4-H news and updates

Staff Writer
Brownwood Bulletin
Nick Gonzales


October11 – May 4-H Club Meeting 2:00pm at May High School

12 – Extension Office Closed for Columbus Day

12 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 6:00pm at Bangs HS Cafeteria

17 – Sheep/Goat Validation at Brown County Youth Fair Barns

18 – Brown County 4-H Chef Camp 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Extension Office

19 – Deadline to Sign Up for Brown County 4-H Food Show

20 – Brookesmith 4-H Club Meeting 6:00pm at Brookesmith Football Field

25 – Brown County 4-H Food Show 2:00pm at the Extension Office

27 – Fall Heifer Validation 9:00am – 11:00am at Bob Clarks Pens


Customers at our local Tractor Supply can support Brown County 4-H by purchasing paper clovers at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and 75% will remain in Brown County.

Our local Tractor Supply Co. has been one of the top money raisers in this region since the Paper Clover fundraiser started; so, let’s help them become number one in the state, while supporting Brown County 4-H at the same time during this fundraiser.


It is that time to start getting ready for the Brown County Youth Fair and Major Stock Shows. The most important step in doing this is validating your animals. Lamb/Goat validation will be October 17th 8:00am and Swine validation November 14th 8:00a.m. at the Brown County Youth Fair Barns. There will not be a county validation make up day! If you are planning on participating in the Brown County Youth Fair, you need to make sure your animal is present the day of validation!! If you ordered state tags and have not paid for them, please come by the Extension Office ASAP!! YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN 4-H BEFORE THE DATE OF VALIDATION!!!


If you are showing a heifer at a major stock show that has not previously been state validated or has changed owners, they will need to be validated. Heifers that are only participating in the Brown County Youth Fair do not need to be validated.

The deadline to turn in your order for validation identification numbers is Wednesday, September 15, 2020. The cost will be $15/UIN but families only must pay for the heifers they physically validate. Please make sure you have registration papers in hand at validation. Every heifer needs to have an ID, either a brand or tattoo. Please ensure that tattoos/brands are done and legible before validation.

Dates to Remember:

• September 15th Turn in number of heifers you will be validating to the Extension Office

• October 27th Physical Validation 9:00am – 11:00am at Bob Clarks pens

• November 1 Deadline Original Registration Papers Must be in Exhibitors Name

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 325-646-0386.


The Brown County 4-H FCH Coalition is hosting a chef camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, October 18th 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Extension Office. During the camp you will learn more about 4-H Food & Nutrition Projects. Below is the topics that will be covered:

•Knowledge Showcase/My Plate

•Food Show Dish Presentation/Interview

•Skills Showcase

If you are interested in participating in the 4-H Chef Camp please RSVP by October 14th @ 325-646-0386.


The Brown County 4-H Food Show is set for October 25, 2020 2:00p.m. at the Extension Office. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by October 19th. Clover kids are eligible to participate in the Brown County 4-H Food Show.

This year’s 4-H Food Show theme, Grocery Games. Texas is a diverse state, in more ways than one! Some of us live in a metroplex with access to major supermarkets and aisles upon aisles of options. Others live in small towns supplied by a convenience store or a larger store if we are willing to travel. A few of us find fresh food in our own backyard garden. The rest of us are somewhere in between! This year, we want you to be creative by using YOUR local food sources to create a dish on a budget. This year’s Food Show will be especially unique as 4-H’ers bring foods created from the supermarket, the small-town convenience stores, the dollar stores, and even the garden! What are you bringing to the table? Below are the categories for Food Show:

• Main Dish – The main dish is usually the heaviest, heartiest, and most substantial dish in a meal. In a meal consisting of several courses, the main dish is served during the main course and is the featured dish of the meal. The key ingredient is usually meat or another protein food, but they may contain other foods.

• Appetizer – Traditionally an appetizer is a small dish or food that is eaten prior to the main course. When selecting recipes for this category, contestants should consider foods that are lower in fat, sodium, and calories so as to not ruin one’s appetite.

• Side Dishes – Side dishes are foods that are usually served along with a main dish or as accompaniments to the main course. Suggested dishes may include salads, cooked vegetables, cooked fruit, pasta or rice dishes, and/or combination vegetable dishes.

• Healthy Desserts – Healthy can still mean delicious when it comes to desserts. Dishes in this category should be served at the end of the meal or for special occasions. Contestants should modify traditional recipes with healthy substitutions and consider MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines when selecting recipes for this category.

NEW FOR 2020 – 2021 4-H FOOD SHOW:

Redesigned contest for the 2020-2021 4-H Food Show. Although the dish component stays the same, two other components have been added. The new Texas 4-H Food Show will consist of the following components:

1. Food Show Dish Presentation/Interview

2. Skills Showcase

3. Knowledge Showcase

The District 7 4-H Food Show will be November 19th in Abilene, Texas. For more information, please contact Nick Gonzales or Courtney Parrott at 325-646-0386.


Every year we have two nights in November that we designate for families who want to enter the major stock shows and Brown County Youth Fair. The only way you can enter the major stock shows is if you bought state tags. The two nights we are having stock show sign up is November 2nd and 16th from 5p.m. - 7p.m.

•If you are planning on entering Ft. Worth, you will need to attend the night of November 2nd because the deadline to enter Ft. Worth Stock Show is November 9th.

•The deadline to enter Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Texas Elite Gilt Show, and San Angelo Stock Show is November 18th.

•This will be your opportunity to enter the Brown County Youth Fair at this time. We are setting a deadline to enter the Youth Fair on November 18th.


If you already have your 4-H livestock project and would like for the agents to come, check on your project please contact the Extension Office to schedule an appointment.



Rodeo Austin - March 20, 2021

•Purchase certificate value of $1,000 - $6,000

•Certificates used to purchase the following:

oMarket Steer

oMarket Lamb

oMarket Goat

oMarket Barrow

oBreeding Beef Heifer

•Participant must have reached their 12th but not their 18th birthday on August 31st, year prior to show and must not be enrolled beyond their junior year in High School.

•Entries are limited to 168 participants

•Online entries begin OCTOBER 1ST and participants are accepted on first-come, first-serve basis.

•Entry fee is $30

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – January 15 – February 6, 2021

•Purchase certificate value of $500

•Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef or dairy heifer

•All applicants must have been born between 09/01/02 and 01/01/2006 and not beyond their junior year of high school.

•Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis. Each County 4-H Program is limited to a maximum of six entries.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – March 2 – March 21, 2021

•Purchase certificate value of $1750

•Certificates used to purchase a breeding beef heifer or market steer

•Must show the animal in the 2022 Houston Livestock Show

•Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After all the positions have been filled, the remaining applications will be kept on file and used on an as needed basis.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo – February 5 – 6 - February 12, 2021

•Limited to first 80 entries

•Participants must have reached their 13th, but not 19th birthday on or by February 1, 2021

•20 students compete in 4 separate scrambles

•A purchase certificate will be issued to each of the top 10 contestants catching a calf in one of the four go-arounds.

•FINALS: Top 16 Contestants come back! (Top 4 in each go-round)

•Top 8 in Finals receive scholarships

•Places 9-16 receive additional $250 purchase certificate.

San Antonio Stock Show – February 11th – 28th, 2021

•Participants must have reached their 12th, but not their 18th birthday on January 1st and not be enrolled beyond their junior year in high school.

•Entry deadline for calf scramble is NOVEMBER 15, 2020.

If you are planning on participating in any of the other calf scrambles, please contact Nick Gonzales at the Extension Office.