4-H January-February 2023

4-H January-February 2023

4-H January-February 2023

Preview This Newsletter

Russell County 4-H News January-February 2023

Camp Corner - 4-H Camp will be June 20-23.  Russell Co. will be camping with Taylor, Washington, and LaRue Counties.  Camp applications will be online soon.  The camp fee will be $285.  Partial schol-arships will be available, and hopefully our EDB will discount this amount as well by $100/camper.

4-H Horse Club - 3rd Monday at 5:00pm

4-H Art Club @ ArtWorks - Information coming soon to those that signed up in September.

Photography Contest 


1.    Photograph must be taken by the 4-H member.
2.    E-mail entry to christy.martin@uky.edu by Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
3.    If the photograph is printed, it should not be framed or mounted.  Place photo-graph in a page  protector, if possible.
4.    Email (or write, if printed) 4-H member’s name, age, school, and grade with the photograph.
5.    Danish ribbons will be awarded based on the quality of the artwork.  One champion will be selected.

Photography Category: Words in our Community — Take a picture of a word on a sign or building in our community that inspires you! 

4-H Speech and Demonstrations Contest

A 4-H speech can be on any topic that interests you.  Speeches for youth ages 9-13 should be between 3-5 minutes; speeches for youth ages 14-18 should be between 5-7 minutes.
A 4-H Demonstration is where you show someone how to do a task.  Demonstrations should be between 5-15 minutes. See Russell Co. 4-H website for official rules and deadlines. 

4-H Poetry Contest Results

Junior Champions

Molly Hammond (SES)

 Kambyr Bradshaw (SES)


Senior Champions

Sarah Stephens (RCHSA)

Autumn Onyon (RCHS)


Runners-up/Blue Ribbons

Gabby Cochran (SES)

Loren Satterly (RCHSA)

Nadia Kacar (RCHSA)

Riley Brown (RCHSA)


RSES Results

Landri Ellis — white

Kora Brock — white

Molly Williams — red

Ainsley Aaron — red

Paisley Bates — red

Audrey Marcum — red

Ava Wilkerson — red

Asher Bennett — white

Lilah Huckaby — red

Milo DeVore — red

Jaxston Tolar — red

Aubrey Ochs — white

Porter Branscum — red

Jaycie Skaggs — red

Hudson Leigh — red

Belinda Fuentes — red

Blake Davis — red

Aubrey Kate Shearer — red

Kayla Copley — red

Bryley McGinnis — white

Matthew Abner — red

Lauriana Lawless — red

Mason Smith — red

Eli McCrary — red


JES Results

Reese Antle — red

Kayden Nelson — red

Vaeda Murray — red

Bentley Ewing — red

Ava Aitken — red

Isabella Tinoco — red

Jase Loy — red

Hadlee Rigney — red


SES Results

Carly Wilson — white

Grant Wilson — white

Carter Wilson — white


RCHSA Results

Lizzy Pritchard — white


The 4 champion poems will advance to the Kentucky 4-H Poetry Contest at the University of Kentucky!



Vapes contain nicotine which is an addictive drug found in tobacco products.   
Nicotine can affect brain development in kids and teens. 

Russell Co. 4-H Speech Contest 2023

The 4-H Speech Contest is an opportunity to prepare and present a speech in front of judges.  The 4-H members are permitted to use note cards during the speech but cannot use any other visual aids. 

General Guidelines for 4-H Speeches and Demonstrations

    Awards (ribbons) will be based on the criteria established on the 4-H score sheets for speeches and demonstrations.  The champion will be the youth that receives the highest points (average among the judges); the reserve champion will be the youth that receives the second highest points average.  Only the champion will advance to the district competition.
    4-H participants will be introduced by their name and title of their speech or demonstration.  There will not be a penalty if the 4-H member repeats this information during the presentation.
    If the presenter does not fall within the established time guidelines, he/she will receive a point penalty, but if he/she still has the highest overall score, he/she will still be awarded the champion honor.
    If there is a tie for champion or reserve champion, the tie will be broken by a coin toss or other equitable method.
    The reserve champion will be invited to attend the district competition ONLY IF the champion cannot attend.
    Costumes are not permitted in speeches, but they are acceptable in demonstrations.
    Judges’ decisions are FINAL.
    4-H age is determined by the youth’s age by December 31, 2022.  Junior age speeches and demonstrations are for ages 9-13.  Senior age speeches and demonstrations are for ages 14-18.

Speech Contest Guidelines

    Speech Contest categories are based on the following 4-H ages: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-18.  Since speech categories are based on age, the 4-H youth may be competing against someone in a different grade.
    Junior age speeches (ages 9-13) should be 3-5 minutes in length.
    Senior age speeches (ages 14-18) should be 5-7 minutes in length.
    (It is suggested that youth prepare a speech that is about 30-60 seconds longer than the minimum time limit.)
    Youth are permitted to use note cards but CANNOT use other visual aids such as posters, charts, photographs, or power-point presentations.  An IPad may be used in place of note cards.
    Readings of dramatic monologues and poems are not permitted.

How many participants can advance to the County Contest? See your 4-H teacher at elementary schools. 

Jan-early March - Write/Prepare/Practice speech/4-H club contests at schools or in project clubs 

March 10, 2023 - Registration deadline for 4-H speeches and 4-H demonstrations 

Late March - Russell Co. 4-H Speech and Demonstrations Contest  

TBA - E1/E2 Area 4-H Communications Competition (to qualify for state competition)
July 8, 2023 - Kentucky 4-H Communications Day (Nicholasville, KY)

4-H Demonstration Categories

  • Agriculture – to include information on horticulture, and plant and soil sciences (e.g. crops, agronomy) 
  • Animal Sciences – to include information on selection, care, and feeding of animals, financial records, operations, and animal products for small or large animals.  This also can include companion animals.   
  • Visual Arts – to include drawing, painting, mixed media, decoupage, candle making, macramé, scrapbooking, embroidery, quilting, silk screen, batik, block print, corn-shuck flowers, ceramics, jewelry making, and similar topics.  This category also includes demonstrations related to photography such as picture taking, composition, framing, or scrapbooking. 
  • Performing Arts – all demonstrations related to the performing arts including theatre, dance, musical instruments, and musical performance. 
  • Clothing & Textiles – to include construction, techniques, wardrobe selection and planning (color, design, accessories, appropriate dress for various occasions), selection, use of and care of clothing-related equipment, care of clothing, posture as it relates to fit, fibers, and textile-related topics. 
  • Family & Consumer Science – to include information on childcare, consumer and financial education, family life, 
  • Foods – to include preparation skills and creativity in using foods for meals and snacks (including breads).  Please submit a copy of the recipe on the day of the event. 
  • Health – to include information on physical activity, bullying, substance abuse, personal development, and safety. 
  • Natural Resources – includes entomology (insects), environment, geology (rocks/minerals/fossils), forestry (trees), soils, water, and wildlife.  This category can include science-fair type experiments related to these topics. 
  • Shooting Sports – includes proper care and cleaning of equipment, safety, sighting alignment and shooting techniques, selecting equipment and ammunition.  Weapons of any sort cannot be brought into the buildings or on the grounds of school or university property.  This includes firearms, bullets, bows and arrows.  Mockups, models, and charts must be used instead.  Models cannot look like an actual gun, bow, or other firearm. 
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) – to include information on ATV safety, aerospace/rocketry, biotechnology, bicycle, energy, GPS/GIS, robotics, general science, and computer science (may not use computer projection equipment in place of posters).  This category can include science-fair type experiments related to these SET topics. 
  • Team Demonstrations – any demonstration (regardless of topic) conducted by two (2) 4-H members of the same age category (i.e. both juniors or both seniors).  Each participant must have a significant speaking AND presentation role in the demonstration.  Youth may participate in either the individual demonstrations or the team demonstration category.  They may NOT do both.   

 Demos at a Glance  (read official guidelines for more details)

  • 5-15 minute presentation
  • Must have one or more posters or trifold board explaining steps
  • Should “show and tell” how to do a project/activity

Demonstration Ideas/Suggestions 
Taking a soil sample 
Parts of a plant or plant lifecycle 
Transplanting flowers or plants 
Potting a plant 
How to plant a garden 
Any demo on crops 
Components of fertilize 
Components of animal feed 
Plant genetics 
Landscape planning for a home or business 

Animal Science 
Care of agriculture animals (small and large farm animals) Care of pets 
Grooming a horse 
Saddling a horse 
Horse and animal safety 
Selecting feed for animals 
Components of cattle/horse feed 
Preparing an animal for shows 
Selecting a pet for your family 
Selecting a prize winning show animal 
Financial record keeping for farm animals care

Visual Arts 
How to draw a __________ 
Photography (parts of a camera, lighting, camera settings, photography rules) 
Painting techniques 
Performing Arts 
Theater topics 
Musical instruments (care of, playing, etc.) 
Musical or theater performance tips 

Clothing & Textiles 
Wardrobe selection and planning (i.e. for an interview or for-mal event)/Appropriate dress for certain occasions Clothing construction (sewing) 
Parts and care of a sewing machine 
Items needed for a sewing box 
Care of clothing (washing and ironing techniques included) Posture as it relates to fit and fiber 
Mending garments (buttons, hems, etc.) 
Caring for different types of fabric (cotton, nylon polyester, wool, etc.) 

Family & Consumer Sciences 
Babysitting and childcare 
Consumer education (price comparison, coupon shopping) Table setting (formal vs. informal) 
Mealtime manners 
Packing a suitcase for vacation or for 4-H camp 
How to hand wash dishes 
Decorating your bedroom (color, design, etc.) 
Creating a floor plan for your bedroom or your home 
Home energy savings 
Party planning 
Menu planning 
Refinishing furniture 
Folding sheets/folding clothes

How to make ____________ (any food item)    
Must submit a copy of the recipe and finished product. 

Choosing a healthy diet with MyPlate 
First aid/first aid kit 
Proper hand washing 
Choosing protective gear for sports 
Safety topics (i.e. preparing a disaster supply kit) Physical activity and its benefits 
Types of physical activity 
Preventing bullying 
Substance abuse prevention 
Taking your blood pressure 
Caring for your teeth 
Managing stress in a healthy way 

Natural Resources 
Topics related to insects, environmental science and care, geology and fossils, forestry (tree health), water, and wildlife

Shooting Sports (cannot bring a real or toy gun or ammunition; use mock ups or charts) 
How to clean a rifle 
How to load a muzzleloader 
How to align a gun 

Science Engineering & Technology (SET) 
ATV safety 
DNA and biotechnology 
Bicycle safety/bicycle care 
Energy conservation 
GPS technology 
General science topics 

Distributed by
Christy A. Martin
Russell Co. Extension Agent for 4-H YD

Website: http://russell.ca.uky.edu