Hello 4-H Community,

As most of you know, Friday June 8th is my last day as the 4-H Educator. I am quite sad to go, but wish you all the best and I am sure I will see many of you around!

Your contact for the 4-H Program going forward will be 4-H Program Leader, Jane Rodd. Her phone number is (845)677 8223 ext 105 and her email is jr825@cornell.edu.

This last 4-H Update from me contains A LOT of information to get you through the start of the Fair season, so be sure to save it and read carefully!

-Cassie Messina
The Beginnings of all things Dutchess County Fair!
It is that time of the year again, where there is a lot of buzz about the Dutchess County Fair! Our 4-H'ers have been working on their 4-H projects throughout the year and the Fair will be an excellent opportunity for them to display the skills they have learned this year. Whether they are exhibiting their animal or filling the 4-H Exhibit Hall with baked goods and rockets, all of your questions can be answered through reading the 4-H Fairbook which you can check out here!

*Please note, the link above is the Dutchess County 4-H Fairbook. Refer to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds Exhibitor Guide (pictured below) for your OPEN CLASS entries!

Mark your calendars...
AUGUST 1ST– ENTRY DEADLINE . No entries will be accepted after 8/1.
Each club will be assigned a specific task and must complete that task on/by Wednesday, August 15TH. Staff will be available to open buildings on the 11TH from 9-2:00 the 15TH from 5-9pm. Tentative Clean Up assignments have been posted to the website.
The Exhibit Hall will be open for you to drop off your exhibits from 5-8:30 PM. There will be no interaction with the Evaluator.
Each club is assigned a specific time frame in which members can come to interact with the
Evaluator critiquing your exhibits. Review Page 9 of the Fairbook for your assigned time. Evaluators may ask questions and review what you can improve on with your projects.
Exhibiting at the Fair
All 4-H'ers who are a member in good standing within their club and completed a public presentation by the March event are eligible to exhibit at the Fair.

Did you join after March? No worries, we want you at the Fair too! Complete your presentation by August 1 and receive a wristband so you can come help your club and experience the Fair as a proud 4-H member. Presentations must be scheduled with Jane Rodd by 7/1. Jane can be contacted at jr825@cornell.edu.
Online Fair Entries
All entries for the Fair are done online! On page 101 of the Fairbook there are simple, step by step instructions on how to register. Entries opened June 1.

If you need help with what classes you should be entering, please contact your Club Leader. If you need help using the Online System, please contact Liz Tegtmeier at the Fairgrounds at ltegtmeier@dutchessfair.com.
Sleep at the Fair in the 4-H Dormitory!
For just $25.00 for the week, 4-H Members can stay in the 4-H Dormitory. Above the 4-H Exhibit Hall, youth have access to bunk beds and full bathroom facilities. The Boys and Girls Dorms are staffed with overnight chaperones- who run a tight ship! Curfews are strictly enforced and there is a mandatory parent/youth check in meeting on the first night of the Fair.

If you are an adult interested in chaperoning, please contact Jane at jr825@cornell.edu.
Hour of Service
The Paper Clover Project - Each 4-H'er has a responsibility to sign up for 1 hour of service during the Fair. Members 12 and under must attend with a parent. Shifts are filled first come-first served, so sign up early! Refer to page 106 for details. 
Work in the 4-H Cafeteria
Open to members 12 and up, sign up for a 2 hour shift at breakfast and receive a free breakfast and $5.00! Limited to 4 youth per time slot. Refer to page 106 for details.
Exhibit Hall Items
Pages 22-53 of the Fairbook offer hundreds of classes that you can put your 4-H projects into the Exhibit Hall in. From wood working to sewing projects, your public presentation poster, or your best photograph-there is something for everyone! If you are not sure where to enter something, please call Jane.
BACK AGAIN: Life Size Scrapbook

Design and build a life size scrapbook that represents your years in 4-H. Items that can be included are pictures, certificates, awards, projects, stories about your 4-H experiences, newspaper articles, and any other items that may help the general public view what you have accomplished in your 4-H career. We also encourage you to include information about how 4-H has affected your everyday life whether it be personally, educationally, or career related.

Each exhibitor will be given at least an 8x8 area with 3 walls in which to FILL! Fabric and lights may be used as backdrops or decorations and exhibitors are encouraged to build interactive items within their room to allow the public to play along in their 4-H life. Will be judged on creativity and the best display of "4-H in My Life".

To enter, please email Jane your proposed set up by August 1. (jr825@cornell.edu)

Sponsored by: The Ritter Family
Livestock Sale Participant Reminders
·          Online Sale Class Entries- August 1 st , 2018
·          Pick-Up Buyer’s Packets- July 9 th - July 20 th , 2018
·          Submit Market Animal Record Book for Review- anytime during the month of July to Species Representative or 4-H Club Leader
·          Online Entries Complete – August 1 st , 2018
·          Packets delivered- August 3 rd , 2018
·          Postcards to Farm and Home Center- August 10 th , 2018
Nominate 4-H Member, Leader, or Community Member of the Year!
Do you know an outstanding 4-H Member, have the most dedicated 4-H Leader, or work with a community member who continually supports our program? Nominate them for a year end award!

Please take a few minutes to fill out the appropriate form and submit it to the 4-H office no later than August 1st . All nominations will be presented to the 4-H Program Committee and Fair Committee for consideration. The winner will be announced the Saturday evening of the Fair in the Livestock Pavilion as we kick off the Barn Bash after the Pasta Dinner!

Participate in Local Parades with your Club!
We have received several inquiries about 4-H Clubs having a presence at local Farmer's Markets or in parades. What better way to interact with the public and talk about the great work you do while fundraising! Use the contacts below to schedule an event for your club. Don't forget, you can borrow the 4-H tents, tables, and banners!

Pleasant Valley Parade: (July 28th at 5:30 PM) : Mary Beth - lmbkkamuir@aol..com
Opportunities for 4-H'ers
 If you are interested in attending any 4-H event, please keep in mind there are often local and state scholarships available!  Submit the General Event Scholarship Application with your event registration! 
Other News...
If you are in the building for a meeting and need the Wi-Fi, please use the following:

CCEDC_PublicWifi or CCEDC_PublicWifi 5G

Password for both is: publicwifi

1-Fair Book Released/Online Entries Open
1-All Ownership/Animal Forms Due
(See website for form!)
2-State Public Presentations, Cornell University, Ithaca
15-17–STEM Camp @ Camp Shankitunk, Delhi
26-28-Career Explorations @ Cornell University, Ithaca
11-13 - 4-H Horse Clinic @ Dutchess County Fairgrounds
14 - Dutchess County Youth Horse Show

And Finally ......
Don't forget- all 4-H club meeting minutes, advisory minutes, and independent member reports are due by the 10th of the following month. If you've fallen behind since the new year started, get your minutes in this month! And please, send photos and be sure to let me know what awesome things your club is up to!
Contact Jane Rodd
(845) 677-8223, ext. 105