4-H Four-cast

April 24-May 7

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

With all declaration and tagging days behind us, we're in that final stretch before fair descends! Remember, the Spring Fair and Shooting Sports Fair registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3 and the Summer Fair and contests registrations will within a month or so! Make sure to sign up on time and correctly! Start now--that way, if there are any questions or issues, you'll have time to call Steven at 541-930-8412 before the deadline.

We are still looking for adults to help out at Camp Myrtlewood! Adult chaperones at camp will receive a discount on their child' camp fees. Camp registration is still open and there are still spaces left! Register at this link (and contact the office for the 4-H discount code--$40 off the cost of camp!).

Finally, we're still looking for adult volunteers and youth volunteers to help set up, host, lead activities in, and tear down the static exhibit hall at fair this year! Are you a parent of kids who do static projects? Come join the fun! Reach out to Steven at 541-930-8412 for more information! Our next meeting is this Wednesday at 6PM at Extension, so feel free to just show up!


Lena and Steven


Cheri Biskeborn, Former Foods Superintendent, Current Sewing Teacher Extraordinaire!

Cheri Biskeborn has been a 4-H volunteer for many years: she was a foods superintendent for decades and has recently stepped it up as a sewing leader and taught a few STEP class on sewing to young people! Thank you so much, Cheri, for all of your support for the youth of Jackson County!
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This Week (April 24-30)

  • Sewing Online Leader Training: Tues, April 25, 6:30PM-8PM

  • Steven and Lena Limited Communication (at a Digital Conference): April 25-27

  • Virtual Rainbows Conference: April 27-29 (see below for more information)

  • Spring Classic: April 28-30 (in Redmond)

  • American Sewing Guild Make It, Take It: Sat/Sun, April 29-30 (see below for registration details)

  • Horse Clinic - Trail (Kids Choice): Sat, Apr 29 at Isola (Expo)

Next Week (May 1-7)

  • Applications Due at Extension for a Variety of Scholarships (see below): Monday, May 1
  • Babysitting Virtual Training Series: May 1, 2, 8, 11 4-5:30PM (classes full)
  • Food and Nutrition Online Leader Training: Tues, May 2, 6:30PM-8PM
  • Jackson County 4-H Association Meeting: Wed, May 3, 6PM, Extension Library
  • Spring Fair and Shooting Sports Registration Deadline: Wed, May 3
  • Robotics SPIN Club: Wed, May 3, SOREC Auditorium, 6PM
  • Poultry Clinic: Thurs, May 4, Rainey's Corner Market, 6PM (see below)
  • Spring Garden Plant Sale: Sat. May 6, Extension Center, 10-3 pm. Put on by Master Gardeners. Park at Hanley Farms.
  • Shaggy Days Playday: Sat, May 6, Lakeview (see below for more info and form)
  • Outdoor Leadership Training: Fri-Sun, May 5-7, Salem

Information for Everyone

The Fair Book is LIVE

The Fairbook is now live and updated for 2023 on our website!

Check out the rules for all of the various contests! There have been some changes, so keep an eye out (especially in the Fashion Revue, Fiber Arts, and the new Cupcake War).

The themes for 2023 are:

Region of Celebration: The Caribbean!

The Caribbean states (as recognized by the United Nations) include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

We hope that youth will take a moment and select a country within this region to focus in on and learn more about their people and culture.

Fashion Revue Challenge Theme:

a garment or outfit inspired by your favorite movie. Create a garment, costume, or outfit that is straight out of the movies! Choose a movie (4-H appropriate = G or PG) and use your research talents, creativity, and imagination to produce your fashion masterpiece. If the movie is rated older than G or PG, please contact your county faculty/staff for approval.

Flower Arrangements Theme (for the static contest): Folklore, Fables, and Fairytales

By the way, about that new Cupcake Wars Contest--we need volunteers to help make it run! Reach out to the office with any questions or comments!

Sewing Make It, Take It

April 29th-30th || $5 for ASG members or youth under 18, $10 for non-ASG members || Basic Sewing experience required--participants should know how to use their sewing machines || 3 sessions, starting at 8:30am (doors open at 8AM). Bring your own lunch! || Register ahead of time by sending your filled-out form (the pdf below) to Peggy Groves at oldbezoar@charter.net--classes are filled on a first come, first served basis!

If your child doesn't have basic sewing experience, basic sewing will be taught by Cheri Biskeborn for youth who are new to sewing during the first session starting 8:30am! This part is free of charge and they can join classes in the B and C sections after learning the basics with Cheri!

Check out the pdf below for more details, a list of the classes, and supplies to bring.


May 1: Application due at Extension office for:

Make sure to have these in on time for full consideration! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

Spring Fair and Shooting Sports Fair Deadline is May 3

See information about how to register at this link!

Poultry Clinic

Thursday, May 4th, 6PM, Rainey's Corner Market, 4865 OR-234, White City, OR 97503

Hosted by Chrystal Guyette and Christal Rainey

Details: We will have a guest speaker about poultry nutrition, and we will be going over important details regarding the poultry fair. We will let poultry youth know what they will need to bring to the fair, new auction rules, the general schedule, activities, and answer any questions.

Bob Moss Bred and Fed Lamb Contest

Sign up for the Bred and Fed Lamb Contest using the form found near the bottom of our "Forms" page! Registration forms are due at the May Sheep Leaders Meeting (May 10th). NO LATE ENTRIES.

Buyer's Letter Workshop with Dr. Ravassipour

May 18th, SOREC Auditorium, Pizza at 6PM, Presentation 6:30PM

A very important piece of exhibiting a market animal at fair is taking buyers letters to businesses. Ravassipour Orthodontics is so excited to be hosting a night on how to market your 4-H project! All 4-H/FFA members are invited. We are welcoming two generous supporters of the fair to bring input from their personal perspective. There will be pizza!

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All Shooting Sports Families are Invited: Dinner and Compensation?

On May 22nd all shooting sports kids from Joesphine and Jackson County are invited to attend an introduction to Guardians 4 Heath. We will be meeting at the Josephine County extension office located at 215 Ringuette Street in Grants Pass. We will start at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be approximately 90 minutes, and dinner will be provided. This should be fun and a nice social event for the kids.

The Guardians 4 Heath pilot program is providing bystander intervention to 4-H Shooting Sports Youth. Brown University is providing the content for this program.

We will do an introduction to the program, answer questions and get enroll in the data collection portion of the program, then take the first survey. Brown University is compensating folks for taking the survey. Youth and one parent can opt into this well controlled, IRB approved, anonymous pilot program. The more kids we can get involved, the better.

For more information please see our flyer on the next page. You can also call our office at 541-476-6613.

Hands-On Goat Artificial Clinic

June 16-17 2023, Lake County Fairgrounds, Lakeview, OR, Cost: $250 and includes lunch both days

Participants will need to provide their own A.I equipment, semen and doe in heat. For those without goats, a limited number will be available and will need to be Pre-reserved with


First day: Lecture and instruction.

Second day: First half instruction and second half hands on.

For More Information please contact: Amanda O’Bryan 707-823-5842 shamrockranch1@gmail.com

Oregon-Grown Curriculum and Activity Kits Available to Check Out!

The Jackson County 4-H program wants to introduce to you the Oregon Grown Curriculum and activity kits! The lessons included are about farming and tools, the tops and bottoms of different plants, diary, grain, propagation, regeneration and byproducts, and where certain products come from. Each kit has a both a pre-planned activity and one included by the 4-H program.

The kits include most of the materials for every activity! They are available at the OSU Extension Office to check out for $1--call Cristy (541-776-7371), our 4-H office professional, for more information!

Information for Leaders

We Need Club Charters!

All 4-H Clubs in Jackson County need to submit their "Chartering a 4-H Club in Oregon" form to Extension ASAP. The state is having every club re-charter this 4-H year. If you have already sent Steven (steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu) or the extension office a charter this 4-H year (since September), no need to send another!

Club Charter Form

Digital Leaders Trainings

Have you ever wanted to learn about teaching a new static project? Check out these online trainings offered by Clackamas County for 4-H leaders:

Sewing – April 25 https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/clackamas/events/4-h-sewing-leader-onlinetraining

Food & Nutrition – May 2 https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/clackamas/events/4-h-food-nutrition-online-leader-training

Expressive Arts – May 9 https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/clackamas/events/4-h-expressive-arts-online-leader-training

State-wide or Virtual 4-H Opportunities

National Index Study: Launching April 27

This Thursday, we’re launching the National Index study. This study is great opportunity for our state to understand how 4-H youth are thriving (using the Thriving Model and Common Measures instruments). Participation in the study is targeted to 13–18-year-olds who have been in 4-H more than one year. We encourage all 4-H members to take the survey. Refer to this page for more information!

Spring Classic Volunteers Needed

Spring Classic (April 28-30 in Redmond, OR) is labor intensive and Candi is requesting folks to help out! If interested, you can go here and sign up: https://signup.com/go/zsZSrKq There is also a button on the website that will send them to the sign up document.

Meat Science Judging Contest

May 8th at Oregon State Meats Lab, Scope of Contest includes:

  • 30 Retail Identification (species, primal, retail)
  • 3-5 Carcass Yield and Quality Grade
  • 6 placing classes
  • Team Questions

4-H teams have been to participate in the FFA Meat judging contest. I want to encourage everyone with interest to let Candi know - turn around for planning is VERY short and they need to know if we have interested parties coming. You can also double judge, 4-H and FFA if you like. If we have some 4-Hers and/or teams attend, there can be a National competition opportunity attached for Seniors.

This event is for intermediates and seniors only. Please take advantage... we may not raise livestock for life, but it's likely we'll purchase meat along the way.

The contest is Monday, May 8th in Corvallis, on campus at the meat lab. Candi needs to know ASAP if there is interest and we'll get folks registered by April 27. Sorry for the short notice. Email Candi if interested ASAP. candi.bothum@oregonstate.edu

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Virtual Rainbows 2023

Registration is here: https://beav.es/Si6

What is the Virtual Rainbows Summit? An annual summit for LGBTQ+ youth, families, professionals, and allies, providing resources and networking opportunities to benefit the physical, mental, emotional, and social health and wellness of all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

When will the conference be? April 27-29, with sessions ranging from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST every day. Sessions will be recorded, but interactive activities are only available live.

Who will be speaking? We have upwards of altogether 20 professionals, community members, families, and youth. The summit is meant to give its audience a perspective of the LGBTQ+ community from various angles and intersections in identity.

Why should you attend? Whether you are a professional looking to support LGBTQ+ youth, an LGBTQ+ community member yourself (any age), or a family/friend of someone who is LGBTQ+, we recommend attending to improve your understanding of this community and improve your knowledge of this amazing community.

Registration is 100% free and available to all individuals!

Shaggy Days 4-H Horse Playday

The Lake County Horse Leaders are accepting entries for the Shaggy Days Playday at the Lake County Fairgrounds on May 6th. This is an OPEN playday for all community members of all ages—Yep, that means you, too Mom and Dad!

Come join us for some fun and games on your shaggy equine! Prizes awarded through 4th place for each class. Discounted registration fee for pre-entry and for families.

Entry form is below. Forms should be dropped off or mailed to the Lake County Extension Office, 103 South E Street, Lakeview, OR 97630.

Community Classifieds

Community Classifieds (not endorsed by OSU, but provided as a service)

Two Female Guinea Pigs

Melissa has two 2-year-old guinea pigs that she is wanting to give away. One is long-haired, one is short-haired. If you are interested, reach out to 541-531-2335!
Our activities are open to all who meet the appropriate age requirement. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five days prior to the event to Lena Hosking, 4-H Educator lena.hosking@oregonstate.edu

This publication will be made available in an accessible alternative format upon request. Please contact Steven McIntyre, Education Program Assistant at steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu

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