Friday, August 14, 2020

2020 Jackson 4-H Foundation Scholarship Winners

   2020 Virtual Show: Scholarship Winners

Please click on the above link to access the list of scholarship winners. Congratulations to all of the winners and exhibitors for the hard work they have put into this year!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Poultry and Swine Results

   2020 Virtual Show: Poultry and Swine Results

Please click on the above link to access the results for Poultry and Swine. For additional judging feedback and placings beyond what is listed, please see your individual Fair Entry profile. Congratulations to all of the winners and exhibitors for the hard work they have put into this year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

2020 Jackson County 4-H Virtual Show Results

  2020 Virtual Show: Rabbit and Beef Results

Please click on the above link to access the results for Rabbits and Beef. For additional judging feedback and placings beyond what is listed, please see your individual Fair Entry profile. Congratulations to all of the winners and exhibitors for the hard work they have put into this year!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

2020 Virtual Show: Still Exhibit, Dairy, Sheep, and Goat Results

 2020 Virtual Show: Still Exhibit, Dairy, Sheep, and Goat Results

Please click on the above link to access the results for Still Exhibits, Dairy, Sheep, and Goats. For additional judging feedback, please see your individual Fair Entry profile. Congratulations to all of the winners and exhibitors for the hard work they have put into this year!


Monday, July 27, 2020

Jackson 4-H Virtual Show Now Open

Virtual Show Now Open



Now that the 2020 Jackson County 4-H Virtual Show is open, we wanted to pass along some helpful hints and reminders based on feedback we have been hearing:
  • Make sure you have read the Virtual Show Guide. It contains a lot of information and helpful hints.
  • The Large Animal Entry Card has been released. Please note that it is not something that needs to be printed from a computer and it is something that can be handwritten. The purpose of this was to ensure that old videos or pictures are not being used. For all large animal species, the entry card is a notecard with the date written on it (Day, month, and year). All project guidelines (in the Virtual Show Guide) have been updated to include this information as well.
  • Some families have been having difficulty submitting entries with a phone. While it is possible to use a phone for the process, we encourage you to use a computer when available. Additionally, if you are having difficulty logging in, please contact our office at msue.jackson@msu.edu
  • We are not doing traditional awards this year. Due to the restrictions for group gatherings and how expensive it would be to mail them all, the virtual show committee decided to award flat ribbons. The process for distributing awards is still being determined.
  • Although showmanship is optional, we encourage you to enter the classes. The Jackson County 4-H Foundation is providing scholarships for the 1st and 2nd place winners for each species and each age division.
  • If you haven’t already, please follow our Facebook page. Throughout the week, we will be posting reminders and helpful tips.

We would like to acknowledge the group of hard-working volunteers that made this virtual show possible. We know that it is not the ideal way to show  all of the hard work done by our members. This virtual show in no way will take the place the Jackson County Fair. There is no comparison to that experience. If anything, planning this show has given us some time to reflect on how to truly make the best even better for 2021. We have done some great things with the situation we were presented with and this small team of volunteers have put together a great virtual experience. We appreciate everyone taking the time to learn this new process with us.




Monday, July 20, 2020

Virtual Show Guide Now Available

2020 Jackson County 4-H Virtual Show Guide

The 2020 Jackson County Virtual Show Guide is now available. It contains project guidelines for all projects, instructions for uploading materials, and lots of helpful tips to show off your projects. Don't forget that the system opens on July 26th and closes on August 2nd (Poultry: August 9th due to growth rates). We look forward to seeing the projects in this new format!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Jackson County 4-H Virtual Show Update

​Dear 4-H Families,
Jackson County 4-H Staff and Volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few weeks to develop a plan for our virtual show. While we still have some details to work out. We would like to update you on a few items
  • -Through much discussion and with the help of the survey we had you fill out, both the Small Animal and Large Animal Executive Boards decided that it would not be feasible to hold a virtual auction this year. We did not have enough interest to justify the sale. Additionally, the groups felt that more money would go back to the kids if animals were sold to private buyers. While we are not holding an auction this year, we are available to help youth develop ideas for marketing animals. We are encouraging our members to market their animals to private buyers and there are a lot of resources available to help you sell your project. We recommend you check out the following website for materials to help you sell and market your project animal.
  • -The online system for uploading your pictures and videos for the Virtual Show will open on July 26th and close on August 2nd. Participants will submit their materials during this time. *Please note that market poultry will have a later closing date because of animal growth rates. Judges will be evaluating materials the week of August 3rd so that results will be available the week that Fair would normally be. We know that this timeline is moved up a bit from the original plan but following the recommendations from the state 4-H virtual show committee, we felt it best to release results Fair week.
  • -We will be releasing project guidelines sheets soon. This will give members an outline of what is expected for each entry. Each project area will have recommendations for pictures and/or video length and each animal species will have an entry card that will need to be displayed at the beginning of the video.
    • Please note that the entry card for Large Animals will not be released until the system opens on July 26th to ensure videos are recorded that week. Guidelines will be released sooner so that youth can practice and know what to expect.
    • The Small Animal entry card will be released with the project guidelines. Videos and pictures for these projects can be taken at any point once guidelines are released.
  • -Just a reminder that record books will not be required this year.
  • -There will be no premiums this year.
  • -Judging format will vary based on associations/species
    • Small Animal participants will be placed for showmanship. They will use the Danish system (A-B-C) for breeding and market animals while placing the top 3.
    • Large Animal participants will be placed for showmanship, breeding, and market animals.
  • -Still Exhibit projects will be a part of the virtual show. We will have a project guide released soon that outlines available projects.
  • -We will be having a cloverbud division for animal showmanship and still exhibits.
    • For cloverbud showmanship, the animal can be any animal of that species and is not required to meet breed specifications.
We should have project guidelines out soon. They will be posted on our connections website and we will also send a reminder email once they are available. There will be step by step outlines of how to upload your materials and tips for submitting your best work. Thank you for all of your patience as we work through this unprecedented year. We look forward to seeing all of your projects!
-Jackson County 4-H

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Jackson 4-H Virtual Show Update


Dear 4-H Families,

Over the last few weeks, Jackson County 4-H staff and volunteers have been working very hard to develop a virtual show experience for our members. Even though we can't see you or the projects in person this year, online judging is a chance to share what you have learned, and to get feedback from a judge to help you think about your goals for next year.  Exhibits will be judged in the closed-access FairEntry System.  Each department will have requirements around the photos, and/or videos that the judges will use to evaluate projects this year. We are planning a virtual show that will include both animals and still exhibits.

At this time, we are asking all 4-H youth to respond to the following survey to help us better understand the needs of our members. Please complete this survey no later than Wednesday June 17th.

A few items to note:
  • Filling out this survey is required if you plan to participate in the virtual show
  • Fair entry forms do not need to be turned in to the fair office
  • This survey does not commit anyone to exhibiting but will be used to help us plan.
  • One survey should be submitted for each member
  • The virtual animal show is open to members that have submitted their project registration to superintendents
  • We are not doing Animal Record Books this year

Although we know this is not a perfect system, it is a way for us to celebrate your hard work and continue with the path of learning.  Although we understand you do not have all the details at this time, we are gathering the information for those still interested in having your projects evaluated based on the concept of photos and videos. We look forward to providing you with more details as they become available.

-Jackson County 4-H

Friday, March 13, 2020

Updated Meeting Schedule for March 14-18 2020

Updated 4-H Meeting Schedule for March 14-18 2020

Dear Jackson County 4-H Members, Volunteers, and Families,
Out of an abundance of caution, the Jackson County 4-H Program will be modifying our meeting schedule for next week.  Some of our meetings scheduled for next week have been moved to an online registration format or will be rescheduled. Due to the nature of some of our events, they will be cancelled. Please understand this plan is evolving daily. Things may change and we will be sure to update you as soon as possible.  Please be sure to follow us on Facebook for timely information: http://www.facebook.com/jacksoncounty4h.
March 14-18, 2020
Leather Workshop: Saturday March 14th: Canceled (Due to Instructor availability)
Foundation Meeting: Tuesday March 17th: Still being held. If needed, we will switch to a Zoom webinar. Board members will be notified via email regarding this.
Rabbit Expectations Meeting: Tuesday March 17th: Postponed
We understand the importance of being able to interact with superintendents for this meeting. We are developing a strategy to do this and will reschedule.
Sitting Tall Board Meeting: Wednesday March 18th 3:30pm: Still being held in person. If needed, we will switch to a Zoom webinar. Board members will be notified via email regarding this.
Swine Workshop: Wednesday March 18th 6:30pm: Moved to Webinar format
               We will be utilizing Zoom for this meeting. Our guest speaker and superintendents will be presenting information and participants will be able to ask questions in a chat box on the site. There are 3 ways to connect: On a computer, on your phone, or by calling in on a phone (please note that calling in on a phone will not allow you to ask questions in the chat box.
*Please register at least an hour prior to the event. The webinar will be recorded, and the link will be posted on our Facebook page once it is available
We will be evaluating programs on a week to week basis. Any changes to next week’s schedule will be posted on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jacksoncounty4h. We are recommending that groups around or above 100 people do not meet at this time. If your group would still like to meet and is interested in interacting via Zoom, please contact Britney (jamesbr2@msu.edu) to set up a video conference for your group. These can be done in two ways: 1) A meeting in which everyone is able to talk and see each other 2) as a presentation style where only the host(s) talk, and participants cannot be seen but can communicate through chat boxes. As always, reach out to our office with any questions you may have. We will be sure to distribute information as we get it.
Thank you for your understanding,
Britney James
Jackson County 4-H Program Coordinator

Monday, March 9, 2020

March 2020 Jackson County 4-H Newsletter

March Newsletter
The March 2020 Jackson County 4-H Newsletter is now available for download. It contains a lot of information about the upcoming KMS deadline, new swine policies, and workshops.

Monday, February 3, 2020

February Newsletter

February Newsletter
The February 2020 Jackson County 4-H Newsletter is now available. This month's issue includes information about the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship, upcoming workshops, and pre fair check in information.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January Newsletter

January 4-H Newsletter
The January 2020 4-H Newsletter is now available. It is full of lots of great information about upcoming workshops and the new fair schedule.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 4-H Newsletter

Newsletter

The December 2019 Jackson County 4-H Newsletter is now available for download. Please read it carefully for updates and news.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter
The Jackson County 4-H November 2019 Newsletter is now available for download. Please read it carefully for any upcoming workshops and opportunities. The newsletter also contains information for returning volunteers about a mandatory online background check. Don't forget that re-enrollment is underway and returning members must renew their 4HONLINE profile by December 1st.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 4-H Newsletter

The Jackson County 4-H October 2019 Newsletter is now available for download. It contains information about 4-H enrollment, proposed bylaws changes, and upcoming scholarships.