Friday, July 31, 2015

What's the difference between 4-H and Open Class, anyway?

Sometimes we get the question: what's the difference between a 4-H exhibit and and open class exhibit? 

The difference is the a 4-H class or club youth learn so many other skills than just the tasks necessary to finish that project. 

For example, we'll likely have some cooking, art, and crafts in the fair. The youth that exhibit those projects likely 
met with several peers 
a few different times; they probably had to 
talk in front of a group
or work together in teams
There were likely frustrations or 
problem solving 
they had to do and a 
caring adult volunteer 
or teen mentor 
may have helped them learn tips and tricks or new skills. 

Thinking about the livestock projects being prepared, there were lots of 
early mornings,
stinky boots,
 and dirty clothes 
going back as far as January or February with a steer calf, lamb, pig, or goat halter breaking, exercising, training for the show ring. 

These youth have practiced 
personal responsibility 
and, depending on how well they have prepared, they may or may not also get a hard lesson in 
personal accountability
from the judge. The time for preparation has definitely passed. And even that teaches life skills.

So, what is the difference between 4-H and Open class?  When you see an exhibit with a 4-H tag or a young person with a 4-H patch on their arm, just know that there were hours invested and not just in the project, but in the life of that young person. Invested for what?  A blue ribbon at the county fair?  Not hardly - the skills and experience gained in 4-H have the power to carry young people through life in a positive way and long after ribbons and awards fade away. And that makes all the difference.

Hope to see you at the Sevier County Fair, August 5-8, 2015!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fair time is fast approaching! Pre-Register your exhibits TODAY!

Time for cotton candy, corn dogs and blue ribbons!
The Sevier County Fair will be here soon enough...FIRST we need you to pre-register your exhibits!

All NON-LIVESTOCK exhibits need to be pre-registered 
by Sunday, August 2nd at 11:59 p.m.  
Don't fret - we're here to help!  A open house and ice cream party will be held Wednesday, July 29th from 10-12 at the Monroe Community Center 
-OR- you can come into the office any time between now and Friday at 5 p.m. 
-OR- email Rebecca over the weekend for help.

All NON-LIVESTOCK exhibits need to be delivered to the Sevier County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3rd.  
Food exhibits are allowed to be brought in Tuesday morning from 8-9 but all other exhibits need to be in on Monday. If, for some reason, you are unable to get your child's exhibits to the Fair on Monday, please contact the Extension office before 5 p.m. on Friday.  Again, we are here to help!

Here's how you enter:
For families who had youth attend Fab Fridays, summer clubs, after school clubs, or science camp please complete this survey for each of your youth who attended:

For ALL OTHER NON-LIVESTOCK EXHIBITS: please follow these log-in instructions below to complete you child's exhibit pre-registration. 

This process will take you only a few minutes but please call (893-0470) if we can assist you.  See you at the Fair!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Changes ahead- ITS Kids Science Camp

We regret to inform you that the Sevier County 4-H program will not be moving forward as a sponsor of the ITS Kids Science camp.  But don't fret! Sevier County 4-H is going to host a camp as scheduled!

What this means for you:
1.  NEW 4-H Sci Fi Camp- If you would like your child to continue on with the Sevier County 4-H Science camp experience, just send us an email at to let us know and we'll hold on to your registration funds and be in touch with the specifics about camp. If you would like to register your child for the first time, visit

2. Get a Refund- If you would NOT like to  attend the Sevier County 4-H Science Camp and would rather be refunded the registration money you have paid to date, please send an email to, and we will take care of that.

3. Future ITS Kids- If you would like to have your child attend a future ITS Kids Science camp, please contact ITS Kids Science camp director, Kelsey Ames, at 435-531-6661
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. These changes in administration are happening pretty close to camp, and we are considering some adjustments to the schedule, but all those details will be fine tuned in the coming days,and we'll be in touch.

If you have any questions at all please email us at:

Monday, May 18, 2015



Ok you Chess Kings and Queens! Chess Club starts Thursday June 11th at 2:00-3:00 at the NS REC it will run for 6 weeks. Come learn the game and how to make those AWESOME moves. Its going to be really fun and when you get done you can challenge someone to a game. Ages 10-14


Lets Talk Birds

Lets Talk Birds!! Bird Club will be starting on Wednesday June 3rd at NS REC at 4:00-5:00.We will be learning how they build their nests, what they eat, what kind of bird they are and even be doing some bird watching. So don't forget to mark your calendars for June 3rd. FLY on in and we will have some fun!! Ages 8-14.

Ready, Set, Go! to the World of Work Introduction

Date: May 28, 2015

Location: Utah State University Extension - 250 North Main Richfield, UT – Downstairs Training Room

Time: 5-7 PM

Cost: Free

Grades: 9-12

Description:  Activities and information are related to resumes, interview techniques, verbal and nonverbal communication. This event is a fun and informative opportunity for students to get a competitive advantage in the job market.

Registration Not Required

Ready, Set, Go! to the World of Work County Contest

Date: June 11, 2015

Location: Youth Center – 100 South 200 West Richfield, UT  

Time: Participants will choose their interview time between 9 AM and 12 PM.

Cost: Free

Grades: 9-12

Description: Show off your interview skills! Contestants will come prepared with a completed resume and job application. They will be given an interview time in which to complete a 10 minute interview. Contestants should treat this contest as if they were actually going through the job interview process. This event will give youth an opportunity to qualify for participation in the World of Work State Contest.