ISU Extension Clay CountyMarch 2014

The Spark-

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



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. 

General & Livestock Information 


4-H Enrollment:
Clay County 4-H enrollments are being accepted. The enrollment fee is $35. Please call our office at 262-2264 if you need any assistance enrolling in 4-H Online

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

Clay County FSQA Trainings:
April 27th 4pm-6pm at Royal Community Building
June 9th 6pm-8pm at 4-H Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds

RSVP here or call 712-262-2264. 
Testing is available Monday-Friday from 10am to 3pm for 4-Hers in 7th-12th grade.  Appointments must be made by emailing  Study material is available here.

State Fair Swine
There will be NO Derby contest at the State Fair this year or State Fair Weigh In.  Families must stop by the Extension Office to pick up ear tags, tag their animals, have them verified and return information to the Clay County Extension office by May 1st, they need to be in 4-H Online before May 15th.  A maximum of 20 market pigs may be tagged and identified.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Poultry Layers Order 
4-H members who wish to compete in the Hy-Line Layers class will be given 15 chicks.  Hy-Line will arrange for a group hatch and are donating the 15 chicks per participant.

The sign-up deadline is April 4th at NOON.  Please call 712-262-2264 to request your chicks.  Pick up will be approximately the week of April 7-11.  Please call Hy-Line before arriving.

Project members should identify Hy-Line layers in 4-H online. In breed list Hy line layers and use hatch date provided by Hy-Line.  At fair entry time each exhibitor will be allowed to enter two pens of three layers.  Judging criteria for the layer class will include: quality and uniformity of birds and exhibitor's knowledge of commercial layer production (i.e. birds, eggs, nutrition, environment, etc.) 


County & District Opportunities

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 2014 Community Compassion competition for clubs, members or groups of members.


To enter the competition by July 31, 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. 


Meet the Challenge

Attention all Clay County 4-H Clubs: Are you going to Meet the Challenge in 2014?  This is a great way to engage in some friendly club competition!


Pocahontas County Fair

Once again the Pocahontas County Fair invites all 4-H and FFA members in 4th -12th grade in neighboring counties to exhibit livestock at the 2014 Pocahontas County Fair.  The complete fair book will be available  April 1 at  If you have any questions or need help with your entry please contact the Pocahontas County ISU Extension & Outreach Office at 712-335-3103 or email  

Upcoming Events   


Have you looked at the 2014 SpIn Book yet?  Take a look online!  New for 2014, Clay County 4-H Members can now sign up for SpIn Events using our online form!  Many of our events are filling up or already have a waiting list, be sure to sign up now!  


The Plunge

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 leaderships kills and have fun!  We will board a chartered bus on April 25th after school and return home on Saturday night, the 26th.   


Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 24th-26th!

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


Mark Your Calendars:
April 5th - Get Your Goat On
April 8th - Raiders of the Lost Arts
April 12th - Bunny Bonanza
April 12th - Farm Frenzy
April 19th - Regional Horse - Timed Games Clinic

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
General Information
County & District Opportunities
Mark Your Calendars

Find us on Facebook


The Peterson Livewires 4-H Club is looking for new members!  Contact Becky Orwig at

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Clay County 4-H Sponsors:

Clay County Bankers Association

Max Yield Cooperative

Four Seasons Travel


Farms can be a cool place to live, work or hang out, but during spring & fall they become a frenzy of activity. Learn how to stay safe during the frenzy. Experts will lead hands on activities in farm, tractor & road safety.  To be held April 12th from 8am-12pm at Hap Ketelsen in Everly!  Call the Clay County Extension Office at 712-262-2264 to
register today!

Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers for our SpIn Events!  Please call our office at 712-262-2264 to volunteer!