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Sullivan County July/August 4-H and Extension Newsletter

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Sullivan County 4-H Fair July 17-23, 2021 schedule

Pillow care is not a sham

By Cheryl Casselman

Hopefully you won’t think this article about pillow care is all fluff. Some tidbits on washing sheets will be thrown in for good measure.

Pillows should be washed at least twice a year because they can trap dirt, sweat, body oils, bacteria, and fungus, according to the Sleep Foundation.

The Sleep Foundation suggests following the label instructions to know whether pillows should be machine washed, hand washed, or spot cleaned.

Memory foam pillows should not be machine washed or submerged in water to keep them from cracking and degrading. They should be spot cleaned.

Most feather and down pillows must be dry cleaned. But go to for directions on how to wash feather and down pillows at home if label says hand wash.

When machine washing, it is a good idea to place them in the washer in pairs to even the load. Hot water is best for cotton fabrics and warm water is best for polyester fabrics.

Hand washable pillows can be submerged in water with mild detergent, but the washer agitator will twist and bind them up.

Drying pillows

It’s important to take the time to fully dry pillows. Laying them out in the sun or in a well-ventilated area is best for those that can’t go in the dryer. A couple tips for pillows in the dryer is to add a couple bath towels or dryer balls to help them stay in form.

Washing sheets

For most sheets, washing once a week is good. During the warmer summer months when we sweat more and if pets sleep in the bed it’s better to wash more often — every three to four days.

Clean pillows and sheets are important for health. Allergy sufferers benefit from washing more often, as well, in order to keep away the allergens.

If you have questions or need more information, call 812-268-4332 or email or go to

Sleep well, everyone!



The Clover Monthly - July 2021

Livestock Exhibitors!

Remember all livestock species (excluding, dogs, cats, horses) must have completed either the online or in-person YQCA training in 2021 in order to show at the county fair.  The new 4-H online systems tracks this information for us, so we will be checking your YQCA status before you unload livestock at the fair. If you have not completed the training yet, you will need to do so online at, as there are no more in-person classes remaining in Sullivan County. You can try to find another training time from another county, but many counties are done with their in-person trainings as well. The online training can take some time, so please do not wait until the day before check-in to try and complete this training. If you need assistance, please call the Extension office at 812-268-4332. We can help you get access to a computer or internet to take that training.

Make note that livestock check in is ONLY on Friday, July 16 from 5 to 10 PM. There is no Saturday check in time. You will need to let your superintendent know at check in if your animal will be for auction, the ship truck, or going home. Remember to be eligible for the auction, the animal must be shown in a market class.

If possible, please take livestock trailers home after check in on Friday, and do not leave them on the fairgrounds. If you need your trailer, it can be brought back on Sunday, July 18.

Trailers left on the grounds on Friday and Saturday will need to be parked on the Northwest side of the Exhibit building until after the Demolition Derby. Trailers MUST be moved on Sunday, July 18 to the Southeast side of the fairgrounds (behind the Extension office).

Fair Tips: How to prepare for check in and the fair!

Static Project Tips:

  • Project tags are no longer required for projects, we will pass these out at check in!
  • Make sure you have your record sheets completed, and your green book signed by your leader.
  • Double check your project requirements to make sure your project meets all the rules!
  • Get your poster sleeves and backing from the Extension office

Livestock Tips

  • Pack all the supplies you may need for you animal: buckets, feed, hay, soap, pitchfork, etc. Swine members do not need to bring waterers.
  • If needed, clip your animal before the fair, so any imperfections can grow out before the fair. Call your superintendent if you need advice on preparing your animal for show.
  • Only 3 prong outdoor extension cords are allowed to be used on the fairgrounds, due to fire codes.
  • Leaving a radio on in your barn before the fair is a good way to get animals used to new noises before coming to the fair.

State Fair Information:


Junior Leaders Updates

How to stay informed

  • To receive text reminders, send @G4A2DG to 81010. 
  • Instagram: @sullivancojuniorleaders.
  • Sullivan County Purdue Extension bi-monthly newsletter and the Clover Monthly.
  • Emails are sent through 4Honline to the email account with which you registered.

Future Meeting Dates: July 12, 7-8 pm. This will be Fair Set Up and voting for next year's Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please let Brooke know and she will put an asterisk (*) next to your name on the ballot to let the group know you are interested in being elected to the board. The board of directors meets 2 to 3 times to plan Junior Leader activities and meetings for the year. If you have ideas or want to see changes to Junior Leaders, then serving on the board could be for you! We will vote at the July meeting for the 2022 Board of Directors.

Please sign up for slots to help at fair. We need extra help at project check in and the fish fry.  Even if you have not attended all three meetings or helped with a committee, if you help for 4 hours total at the fair, we will still count you as complete when you turn in your Junior Leader manual.

We will need Junior Leader’s to bring non-perishable desserts for the fair. You can use the signupgenius to sign up to bring a dessert.

Contact Brooke if you need help signing up. Please go to the sign up genius to register to help at fair. You can also call the office at 812-268-4332 and we will sign you up. You can also sign up at the July meeting in the book. SignUpGenius Link:

Capture Your Fair Moments

Ashley Phelps photography will be at the Sullivan County Fair doing mini sessions again this year. The cost is $50/session. If you’re interested in a reserving a session spot, you can text or call Ashley at (812) 208-1513.

Club Meeting Dates

Curry Nomads

July 6 is stand clean-up & book signing (6:30 pm until done) in the Curry Nomads stands at the Fairgrounds

Make sure follow the Facebook page & join us on GroupMe. 

Turman Lads & Lassies

Book signing 7/13 in the RCA Shelter at 6:30

Grand Champion Sycamores

July 8 (book signing): 7—8 PM at the 4-H building

Super Champs

July 6 (book signing): 7 to 8 PM in the 4-H Building Meeting Room

Gill Go Getters

July 8 (book signing): 6—8 PM at the New Lebanon Community Building

Cass Champs

Green book signing will be Thursday, July 8, at the Dugger Community Building from 6 to 7 p.m.

Contact Jill Snyder if you cannot attend at 812-798-0554.

Old Oak/Old Hickory

July 13 (book signing): 6:30 at the Hymera Library on Main St.

Haddon Blue Ribbon Hustlers

July 13th(book signing): 6:30 Carlisle Community Building

Garden Exhibitors

If you would like your garden plot judged, please be on the lookout for the form coming in the mail. You can also call the Extension office to let us know you would like to enter the garden plot division and we will add you to our “tour list” for getting your plot pictured for our judge.

Fairboard Contact Information

Kenny Thrasher- 4-H Building Events   239-1321

Shelby Swalls- Grandstand Arena Events  243-7559

Nathan Wible - Building & Grounds 564-0166

Dusty Lovelady - Commercial Vendors 201-3742

Megan Newton- Publicity and Advertising 208-4499

Mike Bell - Security & Parking  239-4769

Lance Unger - Exhibit Building & Fun Night 249-2413

Ann Case - Open Class & Exhibit Building 249-6292

Tim Wilson - Livestock Projects 249-7911

Livestock Superintendents Contact Information

Beef—  Adam & Adair Everhart   249-5776

Cat & Horseless Horseman—Mary Bowen 398-5452

Dairy Cattle—Kailee Cloutier    240-5759

Dog—Jill Snyder   798-0554

Goat— Ann Case      249-6292

Horse & Pony — Amy Holman  564-8021

All Poultry— Kevin Chambers   397-2302

Rabbit—Michelle May  249-8705

Sheep—Levi Baker    249-2261

Swine—Alan Badger   240-1784

Getting to Know Sullivan County 4-H Club Leaders

Name: Shane Monroe 

Where I grew up: Sullivan

Where I live now: Carlisle

Years I’ve been a club leader: 11

Were you in 4-H? No


holiday: Christmas

book: anything by Nora Roberts

dessert: cherry cheesecake or lemon cake

course in school: Medical assisting 

vacation spot: Gatlinburg or Disney

animal at the zoo: Penguin

food: lasagna 

least favorite food: peas

activity: kayaking/crafting

quote: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

movie: Steel Magnolias

pizza toppings: meat lovers

season: Summer

flower: magnolia 

hobby: kayaking

hero/heroine: my papaw

sport: nope

music: all

On the weekends, I like to: spend time with my family, relax, craft/make messes

Name: Ashley Hauser

Where I grew up: Hymera, IN

Where I live now: Next door to where I grew up.

Years I’ve been a club leader: 3

Were you in 4-H? No


holiday: Christmas

book/movie: The Notebook

dessert: apple pie

course in school: Biology

vacation spot: Gatlinburg, TN

animal at the zoo: penguin

food: seafood

least favorite food: meatloaf

activity: swimming

pizza toppings: Deluxe

season: fall

flower: lily

hobby: gardening

hero/heroine: my grandparents

music: I like many different types but mostly Country and Christian.

On the weekends, I like to: spend time with my family.

Why is 4-H important to you? 4-H is such an amazing organization that encourages kids to explore their different interests. There are many opportunities for them to create lasting friendships and learn valuable life skills.

Someday, I’d like to: go to Italy 


To see the Sullivan County 4-H Fair Home Ec Food Stand Menu: Click Here


Virtual Food Preservation Series

Please join us for “Preserve It Now…Enjoy It Later” a virtual learning series on food preservation. The food preservation series is great for those who want to can food, but are fearful of endangering themselves or their family. Purdue Extension demonstrates food preservation techniques that are healthy, budget-friendly, and safe.

Register at:


Purdue Extension - Agriculture and Natural Resources Newsletter Section

This month I’m really excited to announce that, as an Indiana Forage Council Board member, we are inviting all hay and baleage producers in Indiana to participate in our first annual Hoosier Hay Contest! Entries for the contest must be made by the owner or manager of the acreage where the forage was grown, and total cost to participate is $25 per sample. Samples must be sent in by September 15, 2021. I can come out and help you sample your forage to submit to the contest. If you aren’t interested in participating in the contest, we can still submit a forage sample to understand the analysis of your hay or baleage. See more about the hay contest at:

For the home gardeners and homeowners, I wanted to let you know that Allison Mckain at the Soil and Water Conservation office can get you a free soil test and recommendations for your gardens and landscapes! You can contact Alli at 812-268-5157 to ask her more about this program.

Don’t forget to contact Brooke for any help or information on Agriculture or Natural Resources. She holds a Bachelors in Animal Science and a Masters in Agronomy from Purdue.  Her specialty areas are: Hay, Pasture Management, Cattle, Goats, Poultry, and  Horses. She also loves gardening!

Make sure to come see us at the fair. We are excited to invite everyone back this year!

- Brooke Stefancik, ANR Educator

Upcoming Events

Corn and Soybean Outlook

Each month this summer Purdue’s Center for Commercial Ag will host a free webinar providing an update on the corn and soybean outlook following release of USDA’s monthly Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports. The upcoming webinars are on  July 14, August 12, and September 10. Register online at

Purdue Forage Field Day

This year the Forage Field Day will be on August 20 at the Feldun Purdue Ag Center near Bedford. Brooke will be presenting at this field day and would love to see you in the audience.  Registration fee is $110 and includes lunch. Brooke can help you get registered, you can call 812-268-4332.

Purdue Women in Agriculture Webinar

“Fall Gardening—Reaping the Benefits of Cool Weather” will take place on July 19 at 12 PM EST. If you can’t attend live, registration will allow you to access the recording. Register for this program and more: Click Here

SW Indiana Veteran Farmer Workshop

This workshop for veterans is free, but pre-registration is required to get a count for food. Some topics for the day include: Indiana Grown and Homegrown by Heroes, Purdue Extension resources for veterans, USDA programs for veterans, and AgrAbility. Register by July 10.

Register by clicking here

Purdue Farm Management Tour

The Purdue University Farm Management Tour returns in grand form for 2021. Three outstanding farms will host visitors wanting to learn about farm and crop management on July 8 and July 9. The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Koester Brothers Farm near Wadesville in Posey County. Registration is due July 5.

Click Here to Register


Meet the New Extension Corn Specialist!

After over 35 years with Purdue Extension, Bob Nielsen is starting his step towards retirement. While Bob will still be performing part time university duties, Dan Quinn has started as the new full time Purdue Extension Corn Specialists. Our local ANR Educator, Brooke, interviewed Dan to introduce him to our Sullivan County Farmers.

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you ended up at Purdue:

I grew up in a farming family in a small town in central Michigan between Grand Rapids and Lansing. I had always had interest in agriculture since I was young and I was able to attend Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree in Agronomy. At Michigan State I started working heavily in applied research and extension and became determined to become an agronomist. I also completed my M.S. degree at Michigan State where I worked on applied research and extension in Corn, Soybean, Sugarbeet, Potato, and Wheat. Following graduate school at MSU, I traveled to the University of Kentucky to pursue my Ph.D. While at UK I worked on the agronomic management of corn following a rye cover crop. During my Ph.D. at UK I knew I wanted to become an Extension Agronomist at a major university, so I worked heavily in applied research and extension during my time there. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Purdue while I was still finishing my degree at UK and I am happy to be here at Purdue.

What was your favorite chore to do on the farm growing up?

Tillage was always my favorite farm task, specifically running the field cultivator prior to planting.

Favorite restaurant you’ve tried in greater Lafayette so far?

I haven’t had a chance to try too many so far, but the Triple XXX Family restaurant in West Lafayette has been my favorite at the moment.

Have you ever visited the Indiana State Fair, or will this be your first year?

I have not visited the Indiana State Fair before so this will be my first year. As someone who grew up going to the fair, I am looking forward to attending this year.

What kinds of questions about corn have you been getting so far this summer?

I have had a lot of diagnostic questions so far, so everything from planting issues, to nutrient management questions, to herbicide damage, and wind damage. So far the Indiana corn crop overall is off to a good start, so I haven’t seen too many issues in the state so far.

What help can you give to producers moving forward?

I am here to answer any questions producers may have about corn management, and be a resource for them in any way that they may need. I encourage people to reach out to me anytime if they have any questions that I may be able to help with. In addition, as I begin to build my research program at Purdue I hope to be able to address many of the challenges farmers have in Indiana and provide answers that may be able to help them improve their overall production.

How can producers help you as you begin your role with Purdue Extension?

Producers can help me learn as I get started. I am still pretty young and I still have a lot to learn as I get started here in Indiana, so the more information I can get from the farmers around the state, the better. Also, I like pulling a lot of my research ideas from farmers. Therefore, the more discussions and understanding of challenges I can have with people around the state will better help me tailor my research and extension program to better help them.


You can contact Dan at: (765) 494-5314 or e-mail:

Check out Dan’s Website where he shares the latest on Corn in Indiana:



Related Files

Sullivan HomeEc Food Stand Menu 2021 Fair.pdf
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