Friday, August 29, 2014

4-H Council Meeting and Fair Pictures

4-H Council Meeting
The Jackson County 4-H Leaders Council is switching to a youth run board. We are encouraging all youth who are interested in a role in this new group to attend our next meeting on Wednesday September 3rd at 7:00pm. The council meets every other month throughout the year. We are looking for 4-H members who want to have the chance to make decisions about the 4-H Program of Jackson County. Please encourage members to attend this important meeting to get more information about how they can get involved.

Fair Pictures
Looking for pictures from fair? Like our Facebook page and you will have access to hundreds of photos from fair week! Contact the Extension office if you have any questions.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Master Gardener and Adventures in Horticulture Class Spots Available

Adventures in Horticulture: Sunny Lawn/Shady Alternatives Spots Still Open

There are still spots available for our September 16th class! Call the extension office to sign up!



Master Gardener Fall Class Availability

There are still plenty of spots open for our fall Master Gardener class! Visit the Master Gardener website or call the Extension office for more details!!!!

2014 Family Farmfest

2014 Family Farmfest Free Public Site Tours



Friday, August 15, 2014

4H Foundation August Meeting

4H Foundation August Meeting Date Change

The 4-H Foundation meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th has been canceled.

The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00pm at the Extension Office.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Senior Bio Sheets

Senior Bio Sheets
Attention all  Seniors: In an effort to recognize the  last year at  fair for some of you, we are asking you to fill out a biography sheet. This sheet will be displayed in the Gumper Building during fair. The form can be found by clicking here. Forms can also be found at the 4-H Information Desk in the Gumper Building. Bring a picture to attach to the form. We are looking forward to this being your best fair yet!

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.