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4-H Federation to meet on June 17

By Nancy Lambert
Contributing writer
updated: 6/12/2019 1:26 PM

Upcoming meetings

The Saline County 4-H Federation will hold a meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension office. We will be discussing upcoming events, including selling sodas at our summer 4-H shows. All Federation officers and delegates should plan to attend this meeting. We are having a Taco Bar for dinner.

The Saline County 4-H Management Committee will hold a business meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. at the Extension office.

All committee members and other interested adults and youth are encouraged to attend. Committee members include one adult representative from each 4-H club and the current Saline County 4-H Federation officers. We will be discussing and finalizing plans for our 2019 Saline County 4-H shows.

4-H Poultry judging returns to State Fair

The Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, immediately following the State Fair Junior Poultry Show at about 4:30 p.m. in Building 105 of the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

There is no limit to the number of exhibitors each county may send. Teams of three or four contestants may be submitted. The four top seniors (age 14-18 on Jan. 1, 2019) will compete as the Illinois team at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in November. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. Check out the state 4-H website on the Events page for all the details.

Tell your 4-H story

Everyone has a 4-H story. Now, you can win $50 for telling yours! Winners statewide will be selected and their 4-H story used in 2020. Here is everything you need to know.

Your video should be no longer than 90 seconds.

It should relate to one of these topics:

Through 4-H, I've been able to ... ?

In my 4-H project, I've learned to ...?

4-H has taught me to care about my community by ...?.

4-H has helped me feel welcomed by ... ?

I've strengthened my leadership skills through 4-H by ... ?

Here's how 4-H has prepared me for my future career.

Every video should end with "Because of 4-H, I .... Thanks for helping me grow!"

Send the video file to or post it to YouTube and share the link in an email to us. Be sure to save the original file in case we need it later. Include your first name, your county, and your 4-H club name. A parent or friend can record you, since you aren't being evaluated on your video-making skills but on the quality of your 4-H story. Of course, the more creative the video content, the better your chance of winning.

Also, it's OK to tell your story over time. For example, you could show a lamb when it's born, then follow its life as you work on getting it ready for the show ring.

Videos will be accepted through Aug. 1. Winners will be announced and shown at the Illinois State Fair.

Finalists may be asked to improve or edit their video to comply with Extension 4-H guidelines before their prize is awarded. Questions? Email Judy at

• Nancy Lambert is the program coordinator for the Saline County 4-H.