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The Park County Extension office works in cooperation with county, town and volunteer initiatives to provide community education and assistance in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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4-H Resources

Important Dates:

2022:

November 19 – Beef Weigh-In

November 21 – Beef Animal IDs Due in 4HOnline

2023:

March 9 – Shooting Sports Add Project and New Shooting Sports Member Deadline

TBD – Mandatory Shooting Sports Safety Training

April 13 – Add / Drop Deadline; New member enrollment deadline to participate in 4-H shows at County Fair (except Beef and Shooting Sports)

  • Must be enrolled in 4HOnline to participate in 4-H shows at Fair, can still participate in Open shows if enrolling after April 13

May 1 – Animal IDs due in 4HOnline (Dog, Cat, Horse, Goat, Swine, Lamb, Alpaca)

May 6 – Meat Quality Assurance Training

  • 4-H members enrolling in any market and/or breeding livestock projects for the first time regardless of age, must attend a Colorado 4-H Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) program. 4-H members will be required to attend a Colorado 4-H MQA program a minimum of twice during the course of their 4-H career – once as a junior and once again within one year after becoming a senior 4-H member.

May TBD – Small Animal Weigh In (Swine, goat, lamb)

May 15 – Fair Entry Opens (online)

June 8 – Fair Entry Deadline (Fair entry must be complete to participate in Fair)

June 29 – Rabbit and Poultry IDs Due in 4HOnline

July 8 – Park County Fair Shooting Sports Contest

July 10 – General Projects / Shooting Sports record books due and interviews

July 11-16 – Park County Fair

August 1 – Livestock, Horse, Dog, record books due

 

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In 4-H, members record what they have worked on during the year in a project record book and every 4-H Project  has a record book that must be turned in to the Extension Office by its designated due date. If a record book is not completed the project is not complete and the member can not enroll in that project again for at least a year. Members in animal projects who do not show at fair, have an animal who dies, or does not make weight must still complete their record book for that animal project.

Keeping accurate records is one of the most valuable skills a young person can learn in 4-H. Compiling a detailed record of what was planned, accomplished, and learned in each project is an excellent way to learn record keeping. Many find the record books to be a daunting and overwhelming task especially when they wait until the last minute to start. The key is to treat them as a journal that you work on as you go through the project, this also allows for better record keeping.

Often times record book scores determine the winners in many of the Special Contests. Money is often donated by a generous sponsor to award the top 6 Record Books a cash prize.

Record books are found on the Colorado 4-H website. There are separate e-records for animal projects and general projects.

Record book covers can be purchased through your club leaders, the Extension Office or at the 4-H Mall.

Project list

The current project list from CSU can be found at http://co4h.colostate.edu/resources/projectlist.pdf

Colorado 4-H Project Curricula: