Butler County 4-H News

Category: July 2016

Making A Difference

Can you believe, Fair is almost here! In this newsletter, you will find a few specific pre-Fair information. However, for all the specific Fair information, please refer to the Butler County Fair Book! You can also find the Fair Book online at: http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4hfair/

In the past, I started talking about the Seven Keys to Consider: Exceeding Family Expectation in 4-H Clubs and this was based on: “Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney’s Success” written by Tom Connellan.  With Fair almost here, I want to recap Lesson 6—Reward, Recognize and     Celebrate.

Motivation is something that as an employer, an organization, a group, etc. that we must embrace and build into a plan. Disney, for example, receives many letters from guests each year. Many of these letters refer to a cast member they interacted with while on their stay Disney. The supervisor takes the letter and reads it aloud to the cast members within that department. The letter is then posted on a bulletin board for all to see.

The lesson here is to take time. How, you ask? What are you doing to recognize your club volunteers, your 4-H members, or your parents that are lending an extra hand.



With Fair upon us, take those few extra moments to tell a volunteer Thank You.  Thank them for their help with a project, handing out cards, lining up the youth for various projects, etc.

Tell a youth good work with their project. Give them specific feedback.  ..”It looks like you put a lot of time in to your project…” Ask them to tell you about their project. Some youth embrace the opportunity to share their stories! It’s not the color of the ribbon that counts, but the time, effort,   dedication and energy put forth to do those projects.

As parents, 4-H’ers, and leaders, we can all take those few extra moments to share our appreciation for others. Thank You for all that each of you do to help others out and lend those kind words of encouragement!




Leader’s Lounge




The final countdown is on…fair, pin applications, KAP’s, Annual Summaries, etc.!!! Where has the year

gone? Where are we now? Let’s take a look…


____4-H Forecaster read and important dates marked on calendar.

____Review highlights from the 4-H Forecaster at club meeting.



____Check project leaders on progress.

____Ready for the County Fairs. Entry cards picked up and distributed to       club members.

____Project Leaders conducting project meetings.

____Check club mailbox at the Extension Office.

____Continue…or start 4-H records

____Update 4-H Records, KAPs and Pin Applications.

____Annual Club Summary up-to-date



____Parents’ Committee recruiting “new” leaders.

____Preparing for fair: concession stand times confirmed; judging schedules confirmed.

____Encourage exhibiting at fair.




____Celebrate the current 4-H year…begin planning for the club achievement party.

____Start planning for the new 4-H year.


____4-H Forecaster read and important dates marked on calendar.

____Review highlights from the 4-H Forecaster at your club meeting.


____Project leaders notified of the specific responsibilities.

____Project Leaders conducting project meetings.

____Check club mailbox at the Extension Office.

____Begin planning for election of club officers.

____Have members think about projects for the new year.

____Check club’s progress toward goals.


____Parents’ Committee recruiting Organizational Leaders and Project Leaders for the 2016-17 4-H year.

____Encourage Achievement Pin Award Applications.


____State Fair Pre-Entries Due to Extension Office by Wednesday, August 10, 5:00 PM

____ Record books, KAPS, Pin Applications and Club Summaries due September 23!



Fair Clean Up and Ribbon Money


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When the last day of Fair arrives, everyone is tired and ready to go home. However, it is important to remember that we need to leave the facility as clean as, if not cleaner, that we found it in. Every 4-H’er who participated (non-livestock and livestock youth) in the Butler County Fair needs to be there to clean-up. As soon as clean-up is finished you will receive your money for the ribbons you earned at Fair! The more people to help, the quicker the clean-up goes. Here is a break-down of how Thursday morning (August 4th) will work.

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Release and removal of all exhibits, displays & equipment from the buildings and barns.

7:30 a.m. – Clean up of building and barns (Everyone is expected to help)

As soon as the building and barns are clean – Prize money is handed out down at the arena. This includes the prize money for the youth who only had exhibits in the buildings.

Community leaders and veteran 4-H families, please help share this information with the new 4-H families. It is everyone’s responsibilities to get things cleaned up.



Kansas State Fair Information


Kansas State Fair will be here before we know it! Please pay attention to these important details:

  1. Livestock – Entries are due by July 15th. Entry forms and details can be found here: https://kansasstatefair.com/livestock-competitions/youth-show-grand-drive.html
  2. Non-Livestock – We will have entry forms available in our office beginning at Noon on Wednesday, August 3rd. You can come into our office anytime after 12:00 p.m. on August 3rd and fill out the forms. All forms must be filled out 12:00/Noon on August 10th. Rules and other information can be found here: http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/fairs/kansas-state-fair/index.html
  3. We will have ticket forms available to fill out beginning at 12:00 p.m. on August 3rd.




If you are taking your 4-H entry to the State Fair yourself:

  1. Turn in your State Fair Entry Form at the Extension Office by August 10.
  2. Pick up entry cards (which we will receive from the state office sometime the end of August) at the Extension Office before going to the State Fair.


If you want Charlene to take your 4-H exhibit to the State Fair:  (SMALL, NON-BREATHING ITEMS ONLY! Due to limited space—anything requiring boxes or extra support cribbage to transport cannot exceed 12”x 12”x12” This does not include poster boards that can lay down flat):

  1. Turn in your State Fair Entry Form at the Extension Office by August 10.
  2. Bring your exhibit to the 4-H Building, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. Exhibits WILL NOT be accepted before 1:00 p.m. due to not having any secure storage.


Important News and Deadlines

July 6th—Poultry Testing (required for Fair), 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

July 16—County Fair Horse Show

July 18—Countywide Photography Project Meeting – 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building

July 21 – Fair Superintendent’s meeting – 7:00 p.m.

July 23 – Fair Fashion Revue – El Dorado High School

July 29 – August 4th – FAIR!!!!

August 18 – Third and Final Record Book Class 6:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building

August—4-H Livestock Sweepstakes in Manhattan

September 8th—Bring small, non-breathing items to the Extension Office for Charlene to take to Kansas State Fair.

September 9—18—Kansas State Fair

September 23 – Record Books, Scholarships, Special Awards due 5:00 p.m.

September 30—End of 2015 4-H Year

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2—Kansas Junior Livestock Show in Hutchinson

Shooting Sports: Hunter Education and 4-H Projects


Hunter Education – The first Hunter Education Course is scheduled for Friday evening, August 5 from 6 to 9pm, and continuing on Saturday, August6, from 8am to about 4pm.  Pre-registration is required by contacting the Extension Office after July 1, but before August 4.   Participants must pick up a student manual  at the Extension Office prior to the start of the course, read each chapter, and answer all questions at the end of each chapter.  This course is available to all youth age 11 and over, and to adults.

A second Hunter Ed Course will be held on Saturday, September 10.  This is an internet assisted course.  In order to take this course, you will first have to log on to the KDWPT website, locate the internet course, and complete the course.  After completing it you may register at the Extension Office to take the Saturday field day.  The field day will be conducted from 7:30am  to about 3pm.


4-H Projects Available – Rifle, Pistol and Archery projects – Basic Rifle, Pistol and Archery classes begin in September and will meet weekly through Thanksgiving.  Rifle and Pistol start on Tuesday evening, Sept. 6, and Archery starts on Thursday evening, Sept. 8.  Check-in is from 6:30 to 7pm and the classes run from 7 to 8pm.  All equipment and supplies are provided.  If Archery participants have their own bow that they prefer to shoot, they can bring it.  If it is suitable, they may use it.  All meetings are held at the 4-H Building.

There is a $15 fee for Rifle and a $10 fee for Archery and Pistol.
Pre-registration is required by contacting the Extension Office and completing a Shooting Sports enrollment form.  For questions, call Gene Maggard at 316-742-3746.

My Discovery Day Experience – Scholarship Essays

This was my fifth year to discovery days. The first once we get up there is the best, the Kansas Youth Council serves us ice cream from call hall which is very good. As your walking around you trying to meet new friends or find friends that you previously met at discovery days. This year was amazing. The three things I enjoyed most this year at discovery days.

Meeting up with my friends from the past and figure out if they have any classes with you or going to lunch/hanging out and just catching up over the past year. Also another thing that I enjoyed very much was the keynote speaker he was a amazing. He could relate to young adults. I think that was probably the best thing this year. Another thing that I enjoy every year is meeting new friends to gain friendship that could possibly last forever.

Many people believe that discovery days is just about all the fun. It is a lot of fun but another main part of discovery days is how much you learn in your classes. If you pick classes that spark you interest you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot. Make sure when you go to register you do it early so you get classes that fit you better than classes that were left and don’t spark your interest. You won’t regret signing up to go. Have fun and meet lots of people.

Danielle Chilcott


As the school year came to a close i was lookinng forward to attending 4-H discovey day at k-state for the 2nd year.  I had been excited about going again since i had gone last year and knew i would have fun and a great time again. As everyone thats gone to discovery days before, you have to go through the catalog of class choices. This is a big job trying to narrow down so many  diffrent subjects and decide what classes you most want to take. Discovery days is leaning about college and choosing is part of it. This year a couple of the classes i choose and where the most enjoyble to me where meat scinece choosing and evaluating photos for cometition.  As you go around campus going to your classes, you get very familler with where the various buildings are located.  You soon learn your way around. I relly enjoyed my meat science class. I got to see and do stuff i had never seen or done before . i leared so much. We went on a tour of the “meat lab’’  this included going on the killfloor, through the entire process and to when the meat is ready to be uses for consamption. Probably what the highlight of this class was that we got to make sausage. We used various cuts of the pork and ground it in a meat grinder. Then using the”secret k-state spices wwe added the spoces to give it the right flavor. Then we filled casing and mad limk sausages. After it was cooked we got to eat what we had made. I have to say is was the best sausage i have ever eaten. I learded alot about making a meat product and what happes in the process. K-state supp;ies this sausage to the campus cafferia. Another one of my favorit classes was the photography class that i took. I learned about how photos are judged at the kansas state fair. At the kansas state fair there is a panil of three judges, each judge is allowed 5 pionts. The three judges each have one category. The categories are technigue, Composition, and eye appeal they each judge their category. Then they total the three categories to get a total of points pre photo. The ribbon placings are as follows 13-15 points =purple 10-12 points =blue 8-9points =red  6-7points=white. Discovery days is a great experincs and lost of fun. From eatinmng delicious k-state ice cream to going bowling or taking a movie in the union and even having the fire alarn going off in the dorm next door! 9 it was set off by construction works) i would encourage other 4-Hers to attend 4-H discovery days and see how much fun its and have a great learning experience
Trevor Johnson


I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for Discovery Days.  I had only ever been to 4-H camp and KYLF and all I really knew about Discovery Days was that I was going to be taking some pretty cool classes.  I signed up for 8 classes that I thought sounded fun and that I was interested in.  One of the first things I discovered when I got to the Kansas State campus was that these next few days were going to be an authentic college experience.  We stayed in real dorms with community showers and all.  You also had to find your own way to your classes.  My first class was just across the street from my dorm so I had no problems finding it at all.  This class was about raising service dogs.  We learned about how service dogs were trained from birth and how anyone can take in these puppies at just a few weeks old and raise them until they are ready to go out into the real service dog world.  We ended the class with meeting some puppies and even doing a few training exercises.  On the way to my next class, I really got to see a lot of the campus.  I got lost for an hour trying to find the building I needed and ended up getting directions over the phone.  I was 20 minutes late to my class but I still learned a great deal.  This class was called “gray for a day” and was about the experience of being elderly.  We put a cotton ball up our nose, put in ear plugs and more and did normal everyday things like tying our shoes.  This class gave me a lot more appreciation toward my elders and what they deal with everyday.  After this class I ended up getting lost about five more times but because of my first expedition, I learned how to find landmarks to keep track of where I was.  I had tons of fun at Discovery Days and I enjoyed all of my classes.  I hope to attend next year and discover even more about me and the world I live in.

Taylor Barlett

Personally, I love discovery days.  Meeting new friends with similar interests is one of the best things. Also the classes that help us make decisions on possible careers. My favorite class was the Meat Science Class. Not only did I get to make sausage, it also gave me a possible idea for a future career. In addition, I like the responsibility they give us to walk to our own classes or be on time to floor meetings. Discovery Days is not only fun, it gives me a better understanding of college life. This makes me want to go to college even more than I already did. It’s one of the best camp experiences that anyone could have. Each year I am able to see my friends from previous years which is always great and helps me keep in touch with them over the summer. This year the closing speaker was very inspirational. He helped me realize that we are very fortunate to have the lifestyle that many 4-Hers do, including myself.  Attending the photography class helped me with my skills for my 4-H project. The class allowed me to take some amazing pictures that I can be proud of. It also gave me ideas for pictures in the future years to come. Tuttle Creek is always a part of some of the outdoor class opportunities. My favortite Tuttle Creek activity is to kayak, which makes the whole Discovery Day experience more memorable. I also enjoyed making new friends and be able to make long lasting relationships. These are the kinds of friendships that with out Discovery I would not be able to make. Also, I thought that the classes I took were educational and interesting. I already mentioned Meat Science but food science was very informational. The last class was Junk Drawer Robotics was very fun and gave me ideas that I can use in another activity. I’m in Best Robotics through my school and experiencing robotics from a different angle will only add to my skills. Addionally, I thought that the concert was pretty cool, I will be looking forward to it next year. I liked the wide variety of the music, I also thought it was cool that they involved a previous 4-her. All in all, I love Discovery Days as much as my mom did when she went 20 years ago and I am sure my sister will love it even more when she is old enough. I couldn’t ask for a better experience.

John-Michael Arnold


I want to say thank you for the scholarship that allowed me to go to Discovery Days. I went last year for the first time and I think this year I had more fun. I would encourage everyone to go to Discovery Days if gave the chance. I was able to receive my scholarship because I turned in my 4-H record book and did the KAP. I also sold calendars to receive another scholarship from my club. If you are wanting to go and not sure how to pay for it, I encourage you to talk to your club to see if there is a way to receive a scholarship. It is worth the extra work just to be able to go.

When going to Discovery Days you get to stay on the K-State campus and in the dorms. It is like you would be if you went to college there. When you sign up to go to Discovery Days, you have to choose which classes you would want to attend.

One of the classes I chose was the relationship class. It was kind of boring. Another class was Low Stress Cattle Handling. That was a great class. I was able to bring what I learned in that class and use it on my steer at home. It is a slow process but it worked. Another class that I chose was the bovine (I can’t remember the exact name of it) class. It was fun to learn about the bovine animal. One of my favorites was Meat Science. We learned what was in a brat and we learned how to make them. Then we got to eat the brats.
At night after the classes and supper, we were able to choose to go to a movie, bowling, or go to a dance. I of course chose the dance. It was great to hang out with the people that attended Discovery Days. I was able to meet some new people and see some others that I had met at 4-H camp. I encourage everyone at some point go to Discovery Days. It is a great experience. I will have those memories forever.

Bailee Goad

Overall being at Discovery Days was a great experience and I loved learning new interesting facts. For example, not Tuesday, but Wednesday I went to a Family Ancestry Class, I learned so much about my family that I had no idea I would ever learn that much. Although, I didn’t learn much about my mom’s side I enjoyed the small little details I did learn. On the other hand, I learned so much about my dad’s side of family it was outstanding. When my research had to come to an end it was because an illegal ancestor of mine changed his name. Which is disappointing but also another mystery to look into. Let’s not dwell on that because that’s not the only thing we did on Wednesday! We went to a fancier kind of graveyard and learned of the care and difficult decisions. When mowing a graveyard I never knew the great consequences it could come with. We had Keynote Speaker, Yahya Bakar, who was such an inspirational speaker and I wouldn’t mind listening to him again. Going on to Thursday, I started the day going to the Grind It and Bake It Class and the first part of that class, baking, was by far my favorite part of the week. We focused on what a cookie can look like with different flours and to brag my group’s cookies looked awesome. Even though the second part wasn’t as good as the first and hurt your legs from standing a lot there was very much to learn. We learned the process of how to process flour and what all different equipment was needed.

After that class was over we ate lunch and moved on to the next class. The class I went to was very similar to the second part of the last class. Although, the equipment used in the class, “Through the Mill,” was enlarged tremendously, there were different levels/floors of steps it took to process flour. Even though it was a repeat of the last class the process is definitely engraved in my brain now! Later that night we had a comedian and then a band. Of course, I took a lot of pictures and videos because I
definitely was going to show my family and friends my experience. One of my favorite parts was when we got to socialize and learn about new people. Although, I think that they should make it so there is more time to get to know new friends and socialize, my experience was great and I wouldn’t give a second thought about going again. Thank you.

Chelsea Tate


My experience at Discovery Days this year was amazing compared to my first couple years of going. I had some amazing classes where I learned a lot about who I am and what I like to do. Although they didn’t have my shooting class or swing dance class I had an amazing time. I went up early with my Mom to help her move from her old office to her new office. That afternoon started my experience at Discovery Days, where I discovered I had a suite as my room and a roommate from another county. My room was really cool because I had my own bathroom!! We had dinner on and hit the hay after the picture and opening session. On Wednesday I went to a class called Family Detectives where I learned about my family ancestors. I learned a lot about my mom’s side of the family and that I have German, Swiss, and Swedish in me! I didn’t get to learn as much about my dad’s side as he is adopted and he doesn’t know who his birth parents. We ate lunch at Sunrise Cemetery. After lunch, we learned about how a cemetery is kept well mowed and how you would have consequences if you messed up the graves. When class was finished, we ate dinner and went to the speaker, Yahya Bakar. He was a very inspirational speaker. I would go and listen to him speak again if I had the chance. Oh, and Yahya went to the dance. I was disappointed in the dance this year. They played too much of the new terrible hip stuff and not enough of the good old music.

My Thursday morning class was “Grind It, Bake It.” The grinding part was kinda boring, but I did get a 5# bag of cake flour to try for my cakes this year. That was the highlight. The baking part of the class was the best part. I would have liked the grind it part if it had had more ‘hands-on’ and less standing around and watching. After class, I ran into a family friend and had a chance to talk to him for a few minutes. It was good to see him while I was there. My afternoon class was a Robotics class. I was the host for this class, where I learned a lot about robots and how much robotics are used in modern civilization. We ate our last dinner in The Derb and headed out to our the Lucas Maddy Band and the comedian, then off to the dance. The capnote speaker on Friday was good. Then it was home to rest and recouperate.

Dalton Perez