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Post Rock District 4-H Events

For State & District 4-H News and additional information concerning these events, see our 4-H Newsletter and Post Rock District 4-H Insider Experience on Facebook.

4-H Foods – Get Fair Ready!

All 4-H youth enrolled in Food & Nutrition are welcome to come to this class on June 22, 9:00-11:30 a.m. at Smith Center High School FACS room.  You will be making and baking cookies to see what to choose to take to fair for judging.

 

Aerospace and Technology Summer Programs

Kansas State Aerospace and Technology Campus Summer Programs are learning-based programs for K-12 students. Participants enhance their knowledge while experiencing what K-State Salina has to offer in a variety of programs and settings. Programs include: Aviation Fixation, Build-a-Bot, Drone Engineering, Fly K-State Academy, and Robot Challenge! Find details, dates and registration at the K-State Salina Youth Programs website.

 

Animal Science Webinar Series

On the fourth Monday of each month, Kansas 4-H is hosting a webinar focused on all things animal science. This series gives members an opportunity to learn more about the livestock industry, career opportunities and good animal husbandry practices. Register and learn more at the Animal Science project webpage.

 

County Fair Information

County fair planning is underway. Please check your emails regularly, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have a question! As 4-H resources become available for your county fair, we'll be posting them to the Post Rock District website > 4-H > Events > County Fairs.

 

District Dog Show

Instead of having a dog show at each county fair, our local unit has one district-wide 4-H show. Save the date for Monday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Osborne County Fairground. If you have questions, contact Kim Naber, kimn@ksu.edu.

 

Dog Project Meetings

Kelli Burrus, Post Rock District volunteer Dog Project Leader, will be leading Dog Project
meetings. Meetings will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Osborne at the Osborne County
Fairgrounds. Dates are June 5, 12, July 3, 10, 17, and 24. All Post Rock District 4-H
members enrolled in the dog project are invited to attend! If you have questions and to
RSVP, reach out to Kim Naber, 4-H Program Coordinator, at kimn@ksu.edu.

 

Equine Webinar Series

On the third Monday of each month, Kansas 4-H is hosting a webinar series giving 4-H members, volunteers and parents equine-related knowledge and skills as well as insight into the horse industry in Kansas. Topics will include basic 4-H Horse project knowledge, horse health, and college and career readiness. Register and learn more at the Equine event's webpage.

 

Exploring Engineering - Day Camp

The Explore Engineering Day Camp will challenge youth to think about how and why things
work. Through energizing activities, participants will have fun solving questions today's top
scientists and engineers explore. Youth will practice hands-on STEM skills to help grow
confidence in problem solving and to learn to collaborate with others. Kansas 4-H STEM
volunteer, Tony Foster, will be assisting with the program. The day camp is June 29 in
Mankato. Day camp is open to all youth entering grades 6 and up in the fall. 4-H
membership is not required. Find full details and registration on the Post Rock District Day
Camps webpage. Register by June 23. Explore Engineering Day Camp Flyer

 

Horse Project Meetings

Save the date for a Horse Project meeting on Saturday morning, July 16 in Beloit. Mitchell County Riders is hosting a 4-H focused project meeting with instruction specific to showing your animal. More information will be emailed to youth enrolled in horse, and posted in the June newsletter.

 

Horse Project Practice Show

The Mitchell County Riders will be hosting a Practice Horse Show on Saturday morning, July
16, 9-11 a.m. at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Beloit. This educational experience is
free and for 4-H members enrolled in the horse project. Participants can bring their horse or
observe from the bleachers. Classes that will be covered include Rail Class (Western
Pleasure and Ranch Horse Rail), Horsemanship, Ranch Horse Pattern and Trail. Mitchell
County Riders will be hosting a KWHA show at 12:00 p.m. on July 16, following the Practice
Show. Entry fees for the KWHA show will be waived for youth participating in the morning's
Practice Horse Show. Speed event classes will be covered during the KWHA show. Direct
questions to event organizer, Leanne Litton, at 785-230-0971 or Kim Naber, 4-H Program
Coordinator, at kimn@ksu.edu. Youth enrolled in the horse project will receive an email in a
few weeks with more details.

 

Horticulture Judging Contest

The State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, August 13, in
Manhattan. All entries must be registered through the local extension office by August 1, so
if you are interested notify your local office early. The study list for the knowledge portion of
the contest has been updated. Find details on the contest's webpage.

 

Kids in the Kitchen - Day Camps

Kids in the Kitchen is a two-day summer day camp filled with fun and learning sure to
increase your confidence related to living a healthy and active lifestyle. Youth will engage in
interactive activities to boost their skills in food preparation, nutrition and healthy lifestyle
choices, and goal setting. Camp will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. It is open to
all youth (4-H membership not required). Find full details and registration on the Post Rock
District Day Camps webpage.

  • Kids in the Kitchen for grades 6-8 is June 7 & 8 in Osborne. Register by June 2.
  • Kids in the Kitchen for grades 3-5 is August 2 & 3 in Beloit. Register by July 28.

Kids in the Kitchen Osborne Day Camp Flyer

Kids in the Kitchen Beloit Day Camp Flyer

 

Livestock Project YQCA Training Requirements

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program. It is an annual training open to youth and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development. A YQCA certification is valid for one year, so youth need to re-certify annually. YQCA is required to participate in the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and Kansas Junior Livestock Show. YQCA is recommended for all youth in livestock projects regardless of level of competition. It is a great learning opportunity. YQCA can be completed online or at an official in-person class. Risa Overmiller, 4-H Program Coordinator, and Blaire Todd, Livestock Production Extension Agent, are certified to teach in-person and will set up trainings if you reach out and request one. Learn more at the K-State Youth Livestock webpage.

 

Livestock Sweepstakes

Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes is August 20-21 in Manhattan. It includes the state
livestock judging, meat judging, livestock skill-a-thon, and livestock quiz bowl. Youth can
test their knowledge and display their expertise in a variety of experiences. All entries must
be registered through the local extension office by August 1, so if you are interested notify
your local office early. Adults interested in volunteering as coaches should let Risa
Overmiller, 4-H Program Coordinator, overmiller@ksu.edu, know so educational
meetings/practices can be scheduled and shared with all Post Rock District 4-H members.
The K-State Youth Livestock Program website will share information as available.

 

Momentum! Leadership - Day Camp

Momentum! is a day camp filled with fun and learning sure to boost your confidence as a
leader in your community. You have what it takes to make a positive difference, and Post
Rock District's Momentum! Leadership Day Camp is a great opportunity to level up your
leadership potential. The day camp will take place on June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Youth entering grades 6-8 in the fall are welcome. 4-H membership is not required. Find full
details and registration on the Post Rock District Day Camps webpage. Register by June 9.

Momentum! Leadership Day Camp Flyer

 

Northwest District Horse Show

Post Rock District is part of the Northwest District 4-H Horse Show, the qualifier to the
Kansas State Fair. It is July 7 in Norton. You can find more show dates and information at
the District Horse Show webpage. Refer to the Horse Show Rule Book on the Kansas 4-H
Horse Project webpage for eligibility requirements. Youth must have passed Level I
Achievement Testing before the registration deadline of June 17. Contact Kim Naber, 4-H
Program Coordinator, at kimn@ksu.edu if you have questions.

 

Record Books 101

Record Books 101 is a come and go class to help with getting started on your record book.  All 4-H youth are welcome to attend this class held in Smith Center at the courthouse meeting room on June 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Bring your laptop if you have one available.

 

Rock Springs 4-H Camp

In 2022, 4-H membership is not required to attend 4-H Camp. Based on your schedule, you can attend a 3 or 6 night session. There are opportunities for rising 3rd through 12th graders. Register directly through Rock Springs Ranch, rockspringsranch4hcamp.org.

 

Shooting Sports Archery Project Meetings

Stede Underwood, Post Rock District certified Archery Instructor, will be having archery
project meetings. The dates are Friday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.,
both at Lovewell State Park. All Post Rock District 4-H members enrolled in archery are
invited to attend! If you have questions and to RSVP, reach out to Tonia Underwood, 4-H
Program Coordinator, at tiunderw@ksu.edu.

 

Shooting Sports BB/Air Rifle Project Meetings

Jeff Cady, Post Rock District certified BB/Air Rifle Instructor, will be having project
meetings. The dates are Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, 3:30 p.m., both
at Lovewell State Park. All Post Rock District 4-H members enrolled in BB/Air Rifle are
invited to attend! If you have questions and to RSVP, reach out to Tonia Underwood, 4-H
Program Coordinator, at tiunderw@ksu.edu.

 

Shooting Sports Shotgun Project Meetings

Dean Heise and Karen Panter, Post Rock District certified Shotgun Instructors, will be
having shotgun project meetings. All Post Rock District 4-H members enrolled in shotgun
are invited to attend! If you have questions and to RSVP, reach out to Tonia Underwood, 4-H
Program Coordinator, at tiunderw@ksu.edu.

June 5 – Meeting & Practice at the Osborne Gun Club shooting range, starting at 4:00
p.m. or shortly after the conclusion of the Hahn Memorial Trap Shoot which will start at
1:00 p.m. Shooters & their families are invited to attend the memorial trap shoot prior to
4-H practice, if they would like.
June 12 – Meeting & Practice at Smith Center location, starts at 4:00 p.m. Range is
located 4 miles west & 4 miles north of Smith Center: take Hwy 36 west of Smith Center
to L Road, then north 4 miles to 130 Road, then west ½ mile. Range is on the north side
of 130 Road, just east of the circle driveway.
June 19 – Meeting & Practice at Smith Center location, 4:00 p.m.
June 26 – Meeting & Practice at Osborne location, 4:00 p.m.

Scheduled days/times/locations are subject to change. Instructors will discuss with
participating members at meetings to see if a different time or day works better for the
different weeks.

 

Showmanship Clinic

There will be a showmanship clinic in Norton on Saturday, June 11. Youth involved in the
beef, sheep, goat, and swine projects are welcome to attend this interactive educational
experience hosted by the Twin Creeks Extension District. Participants are encouraged to
bring your own livestock to practice skills. There will be two sessions, morning and
afternoon, allowing youth to engage in learning for multiple species. Early registration
closes at midnight on June 1 at https://tinyurl.com/23exbnz9. Follow the Facebook event
for complete details.

Showmanship Clinic Flyer

 

Space Discovery - Day Camp

Space Discovery Day Camp will be filled with fun that is out of this world! Curious youth will
blast off into hands-on learning by teaming up to build and test rockets, explore the solar
system, and more. We're excited to have Kansas 4-H STEM volunteer, Tony Foster, assisting
with the program. The day camp is June 22 in Lincoln. Day camp is open to all youth
entering grades 2-5 in the fall. 4-H membership is not required. Find full details and
registration on the Post Rock District Day Camps webpage. Register by June 16.

Space Discovery Day Camp Flyer

 

Sportfishing Tournament

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Looking for an activity that can be done at your own pace
throughout the year? The Kansas 4-H Sportfishing Tournament is open to all 4-H members!
The contest runs throughout the year and ends September 15. Participants can enter in any
species/categories that they catch fish – go fishing and have fun! Find more information at
the Sportfishing Project's webpage.

 

State Fair Animal Exhibition

If you want to exhibit other animal species (than what is required to be Kansas Youth Livestock Nominated) at the Kansas State Fair through 4-H it is important to start planning ahead. Every animal division of the Kansas State Fair has specific requirements. If you are interested in showing please reach out to your local office now to make sure you meet all expectations. More details are in the Kansas State Fair Book

 

State Livestock Nominations

New for 2022, all Kansas Youth Livestock Nominations for the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and Kansas Junior Livestock Show will take place through an online system. Previously used forms and processes will not be accepted. You must order your own DNA envelopes in advance (Post Rock District will not order these). You will pay your nomination fee directly through the online system. You must be YQCA certified before nomination. You will complete all nomination data online and are responsible for mailing required components at your own expense. A nomination does not constitute a fair entry. Visit the K-State Youth Livestock Program website for details.

  • June 8: Last Day to Order Small Livestock DNA Envelopes for Nominations
  • June 15: Commercial Heifer, Swine, Sheet, & Meat Goat Nominations Due

 

Swine Classic

Dr. Bob Hines Kansas Swine Classic is a two-day event on July 1 & 2 in Manhattan. The
event includes educational workshops, showmanship contest, and prospect and market hog
shows. Find out more details at the K-State Youth Livestock Program website.

 

Terrarium Workshop

Plant enthusiasts are invited to the Terrarium Workshop on June 30 in Beloit. Horticulture
Agent, Cassie Homan, will boost your plant growing skills by helping you explore the
science, culture and creativity related to terrariums. You'll create your very own terrarium to
take home! Register by June 17. Find complete details at postrock.ksu.edu.

Terrarium Workshop Flyer

 

Tractor Safety

Hazardous Occupations Training provides trainees with knowledge of tractor, machinery, and other farm hazards to reduce the farm accident rate. It also provides sufficient information to pass a written examination and an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to pass a safe tractor driving examination. Participants must be 14 or older to receive certification, though 12 and 13 year olds may take the course for education purposes only.

Federal Law requires youth to participate in a Hazardous Occupations Training and become certified in order to work for hire for anyone other than their parents. There are two in-person tractor safety classes scheduled for Saturdays. Fee for the course is $15 which covers materials and handouts for in-person trainings. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pay at your local extension office or the day of the course. Please pick up a book at your local extension office PRIOR to the course.

  • Wamego KS - Tuesday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00

 

Veterinary Medicine Experience

K-State College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting summer youth day camp experiences for
kids in grade school, middle school, high school, and college. The day camps will offer
hands-on activities for those interested in learning about veterinary medicine. Registration
and details at the Vet Med Rocks webpage.

 

Virtual District Educational Events keep

Life Skills Challenge when life is tough: interactive learning for a better life.The Life Skills Challenge is interactive learning for youth that lasts a lifetime. The first challenge, When Life is Tough, shares key tools to cope with stress. Future challenges will teach lessons on savings accounts, reading, leadership, and more. Each life skill features a cartoon story, quiz, educational video, and downloadable interactive worksheet. Tackle one or all of the challenges with a single, no cost registration. Learn more and register at postrock.ksu.edu/youth-development/life-skills. If you're looking for good tools to help your kids of all ages learn and grow, the Life Skills Challenge is a simple and fun resource created to build basic skills for a better life. An added bonus, is participation counts as a regional-level educational event for 4-H achievement pins and record books.

 

Wheat Expo

The Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo will educate youth about the wheat industry. The event is
August 4 in St. John. The Wheat Expo will provide opportunities for 4-H members to
participate in wheat education classes and agriculture industry tours. Judging will be held
for wheat classes, foods and photography. Registration will open June 20. Find full details
are at the Wheat Expo's event webpage.