ISU Extension Clay CountyFebruary 2013

The Spark-

Lives of great significance begin with a SPARK, a nudge, a gesture...



There are a lot of exciting things happening in Clay County 4-H!  Be sure to visit our website and "like" our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings in Clay County.  
Did you recently attend a 4-H event or want to check out pictures of the Clay County Fair?  All photos taken are posted here.  This is a safe, private site for 4-H members and their families to view pictures from all Clay County 4-H events. 

County Recognition  

2nd Annual Clay County
4-H Clover Bowl Awards:

Join us for the 4-H Clover Bowl Awards!  Come to the Clay County Regional Events Center on March 11th at 6:00pm for the awards and stay for the optional social hour at 7:00.

We will be recognizing project and recordkeeping award winners along with membership awards.  First year members will receive a certificate.   


 Please RSVP to 712-262-2264 or  

Most Awesome Leader Award:
Is your 4-H Leader awesome?  E-mail Anissa or call us and tell us what awesome things your leader does for your club.  Deadline is March 4th.  Leader will get a prize and a banner in the Exhibit Building at the Clay County Fair!

General Information



Exciting changes, medical forms and code of ethics are online.  Click here to enroll today!   


Members also need to select their project areas in 4-H Online.  This is very important since we use this list to send event invites, weigh in reminders and other important 4-H information! 


Committee Members: You also need to enroll in 4-H Online! 


If you have forgotten which email address you use to log in, do not create a new log in, email

For members who enrolled before February 1st and paid the $25 fee, the $10 reduction was sponsored by Max Yield Cooperative.  Thank you's for this generous donation can be sent to:
PO Box 49
313 3rd Ave NE
West Bend, IA 50597


Attention 6th-8th Graders!  

 The Intermediate PLUNGE! Adventure to the Iowa 4-H Camping Center is for 6th - 8th grade youth from Region 1 in Northwest Iowa who want to build friendships, strengthen their leadership skills and have fun!   

We will board a chartered bus on April 26th after school and return home on Saturday night, the 27th.    

Email if you are interested! 


Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 25th-27th!

Please follow this link for more information about this year's 4-H Youth Conference for grades 8-12 on the ISU Campus! 


2013 Family Fest

Follow this link for more information!  E-mail Anissa if you want to volunteer at this year's Family Fest!   

Livestock Project Areas


Junior Feeder Weigh Ins

Any 4-H or FFA beef project member wishing to participate in the junior feeder program must have animals weighed, and tagged at the Clay County weigh-in at the Spencer Livestock Sale Barn. Youth may weigh-in two pens of three or four same sex calves per pen at weigh-in on March 16th. The weigh-in will be from 9:00 am-11:00 am at the Spencer Livestock Sale Barn. Junior Feeder project members will be responsible for the $1.50 cost per tag. The junior feeder weigh-in will allow beef project members to participate in the junior feeder program, but does not constitute a fair entry.  For more information regarding the junior feeder project or weigh-in contact CC-E FFA Advisor, Betsy Schoelerman at 834-2227 or or any of the Jr. Feeder committee members.(Snow Date: Saturday, March 23rd - Listen to KICD).

Youth Horse Jamboree

The 2013 Youth Horse Jamboree is scheduled for April 13 & 14 in Ames.


NEW for 2013:  All entries this year are online and are due March 15th.


For the complete schedule, online entry and event rules, youth can go to the Jamboree website at,   


Washington County Spring Preview Show:

Click here for more information about this beef preview show!


Are you ordering layers this year?  Please call Melissa at 262-2264 to place your order! 

SpIn Events  


Clay County Extension is continuing the programming format called SpIn or "Special Interest" Programming.  The events are free to 4-Hers and are open to ALL Clay County youth grades 3-12. Events For February and beginning of March include:


Canine Good Citizen -  Feb 12 - March 26,  6:30-7:30pm, Southpark Mall, 4-H Membership and 1 year dog obedience required.


Regional Horse Clinics 

- Feb 24, 2-4pm at the Palo Alto Extension Office, March 24, 2-4pm Emmet County.  4-H Membership Required 


Aaron Eilerts Service Learning Day - February 27, 1-4pm at the Clay County Extension Office, making Dresses for Haiti


Square Foot Gardening- Del's Garden Center,  March 16, 2pm


Get Your Goat On - Saturday, March 16 1-3pm, Livestock Pavilion, Clay County Fairgrounds


To register: Please call Clay County Extension 262-2264 or on our Facebook page.

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 4-H program, deadlines, requirements or exhibit and project help, please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you and making this the best 4-H Year Ever.

Anissa Jepsen

ISU Extension Clay County  


4H Clovers  

Clay County 4-H
Youth Coordinator

Anissa Jepsen

In This Issue
County Recognition
Enrollment & Fair Results
Livestock Project Areas
SpIn Events

Find us on Facebook


4H Clovers
Help your club win the Clover Bowl Title and a free pizza party! Wear Green, RSVP by March 5th, be ready to answer 4-H trivia and
 have fun!

Are you following us on Facebook??  Keep up to date on the latest happenings by following us today!

Thank you to
 Max Yield Cooperative for being a
4-H donor!

The Peterson Livewires 4-H Club is looking for new members!  Contact Becky Orwig at
 or Pam Heuertz at 712-295-5052 or
 for more information.

The Meadow Motivators 4-H Club is looking for new members!  Contact Justin Spieker at 712-730-0380 or
 for more information.

The Spencer Sparks 4-H Club is looking for new members! 
Contact Anissa or Bonnie at or for more information!