By: Kevin Tatum
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS AND CONTESTS
It's almost fair time! And that means it's time to think about entering the many contests and events available to 4-H'ers at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. The dates for the fair are October 4-14, but the entry deadline for Coffee County 4‑H'ers is 4 PM on Wednesday, September 12. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE PROCESSED!
Contests for 4-H members include: Computer Graphic Design, Decorated Agricultural Products, Recycling, Terrarium/Dish Garden, Family Scarecrow Building Contest, Instant Camera Photography, Public Speaking, Variety Show, Family Seed Art, Cotton Boll Speech, Family Pumpkin Decorating, Cloverleaf Peanut Contest, Cupcake Masters, Healthy Commodity Contest (Strawberries), Homemade Ice Cream, and Pizza Contest.
You can get a copy of the rules for each contest/event from the 4‑H office or by visiting the Georgia National Fair website at georgianationalfair.com (go to Georgia Living→Youth Educational Exhibits→Competitions-4‑H). Registration forms and exhibits/entries must be turned in to the county 4‑H office by September 12.
For more information about the Georgia National Fair, you may contact the fair at (800)987-3247 or (800) YUR-FAIR or visit their website at georgianationalfair.com.
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOWS
4-H and FFA members who plan to show livestock in the Georgia National Fair must remember to register their animals through the fair's online registration website (http://georgianationalfair.com). The deadline to get them registered is Saturday, September 1. The agriculture teachers and I recommend that you do not wait until the last minute to do this in case you have difficulty with the online process. A credit/debit card is required to process the registration fee.
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR TRIP
Plans are being made for Junior and Senior 4-H members to go to the Georgia National Fair on Monday, October 8. The fee for attending the trip is $35 per person. This includes admission to the fair, an armband for the rides, insurance, and transportation. The fee is due in the 4-H office no later than Friday, September 7.
CERTIFIED TEEN LEADER TRAINING
Junior and Senior 4-H members who have never had the Certified Teen Leader Training need to pay the $10 registration fee by Friday, August 24, for the upcoming training. The training will be held on Tuesday, September 11 beginning at 4 PM and it will last until at least 7 PM. You cannot participate in out of county events like Cloverleaf DPA if you are not a Certified Teen Leader.
If you have questions about the Coffee County 4-H Club program or questions around the farm or home, please feel free to contact the Coffee County Extension office at (912) 384-1402. Remember, we are YOUR local connection to the University of Georgia.