2023 Assumption Parish October 4-H Clover Chatter

Margo Castro, Templet, Loretta

Margo L. Castro
4-H Extension Agent
Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter
119 Robin Street
Napoleonville, LA 70390
(985) 369-6386

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

This contest will be held on Wednesday, October 18th, at the 4-H facility.

Registration will be held all day from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to bring pumpkins to school and will be picked up by Ms. Margo.

If you would like your pumpkin back, they can be picked up Thursday, October 19th from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

This contest is open to all 4-H’ers.

Real Pumpkins must be used!

The categories are:
Funniest (humorous, amusing, causes laughter, etc.)
Prettiest/Cutest (nice looking, attractive, beautiful, etc.)
Scariest (fright, shock, alarming, etc.)
Unusual (odd, strange, rare, etc.)
Creative (imaginative, innovative, artistic, etc.)
Carved (engraved, cut, etc.)

Awards will be given to Division Winner per category and Overall Pumpkin. Ribbons will be awarded to Blue, Red, and White placing in each category:
Division I – 4th grade
Division II – 5th & 6th grade
Division III – 7th & 8th grade
Division IV – 9th – 12th grade

Join 4-H Today!

Don’t forget all 4-H’ers must register online to be a member!
We are very excited to begin the 4-H Year!

Louisiana 4-H is transitioning to an online enrollment system. 4-H Online is fully encrypted; member and volunteer information are safe, backed up continuously, and fully secured. This new system allows families to manage all of their contacts in one place. To join 4-H Online, visit https://v2.4honline.com.

If you need any assistance enrolling, you can contact
Ms. Margo at 985-369-6386 or

Life Skill Lessons

This year our educational focus will be Life Skills Development. Each month a different Life Skill will be taught.

Lesson 1 – Get a Job

What do you want to do when you grow up? This is a common question that many students get asked. Some people know from an early age and others take a while to figure it out.

No matter how long it takes, it’s helpful to think about the impact of a chosen occupation on your life. Selecting your career is one of the most important life decisions you will make. Being prepared is the key to finding and keeping a good job.

At this month’s club meetings, we will practice and demonstrate firm, confident handshakes and the importance of first impressions.

Broiler Orders

The 4-H Office is now accepting orders for Broilers.

Orders and money for broilers is due November 17, 2023, to the 4-H Office. Broilers can be purchased for $.75 each. Checks or money orders can be made payable to: Assumption 4-H Foundation.

Deliver details will be given at a later date. For more information call the 4-H Office at 985-369-6386.

Broiler Chick Order Form:

Name: ___________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

School: ________________ #____ of Chicks x .75 = _________Total Due

Make check payable to: Assumption 4-H Foundation
Mailing address: 4-H Office, 119 Robin Street, Napoleonville, LA 70390

Assumption Parish Shooting Sports

Archery – BB – Rifle – Shotgun

$50.00 Registration Fee Archery
$50.00 Registration Fee BB
$50.00 Registration Fee Rifle
$75.00 Registration Fee Shotgun
4-H’ers are responsible for their own firearm, ammunition, and safety gear.
For more information and to receive an application contact
Margo Castro, 4-H Agent @ 985-369-6386 or mcastro@agcenter.lsu.edu
Deadline to sign-up is October 23, 2023

2023 4-H & FFA Bash on the Bayou Tailgate

LSU VS ARMY – October 21, 2023

4-H Mini Farm - 10:00AM Doors Open – 12:00PM Lunch

The event is FREE to our 4-H & FFA families but space will be limited.
During the event, participants will be able to watch football games
on our big screen and play cornhole and more outside.
4-H Executive Board will host their annual silent auction fundraiser and
FFA will have items from FFA chapters available for their auction.
Tailgate will close 1 hour before game time.

Please go to the following link to order tickets https://fevogm.com/Louisiana4H

Ground Beef, Egg, Poultry and Sweet Potato Cookery Contest

The Parish 4-H Ground Beef, Egg, Poultry and Sweet Potato Cookery Contests will be held on Saturday, November 11th, in the AgCenter Warehouse. Registration will be 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Only one dish may be exhibited in each cookery contest.
● Dishes are to be brought in a disposable dish.
● Dishes should contain servings enough for five-six samples.
● A copy of the recipe for the entire dish with title of recipe at top. Place 4-H’ers initials and grade only on back of recipe for easy identification by the 4-H agent. Do Not write 4-H’ers name or school on recipe.
● 4-H’ers do not stay for the judging. The dishes will be judged, and ribbons will be distributed at the club meetings.
For food safety reasons, please remember to bring all dishes COLD. We will heat it if need.

Ground Beef Cookery Contest:

4-H’ers will exhibit a prepared main dish using at least one pound of ground beef.
Please note: Ground Beef dish may be entered in only one of the three categories:

1. Low-Calorie Main Dish - a dish which provides less than 300 calories per serving.
2. Quick & Easy Main Dish - a dish that is ready to serve in less than one hour.
3. One Dish Meal - a dish that provides food from at least three of the main food groups.

  • No appetizers unless it can be served with rice, noodles, bread, or crackers.
  • Soup is an entrée as long as it has ground beef.

For food safety reasons, please remember to bring all dishes COLD. We will heat it if need.


Egg Cookery Contest:

4-H’ers will exhibit a prepared egg dish using at least 4 eggs.
Please note: Egg dish may be entered in only one of the three categories:

1. Appetizers and Salads
2. Desserts
3. Main Dish

● Dishes with raw eggs in the final product will not be judged for food safety reasons (and will receive the lowest ribbon). Example: raw eggs in dip or ice cream

For food safety reasons, please remember to bring all dishes COLD. We will heat it if need.


Poultry Cookery Contest:

Please note: Poultry dishes may be entered in only one of the three categories:

1. Chicken
2. Processed Poultry Products
3. Other Poultry Meat

Bring to the contest a prepared poultry dish. It may be any:
Main Dish

1. Chicken – a dish which contains a minimum of 2 pounds bone-in chicken or 1-pound deboned chicken meat. Contestants should purchase whole chicken or identifiable chicken parts, such as wings, thighs, legs, or breasts. (This dish should not include special processed chicken, such as marinated chicken strips, chicken nuggets, chicken franks, smoked chicken, canned chicken, etc.) Chicken includes any of the following:
Baking Hen
Cornish or Game Hen

2. Processed Poultry Products – a dish which includes a minimum of 12 ounces of processed (value-added) poultry products. Value-added poultry products are poultry meats which have undergone special processing. Marinated, breaded, seasoned, and reformed products are examples of special processing techniques. Some product examples are listed below:

Special Note: All dishes containing any turkey item, (whole, part, or processed) should be entered into this division.
Canned Chicken
Chicken Franks
Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Strips
Ground Chicken
Ground Turkey
Smoked Chicken
Smoked Turkey
Turkey Bacon
Turkey Ham
Turkey Rolls
Turkey Sausage

3. Other Poultry Meat – a dish which contains a minimum of 2 pounds bone-in or 1-pound deboned meat from a bird other than chickens or turkeys. You may choose poultry meat from any of the following:

For food safety reasons, please remember to bring all dishes COLD. We will heat it if need.

Recycled Art Contest

Turn Your Trash into Art - November 10th

Your entry must be made from used items that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled such as metals, paper, rubber, glass, plastics, or cloth to name a few.

Rules are:

  • Open to all 4-H Members.
  • All entries due to 4-H Office by November 10, 2023.
  • One entry per 4-H’er.
  • Projects should be 4-H’er created.
  • All entries must be labeled with 4-H’ers name, grade, and school.

Recycled Art Contest items are due at the November meetings or can be brought to the 4-H Office by November 10, 2023.

All items will be returned.

Ribbons of blue, red, and white will be awarded. Champions in each category in each division will be awarded.

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.

2023-24 4-H Calendar of Events

October Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
1-7 – National 4-H Week
9-10 – Fall Break/Columbus Day (School)
18 – Pumpkin Decorating Contest Due
21 – 4-H LSU Football Bash
30 – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
31 – 4-H Dues and Enrollment Cards Due

November Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
TBA – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
10 – Recycled Art Contest Due
11 – Ground Beef, Egg, Poultry, and Sweet Potato Cookery
16-17 – SW Challenge Camp
20-24 – Thanksgiving Holiday (School)
23-24 – Thanksgiving Holiday (4-H Office)

December Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
TBA – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
1 – Christmas Card Contest
2 – Seafood, Rice, Sugar Cookery, 4-H Office
8-10 – Shooting Sports Camp
15 – Beef Poster Contest Due
22-Jan 1 – Christmas Holidays (4-H Office)
22-Jan 4 – Christmas Holidays (School)

January Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
TBA – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
9 – Fashion and Beyond on Tour
12 – Dairy Poster Contest Due
15 – Martin Luther King Holiday (School & 4-H Office)
19 – Duct Tape Contest Due
20 – Parish Livestock Show

February Events
No Club Meetings
No Jr. Leader Meeting
1-3 – District Livestock Show
9 – Character Education Poster Contest Due
10-17 – State Livestock Show
12-16 – Mardi Gras Break (School)
13 – Mardi Gras (4-H Office)
TBA – 4-H Night with the Pelicans

March Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
TBA – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
Demonstration Days – At Club Meetings
1-10 – Southern Regional Shoot
2 – 4-H State Rabbit Show
7-9 – Jr. Leadership Conference
15 – Pet Look-A-Like Portrait Contest
22 – Sew with Cotton Contest Due
26-27 Ag Day - Tentative
29 – Easter Holiday (4-H Office)
29 April 5 – Easter Holiday (School)

April Events
No Club Meetings
No Jr. Leader Meeting
5 – Area Cookery
12-21 – State Shooting Sports Match
30 – Career Ag Awareness Day
TBA – Project/Record Books/Activity Guides Due

May Events
Club Meetings as per schedule
TBA – Jr. Leader Meeting, 4-H Office
14 – 4-H Awards Banquet - Tentative
27-30 – 4-H Summer Camp – Camp Grant Walker

June Events
TBA – 4-H University
TBA – District Horse Show

July Events
July 4th Holiday (Office Closed)

TBA: Honey Bee Essay Contest, Garden Contest, and Jr. Leader Trip

TBA = To be announced

“It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.”

Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact Margo Castro at 985-369-6386 or mcastro@agcenter.lsu.edu no later than 14 days prior to the event.

The LSU AgCenter is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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