Newsletter - July 1, 2022
Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office Closed to Walk-in Clients on Fridays

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our staff:
Ethan Cahill -
Shaylen Florez -
Claudia Meeks -
Office Closure
Arapahoe County offices, including the Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office, will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.
July 9 - 10
Shooting Sports Competition for State Fair Eligibility

July 21
Horse Check-In & Written Tests

July 23
English & Western Horse Show & Gymkhana
4-H Cat Show Entries
4-H Cat Showmanship Written Test
4-H Cat Show

July 24
4-H Dog Show Entries
4-H Dog Show

July 25
4-H FCS & General Project Judging

July 26
4-H Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Alpaca, Llama, Poultry & Rabbit Entries
Mandatory 4-H Livestock Exhibitor Meeting
4-H Market Livestock Weigh-In
Rabbit Weigh-In
Poultry Weigh-In
4-H Public Fashion Revue

July 27
4-H Dairy Goat Show
4-H Market Goat Show
4-H Poultry Show
4-H Poultry Showmanship
4-H Swine Showmanship

July 28
4-H Rabbit Show
4-H Sheep Show
4-H Market Swine Show

July 29
Catch-A-Calf Show
4-H Cattle Show
Large Animal Ultra Sound
4-H Alpaca/Llama Show

July 30
4-H Round Robin
Adult Round Robin
4-H Livestock Sale BBQ
4-H Livestock Auction

July 31
Miniature Hereford Show (Not a 4-H Sponsored Event)
4-H Goat Pack Obstacle Class
4-H Livestock Exhibit Release
4-H FCS & General Project Release

Please see page 4 of the Fairbook for times and locations of events. If you need to download a copy, please click here.
Trainings and Meetings
4-H Annual Leaders Meeting
COME ONE, COME ALL Arapahoe County 4-H Leaders. You are all welcome to attend the meeting. It will have useful information not only for Organizational leaders but our other volunteers as well. Click on the image to the left to register. It will be held Thursday, October 20 6:30 PM via zoom.
Companion Animal Projects
Dog Study Guides are Available!
4-H Dog Members - this year's dog study guides are now available.
  • Click here for the Junior Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Intermediate Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Senior Member Study Guide.
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Showmanship.
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Rally
  • Click here for the Dog Levels Progression Chart for Obedience.
FCS & General Projects
Shooting Sports
Shooting Sports Information 2021-2022
Events for the Horse project have begun! Please click on the image to the left for info on all of the events.

More Opportunities
Explore YOUR Outdoors
Drop by 17 Mile House Farm Park and experience outdoors at the farm with the Arapahoe County 4-H outreach team.
Saturday, July 9, 2022
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
17 Mile House Farm Park
8181 S Parker Rd, Centennial
Register Now by clicking on the image to the left! Events are FREE but require registration due to capacity limits.
2022 Fair Information

Thank You Notes

  • A thank you note must be written to each donor.
  • All thank you notes for Fair donations must be presented at the following Fair check-in events: 4-H Cat Show, 4-H Dog Show, 4-H FCS & Gen. Project Judging, 4-H Mandatory Livestock Meeting and the 4-H Horse Show.
  • Exhibitors who do not present thank you notes at the listed check-in events will have the opportunity to bring their thank you notes to the 4-H Fair Office by noon on Sunday, July 31 in order to receive exhibitor donations.
  • In order for exhibits to be released on Sunday, July 31, and donations distributed, thank you notes must be presented in unsealed, addressed, stamped envelopes with the name and address of the donors prior to receiving the donations at release. Please note: There will be NO STAMPS available for purchase at the 4-H Fair Office so make sure to put stamps on your envelopes before you turn them in!
  • If your thank you notes are deemed unacceptable, you will be asked to re-write them.

Thank You Note Addresses

P.O. Box 460724
Aurora, CO 80046

West Conservation District
133 W. Bijou Ave.
Byers, CO 80103
Market Goat Addendum to Fairbook
Project Exhibit Rules:
  1. Market goats must be castrated and healed as much as possible prior to the spring goat weigh-in. Bucks are not allowed.
  2. Animals must weigh a minimum of 50 pounds and a maximum or 120 pounds for market classes and sale. May be any breed and either sex born on or after January 1, 2022.
  3. Feeder classes will be established for goats that do not make weight or are over the maximum weight.
  4. Animals below minimum weight or above maximum weight are not eligible for sale.  
  5. Market goats will be weighed immediately following beef on Tuesday, July 26. See pages 57 for specific weigh-in rules and sale rules. 
  6. Market goats must be disbudded or blunt tipped (not less than the diameter of a dime at the end). Tipping of horns is not allowed on the Fairgrounds.
  7. Market goats must still have their milk teeth intact at the time of show. No exceptions.
  8. Market goats must be slick shorn, with no indication of blocking, to 3/8 inch or less above the knees and hock joints to include the head but excluding the tail switch PRIOR to being weighed-in at county fair.
  9. Animals are judged on individual merit. The judge reserves the right to not award a blue ribbon if there is only one entry. Champion or Reserve Champion may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the judge.
  10. Market goats will show by weight classes not breed. The superintendent will make the classes as even as possible according to weight distribution. An exhibitor having more than one market goat with uniform weights may end up with two or more animals in the same class.
  11. If an exhibitor in a market class ends up with two animals in the same class, they can elect to move one animal up to the next heavier weight class but not down to the lighter class.
FCS/General Exhibitors
Attention FCS/GEN 4-H families that have entries for fair! Please watch for an email the week of July 18 with your scheduled time for the 4-H FCS/GEN interviews which will take place on Monday, July 25. We will also post the information on our website! For those that marked no for an interview time, you will not be scheduled for an interview. 
4-H Dog Show Information
Attention Dog Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the right for helpful information on the 4-H Dog Show!
4-H Cat Show Information
Attention Cat Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the left for helpful information on the 4-H Cat Show!
FCS & General Fair Exhibit Information
Attention FCS/GEN Members and Parents! Make sure to click on the picture to the right for helpful information on FCS/GEN judging day! 
Breakfast Vendor
There will be a breakfast vendor available during the Fair. They will be available Thursday - Sunday from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and will be located near the Civitas covered arena.
Arapahoe County CSU Extension Wins Regional Award for Urban Ranchers Camp  
Demonstrating excellence in animal science programming  
The Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H team received a Western Regional Award in June for Excellence in Animal Science Programming, for its Urban Ranchers Day Camp program. The team will be recognized by the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals at a regional brunch in October in Madison, WI, and the group also advanced to the
national award competition.   
Urban Ranchers Day Camp–a weeklong program led by Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H staff and volunteers-was created in 2015 to connect County youth from urban areas with youth from rural communities and help bridge the gap in knowledge of where food comes from. The camp gives youth the chance to experience what it is like to work on a ranch or farm.  
Each year, children ages 8 to 13 attend Urban Ranchers Camp and care for farm animals, from feeding and watering to grooming goats. Campers learn how to take care of many livestock species, including cattle, chickens, horses, sheep, and rabbits, and receive a basic animal science education on livestock skeletal structures, how they move, and how they digest food.   
Campers get hands-on experience with Western agricultural activities, including sheep-shearing, roping lessons, horse handling, and cattle branding, and are introduced to careers in animal science. The program culminates in a goat show, where campers demonstrate their newly learned showmanship skills and answer questions in front of a large audience.  “It’s rewarding to see these kids shine by the end of the program, says Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H & Livestock Extension Agent Ethan Cahill. “In a short amount of time, they develop important life skills by learning how to handle and care for their animal. We have seen families join 4-H as a result of the program, to stay
connected and continue to grow their interest in animal science.” 
Parents give the camp high reviews, highlighting the value of exposure to livestock for kids who don’t live on a farm, and for giving them the chance to be hands-on with animals.  Urban Ranchers Camp was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, with 15 attendees from the Denver metro area and 25 from Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora. Arapahoe County 4-H supports Buckley’s youth programs through a partnership with the base’s Child
Development Center and Youth Centers. 4-H staff provide educational program
opportunities, including STEM, agriculture literacy, gardening, and healthy
Special recognition goes to Arapahoe County CSU Extension 4-H Outreach Program Supervisor Claudia Meeks and 4-H & Livestock Extension Agent Ethan Cahill for demonstrating effective leadership in program development and implementation, and to the entire Arapahoe County CSU Extension team. - Lizzie Mayer, Communications Business Partner
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