St. Martin Parish 4-H Fall Fest

4-H Fall Fest is the first big 4-H contest day of the school year. It will be held virtually and will include a variety of contests. The contests and deadlines are listed below. Refer to the chart below to find out more information.

We hope you will enjoy this family-oriented event. Rules for each contest are included in this packet.

The following contests will be taking place during Fall Fest:

  • Virtual Pet Show
  • 4-H Chef Contest (Ground Beef, Sugar, and Edible Art)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest

General Rules and Regulations:

All contests are open to 4-H members in St. Martin Parish.

For all contests, contestants will compete as an individual and against one another within the specific categories. Cloverbud members (3rd graders) will have their own division in each contest (except the Pet Show) and will receive a participation ribbon for each contest that they participate in.

Awards will be announced at club meetings and posted on social media.

The decision of the judges is final in each contest.


Note to Parents: You can assist your child in preparing for Fall Fest contests, but REMEMBER it is a contest for YOUTH.Any entry that appears to have received too much parental help will be dropped a placing or two. It’s very tempting to over-assist, but remember-CHILDREN LEARN BEST THROUGH DOING!


If you have any questions, please contact the 4-H Office at (337) 332-2181 or via email at hguidry@agcenter.lsu.edu or hdevall@agcenter.lsu.edu

4-H Member & Parent Contest Behavior Expectations:

To ensure that we ALL strive to create a pleasant experience at St. Martin Parish 4-H sponsored contests, workshops, events, and activities, a list of expectations for 4-H members and parents has been created. (Adapted from: Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development Program Behavioral Expectations) A goal of the St. Martin Parish 4-H Youth Development Program is to provide opportunities for children andyouth to develop character and learn life skills.In order to assure that the 4-H Youth Development Program of St. Martin Parish provides positive environments for all individuals to learn and grow, a list of expectations has been developed.The expectations of good behavior come from the 6 pillars of character which include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

4-H contest, workshop, and/or event participants and any adults attending with them agree to abide by the expectations of behavior listed below:

Þ I will be trustworthy. I will be worthy of trust, honor, and confidence.I will be a model of integrity by doing the right thing even when the cost is high.I will be honest in all my activities. I will do my own work.I will read the contest rules prior to the contest and follow those rules.I will be in the assigned area at all times.St. Martin Parish 4-H does not permit dishonesty by lying, cheating, deception, or omission.

Þ I will be respectful. I will show respect, courtesy, patience, and consideration to everyone, including myself, other participants, and those in authority.I will act and speak respectfully.I will not use vulgar or abusive language or cause physical harm.I will appreciate diversity in skill, gender, ethnicity, and ability.St. Martin Parish 4-H does not tolerate statements or acts of discrimination or prejudice.

Þ I will be responsible. I will be responsible, accountable, and self-disciplined in the pursuit of excellence for myself or my child(ren).I will live up to high expectations so I can be proud of my work and conduct.I will be on time to contests/events/workshops.I will be accountable by accepting responsibility for my choices and actions.

Þ I will be fair. I will be just, fair, and open.I will participate in contests/events/ workshops fairly by following the rules, not taking advantage of others, and not asking for special expectations.

Þ I will be caring. I will be caring in my relationships with others.I will be kind and show compassion for others.I will treat others the way I want to be treated.I will show appreciation for the efforts of others.

Þ I will be a good citizen. I will be a contributing and law-abiding citizen.I will be respectful to the environment.

It is also the expectation of the St. Martin Parish 4-H Youth Development Program for adults attending all 4-H events with 4-H club members to practice the same behavior that we expect from club members.

The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest

How to Enter:

  • Email a picture of you (the 4-H member) with your decorated pumpkin to stmartin4h@yahoo.com
  • Include the following in the subject line: ‘Pumpkin Decorating Contest’
  • Include the following within the email:
    • 4-H member’s name
    • School/4-H Club and grade
    • Judging Category
  • Entries are due via email by November 7th at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Rules

1. The main part of each entry must be a REAL pumpkin or a member of the pumpkin family.(Pumpkin must not be fake.)

2. There will be a Cloverbud Division (3rd graders), a Junior Division for 4th-6th graders, and a Senior Division for 7th-12th graders for each category. Cloverbud members will receive a participation ribbon for each pumpkin they exhibit.

3. Skill level should reflect the youth’s grade and age. For example: What is a 4th grader capable of creating?

4. 4-H members may have only one (1) pumpkin entry in each category.

5. Objects, paper, and materials of any kind may be pinned or glued to pumpkins. Participants may also draw or paint on their entries or dress them up. Carving is also allowed.

Entries are judged according to the following criteria:
Originality, Use of materials, Quality of the work Creativeness

Judging Categories

Animal Pumpkin - Lions, tigers, bears—oh my! Make your decorated pumpkin look like an animal.

Louisiana Commodity Pumpkin - Louisiana grows and produces lots of foods. Make your pumpkin look like a locally grown Louisiana commodity. Need ideas? Visit www.lsuagcenter.com for information.

Celebrity Look-a-Like Pumpkin - There’s a celebrity in the building!!!! Be sure to include the celebrity’s name on entry.

Team Spirit Pumpkin - What team do you root for? Show us your team love by decorating your pumpkin with your favorite team’s colors, mascots, and insignias.


Some Helpful Tips:

  • Keep your pumpkin in good shape.
  • Choose a firm pumpkin, with no blemishes, and make sure the stem is firmly attached.
  • First wash your pumpkin under running water.
  • Store your pumpkin in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place.

Some decorating tips:

Use acrylic paint if you wish to paint your pumpkin.

Use a glue gun or straight pins to attach decorations to your pumpkin.

Make sure that you give your pumpkin time to dry.

Virtual Pet Show

How to Enter:

  • Email a picture of you (the 4-H member) with your pet to stmartin4h@yahoo.com
  • Include the following in the subject line: ‘Pet Show’
  • Include the following within the email:
    • 4-H member’s name
    • School/4-H Club and grade
    • Judging Category
  • Entries are due via email by November 7th at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Categories:

  • Dogs
    • Dog/Owner Look Alike
    • Smallest Dog (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
    • Largest Dog (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
  • Cats
    • Cat/Owner Look Alike
    • Smallest Cat (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
    • Largest Cat (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
  • Any Other Pet
    • Smallest Pet (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
    • Largest Pet (Include Ruler or Measuring Tape in picture)
    • Any Other Pet/ Exhibitor Look Alike

Rules

1. Exhibitors must be a St. Martin 4-H’er, but it is not necessary to be enrolled in the pet project.

2. Each 4-H member can only enter once per category.

3. The pet must be a living, breathing animal. All pets must be healthy in order to participate.

4. Any form of abuse applied to a pet may lead to disqualification.

5. Ribbons will be awarded in each category, in each division.

6. Livestock (beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, horses, and poultry) and captive wild animals are NOT allowed in this competition.

4-H Chef Contest

How to Enter:

  • Email a video or ‘picture story’ of you (the 4-H member) cooking a dish along with a recipe to stmartin4h@yahoo.com
    • What is a ‘Picture Story’? A picture story is multiple pictures that tell the ‘story’ of how you made your dish.
    • Videos and ‘Picture Stories’ should include ingredients, cooking process, and finished products
  • Include the following in the subject line: ‘4-H Chef’
  • Include the following within the email:
    • 4-H member’s name
    • School/4-H Club and grade
    • Judging Category (Ground Beef, Sugar, or Edible Art)
  • Entries are due via email by November 7th at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Categories

  • Ground Beef (dish must contain at least one pound of ground beef)
  • Sugar (dish must contain at least one cup of sugar)
  • Edible Art (All ingredients and decorations must be edible)

Rules:

  • You may enter one dish in each category.
  • This is not a qualifying contest as there is no area contest this year.
  • There will be a Cloverbud Division (3rd graders), a Junior Division for 4th-6th graders, and a Senior Division for 7th-12th graders in each of the three categories (beef, sugar, and edible art).

Scoring Guidelines:

Presentation

50 points

Recipe Evaluation

20 points

Appearance of Finished Product

10 points

Food Safety

20 points

-List of Ingredients given identifying featured commodity

-Documented cooking process

-Showcased finished product

-Information was clear and easy to understand

-Objects in pictures or videos were easy to see and free of distracting backgrounds

-Name of Recipe given

-List of ingredients in order used in instructions, no brand names, only common fractions for measurements, no abbreviations, size and weight of cans/packages

-Clear instructions given including cooking temperature and time, number of servings, size of pans/pots, concise sentences

-Visually Appealing (Coloring, Eye Appealing, pleasing appearance, symmetry of form)

-Appropriate use of garnishing

-Cleanliness

-Safe Practices such as avoiding cross contamination, cooking to the right temperature, keeping food separate until ready to cook or serve, etc.

-Proper knife and/or utensil usage

Total: 100 points

*Tie Breaker: In the event of a tie for 1st place dishes, the Recipe score will be used to determine the winner.


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