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Covington County 4-H F.A.Q.s

Each year, August 1st is the start of a new 4-H year! With each year, Covington County County 4-H has expanded, but we know that parents still have lots of questions. We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions. You can always feel free to drop by our office, give us a call, or shoot us an email if you have more questions!

 

  1. What is 4-H?
    • 4-H is a Youth Development organization. We provide young people with opportunities and resources to grow into caring, compassionate citizens and future leaders. Each month we offer in-school programs, after school clubs, and out of school events that foster the 4-H motto of “learn by doing”. This skill development also introduces young people to possible future careers.
    • Check out  Alabama 4-H’s “What is 4-H” , Mission and Vision , and “What we Believe” links
  2. Who can be in 4-H?
    • 4-H is open to any child in Covington County aged 9-18. Most students are somehow involved through their classroom.
  3. What if 4-H does not come to my child’s classroom?
    • No problem! 4-H has lots of Individual Members. High school, home school, and students whose school is not involved with are still encouraged to come be a part of Covington County 4-H!
  4. How much does 4-H cost?
    • 4-H membership is absolutely free! Most of our events are also free. Occasionally, we will host an event that requires a small fee, but these are completely optional programs.
  5. What are some things that 4-H does?
    • Every county is different, but some of our past offerings have included photography, cooking, horse club, classroom and  county level competitions,   Regionals at Troy University, summer camp, Night Critters of the Conecuh, Haunted House food drive, Christmas Parades, livestock projects, Cackle Club, Pig Pen, blueberry workshops, kayaking and archery with A.P.P.L.E., Sportfishing, Auburn University football and baseball days, and many more!
    • This year we plan to hold regular Yoga 4 Kids sessions, hiking club, and robotics
    • We also have a Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team. This team studies wildlife management and identification throughout the year, then competes in Auburn in June.
  6. Why should high school students be involved?
    • There are SO many opportunities for high school students! We even offer a small scholarship to 9th-12th graders. There are also state and national contests, leadership conferences, community service projects, and trips. High school students have even more reasons to be involved!
  7. How do I keep up with events and activities happening in 4-H?
    • Each month September through April, we send home a newsletter with your child when we visit classrooms. This newsletter will also be posted to our county website. We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and an Instagram. Enrolled members also receive emails from 4hOnline that inform members of what’s happening!
  8. How do I sign my child up for 4-H
  9. How do I contact 4-h?

We look forward to seeing you this year!!

summer camp kidskids playing during 4-H activity

Southeastern Alabama Pig Squeal Show and Auction

Are you looking for locally produced, well cared for hogs for the freezer? Do you enjoy seeing youth working with animals and learning to run a business? Would you like to support Alabama’s budding farmers and young entrepreneurs?  Come join us Saturday, May 14, at the Coffee County Farm Complex in New Brockton to do just that! The Southeastern Alabama Pig Squeal Show and Auction will showcase 27 4-H members from Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale and Geneva counties who have been working since January, raising market hogs, which will be available to purchase at the auction. There will be processors present at the auction; no person will need to take possession of a live pig. You will be able to arrange further details with the processor you choose. Our youth have worked very hard and we are excited to see their progress. Please come join us in supporting them!

The Hog Show will begin at 10 am, and youth will be judged on their showmanship skills including presentation and control of the animal. The auction will begin at 3 p.m.. The Coffee County Farm Center is located at 1055 McKinnon Street in New Brockton, AL.  For more information, please call the Extension office at 334-222-115, Covington County 4-H Agent, Catherine Estis at 334-343-4246 or Katie Lee, Regional 4-H Foundation Agent for Covington and Crenshaw counties at 334-368-1394.

 

 

 

Happy boy with two pigs
Covington County 4-H’ers with their hogs

Teenager with his hogs Two boys in barn with hogs

Covington County 4-H Relay For Life Pet Pageant

 

This year’s annual 4-H Relay for Life team fundraiser is set for March 5, 2016 at Tractor Supply in Andalusia. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.. Pets of all shapes, sizes, and species are welcome. Please keep in mind the safety of your pet and others’ pet. All pets should be tame and calm, as well as in a crate or on a lead or leash. You will be responsible for the safety of your pet. There are six categories of competition: Most Unique Pet, Best “Pet”-Walk, Best Costume (this is where you dress your pet up!), Best Theme (this is where you AND your pet dress up!), Fan Fave, and Overall Champ. The entry fee is $10 per pet. All proceeds will go to Covington County Relay For Life. Registration forms can be found at Tractor Supply, Jones Veterinary, Andalusia Animal Clinic, WAAO, and at the County Extension Office located on Highway 55. Please call 222-1125 or email cre0008@auburn.edu for more information.

Girl and Dog in costume Girl and rabbit in Alice and the white rabbit cosutme Woman walking dog in clown costumeBoy giving goat a prize ribbon