Kentucky 4-H News

Time to apply for membership in the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe

Source: Jennifer Tackett, 4-H youth development specialist


4-H’ers who are in grades 10 through 12 and have a fine arts talent or appreciation may want to apply to be a performer or technical staff member of the 2014-2015 Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe. Applications are now available at county offices of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

The troupe began in 2012 as an offshoot of the popular Talent Show track at the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.

The troupe gives members an opportunity to showcase their amazing talents while promoting 4-H and its core values of leadership and citizenship to audiences throughout Kentucky. Through the troupe, young people will have the opportunity to increase their performing arts skills and share their passion with younger 4-H’ers. Troupe members will also take a culminating trip in May 2015 that focuses on careers in the performing arts. In 2013, the group visited Nashville, Tenn., where they attended a performance of the “The Lion King” and sang at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2014, the current troupe will attend a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” in Cincinnati, visit the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman to see the construction of guitars and dulcimers and record a song at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

Troupe members must attend Music Camp, Teen Conference and 4-H Summit. Youth who are selected as troupe members make a yearlong commitment to the group. Additionally, they must participate in at least three 4-H or UK Cooperative Extension Service performances beyond the 4-H events already listed. Members’ commitments to the troupe will end in June 2015.

Applications for performers and technical staff are due May 1. Potential performers will audition at 2 p.m. the Monday of Teen Conference. Technical staff members do not have to audition. Troupe members will be announced at Teen Conference and will include 12 performers and four technical staff.

For more information on 4-H performing arts opportunities, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. 

NEW! 4-H Dog Camp – May 16-18, 2014

All information about Kentucky 4-H Dog Camp can be found HERE.


4-H’ers to get a Capitol Experience

Source: Paula Tarry, Barren County Extension agent for 4-H youth development

4-H’ers, volunteers and University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents will see leadership in action as they tour sites around Kentucky’s capital city during 4-H: A Capitol Experience on March 19. This annual event allows youths to learn about leadership, the governing process and history of the state.

By participating in 4-H, youths can learn valuable leadership skills. Many legislators serve as a testament to 4-H effectiveness in leadership building, as they once wore the green 4-H jackets. Capitol Experience gives young people insight into the state government as they engage government officials, view a legislative session and participate in educational tours to legislative and historical sites around Frankfort.

4-H’ers will learn about and may even participate in the process of political change. Many times, participants will ask their local legislators questions and discuss issues that involve young people, education and their local communities. Not only is this a great opportunity for those involved, but it is a testimony to state legislators of the effectiveness and reach of 4-H.

4-H: A Capitol Experience is a great way for the young to learn more about our state, its leaders and government. This experience will be the first trip to the Capitol for many and a first glimpse into government and the political process. Having a strong understanding of state government can help young people grow and mature to be informed, active members of their community. The event may even inspire some participants to become interested in a career in politics or take a more active role in their local governments.

Counties itineraries will vary. For more information about the program or the local itinerary, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. 

NEW!!! Kentucky 4-H Culinary Challenge

NEW!!! Kentucky 4-H Culinary Challenge

New!! Kentucky 4-H Fashion Leadership Board

New!! Kentucky 4-H Fashion Leadership Board


4-H Fashion Leadership Board looking for members

Source: Marjorie Baker, extension associate for clothing and textiles

4-H has given hundreds of fashion-forward individuals the opportunity to hone their skills in sewing, design, needlework, modeling and body image projects. Now those who enjoy participating in these 4-H events can take their 4-H experience a step further by applying to participate as a member or adult mentor in the 4-H Fashion Leadership Board.

The board is a new 4-H offering available to those who have prior experience with 4-H fashion-related projects. Youth applicants must be in the ninth through 12th grade for the year they will be serving. The one-year terms will not begin until next school year. 4-H members must be working on a 4-H project in a fashion-related area.

Board members will have the opportunity to improve on their personal skills as well as gain an awareness of the variety of available industry careers. They will also promote and provide leadership within their home county with 4-H fashion-related projects. Board members are also in charge of planning the 4-H State Fashion Revue and must play a significant role during the revue. They must also participate in family and consumer sciences day at the Kentucky State Fair, which is the second Saturday of the state fair.

Board members must attend all regular board meetings and participate in advanced educational opportunities. As many as 16 young people will be selected as board members.

Adult volunteers or 4-H youth development agents can apply to be a mentor to the board. A maximum of four adults will serve in that capacity. Interested applicants must be an approved volunteer through their county of residence and have a high interest or past experience in 4-H fashion-related projects.

Youth applications are due May 1. Board members will be announced at 4-H Teen Conference in June. Adult mentor applications are due March 1, and mentors will be named by April 1.

For an application, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Official Uniform Attire

Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Official Uniform Attire

 The following are the official uniform attire for all Kentucky 4-H youth, volunteers, and adults.  These items are available for individuals or groups to purchase.  Please see each item and the contact for the purchasing information.

 All items (Except Neck tie) will be embroidered with the following official University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment and added 4-H Clover, on the front left chest area.  See following logo:



 To see photos of each item click on the link for the item you’re interested in, this is also where you would place your order.

 4-H Youth Size Official Polo

 Port Authority Youth Silk Touch Polo – Kelly Green

  •  Flat knit collar and cuffs
  • 2-button on placket size XS-M
  • 3-button on placket size L-XL
  • Youth sizes XS (4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), XL (18-20)
  • White UK/4-H Logo
  • Cost: $15.00
  • How to Order:


4-H Ladies Size Official Polo

 Port Authority Ladies Silk Touch Polo – Kelly Green

  •  Flat knit collar and cuffs
  • 3 – button placket, metal buttons with dyed to match plastic rims
  • Sizes: XS-6XL
  • White embroidered UK/4-H Logo
  • Cost: $16.00  (XXL – $17.00, XXXL $19.00)
  • How to Order:


4-H Men’s Size Official Polo

 Port Authority Men’s Silk Touch Polo – Kelly Green

  •  Flat knit collar and cuffs
  • 3-button on placket, , metal buttons with dyed to match plastic rims
  • Sizes: XS- 6XL
  • White embroidered UK/4-H Logo
  • Cost: $16.00 (XXL – $17.00, XXXL $19.00)
  • How to Order:



        4-H Men’s Official Necktie

  • Woven silk tie
  • Adult sized
  • Embroidered 4-H Clover at bottom
  • Cost: $24.95 ea.
  • How to Order:


 4-H Ladies Official Cardigan

 Port Authority Ladies Silk Touch Cardigan – White

  • Cardigan has gathers at the back of  yoke
  • 7 button cardigan placket
  • Dyed to match button
  • Kelly Green UK/4-H Logo
  • Sizes XS – 4XL
  • Cost: $22.00 (XXL – $23.00, XXXL $25.00)
  • How to Order:


4-H Health Month nears

4-H Health Month nears

Source: Jennifer Tackett, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

Kentucky 4-H has always promoted healthy lifestyle choices to our young people, as we know practicing good health at a young age builds the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. February is 4-H Health Month, and (COUNTY NAME) 4-H is celebrating.

This is the second year for 4-H Health Month. In 2013, Health Month was a great success with nearly 5,500 Kentucky youth ranging in age from 5 to 18 participating in healthy activities.

During this month, 4-H clubs, project nights, day camps, and school and after-school programs will focus on some aspect of health ranging from nutrition to physical activity to substance abuse prevention. Here are some activities that (COUNTY NAME) 4-H has planned.


Here are some ways you can promote healthy choices at home, even when it’s cold outside:

  • Allow your children to help you prepare a healthy meal. They may be more inclined to try foods that they have helped prepare, and it provides a perfect opportunity for family bonding.
  • Get in some family-style physical activity by turning on the radio and dancing.
  • Promote positive mental health by having a family game night or other positive ways to deal with stress.
  • Talk about how your family can get involved in making your community a healthier place to live.
  • Put together your family disaster plan. 
  • Check your smoke alarms.
  • Take a first aid or CPR class as a family. 

For more information on 4-H Health Month or health activities offered by (YOUR COUNTY) 4-H contact the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Office.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.


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