Ascension 4-H Clover Column- December 2020

Calendar of Events:

Possession/Validation Deadline for swine and rabbits

4- Livestock Entry Deadline

5- Challenge Camp- NOLA City Park

7- Junior Leader Meeting

8- Sugar Cookery Prep Workshop

14- Sugar Cookery Contest Deadline

15- Parish Clover Update; Virtually

17- Home & Style Meeting; Virtually

23- Jan 1- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; Office Closed


5- Broiler Chick Order Pick Up

15- Demo Day

18- MLK Holiday; Office Closed

21- Home & Style Meeting- Virtually

22-24- Parish Livestock Show

25- Bento Box Cookery Contest Deadline

29- 4-H Senior Honor Chord Application Deadline (online)

District Livestock Show

December's News...

Demo Day

The Ascension 4-H Demo Day is coming up on Friday, January 15th, and it’s never too early to begin planning! The holidays make a great time to work on your Demo Day submissions! The contests that take place are listed below. The Demo Day event details and rules for each contest are posted in the Demo Day Contest tab at Here are the lists of contests being offered.

  • Public Speaking (Senior level winners may be eligible for a 4-H University Scholarship)
  • Interview Preparation (Senior level winners may be eligible for a 4-H University Scholarship)
  • Dress Review Garment Judging
  • Ready to Wear Garment Judging and Contest
  • Exhibits (can be turned into the 4-H office prior to Demo Day) Exhibit Categories are as follows:
    • Arts & Crafts (Accessories, Jewelry, Paper, Plastic, wood, other)
    • Photography (5x7 framed prints; Animals, Nature, People)
    • Recycled Art (Create art using used items only)
    • Posters
      • Beef– top posters sent on to state competition where cash prizes are awarded,
      • Dairy– top posters sent on to state competition, or
      • 4-H Themed
  • Sewing (Non-Wearable Only)
  • Project Exhibit– Educational display board about your 4-H project area. Small props are acceptable to enhance the display.
  • General & Food Demonstrations
  • Commodity Ambassador Illustrated Talks (Winners may be selected to move onto state competition)
  • Beekeepers Essay– 2021 Topic TBA (Top essays will be sent on to the National Competition where cash prizes up to $750 will be awarded)
  • **NEW** LifeBook Cover Design Competition

4-H Remind Updates

Stay connected with Ascension 4-H by joining the Ascension 4-H Remind by Texting “@ascp4h” to 81010 or join online at

Sweet Potato & Pecan Fundraiser- THANK YOU!

Thanks for your support of the 6th Annual Ascension 4-H Foundation Sweet Potato and Pecan Fundraiser!! It was a success! With your help, we have sold 14,490 lbs. of sweet potatoes and 1,815lbs. of pecan halves!! The money raised will help to support 4-H programming, end of the year awards, and scholarships for camps & graduating seniors. Congratulations to Walker Morrill from Dutchtown High and Victoria Buckland from Dutchtown High for being the top sellers for this year’s fundraiser. They will both receive a $50.00 gift card and Achievement Day recognition. The Top selling clubs, separated by only $15.00 was Lake Elementary and St. Amant Primary! Congratulations! Awesome job to you all!!!

Graduating Seniors- Honor Cords

Don’t forget to apply to get your Honor Cords to wear while walking at your high school graduation! You have worked hard during your 4-H career so wear your honor cord PROUDLY! Applications are available and must be submitted online at! It takes less than 5 minutes to complete! Applications are due by January 29th! The cords will be sent to the Ascension Extension Office and you will be notified for pick up in early spring.

Sugar Cookery Prep Workshop

Interested in perfecting your sugar cookery decorating techniques and learning more about our LA Sugar Industry? If so, this may be the workshop for you! Open to all 4-H members, we have 15 available spots for this workshop to be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 3:30 pm at the Lamar Dixon vendor Rooms. The workshop is FREE and all supplies are included. Call 225-621-5799 to register. Masks and social distancing are required.

Cookery Contest- Sugar

Although we have had to make some major changes to our cookery contest this year, we are excited to incorporate some new components!! Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be taste testing your dishes, but don’t worry your hard work will still shine in several different ways! For each of your monthly contest entries, you will need to take pictures before (ingredients), during (3-action shots), and after (2-shots) you have completed your dish. You will need to submit your recipe and a short summary of the experience of cooking your dish. From this point, the entries will be judged and the judges will choose the top three from each age category. If there is a tie that needs to be broken the parents will be contacted to set up an interview with the contestants. (Phone or virtual) The third monthly contest will be the Sugar Cookery in honor of all of the baking for the upcoming holidays and the harvesting of our Sugar Industry crop! You can find detailed guidelines and explanations on our website under contests at or on the Sugar Cookery Events page on Facebook! The entry deadline is December 14th.

Shooting Sports New Member Registration

Finally, the long-awaited, highly anticipated, ascension 4-H new member shooting sports program is here! As with most things this year, our new member program will be a hybrid of our traditional program and it will be non-competitive, but even with these adjustments comes great value. As a new shooting sports member, they will be given the opportunity for two in classroom sessions followed by three on-the-range sessions. They will be offered a hunters education course and a well-designed project book which will be completed during the course. As of now, we are also planning an end of the season exhibition where the members will be able to display the skills learned and their accomplishments. Registration will open on December 8th and close on Dec 16th. For more specific details please visit our Ascension 4-H website .

Home & Style Project Club

The Home & Style Club will include cooking and sewing this year! *NEW* Each month a cooking project will be completed in coordination with the cookery contests. The club is open to all Ascension 4-H’ers with monthly meetings (virtual meetings to get started), and it’s $10.00 to join to help pay for supplies used for project materials. Meetings will be held virtually for now. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17 at 6 pm. A link to join the virtual meeting will be emailed to all registered participants before the meeting. It’s not too late, you can still sign up to join this project club! An activity project guide and supplies for the first half of the year should be picked up at the office in preparation for the next meeting. Please call ahead before dropping by to be sure someone is there. The projects in the binder should be completed each month in time to share at your monthly meetings! You can register for the Home & Style project club online at

Livestock News

It is the intention of the LSU AgCenter to conduct livestock shows as originally planned but Given the health concerns with COVID-19, there is no guarantee that the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows will occur as advertised. With that in mind, all livestock show participants and families should note that the purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment. The Ascension Parish Livestock Show will be held the weekend of January 22-24. A schedule will be released to livestock exhibitors once entry numbers have been confirmed. For everyone's health and safety and in an effort to reduce numbers, this will be a closed event for this year only. It will be open only to registered participants and their immediate families. There will be no Stick Horse Rodeo in conjunction with the Ascension Parish Livestock Show for this year.

Jr. Leader Project Club- 7th& 12th Grades

The Ascension 4-H Jr. Leader Project Club is open to all 7th-12th grade Ascension 4-H members. Jr. Leader’s focus on leadership, citizenship, and teamwork. The 2020-21 Jr. Leader's educational focus will be Teens Making Good Choices. Each month we will explore different ways to use our Heads to make good, healthy choices through hands-on activities. In addition, the service-learning theme will be the Care Campaign. Each month we will focus on an activity to spread kindness and show those around us that we care! In October, we will start the project focusing on the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the members of these places may feel isolated and in need with the current pandemic. If you would like to assist in this project in any way or have contacts with our local homes, please contact us! The cost to join the Jr. Leader Club is $10.00.

The next Jr. Leader will be held Monday, December 7th at 6 pm. To get the meeting information, please sign up for Jr. Leaders at

Wiggles & Wags Project Club

Wiggles & Wags is a project club that focuses on everything DOG! It helps members learn more about caring for, training, and working with their beloved canines all while doing service and growing in leadership. The Wiggles & Wags project club is open to all Ascension 4-H members and meets monthly. Initially, meetings will be held virtually but may transition to in-person meetings as the year progresses. A link to join the 1st virtual meeting will be emailed to all registered participants before the meeting.

You can register for Wiggles & Wags at

Clover Updates- Virtual Parish Meetings

We realize some schools may not be able to offer monthly 4-H meetings due to COVID guidelines and restrictions. We will offer a monthly virtual Clover Update. Decembers’ update will take place at 6 p.m. on the 15th. This will be an opportunity for 4-H members to tune in to a monthly 4-H meeting with the 4-H agents, Mrs. Camille and Mrs. Stephanie, to get updates, talk about upcoming Ascension 4-H opportunities, and participate in the monthly 4-H Science Lab activity that will be presented at school club 4-H meetings. You can access the virtual Clover Update through the info below or the link posted on and social media. Read further for next month’s educational activity & supplies to be prepared for November’s Clover Update.

Click here to Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Or call in +1 225-614-2374 United States, Baton Rouge (Toll)

Conference ID: 962 328 264#

Clover Update- Educational Activity and Supplies

This year the Agents will be presenting 4-H Science Lab lessons as the club meeting educational focus. For those virtual students who may not be able to attend their school club meetings and members at large to be able to participate in these monthly lessons, we will include the supplies and information about the activity in the newsletter for 4-H members to participate at home. Each month, the Agents will conduct a virtual update for you to attend and complete the lesson during this meeting. You will have the opportunity to watch the demonstration, then complete the activity at home!

December’s Science Lab Activity: Electricity- Making a Flashlight

Supplies Needed: Aluminum Foil (cut in 2-inch x 6-inch strip), D battery, Mini Light bulb (approximately 1.5 volts)

January’s Science Lab Activity: Physics- Surface Tension

Supplies Needed: Sturdy paper plate with a lip, 2% or whole milk, food coloring (4 colors), cotton swabs, & liquid dish soap.

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