Butler County 4-H News

Using Hashtags and Why You Want To!

By: Amy Sollock

New to social media? Are you a Gen X or Baby Boomer and just don’t get what a #Hashtag is or why you’d want to use one?  The use of hashtags gained popularity on Twitter, but they are commonly used on all social media platforms.  You’ll see them on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest and others.

A hashtag is a label for content.  It helps others who are interested in a topic, quickly find content on that same topic. Anyone posting or sharing content on a relevant topic can add a hashtag label to their message. Other people can than search for that same label to find similar content on the same social media platform.  Proper hashtag etiquette is to use no more than 3 hashtags at a time.

For example, when creating a Facebook post about the local county 4-H club day event, it could read, “Lucky Clover 4-H members participated in a Model Meeting and received a top blue.  Learning leadership skills and having fun at the same time! #KS4H #4HGrowsHere ”

Because so many of us utilize social media to promote and share our local 4-H programs, it is necessary that we all start using the same hashtags.  Please help us create a larger social media presence by using #KS4H and #4HGrowsHere.  Please also encourage your

Save the Date: Poultry Testing

Poultry Project Members

Don’t forget the required testing to be able to
exhibit at the Butler County Fair will be held on
Wednesday, July 12th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
at the Butler County Fair Grounds. You will need to call the Bu County Extension Office at 316-321-9660 to RSVP your name and the number of birds you will be bringing to be tested.


2017 Butler County Fair Books and Entry Information!

The Butler County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching! By the time you read this newsletter, the Fair Books should be in the hands of your community leader! We have one Fair Book per family, so please make sure and hold on tight to it and don’t lose it!

Information and forms on the Website

Remember, you can go to our Butler County Extension Website to get a copy of any letter or form that has been sent out. Go to: www.butler.ksu.edu and click on the “4-H & Youth”  or “Butler County 4-H Fair” link on the left side, if you need help finding something, just give us a call or email and we will be happy to help you find it.


WANTED: Camp Counselors!!

It’s that time again. If you are interested in being a camp counselor, applications are now available at www.butler.ksu.edu or at the Extension Office. Counselors must be in the 9th through 12th grade.

This is a great leadership opportunity for you and a great way to get to go back to camp! Both male and female counselors are needed and your camp registration is paid. Camp Counselor training will be held before camp. If you are interested in this opportunity, download or pick up a copy of the application and have it completed and turned in prior to the deadline. All applications are due back to the Extension Office by 5:00 pm on April 7th.


Website Link: http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4-h/camp.html


Shooting Sports News: Shot Gun Class

Shotgun Project:  A Basic Shotgun class will be held Saturday, April 8 at Michael Murphy and Sons, 6400 SW Hunter Road, Augusta. Minimum age for participation is 12 years old.  However, if you younger than 12, but strong enough to handle your shotgun, you may still participate by getting prior approval from the lead instructors: Bruce McCune, 316-775-0801 or Rocky Kasper, 316-734-9323.  Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, April 5, using one of the shooting sports enrollment forms in the shooting sports flyer, available from the Extension Office or at this link: Shooting Sports Brochure

The course will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, and will end approximately 3:00 p.m.  Do not show up without being pre-registered.  Ammunition, targets, and range fees are provided.  Bring your own lunch and drink.  Coolers will be provided.  You may bring your own shotgun, if you have one.  The preferred choke is IC – improved cylinder or more open.  410’s are not suitable for beginner instruction.

If you have any questions, please call Gene Maggard at 316-742-3746 or email at gandpmaggard@gmail.com.