ISU Extension Clay CountyMay 2013

The Spark-

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



Be sure to visit our website and "like" our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings in Clay County.

 The 2013 Fairbook is now available online!

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. 

Club Competition   

Meet the Challenge 2013
Attention all Clay County 4-H Clubs: Are you going to
Meet the Challenge 2013?  This is a great way to engage in some friendly club competition!  

Community Compassion

Clay County 4-Hers have a chance to raise money and support for a community service project of their choice during the Clay County Fair.  The Clay County Extension Office is now accepting entries for the 2013 Community Compassion competition for clubs, members or groups of members.


To enter the competition by July 31st, please include on a sheet of paper your name, club name, phone, email and in 500 words or less describe your project idea.  For more information email  The winning entry will have a banner on display in the 4-H Exhibit Building during the Clay County Fair.  

General Information

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!   


Communications Fair  

The 2013 Communications Fair will be held June 18th from 10-4pm at the 4-H Auditorium on the Fairgrounds.  

Be thinking of presentations, exhibits or entertainment acts.  Check out the 2013 Communications Fair Handbook for more information!      


4-Hers for 4-H

This annual campaign is conducted by youth members of the State 4-H Council Finance Committee.  The 4-Hers for 4-H campaign runs through June 1st.  

Livestock Project Areas


FSQA Testing

All 4-Hers exhibiting animal (except Dog & Horse) MUST have FSQA training or testing.  More information can be found on our website.  


There will be an additional FSQA Training: 1:30-3:30 Tuesday, May 28th in the Clay Central-Everly Music Room. Youth must RSVP to attend by e-mailing or calling our office at 262-2264. FSQA testing will also be available. 


Other Remaining Training Opportunities:
May 30th in Sibley (Osceola County Fairgrounds) 4pm-6pm
June 6th in Pocahontas (Expo Center) 3pm-5pm

Testing is available Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm for 4-Hers in 7th-12th grade.  Appointments must be made by emailing me.  Study material is available here. 


Swine, Sheep and Meat Goat Weigh Ins 

Swine Weigh In is June 3rd 8am-12pm and 5pm-7pm 
Sheep & Meat Goat Weigh In is June 4th 8am-12pm

Plan to bring money for tags ($1.25 per tag).  Exhibitors can nominate their animals for AK-SAR-BEN, $5.00 per tag for all 3 species. 


Call our office at 262-2264 to make an appointment to weigh in your animal(s). 


Iowa State University Livestock Judging Camp

The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science and 2013 Livestock Judging Team will again sponsor the ISU Livestock Judging Camp being held June 10 -12, 2013.    


Bunny Basics Tattoo Clinic

There will be a bunny basics tattoo clinic on June 25th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds.  Plan to bring your bunnies!  RSVP at 262-2264. 


Beef Showmanship and Fitting Clinic

June 9th from 10am to 11am at the Clay County Fairgrounds.  This is a perfect time for 4-Hers to learn about fitting and showing their calves with an opportunity to watch others exhibit during the HMS/CCE FFA preview show. 

SpIn Events  


Clay County Extension is continuing the programming format called SpIn or "Special Interest" Programming.  Most events are free to 4-Hers and most are open to ALL Clay County youth grades 3-12. June is packed with possibilities! 


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  


Clay County 4-H
Youth Coordinator

Anissa Jepsen

In This Issue
County Recognition
General Information
Livestock Project Areas
SpIn Events

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Get ready for the Communications Fair!
Communications Coaching is June 15th from 10am to 12pm!
Call our office at 262-2264 or e-mail to register today! 

Swine Project Members:
Are you looking for swine that you can exhibit at the Clay County Fair?  Contact Clint at 712-363-2070 or Greg at 712-260-7675!

June SpIn Events:
Chad Elliott Music
Photography (waiting list)
Beef Showmanship
Bunny Basics
Experience Medicine
Communications Coaching
Cooking with Chef Brian

Are you following us on Facebook
New this year is our Clay County 4-H Parents Page!  Here you can ask questions and get answers!