Douglas 4-H Buzz

July, 2022 Edition

Extension 4-H

Reminder Extension is Now Located in the Douglas County Courthouse

This time of year Extension gets a lot more foot traffic so just a friendly reminder University of Minnesota Extension is now in the Douglas County Courthouse on the second floor. New directories have been installed at the entrances to help you located offices in the building and we have a large banner above the Extension door so we think you'll find us pretty easy to find. There is a nice parking lot behind the courthouse (south side) to use when visiting and an elevator at the entrance. Please remember to use our new address 305 8th Ave W, Alexandria, MN 56308 when sending information in the mail. Reach out if you have questions.

Douglas County at the Fair and Premium Book

Check out the Douglas County Extension website for a new post titled 4-H at the Douglas County Fair. Keep an eye on this site for more information to come as we get closer to the fair. Hopefully everyone received a 4-H premium book in the mail but an electronic copy is also available for anyone interested.

Registration deadline is Friday, July 15 to register fair exhibits! Don't delay, register now!!! If you are planning to bring an animal or building exhibit to the fair you need to register it on or before Friday, July 15. Contact Extension office staff soon if you need assistance, do not wait until the last minute. At 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 15 registration closes in FairEntry and families will not be able to register exhibits for the fair so plan accordingly and register your exhibits early if you'll be gone on vacation.

Day Camp Counselors Needed

Youth 6th grade and up interested in being a day camp counselor, we need you! We are looking for help at our area day camps. Counselors can practice leadership skills and have fun. Please check out this google form and complete it if you are interested. Thank you for sharing your leadership skills with others.

Volunteers Needed for the 2022 Douglas County Fair!!!

Check out all the opportunities to volunteer with Douglas County 4-H at the County Fair!

Youth and Adult VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED for the Douglas County Fair! Please consider helping out where you can, volunteers are crucial to ensure everything runs smoothly at the fair. This is a great way to learn more about a project area. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at (320) 762-3890.

Hiring Now for Youth Food Stand Cashiers!

Help Wanted!

4-H'ers entering the 7th grade or higher are encouraged to apply for a cashier opportunity at the 4-H Food Stand. The Food Stand is in need of enthusiastic and responsible youth to run our cash registers during the course of the fair. Training on the use of our computerized cash register system will be provided prior to operations.

Benefits of the cashier opportunity:

  • Learn and practice customer service skills
  • Learn and practice how to properly handle money in a retail situation
  • Provide experience for future job opportunities
  • Have fun!
  • Assist in a meaningful way to raise funds for the Douglas County 4-H program

Details of the cashier opportunity:

  • Each cashier will be required to come to computer cashier training in the evening on Monday, August 8. Pre-fair roundup/cleanup at the Food Stand Saturday, August 13 in the morning (exact time to be TBD)
  • Cashiers will be required to cashier a minimum of four 4 hour shifts over the course of fair-week.
  • A minimum of six cashiers will be selected (maybe more)
  • A promotional t-shirt or cap will be provided to wear during shifts and will be yours to keep after the fair.
  • Award for the position will be a flat rate of $100

Click here to apply.

Lake Mary Troopers Sponsored Silent Auction at County Fair

Watch for the return of the silent auction in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the county fair! Please consider making an exhibit to donate! Auctioned items will be 4-H exhibits donated by members, clubs and 4-H alumni. All proceeds will be donated to muscular dystrophy association.

Register donations on Monday or Tuesday entry days: Monday, August 15 between noon and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, August 16 between 1-7 p.m. Bids are accepted Wednesday - Saturday of fair. Bidding closes Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. Ribbon and prize given to exhibit chosen as the "Best of Auction" in both the alumni and youth categories. Please help us raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy and raise money for research.

Sample auction items include arts, crafts, quilt, photography, fishing lures, potted plants, bench, shelf, clothing, jewelry, lawn ornaments, live rabbit and processed animals.

Unfortunately there are some items we are unable to sell on auction including perishables such as vegetables, cut flowers and food items. Binders and posters are not an auctionable item unless physical items go with it. State fair exhibits can be sold and will be available for pickup after the state fair in the Extension office. If you have questions, please contact Rylee Bundermann at

It's Not Summer Without 4-H Day Camps!

We are excited to offer five in person outdoor day camp experiences for youth who completed grades K-3! These popular camps are offered at different locations in the county (transportation is on your own) for just $ 5 per camp! Signup for one or all five.

All camps start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Participants should dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and their own sack lunch; light snacks will be provided.

Please drop off or mail cash or check payments (payable to University of Minnesota Extension) to the Extension office located on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse. We are located at 305 8th Ave W, Alexandria and can be reached at 320-762-3890 with questions.

  • July 13 - Explore Engineering & Motion (Alexandria City Park in Alexandria). Build and make things go!
  • July 20 - Explore Chemistry & Polymers (Lake Osagi Park in Osakis). Mix things together to create new!
  • July 27 - Explore Art (Brandon Lions Park in Brandon). Paint, draw, create and more!
  • August 10 - Explore Nature (Curt Felt Memorial Park in Alexandria). Experience the world around you!
  • August 19 - Explore the County Fair (Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria). Experience all things fair - food, fun and excitement.

To register go to your family profile in, click events on the left-hand side and use the search screen to find daycamp(s) of choice and click it to register. There will be a registration specific to each day camp.

It's Back - Design Station Workshop in July!

The countdown is on until 4-H hosts another Design Station workshop! Save the dates:

  • Wednesday, July 20 (grades K-5)
  • Thursday, July 21 (grades 6 & +)

Come to Alexandria's Design Station located at 4417 County RD 82 SE and create your own sign art. Last year's workshops were a huge hit so we can't wait to offer these workshops again. All supplies and materials are provided. If we don't reach our participant numbers for each day, we will combine the two groups and offer one workshop; to be held either July 20 or 21.

To register, go to your family profile in, click events on the left-hand side and use the search screen to find event titled Douglas County 4-H Design Station DIY Workshop. There are two workshops, one for youth who completed grades K-5 and another for grades 6 & +, watch for grades in title. Registration deadline is July 13.

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