January 2021 - The Clover Talk

Originally Published January 13, 2021.

Dates to remember!


Allen Parish Livestock Show:16

Deadline to sign up for Chef Club: 15

Allen Parish Livestock Sale: 21

Honor Chords:24

SW District Scholarship Paperwork Due:25

SW District Livestock Show: January 31-February 7

Lego Challenge Due:31


Shooting Sports Shot Gun Practice: 4

Shooting Sports Archery Practice: 9

State Livestock Show: 13-20

Shooting Sports Shot Gun Practice: 18

Ambassador Commodity Talk:22

Shooting Sports Archery Practice: 23

Central Region Career Camp: 26th

Demonstration Day Pre-Registration: 19

Dress Review Garments Due:20

Lego Challenge Due:26

Welcome to Allen Parish 4-H!

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

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

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.

How do I Join Allen Parish 4-H?

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

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.

Junior Leaders Club

This year the Junior Leaders service project focuses on Saying NO to Drug and alcohol abuse. Drug abuse is affecting the youth all over the world. It is ruining the society socially, physically, culturally, emotionally and economically. We need to raise our voice to create awareness among people regarding bad effects of drugs. Hey Guys due to livestock shows, we will have our next meeting in February.

The Junior Leaders are challenging 4-H Club Members to submit a drug awareness video. The contest is to help raise community awareness of the problem of drug abuse. Videos should be 2 minutes to 5 minutes in length and submitted to blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu Videos should have an anti-abuse message or making the right choice message. Junior Leaders will choose the best video!


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

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

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID19 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.

4-H Honor Cords

The 4-H Honor Cord Award recognizes 4-H members who are graduating seniors.

For 4-H youth to receive the 4-H Honor Cord, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a currently enrolled 4-H member and in good standing
  • Must be a graduating senior
  • Must have been enrolled in 4-H for at least 3 years of their high school career
  • Must have participated in at least one state sponsored 4-H program in the past 3 years, or demonstrated exemplary parish-level program involvement

Must complete the application form by January 24th!

2020 4-H Honor Cord qualification information and application is on the 4-H Honor Cord page.

The Commodity Ambassador Contest

This State Contest is a unique state-level opportunity that exposes and prepares our younger 4-H members to public speaking. The BBQ Chicken, BBQ Turkey, and Egg Demonstration contests are events with advancement to the National 4-H contest held in Louisville, KY. Traditionally, division III winners would all be rewarded a spot on the State Educational Trip. We are transitioning this award system to monetary awards, except for those contests with national advancement opportunities. Our goal is to assist youth in advancing their public speaking skills, potentially awarding them in multiple ways for their hard work.

2021 ONLY – Virtual contest format

  • Division I and II entries for all categories will be submitted for entry as pre-recorded demonstrations speeches. Division III entries will be live speeches via Microsoft Teams on the following dates and tentative time frames:
  • Pre-recorded videos and all deliverables due: February 22nd,2021
  • Chicken BBQ, Turkey BBQ, and Egg Demo – March 2nd, 4:00-7:30 PM
  • Beef and Seafood Demo – March 3rd, 4:00 – 7:30 PM
  • A Commodity Crops – March 4th, 4:00-7:30 PM

Please contact Mrs. Brooke if you are interested.blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

Demonstration Day

This year we are going to conduct our contest virtually.

Attention Leaders!

Please Pre-Register by February 19, 2021.You will receive a Pre-Registration Form by Email. Members will present their presentation Live through the Teams App. Presentations will be presented March 8-12th.The presentations will be scheduled according to the times that the schools allow. Dress Review: Garments are due to the 4-H office by February 20th.

Limited to 1 Demonstration Presentation Per 4-H Member.

Individual= 1 member and Team= 2 members

What is a Demonstration? A demonstration puts words with actions. During a demonstration each step is explained as the audience watches how each step is completed. Demonstrations are full of action-packed words, such as mix, saw, turn, or fold, that accurately describes the action that is being viewed.

Information to include on Tri-Fold Board or Poster:

1) Title/ Cover Poster; 2) Materials/ supplies needed; 3) Steps/ Process; 4) Summary

Keep it simple! Sometimes the simplest ideas presented well are better than complex ideas presented poorly.

Parents if you have any questions please contact your school leader or email blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

Chef Club

Time to sign up for chef club! Our focus this year is families cooking together. If your child joins please make this an experience the whole family can take part in. Please sign your child up by January 15,2021.After the sign update, we will notify you when chef club boxes are ready for pick-up. Your monthly chef club box with include: a kitchen tool, recipe, and activities. Please sign up using the Chef Club sign up form.

Shooting Sports

Archery practices will be at the 4H office in Oberlin from 4-6 pm.

Shotgun practices will be at 3D Shooting Center in Oberlin from 4-6 pm. Shooting price is $20/50 shots. We WILL NOT be shooting the entire course. Only select stations, and ONLY with an adult present.

ADULT MUST accompany ALL participants to ALL practices due to safety issues.

Archery Schedule:

Tuesday, January 12 & 26

Tuesday, February 9 & 23

Shotgun Schedule:

Thursday, January 7 & 21

Thursday, February 4 & 18

This will give us at least 8 hours practice until regional competition.

You may also utilize YouTube videos on archery and shotgun safety. Also, upper body exercises for archers/shooters. Just write down what you watch and turn in to blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu

January Lego Challenge! Marble Maze!

If your child is taking the challenge please send photos to blafargue@agcenter.lsu.edu by January 31,2021

Marbles and LEGO go together like peanut butter and jelly.

There are tons of ways to build a LEGO marble maze out of basic bricks. It’s a fun STEM challenge for kids, and there is no wrong way to do it as long as the marble has a way to go from the entrance to the exit.

How to Build a DIY LEGO Marble Maze

Materials: LEGO baseplate, LEGO bricks, Marbles

Instructions: Build the border around the baseplate first.


Make sure to leave two gaps for the start and the finish of the marble maze. Marble sizes may vary, so make sure your marble can fit through the gaps before you continue to build.

Start building the path for your marble to get from the start to the finish.

Fill the rest with false paths and dead-ends. You may need to rearrange the pieces from the solution route to connect to these other paths.


Keep in mind that the maze does not have to be perfect. Some paths may be 2 stubs wide, others might be 3 stubs. As long as your marble can fit through the paths, you are golden.


Getting the marble from the start to the finish may not be so easy. It takes great gross motor skills, fine motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination to get the marble to go through different gaps.

Plus, it takes a lot of patience. Your kid might get the marble stuck on one path and cannot get it through a gap. If he/she gives up, then he/she will never finish the maze. It’s a great parenting and teaching moment to calmly help your kid practice patience.

If your child is having trouble navigating the marble without it falling out of the maze, try doubling up on the walls. With higher walls, your child can tilt the board more to get the marble to where he/she wants it to go.

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