Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Animal Check in Times and Testing Consent Form

Animal Check In
A list of animal check in dates and times are posted below. Please note that some times may vary from the fair book due to changes in the tagging procedure for the 2014 Fair.

Swine: Friday August 1st 3:00pm-11:00pm
Poultry: Saturday August 2nd 7:00am-10:00am (any exhibitors willing to help with check in may check in Friday night at 6:00pm. Contact Superintendents to arrange)
Rabbits: Saturday August 2nd 8:00am-10:00am
Goats: Saturday August 2nd 9:00am-12:00pm
Sheep: Saturday August 2nd 11:00am-2:00pm
Beef: Saturday August 2nd 5:00pm-8:00pm

*please note that there will be a race being ran down Ganson st  that day, please allow yourself extra time due to traffic.

Livestock Testing Consent Form
Due to changes in the tagging procedure, the Livestock Association is asking that all members showing Beef, Sheep, Swine, or Dairy sign the testing consent form. The form can be found on our website under the Fair Documents Tab. Please note that the form requires a parent signature and can be brought to check in. All forms must be turned in by noon on Sunday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Barn Clean Up and Kyle Mason Samson Silent Auction

2014 Barn Clean Up Dates and Times
All species superintendents have scheduled barn clean up dates. Clubs and individuals are asked to attend to set up your pens and decorations. 

Beef: Anytime beginning Wednesday July 30th
Sheep: July 23rd 7:00pm
Swine: July 23rd 6:00pm
All Small Animal (Poultry, Rabbit, and Goat): July 27th 11:00am

KMS Silent Auction
Again this year, we will be holding the KMS silent auction to benefit the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Fund. Last year, the Jackson County 4-H Foundation and the Scholarship Committee were able to give 12 scholarships to Jackson County 4-H Members.

Item donations are being sought from clubs and individuals. Items can be dropped off at the Extension office prior to fair or brought to the 4-H information desk at the fairgrounds on Saturday August 2nd.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Reminder 4-H Small Animal Association Meeting

July Small Animal Association Meeting

Reminder that tomorrow evening at 7:00pm, there is a 4-H Small Animal Association Meeting.

To see what is on the agenda, click here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo

Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo Update

The Small Animal and Still Exhibit Expo is this Sunday, June 29th! Walk-ins are welcome for poultry, rabbits, goats, and cooking! The day starts at 9am at the fairgrounds and will end around 2pm. If you want lunch, the cost will be $3! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to increase your showing knowledge before fair!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fair Entries Reminder and Farmfest Save-the-Date

2014 Jackson County Fair Entries Deadline

Just a reminder, for all 4-H members interested in bringing an animal to fair, all entries must be turned into the Fair Office (200 W. Ganson St.) by 5:00pm on June 20th.

Remember, this needs to be done in addition to any paperwork you have already turned in to the superintendent or Extension Office.


2014 Family Farmfest Save-the-Date


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo

2014 Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo

For a registration form click here


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Goat Show and Small Animal Still Exhibit Expo

South Central Jackpot Goat Show Reminder
For the rules and registration form click here

Small Animal Still Exhibit Expo

Save the date for the 2014 Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo!

When: Sunday, June 29th, 2014 from 9am - 2pm
Where: Jackson County Fairgrounds

More information and registration forms will be posted soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fair Entry Deadline and June Cloverbud Workshop

Fair Entry Deadline
Just a reminder, fair books are out and the entry deadlines are fast approaching. All 4-H youth showing animals at the 2014 Jackson County Fair must submit an entry form at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Office by June 20th at 5:00. Entry forms are located in the fair book that can be found under the Fair Documents tab of this website.

Remember: This entry form needs to be done in addition to any paperwork you may have done for your species superintendent or the Extension Office.

The deadline for Still Exhibits is July 11th at 5:00pm.

June Cloverbud Workshop

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cloverbud Workshop and Fair Book

4-H Cloverbud Workshop Reminder

2014 Jackson County Fair Book
The Fair Book is now available. You can access the book by selecting the Fair Documents tab on this page. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Reminder: Volunteer Hours Opportunity and Outdoors Club Meeting

4-H Foresters Challenge Club
For teens that love adventure, the outdoors, and new challenges!

Learn all kinds of outdoor skills—paddling, climbing, hiking, survival skills, caving, and much more! Open to 13-18 yr olds in Ingham, Jackson, and Washtenaw Counties and nearby areas.

Informational Meeting – PowerPoint Presentation and Q&A Session
•    Sunday, May 11th, 6-7 p.m.
•    Jackson County MSU Extension Office
•    1715 Lansing Ave., Suite 257, Jackson, MI 49202

Upcoming Climbing Trip to Big Bay (about 45 minutes from Marquette)
•    May 22-26, 2014
•    Climb and rappel rock faces up to about 100 ft high, hike to Bearish Mtn, play in the water at the Yellowdog River, enjoy the Northwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
•    Trip fee is $50-$75 depending on the number of club members attending
•    Mandatory pre-trip meeting for new members and parents, 7-8 pm after the info session
•    Parent chaperones needed


Volunteers Needed
The Jackson County Parks Association is looking for volunteers to help plant flowers inside Cascade Falls Saturday May 10th 9:00am-11:00am. The flower boxes are rota-tilled and ready to plant. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 in the main parking lot at the north side of the falls. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Rick Sigers if you would like to help: rsigers@att.net or (517) 937-3762.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Membership Deadline, Cloverbud Workshop, and Upcoming Meetings

4-H Membership Deadline
Just a reminder, all new member enrollment forms must be turned in by May 1st. Member enrollment forms must go to a club leader before coming to the Extension Office. New member forms can be found under the documents tab of the website.

Cloverbud Opportunity
On Saturday, May 17th from 10:00am-12:00pm, we will be hosting a Cloverbud Workshop at the Jackson MSU Extension Office. At this workshop we will be holding a cooking demonstration to get Cloverbuds interested in the foods project. This workshop is free to attend and open to any of our Cloverbud members.

Upcoming Meetings
Horse Council: Monday May 12th 7:00pm

Small Animal Auction Luncheon Meeting: Tuesday, May 13th 6:00pm
  • Each club that has small animal projects is asked to send at least one representative to this meeting. 
Small Animal Association: Tuesday, May 13th 7:00pm

4-H Leaders Council: Wednesday, May 14th 7:00pm
  • Youth Council members and youth interested in taking on leadership roles in the council are encouraged to attend. At this meeting, we will be discussing the transition of the council to a youth run board.
4-H Foundation: Saturday, May 17th 9:30am-12:00pm
  • At this special work meeting, the foundation will be voting on bylaws changes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Outdoors Club Opportunity

4-H Foresters
We are excited to announce that the 4-H Foresters Challenge Club that was started in Washtenaw County is coming to Jackson County! Jackson County 4-H members can remain members in their current club but join this secondary club to learn more about the outdoors. The club participates in activities such as hiking, climbing, and paddling. We will be holding an informational meeting about the club on Sunday May 11th, 6:00-7:00pm here at the Jackson County Extension Office. Also, the group is planning a climbing trip to Big Bay in the Upper Peninsula May 22nd-26th. If you are interested in attending this trip, a mandatory meeting is scheduled immediately following the informational meeting on May 11th. For more information about the group and its activities, please visit their website: 4hforesters.com. A meeting announcement for May 11th can be seen below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Youth PQA

Youth PQA
If you missed the PQA sessions this week,  there is still time to get your certification before the date of possession (May 1st). Anyone who was unable to make the face-to-face classes can complete the training online through the National Pork Board.

To register for the training, please click here. Users can register with or without a certificate number.  Parents can locate existing youth records or add children to their account, and then grant access to train.   Based on the birth year provided, youth will be directed to the appropriate age level course. There is an exam for Intermediate and Advanced. Please note that swine leaders and superintendents would like youth to have their PQA certification before they send  animal registration paperwork in.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rabbit Letter and Info, Volunteer Opportunity, and Swine Leaders Meeting

Rabbit Info
Rabbit Check in will be held on Sunday May 4, 2104 at the Jackson County Extension Office. Check In will be 1:00pm-3:00pm. All rabbits coming to the 2014 Jackson County Fair are required to go through Check In.

The Rabbit Info Letter is now available. Please click here to download a copy. The letter outlines project expectations for the 2014 year. Hard copies can also be picked up at the Jackson Extension Office.

Volunteer Opportunity
Cascades Falls is looking for clubs or individuals to help plant flowers this spring. They plan to meet May 10th at 9:00am to plant. Please contact Rick at (517) 937-3762 if you would like to help or if you need additional information.

Swine Leaders Meeting
Just a reminder, we will be having a swine leaders meeting Thursday April 3rd at 6:30. Topics of discussion are PEDv, Pig Tagging Requirements, and Fair.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Important Update: 4-H Beef, Sheep, and Swine Tagging

4-H Beef, Sheep, and Swine Tagging Cancellation
Due to recent animal health concerns, the Jackson County 4-H Superintendents and Fair Vet have made the decisions to suspend tagging for the 2014 year. This means that no large animals will be coming to the Fairgroungs, Napoleon Livestock, or the Extension office for tagging. Each member enrolled in a large animal project should be getting a letter in the mail outlining the process being used for the 2014 Fair. If you do not receive a letter, please contact the Extension Office for a copy. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the Extension Office or your Species Superintendent. Information has been distributed to registered project leaders as well.