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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast March 19, 2024

3-11-2024 (Monday of the week submitted)

By Dena M. Held                                                                                                       

County Extension Director & Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development

Martin County 

Text | 812-653-2089

Voice | 812-295-2412

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Enroll now in 4-H to get started in the nations’ largest positive youth development program with projects, trips and experiences for all!  Enroll at Call, text or email at any time, we are happy to help. We provide opportunity for all!



Interested in joining this 4-H Club?  Ready for your next level of 4-H involvement and/or love horses?  New to the 4-H Horse & Pony Club and don’t know where to start? Not required to have your own horse to participate!  Multiple leadership and equine activities available for horse and non-horse owners alike!


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

6:00 PM

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Learning Center 4-H Conference Room



Interested in joining the Jr. Leaders 4-H Club?  All 7-12 graders are invited to join!  Jr. Leaders work to provide community service in our area while expanding their leadership, citizenship, healthy living and STEM knowledge and experience.  All of this while connecting throughout the community and having great fun! 


Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Time:   7:00 pm

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Learning Center 4-H Club Room



As a 4-H Community Club, Jolly Jug Rox leaders provide meetings to develop group process skills, leadership ability, and communication skills while connecting members in a fun and learning atmosphere. Overall, 4-H project-based learning support is provided while building up 4-H experiences for each member on those projects and experiences that the members are participating.  Mini 4-H members & regular 4-H club members are encouraged to attend! 



Monday, March 25, 2024

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Monday, May 13, 2024

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Monday, June 24, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm to 7 pm

Where: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building, 600 Main St, Shoals 



As a 4-H Community Club, Jolly Juniors leaders provide meetings to develop group process skills, leadership ability, and communication skills while connecting members in a fun and learning atmosphere. Overall, 4-H project-based learning support is provided while building up 4-H experiences for each member on those projects and experiences that the members are participating. Mini 4-H members & regular 4-H club members are encouraged to attend! 



Thursday, March 21

Thursday, April 4

Thursday, April 25

Thursday, May 16

Thursday, May 30

Thursday, June 6

Thursday, June 27

 Time:  6:00 PM

 Where:  Truelove Church

 Questions:  Contact leaders Kathy Lingenfelter @ 812-709-1424 or Teresa Mauder @ 815-486-6962.



The annual hunt is for ages 10 & under, come join us!

When: March 24, 2024

Time:  2:00 pm

Where:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center Community Building, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee



4-H Youth Performing Arts Event is an event designed to allow 4-H members to exhibit their talent in a fun way. Categories include musical, non-musical, and group. Examples of a 4-H Performing Arts act include singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, and performing a funny skit to name a few. Participation is open to any 4-H member. Mini 4-H members may be part of a group act.


This fun 4-H event will be Thursday, April 18th, 5:30 pm at The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center Community Building.  More details TBA and will be held as part of the Martin County Children’s Mental Health Fair. 


Learn more about the contest at:


the Area III Performing Arts Contest will be Friday, May 3, 2024 at Jasper Middle School.  Contestants must qualify on the county level to compete at the area contest. Some area qualifiers will advance to 4-H Round-Up to perfrom on the West Lafayette Purdue University Campus!



for ages Kindergarten to 4th Grade. 

When: June 18 & 19, 2024

Time:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 

Where:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center Community Building, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee

Cost & details on registration TBA. Go ahead and get those campers enrolled in 4-H now at! 


Virtual Volunteer Connections IN 2024

Come join this open forum opportunity to connect with fellow volunteers and 4-H professionals from across the state.  Sessions will be held via Zoom and each will provide timely, focused information/knowledge with the opportunity for you to share ideas and ask questions.   

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 7:00-7:45 pm- Topic: Appreciating Others and Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Monday, July 8, 2024 from 7:00-7:45 pm- Topic: Being a Positive Role Model, Mentor and Leader

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 from 7:00-7:45 pm- Topic: Building Youth and Adult Partnerships to Support Your Community

Reach out to me for the Zoom link.



  • Southern Indiana 4-H Camp: May 31-June 2 @ Country Lake Retreat Center. Open to grades 3-8. Registration will open April 1, 2024 on your 4honline account.
  • 4-H Academy @ Purdue: June 12 – 14, 2024. Open to grades 9-12. Registration open now on 4honline!
  • 4-H Band Workshop: June 22 - 24, 2024 Open to grades 9-12.
  • 4-H Chorus Workshop: June 22 - 25, 2024.  Open to grades 9-12.
  • 4-H Round Up: June 24 – 26, 2024. Open to grades 7-9.


Express interest in 4-H Trips to the Extension Office by March 27, 2024 AND make your $50 deposit.   There is a bus with a local pick up point for Academy & Round Up. Due to generous supporters and the Martin County 4-H Council, fees will be paid on your behalf and the deposit refunded upon your attendance! 


2024 martin county 4-h fair 

Thursday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 16, 2024

4-H Related Schedule (subject to changes)


Thursday, May 2

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


Friday, May 10

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

New cattle, sheep & goats livestock tags will be NOT be distributed after May 10th 

*Swine identification TBA   


Wednesday, May 15               

All 4-H animals must be fully identified on per 4-H animal identification chart

 All 4-H animal applicable leases are due

 DNA submissions for applicable state fair bound animals due

 Equine health forms due prior to equine being on premise

 Further animal exhibition details may be found at:

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Saturday, June 1                    

FairEntry opens at  All 4-H exhibits (regular 4-H & Mini) for the 4-H Fair must be entered on, will remain open through June 20th  


Saturday, June 8

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


Thursday, June 20                 

All 4-H project drop/add on v2 must be complete (FairEntry will not allow entries if 4-H member is not signed up for the project on 4honline & must be synced prior to FairEntry exhibit entry – contact Purdue Extension with questions)  

 Last Day to enter fair exhibits on FairEntry

 Livestock Quality Assurance training certificates or YQCA certificates for 4-H cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry 4-H exhibitors are due 

 Health forms for equines, felines & poultry due

 All livestock purebred animal registration papers due


Saturday, June 29

9:00 am                                   Area III 4-H Tractor Contest – All Disciplines @ Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds


Monday, July 1

4:30 pm                                   4-H Fashion Revue Judging


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


Sunday, July 7

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  Static Mini 4-H Exhibits Check-in ALL Exhibits at the Community Building

Static 4-H Project Exhibit Check-In Judging at the Community Building

(Excludes 4-H Projects floriculture, 4-H foods, 4-H garden & 4-H Herb)


Monday, July 8

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


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


Wednesday, July 10

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

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                  4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

8:30 pm                                   4-H Livestock Auction Declaration Cards are due to The Extension Office


Thursday, July 11

5:00 pm                                   4-H Static Projects on Display: Community Building Open

5:30 pm                                  4-H Rabbit Show

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


Friday, July 12

2:00 pm                                   4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                   Community Building Open

6:30 pm                                   4-H Beef & Dairy Cattle Show


Saturday, July 13

10:00 am – 1:00 pm                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                   Community Building Opens

2:00 pm                                   4-H Poultry Show 

5:00 pm                                   4-H Sheep & Goat Show


Sunday, July 14

10:00 am – 11:00 am                          4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 3

1:00 pm                                   Community Building Opens

1:00 pm                                   4-H Horse & Pony Show Day 1 of 2


Monday, July 15

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

5:00 pm                                   Community Building Opens

6:00 pm                                   4-H Swine Show

6:00 pm                                   4-H Horse & Pony Show Day 2 of 2


Tuesday, July 16

8:00 am  – 10:00 am               Rabbits and chickens NOT in auction released 

All other animals are released after auction; those removed early are subject to premium deduction 

5:00 pm                                   Community Building Opens 

5:00 pm                                   4-H Supreme Showmanship

5:15 pm - 7:30 pm                  4-H Static Projects released & 4-H gratitude station open

7:00 pm                                   4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition at the Livestock Arena

7:15 pm                                   4-H Premium Livestock Auction


Wednesday, July 17

6:00 pm                                   4-H Fairgrounds Community Good Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders

Community Good Clean up other than at this time as pre-arranged with the 4-H Educator 


Thursday, July 18 to Tuesday, July 23

8:30 am – 3:00 pm                  All Static 4-H projects (except floriculture, garden, herb & foods) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or PRIOR as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412 or texting 812-653-2089  


Friday, July 19                        4-H Member point sheets are due


Friday, July 26                       

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm               4-H floriculture projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or PRIOR as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412 or texting 812-653-2089


Monday, August 5

8:15 am to 9:00 am                 Garden, herb & foods projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or PRIOR as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412 or texting 812-653-2089 



The 167th Great Indiana State Fair will be Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 18th, 2024; closed each Monday.


Come and meet District Forester Eric McDonald, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IN DNR), along with other consulting foresters and Purdue extension specialists to answer your questions regarding forestry, timber marketing and much more.

Sponsored by Dubois County Soil & Water Conservation DistrictFour Rivers Forestry Committee 

When:  March 22, 2024

Time: 8 am – 10 am EST

Where:  Stoll's Lakeview Restaurant, 15519 US Highway 231, Loogootee, IN 47553


Indiana is receiving close to $870 million for broadband. How much Martin County gets is up to us and our neighbors!

A huge investment is underway to make sure rural and underserved communities have equal access to broadband. Where the money goes will be based on data collected.

We need as many people as possible to submit information about their internet in order for Martin County to get the most funds possible.

You may have completed similar speed tests over the past year or two – but this is the one that will determine where the most need is and where the money will go.

Here’s what to do to make sure your location is counted:

  • If you do not have internet, email you address to (Updated as of 11-1-23) In Martin County, you may call 812-295-2412 and provide your address and we will email the information in for you. 
  • If you do have internet of any kind (excluding cell data):
    1. Visit to submit a speed test
      • Make sure you are connected to your home (or business) internet and not to cellular data.
      • It is important to do this multiple times at different times of the day
    2. Visit, enter your address and look to see which internet providers are listed as available for your address
      • Make sure the “fixed broadband” tab is selected
      • If your address comes up at the wrong spot, click on the dot that is closest to the address pin and verify that it is the correct address. If it is not, click location challenge on the right
      • If your provider availability list is incorrect, click availability challenge on the right


A couple of important notes:

  • If your tested internet speed is less than 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload (aka 100/20) you are considered underserved
  • If your only internet option is satellite – you are considered
  • If you have dedicated wireless (not cell phone data) that is considered served.
  • This is not for cellular data. However, you can follow step 2 above and select the “mobile broadband” tab to see which services are listed as available for your address. 

For step-by-step instructions with screen shots visit: 

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET OR YOUR SPEED IS LESS THAN 100/20, you should also visit and click at the top where it says “click here to register” This will allow you to call special attention to your address. If you don’t know all the questions, that is ok. What is most important is your name, phone number, physical address, email address if you have one, and county. The rest can be left blank if you don’t know the answer.

Financial assistance is available to those within certain income levels. Visit to learn more and apply for assistance.

Purdue Extension staff are here and happy to help, if you need assistance, please call 812-295-2412 or text 812-653-2089.



Text 812-653-2089 to reach Purdue Extension Martin County.

All are invited to send a text with your name and in return a full detailed contact card will be texted back for you to save in your device contacts. The contact card will include helpful links will be easy for you to save in your contacts for future use. Then, going forward, you may text as a straight communication option for your Purdue Extension needs!


93rd Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) Performance Tested Bull Sale

            On behalf of the 2023 Winter Test cooperators, IBEP board of directors and advisory personnel, we invite you to the 93rd IBEP Performance Tested Bulls Sale on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1 pm (EDST) at the Springville Feeder Auction Market in Springville, IN and broadcasted live on LiveAuctions.TV. 

            Of 163 bulls performance tested and developed in the 2023 Winter Test, only bulls who have met the following criteria will be offered for sale in the 93rd IBEP Performance Tested Bull Sale. 

  • Top Performance Indexing of breed group
  • Parentage verified to sire and dam
  • Passed structural evaluation
  • Passed disposition evaluation
  • Passed breeding soundness exam
  • Genomic enhanced EPD’s
  • BVD negative
  • Brucellosis and Tuberculosis negative
  • Dam negative for Johne’s

We are confident you will find quality throughout this offering of performance tested bulls.  Bulls are available for viewing at any time at the IBEP Test Station and onsite in Springville on sale day. 

For questions on individual bulls please contact the respective cooperator, their contact information can be found on the IBEP website.  For questions regarding the sale, please contact IBEP at the phone number or email below.

IBEP Test Station: 812-279-4330 or


The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program is supported by Purdue Extension, Purdue Animal Sciences and Purdue Agriculture Centers.



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