NDSU Extension - Morton County


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April 20, 2018

Fair Entry Information
State Fair Exhibit Guides
4-H Dress Code
Managing Control
4-H Camp
Project Registration Deadline
Communication Arts
Dairy Judging Workouts
Consumer Choices
Project Expo and Clothing Revue
Photography with Mike Hanson
Missouri River 3-D Archery Event


We will be having a new online registration system for 4-H Achievement Days called FairEntry.  You will have from May 15th to June 20th to enter your exhibits for Achievement Days.  This will be a quick and easy way for you to enter your exhibits. You will be able to use your Smart Phone, Ipad, Table or PC. More detailed information will be mailed to you in May with your Exhibit information.

4-H families if you would like to see what FairEntry is all about, you can go to the Morton County website and check out a 3-minute video

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mortoncountyextension/4h-and-youth/4-h-fair-entry-help-information   or you can go to: https://vimeo.com/209918998

There are also Help Sheets and Tips for working with FairEntry. 

State Fair books have arrived in the office!  The Morton County Guidelines are being revised and will be sent out with the State Fair Book in a couple of weeks. 

4-H Policy Board, January 1, 2004.
   In an effort to promote a professional appearance by 4-H members, all members participating in 4-H competitive events, (except Clothing Revue-Sew & Show, Buy & Show) will be neatly dressed and must wear a solid colored white, yellow, gray or green shirt/blouse with the 4-H emblem prominently displayed and securely fastened on the front. Solid colors may be of different shades. It is recommended that shirt/blouse be a solid colored crew neck t-shirt, polo shirt, or Henley-type. The emblem can be silk-screened, fused or securely fastened using a Velcro type fastener or spray adhesive. Safety pins are not allowed to attach chevrons. 4-H members should NOT wear short shorts or short skirts, tops that are sleeveless, low cut, or ones that allow the mid-riff to show. Shirts must be of sufficient length to be tucked into the pants skirt/shorts. Tie-dyed shirts are not acceptable. If you do not wear dress code, you will be dropped a ribbon placing.

Livestock exhibitors should wear boots/protective shoes for safety. Caps are not to be worn during interview judging. Cowboy hats may be worn while visiting with the Horse Judge. At the County level, 4-Hers can wear their club 4-H t-shirts. Achievement Day Judges will be notified of the dress code. All 4-H participants/ exhibitors must wear 4-H Dress code that includes a solid colored shirt with a 4-H Clover. Tie-dyed shirts are not acceptable. If you do not wear dress code, you will be dropped a ribbon placing.

Rabbits & Poultry Exhibitors: 4-Her’s may wear long- or short-sleeved shirts. Please base your dress on the cooperation of your animal.

Horse Exhibitors: During Morton County Horse Achievement Day, 4-Hers will follow the 4-H Dress Code that is printed in the 2018 State Fair Book, page 10, #12: “All exhibitors will be neatly dressed and must wear a long-sleeved, solid white shirt with a 4-H emblem on the front. In addition, exhibitors must wear ASTM-SEI approved harness helmets for all mounted events (Western hats are permitted for showmanship), Western boots, blue or black colored jeans (dark colored), and a belt. Gloves are permitted only in English events.”  Wednesday Dress Code, see Exception #31.

4-H Shirts are available at the Extension Office for $8.00 each.  Long sleeved shirts for horse exhibitors can be purchased for $22.00.  Chevrons are also available for purchase in the office.

Reminder, YQCA meeting April 23rd.  To register go to http://yqca.org .  Cost for this training is $3 per person.  To do online training go to http://yqca.org.  Cost of this training is $12 per person. Please bring your 4-H Online log in information (email and password.) They will receive their certification numbers after the training.  Office will enter them into 4-H Online. Oliver County will also be holding a couple trainings, but dates have not been chosen. (794-8748)

Managing Control of Animals with a photo is due May 1st.  Attached is the form.  Please mail into the office.  

4-H Camp registration is now open.  Camps will fill up fast so if you are considering a Horse Camp, register today.  Also, please see some new camps this year we are excited to offer.  Back by popular demand is Archery Camp and Fishing Camp.  The website to register is  https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=775&campcode=rtm&lang=en-Us&justsignedout=true

The deadline for registering for projects for the 2017-2018 4-H year is May 1.  You will not be able to add or drop projects after this date.  Please read below the difference between a project and exhibit.  We do not need to know by May 1 what you are bringing to the fair for Achievement Days.

 What is an Achievement Day Exhibit?
An exhibit is an item or display designed to show something that the members have accomplished. Exhibits are usually associated with a fair, but members can exhibit their project work at club meetings, community events and other opportunities. Members are required to exhibit their work at the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days for at least one project. Participation in competitive activities and exhibits is encouraged as an opportunity for education, recognition and public awareness opportunity. Fair premiums, ribbons and other awards are incentives and symbols of recognition in many areas for those who choose to participate. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are important rewards.

What Are 4-H Projects?
There are approximately 100 projects available on a variety of subject matters of interest to youth. Projects are real-life experiences that help the 4-Her’s learn to make sound decisions. Projects put the hands and minds to work. 4-H projects take on a wide variety of interests and activities that are designed to attract boys and girls regardless of their place of residence, economic status, race, etc. Members are expected to complete the projects in which they enroll. Projects provide the basis of the 4-H program by offering various educational experiences. Carrying out a project will help the member "Learn to Do by Doing" as well as learning why things happen the way they do.

Why projects? The project is a teaching tool that can be used to develop boys and girls to their maximum potential so long as we view project works as a "means to an end" and not the end in itself. This means that the basic objective of 4-H - the development of the boy and girl - is the most important consideration, not the garment the member makes or the calf the member raises, or the miscellaneous project the member completes.

How are projects conducted? Project work is conducted through various activities and events such as: project meetings; regular club meetings; tours to visit projects of members; family activity at home; exhibiting project work at shows, fairs, etc.; record keeping.

What are guidelines to selecting projects? Parents and the member should know and fully understand what is expected of them before they enroll in a project. Projects are selected in the fall when on-line enrollment opens on September 1. You do have access to change/add/drop projects until May 1.  After May 1, your projects are locked in and unavailable for us to change/add/drop. 

Usually younger members should limit their projects to one or two. Older, more experienced members may be able to do several different projects, including those that are more difficult. Factors that parents and leaders should consider in helping a club member to select a project is:

  • The project should meet the needs and interests of the member. The problem here, however, is that in many cases the youngster does not really know if they would like a particular project without first giving it a try.
  • The project should be appropriate for the age and ability of the member.

The 2018 Morton County 4-H Achievement Days registration for exhibits will be done this year through Fair Entry.  Everything will be done online this year.  If you are not enrolled in a project, the system will not let you register for an exhibit. This includes animal projects as well.

The District Communication Arts contest is scheduled for Tuesday May 29.  Our location will be changing this year and I am still working on that with hopes that I will be able to share that with you next week.

The next Dairy Judging Workout is scheduled for Thursday April 26, 6:30pm at Gregg and Kristi Klusemann’s in New Salem.  Please call the office if you would like a ride that evening, we can meet at the courthouse.

Consumer Choices is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at Christ the King School in Mandan.  We will begin at 11:00am with a practice.  Bring your own lunch.  Contest will begin at 1:00 with registration and a 1:30 start time.

We will be having an afternoon with Mike Hanson, a Pride of Dakota photographer, on Wednesday, June 6.  We will be meeting at the courthouse at 1:00pm for some information and then head out into the community to take some photos.  More information to come.

May 5th, at Nishu Bowmen Archery Complex.  Open to all youth ages 8-19.  To register go to www.tinyurl.com/2018MissouriRiverShoot

Have a great weekend everyone!


Karla Meikle
Extension Service /  Morton County
210 2nd Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554

p:   701.667.3340
fax: 701.667.3348







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