Vermilion 4-H Cracklins Newsletter - November 2020

Sylvia Trahan, Waits, Hilton, Waits, Shannan


Important Dates

  • November 3 - Engineering Day
  • November 7 - CANCELLED - Fishing Clinic (Middle School)
  • November 9 - Deadline to register for Shooting Sports - link in newsletter
  • November 17 - Shooting Sports Meeting at 4-H barn - parent must attend
  • November 19 - Digital Poster Contest Deadline - Topic: Food Science
  • November 19 - Junior Leader Meeting
  • November 20-21 - Fall Livestock Show
  • November 30 - Clothing Contest (4th - 5th Graders)
  • December 1 - Clothing Contest ( 6th - 12th Graders)

4-H Science Lab-Making Butter

This month all around the parish at club meetings students will be making butter and learning about how the physical changes in matter are from a cause and effect relationship. Heat can cause changes in matter and even make it form new substances. This is Physical Science!

Heavy cream has a good deal of fat in it. That is why it can make such delicious items. By shaking the cream, the fat molecules begin to separate from the liquid. The more the cream is shaken the more these fat molecules clump together forming a solid which is the butter.

Butter is milk fat that has been separated from cream. Butter is a source of vitamin A and certain essential fatty acids. We keep butter in closed containers because butter will pick up flavors from other foods that may be found in the refrigerator.


4-H Shooting Sports Program

It’s time to begin the Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports program for 2021. The program offers two disciplines: shotgun and archery. Members can choose to shoot either shotgun or archery or they can participate in both. Shotgun offers Jr. and Sr. divisions in Modified Trap and Advanced Shotgun. Archery offers Jr. and Sr. divisions for Recurve, Genesis, and Compound bows. Shotgun practices will be held at the G.O.L. range in Maurice and Archery practices will be held at the 4-H Barn in Abbeville. The cost to participate in shotgun is $50.00 for Modified Trap and $60.00 for Advanced Shotgun. Participation in archery is $50.00.

If you are interested in participating in the Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports program go to this link and complete the registration form by November 9, 2020.

Here's the link to the form "Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports Registration Form":

There will be an organizational meeting for Shooting Sports members on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building (4-H Barn). At least one parent must accompany the member to the meeting. Registration fees will be collected at the meeting. There will be additional registration forms that both parent and youth will need to sign to complete the registration process.

Shooting Sports image

4-H Jr. Leader Club

The 4-H Jr. Leader Club is open to all 8th - 12th grade 4-H members. The club meets once each month in the evening and helps conduct parish-level programming along with taking part in a year-long service-learning project. The topic for this year's project is "Mental Health." Throughout the year, members will learn about mental health issues and provide services for needs related to that topic. In addition, members have FUN at each monthly meeting and work toward a celebration trip at the end of the year. For more information contact the 4-H Agents. The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Amelia Detraz

Amelia Detraz planted flowers at a local nursing home to help residents have cheerful mental health.

Virtual 4-H Pumpkin Workshop

Congratulations to all members who participated in our first-ever virtual 4-H Pumpkin Workshop! Certificates will be delivered to your Google Classroom or your email address - depending on how you submitted your entry. We hope you enjoyed this activity as much as we enjoyed seeing all of your great pictures! Here are two great examples of the many entries we received.

Isaac duhon pumpkinGrace Breaux pumpkin

Isaac Duhon with his carved pumpkin. Grace Breaux with her painted pumpkin

4-H Engineering Contests – 8th-12th Graders

ATV, Compact Tractor, Tractor Driving

The 2020 Vermilion 4-H Engineering contest will be held Tuesday, November 3rd at 1:00 pm at the 4-H Barn in Abbeville. The contest is open to 8-12th grade members. The contest will offer Tractor Driving, Compact Tractor and ATV operation. To be eligible for a placing contestant must complete both the written test and driving portion of a contest. Contestants are not required to compete in all three events to participate. Course descriptions and diagrams are included below to help you prepare. Reminder all three of these contests are 4-H University qualifying – winners will have first choice to take part in the state contest. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hilton at 898-4335 or email at

ATV course Compact Tractor courseTractor Driving Course

ATV Course Compact Tractor Course Tractor Driving Course

4-H Honor Cords for Graduating Seniors

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 the deadline of January 29, 2021

Complete the application using this link:

Honor cords

4-H Honor Cord

Digital Poster/Slide Contest – Topic: Food Science

The November 4-H Science Lab lesson relates to Food Science! Check your Google Classroom at the beginning of November for this optional parish 4-H contest. Create a Google Slide featuring any scientific principle related to Food Science. Submit your entry by November 19 to be judged. This will count as a parish-level contest and can be included on your scoresheet for 4-H Camp and Outstanding Club Member at the end of the year.Slides will be judged in three (3) grade divisions:

  • 4th – 5th (all entries will receive either Gold, Silver or Bronze ribbons based upon scores)
  • 6th – 8th (1st – 5th place ribbons will be awarded to top five then remainder will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on scorecard)
  • 9th – 12th (1st – 5th place ribbons will be awarded to top five and 6th – 10th place will receive Gold ribbons)

Slides will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Coverage of topic
  • Use of graphics
  • Organization
  • Layout and design
  • Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

Food Science

Fall Livestock Show

Livestock exhibitors will have a chance to show their animals (beef, swine, sheep, goats) at a fall livestock show on November 20-21, 2020. It will be held at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building and is open to Vermilion 4-H exhibitors only. More information and entry details will be sent directly to livestock exhibitors. If you are interested, please contact

Livestock picture

4-H Clothing Contest

Turn in and model garments at the 4-H office between 4:30 & 6:00 pm on the following dates:4th – 5th Grade - November 30 /6th – 12th Grade - December 1

All 4-H’ers are invited to take part in the 4-H Clothing Contest. Members must construct (sew) garments that fit their body because modeling the garment for the judge is part of the contest scoring. A virtual fashion show will also be created this year in lieu of an in-person event. Contestants will model for the judge when they submit their entry to the 4-H office and should come prepared with proper accessories and shoes for the complete outfit. Pictures for the virtual fashion show will be taken at this time. This contest is a 4-H University qualifying event for 8th – 12th grade members. Winners in those grades will be offered the opportunity to compete at the state event next summer. Please read the following category list carefully.

4th-5th Grade Categories:

Tops: Includes any shirt or blouse that fits the member. Does NOT include vests, aprons or another item that must be worn with something underneath to be complete.

Bottoms: Includes pants, shorts, skirts, or capris

Simple Nightgown: One-piece garment appropriate for sleepwear

Any other garment: Any garment that does not fit one of the categories listed above. Must be a garment that the member can wear and model for appearance judging.

6th – 12th Grade Categories

[NOTE: All entries MUST be a complete outfit at this grade level]:

Casual Wear: Includes any complete outfit appropriate for a casual occasion. Does NOT include floor length skirts or very dressy outfits.

Special Occasion: Includes any complete outfit appropriate for special wear including prom, wedding, interview, etc.

Creative Choice: Includes any complete outfit for any occasion but with emphasis on challenging construction components. Outfit must feature five (5) or more of the following: bound buttonholes; collar or neckline treatment; creative stitchery; cuffs; design that must be matched; gathers; ruffles; flounces; handmade accessories; lining; pleats; tucks; pockets; sleeves; special seams; tailored collar; trim or decorative detail; underlining; use of unusual fabrics; waistband; use of two (2) or more fabrics of different weight or textures; yoke; or zipper.

Appearance judging criteria includes: Design, Fit, Accessories, and Presentation. Members can earn up to ten (10) points in each category for a total possible score of 40 points. The construction judging is valued at 60 points for a combined possible of 100 points for the entry. Members will leave garments at the 4-H office for construction judging.

Ayla Bergeron

Madelyn Abbott

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Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability. Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (337) 898-4335 no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. The LSU AgCenter provides equal opportunities and employment. Cooperating agencies: LSU AgCenter, Louisiana parish governing bodies, and United States Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the Vermilion Parish 4-H Program contact - Vermilion 4-H, 1105 W. Port Street, Abbeville, LA. 70510. Phone number is 337.898.4335.

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