July 1
Horse Levels due to the Extension Office

July 2
Youth & Leader's Council

July 3
All Livestock Record Books due to Leaders
Deadline - Ranch Riding Clinic Registration due

July 4
Extension Office Closed
4th of July Parade

July 5
Shooting Practice Cards due to the Extension office 5 PM
State Fair Contest Entry Fees due

July 6
Deadline for Leaders -
Livestock Record Books due to the Extension Office
 by 5 pm

July 7
Ranch Riding Clinic

July 8
Horse Buckle Show
Shooting Sports Members

Three Practice Cards due
July 5th at 5 PM to the Extension Office
Don’t delay or you will not be eligible to participate at County Shoot.

Exhibitors must complete three practices per discipline in which they want to compete in at the Douglas County Shooting Sports County Shoot competition.
You must have three shooting sports practices with your 4-H Certified Leader before July 5th. Three Practice Rule Cards are available at the Extension Office or from your Shooting Sports Leader.
If you are practicing with a club other than the one you are enrolled in, you still have to have your club leader sign off that you have completed the three practice rule in addition to the certified leader you have been practicing with.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the club you are practicing with contacts your club leader to verify that you are eligible to participate.
Livestock Record Books

All livestock record books MUST be signed by your 4-H Leader! All livestock record books need to be to your leader by July 3rd.

General Projects and Cat Record Books

All general project record books and cat record books need to be brought to Exhibit Day in Kirk Hall on July 21st. These must also be signed by your leader prior to your interview.

Dog Record Books

These must be to your respective leaders on the day that they have told you.
Let's Renew an Old Tradition!
Help us welcome our expected record number of guests this year as we celebrate 100 Years of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo by decorating your 4-H stalls, pens, cages and barns. Ribbons will be awarded to "Best Decorated" in beef, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, rabbit, and horse. Get creative! 
Judging takes place on Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm (horse stalls to be judged Sunday, July 29th) with a secret panel of uniquely qualified VIP's who want to help promote youth development and the tradition that is The Douglas County Fair & Rodeo! 
Enter the 4-H Lunchbox Derby!
4-Hers, Family, and Friends are invited, ages 5 and up!
Saturday, August 4th at Kirk Hall
Registration at 10:00 am
Competition begins between 10:15 and 10:30 am
Ever wish you could play with your food? This year at the fair, people may be cheering you on to play with your fruits and vegetables – in fact, we will be encouraging it!
What’s a Lunchbox Derby? It’s a FUN contest that will test your engineering skills while learning more about the food you eat. Similar to the soap box derby, contestants will race their food vehicles down a ramp. Here are the easy rules for contestants:

·         The derby car MUST be made of fruits and vegetables.
·         You may only use the following items to make your car: fruits and/or vegetables, 2 bamboo skewers, 4 toothpicks, and 1 rubber band.
·         You may NOT use any other materials to make your car.
·         You may decorate your car with paint, stickers, googly eyes, etc., if you wish.
·         PLEASE be sure to make your car the NIGHT BEFORE the contest.
·         DO NOT store your car in the refrigerator.
·         Bring your car to Kirk Hall at 10:00 am on August 4 and bring your fan club with you to cheer you on.
·         Divisions will be Cloverbud age (5-7 year olds), Juniors (ages 8 to 13), Seniors (ages 14 to 18), and Adults (ages 19 and older).
·         Participants need not be 4-H members or leaders so tell all your friends.
·         100 th Anniversary Douglas County Fair ribbons will be awarded to the winners.

Even if you don’t enter the contest, come watch the fun in Kirk Hall!
We want YOU to be in the
Highlands Ranch 4th of July Community Parade!
All 4-Hers and Cloverbuds who want to ride the DC 4-H float, sponsored by the fair, need to meet on Highlands Ranch Blvd near Lucent, across from Kaiser. You must be there by 8 am on July 4th. If you have questions, please ask Maryjo Woodrick: 720-733-6902

Space is limited - you may be walking along the float.
Livestock Skillathon to be held at Fair

Test your livestock knowledge on beef, goats, sheep, and hogs!

The 4-H Livestock Skillathon Program is an educational delivery method where a facilitator conducts a learning station where youth can gain knowledge or demonstrate their knowledge and skills learned through their livestock project work. Awards will be given for Overall Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions.

When: Saturday, August 4 th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Livestock Pavilion
Open to all Douglas County 4-H members ages 8-18
Douglas County
State 4-H Shooting Sports
T-Shirt Sponsors
Want to be a State Shoot T-shirt Sponsor? Or know someone who would like to sponsor? We need at least 10 sponsors to offer these shirts for FREE to State Qualifying Shooters!! If we don’t get enough sponsors, there may be a small charge for T-shirts. Sponsors can be a family/club sponsored space or company logo. If you are interested in sponsoring, please fill out the Sponsor Form. 

The sponsor fee is $100 or more. Please make check made payable to "DC Shooting Sports Advisory Committee". Sponsorship checks and forms must be turned in by July 23rd to the Extension Office.
Clubs Needed for County Shoot Concessions

We are in need of clubs to setup concessions during the County Shoot on Saturday, July 14th at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Range in Sedalia AND on Sunday, July 15th at Pikes Peak Gun Club. This is a great opportunity for a fundraiser. If you are interested, please contact Claudia: claudia.meeks@colostate.edu 
Family Consumer Science Skill-a-thon at the Fair!
How much do you know about the equipment and materials used in your home? Test your skills at a new activity at the Douglas County Fair this year. The Family Consumer Science (FCS) Skill-a-thon is a competition to help 4-H members and the general public learn to identify items that are used in their homes.
On Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Kirk Hall, the general public can participate in an activity that 4-H members can become involved in during the 4-H year. During the Douglas County Fair, EVERYONE can learn more about this contest by participating.

The contest will have several tables set up with items to identify. There will be three age groups competing for 100 th Anniversary Douglas County Fair ribbons: ages 12 and under, ages 13 to 18, and adults ages 18 and over.

Get involved in promoting the 4-H program by telling all your neighbors and friends about this contest and encouraging them to participate at the fair!
Ranch Riding Clinic with
Diana Quintana

Saturday, July 7th
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Outdoor Arena

Riding starts at 8:30 AM. $25 fee per rider.

NEW DEADLINE : Forms/Fees must be received by July 3rd to the DC Extension Office
High Point Test and Ride Night

Tuesday, July 17th at 6:00 PM
Indoor Arena, Douglas County Fairgrounds

RSVP by July 9th to Claudia at claudia.meeks@colostate.edu
We would like to know how many family members will be attending in addition to horse members.

There will be a BBQ and youth are expected to bring a side dish or dessert!

This event is required for you if you wish to be eligible for high-point awards! The test counts towards high-point calculation. Youth will be taking their highest level test. For example, if a youth is a Level I English and Level II Western, they will take the Level II written test. The indoor arena will also be open during this time for last minute practice before fair.
Calling all Cat, Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Swine members!
Livestock Supreme Test Night
Overall Cat Test Night
Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00 PM, Kirk Hall
RSVP by July 9th to Claudia at claudia.meeks@colostate.edu

This event is NOT required, but we encourage all youth to showcase what they know about their project. We will have pizza for those attending.

An RSVP is needed by July 9 th if you wish to attend. Please RSVP to let us know if you will be attending, how many people would be attending with you, and which species tests and age division (junior, intermediate, senior) you will be taking.

MEMBER ACCOMMODATIONS: If your child is a member who will need accommodations at this 4-H event, please make an appointment with our office to discuss his/her individual needs. Any accommodation must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. A verifying letter from a parent or guardian may be required before any accommodation is provided.
Claudia Meeks - 4-H Agent
Mary Baldwin - 4-H Outreach Agent
Tina O'Bryan - 4-H Program Coordinator
Dani Bash - Administrative Assistant
MEMBER ACCOMMODATIONS: If your child is a member who will need accommodations at any 4-H event, please make an appointment with our office to discuss his/her individual needs. Any accommodation must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. A verifying letter from a
parent or guardian may be required before any accommodation is provided.
Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.