October 2020

Originally Published on October, 2020

Brooke LaFargue
4-H Agent, Allen Parish

117 N 5th St Oberlin
Phone 337-639-4376
Email: blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu
Fax: 337-639-2985



  • National 4-H Week 4-10
  • Sweet Potato Sales Start 1
  • Junior Leader Meeting 20


  • Sweet Potato Forms Due 9
  • Sweet Potatoes Ready to be picked up 16
  • Junior Leader Meeting 17
  • Workshop 21
  • Pet Show 23

Welcome to Allen Parish 4-H!

This year is going to be very different from our normal club year. During this time of social distancing, it is hard to not be meeting in person with our 4-H club members.

It is our goal to still reach members virtually. We are hoping to have some in person workshops and project club meetings. Most club leaders have created a google classroom for members.

Parents and Members will be able to access information on programs, lessons, workshops and project clubs through their leader’s classroom and on our website our website.

You may also find up to date information on the Allen Parish 4-H Facebook Page.

Our office has a new location: 117 N 5th St. Oberlin La 70655

Due to Covid-19 there are times that our staff is working remotely. Our office is not currently open to the public unless appointments are made. Please call 337-639-4376 or emailblafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

If at any time you have questions please email your 4-H Agent, Brooke LaFarge at blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

How do I Join Allen Parish 4-H?

Parent Volunteers and You may join Allen Parish 4-H by visiting the enrollment page.

Once you have enrolled online your leaders will be notified. The club leader will let you know the cost of dues. Dues are to be paid to the leaders.

Junior Leaders

What is Junior Leaders?

The 4-H junior leader experience is designed to provide members with the opportunity to learn about the qualities and competencies needed to be a leader. Junior leaders provide assistance with 4-H events and assume more challenging leadership roles. Junior leaders may assist with specific community projects or with more general 4-H activities and events.

A 4-H member may enroll if they are at least 13 years or older as of January 1st of the current school year.

Our Junior Leader program is a great place to experience new things, compete in fun contests, meet new friends, travel, and learn the leadership skills necessary in the world!

Join us! Ice Cream Party! 1st Club Meeting!

Our event will be held at the 4-H Office on October 20th at 6:00 pm

Please register at this 4-H registration page.


4-H provides several ways that youth can participate, even your little brother and sister who is in Kindergarten- 3rd grade can participate.

Cloverbuds is designed to allow younger youth to participate in age appropriate, non- competitive experiences through 4-H. This club is going to be virtual and parish wide.

To join Cloverbuds you must enroll your child on the enrollment page. The 4-H office will receive this information and contact you by email.

This year Cloverbuds will learn about Agriculture. The first lesson is about Cotton! Cotton dates back to at least 7,000 years ago, which makes it one of the world’s oldest known fibers.

Seed of the Month Club

Allen Parish 4-H has started a Seed of the Month Club and accepting the first 50 members. Each month, members will receive a packet of seeds (or plant material) with instructions on planting, watering, growing, and harvesting. Recipes, service opportunities, and a wide variety of gardening education will be available for youth.

Please register on the Seed of the Month Club registration page.

Shooting Sports

Allen Parish Shooting Sports is offering 3 disciplines this year - archery, shotgun, and bb gun.

Please make sure to complete registration form by November 1, 2020.

If you enjoy the outdoors and hunting, you’ll love the shooting sports project! This project covers firearm safety and teaches responsible handling and use. Get ready because this project is hands on. Allen Parish 4-H offers Archery and Shotgun! See y'all on the range!

Please register on the Shooting Sports Registration page.

Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Carve, paint or bling out a pumpkin!

Snap a photo* and submit it by email blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

Must Submit photo, category, members name, grade and club name by October 26, 2020.

4-H Member must be in photo with decorated pumpkin.

Pumpkins may be big or small, we accept fake pumpkins or real pumpkins! 1 Entry per Member!

Prizes will be given to 1st place winners of each division!

Divisions include:

  • Elementary (4th-6th Grade)
  • Junior (7th -8th Grade)
  • High School (9th-12th Grade)
  • Cloverbuds
  • Categories:
  • Cutest Pumpkin
  • Most Creative Pumpkin (not Carved)
  • Spookiest Pumpkin
  • Best Carved Pumpkin
  • Disney Themed
  • 4-H Themed

T-Shirt Decorating Contest!

Hey, Allen Parish, 4-H members! Put on your thinking cap and create your design! The Allen Parish 4-H Office is sponsoring a 4-H t-shirt design contest for our 2020- 2021 club year.

Please send a picture of your design to blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu by November 1,2020.

Winner will have the design on this year’s club shirt! Winner will also receive a club shirt and a prize. Allen Parish 4-H club shirts will be available for purchase after the contest.

National 4-H Week!

National 4-H Week is an opportunity to highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in your communities and showcase the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people.

How can your club celebrate?

  • Make a flag or a banner
  • Have a reception for parents
  • Do a service-learning project
  • Prepare a meal.
  • Invite the parents and teachers as guests
  • Have a talent show
  • Make cookies for the school custodians, secretaries, cafeteria staff and bus drivers.
  • Prepare refreshments for the teachers' lounge
  • Decorate a bulletin board at a school or library
  • Present a thought-for-the- day over the intercom each morning
  • Advertise a wear-green day.


Attention All Exhibitors!

Please complete the Livestock Registration Form to register.

4-H/FFA Livestock Show Dates

Allen Parish Show January 15-16, 2021

Allen Parish Livestock Sale January 21, 2021

SW District Livestock Show January 25 - February 2, 2021

State Livestock Show February 13-20, 2021

Please join our Allen Parish Livestock Group on Facebook by clicking the picture below.

If you have questions please email blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

It is very important that you contact our office so that we can provide you with

Important Livestock Show Information! (337)274-6364 blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

******Validation of animals will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. Pick up kits at 4 -H Office. There are times that we are working remotely so please contact us to schedule a time for pick -up appointment. Return by Nov. 6th for Beef, Sheep Goat & Dairy; Dec. 4th for Swine.

The Allen Parish Livestock Youth Program is one of the best in the state which involves about 75 4-H and FFA exhibitors. The 4-H/FFA livestock project is one of the greatest tools we have is to teach responsibility, self-discipline, values, and hard work. We are very proud of our exhibitors!

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID‑19 there is no guarantee that the Allen Parish Livestock Show will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.

Allen Parish 4-H Pet Show

Please join us at the Allen Parish Fair Grounds in Oberlin on Monday November 23, 2020!

The Pet Show will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration Fee is $1 per animal being entered.

Masks are required.

We ask that you Pre-Register by clicking on the QR Code.

This will give an idea of who is attending. Prizes will be given out!

4-H Members, Cloverbuds and Non 4-H Members are invited to Participate!

Types of pets that may be entered are: Dogs, Birds, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, Reptiles, Any Other

(Ex. Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, and Gerbils) Birds, fish, hamsters, cats, etc. need to be accompanied by their own cages. Dogs must be on a leash. Please do not bring dogs that may bite or any type of animal that may cause injury to a person. Bring only healthy animals that are up to date on vaccinations.

Bring your pet dressed to impress! We will have an overall best dressed category.

We will provide a photo backdrop so you can get a get a photo with your pet!

We will also make Pet Rocks!

Please register on the Pet Show sign up page.


Christmas in November workshop!

Event will be held held at the 4-H office on November 21, 2020, 10 am to noon.

4-Hers will be able to complete four different gifts for their family. Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible.

Come wearing a homemade Christmas shirt, there will be a contest for most creative.

We will also provide a fun educational activity for the kids while they are there.

This workshop is NOT open to Clover buds. Masks are required.

Please register at the Workshop sign up page.

Allen Parish 4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser!

Boxes of cured Louisiana sweet potatoes are being sold in 10 pound boxes for $10.

We encourage our 4-H members to sale sweet potatoes! It is such a wonderful opportunity for the community to support our program. Money earned from the sale will benefit the Allen Parish 4-H Program. All forms and money must be turned into the 4-H office by NOVEMBER 9th

Top Seller will receive $100.00

The members that wish to participate will be responsible for picking them up from the 4-H Office.

Sweet Potatoes can be picked up from the 4-H Office on November 16th!

Please let us know if you are planning to participate by using the Sweet Potato sign up page.


This year our lesson our club focus is on Personal Development.

Let’s take the Goal Setting Ride! Setting goals is important to be successful in life. A goal is a target or something you shoot for just like a football or basketball player.

Planning what you want to achieve or get better at in school, at home, with friends or even in your club is called goal-setting and it helps you succeed.”

Goals can be set anytime and sometimes they change as we start working on them.

Without goals, we don’t have things to help us stay focused

Here are two activities to get your goals setting started!

Create a Vision Board

Materials Needed:

Notebook Paper, Poster Board, Pencil or Pen, Markers or Crayons, Old Magazines or Books, Scissors, Glue

  • Write down your short term goals on a piece of notebook paper.
  • Narrow down your list to your top five short term goals. Now you are read to create your Vision Board.
  • Write the title, “My Short Term Goals” on the top of your poster board. You are not limited to writing on your poster. Cut out letters or create your test on the computer. Be creative in your design.
  • Write your top 5 short term goals on your poster
  • Cut out pictures from old magazines or books that represent these goals and glue them on the poster board with each goal
  • Talk with your leader about your goals and what the pictures on your poster represent.

Make a Bucket List

This is an activity you can do with your Family and or Club!

  • Gather your family and or club, grab a piece of paper and some markers
  • Brainstorm a list of accomplishments experiences, or achievement goals

Due to Covid-19 there is always a possibility that an event maybe canceled. Please check our Facebook Page (Allen Parish 4-H) for announcements regarding all our 4-H Events. You may also email blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu with any questions or concern.

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