4-H April 2024

4-H April 2024

4-H April 2024

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Russell Co. 4-H News - April 2024


4-H Demonstrations Contest was held on March 26, 2024 at the Russell County Extension Office.  The blue ribbon champions will advance to the Area 4-H Communications Day on May 6, 2024 and compete for a chance to advance to the Kentucky 4-H Communications Day in Nicholasville, KY in July.


Marian Helm — Champion/Blue

Everly Smith — Runner-up/Blue


Science Engineering Technology                                 

Cash-Tanson Chism — Champion/Blue

Latristen Brown — Runner-up/Blue


Visual Arts

Alex McCormick — Champion/Blue


Shooting Sports

Jaxson Morgan — Champion/Blue



Russell County Fair 4-H Floral Hall categories are attached to this newsletter. 

Entries will be taken on June 4, 2024 at the Russell Co. Fairgrounds from 8:00 am– noon.


This is your chance to show off your skills to the county and have a chance for your entries to advance to the Kentucky State Fair in the 4-H Cloverville section of South Wing.


Raylie Robertson — Champion/Blue


4-H Tabletop Farmers

Do you like to collect toy tractors, farm equipment, and like to create table top farms? This group may be for you!  If you are interested, find registration information at https://russell.ca.uky.edu/4-h-tabletop-farmers Or scan this QR Code to register (download full newsletter for QR Code.).  Must sign up by April 30, 2024.


Russell County Jaycees Fair

Russell County Fair 4-H Floral Hall categories can be found at https://russell.ca.uky.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/russell-county-fair. Entries will be taken on June 4, 2024 at the Russell Co. Fairgrounds from 8:00 am– noon.  

This is your chance to show off your skills to the county and have a chance for your entries to advance to the Kentucky State Fair in the 4-H Cloverville section of South Wing.


Grow Your Own Garlic Greens

1 garlic bulb (ideally one with green sprouts)

1 clear, shallow jar or cup or a small bowl



Put the garlic bulb in the clear jar so that you can see when the water needs changing or refilling.  Arrange   it so that the points of the cloves and green sprouts    (if there are any) are facing up.   Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the    garlic and put the container in a sunny spot.  Change the water if it gets cloudy, and add water to keep the bottom of the bulb wet.  Use scissors to harvest the shoots after they get  about 3 inches long. The bottoms of the garlic will eventually send down roots and green shoots should grow well for a couple of months.

(Source:  Chop Chop Magazine, Spring 2016)


Camp Corner


Explore the cave!                  Cabin living

Call 270-866-4477 to see if any camp spots are available (ages 9-13).

Summer Camp


Chocolate Chip Muffins                                 

1 stick butter or margarine

2 eggs

1 c. milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

¾ c. packed brown sugar

1 T. baking powder

1 t. salt

½ c. semisweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease bottoms of muffin cups in a 12-cup pan.

In a small bowl, cover butter or margarine with waxed paper and microwave on high for 30-45 seconds (or until melted).  Let the margarine cool 5 minutes.

Crack the eggs into a medium bowl, and then add the butter and milk.  Beat mixture with a fork until mixed well.

In a separate medium bowl, mix together all the “dry” ingredients:  the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until mixed.

Add the “wet” ingredients to the “dry” ingredients.  Stir just until the flour is wet.  The batter will be lumpy.

Stir the chocolate chips into the batter.

Spoon the batter into each muffin cup until it is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Perfect muffins: Muffins are “perfect” if they are light and tender with rounded, pebbly (or bumpy) tops.  The crusts are golden brown.  If you open the muffin, it has fine, even holes.


Water Fun Fact

The water on Earth is constantly being recycled.  The water from your faucet could contain molecules that the dinosaurs drank!


Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22.  People have been celebrating Earth Day since 1970! 

Here are some ways that you can celebrate Earth Day! 

· Save energy — Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

· Save trees — Use a lunchbox not a paper bag.

· Use both sides of a piece of paper when writing, drawing, or coloring.

· Plant a tree or a garden.

· Save water — Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

· Never litter; always recycle!

· Be kind to animals — Build a birdhouse or bird feeder.

· Be friendly to the earth — Teach others to keep Kentucky clean and green

Celebrate EARTH MONTH in April!


Photography Tip

When taking pictures of landscapes, try not to have power lines and power poles in your photographs!


Plant a tree this month to celebrate Arbor Day!


Happy Spring!



Distributed by:  Christy A. Martin, County Extension Agent for 4-H

Website:  http://russell.ca.uky.edu

Facebook:  Russell County (KY) 4-H


Russell County 4-H Circle Art Results

Champions:  Cali Robertson           Morgan Barger           Treyt Higginbotham

Runners-up:  LeAnn Rice           Averie Gallagher           Raylie Pelston           Greyson Riddle

Blue Ribbons:  Macy Shepherd          Alicia Glover          Max Villela          Wyatt Bunch          Sawyer Ford           Greyson Dugger          Magnus Pollara         Kason Hill          Phoenix Burton

Red Ribbons:  Haydan Brown      Carson Smith      Ian Saavedra      Latristen Brown      Eryn McCrary     Khloe Dunham      Abby Delacruz      Janeishly Callazo      Lavontae Jordan           Marian Helm      Erica Bannon     Cheyanne Kerr      Miaya Diaz     Ivy Popplewell      Alex McCormick      Cash-Tanson Chism      Izzy Upton     Aliyah Elam      Tynleigh Roy      Evelyn Camp
Mia Perez      Emersyn Kemp      Jaykoby Appleby