Family Newsletter - June 30, 2021

Welcome to our Family Newsletter! The most up-to-date information about events and activities going on in Washington County 4-H! Please pass along to friends and family that might be interested in attending a 4-H event. You will also receive the monthly Clover Update highlighting regional and state events.

Remember you must be enrolled in 4-H to participate! There are links at the end of this newsletter with more information about enrollment. If you have any problems with registrations or printing forms or need more information on enrollment please contact our office at 430-6800 or email mnext-washington@umn.edu

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Registering 4-H projects for the Washington County Fair!

The 2021 Washington County Fair is a go! It is a big year as we celebrate 150 years! We are looking forward to learning and creating new memories at the 2021 Washington County Fair.

As a 4-H member, when you joined 4-H, you enrolled in 4honline. Now you need to let us know what projects you plan to bring to the county fair by registering the projects into FairEntry by midnight on July 1! This is a very important deadline that you do not want to miss! You will find all the details on how to register for the fair, project ideas, rules, expectations, etc. in the 2021 Washington County Fair 4-H Information Book found on our website at Washington County Fair 4-H Info This is a very important deadline, any late entries (after July 1) will be judged for blue, red, white ribbon placings only.

Fair Entry

All projects must be entered by July 1. Animal entries will require ID's.

Judges Assistants Needed

Sign up to be a judging assistant at the county fair! The Fair is right around the corner which means so is project judging! This is a great chance to help out our wonderful judges who make our favorite week of the year possible. Judging assistants help the judges with tasks such as helping ensure exhibitor cards are organized and placing ribbon stickers on the cards after the project has been judged. This is a great opportunity to learn more about all of the project areas as well as get an inside look on what judges are looking for!
Judges Assistant

Help on (July 31) judging day or various times during the fair!

Sign up to work the Ambassador Booth at the County Fair!

Calling all County Ambassadors! We need your help promoting 4-H at the Fair and welcoming guests into the 4-H Building. Tell the public about your 4-H experience and share promotional materials to get them started. During your down time at the booth, you can get your County Ambassador application filled out for the 2021-2022 year! Please sign up for at least one shift, but multiple shifts are welcome. Reach out to Megan Slater with any questions at slate187@umn.edu.

Sign up here!


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Pop and water needed

The 4-H Food Stand at the Washington County Fair is the biggest fundraiser we have during the year. We are asking families to consider donating cans of pop and water bottles. Flavors needed include Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Rootbeer and Sprite (12 oz.) as well as water bottles - (16.9 oz)

Drop-offs will be Tuesday nights (6:00-7:30 pm) at the Fairgrounds at the dog pavilion with Tammy Lewis. The Food Stand Committee would like to have all donations prior to July 15 so counts can be made and if they need to purchase more, then an order can be placed. Please contact Annamarie Zack at alzack@umn.edu with any questions.

Thank you!

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Seeking 4-H Alumni and their projects!

We are looking for a little help from enthusiastic individuals who LOVE the county fair. 150 years is a big deal and we want 4-H to be part of this celebration! If you might be interested in joining our group, shoot us an email or call soon! Plans are already taking shape and we could use a little more help!

Please help us spread the word - We would love to showcase some of our Alumni's 4-H projects over the years, the older the better! No worries, we just want to borrow it, not keep it. We plan to then highlight these projects in the 4-H building. Kind of a "memory lane" of sorts among the current 4-H projects.

Please contact Kathy at eber0002@umn.edu if interested in being part of this committee or fill out the google doc below if you have a project your willing to share. We would like you to include a brief story with the project for example Jane Doe, Gopher Diggers 4-H Club, Champion Clothing 1975 or maybe another interesting fact. Thank you!

Youth Opportunities

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Arts-In Registration now open until July 1st

Arts-In is an immersive performing arts and leadership experience. The Arts-In cast will learn an original 30-minute musical show, full of singing, dancing, acting, and fun! All 7th graders and other interested members will learn set and prop construction, sound, and lighting. The show will be performed by the 8th grade+ cast and band 9 times at the Washington County Fair and twice at the MN State Fair.

Auditions will be from 6:00-9:30 PM at the Washington County Fairgrounds on July 11. The camp will be day-long experiences at the fairgrounds from July 18-21, no overnights. Cost is $60 ($70 for non-Washington Co members) and all materials are due by July 1st. After July 1st, there will be an additional $25 late fee.

Arts-In 2021 registration is here! New this year, we’ve condensed registration down to three google forms, Arts-In registration, volunteer form, and the attendance conflict form.

Arts-In Registration

Attendance Conflict Form

Volunteer Form

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Fashion Revue - Open to all 4-H members K-13

Time to get excited about making or purchasing an outfit! What better way to fill your summer days than working on a project, so we want to invite you to join us for Fashion Revue!

Fashion Revue encourages members to focus on their sense of style, fashion, and consumer skills. 4-H members may enter up to two constructed outfits, two purchased outfits, and one Upcycled garment. Only wearable items are entered in Fashion Revue. Members will be judged individually. Judging will be based on the fit and appearance of the garment as well as the presentation of the outfit. Members will be judged by age and category. State Event trips are awarded to eligible members 6th grade and up.

Upcycled Sewn Garment Challenge (fun category)

Again, we will offer an Upcycled category. In this category, 4-H members have an opportunity to design and sew a wearable garment from a previously used garment. The completed garment must be different from its original use. Participants must have a "before" and "after" photo of the garment for judging purposes.

Fashion Revue judging will take place on Friday, July 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. and end midafternoon depending on participation numbers. Please pre-register by July 1st. Detailed judging times and additional outfit information will be emailed out to families. Fashion show and awards will be presented during the Washington County Fair on Friday, August 6th. (Time TBD)

We are excited to see what you will create!

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July Day Camps

July 12-15 Day Camps (Register by July 1)

Day camps are back better than ever and in person! Come join us at the Washington County Fairgrounds & Arcola Mills July 12-15 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open to grades K-6.

  • Monday, July 12 - Detective Cloverton Camp: We will learn about forensic science and explore the STEM field with a special guest from the St. Paul Police Forensics Department! We will be doing activities like fingerprinting and solving a mystery throughout the day!
  • Tuesday, July 13 - Lights Camera Camp! This day will be filled with Hollywood themed activities that tie into the performing arts project! Be ready to have fun doing bag skits and channeling your inner star!

  • Wednesday, July 14 (Arcola Mills) - Dontcha Know it's camp?! Come learn about some of Minnesota's most interesting history and participate in some classic summer camp activities! Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up from Arcola Mills (12905 Arcola Trail N., Stillwater, MN 55082)

  • Thursday, July 15 - H2Olympics! The summer Olympics are right around the corner. Come play water game Olympics with us and learn about the water cycle! There are medals up for grabs for our most enthusiastic campers!

**Discounted fees if paid by July 1st. - $15.00 per day or $50.00 for all 4 days. After July 1 fees go up to $20.00 per day or $80.00 for all 4 days and no camp shirt.

July Day Camp Registration

Spot held only after payment is received. Discount price only good through July 1

Animal Science News

County Fair Market Livestock Auction

We are in need of an adult willing to coordinate the social after the Auction on Saturday, August 7 at 5:30 pm in the Judging Arena. Typically we have had ham sandwiches, cookies and lemonade for our buyers. It is a small token of appreciation for our buyers. You will be reimbursed for your costs. Please contact Ann if you can help at; churc109@umn.edu

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics Training (Please read-mandatory training!)

LQA&E Training Requirements:

All youth participating as a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat, and llama must have completed livestock quality assurance training. Certification is good for 3 fair seasons. If you are due to be certified, there are two training options available;

Option 1 - LQA&E face to face Training

Participate in a face-to-face 3-hour Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training offered in various locations around the state. This certification is valid for three fair seasons. 4-Hers completing grades 3-5 complete Level 1. 4-Hers completing grades 9-13 typically certify in Level 2. 4-Hers completing grades 6-8 may be certified in either Level I or Level II. The determination of which Level to certify at for grades 6-8 should be based on the livestock project experience the 4-Her possesses.

If you were not available to attend the training offered by our county (June 18), you can attend another county's training. It will be your responsibility to send our office a copy of your completed certificate prior to the Washington County Fair. For additional face to face training dates and locations around the state, visit the state website page at; https://extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-livestock-quality-assurance-training-lqa

Option 2 - YQCA on-line Training

4-H members have the option of completing the 1-hour online offered via distance learning. This certification is valid for one fair season. The cost of this training is $12/child and is paid at the time of online registration with a credit card. Since training is good for one fair season, it will need to be completed annually. This is a nationally offered program and a registration fee is utilized to upkeep the system and update the training modules. To learn more about the online option, go to; https://drive.google.com/file/d/1baiyUOgWMIC2QKvdT3I7auCB5fCJjmD0/view

Training promotes responsible care of animals, making informed decisions in animal care, and providing safe consumer food products. Youth will receive a certificate of completion. Additional information concerning any Livestock Quality Assurance training in our county will be listed in upcoming 4-H newsletters.

If a 4-H member took the online training in 2020, it will be good for the 2021 fair season as well since there was not an in-person state fair last year.

Rabbit Agility Workshop

Would you like to teach your rabbit how to run an agility course? Rabbit Agility is a fun event that will be held during the Washington County Fair, but in the meantime there is a little training to do. 4-H rabbit project members who would like to learn rabbit agility are invited to come to the Washington County Fairgrounds for practices on; Sunday’s July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 from 3-4:00 pm outside the rabbit barn. Please bring a harness and a non flex leash (standard leash). Any questions, please contact Kara at; topperrk@aol.com

County Fair Rabbit Orientation - calling all new Rabbit Project Exhibitors!

Rabbit project members new to 4-H that would like more information on how to prepare for the county fair should attend a County Fair Rabbit Workshop on Sunday, July 25, beginning at 4:00 pm outside the Rabbit Barn. Items that will be discussed are; what supplies will be provided for the rabbits, what you need to bring to the county fair for your rabbit, when to bring and take home your rabbit, how the check in process works, what is the judge looking for when judging a class of rabbits, how does showmanship work, and info on state fair trips, etc. You won’t want to miss this helpful workshop!

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Still interested in showing at the fair?

Anyone still wanting to exhibit an animal at the Washington County Fair in 4-H can still do so however, it will be for ribbon only as the deadline for full benefits such as premiums, champions, auction and state trips has passed. That yearly deadline is May 15th. Animal Id's are still required for ribbon only showing and they should be turned into the county office as 4honline access is denied after the May deadline. Contact the office for more details at eber0002@umn.edu

4-H Graduates

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4-H Graduates

4-H youth who are graduating from the 4-H program (will not be enrolling in 4-H in the fall of 2021) are encouraged to fill out the Graduation form. By filling out this form, you will be recognized at the Awards Program Sunday night of the County Fair and given a gift.

Please also consider decorating a poster board with all your 4-H accomplishments, memories, and special moments. We would love to display these photo poster boards in the 4-H Building during the Washington County Fair!

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Summer Day Camps (In-person)

  • Summer Day Camps - July 12-15, 2021 (Grades K-6)

Judging & Workshops

  • Fashion Revue - July 16 / Awards & Show - Aug. 6


  • County 4-H Horse Show - Aug. 4, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds

Performing Arts

  • Arts-In Registration Due July 1
  • Arts-In Auditions - Sunday, July 11, 2021 (6:00 - 9:30 p.m.)
  • Arts-In Encampment - July 18-21, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington County Fair & County Show Dates

  • NEW - 4-H General Project Entry Day - Sat. July 31 - (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
  • County 4-H Dog Show - Sat. July 31 & Sun. Aug. 1
  • Washington County Fair - Aug. 4 - Aug. 8, 2021
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Congratulations to the newly elected 2021-2022 Executive Board!

The new 2021-2022 Exec Board was elected at the Federation Meeting held on Monday, June 28th. The new Board will begin their year of service in September.

Many thanks to the youth who have served on the Board this past year that will be moving on to new adventures; President, Megan Olson, Youth Reps; Becca Newcomb, Carly Abelson, Grant Abelson, and Anna Boll.

Also many thanks to the adult reps Ellen Rademacher and Tim Anderson who have served multiple terms on the Exec Board. We appreciate all your guidance and input over the years!

Lastly, we are excited for the leadership of our youth and adults who will continue to serve in different capacities. Congratulations!

President- Paige Newcomb

Vice President – Morgan Delaney

Secretary – Kassidy Kalka

Treasurer – Elli Doll

Historian – Sophia Enter

North & South Reps – Abbey Rademacher, Jack Foley, Audrey Tenpas, Jacob Leach

Adults Reps – Sean Boll, Amy Delaney, Jim Verdick, Megan Leach, Becky Tenpas, Tim Newcomb

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Riverside Routers

At the June meeting of the Riverside Routers 4-H club, members got the awesome opportunity to make bird houses! A special thanks goes out to all the parents for helping build the bird houses and letting them use their drills and bits. The finished bird houses turned out great!

New Member Information

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New Family Survey

We invite new families who have been enrolled in 4-H for less than 2 years to take a short survey.

We want to take this opportunity to gather some information on how to better serve you and make your 4-H experience a positive one like it has been for so many 4-H families before you. With all the project areas and directions that 4-Hers can explore and develop from we need your help in finding what areas we as staff need to focus on to meet the current needs of our families. Our goal is to take the results of this survey and implement future programming

This will only take a few minutes to complete and we thank you for your input.

Washington County Extension website - the place to find information!

For the most comprehensive list of county, regional and state events and activities along with these 4-H resources.

  • Current and past Family Newsletters
  • County Animal ID letters
  • News articles about our larger ongoing project areas
  • Events calendar
  • County club map with contacts
  • County Fair information as it becomes available
  • Much more

Please pay your membership fee

Thank you for enrolling in Washington County 4-H, now let's get you active!

Some of you enrolled a long time ago while others may be just today. Either way, your current status says "awaiting approval". The reason it says that is because Washington County has a yearly enrollment fee of $25.00 per member (including Cloverbuds) or $100 max per family for 4 or more children. We ask that you please send payment to our office address listed below or make an appointment.

Checks should be made out to Washington County 4-H and sent to the following address:

Washington County 4-H

14949 62nd Street North

Stillwater, MN 55082

**For those using online banking, please be sure to include Washington County 4-H as checks made out to just Washington County go directly to the property tax office**

We don't want anyone to miss out so please just let us know if you need a scholarship for enrollment. You will find the scholarship link at the end of this newsletter. If you are looking for additional information or are no longer interested in 4-H, please let us know so we can take you off our email list.

4-H Event Scholarships

Need based scholarships can also be used for county membership fee

Washington County 4-H

    Ann Church

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
    (651) 430-6809

    Megan Slater

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6805

    Annamarie Zack

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6807


    Kathy Erf

    Principal Office & Administrative Specialist

    (651) 430-6800