2023 September 4-H Newsletter

4-H Night with the Tigers

All 4-H members Family and friends are invited to Tiger Stadium to enjoy the LSU vs. Army game on October 21st. You are also invited to attend the 4-H & FFA Bash On the Bayou Tailgate at the 4-H Mini Farm. The event is FREE to our 4-H families, but space is limited. The doors will open at 10:00 a.m.

Want to sit with your friends and family but pay separately? No problem. Invite your friends and family to also enjoy the game using the link provided after you purchase to sit together.

Group tickets for game will be $38 and may be purchased at: https://fevogm.com/Louisiana4H

4-H Seafood and Rice Cookery

Terrebonne 4-H hosts 3 cookery days throughout the year. Our cookeries encourage families to cook at home using Louisiana Commodities while building quality family time within the home.


October 7, 2023

Montegut Middle School

138 Dolphin St. Montegut, LA


In Cafeteria

9:00—9:30 a.m.


9:30-11:30 a.m.

Parents or Members are not allowed to stay in the judging area.


In Cafeteria at 11:30 a.m.

All dishes must be covered and chilled prior to arrival and arrive at registration COLD.Your dish will be disqualified if it is not completely cold at the time of inspection. NO EXCEPTIONS! Microwaves will be available for judges to heat samples before tasting dishes.

*A sample of 4-6 servings (in one dish) is requested for judging. Place name and school name under the dish/container. All samples should be placed in acovered container. Do not bring any dishes uncovered. Dishes will remaincovered until judging. If you do not plan to attend the awards and will not pick up your dish, make sure you submit your dish in a disposable container. We will throw away what’s left out and bring your ribbon to the next club meeting.

You must provide a copy of the recipe (recipe should have the 4-H’ers name and school name on the back). The recipe should be typed or handwritten neatly on paper 8.5 by 11 in. The recipe should include the name of the dish, ingredients, how much of the commodity it contains and clear preparation instructions.

Previous year grand champion dishes may not receive 2023-2024 Grand Champion awards. 4-Her’s will not be allowed to win grand champion in more than one category.

All dishes receive ribbon awards.Grand Champion dishes selected in each category will receive awards.

1 point will be given to each member for entering the cookery regardless of the number of dishes entered. Cloverbuds receive participation ribbons.

Seafood Cookery Guidelines

Seafood used should be Louisiana seafood.

Categories: Shrimp Main Dish, Shrimp Appetizer or Salad, Crab, Oyster, Fish and Other Seafood, Crawfish


1. Any 4-H member may participate. Participants may enter only one (1) seafood dish in each category.

2. Prepare a food dish using at least 1 cup of LOUISIANA seafood as an ingredient. The seafood must be fresh, frozen, pasteurized or dried. Canned seafood will not be acceptable. Surimi, an artificial crab made from fish, cannot be used. There can be no raw seafood in the final dish.

3. 4-Her’s are encouraged to prepare “healthy” seafood dishes. Avoid excessive amounts of fat and sodium. Avoid frying foods. Dishes will be judged on taste and nutritional content/value.

4. 4-Her’s will not be allowed to win grand champion in more than one category.

5. Winners in Shrimp Main Dish, Crab, Oyster, Fish and Other Seafood, and Crawfish will represent Terrebonne in the area cookery contest. Shrimp Appetizer/Salad Grand Champion will not participate in the area cookery unless the Shrimp Main Dish winner cannot attend.

Rice Cookery Contest

Categories: Rice Main Dish, Rice Side Dish, Rice Dessert


1. Any 4-H member may participate. Participants may enter only one (1) rice dish in each category.

2. Contestants must bring a prepared rice dish, containing at least 1 cup of cooked rice.

*wild rice is not a cultivated rice in Louisiana and does not meet the requirement of 1 cup rice for this contest. Dishes containing rice products such as rice cereal, rice flour, etc. must also contain cooked rice. “Rice Crispy” cereal cannot be used as rice for this cookery.

3. 4-Her’s will not be allowed to win grand champion in more than one category.

4. Winners in each category will represent Terrebonne Parish in the area cookery contest.

4-H Shooting Sports

Terrebonne Parish 4-H offers Shooting Sports to 4th –12th grade 4-H members. You can participate in three disciplines– archery, rifle, and shotgun. This 4-H project requires parents to be present with their child at all shooting sports events and activities. We will hold an interest meeting on September 27, 2023, at the Terrebonne Rifle Range (2100 Savanne Road) at 6:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Cherie at 985-873-6495.

Change Challenge

4-H is a service organization. This year, 4-H youth will be encouraged to participate in many service projects (at school or on the parish/state levels). Change Challenge will be an ongoing service, beginning at the October cookery and ending at the December cookery. At each cookery, we will have a jar near the registration table for you to donate any amount of change you feel comfortable donating. We will create a survey and have members vote on an organization to donate the money to.

Clovers Explore Terrebonne

This year, we are offering a few days throughout the year to Explore Terrebonne Parish. We often live in an area and don’t realize all that our community has to offer. Space is limited and parents will have to provide transportation. We encourage members to carpool to save parking space. Our first stop is scheduled for October 12, 2023. We will begin at the Houma Tourist Center and end with a visit to one of the oldest family farms in the parish. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end before noon. This visit will be opened to 4th -12th grade members. If you would like to attend, please click the following link to secure your spot: https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBmhBTnTAzRbE2i

Registration closes on September 25, 2023. Please only register if you know you will attend, as we mentioned space is limited.

Join 4-H

Welcome to the 2023-2024 4-H year! Throughout this year, we hope that you all see the value of the 4-H program. A child who is actively involved in 4 -H will gain leadership skills, citizenship skills, and life skills.

4-H members will make many friends and memories throughout the year that will last a lifetime.

We have a successful program because of our Awesome Volunteer Leaders, but the involvement of parents in their child’s 4-H projects and activities is just as important.

All 4-H members are allowed to participate in Parish 4-H Events, Activities, and Contests throughout the year regardless of their project book chosen. Please remember that good conduct is important to 4-H, as we are leaders in the community.

Our educational focus this year is 4-H Teamwork (focusing on communication). In each club meeting, the agents will conduct short lessons on a topic related to teamwork/communication. We look forward to a fun filled year and cannot wait to meet all Terrebonne Parish 4-H members!


Mrs. Cherie and Mr. Reed

Terrebonne 4-H Youth Development Agents

Livestock Exhibitors

Please contact Mr. Reed at rhimel@agcenter.lsu.edu if you are interested in showing livestock (cows, goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens) in 4-H during this school year.

2024 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Possession/validation deadlines:

November 6, 2023: Beef (Breeding and Commercial)

November 6, 2023:Dairy (Breeding and Commercial)

November 6, 2023: Market Goat, Goat (Breeding and Commercial)

November 6, 2023: Market Lamb, Sheep (Breeding and Commercial)

November 6, 2023:Exhibition Poultry

November 13, 2023: Miniature Cattle

December 4, 2023: Market Hogs, Swine (Breeding and Commercial)

All Terrebonne 4-H members must be enrolled in the Terrebonne Livestock program by October 16, 2023. To enroll send an email to Mr. Reed and let him know what animals you will be showing this year.

Parish Show January 20, 2024

District Show January 31- February 3, 2024

State Show February 10- 17, 2024

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Happy Fall!! We are asking Terrebonne Parish 4-H Members to be creative and enter the Pumpkin decorating Contest.

Rules: 1 entry per member

1. Must be handmade by the 4-H member.

2. No store-bought pumpkins (NO real or fake pumpkins).

3. Must have the 4-H Clover on the pumpkin.

4. Pumpkin must not be larger than 8x11. It can be whatever shape you like. It can be flat or 3D.

5. No edible items or real flowers.

6. Your name, school name and grade should be attached to the pumpkin with a gift tag.

7. Ribbons will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in elementary, middle, and high school divisions.

8. Pumpkins are due to the 4-H Office (8026 Main Street, Suite 402, Houma 70360) by October 4, 2023, no later than 4:00 p.m.

9. Pumpkins will be donated to a local nursing home and cancer treatment facilities.

Summer Highlights

We are proud of all Terrebonne 4-H members who represented us this summer at various camps and events.

4-H State Records Competition

Congratulations to Lexi C. for placing in the 7th Grade State Records Contest and earning a spot on the In-State Educational Trip.

We are proud of you and your 4-H work throughout the year.

4-H University

We had a great group of teens represent Terrebonne Parish 4-H at the 2023 4-H University Contest. The following 4-H members placed in their contests:


5th Place: Ashley G.


4th Place Team: Izzy A, Julia T, Keith P, Mallory H


5th Place Team:

Cody L., Charles T., Hunter L.

8th Place Team:

Carmen R., Caleb L., Abigail V.

Fashion- Upcycled

7th Place- Makayla R.

Outdoor Skills

10th Place Individual - Carter N.

4th Place Team:

Maddie C. , Rebecca T., Luke L., Carter N.

We would also like to recognize the following members for attending 4-H University and representing Terrebonne 4-H:

Katee L., Cierra R., Braxton A., Dalton B., Preston L. , Grant R., Chloee D., Da’Ahnja T. , John C., Abbigail T., Breanne L., Grace L.

4-H Horse Shows

The Terrebonne 4-H Horse Exhibitors did an outstanding job this summer competing in the 4-H Horse Shows.

Laney, Ava, Tanner, and Carson competed in timed events while Sophie competed in ranch and western riding events. All members placed to qualify to attend the Southern Regional Horse Show in Perry, Georgia.

Congratulations to Carson for earning high point in 14 and over timed events and Sophie for earning high point in 13 and under ranch riding.

Sophie traveled to the Southern Regional Horse Show where she competed in Ranch events where she placed 9th in Ranch Riding!

We are proud of these horse exhibitors! They put in a lot of time into their horse project, and it shows when they get into the arena.

4-H Summer Camp

4th -6th Grade 4-H members enjoyed 4 days at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. We are thankful for the counselors and adult volunteers who helped make this week fun and memorable!

What is 4-H?

4‑H is America's largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Louisiana’s 4-H program has thousands of members who take part in 4-H meetings and activities year-round. 4-H covers a wide range of projects to do on your own or with your friends and family members! 4-H members participate in one meeting a month with 4-H Agents at school. Each month, members will receive a newsletter. This newsletter will inform 4-H families about 4-H events and activities that they can participate in. Follow your passion and see how far it will take you!

4-H 101

4-H Emblem: Clover

4-H Colors: green & white, black & white, or white with black

4-H Motto: “To make the Best Better”

4-H Slogan: “Learn by Doing”

4-H Pledge:

"I pledge

My Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service and

My Health to better living,

for My Club, My Community, My Country and My World."

What does it cost to join?

The cost will vary from school to school. The dues amount should be written on the enrollment form. You will only pay dues at the beginning of each school year. Each school club has their own fee, so ask your leader the cost.

Join 4-H!

Any boy or girl who is 9 years old by January 1st of the current school year through the 12th grade and is willing to follow the 4-H ideals and standards, is eligible for membership. This year you can join 4-H Online! To join 4-H Online, visit https://v2.4honline.com

What are some other 4-H programs?

Camping, shooting sports, sewing, parish contests, 4-H University, pet show, Achievement Day and many other programs are offered through 4-H. Going places and doing things in 4-H helps to teach boys and girls to enjoy working together. These programs add interest to the 4-H project by offering additional fun-type educational opportunities that promote the ideals of 4-H.

9/1/2023 4:43:07 PM
Rate This Article:

Have a question or comment about the information on this page?

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture