November 2023 Newsletter

4-H Night with the Pelicans

Don’t miss out on a fun night of basketball and fan experiences! Seats are limited, first come first serve. Order your group tickets as soon as possible to get the best seats.

Date: Friday, January 19, 2024, Tip off 7:00PM

Game: New Orleans Pelicans versus Phoenix Suns

Location: Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70113

Deadline: to purchase tickets Friday, December 22, 2023

Pelicans Tickets

What’s Included with each ticket purchase

  • Pelican promotion item on the night of the game is a plush pelican hat. (The Famous Carnival Celebration Bird Hat 2.0) Based on availability.
  • Pelicans Hoodie – Given out at the Pregame Tailgate Party 4:00pm-5:15pm and at the Group Sales Center outside of section 114 6:00PM until half time. Sizes based on availability.

Achievement Day Theme Winners

4th Grade Placings:

1st – Charlotte Thompson, St. Michael

2nd – Lucy Thompson, St. Michael

3rd – Landry Richard, St. Michael

4th – Layne Oestriecher, Rayne Catholic

5th – Brandon Villanueve, Richard

5th Grade Placings:

1st – Isla O’Pry, Lucky Clovers

2nd – Evangeline Saltzman, OMP

3rd – Reid Bielstein, Richard

4th – Caden Shirley, Church Point Elem

5th – Zoey Vincent, Richard

6th Grade Placings:

1st – Libby Fontenot, Lucky Clovers

2nd – Camille Gary, Evangeline

3rd – Addison Bergeron, Lucky Clovers

4th – Ava Savoy, OMP

5th –Grant Bundick, Richard

7th & 8th Grade:

1st – Katherine Richard, St. Michael

2nd –Alley Morgan, Egan

3rd – Katherine Richard, St. Michael

4th – Katherine Richard, St. Michael

5th – Kyson, Vallery, Richard

9th—12th Grade:

1st – Ryleigh Oestriecher, Notre Dame

2nd – Ashley Clement, Midland

3rd – Haylee Barbier, Midland

4th – Ameilia Fontenot, Lucky Clovers

5th – Allen Clement, Midland

Commodity Cookery Contests

The Ground Beef, Rice and Bento contests will be held on Monday, November 13, 2023 at the 4-H office.

Our second Commodity Cookery Contest will be held on December 11, 2023. This will include the Sugar Cookery and the Seafood Cookery Contests.

Commodity Cookery Rules & Regulations (All Grades): Doors will open at 7:30am. for those who have school that day. Others may bring their dish at 8:30am. Dishes may be dropped off by a parent, and you do not have to be present to receive an award. Judging will begin at 9:00 AM. Once judging begins, no late dishes will be accepted. ALL participants must submit their recipe at the time of entry with category, division, name, grade and school club on the back of the recipe. Only one copy of the recipe (neatly handwritten or typed) is required. Each participant may ONLY ENTER ONE DISH IN EACH COMMODITY SUBCATEGORY. For example, you may enter a dish in Rice Main Dish and one in Rice Dessert, but NOT two in Rice Dessert.

Remember, dishes must be prepared at home. Each dish must be chilled on ice to 40° or lower (even cakes and cookies), plated in a disposable container and brought to the contest in an ice chest accompanied with ICE, or they will be disqualified. No place mats, serving utensils or flower arrangements, etc. will be accepted. NOTE: only 3-4 servings of the dish must be plated at the contest. For example, if the recipe states that it serves six, only three servings should be displayed but your recipe must state the entire serving size.

Sugar Cookery Recipe must include at least one cup of sugar which includes raw, brown, powdered & granulated sugars only. Divisions: Baked items (bread, cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) and Other Dessert (candies, icebox pies, ice cream, etc. Homemade jams, jellies and preserves or raw eggs are NOT accepted entries).

Seafood Cookery: The dish must use at least one (1) cup of seafood. The seafood must be fresh, frozen, pasteurized or dried. Canned seafood is not acceptable. Surimi, an artificial crab made from fish, cannot be used. There can be no raw seafood in the final dish. Entries in categories 1 -5 may contain a small amount of a second seafood but not more than ½ of the amount of the primary seafood. For example, a recipe could contain one cup of crab as the primary seafood and ½ cup of shrimp as the secondary seafood. The Seafood Cookery offers five divisions: Shrimp, Crawfish. Oyster, Fish/Non-Traditional, Crab

Exploring the Elements of Art Monthly Lesson

This month’s Art lesson is all about shape and form. Members will analyze types of shapes used in various works of art and create their own cut paper collage. Also, members will analyze both two- and three-dimensional lines to see how shapes become forms.

Fashion & Beyond On Tour

The 4-H Fashion Board would like to invite you5th-12th gradersto come experience the "new" Fashion & Beyond On Tour. You will get a closer look at all aspects of the fashion world, from newspaper runways, color wheels, upcycling, fibers, to basic sewing fundamentals. You will engage in multiple sessions of activities planned by the fabulous fashion board. Items to bring: Sack Lunch and Adult Medium sized T-shirt to cut up. Join us at one of our venues as we travel the state bringing fashion to your fingertips! The cost is $25 per person. *Limit 50 per location

There are two dates available:

January 9, 2024 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 4-H Mini Farm, LSU Campus 91 AgCenter Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70803

January 17, 2024 10:00 am - 3:00 pm River of Life Church 127 Ellis Lane Winnsboro, LA 71295

Questions: Contact your local 4-H agents for more details


Horse Clinic

Come join the Horse Clinics this year for FREE! This year Acadia parish will be offering horse clinics. We will again team up with master horsemen throughout the region. The dates for the clinics are November 27th, December 18th and January 29th held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena from 6 -8 p.m. In order to attended youth must be a registered 4-H member AND bring your own horse. For more information or questions, please call Emma Zaunbrecher Tyler at 337-366-2109

Hunter Safety Class 

All shooting sports participants are required to show proof of hunter safety by December 31st. There are Hunter Safety courses being offered in Crowley. Use the links below to register for your desired date.

Friday, December 15 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, December 16 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday, January 12 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, January 13 8:00am-5:00pm

**9-year-olds will receive temporary certification. They must re-take the course when they turn 10 years old to receive permanent certification.

Life Book Contest

A Life Book is the record of a foster care youth’s life in his or her own words using photos, artwork, and mementos collected along the way. These journals document their history, celebrate accomplishments, and let their talents shine! This contest is open to all 4-H members! The contest is to design a creative cover and assemble a Life Book for a foster care youth. Entries should be single-sided. Multiple entries will be accepted. Cover designs will be judged in two divisions: 4th-6th graders and 7th-12th graders. Entries are due to the 4-H Office by December 4, 2023. For instructions and Life Book pages, visit our website. If you need the pages printed, please contact the office.

Livestock Validation & Possession Dates!

4-H & FFA exhibitors are required to enter animals that they intend to show under their 4-HOnline profile. This is NOT entry into the actual Parish, District, or State Shows. When entries are due only those animals successfully entered in 4HOnline by the deadline will be eligible to be entered in the spring shows. Animals requiring validations will only be approved after agents have received the validation envelope, card, and payment for the respective animal.

All animals can be validated by the exhibitor or parent on their own premise. The responsibility of tagging and collecting DNA hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Exhibitors should request a validation kit from the extension office. The validation will consist of ear tagging, pulling a hair sample & placing it in the envelope provided. Validation envelopes must be returned to the 4-H Office with the $7 fee by the deadline stated below. Checks can be made out to Acadia 4-H Foundation or paid online at Acadia 4-H

Foundation website. Animals validated must be in the exhibitor’s name or family name. Animals tagged for the 2023 LA State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag but must still pull hair to complete the LSU AgCenter State Show validations.

Validation Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor, tag assigned, and DNA/hair samples must be submitted to parish LSU AgCenter Office by listed deadline) Com.=Commercial

November 6, 2023, by 4:30 P.M.: Com. Does, Market Goats, Com. Lambs, Market Lambs, Com. Heifers and Com. Dairy Heifers

December 4, 2023, by 4:30 P.M.: Market Swine and Com Gilts

Possession Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of the exhibitor by this deadline. Registration papers must be submitted within 30 days of the possession deadline.)

November 6, 2023: Beef, Sheep, Goat, Dairy Breeding, and Exhibition Poultry.

November 13, 2023: Miniature Cattle

December 1, 2023: Rabbits

December 4, 2023: Swine Breeding

Please order validation packets from Kaylyn LeBlanc by calling the Parish AgCenter office and return them directly to her with the $7 payment.

Louisiana 4-H SeaPerch

SeaPerch is a program where youth teams meet with a coach and design, build, and engineer an underwater remotely operated vehicle. Louisiana 4-H will host a regional qualifier on March 2, 2024 at the LSU Natatorium.

The Challenge

Pilot your ROV through an obstacle course; Use your ROV to complete an underwater mission; A team interview with a panel of engineering experts; Submission of an engineering-design notebook.

If you are up for the challenge, contact the 4-H Office at 337-788-8821.

LRBA Youth Scholarship Show

Acadia 4-H is partnering with the LRBA to offer a dual Rabbit Youth workshop and show at the Acadia Rice Arena, December 16, 2023.  The workshop is free of charge and will cover everything from showmanship, grooming, show etiquette and even intro to cavies (guinea pigs).  All attendees are welcome to register to show in advance ($4 discounted fee) or the morning of the event ($6). Send all entries to This event will have both open and youth shows, as well as art exhibits (Picture, Wood, Other), Informative Poster, Ugly Sweater, and Showmanship Contests.  All youth aged 5 to 18 are invited to participate! Check-in is from 7-8:30a.m. Youth workshops are from 7:45-9:00, and the show begins at 9:00a.m. For more information, follow LRBA’s event page on Facebook.

National 4-H Week Display Winners

The National 4-H Week promotional contest is designed to encourage clubs to promote 4-H in their community through the design and creation of a promotional display. We are excited to announce the winners of this great competition. The 2023 winners are as follows: 5th Mire , 4th Richard, 3rd Egan, 2nd Morse, 1st Lucky Clovers. The winning club will be awarded with ice cream!

Picture of Achievement Day Theme Display winner

Shooting Sports

Reminder for participants: always have ear and eye protection as well as closed toe shoes. Appropriate dress is a must. If it's "legal" for school, then it should be ok for shooting. Reminder: Need 8 hours of practice to qualify for regionals. At practices you may want to bring Off for mosquitoes. 

Practices - Archery  11/19/23 12:30 Rice arena

Rifle 11/26/23 1:00 Iota PD

Pistol 11/5/23 1:00 Iota PD

Shotgun 11/12/23 11:00 Wilderness

Congratulations to our newest SS Ambassadors - Nathan Faulk and Kade Copeland

Shooting Sports Camp-December 8-10, 2023 - Grant Parish.

Shooting Sports Camp is held annually at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA and is open to 4-H youth ages 9-13.
Participants can choose their discipline. There is a fee which covers: registration, lodging, meals, and t-shirt. ($120
per youth/per parent/per coach). Parents and coaches are welcome to attend but it is not mandatory. Youth--bring your own safety equipment, bow/firearm, and arrows/ammo. All firearms MUST be cased. Must provide your own transportation. Registration will be through 4-Honline through the “Events” tab. Deadline to register is November 20.

SW Region Agricultural Awareness Day

The annual LSU AgCenter Southwest Region Agricultural Career Day at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Rayne, LA is on December 12, 2023. The agricultural Career Day offers youth in grades 8-12 a unique opportunity to learn more about agricultural careers, research, and production. Youth will experience firsthand the basics behind agricultural production. A field tour will give an up-close look at rice production. In addition, participants will learn about potential agricultural related careers from university, research, and extension leaders. You do not have to be a 4-H member to attend. The deadline to sign up is December 1st. You can find the registration form on our website

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