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July 23, 2015   
Macomb County 4-H News

Safe Sitter Course

There's more to babysitting than watching TV and raiding the fridge! Macomb County 4-H is offering a one-day Safe Sitter Course on Friday, July 31 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Macomb County MSU Extension office in Clinton Township. Safe Sitter prepares youth, 11 and older, for staying home alone or for babysitting siblings, as well as those teens who want to start their own babysitting business. The course is presented by First Response CPR & First Aid Training, LLC and costs $30 per participant. Class size is limited, so don't wait to register! Return payment and completed forms to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: Safe Sitter Course, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036.



Rocketry Flight Schedule

TO ALL ROCKETRY MEMBERS: All flights will be held at the Ray Township Park on Wolcott Road just north of 29 Mile Road.  -- must park in Park lane as far back as possible due to a board meeting.


        1st  Flight  Wednesday, July 15th   6:00pm
        2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 22nd   6:00pm
        3rd   Flight  Wednesday, August 5th  6:00 pm


You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.

YOU MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY!!!  New:  we will not automatically be at the park on flight days.  We will only be there if  you called and notified Mrs. Davis at least 12 hours in advance.  Call 586-784-9410 or 586-255-0203

THINGS TO BRING TO FLIGHTS:  Launch pad (if you have one), rocket, wadding, engines, extra igniters, card insert from your rocket with vital statistics on it, (length, width, diameter, weight, etc.).  We DO time the flights and need the details regarding your rocket for our records.


Submitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Volunteer



Youth PQA Plus Training is Rescheduled

Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages 8-19. A Youth PQA Plus training is being offered on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Please note that exhibitors showing swine at the Armada Fair may be PQA certified. This certification is not mandatory to show at the fair; it is optional. To register for this free training, call 586-469-6431 or email macomb.4h@macombgov.org by Friday, July 24, 2015.

Macomb County 4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

4-H Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


Elizabeth Duran

4-H Program Coordinator


Kathy Jamieson

4-H Extension Educator


Lisa Kelley

Program Coordinator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Scott Lakin

Extension Educator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Marinda Ochs

4-H Program Coordinator

Roberta Busquaert

Computer Maintenance Clerk



(586) 469-6431





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MSU Extension

21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12

Clinton Township, MI 48036


MSU Extension

11370 Hupp

Warren, MI 48089

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Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • Looking for superintendents for all horses except Mini-Horse.
  • The next Fair clean up date is July 26, 2015, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, brooms, garden gloves, etc.
  • Top 4-H'er Award applications are due by July 31, 2015. Top 4-H'er will have only two levels this year, Senior and Intermediate. Applicants, don't miss these dates:
    • July 31st -  Last day to have application submitted to the Macomb County 4-H office 
    • August 16th - Top 4-H'er interviews
    • August 18th - Top 4-H'ers announced
  • Please note new weigh in times on Sunday, August 16th. Swine will be weighed in between 8 a.m and 10 a.m. Beef, Sheep, Goats and Prospect Beef will be weighed in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • 4-H books were done in April; leaders can come get their packets.
  • $25 parent armbands are available for parents of livestock youth
  • Accepting camping forms. Electric and water hook-ups are $140 all week. Reminder: Camping is a privilege that the Armada Fair Board provides to its exhibitors. Any family or site that fails to adhere to the rules and regulations will be asked to leave immediately. Security personnel will be on site.
  • Teen Clerk Sign-Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caea82ea3f85-teen2
  • Youth Organization Exhibit Barn Sign-Up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4CAEA82EA3F85-youth/7764562


Don't Forget to Volunteer During the Fair!

The 2015 Armada Fair is right around the corner! The fair provides our 4-H members the opportunity to showcase and exhibit their 4-H projects. But, your help is needed in order to provide these opportunities to our 4-H youth. Volunteer help is needed for cleaning, set up, assistance at youth livestock and dog shows, check out, and tear down. We realize that fair week is a busy time for our 4-H families, but please review the schedule and make time in which you and your family can help. Remember 4-H'ers - while you are showing your animal or sitting with the judge to have your project judged, others are volunteering their time to make that event run smoothly! Return the favor and help when you can.


Please contact the superintendents regarding the specifics for each show or to sign up to volunteer. Superintendents need committed volunteers to make each show a success! Contact information for superintendents can be found in the Armada Fair Book.


The Armada Agricultural Society recognizes the 4-H community for their hard work during the fair with a donation. This donation helps provide scholarships, programs, and services to the 4-H community each year. Thank you in advance for volunteering at the Armada Fair!



Number Needed/Time



August 16

Still Project Judging

Teen clerks


Clerk, carry exhibits to barn, and tag with ribbons


August 17

Saddle Horse Show

9 am - close

Will need up to 12 on/off all day

Clerk, ribbons, gates, etc.


August 17

Wool Sheep/Fiber Show

10 am

Will need up to 5 people

Clerk, ribbons, etc.


August 18

Market Hog Show

9 am (Barn #15)

Will need up to 12 for entire day


Clerk, ribbons, gates


August 18

Dog Show

9 am (Show Tent)

Will need up to 10 for entire day


Clerk, ribbons, set up


August 19

Market Lamb Show/Market Goat Show

1 pm (Barn #15); Goats following Lambs

Will need up to 6 for both shows


Clerk, ribbons, etc.


August 20

Market/Prospect Beef Show

9 am (Barn #15)

Will need up to 10 for both shows


Clerk, ribbons, gates


August 20

Dairy Cattle Show

9 am (Show Tent)

Will need only 2 people


Clerk, ribbons, etc.


August 20

Rabbit Show

9 am (Rabbit Barn)

Will need up to 12 people for entire day


Clerk, ribbons, etc.


August 20

Mini Horse Show

1 pm (Horse Arena)

Will need up to 12 on/off all day


Clerk, ribbons, gates


August 21

Youth Livestock Sale

4 pm (Barn #15)

Any available 4-H livestock youth


Clerk, ribbons, refreshments, gifts


August 22

Dog Show

9 am (Show Tent)

Will need up to 10 for entire day


Clerk, ribbons, set-up


August 22

Draft Horse Halter Show

10 am (Horse Arena)

Will need up to 5 people


Clerk, ribbons, gates


August 23

Draft Horse Hitch Show

10 am (Horse Arena)

Will need up to 5 people


Clerk, ribbons, gates


August 23

Mandatory Clean Up

7 pm (All barns)

All 4-H youth!

Clean out your stalls/pens/cages. Take down club displays. Take down & store cages/gates. 

Click here to view the schedule and requirements in a pdf. 


Youth Livestock Auction Participants Asked to Bring Snacks and Water

The Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee is asking every family that participates in the auction sale to bring one case of water and one box of snacks for our buyers. Snacks need to be prepackaged in single serving size. Suggested snacks include cookies, crackers, candy, and chips. Please drop off your donations at the Sale Committee Office in Barn #15 on Friday morning of the auction (August 21, 2015).


Poultry Shows and Events Cancelled Due to Avian Influenza

On June 1, 2015, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

issued a statement cancelling all poultry shows and exhibitions held in Michigan as a precaution

against the spread of avian influenza. This decision affects all 4-H poultry shows at county and

regional fairs, as well as other local 4-H events, until further notice. Co-mingling animals from

various flocks and facilities at these types of events provides an opportunity for diseases to

spread quickly.


MDARD's decision was a precautionary measure made in the interest of animal and public

health, as well to protect Michigan's poultry population. However, on June 8, 2015, the

Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the first cases of highly pathogenic avian

influenza (HPAI) H5N2 had been confirmed in the state. The disease was found in free-ranging

Canada geese in Macomb County.  


Though the disease is currently only in wild bird populations, no avian species will be allowed to

be displayed as part of any 4-H project, whether at a show, a club or group meeting, a petting

zoo, or at any other event or venue. The affected birds include but are not limited to those that

are part of Michigan 4-H's poultry (such as chickens, pheasants, turkeys, quail, water fowl,

guinea fowl and pea fowl) and exotic bird projects (such as emus and ostriches).  As an extra

precautionary measure, MSU Extension will also not allow the display of any live birds that are

part of the 4-H small animals program known as Pocket Pets, including canaries, parrots,

parakeets and macaws. This is for the health and safety of all birds in the state.  


Avian Flu: What it Means for Fair's Youth Exhibitors

MSU Extension staff, poultry superintendent Lori Clough, and members of the Armada Fair Board understand that the cancellation of 4-H poultry shows is disappointing to the many 4-H youth and volunteers who have invested their time and talents into poultry projects. While unfortunate, the decision is in the best interest of the state's poultry farmers, backyard hobbyists and 4-H families who participate in the poultry project. Please use this real-life opportunity as a teaching moment for our youth.


We still want to provide opportunities for 4-H'ers with poultry-related projects to showcase their work and to offer them valuable learning experiences in the project area. We are strongly encouraging all poultry project youth to compete in poultry showmanship, poultry club displays, egg production and to enter a poultry poster in the "Vet Science" category as an alternative to the meat or breed project.  


Report Possible Cases of Avian Influenza

For Michigan residents that are concerned about avian influenza in wild birds, if they notice a death loss of three or more free-ranging wild birds, primarily ducks, geese, swans, and/or shore birds, they should report it to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at 517-336-5030. See the MDARD avian influenza flyer for more information. 


Are You the Next Top 4-H'er?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Macomb County Top 4-H'er Award! A Top 4-H'er is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skills, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4-H youth. A Top 4-H'er serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. They are knowledgeable of 4-H, passionate and active in 4-H! Top 4-H'ers become role models for other club and community members as they promote Macomb County 4-H. Registered Macomb County 4-H members are encouraged to apply.


Top 4-H'er applicants must be registered Macomb County 4-H members, ages 13-19, who are willing to increase their knowledge of 4-H programming; learn 4-H history; follow through on commitments; be committed to developing their communication skills; and be enthusiastic and energetic.


Top 4-H'ers will be announced during the Armada Fair. Applications are online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms, under "Top 4-H'er". Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Top 4-H'er applicants should have added Top 4-H'er to their Armada Fair entries by June 30th. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090. 



Good Luck to the State Horse Show Participants

Congratulations to the following 4-H members who qualified to participate in the 2015 State 4-H Horse Show on August 7-9 in East Lansing: Elizabeth Barone (Ray's Riding Rascals), Audrey Beaudin (A Little Tacky), Victoria Breiling (Alarro), Jared Decker (Ray Community), Amber Gillis (Ray Community), Miranda Hoskin (Alarro), Payton Kehoe (Alarro), Sarah Kowalewski (Ray Community), Melanie LeDuc (A Little Tacky), Gailynn Mayer (Alarro), Alexandra Oddo (Alarro), Gabrielle Oddo (Alarro), Megan Opheim (A Little Tacky), Caitlyn Pichette (Ray's Riding Rascals), Courtney Pichette (Ray's Riding Rascals), Steven Prokuda (Ray's Riding Rascals), Brianna Seymour (Ray Community), and Jenna Swinkowski (Alarro). Good luck!


Michigan State Fair Scholarship Program

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in agriculture and is pleased to announce their Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available in the following areas: Home Arts, Agriculture, Livestock, Equine, and Urban Youth Agriculture. For more information and the applications, visit http://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/#!scholarship-programs/c21g8. Scholarship applications are due August 15, 2015.


You Posted What on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

Join the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute Capacity Building workgroup at 7 p.m. on July 27 to help you think about what you post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This webinar will help you consider some of the benefits and consequences of social networking and help you make an informed decision about what you post and share with others.


Please register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=SocialMediaWebinar by July 26th  for this FREE learning opportunity at that you can participate in online!


4-H Program Grants

Did you know the Michigan 4-H Foundation offers grants up to $1,000 to Michigan 4-H clubs and programs? Apply today! Applications are due Aug. 1 and are online at http://www.mi4hfdtn.org/county/countygrants.html.


Nominate a 4-H Volunteer for the MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award

Do you know an exemplary Michigan 4-H agricultural volunteer/leader? Nominate them for the MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award today! Eligible project areas include 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science. Award winners receive a $1,000 grant to a county or state 4-H agricultural project area of their choice! Please share this opportunity! Nominations are due Aug. 1 to the Michigan 4-H Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.mi4hfdtn.org/grants.html.


Nominate an Outstanding 4-H Alumnus for the 4-H Emerald Clover Society

Do you know an outstanding Michigan 4-H alumnus? Nominate them for the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society! Nominations are due to the Michigan 4-H Foundation by Jan. 31, 2016. Download a nomination form at  www.mi4hfdtn.org/ecs .

Annual Testing in Bovine TB Area Finds Infected Herd

Routine bovine tuberculosis (TB) surveillance testing conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently confirmed a small beef herd as bovine TB positive in Alcona County. This is the 62nd cattle herd found in Michigan with bovine TB since 1998 and the second in 2015.


Bovine TB is an infectious bacterial disease that primarily affects cattle; however it can be transmitted between wildlife populations and other mammals, including humans. This herd is located in a small area of Michigan where TB is endemic in wild deer. Any contact either directly or indirectly with the wild deer can spread TB to a herd.


"Finding TB is always hard on the impacted farm and this case illustrates that any size herd can be infected, which is why MDARD works with producers of all sizes to mitigate their risk to help prevent the transmission of the disease into their herds from wild deer," said Dr. Rick Smith, Assistant State Veterinarian.


Annual surveillance testing is designed to catch the disease in the very earliest stages. In order to prevent it from spreading to other farms, each herd must undergo annual testing and any additional movement off a farm must include a TB test within 30 days before movement. All cattle in Michigan must also have electronic identification eartags before they may move from the farm. Electronic identification allows MDARD to trace cattle and control the spread of disease in the event of an investigation. 

For more information, visit:  www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.  


Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events


July 2015


July 26

Armada Fair Clean-Up

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 28

Youth PQA Plus Training

6 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 31

Top 4-H'er applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension

Clinton Township


Safe Sitter Course

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township


August 2015


August 5

Macomb County 4-H Rocketry Flight #3

6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township

Please call 586-784-9410 or 586-586-255-0203 at least 12 hours in advance if you are attending.


August 15

Deadline for Fifth Third Bank's Michigan State Fair Scholarship applications


August 16

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Weigh-In

Swine will be weighed in between 8 a.m and 10 a.m.   

Beef, Sheep, Goats and Prospect Beef will be weighed in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Top 4-H'er interviews


August 17-23

Armada Fair

Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


August 18

Top 4-H'ers announced


August 22

4-H Community Potluck

Statewide 4-H News
Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops

August 15-16

4-H Family Fun Weekend 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


August 19

Be SAFE: Addressing Bullying in Youth Settings 

Hannah Community Center, East Lansing


October 7-8

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities 



October 21-22

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities 





Other 4-H Events

August 2-8

4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp 

Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle


August 7-9

State 4-H Horse Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


August 10

The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute 

Michigan State University, East Lansing


August 15

4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament 

Blue Water Sportsman's Association, Kimball


State 4-H Dog Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


August 22

State 4-H Miniature Horse Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


October 4-10

National 4-H Week 



October 7

4-H National Youth Science Day 





For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events