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     Everyone that attended the Halloween Party!

     County Council for hosting the Halloween Party

    and designing the Haunted House!

     Record Keeping/Awards committee for the devoted

    time they spend reviewing and evaluating all the

    awards applications that are submitted.

     275 members & 46 adult volunteers that have com-

    pleted their enrollment!

     Tate Linton for creating and donating a check out

    kit about Dairy Goats!

     Shooting Sports volunteers and members that had

    a successful archery and air rifle season!


    The fall is flying by and what great weather it has been! We are gearing up for lots of fun and educational opportunities this winter! Don’t forget to be working towards those Banner Club goals we sent out in last month’s newsletter!

    A reminder that 4-H’ers must be enrolled! We encourage this to be completed by December 1! Thank you to the 275 members that have already completed it!

    Enclosed you will find information about the upcoming Annual 4-H Recognition Event, Holiday Evergreen Make and Take Workshop, and ways to help out the Pioneer Christmas Village!

    There are still two masterpieces created from the Bucket of Junk contest that were left behind at the fair! We need the owners to claim these by December 15!

    The Extension and Outreach Office will be getting new carpet the first weekend in December. We will be in the office on Friday, December 2 and Monday, December 5 but will be in the process of moving all the equipment and furniture. If you call and we don’t get to the phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can!



    NOVEMBER 2016



    County Program & Youth Coordinator

    PHONE: 712-546-7835 FAX: 712-546-7837

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    All Plymouth County 4-H and FFA members with a

    market beef animal will need to weigh and

    identify their market animals at the Plymouth

    County weigh-in site on Saturday, December 17,

    2016 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please note that

    the last hour from 12:00-1:00 p.m. is when any out

    of county exhibitors will be scheduled to weigh.

    You can still come during that time, that’s just

    when they will be scheduled with approval from

    their county office. Weigh-in takes place at the

    Plymouth County Fairgrounds in the scale barn

    just east of the covered show ring. All Plymouth

    County 4-H’ers will need to make arrangements

    to have their market beef projects weighed at the

    Plymouth County site. December 17th is when

    your 4-H project begins and you must have all

    market beef animals in your possession by this

    date. Each member may identify a maximum of

    six head. If there is an emergency and this date

    does not work you must first contact our office.

    No animals that will be exhibited at the county fair

    can be purchased after the weigh-in date and

    weighed in at another location.


    The next meeting of the County Council will be on

    Thursday, November 3 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at

    the Extension & Outreach Office. Members

    should notify Ann prior to the meeting if they are

    not able to attend due to a church/school event!


    We have a new kit available for check out at the

    Extension and Outreach Office. It has everything

    you want to learn about Dairy Goats! This would

    be a great resource to get some fair exhibit ideas

    or do a presentation on for your next club meeting!

    Let us know if you would like to reserve it!


    Mark your calendars to attend the annual 4-H

    Recognition Event on Sunday, November 20 at

    4:00 p.m. in the Upper Level of the Convention

    Center. All clubs are recognized and members

    introduced on stage! It’s a great way to see what

    opportunities are available as seniors!

    Outstanding Juniors and Intermediates are also

    recognized as well as special adult awards!

    Cookies and juice are served after the program!

    Hope to see you all there! We ask that members

    sit with their clubs on the outside aisles and

    families sit in the center section.



    Would you like to learn how to make your own Evergreen Kissing Ball to use for decoration at your home this holiday season? In this session, you will learn how to create your own Evergreen Kissing Ball from evergreens and a few other supplies. This make and take workshop will be held on Monday, December 5th at the ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. Please call the office at 712-546-7835 or email Janelle at to register. The registration fee is $20/person.


    DuPont Pioneer Seed is once again offering

    grants for 4-H Club Community Service projects.

    The applications are due to the County Extension

    and Outreach Office by January 17, 2017. Grants

    will be awarded from $50-$500 but typically will

    not exceed half of the cost of the total project.

    Successful projects are those that enlist

    partnerships with other community entities,

    engage the entire club, and make an impact in the

    community. More information, tips, application

    form, and brochure are available at

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     4-H’ers must be in good standing with their

    county in order to participate in state or

    interstate 4-H shows according to the State

    Livestock Handbook document 4-H 202.

    Extension & Outreach staff will not approve

    entries for these shows if 4-H’ers and their

    families have not been in compliance with

    county guidelines.

     Direct criticism or interference with the judge,

    fair officials, show coordinators,

    superintendents, volunteers, staff, or other

    exhibitors before, during or after the

    competitive event is prohibited. Parents shall

    not enter the show ring during the event unless

    it involves the health and safety of the

    exhibitor. In furtherance of their official duty,

    these official, volunteers, and staff shall be

    treated with courtesy, cooperation, and

    respect. If this rule is broken the parent will be

    asked to leave the fairgrounds and the

    exhibitor will be disqualified from the rest of

    that show. If the confrontation continues, the

    exhibitor may be disqualified from the fair and

    asked to leave the fairgrounds and forfeit all

    premiums. This will be determined by

    Extension & Outreach staff, Extension Council

    and Fairboard. This could result in the family

    being banned from exhibiting at other state

    and interstate exhibitions as well.


    The following policy has been set forth by the 4-H & Youth Committee for several years and is supported by the Plymouth County Extension Council and Plymouth County Fairboard. This is a no tolerance policy. Failure to abide by this policy will result in not exhibiting at the Plymouth County Fair. This is a reminder to all livestock exhibitors as we start the new 4-H year. It is not the leader’s responsibility to follow these guidelines, it is up to each family. Should you have any questions, you will need to contact the Plymouth County Extension & Outreach Office at


     4-H families that live on a farm/acreage with any

    kind of livestock housing will be expected to have

    ALL of their 4-H livestock project (beef, sheep,

    swine, and poultry) housed there. If alternative

    arrangements need to be made, the location must

    be approved by the Extension and Outreach

    Office and 4-H & Youth Committee. This means

    you must call or email the Extension and

    Outreach Office with the request so that it can be

    put on the agenda for the next 4-H & Youth Com-

    mittee meeting and then discussed and voted on!

    We ask that the alternative address be written on

    identification forms.

     If the 4-H’er does not have ANY facilities at the

    location where they live, alternative housing is

    acceptable as long as it’s preapproved and meets

    the following criteria: The project needs to be

    within close proximity for the 4-H’er to easily care

    for that animal on a daily basis. For exam-

    ple, if Johnny 4-H’er lives in town and his sheep