Here is your August 4-H Newsletter. Be sure to open it for all Hot Spring County Monthly Updates!
Hot Spring County 4-H Happenings August 2017
Fair Season is almost here and other 4-H Contests are winding down! We had a great turn out and success at District O-Rama, State O-Rama, and State Horseshow. We are very proud of all of our 4-Hers who competed! With Fair season kicking off in a few short weeks, keep in mind Mr. Jason is here to help! If anyone needs help with projects, don't hesitate to call. 

Upcoming Events 
  • August 1st- Sewing Workshop 
  • August 3rd- Sheep and Goat Show Clinic at 6:30pm 
  • August 4th- Health Papers 4:30pm  and Dairy Show Clinic 6:30pm
  • August 8th- Teen Leader 6pm and Adult Leader Meeting 7pm
  • August 19th- Livestock Registration Deadline for County Fair
  • September 1st- Re-Enrollment Begins on 4-H Online & Fall Shooting Sports Instructor Training Registration Due
  • September 1st- Deadline to Register Livestock for State Fair Online
  • September 4th- MANDATORY County Fair Livestock Exhibitors Meeting at 6:00pm
  • September 5th-9th- County Fair
  • September 8th- Registration due for SW District Fair Livestock Online
Sheep, Meat Goats, Dairy Goats, and Dairy Cattle Show Clinics!  
Livestock Show Clinics- Hot Spring Co Fairgrounds

We would like to thank our sponsors- Hot Spring Co Cattlemen's, Crawford Farms, and Farmers Association 

This year we will be having hands on show clinics for all species. Plan to bring your animal! We will also be having a day to take care of all health paperwork. Please see all the information below. Sign up deadline for the remaining  clinics will be Monday, July 24th. 

Health Papers will be done by Dr. Chris Nelson before the dairy clinic on Friday, August 4th from 4:30-6:30. 

If you have heifers that have not had a Brucellosis vaccination let Mr Jason know so we can get it before the fair.  These can be done anytime between 4-12 months old. 


Hot Spring County Fair- September 4th-9th

Fairs are very educational for both youth and adults.  The county fair is a place to show case the fruits of your labor.  If you have questions, call the extension office.   THERE IS A MANDATORY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITOR MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 4 at 6pm.
If you do not have computer access to enter your livestock, please call us and we can help at the extension office.

Registration deadline for Livestock is August 19.



4 States Fair
ENTRY DEADLINE: ALL JUNIOR  ENTRIES WILL CLOSE AUGUST 25, 2017. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE MADE & PAID ONLINE at PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER RECEIPT WITH YOUR QR CODE TO CHECK IN. In all cases, the Four States Fair reserves the right to accept or reject an application for entry.
Junior Beef Cattle Division September 7-9, 2017 ENTRIES IN THIS DEPARTMENT OPEN ONLY TO 4-H & FFA 
Arrival: Thursday, Sept. 7th must be checked in and in place by 6:00PM 
Judging: Friday, 9/8 - Short-hair heifers at 9AM, 
Registered Short Haired breeds, American Commercial Heifers, and Showmanship. Saturday, 9/19 -
Long-hair heifers at 9AM Registered Long Haired breeds
Non-American Commercial Heifers, ALL STEERS & Showmanship. Release: Following the conclusion of the show, Saturday, September 9 th as designated by Livestock Director.

Junior Market Swine Show 
September 14-15, 2017 Check - In: Starting Thursday, September 14 Judging: Friday, September 15 at 10AM 
Release: 30 minutes after conclusion of show. 

JUNIOR MARKET GOAT SHOW Saturday, September 16, 2017 
Check - In: Saturday, September 16 th 7 AM - 9 AM. 
Judging: Saturday, September 16 th at 10:00AM. Release: following Show

Junior Market Lamb Show September 16, 2017 
Check - In: Wednesday, September 14 th 10AM -  12:00 PM 
Judging: Saturday, September 16 th at 1:00 PM or 30 minutes following the close of the Jr Market Goat Show Release: following Show MARKET SHEEP 

If you have more questions, call your 4 H Agent or Agriculture Instructor.
Southwest District Fair- September 26th- 30th

Online registration will be open from August 1st-September 8th at 11:59pm. Back tags will be available at livestock check-in Wednesday, September 27th.  All animals must be in place by 7:00 Wednesday. 
Jr. Division September 26-30 2017 ENTRIES IN THIS DEPARTMENT OPEN ONLY TO 4-H & FFA 
Arrival: Wednesday, Sept. 27th must be in place by 7:00PM 
Judging: Saturday 9:00 a.m. Open Cattle, Steers, Breeding Beef, and Commercial Heifers Showmanship will follow immediately after last class. Release: Saturday 10:00 p.m. or as directed by Livestock Chairman 
Junior Market Lamb Show Arrival: Wednesday, September 27, MUST BE IN PLACE BY 7:00 PM Judging: Friday, September 29 at 9:00 AM Release: September 30, 8:30 PM

JUNIOR MARKET GOAT SHOW Friday, September 29,2017 Animals must be in place: Wednesday, September 27 7 PM Judging: Friday, September 29 at 9:00AM Release: Saturday, September 30 8:30 PM

Jr. Dairy Goat Show 1.All goats are to be in place by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Junior Market Swine Show September 29, 2017 Arrival: Animals must be place by Wednesday, September 27, 7 PM Judging: Thursday, September 28 at 9AM Release: Friday, September 29, 10 PM

Arkansas State Fair- October 12th-22nd


All market animals are nominated by Extension agents or Agriculture teachers.  

ALL Commercial or Purebred (registered) animals must be nominated online by the owners/parents, please call with questions.

P Allen Smith Poultry Workshop

Greetings from P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm! 

We are so pleased to announce our 10th poultry workshop on September 16th.  For the last 5 years we have taught over 1500 guests from over 10 different States about poultry.   We taught them how to select, house, feed, and even process a bird for the dinner table.
We are changing things up a little this year with more hands on fun for the guests:

The 4H kids will experience washing, drying, and prepping a show bird for the judges!  Our good friend Dawson Davidson (a 4H state champion showman) from Tennessee will be sharing his secrets on how to bring home a champion!  

You will also crack open an egg and learn to tell if the egg is fertile.  Dr. Keith Bramwell of the University of Arkansas Poultry Science department will be sharing all kinds of interesting facts about the Incredible EGG!  

I have heard that the housing lecture will be giving away a P Allen Smith chicken coop to one lucky person in the audience!  If you aren't the lucky winner, there will be housing plans in your packet for your own project at home.

Have you ever fed a bird oregano?  You will on this workshop!  Herbal remedies for Chicken Ailments is another one of our new and exciting lectures.

As always, Allen has a special place in his heart for 4H kids, so once again, we are giving scholarships to all 4H kids that want to come to the workshop so they pay NOTHING to come learn about chickens!  We do ask that the adults pay the admission price of $96.75 per person (we do feed you lunch!)  Just make sure I know how many you are bringing so I have enough food and seats!

Thank you so much, and just email or call me to get signed up and I hope to see you very very soon!

Stay calm and Cluck on!

Joyce Smith

Average Joe Race 

Mr. Tony, Young Guns Shooting Sports leader will be putting on a race on August 19th. He will need about 5 volunteers from 9:00-2:00 to assist with the race and 5 volunteers from 10:00-4:00 to sell drinks. These can be split into smaller shifts. This is an excellent opportunity for community service! 

Call the office to sign up to come help!
Reminder for participating in competitive events including fairs

The official rule states: "To be considered a bona fide or active 4-H club member, one must attend a minimum of six sessions of a 4-H group such as a 4-H club, project club or SPIN group. This can be a combination of club meetings and/or project-focused training. The intent is for all 4-H members to participate in a series of educational programs conducted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. A young person attending only one or two meetings per year or attending occasional 4-H events does not meet this standard and should not be considered a member for the purposes of receiving awards, participating in fairs, etc."
This will be important to remember for all competitive events requiring 4-H membership including fairs, O'Ramas, 4-H Horseshows, 4-H Shooting Competitions, etc.

Spotlight 4-H Event: State O-Rama
July 25 th -28 th we had 10 of our senior 4-H members travel to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to participate at State 4-H O'Rama.
State O'Rama is the largest competitive event at the state level. Not only is 
it the advancement of district and county level competitive events, there are several state contests, as well as awards recognition for scholarship winners, Record Book winners, State Officer elections, Ambassador Induction and Retirement Ceremonies. We had members compete in Performing Arts Dance, Animal Science, Horse, Gun Safety & BB Shooting, Bicycle, Fashion Revue Purchased, Wildlife ID, Tractor Driving, and Food Bowl. We brought home several places
Troy R.- 1st Animal Science 
Eva B. - 4th Horse 
Sean F. - 4th Gun Safety & BB Shooting 
Jeff H. - 5th Wildlife 
Jasmine B. - 9th Fashion Revue 
Linden B. - 8th Bicycle 
Hadassah F. - Performing Arts Dance 
Pat M., Hadassah F., Jeff H., Jasmine B.- 2nd Place Food Bowl (Team Event) 
Troy R. - 6th Tractor Driving
Jeffrey was also inducted as an Arkansas 4-H Ambassador. This is a much honored position as he will be asked to represent Arkansas 4-H statewide at different events as well as plan and conduct other state activities and conferences.
Jeffrey and Hadassah were also recognized as a state level record book winner. As a state winner not only did they receive college scholarships, but they also won a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to attend National 4-H Congress this fall.
Jasmine and Hadassah were recognizes as retiring Ambassadors as their 4-H term is coming to an end. Jasmine also received her scholarship for being a 
record book winner last year.
During the week we also participated in several fun events including a night at a local arcade, dances, a night at the Jones Center including ice skating, basketball, swimming, and a dance. This is a wonderful event, and I would like to encourage all our seniors to attend next year.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.