers’ day. Selected camp counselors will plan camp and receive counselor training through the planning process. If you are in 7th grade or above and would like to have an opportunity to utilize your leadership skills this summer, make friends and work with youth… then we need you as a camp counselor! CLICK HERE for more information, and apply via the relevant camp counselor application link below.
Apply by Wednesday, March 1, 2023*
Last Chance to Sign Up for BLU or TEEL
One of Sibley County 4-H Federation goals is to strongly encourage youth to take advantage of all the great opportunities that are also available outside of Sibley County. If this is your first time going, Sibley County 4-H Federation will pay for 90% of your costs and if second and beyond they cover 75%.
Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) engages youth in grades 6-9 in hands-on activities to
- Build leadership skills.
- Form relationships with other youth.
- Take part in team-building experiences.
- Hear from interesting speakers.
- Make a difference in their communities.
BLU is facilitated by youth leaders from the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador program and supported by a team of adult chaperones.
Not in grades 6-9? If you are in grades 10 and up, check out Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL) workshops! TEEL is a leadership workshop for older youth held at the same time and place as BLU.
Shooting Sports & Wildlife Update
If you are interested in participating in SSW this year, please fill out this form so we know what disciplines you are interested in participating in. Also, please make sure you are enrolled in 4-H online, signed up for the Shooting Sports project area and that parents have approved the Shooting Sports consent form.
We will be having a Wildlife Workshop on Sunday, February 19 at 1:00 PM at the Sibley County Service Center. Remember you need 8 hours in wildlife to compete at the state shoot in September. This training will county towards those 8 hours.
Share the Fun and Performing Arts
Share the Fun and Performing Arts is scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2023 – location to be determined. Now is the time to start discussing, planning and working on club skits.
Divisions: Share the Fun Club Acts or Individual Performing Arts Performances (judged by age level: Beginner, Intermediate or Senior).
Share the Fun Rules: Only one club act per club is allowed. Club acts should set a goal of being 6 minutes long, which is a State Rule. At the county level, any club that goes over 7 minutes will not be allowed to receive 1st or 2nd place or advance to the MN State Fair. Club acts over 7 minutes will be allowed to place 3rd and will still be eligible for Best Costume/Most Creative Set, Most Humorous Skit or Talent Award and Club with Largest Percentage of Participants.
Performing Arts Information: If you are performing an individual act and would like to use it as a 4-H project, sign up for the Performing Arts Project in Fairy Entry when you enter all your other fair projects.
Exhibit Requirements: Exhibit can be either a performance or an exhibit that shows a member’s involvement or interest in the performing arts. To be eligible for State Fair, the member must be able to discuss the process of selecting, planning, performing and reflection on their project work. If the exhibit is an actual performance, the performance cannot last longer than 10 minutes.
Exhibit Suggestions: Poster or display about your involvement or interest in the performing arts. A puppet and script made and created by member. Create and perform a short story, show, music selection, etc., and include a write-up about it. A journal or scrapbook (with written statements) of current performing arts experiences. An educational display of some aspect of music, drama, or performing.
Please call the Extension Office if you need further information.
February 11, 2023 - SE Project Bowl Invitational @ 8:00 a.m. at Byron High School
February 15, 2023 - Market Beef/Dairy Steer ID Deadline
February 19, 2023 - Wildlife Workshop @ 1:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center
February 20, 2023 - Presidents Day (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)
February 24, 2023 - Fruit sales deadline @ 11:59 p.m. at myfruitsale.com
March 7, 2023 - Auction Committee Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. and PDC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center
March 18, 2023 - Regional Project Bowl Competition @ 8:00 a.m. at Redwood Falls
March 20, 2023 - Fruit Delivery @ 8:30 a.m. at Sibley County Sheriff's Shed
March 27, 2023 - Federation Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center
May 2, 2023 - PDC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center
May 15, 2023 - Animal ID and Project add/Drop Deadline
July 17, 2023 - Demonstration Day, Food Revue, Clothing Judging, Public Fashion Revue, Share the Fun, Performing Arts