4-H Four-cast

March 13-26

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

The 4-H Enrollment Deadline for fair participation is March 15th. If you aren't fully enrolled in 4-H Online and paid by then, you are not eligible for fair participation! You can go in to 4-H online and check if your kids are enrolled and properly paid for--it should say "approved" by their names! If not, there's likely something you still need to do.

STEP Classes are still available to register for on our website! More info below, but we have an exciting series for our 2023 "STEP it Up" as we dive a bit deeper, though still at a level for beginners, into cooking, food preservation, science, sewing, and arts. Let's grow those skills in preparation for county fair!


Lena and Steven


Congratulations to Foods and Presentation Contest Participants!

We'd like to offer a special shoutout to our Foods Contest and Presentation Contest Participants!

Foods: Alma G., Iris G., Ava S., Gavin G., Jenna C., Jazmin C., Megan K., Gracelyn G., Manolo S., Sydney G., Sophie G., Luke A., Ashley C., Garrett G., and Jace C.

Presentation: Koby B., Agatha H., Ava S., Brenden C., Calli P., Cami M., Emma C., Josie N., Lena C., Megan K., Nirvana KC., Sophie G., Taitum C., Taylor S., Tessa C., Trevin G.

Well done, participants! Also, a special thanks to Foods Superintendent Debbie Hoffman for putting on a wonderful contest and awards ceremony!

This Week (March 13-19)

Next Week (March 20-26)

  • Fair Board Special Work Session with Dr. Ivory Lyles: March 20 at 6:30PM @ Expo
  • Goat Tagging Day: Mar 21 at Crater Land Lab, 5040 Upton Rd, 6-7:30PM
  • Padgham Planning Meeting: Mar 22 at Extension Classroom
  • Horse Jumping and Dressage Clinic: Mar 25 at Isola (Expo) at 9AM, $15 per horse-rider combination per event
  • Horse Field Day: Mar 26 at Isola (Expo) registration at 8AM, starts at 9AM, $7 per horse-rider combination
  • Animal Affair: Mar 26 at Seven Feathers Event Center (Expo)

Information for Everyone

Tagging Days and Fair Participation Enrollment Deadline

  • Beef Tagging: (passed) February 18
  • Sheep Tagging (passed): March 4
  • Goat Tagging: March 21
  • Horse Declarations: At April Leaders Meeting (April 10th)
  • Swine Declarations: At April Leaders Meeting (April 20th)

If you have questions about your tagging/declaration day, reach out to your leaders! If you are a leader, reach out to your superintendent!

4-H Enrollment is done at v2.4honline.com. Make sure to click through until you hit "submit" or your enrollment will not be submitted. When it asks about payment, simply click "Pay by check" regardless of how you plan to pay your enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is now $60 and can be paid by cash or check at SOREC or online at our Enrollment Fee Site.

If you have questions about enrollment, call us at 541-776-7371!

LEGO Robotics SPIN Club

Our second meeting for the LEGO Robotics SPIN Club is this Wednesday, March 15 at 6PM!

This is open to 4-H Members! If you are not a 4-H member, you can enroll as a part of the Robotics SPIN Club!

Register at this link: Robotics


Two of our upcoming STEP Classes are:

Fruit Jerky: March 31 at 6:30PM, Ages 9-19:

Have you ever wanted to learn about making dried fruit or fruit leather? Are you interested in the basics of food preservation? Did you know you can make dried fruit with a toaster oven, conventional oven, or even air fryer? Come learn all about it from the Jackson County Master Food Preservers! Participants will practice the basics of drying fruit and learn about safety, methods, and even get to try a variety of dried goodies make by the Master Food Preservers themselves! Of course, participants will also take home their own creations!

Let's Jam!: April 8 at 10AM-12PM, Ages 9-19:

Come learn all about the basics of canning and making jam from the Jackson County Master Food Preservers! Participants will make their own jams and learn about safety, methods, making jellies, and even get to try a variety of canned goodies made by the Master Food Preservers themselves! Of course, participants will also take home their own jams!


Check out our new webpage for the STEP program at https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/jackson/step-classes!

You can register for STEP Classes at this link! Deadline to sign up is 4PM on the day before the class.

There are STEP it UP classes for all 4-H ages, so take the time to check them out! Some of them are two-parters this time, which means that you should attend both sessions. We'll make pizza, can jam, make schlep bags, preserve our own fruit, and much, much more! Check it out!

Pear Blossom Festival Parade!

A message from Amy Grow:

We are excited to share that again, this year, Cari Brotherton’s club Mighty Fine Swine is putting together a 4-H float for the Pear Blossom parade. She is inviting all Jackson County 4-H Clubs to join them. Her club Mighty Fine Swine is looking for people to help decorate the wagon, more animals to ride in the wagon and near it, walkers to hand out candy and wave. The theme for this year’s parade is “ComPearing Past and Future” they are planning to have their tractor and wagon as the old and a new tractor as the new playing on the theme.

Please let Cari know if your club, family if you will be able to participate. The parade is scheduled for Saturday April 8th the parade lineup starts early- participants must be there prior to 10 am. Parade starts at 11. Please wear your club shirts or 4-H attire. Please bring your banners for your club to carry. All Jackson County club members can join in the fun- you do not need your whole club.

We would love a large turnout. As a participant last year, it was so fun to see so many people excited to see 4-H make such a fun public appearance and we got lots of shouts and cheering! There is limited space in the wagon, if you do need to ride, please let Cari know very soon. Also, let her know if you are planning on attending- she needs an approximate number of participants early to let the parade entry staff know.

Thank you,

Amy Grow

Jackson County 4-H Ambassadors

(Club leader/Teen Leadership Superintendent)

Cari’s contact information:541-621-0955 and ctbro5@msn.com

Suggested: Good walking shoes, bring water, a small snack rain jacket and sunscreen.

Link to the Parade information: http://pearblossomparade.org/parade/

The Jackson County Ambassadors are Recruiting New Members!

The Ambassadors Club is now open to 7th-12th graders! The club is a wonderful way for teens to learn about leadership and represent Jackson County 4-H programs throughout the county. Find the application at: Jackson County Ambassadors!

For questions, contact Amy Grow at grow.amy@yahoo.com today!

2023 Padgham Volunteers and Planning!

We are just about to start our Padgham Planning Team for Summer Fair 2023! We are also putting together our team of volunteers for the following areas:

  • Judging day set-up (Friday, July 7)
  • Clerks on static judging day or for other competitions (Saturday, July 8)
  • Exhibit Hall set-up, we need many volunteers here (Sunday-Monday, July 9-10)
  • Padgham Hosts (Wednesday, July 12-Sunday, July 16)
  • Educational activities for the public! (Wednesday, July 12-Sunday, July 16)
  • Padgham Tear Down (Sunday, July 16)

If you are interested in being a part of the Padgham Exhibit Hall for 2023 or volunteering in the Padgham, please fill out this form! Our first meeting is Wednesday, March 22, at 4PM in the Extension Classroom.

We also need some photography judges! If you are interested, give us a call!

Camp Registration is Open: We Need Adult Volunteers!

Registration for 4-H Camp Myrtlewood is now open! Come camp for four days by a crystal clear stream with 4-H members at Camp Myrtlewood! Enjoy the smell of myrtle wood trees and pines. Go hiking & swimming, play sports, shoot archery, or make arts and crafts. Campers participate in activities including expressive arts, outdoor cookery, leadership games, stream ecology, camp skits, and much more!

This year's theme is Medieval and Fantasy!

Come make new friends and help us create memories to last a lifetime!

Location: Camp Myrtlewood, Myrtle Point, OR
Ages: 9-13 on July 1
Dates: July 24-28

  • $390 for general public
  • $290 for 4-H members who register and pay before April 15
  • $350 for 4-H members who register and pay after April 15

Registration Deadline: June 28

Register at: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_934e1675cc27

We also need adult volunteers! If you are interested, reach out to 541-930-8412 ASAP!

We can offer camp discounts for kids whose parent volunteers at Camp!

Oregon 4-H Outdoor Leadership Training

Are you planning to be a camp counselor? Do you want to learn about outdoor leadership?

Oregon 4-H is offering the first ever Outdoor Leadership Training this year! What's more, the state will be offering huge fee discounts for the first so many folks to sign up! What's even more, Steven is planning to attend this event at the 4-H Center and, if we have enough youth from our county attend, will be able to provide free transportation!

Registration is open, but is filling up fast!

Retreat Dates: May 5-7

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Some Other Important Deadlines (Scholarships and More!)

There are a few deadlines coming up for 4-H Scholarships and Activities!

March 27: Application for National 4-H Youth in Action due.

  • It’s a $5,000 scholarship for 2-year or 4-year programs, plus a lot of other prizes for winners, so it’s kind of a big deal.

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!

Animal Affair is coming up!

March 26th. The day we've been waiting for since the return of this amazing event last year. Mark your calendars for our annual Animal Affair! This is an awesome day of learning, classes, food, and the fabled Ag Olympics!

Check-in will be at 8:45am with doughnuts and coffee! There will be 3 sessions of education starting at 9:30am, each of them lasting 45 minutes. Each session will have 7 classes offered. Lunch is provided and we'll wrap up the day with the Ag Olympics!

Class List:

Session 1:

Pig Puzzle

Ready Your Rabbits

Build Your Future 4-H Resume

Teach Your Pup Right

Keeping Sheep

Halter Making

Session 2:

Vet Science

Is My Animal Healthy? (Stool Test)

Terrific Terrariums

Groom Your Pooch

Treat Your Pet

Bee in the Know

Poultry Perfection

Session 3:

Best Foot Forward

Dive Into Dairy Goats

Animal Pain Relief

All Things Egg


Leather Working

Find Your Jam

We hope to see you there!

Mail-In Tournament

There's still time to participate in the Mail-In Shooting Sports tournament! The state contest will be June 19-21, and the mail-in tournament is how you qualify for state. If you'd like to participate, reach out to your shooting sports leader! You can register HERE, but the deadline is March 15!

Information for Leaders

Newly Scheduled New Leader Training

Do you know someone who is planning to be a new leader but hasn't gone to a new leader orientation quite yet? Is that person you?

We have another new leader orientation planned for April 17th from 6-8:30PM! RSVP at this link!

Spring Classic

Spring Classic will be April 28-30 in Redmond, OR! Put it in your calendars! If you're planning to attend, make sure Lena is aware (call 541-776-7371 and ask for Lena)!

State-wide or Virtual 4-H Opportunities

Interested in Joining the State-Wide Horse Advisory Meeting?

Reach out to Candi Bothum at candi.bothum@oregonstate.edu before the next meeting on March 16 from 6PM-8:30PM!
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Small Animal 4-H Show in Benton County

See the attachment for more information!

4-H Camp Tumbleweed

4-H Camp Tumbleweed is open to youth in 4th-6th grade.

Are you ready to learn new skills, meet new friends, and sing camp songs? It sounds like you’re ready for 4-H Camp Tumbleweed, Survivor Edition! Spend your spring break learning outdoor survival skills, testing your confidence on “the big swing” and exploring the forest on group hikes. You will be grouped with a trained teen camp counselor who will be your guide through camp. You do not need to be a currently enrolled 4-H member to attend, so bring your friends!

Camp Dates: March 28-31

Camp Location: Camp Tadmor near Lebanon, OR

Registration: Open February 1st

Regular Registration Cost(ends March 5): $220

Payment: Payment will be made online through Idealogic

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Oregon Legislators 4-H Event

Oregon 4-H members will be traveling to Salem on March 30, from 4:30pm-7pm to meet with legislators and talk about the impact of 4-H! If any members are interested in sharing their stories with the legislature, reach out to 541-776-7371 (SOREC) today. What a great leadership opportunity!
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Community Classifieds

Extension Regional Hiring

Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Forester

Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position serving as an Extension Forester for Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon. This is a 12- month, full-time, county-based Extension and fixed-term professorial position based in Klamath Falls, OR. The anticipated starting salary is in the range of $58,008 - $63,000, commensurate with education, skills, and experience. To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/131634. Apply to posting # P06446UF. For full consideration, apply by March 15. Closing date of March 31, 2023 is subject to change without notice to applicants. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Lake County SNAP-Ed Education Program Assistant 1

The Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA) position serving Lake County. This position is with the Extension Family and Community Health program (affiliated with OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences) and based at the OSU Extension Lake County Office in Lakeview, Oregon. To review the posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/132896. Apply to posting # P04055CT. Closing date of April 3, 2023, OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

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

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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