October 2020 4-H Newsletter

Upcoming Events


  • 11 – Junior Leader Meeting
  • 13 – Deadline to sign up for shooting sports
  • 14 – Fall Livestock Show
  • 16 – Sugar and Seafood/Sew with Cotton/
  • Sugar and Seafood Illustrated Talks
  • 20 – Turn in Mask Up Lafourche Posters
  • 23– Regional Rabbit Show


  • 12 – Poultry Day

Summertime Fun Activities…4-H University

In May, trainings began for 4-H University which was held June 23-26.Lafourche Parish was proudly represented by 21 competitors in various virtual contests from fishing sports to public speaking, and even Consumer Decision Making. Our Consumer Decision Making team was awarded State Champions and were offered an educational trip to compete in the national contest in Colorado in January. They were Katie Louviere, Grant Rebstock and Cohen Terrebonne from South Lafourche High.

Other 4-H’ers participating were: Kristen Richard, Central Lafourche, 4-H Has Talent; Collin Clement, Sixth Ward Middle, Career Preparation; Curstyn Oncale, East Thibodaux, Career Preparation; Morgan Jennings, Thibodaux High and Kylie Legendre, Central Lafourche, Consumer Decision Making; Mason Allemand, Golden Meadow Middle, Branden Ledet, South Lafourche and Beau Stein, Raceland Middle, Fishing Sports; Carson Chiasson, Connor Chiasson and Jack Chiasson, South Lafourche, Meat Id and Laila Zirlott, Central Lafourche, Public Speaking.

4-H’ers chosen to represent Lafourche on the State Citizenship Board were De’Andrew Thomas, Thibodaux High and Cohen Terrebonne, South Lafourche and State Fashion Board was Curstyn Oncale, East Thibodaux Middle.

Garden Contest Winners

4-H’ers throughout Lafourche participated in the Garden Contest. They selected a site, made rows, planted their crops, and picked their harvest.

Winners of the 2020 Garden Contest were:

Elementary Division—

  • First Place, Logan Curole, Holy Rosary
  • Second Place, Suki Livaudais, Galliano

Middle School Division—

  • First Place, Madelyn Fossum, Lockport Middle
  • Second Place, Beaux Curole, Holy Rosary
  • Third Place, Micah Compeaux, Holy Rosary

New Livestock Exhibitors

Please contact Miss Teddi at the 4-H Office at 446-1316 as soon as possible if you are a new exhibitor interested in showing Livestock or Horses in 4-H during this school year. It is important that we have your name and address so you can receive information on any upcoming events. There are important deadlines that need to be met so please call the office as soon as possible if you have livestock animals.

Possession dates for each species are as follows:

  • Steers, August 14th
  • Commercial Beef, Commercial Dairy, November 6th
  • Beef and Dairy Breeding, November 6th
  • Market Lambs and Commercial Ewes, November 6th
  • Sheep Breeding, November 6th
  • Market Goats and Commercial Does, November 6th
  • Goat Breeding, November 6th
  • Miniature Cattle, November 13th
  • Market Hogs and Commercial Hogs, December 4th
  • Swine Breeding, December 4th

Livestock Validation

As in past years, all market animals and commercial breeding animals are required to be validated through a process of collecting hair samples. The animals are then tagged and “validated”. You will be responsible for contacting the 4-H office to get your validation kits, validating your own animals and returning the kits to our office with your fees before November 6, 2020, for commercial beef, commercial dairy, market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats and commercial does. Market and commercial hogs will have to be validated before December 4, 2020 using the same process. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Teddi Folse at 985-446-1316.

Junior Leader Times

As a club composed of 4-H members at least 13 years of age, our Lafourche Parish Junior Leader Club focuses on being involved in community service as well as having fun as a group. Helping at many parish 4-H events is an annual task completed by many of our junior leaders. If interested in joining the club, please make every effort to attend the next meeting on October 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ag. Building in Raceland (115 Texas Street).The second meeting is on November 11th.Please go to the link below to fill out the online form: https://bit.ly/30jHRDt

Fall Livestock Show

The Bayou Area Fall Classic will be held on November 14th at the Raceland Agriculture Building. All entries are due by November 6th. This show will be pre-entry only. All entry fees will be collected on the day of the show. All livestock exhibitors, 4-H members, parents, family, and friends are invited to join the fun! This show is open statewide. For entry forms or more information call the 4-H office, or email Ms. Teddi at tfolse@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Sugar and Seafood

Cooking can be a great opportunity to teach life skills such as kitchen and food safety, nutrition, and even math. It can give a sense of accomplishment and you get to enjoy the reward of eating the delicious, finished product!

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are not allowed to have any food tasting so we will be doing Sugar and Seafood different this year. Club members will participate by cooking a dish at home and sending in a picture of them with their dish, a fun fact about your cooking experience, and a copy of their recipe to the 4-H office. They should be emailed to dayo@agcenter.lsu.edu by November 16th.Everyone will receive a purple ribbon and you will get points for participation. Categories for Seafood are Oyster, Crab, Shrimp, Fish/Other Seafood and Crawfish. Sugar categories are Cakes (homemade or mixes), Candies, Cookies, Pies and Other Sugar Dish. Rules for this contest are:

  1. Sugar dishes must use at least one-half (1/2) cup of sugar. May be granulated, brown, powdered or any combination. Mixes are permitted as long as 1/2 cup of additional sugar is added to the recipe. Seafood dishes 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 may contain a small amount of a second seafood but not more than ½ the amount of the primary seafood. All seafood used in the contest must be Louisiana Seafood.
  2. A copy of the recipe must be submitted with the dish.

Sugar and/or Seafood Illustrated Talk Divisions

Public Speaking is another life skill that is very important so we will also have Sugar and Seafood Illustrated Talks. These also need to be submitted by videoing and sending by email to dayo@agcenter.lsu.edu by November 16, 2020.The rules for the contest are: No dish will be required for this contest. There will be three divisions in this contest:

Division I – (Grades 4-6) Contestant designs (a) standard poster 22” x 28” relating to Sugar and/or Seafood, (b) presents a 3-5-minute explanation of poster subject (c) responds to questions from judges.

Division II – (Grades 7-9) The contestant will present a 5-8 minute oral presentation relating to one of the five categories (1) production, (2) food preparation and nutritive value (3) food safety, (4) processing, or (5) marketing about sugar and/or seafood. Posters or PowerPoint presentations may be used. Costume based on theme are acceptable.

Division III – (Grades 10-12) Contestant will present an 8-10-minute oral presentation on sugar and/or seafood. It can be a specific idea or an overview. Examples include Nutritional Value, Economic Value, Cooking Principles, Versatility, Food Safety, Role in Today’s Healthy Diet, Sugar and/or Seafood’s Place in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Role in our National Economy, Role in Protecting the Environment. Posters or PowerPoint presentations may be used. Costume based on theme are acceptable.

Sew with Cotton

This year’s Sew with Cotton Contest will be held in conjunction with the Sugar and Seafood Contest on Nov. 16, 2020.Clothing garments can be brought to school or the 4-H Office by November 16th.Please have the child’s name, school and grade on an index card or paper to give to the judges. The rules for the contest are as follows:

1.Contestants may be in the 4th-12th grade. There will be three divisions: Elementary, Middle and Senior.

2.7th – 12th grade contestants must make and model a complete outfit of any style appropriate for any occasion and any season of the year including a pair of pajamas. Elementary and Middle School students may enter the following:

4th Grade - drawstring apron (on our website), barbecue apron, or Eco-Friendly Tote Bag (from commercial patterns)

5th Grade - sassy skirt (on our website), elastic waist shorts or elastic waist pajama pants (commercial pattern)

6th Grade - A-line or gathered skirt or variation with a waistband and zipper, robe, duffle bag or computer bag (from commercial pattern)

3.Outer garments must be 100% cotton or cotton blend. Interfacing, underlining, tape, trimming, etc. can be of any compatible fabric.

4.Contestant will be judged on construction and appearance.

Mask Up Lafourche Poster Contest

We want everyone to do their part to stop the spread of Covid-19.To do this we must wash our hands, social distance, and MASK Up! Masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor public spaces and any time in public when you are near others who are not in your household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask, they protect you! Please create a poster to help get this message across to everyone in the community. The guidelines for the contest are:

1. Poster must be an 11 x 14 white poster board. No foam boards.

2. Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than ½ “thick.

3. Be sure to place your name, grade, and school on the back of the poster in the upper right-hand corner.

The posters will be picked up at November club meetings or can be dropped off at the 4-H Office by November 20.Recognition and awards are in the following divisions: Elementary Division- 4th – 5th grade, Middle School Division- 6th – 8th grade and High School Division- 9th – 12th grade. Purple, Blue, and Red ribbons will be awarded. Every 4-H club member that makes a poster will receive a ribbon.

4-H Regional Rabbit Show

There will be a Regional Rabbit Show held Nov. 23, 2020, at the Agriculture Building in the barn in Raceland. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, registration must be in by November 20th.To register go to https://bit.ly/3n1d5J8. You will have to register for each rabbit you are showing (Ex. If you have 5 rabbits, you will have to register 5 times).Judging will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. for showmanship then followed by breeds. Entry fee is $3.00 per rabbit. Please see our website for rules and the link to register at www.lsuagcenter.com.

Lafourche Website

Please take the time to look at the Lafourche website at www.lsuagcenter.com (once there you will click on our offices, parishes, then Lafourche and 4-H) or you can go to our Facebook page Lafourche Parish 4-H for updates. We are in the process of adding more things daily so if you do not see exactly what you are looking for at this time, chances are it will be there soon. We are always open to suggestions, so if there is something you think we should add to our website that would help, please feel free to let us know.

For more information on any of the activities listed, please contact Donna Naquin or Teddi Folse at 985-446-1316.

10/7/2020 3:01:13 PM
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