Wabasha County 4-H Newsletter

May 22, 2023

Extension 4-H

Welcome, Carissa!

My name is Carissa Kleinwort and I am happy to announce that I am your new Extension Educator!!! A little about me: I recently graduated from South Dakota State University (Go Jacks!) with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Biology. Growing up, I was really involved in 4-H and FFA. I have shown most species but have the most experience in meat goats, dairy, sheep, and beef. I was raised on a small farm in Dodge Center where my family raises Boer goats and a few cows. Another fun fact is that I will be getting married in the fall. I am so excited to meet all of you! Please feel free to contact me if you need anything!

-Carissa Kleinwort, klei1032@umn.edu

Wabasha County Fair

  • The Wabasha County Premium Book is now available! You can find it on the Extension website or at z.umn.edu/WabashaCountyPremiumBook
  • The FairEntry website (where you'll register for individual classes for the fair) is open as of May 16! This registration will be due by midnight on June 16. You'll start by going to wabasha.fairentry.com and you can find resources on the Extension website.
  • Are you interested in being on a dairy judging team? Please contact Kayla Sexton (kaylaleiding@gmail.com); practices start in early June!

LQA&E Training

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics (LQA&E) training helps youth provide excellent care for their animals and ensure a high level of food safety to consumers. This training was designed to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animal science projects.

LQA&E training is required for all state fair exhibitors. Youth must provide proof of the completed training by livestock check-in day at the County Fair, July 19, to be eligible to take a State Fair trip. Youth may take an in-person training which is valid for three fair seasons (you can see a list of upcoming trainings on the Extension website) or the online YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) training which is valid for one fair season.

If you've added livestock projects in 4HOnline, you will receive an email notifying you that your training will have expired by the fair or you've never taken it.

Upcoming Dates:

May 15: Animal ID Deadline (add and update animals in 4-H Online before this date)

June 16: FairEntry Deadline

June 16: YELLO (registration is closed)

Click here for the full Wabasha County 4-H Calendar
^ club meetings are subject to change! Please confirm with your leaders.

4-H Regional Camp at Whitewater State Park

Have fun, meet new friends, and explore new things at 4-H Regional Camp at Whitewater State Park! Registration is available in 4HOnline until June 2. Visit the Extension website for more information.

June 22-24 (Thursday-Saturday): Grades 6-8

June 25-27 (Sunday-Tuesday): Grades 3-5

Livestock Day Camp

Youth grades 3+ are invited to a Livestock Day Camp on Tuesday, June 27 from 10 am - 3:30 pm hosted in Freeborn County [1031 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007]! We will be focusing on the topics of nutrition, showmanship, & fitting/grooming for the county fair. This camp is aimed at youth with 5 or less years of experience within the sheep, goat, swine & poultry project area. Sign up through 4HOnline or find more details here.
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Statewide Offerings

State Arts-In

Youth in grades 9+ can register for State Arts-In. Registrants will rank their choices of "majors" to participate in: band, tech, costuming, and performing. Directors will make final selections of major choices. Those who register by June 30 will receive a $50 discount. Registration and program details (including online info sessions for youth and families) can be found at z.umn.edu/statearts-in.

Always Here:

4-H Wabasha Scholarship Money Available

Wabasha 4-H youth can receive $75 after they attend ONE of the Southeast region's two-night overnight camping experiences including the 4-H Regional Camp at Whitewater State Park held June 22nd-24th for youth in grades 6-8 and June 25th-27th for youth in grades 3-5. Other eligible regional camps include Camp Victory on June 13-15 and Camp Patterson on July 5th-7th, pending availability. Youth who attend Youth Exploring Learning and Leadership Opportunities (YELLO) are eligible to receive $100. This conference will be held June 13th-16th at Bemidji State University. Wabasha youth will receive their scholarship money following their attendance at the previously mentioned events (regional camp and/or YELLO).

Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

Visit the MN 4-H site for scholarships, grants, and awards! Deadlines occur throughout the year, so please read the details and plan accordingly.



You must be enrolled as a member or volunteer in order to attend and participate in 4-H meetings and events. Follow this link to learn more:

Who is receiving this newsletter?

If you would like your 4-H member to receive this newsletter, please add their personal email address in 4-H Online.

How to do this:

  • login to 4-H Online
  • click the "View" button next to your child's name
  • edit the email address in the "Profile" section
  • Note: this will not change the family email address. You will still receive the newsletter at this address, but now your 4-Her will receive it as well!

Wabasha County Extension Office

Regular office hours:

Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm

Hours are subject to change; check out the weekly Facebook post for the most up to date information.

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