October 2021 Newsletter

Important Dates

12-16 Parish Fair15- Sweet Potato Order Deadline8-9 Ag Magic Cenla
TBA-Parish Livestock Show2-5 District Livestock Show Location: Vernon Parish5- State Rabbit Show Location: Evacuation ShelterTBA-Fishing Clinic
26-Nov. 14 State Fair Location: Shreveport18- Sweet Potato Pickup @ 4-H office Noon-4:30 pm13-Poinsettia Pickup @ State Evacuation Shelter Noon-4:30 pm
6- Broiler Chick Pickup24-25 Career Exploration Camp for 7th & 8th grade members7- Dairy Billboard Contest Deadline12- AgDay @ Alexandria Mega Shelter on Hwy 71 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm
13- Pumpkin Contest Weigh-In 8:00 am-10:00 am @ Old LSUA Rodeo Barn22-Christmans Ornament Workshop
6- Kids in the Kitchen 9:00 am-11:00 am
9-12 Jr. Leadership Conference
26- Jr. Leader Meeting Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm @ 4-H Office26- Poinsettia Order Deadline24- LA 4-H Commodity Contest forms due24-26 Co-Op Conference
30- Jr. Leader Meeting Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm @ 4-H Office

Crazy About Character

Be honest- Don't lie, cheat or steal

Be reliable- Keep your promises and follow through on your commitments

Have the courage- to do what is right, even when it seems difficult.

Be a good friend- and don't betray someone's trust

4-H Enrollment

Don’t miss out on all the fun!! Join 4-H today!! There are a few options this year for joining 4-H:

Go online: Go to our Rapides Parish AgCenter Page and click on 4-H. Fill out the enrollment form, print it and mail it along with your $7 enrollment fee to our office at: 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria, LA 71302.

Email: fill out the Enrollment Form and email to Mrs. Sallye or Mrs. Allison then mail in your $7.00 enrollment fee

Call: (318) 767-3968 and request an enrollment form to be mailed or emailed to you.

You can also join 4-H using the online digital enrollment form

We are happy to announce a new way to pay your $7 enrollment fee using our new square website.

Even if your school is not having a 4-H club this year you can still join as a member at large!!

Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers

Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers is a group of homeschooled kids from the area who meet monthly and focus on gardening, showing livestock and crafting. Families participate in monthly meetings where 4H members, as well as younger siblings (known as Cloverbuds) learn about agricultural practices and complete hands-on activities. To join this group please go and like “Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers” on Facebook. Upcoming meetings are held from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at the State Evacuation Building located on Hwy 71 and are scheduled as follows: November 17 and December 15th.

Project Clubs

Jr. Leadership Club will meet monthly at the 4-H office and is open to all 4-H members 7th-12th grade. Please notify your 4-H agent if you would like to join. Teens communicate with each other and the agent to plan events, service projects, vote on activities through GroupMe. Jr. Leaders develop leadership skills by mentoring younger 4-H members and helping with Workshops. Their service to the parish is invaluable. Please consider being a Jr. Leader. This years’ service project will center on showing appreciation for medical staff for their tireless efforts through the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay connected with your peers and lead by example!

Seed of the Month Club encourages youth to develop a passion for gardening and learn by doing! Do not miss out!

Livestock Club—Participants will meet periodically to learn about different species of animals that they show. The next meeting will be October 21st at 6:00 pm at the City of Alexandria Food & Education Center.

Shooting Sports—Practice schedule is listed in Upcoming Events. Questions? Contact our Shooting Sports volunteer, Liz Petrus Pace 318-452-8651 and follow @ Facebook:

Rapides Parish 4-H Shooting Sports. Disciplines: Archery, Shotgun, Rifle.

Sweet Potato Fundraiser

It’s that time of the year again for the annual 4-H Sweet Potato Sale.Please support the Rapides Parish 4-H

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Youth Development Program by purchasing a box today. Deadline to order Monday, November 15, 2021.

Pickup will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021, from 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the 4-H Office

300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria, LA (318)767-3968. Prices are as follows:

10 lb. box-$10.00 20 lb. box -$20.00

**All potatoes are washed**

4-H T-Shirt Fundraiser

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We are now taking orders for 4-H T-Shirts ! The t-shirts are heather grey and feature the words "Get Up Show Up and never give up Rapides Parish 4-H". You can use the form you received at your club meeting or order your t-shirts online. Cost of t-shirts are as follows: Youth-Adult Large $12.50 each Adult 2XL-3XL $14.50 each. Shirts take approximately 3 weeks to come in

Poinsettia Fundraiser

Just in time for the holidays, Rapides 4-H will be selling Poinsettias. There will be 5 colors: Red, White and limited quantities of Picasso, Ice Crystal, Ice Punch, Robyn Pink, Candy Cane and Orange Glow.


Prices are as follows: Small $10 Medium $15 Large $25. Deadline to order is November 26th. Poinsettia pick up will be December 13th from 12:00-4:30 at the Evacuation Shelter Hwy 71. Call the office for more information (318) 767-3968 or visit our website to download the flyer.

School Leaders

School STEM workshops & Enrichment Exhibits can be scheduled all year long. Workshop attendees must be a 4-H member or add $3 .00 per attendee. The Honey Bee Exhibit & Germ Cave will be a 10x10 tent and will need a space indoors. All activities will need student demographics. Ag Adventures will need to be an outside area, preferably covered in case of rain. If excessive rain falls, the event will be cancelled

Hour Long Stem Workshops : Dragster $6.00 Harry Potter Wand $5.00 Air Prop Racer $10.00

Enrichment Exhibits: Honey Bee Exhibit-Free Germ Cave-Free Ag Adventures-$1.00 per person

To schedule or for more information, contact Sallye Dugas (337) 499-4427, or email Sallye or Allison Elnaggar (225) 937-9193 or email Allison

Project Books provided for 4th & 5th Graders. Grades 6 and up can order their project book at here . Click the dropdown arrow under Curriculum to explore the different project areas.

For members planning to complete in the record book contest, portfolios are now required to be typed. Here is the link to download the 4-H Portfolio fillable pdf

AgDay Field Trip opportunity -April 12th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Evacuation Shelter on Hwy 71. Attendance is free. Students may bring a bag lunch or purchase a lunch for $5.00 at the event (hot dog, chips & drink). You must pre-order lunch to ensure availability. Learning stations will be Ag, Stem & Health related.


2022 Commodity Ambassador Contest--The Commodity Ambassador Contest is a unique state-level opportunity that helps youth develop skills in the preparation and use of Louisiana agriculture commodities and to acquire the ability to express their ideas and proficiently and efficiently through participation in projects, talks, discussions, demonstrations, and exhibits. Categories: Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Egg, Seafood, Sugar, Sweet Potato, and Rice. Awards: Division 1 Winner-$100.00, Division 2 Winner-$100.00 Registration is due January 24, 2022. For more information contact your agents aelnaggar@agcenter.lsu.edu or sdugas@agcenter.lsu.edu

Louisiana 4-H Draw-a-Dairy Billboard contest4-H Club members are to draw a billboard that encourages or promotes the consumption of milk and milk products and their importance for health. Billboard designs must be made on 22”x28” regular poster board size only. Divisions: Division 1-4th, 5th, and 6th grade; Division 2- 7th and 8th grades. Division 3- 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Awards: Parish—Rosette ribbon to 1st place winners and a chance to compete on the state level. State-- $100 for first place, $75 for second place, & $50 for third place. Billboards are due to the parish office on March 7th at 4:30. For contest rules and regulations, contact your 4-H agents aelnaggar@agcenter.lsu.edu or sdugas@agcenter.lsu.edu

Camp Theme Contest-Help Louisiana 4-H celebrate 100 years of camping at Camp Grant Walker! Send your most creative idea for a theme in five (5) words or less. Illustrations of your theme must accompany the phrase and will be part of the contest. Contest is open to all Louisiana 4-H youth. The winning theme will be selected based on its ability to be “catchy” and captures the spirit of camping at Camp Grant Walker for 100 years. The theme will be used on all publicity for camp, including the 2022 camp t-shirt. The winner will be awarded a monetary award! The deadline to enter is Friday, October 29th. Mail all entries to: Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center 3000 Hwy 8 Pollock, LA 71467. Submissions must also include the following: Full name & age of person submitting the slogan, parish/4-H club, complete mailing address and telephone number.


Ornament Workshop- A Christmas ornament workshop will be held on December November 22nd at the Evacuation Shelter from 9:00 am-11:00 am. Participants will create Christmas ornaments to keep or share as gifts. Fee is $10.00 and includes supplies, hot chocolate, and a snack. Deadline to register is November 1st.

Kids in the Kitchen- a winter themed cooking workshop will be held on January 6th from 9:00 am-11:00 am at the Alexandria Business Incubator. Participants will create winter themed dishes with their peers. Fee is $10.00. Attendance is limited to 15 participants due to facility COVID 19 restrictions

Outdoor Olympics

The Grant Walker 4-H Education Center will hold an overnight Outdoor Olympics on November 12-13 for 7th & 8th grade 4-H members. This camp will focus on Healthy Living, Fitness and Nutrition. Cost is $60.00 For more information, contact the 4-H office at 318-767-3968.


For more information concerning livestock, contact Sallye Dugas @ (337) 499-4427 or by email

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that the Central District Livestock Show will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.

Due to concerns with COVID-19, schedules and times are subject to be changed by Show Management!

Poultry Testing

If anyone needs to have chickens tested, please call Mrs. Sallye at (337) 499-4427 to schedule an appointment. Chickens have to be tested to show them.

2022 LSU AgCenter State Show Broiler Chick Order:

The price for Broiler Chicks will be $0.50 per chick. This fee covers the cost of the bird and delivery. Orders must be submitted to the 4-H office by November 19th. Make all checks payable to the LSU AgCenter. Pick up is January 6, 2022, at the 4-H office. To order: visit the office or call Mrs. Sallye at (337) 499-4427, or email sdugas@agcenter.lsu.edu.

2022 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Market & Commercial Validation/Possession Deadlines:


August 16, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by August 16, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

Beef & Dairy Commercial Heifers, Market Lambs & Commercial Ewes, Market Goats & Commercial Does:

November 8, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by November 8, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

Market & Commercial Hogs:

December 3, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by December 3, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

2022 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Deadlines

November 8, 2021: Beef, Sheep, Goat and Dairy Breeding

November 15, 2021: Miniature Cattle

December 3, 2021: Swine Breeding

Exhibitor Responsibility:

1. Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor from time of validation until the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show. See rules in the 2021-22 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show catalog or consult the livestock show manager for specific possession rules.

2. Exhibitors should request validation kits from agents and ag teachers as per parish guidelines. Each parish LSU AgCenter 4-H office will supply validation kits to exhibitors upon request.

3. Validation will consist of ear tagging animal and pulling a hair sample; hair sample should be placed in a properly identified validation envelope for each animal validated. Validation envelopes must be returned to local LSU AgCenter office with validation fee by specified deadline. The responsibility of tagging animals and collecting DNA/hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Agents/AG Teachers MAY be present and can assist.

4. Animals previously tagged for the 2021 Louisiana State Fair may utilize the State Fair Tag to complete LSU AgCenter State Show validations. All animals must be tagged with either an LSU Tag or State Fair tag to be validated. (New hair samples must be submitted to LSU AgCenter for all animals previously validated for the State Fair)

5. Animals must be validated in either the exhibitors name or in family name (Family consist of parents, legal guardians, brothers, and sisters). When official entry forms are turned in at the parish level , animals validated in the family name must be entered in the name of the exhibitor that will show the animal at the District and State Livestock Shows

Upcoming Events

Livestock ShowsJr. LeadersWorkshops/ContestShooting SportsHomeschool Club Meetings
Oct. 12-16 Rapides Parish Fair Location: AlexandriaMeetings 10/26 and 11/30 at the 4-H Office from 5:00 pm-6:00 pmNov. 22 Christmas Ornament WorkshopPractice Schedule TBA11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/23, 3/16
Oct. 26-Nov. 14- State Fair of LA Location: ShreveportMar. 9-12 Jr. Leadership ConferenceJan. 6th Kids in the KitchenQuestions ? Contact shooting sports volunteer Liz Petrus Pace at 318-452-8651 and follow Rapides Parish 4-H Shooting Sports on Facebook
TBA- Parish Livestock ShowMar. 24-26 Co-Op ConferenceApril TBA-Fishing Clinic
Feb. 2-5 District Livestock Show Location: Vernon Parish
Feb. 12-19 State Livestock Show Location: Gonzales
Mar. 26 State Rabbit Show Location: Evacuation Shelter

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