4-H Bossier Parish Newsletter

 If your child joined 4-H, this is a copy of the newsletter that your child should bring home this month.

Bring in donations and receive Clover Bucks!

The Clover Bucks you collect through the school year can be used for purchases at the FUN DAY store!

October will be our first month of the new school year to start giving back to our community. St. Jude Satellite at the LSU Med Center has requested these items; Suckers, Animal Crackers, or Little Debbie Snacks. Choose one, two, or all and bring to your OCTOBER 4-H Club Meeting. St. Jude is presently treating 20 patients at this location and these treats are given to the kids at a party to celebrate the end of their chemotherapy.

Winning T-shirt design by Hunter Jordan, W.T. Lewis Elementary

4-H Office PO Box 370Benton, LA71006318 965-2326


6 Labor Day, 4-H Office Closed

17 4-H Leaders’ Training, LA Boardwalk, 8:30am-2:30pm

25 Bossier Parish Livestock Show, State Fairgrounds, 7:00am registration

25 Bossier Parish Pet Show, State Fairgrounds, 1:00pm registration


3-9 National 4-H Week – “Celebrate 4-H”

5 Officer Training, WT Lewis Elementary, 3:45-4:30pm

5 Talent Show Try-outs, WT Lewis., Activities Bldg., 4:45-6:00pm

18 Fall Break

18 Submit State Fair entries (Ag. Bldg.), 8:30am–6:00pm

18 Sign–Up for Fashion Camp begins

21 State Fair of Louisiana opens and runs through Nov. 7th

23 Talent Show at the State Fair and Quiz Bowl, Beef Barn, 9:00am

30 BB Gun Contest, Beef Barn, 1:00 pm


3-6 AgMagic at the State Fair FUN! FUN!

8 Pick up State Fair Entries, 1:00-6:00pm…NO EARLIER!

13 LSU vs. UL-Monroe game

19 Fashion Camp Sign-up ends

19 Challenge Camp Sigh-Up begins

25-26 Thanksgiving, 4-H Office Closed

Go on-line to get the latest

Information for Bossier Parish

4-H events!


Facebook: Bossier Parish 4-H



The Bossier Parish Livestock Show will be held at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 25th. Registration begins at 7:00 am and the show will start at 8:30 am. Even if you do not have livestock to show, make plans to come out and watch your fellow 4-H’ers, and have some fun. Stay for the pet show afterwards!

Concessions will be available!



Smallest, Largest, Most Unusual, Best Groomed, Best Trick, Softest Fur, and Best Costume are the 7 categories of choice in which you may enter your pet(s) at $3 per category. Your pet must be domestic, not wild life. All animals must arrive in a cage or on a leash and kept contained throughout the show. Trophies will be awarded for 1st place and ribbons will be awarded for 2nd through 5th places. Show starts at 1:45pm. Ask your leader for details or call the 4-H office at 965-2326.


“I now call this meeting to order.”
Which officer at your 4-H club meeting will be saying this at the beginning of each of your meetings? If you have been elected to an office and are not sure what your duties are, then make plans to join us for the Bossier Parish 4-H Officer Training to be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 3:45pm until 4:30pm at W.T. Lewis Elementary (4701 Modica Lott Rd.). We hope to see you there!To be held with the 4-H Pet Show on September 25th. Ribbons will be awarded to

Cloverbuds in the category

“My Favorite Pet”.

Would you like to win $20, $15, or $10? Learn more about poultry and eggs and their importance to healthy bodies. Make a Poster encouraging or promoting the consumption of poultry or eggs. Use a 22”x28” poster board to illustrate a billboard design. This contest is open to all 4-H and FFA members, grades 4th -12th, with three age divisions. To enter and a chance to win one of the cash prizes, go online and type in www.statefairoflouisiana.com. Click on Livestock, then Junior Division, then Poultry Poster Contest for the complete rules. Your poster and an entry form are due on October 23, 2010 at the State Fair Poultry Barn or State Fair Office by noon.


“Meet The Future”

October 3-9, 2010

Celebrate 4-H by joining your school or special interest club. Then, ask your friends to join 4-H, too! 4-H has a year full of events that are geared to all age groups. Do you like to cook; we have a contest for that. Do you like to camp; we have camping events you can attend. Do you like community service; we have monthly projects that need your help and donations. Do you like to build things; enter our Birdhouse Contest. If that isn’t enough, then select your project book, complete it, and turn it in by the spring deadline for a chance to win an award at Awards Night in May 2011. We look forward to you being a part of Bossier Parish 4-H!

Half Beef Raffle



Mr. Alex and Ms. Jeannie are looking for a few ambitious 4-H members who would like to participate in the Nutrition or Livestock Quiz Bowl. These competitions will be held on October 23rd, at the State Fair of Louisiana.

They will teach you all you need to know in order to answer questions

against other parish teams. Practice dates will be announced

once teams are established.

Call today for sign-up!




Is your talent vocal, dance, instrumental, or other? Start practicing now for the annual 4-H talent show try-outs. Make plans to attend on Tuesday, Oct. 5th, at W.T. Lewis from 4:45-6:00pm. The time limit is 7 minutes and the maximum group size is 8 people. Each school may enter one finalist for each division and the top three winners will compete with other parishes at the State Fair Talent Show on Oct. 23rd, at 9:00am.

Did you know, you can win prize money and ribbons for your special craft items? Sewing, Knitting, Arts & Crafts, Photography, and MANY MORE types of items, made this year, will be accepted for competition. Once the fair opens, you will be able to visit the Agricultural Bldg. to view your items and see if you have won a ribbon! If you’re interested in entering items at the State Fair of Louisiana, go to the following website for information: www.statefairoflouisiana.com . On the first page, click on “Competitive Exhibits”, second page “Junior” (for specific rules and categories), and also on “Entry Forms” (at top of 1st page) to download the form required for identifying your entries. Entries will be accepted at the Agricultural Building (located on the State Fair of Louisiana Fairgrounds) on Monday, October 18th, 8:30 am to 6:00 p.m. After the fair is over, your items may be picked up at the same location on Monday, November 8th, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. The staff will need extra time to finalize the check-out procedure on all items, so NO EARLY pick-ups please!

Two drawings for 1/2 of a processed and wrapped beef

Proceeds will support the Bossier Parish 4-H Livestock Show Team

Need not be present to win

Our Sponsors:

Serio’s Feed and Seed, Inc.

Bellevue Meat Processing Plant

George W. Chambers IV



Drawing on: Saturday, January 29, 2011, Noon

State Fairgrounds of Louisiana



October 30th

Beef Barn – 1:00 pm

Last year’s annual PENNY DRIVE brought in $1,296.06!

These copper coins will help our Bossier Parish 4-H

by paying for much needed program materials and to

help send a few kids to summer camp. Top donating

clubs were: Curtis Elem. $600.00

Princeton Elem. $450.00

Benton Middle $98.82

Thanks to all 12 of the clubs that participated!

We are working on putting together our Outdoor Skills program for the new 4-H year. This program can offer archery, BB gun, ATV safety, nature identification, .22 rifle, black powder, and more, provided we have the required, certified instructors. If you know of an adult that is certified or is willing to attend classes for certification in any of the above sports, please have them contact our office at 965-2326.

If you are a Bossier Parish 4-H member and are interested in joining or rejoining the Outdoor Skills program, please call the 4-H office at 965-2326, and we will put you on our email list. You will receive email notices of upcoming events.

A NEW YEAR WITH CLOVERBUDS! This 4-H based group will be open to kids ages 5-8 and to the first 100, dues paid, enrollers. Our leader is Christi Turner. Ms. Christi is a former 4-H’er, Fashion Board Leader, and Jr. Leadership volunteer. The first meeting is September 9th, 6-7:00 pm at Waller Elementary with monthly meetings rotating locations to accommodate all parish members. The group needs co-sponsors and volunteers! If you have an interest in being in on the fun and excitement of CLOVERBUDS, please contact Christi Turner at 572-4062 or email at christi@csmcpa.com.



The contest is open to all youth 9-18 years of age. Youth wanting to compete must pre-register by Wednesday, October 26, 2010 and submit a $5.00 registration fee to:

Lisa Holmes

LSU AgCenter- Webster Office

1202 Homer Road

Minden LA 71055

Divisions will be determined by the age the day of the contest.

The order of fire will be 4 shots standing, 4 shots prone, 4 shots sitting, and 4 shots kneeling.

Targets and ammunition will be provided. Targets will be NRA-AR4/10 fired at 5 meters.

Guns WILL BE provided.

Slings may be used in all positions with exception of standing. No telescopic sights may be used. Iron sites only.

External modifications may be limited to rear sights only. No internal modifications may be made. Total weight limit may not exceed six pounds.

Once fire has begun, there will be no firing off range for safety reasons.


The top three shooters in each division will be recognized. 75% of the entry fees will be jackpotted back with an additional $75.00 per division added money to be divided among the top 3 shooters.

2010 State Fair BB GUN

Entry Form

$5 Entry Fee

Make Checks Payable to: LSU AgCenter

Name ___________________________

Address _________________________

City, ST, Zip______________________



Phone __________________________

Age on 11/3/08 ___________________

Parent Name _____________________

Last March, our 4-H members participated in

raising funds for MDA. Seven Clubs put

their best foot forward and
sold MDA

Shamrocks totaling $3,941!

Way to go Bossier 4-H!

The top 3 selling clubs were:

Kerr Elementary $1,018

W.T. Lewis Elementary $ 920

Legacy Elementary $ 800


Horse Show Results

Three Bossier 4-H’ers competed in the NW District Horse Show held in June. Here are the results:

Maggie Brakeville ~ Blue Ribbons in Pole Bending & Barrel Racing & a Red Ribbon in Stake RacingAlex Sauer ~

Purple Ribbons in Pole Bending & Barrel Racing

Hannah Bliesner ~ Purple Ribbons in Western Pleasure & Horsemanship, Trail, Arabian Mare & Champion Arabian Mare. Blue Ribbons in Barrel Racing & Western Showmanship. White Ribbon in Pole Bending.The 41

st annual LA 4-H State Horse Show was held July 6-10, 2010. The following Bossier Parish 4-H’ers placed in these divisions:

Alex Sauer ~ 1st Pole Bending & 5th Barrel RacingOlivia Willcox~ 1

st Dressage (13 & under)2nd in Western Horseman-ship, Western Riding, Trail, & Hunter Under Saddle ~ 4th Hunt Seat Equitation

Hannah Bliesner ~ Reserve Arabian Horse

Halter Mare

Great job, girls!

Bossier Parish 4-H took 19 participants to the 2010 4-H University held on the LSU Baton Rouge campus, June 22nd-24th. There were 38 competitive contests and 8 non-competitive Clover College tracts this year. The participants were: Wendy Alderman, Brittany Andrews, Josh Barrett, Maggie Brakeville, Clint DeLaune, Chris Cates, Daniel Doran, Emma Hollenshead, Lance Holt, Richard Lopez, Mitchell Matthews, Ben Moore, Derrick Moore, Alex Sauer, Chelsea Smith, Le’Kayla Smith, Robert Stephens, Colton Torres, and Nathan Vercher. Chaperons for the group were Mrs. Jeannie, Mrs. Christi, Mr. Alex & Mrs. Alderman. We didn’t bring home the “gold” this year, but the 4-H’ers had a lot of fun!

The North LA Regional Shooting Sports contest was held April 29th - May 1st. The following members participated:

Sr. Advanced Shotgun: Josh Barrett & Sam Brookshire

Jr. Advanced Shotgun: Skylar Woodall

Sr. Modified Shotgun: Tyler McDonald

Jr. Modified Shotgun: Clayton Clark, Trent Albritton, Blake

Shamsie, Eli Stinson, & Reed Bearden

Archery National Comp: Colton Madden, Kevin Flattmann,

Nathan Vercher, Chris Cates, & Alexandra Collier

Jr. Compound Archery: Chad Wood

Jr. Genesis: Reed Bearden

Muzzle Loading: Colton Madden & Katlyn McEachern

BB Gun: Tyler McDonald & Matthew Szempruch

Smallbore Rifle: Josh Fortmann & Nathan Vercher

The State Shoot took place the following weekend. The following members placed in their divisions:

Sr. Advance Shotgun: Josh Barrett & Sam Brookshire-top 30

Jr. Advance Shotgun: Skylar Woodall-5th

Jr. Modified Shotgun: Eli Stinson-14th

Archery National Comp: *Colton Madden-3rd, Kevin

Flattmann-4th, Nathan Vercher-5th, Chris Cates-8th,

Alexandra Collier-10th

Jr. Compound Archery: Chad Wood-2nd

Muzzle Loading: Colton Madden-2nd & Katlyn McEachern-3

BB Gun: Tyler McDonald-8th

Smallbore Rifle: Nathan Vercher-4th & Josh Fortmann-5th

The National Competition took place in Memphis. Colton Madden represented Bossier Parish as a part of the Louisiana 4-H team. Louisiana took 3rd place in the 4-H NATIONAL COMPETITION! Way to go Colton & Team Louisiana!

Jeannie Crnkovic

Jeannie Crnkovic

Extension Agent

Bossier Parish

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It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in a meeting, please contact the 4-H Office at 965-2326 three days prior to the meeting so that special needs can be met

Alex Shook

Alex Shook

Assistant County Agent

Bossier Parish

Many of our 4-H’ers turned in their Portfolios last spring and three were submitted, by our office, to the State competition. Congratulations.....

Blue Ribbon Winner

Clayton Simmons

7th Grade Junior Achievement


Alex Sauer, a junior at Benton High School, was asked by her school to enter the stamp competition by drawing a picture of a duck and she decided to do it in an oil painting. 287 entries from across the state were presented for judging, and Alex won! Alex is very active in Bossier 4-H. She shows livestock, competes in horse shows, is involved in the Service Learning program, and has competed at 4-H University for the past 2 years. Congratulations, Alex!

State Show Results