Monday, December 27, 2010

Educational Presentations

The Educational Presentations contest provides an opportunity for youth to select a topic of interest, research, and prepare an educational presentation. Topics may relate to projects, hobbies, or special interests.  Each presentation is usually 5-12 minutes in length and may include posters, slides, or visual props.  Youth may choose to demonstrate “how to” or they may choose to present information using other visuals or props.  Presentations may be made by individuals or age-division teams. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to practice their public speaking skills in a supportive, non-threatening environment.

One category of the Educational Presentations event is the Public Speaking category.  This category is composed of individuals who present speeches up to 7 minutes in length, without the use of props.

In order to accommodate busy schedules, youth may select one of three presentation options.

Presentation options include:
1.       January 25 (Tuesday), at 2:00 pm at the Extension office
2.       January 25 (Tuesday), at 7:00 pm at the Extension office
3.       January 19, a DVD of presentation due to 4-H Department (note earlier due date)

In order to accommodate scheduling, entry forms are due to the 4-H office by January 11. 
Entry forms are available on the website and may be submitted by email ( or by fax (817-884-1941).

Dog Quiz Bowl

Attention:  Dog Owners & Dog Project Members!

The Paws-A-Plenty 4-H Club is hosting a multi-county Dog Quiz Bowl Contest at the Tarrant County Extension office on Saturday, January 15, @ 2:00 pm.  This is a fun game which encourages youth to share their knowledge and skills while meeting youth who have similar interests.

To register, simply complete the entry form (which is on the county 4-H website) and return it to the address provided.  If you have any questions, please contact D. Matthews at 817-475-4949.

Grass ID

The District Grass and Range Plant Identification contest is scheduled for January 22.  Members of the team will have an opportunity to participate in a lab practical exam while identifying 40 plant samples and indicating their characteristics (season of growth, native or introduced, quality of forage, etc.) 

Food Show!

The County Food Show provides an opportunity for youth to exhibit their culinary skills and knowledge.  In preparation for the event, youth will learn about nutrition and food preparation.  Each contestant will select a nutritious dish which he/she will prepare at home and bring to the event.  Each contestant will have 3 minutes in which to tell the judges about the dish prepared and the experiences in the Foods project.

Entry forms for this event are due in the 4-H office by December 28, and the contest will be conducted at the Extension Office on the morning of January 8.

Entry forms are located on the Tarrant County 4-H website.  Forms may be faxed (817-884-1941) or scanned and returned by email to      
I've done this contest before, guys.  It's a load of fun!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


This Saturday, December 11, 2010, is the day to tag-in your horticulture and livestock entries for TCJLS.  From 9-11 AM, you can tag at Boswell/Saginaw Ag Barn (Loop 820/North Main Street in Saginaw, but call if you have never been there before, call someone who has!  It's hard to find!) and from 1-3 PM at Crowley Ag Barn. (Call for directions, I'm clueless!)
Horticulture tag-ins are $1 each, and Livestock tag-ins are $2 each.

4-H Family in Need

One of our 4-H families lost all their possessions in a house fire last week.  One of their biggest needs is clothing.  The following is needed:
(Female) - Age 9 - Size 10/12
(Female) - Age 8 - Size 10
(Male) - Age 7 - Size 10
(Male) - Age 3 - Size 3T
(Female) - Age 2 - Size 2T
Mom - Size 14/16
You can bring the items to the Christmas Party Friday.  Food donations are also needed, and they can be brought Friday as well. 
If you are able to make a financial donation to help with getting them set up in a new place, Please send to Debbie in the name of the Peppers family at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church 3900 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76103.


So everyone will be ready for the Cristmas Party/dance, the Extension Office is offering line dance classes this Thursday, December 9th from 7-8 pm.  You will be learning the Virginia Reel, Electric Slide, and possibly more.  Please R.S.V.P. to Nanci at 817-884-1291, OR
Hope you can all can make it!