The Caldwell Clover for October 2021

Jana Bennett, Mcguire, Pamela K.

Covid-19 Policy for 4-H Events and Activities

In the case of any changes to the State of Louisiana status with the COVID-19 pandemic, 4-H events and activities may be canceled in full, part, or converted to a virtual format if applicable. As with all 4-H events and activities we will continue to have the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, families, and employees as our priority.

ADA Accommodation

Should you need an ADA accommodation to participate in Caldwell 4-H, please contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at 318-649-2663.

Leaf Identification Contest

Entries for the 2021 Leaf Identification Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, October 22. Members will submit a binder of 15 pages of leaves, one leaf per page, which have been collected during the current school year. Each leaf will be taped on a separate piece of construction or copy paper and identified using a pen or marker. Be specific when identifying leaves. For example, if a leaf is from a Southern Red Oak, write Southern Red Oak, not just Oak. Write your name, school and grade on the front cover of your binder. Entries submitted after October 22 will not be eligible for cash prizes. Contest divisions are grades 4 and 5, grades 6 through 8, and grades 9 through 12.

Safety Poster Contest

  • Entries for the 2021 Safety Poster Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, November 5.
  • Create a poster on a specific safety topic, for example, fire safety, food safety, internet safety, etc.
  • Posters must be on any color 22 inch by 28 inch poster board.
  • Posters will be judged on originality, neatness, safety information and eye-catching design.
  • Your name, age, school and grade should be written on the back of the poster in the upper right corner.
  • Posters submitted after November 5 will not be eligible for first, second or third place awards.

Fall Foods Festival and Consumer Foods Judging Contest

It's back! We will be having our Fall Foods Festival this year, but it will be different from the contest held in previous years in order to follow COVID protocols. The Quick and Easy Ground Beef, Main Dish Beef, Chicken, Egg, Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan, and Sweet Potato categories are still the same. However, this year the cookery contest will be spread over three weeks with the commodity categories being separated and judged on three separate Mondays.

  • Chicken dishes and Pecan dishes will be submitted and judged on Monday, October 25.
  • Quick and Easy Ground Beef, Sweet Potato, and Rice Main Dish entries will be submitted and judged on Monday, November 1.
  • Main Dish Beef, Egg, and Rice Any Other dishes will be submitted and judged on Monday, November 8.

You must preregister for the cookery contest and Consumer Foods Judging by calling the 4-H office at 318-649-2663 stating your name, school, grade, dish category and if you will be participating in the Consumer Foods Judging Contest by Wednesday, October 20.

Contestants will enter only three servings of their dish along with two copies of their recipe. Servings should be separated and placed in individual containers with lids. Each serving must be in its own container and not in a plastic bag. Any sauces, condiments, crackers, chips, etc., need to be divided into individual portions, placed in a separate container, and included with the serving. Plastic bags are allowed for chips and crackers. Containers must be chilled (cold to the touch), on ice and transported in a hard case or Styrofoam ice chest with ice and will be dropped off at the 4-H office, 106 Jackson Street in Columbia from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Insulated totes or bags will not be allowed. Containers not properly chilled and in a hard cased or Styrofoam ice chest will be disqualified. Contestants must pick up their ice chests at the 4-H office from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that same day.

Recipes must be submitted on the Recipe Form available at the 4-H office. Only 1 contest credit for Dish is allowed for the 2021-2022 4 Star Contest. Complete Fall Foods contest guidelines including dish requirements for each commodity are available at the 4-H office or the Contest page on this website.

The Consumer Foods Judging Contest will still be a virtual contest for this year. To participate, 4-H members must preregister by Wednesday, October 20. Members who have preregistered, will be contacted and given information on how to take the test. The Consumer Foods contest will be the same format as last year. Participants will rank classes of food items from restaurants, grocery stores, vending machines, based on factors such as health, cost, lifestyle, or other requirements in a given situation and give written reasons for rankings. To preregister for this contest, call the 4-H office at 318-649-2663.

4-H Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making Contest

  • Handmade garments, shirts and data forms are due to the 4-H office on Monday, November 29.
  • Appearance Judging is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Monday, December 6 at Grayson Elementary School.
  • The 4-H Fashion Revue consists of Clothing Construction, Decorated Shirt, Ready to Wear, and Consumer Decision Making contests.
  • Clothing Construction categories are Apron, Tops or Bottoms, and Complete Outfit which is an outfit that can stand alone with all pieces being constructed by the 4-H'er. Decorated Shirt categories are Shirts Promoting 4-H and Other. Remember to submit a Data Form if you are planning to enter the Ready to Wear contest.
  • Entries submitted after November 29 will not be eligible for first, second, or third place awards.
  • Not interested in creating a garment? You can still participate by entering the Consumer Decision Making Contest and judge classes of consumer products or services, rank each class by choice and give written reasons for rankings.

Science Lab: Static Electricity

Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges can build up on the surface of an object until they find a way to be released or discharged. The rubbing of certain materials against one another can transfer negative charges or electrons.

Healthy Living: Mental Health

We all feel a variety of emotions throughout the day, week or month. Some emotions can be more challenging to manage than others, particularly emotions like sadness, anger, frustration, worry, and confusion. When we experience these emotions, we may act out in negative ways. Coping strategies are the skills and activities we do to help us feel better when we feel emotionally overwhelmed. We need to learn coping strategies to help us manage our emotions instead of acting out or doing things we might regret later. For example, sometimes if you feel mad, you might want to yell or say mean things. Instead, there are better activities you can do that will help you manage and control those strong emotions. It might help to take a walk, get a drink of water, ask for help, listen to music or just take a break.

Upcoming Events

  • October 22 Leaf Identification entries due
  • October 25 Fall Foods Festival Chicken dishes and Pecan dishes
  • October 28 Louisiana State Fair opens, Shreveport
  • November 1 Fall Foods Festival Sweet Potato, Rice Main Dish, Quick and Easy Ground Beef dishes
  • November 6 Safety Poster entries due
  • November 8 Fall Foods Festival Main Dish Beef, Rice Any Other, Egg dishes
  • November 14 Louisiana State Fair closes
  • November 29 Fashion Revue garment entries and data forms due

Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability. If you have a disability that requires special accommodation for your participation, please contact us at 318-649-2663. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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