- Author: Darlene McIntyre
Pre-Weighing of Market Beef
The Merced County fair will once again be pre-weighing market beef and pulling hair follicles for potential DNA testing as a condition of entry at this year’s Fair. All market beef entries must be brought to Turlock Livestock, 10430 North Lander Avenue, Turlock, on Thursday, February 16th, between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 PM. While at the yard, we will take a certified scale weight, ear tag the animal and pull a hair sample to put on file.
INDEPENDENT MARKET BEEF EXHIBITORS MUST PROVIDE A PICTURE OF THEIR ANIMAL AND PROOF OF OWNERSHIP AT THE PRE-WEIGH ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH.
If you have any questions, please call the Fair Office at (209) 722-1507. We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Merced County Fair.
Market Sheep and Goat Leaders
Attached you will find the letter from Superior Farms regarding weight and fat standards for market goats and lambs.
As you may be aware, Superior Farms is the processor for lambs and goats for almost every fair. Please note the important change for goats. They will only pay to 110 pounds. This information needs to go to all youth planning to sell a market goat for their planning.
If you have any questions, please send them to me and I will forward them to Superior Farms.
Small Animal Field Day Results
Congratulations to all the contestants. Certificates will be mailed to the project leaders. Here is list of the results.
Small Animal Judging Contest Results:
1st-Hailey Duarte-Los Banos Community
2nd-Garrett Creighton-St Anthonys
3rd-Grace Reyes- St Anthony’s
4th-Faith Johnson-Merced River
5th- Janelle Reynoso-Merced River
1st-Chrissy Lewandowski-St Anthony’s
2nd-Michael Diele-Le Grand
3rd-Emma Reyes-St Anthony’s
5th-Courtney Creighton-St Anthony’s
3rd-Victor Ayala-Los Banos
5th-Kaitlyn Alanis-Los Banos
Communications Day will be held March 17, 2012 here in Merced. We are still working on confirmation of a site. Registration will be open next week.
Food Fashion and Fun Festival
The Food Fashion and Fun Festival will be held March 31. It will be held at McSwain School. Fashion revue is held during this event. There will be a $19.99 challenge category and a Bag Up Fashion Tote Bag challenge this year. This challenge uses Simplicity pattern #7161. More information will be available the first part of February.
If you are interested in Science, Technology and Engineering then check out Corey Bayer’s Tech Xcite project in Stevinson. It is open to all Merced County 4-H groups. For his first project members will be making wireless burglar alarms. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of every month from 6:30 to 8 at the Merquin School in Stevinson. The next meeting will be February 10th. Please come and join this fun project.
WEB DESIGN PROJECT
Lander 4-H is offering a county wide web design project. Members will focus on individual projects while learning about real world applications in graphic and web design. The project will be scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM. The next meeting will be February 11, 2012 in the cafeteria at Merquin School in Stevinson. If you have any questions email Mike Magboo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next meeting for the countywide gardening project will be March 3 from 9:00-11:00. This meeting will be held at Migliazzo’s Dairy.
The countywide robotics project will be starting level 2 Robots on the Move on Thursday February 16th from 6:30-8:30 in the classroom. If you are interested in joining this project please come.
Pathways to Your Future
The Pathways to Your Future project started last week. There is still room in the Merced project. If are in 8th, 9th 10, and 11th grades and would still like to come please let me know.
Emerald and All Star Projects
If any member is interested in doing an Emerald or All Star project please fill out an application and turn it into the 4-H office. The applications can be found on the Merced County 4-H website or picked up in our office. Ideas for All Star projects are planning a county event such as 4-H Expo, Mechanical Skills Day, Merced Focus. If you have other ideas for an All Star Project please let me know.
California 4-H Revolution of Responsibility $1,000 for 1,000 Service Learning Projects
Funding up to $1,000
Review date will be April 15, 2012.
In support of this community development work, the CA State 4-H Office will consolidate the Requests for Funding (RFP) for Service-Learning, Healthy Living, SET, and Legacy into one application. Chartered 4-H clubs/units can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support service-learning projects related to their club or project activities by submitting the proposal linked above.
you have questions please call me at 385-7418.
We would like every club to participate.
2012 Youth Horse Fair Mariposa County
There will be a Youth Horse Fair at the Mariposa County Fairground on Saturday March 24th. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Los Banos May Day Spring Fair Barn Quilt Contest
The Los Banos May Day Spring Fair introduces a new completion this year. Barn Quilts is a rapidly growing grassroots public art movement throughout the farmlands of the United States. There are more than 3000 Barn Quilts spread across 29 states including California. A Barn Quilt is a 8X8’ or 4X4’ piece of plywood painted with a colorful quilt block pattern. It is then hung on a barn or out building. If you google barn quilt trail you can find examples of them and more information about them.
The Spring Fair is excited to introduce the Barn Quilt Contests at the fair this year.
We will have 4 Special Divisions in which to compete. Junior, Senior, FFA and 4H. There will be premium awards given to Jr and Sr Divisions. FFA and 4H clubs will be awarded both premiums and receive clean barn points. The fair will provide the 4X4 piece of plywood to the entrant and we will add the framing to it for support and hanging when it's turned in. There will be a limited # of boards/entries available, and will be on a first come first serve basis. Before you pick up your board you must do your online entry. FFA will enter under division 401/class 2. When you pick up your board we will also provide you with some instructions. We have a book of patterns which you can go thru and we will make copies for you. You are welcome to choose a pattern or design your own. These can be entered each for multiple groups within your FFA club, swine, sheep, dairy etc. There is only 1 entry per "group."
The completed Barn Quilts will become the property of the fairgrounds and used at their discretion.
There are be Barn Quilt samples available for viewing in the main office of the fair grounds.