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Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
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Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
Supporting4  Hexhibitorsmajorshows
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  • 1. Supporting 4-H Exhibitors at Major Shows Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 2. Objectives
    • General overview
    • Which shows should an agent attend?
    • Room reservations
    • Fitting or grooming for show
    • Management prior to show
    • Travel/Hauling livestock to show
    • Supporting exhibitors at the show
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 3. General Overview
    • Agents should support youth by watching youth show their projects and make each show a learning experience
    • Expertise on a specific animal project is not necessary to keep a program growing.
    • County Extension Agents should manage the program and offer learning opportunities to youth
    • Volunteers play a crucial role in providing these learning opportunities.
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 4. Which shows should an agent attend
    • Vary from county to county
    • Consult with Commissioners‘ court, key leaders, 4-H families
    • County travel budgets affect travel
    • Provide support whenever possible to youth exhibiting livestock projects
    • Consider local expectations, travel budget, number of 4-H members entered, and experience level of 4-H members/families when determining shows to attend
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 5. Room Reservations
    • County Extension Agents should inform families about show dates and make recommendations for hotels to stay in.
    • It is not the responsibility of the CEA to reserve rooms for parents and youth.
    • Information should be provided late summer or early fall.
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 6. Fitting or Grooming for Show
    • County Extension Agent should assist any young person and family in fitting their animal for show.
    • Providing clinics or workshops to teach families and youth to fit their animal are excellent ways to provide learning opportunities.
    • Provide facilities and equipment to fit animals
    • Schedule times for fitting
    • Communicate to families whether or not equipment is available from county or if others need to be located
    • CEAs and volunteers should assist any inexperienced youth in fitting their animals
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 7. Management Prior to Show
    • CEA should send absente notice to schools with dates and any academic eligibility issues.
    • Developing a good line of communication with school administrators is very important
    • Car passes should be given to families and 4-Hers prior to show
    • Should include show information, arrival deadlines, weigh-in schedule, and show times
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 8. Travel/Hauling Livestock to Show
    • Not typically the responsibility of CEA to haul animals to major shows, however, they may have to assist
    • CEA should organize transportation, volunteers, and set up times for all projects to leave.
    • Information should be communicated clearly and confirmed so no one is left out.
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 9. Travel/Hauling Livestock to Show
    • Must be aware of 4-Hers who need assistance and determine how they can accommodate them
    • Compensation should be considered for travel costs
    • Most county entries will not be penned together unless they arrive together.
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 10. Travel/Hauling Livestock to Show
    • Advantages of counties traveling together:
      • Parents and volunteers can assist in the care of projects
      • Penning assignments can meet the needs of the county and 4-H exhibitors
      • More efficient transportation of livestock projects and exhibitors
      • Enhance teamwork among county 4-H families and creates more support for local exhibitors
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 11. Supporting Exhibitors at the Show
    • Activities CEAs should assist 4-Hers with:
      • When arriving pick up county packet from show superintendent
      • Agents should serve as liaison between exhibitor and show officials
      • Assist with the tagging of entries, if required
      • Supervise official weigh-in of entries or completion of weigh-in cards
      • Assist in feeding and watering of animals
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 12. Supporting Exhibitors at the Show
    • Assist inexperienced exhibitors in grooming their project for show
    • Support exhibitors by watching them exhibit their projects
    • Record results from the shows, use in news releases and newsletters in a timely manner.
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 13. Conclusions
    • Agents should understand the importance of being involved in attending stock shows with youth
    • Agents are limited in their budget and may not be able to attend all shows.
    • Information should be sent to families about room reservations
    • Assistance should be given to youth who are unable to fit their animals
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development
  • 14. Conclusions
    • Agents should communicate with all individuals who are attending major shows
    • Agents should communicate how animals will be hauled to shows.
    • Supporting exhibitors by watching shows aiding in feeding and watering is important
    Texas 4-H and Youth Development

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