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4-H March Newsletter

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As we welcome March, we’re excited to host events over Spring Break and begin to offer more details about our summer events like 4-H Camp and trips to Purdue! If there’s events that you’d like to invite a friend to it’s not too late for them to participate by enrolling in 4-H at You’ll want to check out the March calendar as more and more clubs are beginning to meet. We hope to see you at a club meeting or event soon!

I Enrolled in 4-H, Now What?

Got questions about 4-H? Enrolled but not sure what to do next? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Vigo County 4-H is available at:

Frequently asked questions can be found there with all of your answers!
Still have a question? Call us at 812-462-3371
Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Fair Book

The 2023 fair book will be posted to the Purdue Extension-Vigo County Website in March. We’ll send an email through 4-H Online when it is posted. You’ll be able to download a PDF of the document. Limited numbers of hard copies will be available to purchase at the Extension Office.

4-H Project Manuals

Most 4-H projects have manuals that give in-depth information for that project and can help with your fair exhibit. Project manuals are available at the Extension Office, please call in advance so we can get
them ready for pickup.

Spring Break Spark Clubs

Vigo County 4-H is offering some fun day camps to be held during Vigo County School’s
Spring Break! Sessions are still in the process of being finalize so stay tuned for more details
to be sent via 4-H Online soon!

Friday, March 31- Franklin College has invited our 4-Her’s to a college visit. The visit would on be Friday, March 31, 2023 (during Spring Break) from 10am-1pm and include Admissions/Academics Presentation, Student Life Presentation, Campus Tour, and Lunch. Limited spots for transportation are available. If you would like a full list of majors, you can click here, but a few that stick out that are applicable towards many 4-H student’s interests are our Pre-Veterinary Medicine and our Art - Graphic Design program. Please
email Emily Brown at if you’re interested inattending by March 17th!

4-H Camp

4-H Camp will take place from June 11-14, 2023 at Shakamak State Park. We will be camping with 4-H’ers from Sullivan, Owen, and Clay Counties. Daily activities will include boating, recreation, crafts,
swimming, outdoor cooking, nature activities, and lots of silly songs and chants!
• 4-H Camp is open to all 4-H’ers currently in grades 3 through 6. Registration information
via 4-H Online will be released in April.
• We are looking for leaders in 8th-12th grade who are interested in being counselors
and want to have four days of fun at 4-H Camp! Counselors lead activities and also have
responsibilities to help our camp function smoothly. To apply for a 4-H Camp Counselor position, fill out the application (found on the website) and return it to the Extension Office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th. You can also email it back to by the deadline.

4-H Summer Trips

If you would like to attend one of the fun trips open to 4-Her’s statewide and be eligible for funding, please return the Trip Interest Form and $50 deposit to the the Vigo County 4-H Council at the Extension Office by March 20 at 4:00 PM. The Vigo County 4-H Council is able to provide sponsorship for these trips. Funding will be dependent on the amount of interest. More information and the Trip Interest Form is on the website.
Trip opportunities include:
- 4-H Academy @ Purdue – Grades 9-12 – June 7-9
- 4-H Round-Up – Grades 7-9 – June 26-28
- 4-H Band – Grades 9-12 - June 24-26
- 4-H Chorus - Grades 9-12 - June 24-26
- State 4-H Jr. Leader Conference – Grades 9-12 – June 13-16– DePauw University
- Citizenship Washington Focus – Grades 9-12 –July 1-7 – Washington D.C. *Applications due by March 15
- National 4-H Congress– Grades 9-11 –November 24-28 –Atlanta, Georgia
- State Fair Exhibit Hall Workers – MUST be at least 14 years old– July 26-August 22–
Indiana State Fairgrounds *Applications are due April 1

Area VI Performing Arts Contest

The Area V Performing Arts contest will be held April 25th at 6:30 at the Tivoli Theatre in Spencer. Winners from the area contest are selected to perform at the Indiana State Fair, or 4-H Round-Up. If you are interested in participating in the contest please reach out to Emily Brown at by March 31st.

Genealogy Spark Club

We’d like to help you SPARK an interest in exploring your very own family history! We have a free virtual club where you’ll learn about fascinating genealogy research methods as you construct family trees, charts, and reports for your 4-H Genealogy project! Embark on a journey of self-discovery that, with a little bit of work, will be a thrilling education into your own history. You’ll be the detective of your very own cold case as you learn the skills to go back through time and piece together the stories, places, and people that created YOU!
Learn from Ms. Susan Snider-Salmon, an experienced Ivy Tech Genealogy instructor, lifelong researcher, author, historian, preservationist, and youth mentor!
Attend all 3 virtual sessions for maximum fun! Participate in real world challenges each month, and top off the experience with tips for your fair exhibit! This SPARK Club is free for all approved 4-H members.
Register for FREE in the Events section of 4Honline. Registration is recommended before the first session (March 23rd).
1. Discovering Your Family Tree - March 23rd 7:00-8:30pm EST
2. Leaves of Your Tree - April 27 7:00-8:30pm EST
3. Life Cycles of Your Tree - May 25 7:00-8:30pm EST

Important Dates

May 13- Goat, Sheep, and Bucket Calf Tag Day
May 15- 4-H Online Animal ID Deadline (all livestock except rabbits andpoultry),
State Fair DNA samples due, Add/Drop date for 4HOnline projects
June 11-14- 4-H Camp at Shakamak, Counselor Application available in March with
Camper Registration in April
June 20- deadline for ALL fair projects (This is different from 4-Honline!)
June 29- Exhibit Hall Judging (all non-perishable projects)
July 6- Exhibit Hall Judging (Cake Decorating, Foods,
Crops, Garden, Floriculture & Mini)
JULY 8-15- Vigo County Fair

Congratulations to our 4-Hers in their last year of 4-H!

*Denotes 10-year members

*Makenzie Bays

*Phoenix Bogard

*Maxine Bough

*Austin Burns

*Zane Collins

Tyler Crawford

*Dallas Duzan

*Sierra Dycus

Sophia Ewen

*Kylie Ferguson

Cary Foster

*Caleb Francis

*Tristan Gibson

Kinsey Hall

*Laine Hendricks

*Whitley Hunt

*Abigail Kane

*Andrew Kinne

*Delaney Linville

Charity lynn

*Tyler Lynn

*Karlie Marion

*Gavin McCoy

*Connor McKanna

*Chase Meadors

Stephanie Michaels

*Maya Nagy

*Anna Pfister

*Eligh Price

Caitlin Reed

Aubrey Richmond

Jalie Scott-Freitag

Jadelynn Smith

*Kayla Stephenson

Braxton Sutopo-Henderson

Lillie Thompson

Paige Van Fossen

 If you notice a correction to this list please contact ASAP to insure proper recognition.

Animal Ethics

New in 2023, Indiana 4-H Quality Care replaces YQCA for in-person trainings!
All beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and/or rabbits, 4-H members exhibiting at the Vigo County Fair and/or Indiana State Fair MUST be certified through the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care OR Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) by July 7, 2023. Mini 4-Her’s are exempt from the training.
Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care is an annual program that will include an in-person session presented by an Extension Educator. Once a 4-Her has attended the entirety of a session and participated in course activities, completion of the training will be documented in 4-H Online by the Educator. Trainings held in Vigo County will be free to Vigo County 4-H Members who completed 4-H enrollment by January 15th. Thank you to Effingham Equity for sponsoring the $3 fee! Those exhibiting at State Fair will need to request a completion certificate.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals can be completed via online modules for $12 per member at Some national shows (especially swine) still require YQCA. There are a limited number of YQCA coupons left from previous years that can be used for online training. Contact Sara to receive a coupon code. Those completing YQCA MUST email a copy of the completion certificate to
Vigo County trainings will be held:
• Tuesday, March 7 from 7:30-8:30 PM in the 4-H Meeting Room
• Monday, May 15 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the 4-H Meeting Room (Rabbit Meeting)
• Tuesday, June 20 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Community Center
Some training dates coincide with Vigo County 4-H club meeting dates, but the training is open to any youth. 4-Her’s only attend one training, even if exhibiting multiple species.

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