EXTENSION CONNECTION: Poultry show, auction, poster contest part of 4-H Day in Baker

Sheila Dunning | Special to the News Bulletin/USA TODAY NETWORK

4-H is having a 4-H Day at Nixon's Farm Corn Maze. The event starts 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 16 at 486 Martin Mill Road, Baker.

4-H Day showcases the independent work of youths ages 5 through 18. 

Some of the participants in the 2020 Okaloosa County 4-H Day event are pictured.

It is not too late to get involved. Don't delay, pick up your entry packet with all of the details for this fun opportunity from the Extension office today!

The excitement starts at 9 a.m. for those bringing entries to the contests. You will not want to miss this day full of family fun and fall memories.

The categories open to entries include Amateur Photo, Craft Corner, Egg Judging, Poultry Show and Auction, and Poster Contest. The entries have to be exhibited in the owner's name only, and only one entry per person is allowed in each category.

This contest is open to everyone 5 through 18 years old. All items for the contest need to be picked up at 1 p.m. the same day.

The poultry show will be an exciting accumulation of all the work that youths have put in since purchasing their chicks from 4-H on June 11, 2021.

The show begins at 10:30 a.m., with the auction to immediately follow. Potential buyers can bid on groups of four hens. The money from the sales is given to the child who raised them.

There are two separate categories for displayed eggs; a dozen eggs in a carton or an egg basket.

Poster contestants can be any 4-H'er or non-4-H’er and will feature 4-H as the poster topic. It may include any variety of methods such as drawing, painting, cutouts, etc.. Posters need to be 14 inches by 22 inches and horizontal. Loose glitter, three-dimensional objects extending greater than 1/8th inch above surface of poster, and well-known cartoon figures cannot be used.

There is also a category for amateur photos that is open to any youth not involved in any way with commercial or professional photography. There are six lots to enter, including nature/landscape, people and animals. The photos may be in color or black and white.

In the Craft Corner category there are five creativity-inspiring lots to enter. The contestants can choose to make a wreath for any season, a Pinterest craft (which should include the picture of the project from Pinterest), a single page layout Scrapbook page, a painted pumpkin, or a carved pumpkin.

Anyone in need of additional information should contact Okaloosa County 4-H Agent Ronnie Cowan at rcowan1@ufl.edu or call 850-826-1316.

Sheila Dunning

Sheila Dunning is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension office in Crestview.