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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast April 10, 2023



This fun 4-H event will be  Tuesday, April 25, 6 PM, Community Building, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 20th.  Registration forms are available at the Purdue Extension Office or online. Qualifiers will be invited to participate in the Area III Youth Performing Arts Contest to be hold on Friday, May 12 at North Posey School. The registration form is located at:



Who:  All 4-H Ages & parents, leaders, and mentors

Date: WHEN: Monday, May 8th

Time:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Community Learning Center, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Cost:  No Charge


Come to your Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center to this NO CHARGE workshop to learn the basics of 4-H exhibit poster making! 


RSVP requested at 812-295-2412 but NOT REQUIRED. 


Concepts will be taught and then practiced during the workshop.  If you are running late, please still join in or stop in to purchase poster board, poster board sleeves & salon sleeves for your exhibits!  


If you haven’t yet enrolled in 4-H, it isn’t too late!  An enrollment station will be available during this workshop. 


fun outing with the EVANSVILLE otters BASEBALL TEAM for mddle school 4-h members: no cost for middle school 4-h members

When:  May 20, 2023

Time:  4:00 PM CST/5:00 PM EST

Where: 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville

Registration: On 4honline April 10th to May 16th

For:  Grades 6th to 8th graders  Area 3 4-H members

Area 3 Counties:  Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh & Warrick


Youth will go on a tour of the facility and watch a baseball game. Members only need to bring money for their own food and souvenirs.




Who:  Youth in grades 3-8

Date: June 2-4

Location: Country Lake Retreat Center, Clark County Indiana

Cost: $50 deposit from family will be returned after attending!  All costs paid for by Martin County 4-H and supporters!

Register: at

More details:



You may request a copy of the 4-H Handbook from your club leader, Extension office, google Purdue Extension Martin County 4-H Handbook 2023 or use the provided link to access on the website.



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June 7-9

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette



Listen to the recently recorded Indiana 4-H Clover Call Pod Cast: Academy is Amazing at:


4-H Academy @ Purdue University is the topic of this month’s 4-H Clover Call. 4-H Academy will be held June 7-9 at Purdue University. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend! Dena Held, Martin County 4-H Educator, moderates this discussion. Also included on the podcast is Angie Frost, 4-H Healthy Living Specialist; Heather Caldwell, Fayette County 4-H Educator; Carly Holland, Rush County 4-H Educator; 4-H members Jorga Ellis (Rush County) and Clay Smith (Randolph County). During the podcast, we’ll learn about the parts of 4-H Academy that are highlights for the panelists and describe the opportunities that are available through 4-H Academy in 2023, including 14 different workshop tracks that are scheduled to be offered. Content of the Clover Call include:


Angie gives favorite part of Academy   

Conversation with youth who have attended Academy: Clay & Jorga

Details & Logistics about Academy   

Concluding thoughts  



Who:  Youth in grades 7-9

Date:  June 26-28

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette

4-H Round-Up is an exciting opportunity offered to youth who have completed grades 7, 8, and 9. Attendees have an opportunity to explore a variety of careers by attending classes created just for Round-Up attendees at Purdue University. Participants will get a taste of college life and will live in a Purdue Residence Hall for two nights. Youth have an opportunity to meet others from across the state and further develop their leadership skills. Recreation events are planned in the evenings and blocks of free time allow attendees the opportunity to build friendships on their own. 



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June  24-26

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette


Band: Youth will improve their instrumental skills as they prepare for a concert band performance Monday evening during 4-H Round-Up

Chorus: Youth will improve their vocal and choreography skills as they prepare for a show choir performance Tuesday evening during 4-H Round-Up. 



Who: Youth in grades 9-12

Date: June 13-16

Location: DePauw University

The Conference is planned by a 14-member Jr. Leader Council


SJLC is for:

  • Those who want to learn new leadership skills for themselves and others.
  • Those willing to share the knowledge they gain with those at home.
  • Those who want to meet new friends from around Indiana.
  • Those who want to have fun!

While at Jr. Leader Conference, youth participate in:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Skill Sessions
  • State Park Group meetings
  • General Sessions
  • Skits/Talent Show
  • Recreation
  • Banquet and Dance
  • Installation Ceremony for Jr. Leader Council


Join us for a day of learning about flowers, gardening and beekeeping.


Who: Youth in grades 3-12

When:  April 29, 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Posey County Community Center

Register: 4honline at V2.4HONLINE.COM

Cost:  $20.00 for 4-H’ers or $35.00 for Non 4-H’ers. 

Lunch and supplies for activities are included.




Location: Loogootee City Park with rain location at St. Martin, Whitfield

Dates & Times:

Sunday, April 16th         6:30 pm

Sunday, April 30th         6:30 pm 

Saturday, May 13th        10 am

Tuesday, May 23rd          7 pm

Sunday, June 11th            6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 27th          5:30 pm             Prior to fair set up to sign record sheets @

The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center


Horse & Pony 4-H Club Meetings

Location: Community Learning Center or Horse & Pony Barn based on weather, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Time: 3:00 PM  

Date: Sunday, April 30th


Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm


Tuesday, April 18th 

Tuesday, April 25th     Performing Arts performance at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Tuesday, May 2nd

Monday, May 15th

Monday, June 5th

Tuesday, June 20th



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm


Tuesday, May 9

Tuesday, June 6

Tuesday, June 27 to sign record sheets at fair set up


Jr. Leaders 4-H Club Activities

Jr. Leaders is for 4-H Members in 7-12 grades.  All are invited to join in for the fun, leadership building, community minded club. Member may join in at any time!

Sunday, May 7, 7 pm: Monthly meeting, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

June 13-17: State Jr Leader Conference (free for many members to attend, sign up now!)

June 20-21: Day Camp for younger youth. Jr Leader members are day camp counselors and camp leaders.


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program information

The Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program training replaces the YQCA program. Youth in grades 3-12 showing Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Swine, or Rabbits at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair are required to complete this training by July 1st to be able to exhibit.  


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training core components, program goals and expectations emphasize the importance of care, safety, and youth as industry ambassadors. The goal of the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training program is to help youth understand their responsibility in increasing consumer confidence, animal stewardship, and overall gaining and applying pertinent information and credibility, relating to food systems. The curriculum is relevant and timely with an emphasis on assisting youth in making their best livestock practices even better.


Cornerstone beliefs of the training include:

  1. Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  2. Youth livestock exhibitors are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.
  3. Youth livestock exhibitors are prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture.


Martin County training dates are: 


Monday, May 1, 2023               4 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           2 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           4 PM


Registration is due two days prior to class by calling 812-295-2412. The training cost is $3 and payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door.


Indiana 4-H will accept online YQCA certifications for 2023. If you choose to complete the YQCA option (still required for most national shows, especially swine), you will register for the online course at The cost of the online YQCA course is $12. After completing the course, you must email your certificate to the Dena at or bring a copy to the Extension Office. 



When:  Saturday, April 22, 2023

Where:  Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, 4157 South State Road 162, Huntingburg, IN 47542

Registration:  7:30 to 8:30 am EST

Contest Begins:  9:00 am EST

Lunch will be included in registration cost

Preregistration Recommended by 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at:  Or mail paper form to Purdue Extension-Dubois County.

Scantrons will be used, so bring pencils and clipboards.  ALL 4-H/FFA Judging teams are welcome to attend. 

For more information:

Steve Oeding – 812-351-2468

Josh Lichlyter – 812-827-9424

Grant Weyer – 812-661-0490



When:  May 20, 2023

Where:  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 3852 W SR 256, Madison,  IN  47250

INFO:  Check in, Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30am  and Saturday, May 20, 7:00 – 10:00am

             For more Information call:

             Brice Gray – 812-599-6182

             Tanner MaHoney – 812-701-6698

             Brent Gray – 812-599-5296



April 26, 2023 “Back to the Basics” Volunteer Training at 7:00 EST.


VOLUNTEER opportunities

Have you ever thought about a talent you have or a talent you want to develop alongside youth in the 4-H Program? 


Purdue Extension & Martin County 4-H is seeking adults to work to MAKE THE BEST BETTER through 4-H programs. Contact Dena to explore how to work together in this way.  No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved! Currently, 4-H Club Leaders are needed for All Terrain Vehicle Program, Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. Various content specialist and general volunteers are also needed. Looking to help with the 4-H Fair and have some ideas?  Join one of the committees. Wonder how we can continue to bring fun and learning to youth through 4-H all year long? Do you have ideas?  NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET INVOLVED!


Parents, family and adult friends of 4-H members are often a natural fit to help with programming and is one way to spending quality time with the youth in your lives!



 The Indiana University School of Public Health operates the Southern Indiana Heart Healthy Hoosiers Program to promote heart health.  This program provides:

  • Free preventative cardiovascular health screenings
  • Rapid glucose test with resource referral coaching and mentoring
  • Rapid lipid panel testing with resource referral, coaching and education
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Tobacco cessation resources
  • Carbon Dioxide level test and nicotine test


Thursday, May 4, 2023

TIME:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm

PLACE:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Learning Center, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, Indiana

Contact: Gina Townsend, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator by e-mail

Complete the initial survey at:  




One way to earn admission into Purdue University is through Fast Start. Indiana Students can take the Modern States online courses for free.  Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements are assured admission to Purdue and designated Klinsky Scholars. CLEP testing centers are now open along with online options. The Purdue Extension Martin County Office staff are available to help local students access this opportunity! 




2023 INDIANA STATE FAIR – JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023 Closed Monday & Tuesdays


MARTIN COUNTY 4-H FAIR 2023 4-H Related Schedule of Activities

*More activities to be added/subject to change*


Wednesday- Friday, April 26-April 28

8:00 am – 4:00 pm                    4-H Swine tags to be picked up 


Friday, April 28

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Martin County 4-H Animal tagging day for cattle, sheep & goats

(No new livestock tags will be distributed after April 28)


Thursday, May 11

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                    4-H Poultry Bleed & 4-H Rabbit Tattooing


Monday, May 15

All 4-H project drop/add on

All 4-H animals must be identified on

Equine Health forms & applicable leases are due


June 1-June 20

All 4-H exhibits for the fair must be entered on


Saturday, June 10

9:00 am                                    4-H Tractor Contest – All Disciplines


Tuesday, June 27

6:00 pm                                    Set up at 4-H Fairgrounds for all 4-Hers, Leaders & Volunteers – check in & out at the tree


Thursday, June 29

3:30 pm                                    4-H Fashion Revue Judging, at the Community Learning Center

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Static Project Exhibit Check-In Judging at the Community Building

                                                 Includes Mini 4-H exhibits (excludes 4-H foods, 4-H garden and 4-H floriculture)


Saturday, July 1

                                                All livestock purebred animal registration papers due

Quality Assurance training certificates for cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry exhibitors are due

Health forms for felines & poultry are due


Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H floriculture, 4-H foods & 4-H garden projects exhibit check in 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    All Open Class Exhibits Check-In


Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 7

3:00 pm                                    4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                    Community Building and vendors Opens

6:30 pm                                    Queen Contest, 4-H Fashion Revue & Mini Sewing Modeling


Saturday, July 8

9:00 am                                    Community Building Opens

9:00 am                                    4-H Beef & Dairy Show

1:00 pm                                    4-H Rabbit Show

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

5:30 pm                                    4-H Poultry Show


Sunday, July 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                  4-H Horse & Pony Show  

1:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens

6:00 pm                                    4-H Goat & Sheep Show


Monday, July 10

5:00pm                                    Community Building Opens

5:00 pm                                    Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest by Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders

6:00pm                                    4-H Swine Show


Tuesday, July 11

5:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

5:30 pm                                    4-H Supreme Showmanship

7:00 pm                                    4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:00 pm – 745 pm                     4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

7:15 pm                                    4-H Livestock Auction


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 pm                                    Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders*


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm                    Static projects (except foods) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm                   Foods projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.


WHEN:  June 9-10, 2023

WHERE: Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center- SIPAC

11371 East Purdue Farm Rd. Dubois, IN  47527


WHEN: June 16-17, 2023

WHERE: Randolph County Extension Office

1885 S. US Hwy 27, Winchester,  IN  47394


Fridays: 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Saturdays:  8:00 AM- 5:00 PM


Main Content:  Soil Fertility, Water, Fencing, Grazing Systems, Animal Health, and Plant ID


Questions: Contact Jason Tower, or 812-678-4427


The fee for the first individual from a farming operation is $75. Cost for others after a farm owner/tenant has been registered is $50. Registrants after the first one do not receive reference materials. The fee for all others is $75. Snacks and lunch are part of the fee. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require auxiliary aids and services due to a disability, please contact us prior to the event at 812-678-4427


Registration:  Please register for either location by June 2, 2023




Date: June 13, 2023

Time: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST

Location: Knox County Fairgrounds in the Farm Bureau Building

Participant Ages: Youth ages 12 and up

Class size limit:12 participants  

Cost: $25 

Registration deadline: June 1, 2023.

Learn more:


Class includes:  

Safely caring for children
Infant care and child development
Providing guidance and discipline
Handling illness and accidents
First Aid and CPR demonstration  

Lunch and snacks will be provided. 



4-H began over 100 years ago and has since grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Backed by a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development. 4-H is delivered through America’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, reaching every corner of our nation.


In Indiana, 4-H can be found in all 92 counties delivered through Purdue Extension. Community clubs, afterschool programs, school enrichment, camps/workshops, and special interest programs are all ways youth across Indiana can be involved with the 4-H program.


In 105 4-H programs held across 46 Indiana counties, areas, multi-county collaborations, statewide, and virtually, there were 1,784 youth (grades 4-12) who completed Common Measures 2.0 post-surveys. Over half (59.1%) reported they were female. For grade levels, 12th grade had the largest percentage (14.4%), followed by 5th grade (14.0%), and 4th grade (13.5%). The largest number were 11 years old (15.4%), age 10 (13.6%), and age 13 (11.2%). Two-thirds (67.9%) reported their race as White or Caucasian. Program evaluation efforts focused on core concepts: 4-H experience, universal skills, including personal mindset, social and leadership, animal science, civic engagement, healthy living, science and engineering, and college and career readiness. Focusing on the 4-H experience, 485 youth in 14 programs reported (4-point scale) that 4-H is a place where they feel safe (3.80), they learn about ways to help their community (3.77), it’s okay for them to make mistakes (3.76), and adults care about them (3.76).


For universal skills, 249 youth in 16 programs reported (4-point scale): I am willing to work hard on something difficult (3.68), I try to learn from my mistakes (3.56), I treat others the way I want to be treated (3.55), and I like to learn new things (3.50). In animal science, 82 youth in three programs reported (3-point scale) that they learned the right way to store and handle feed (2.49), they practice safe animal handling (2.48), and they learned about housing/shelter for their animal (2.45). Youth reported aspirations toward animal science, showing they would like a career caring for animals (2.35), raising animals (2.33), and training animals (2.14). Looking at civic engagement, 138 youth in 10 programs reported that they (99.3%) like helping people in their community, they (92.0%) had met community leaders because of 4-H, they (87.7%) had encouraged others to volunteer in the community, they (92.6%) feel a responsibility to help their community, and they (97.1%) were inspired by 4-H to volunteer in their community. In healthy living, 169 youth in 16 programs reported they (98.4%) learned about healthy food choices at 4-H, they (71.0%) have given their family ideas for healthy meals or snacks, they (83.3%) encourage friends to be active with them, and they (70.0%) talked about ways to be active at 4-H.


With science and engineering, 341 youth in 30 programs (4-point scale) reported learning about robotics (3.22), engineering (3.19), and animal science (3.17). Youth expressed positive attitudes about science, with nearly all (96.8%) reporting that they like science. Most (86.0%) responded that they would like a job that uses science. Focusing on college and career readiness, 388 youth (grades 8-12) in 16 programs reported (4-point scale) that it is important to be trusted by an employer (3.99), arrive to work on time (3.97), do their job well (3.96), and show respect for others (3.93). Youth reported that 4-H helped them to think about the amount of education they might need in the future (98.7%), identify things they are good at (95.7%), and explore future career options (92.4%). In current 4-H activity, youth reported spending less than one hour to five or more hours each week on 4-H activities.

For past 4-H involvement, youth reported they are in, or have been in, a 4-H Club (67.6%), participated in county-level competitive events (54.7%), and attended 4-H camp or another overnight 4-H experience (42.1%). Just 21.4% of youth reported that this was their first 4-H event. Looking ahead to future 4-H participation, youth were interested in activities with animals, will not participate/am not active in 4-H, becoming a teacher, Bringing World-Class Education to Rural and Urban Communities 21 leader, counselor, or volunteer, advancing grade levels for participation, attending meetings/having in-person meetings, and projects/fair activities. Indiana 4-H contributed to positive youth development, to growth in personal and social skills, to gains in knowledge and skills, and to positive attitudes through civic engagement, healthy living, animal science, science and engineering, and college and career readiness programs.”


EGGTASTIC: What To Do With Your Eggs

Eggs can be beneficial for our diet in many different ways. They are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and are high in protein along with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. In fact, a single egg contains around 6.3 grams of protein which helps restore muscle and tissue in our bodies. The majority of protein in an egg is contained in the egg white.

Eggs have been proven to help lower cholesterol and are a great source of vitamin D. Consuming two eggs provides around 82 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps us maintain healthy bones and teeth, keeps our muscles functioning, and supports a healthy immune system. Eggs are also low in calories making them a great option for food swaps to help with hunger cues. In addition, they contain high levels of vitamin A and E which support eye health. This will help preserve your vision as you age.

Eggs are best stored in their carton in the refrigerator on a shelf. This will help preserve them for up to five weeks. There are many ways to consume and prepare eggs. While eggs can be prepared in many different ways, the healthiest would be to boil, scramble, or mix them in an omelet with vegetables. The options are endless and the benefits from eggs can be extraordinary for one’s diet.


Thank you to Loogootee School Corporation for the Community Service giving on Thursday, April 6th.  Students from the school were across the community generously helping and making a difference! It was a great group of students assisting with many tasks at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center.  The students exhibited life skills of responsibility, respect, seeing tasks to completion and good communication, just to name a few. Each of the students who participated are appreciated as well as the leadership who make this event a possibility!

Left to Right: Cade Wilson, Landon Mathies, Russell Mauder, Korbin Berry, Briar Walton, Isaac Tarr, Ava Smith, Abigail Chapman, Izabelle Gingerich, Mackenzie Craney, Kortni Rumble, Makenzie Mauder, Ashden Walton, Dena Held








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