At the Wavy Words Paint and Pizza Workshop, members chose a phrase and added it to a canvas. They then outlined the words and painted abstract colors between lines.


Step two of the process, adding color!


A 4-H Masterpiece!


Staff members at the Black Hawk County Extension Office were excited to share skills and interests with youth participants!



4-H Members of all ages had fun making wreaths at the workshop on November 19th!


Wreaths were donated to the La Porte City Nursing Home with hand-written cards attached for the residents.20161001_144911

Above: Skill #47686 learned as a 4-H’er! I prepared 20 activity sets for 4-H member’s to use at the String and Nail art Workshop in October. This was quite the adventure!


Above: A young 4-H member enjoying their hand outs at the 2016 4-H Fair STEM Festival! The Festival was held in Estel Hall on the National Cattle Congress Grounds. From 3-D printing to seed germination, lessons were taught and smiles were shared.


Above: The 4-H County Council program is growing! County Council is for Senior division 4-H members that are committed to being leaders in the program. With a focus on service and volunteerism, this program also allows coordination between the youth the program serves and the Fair Board, Extension Office, and Youth Committee.


Above: Clover Members gain experience and confidence at the 2016 Poultry Show. Parent’s are invited to watch the judging and hear the judge’s encouragement and feedback. The Clover Kids program is for Kindergarten through Third Grade Members. This program serves as a stepping stone of encouragement for members preparing to join the Junior division of the 4-H program.


Above: Russell Seekins (Front) and Bart Samuelson (Driving) volunteered to transport Friday afternoon’s woodcarvings to the Picnic Hall for auction on Saturday of fair week. Black Hawk County’s 4-H Fair Board meets monthly in preparation of July’s events.


Above: The 2016 Queen was Maddie Herring. She is accompanied by this year’s King, Brody Brinker. Black Hawk County Fair’s Royalty takes on a service role during fair as they help with livestock shows and events.


Above: Lyle Gauldager, life-long friend of 4-H, is a huge asset to our county program as he supports our members through volunteering time and wisdom. Lyle volunteers each summer to pull our parade float with his 1947 Farmall “H”.


Above: Our 2015 Black Hawk County Fair Queen (Pictured on the Right) joined our 4-H’ers at the Sturgis Falls Parade. This was one of her last events as Queen. The 2016 Black Hawk King and Queen will be crowned at Share the Fun on July 26th. The Queen and King Program is a tradition dating back to 1998 for Black Hawk County. Being crowned King or Queen is a leadership position for senior 4-H members.


Above: 4-H and County Council Members decorated the Black Hawk County 4-H Float at the Sturgis Falls Parade in June. These individuals are so fun to work with, and the streamers looked great!


Above: KWWL’s Jessica Hartman joined 4-H Members Chase Brockelsby and Brayden Brinker to create a news story about rebuilding our poultry interests after the Avian Flu Epidemic that resulted in a ban on poultry shows in 2015. These guys did great explaining the project and sharing their excitement to fill the poultry barn at the 2016 Black Hawk County Fair.


Above: Ag Day participants meeting our dairy calf during our Ag Day: Feeding Children-Mind and Body program at the National Cattle Congress Grounds in Waterloo. The program aims to teach 5-10 year old youth about Iowa’s rich legacy of agriculture. It was such a joy to answer their questions about agriculture!


Above: Black Hawk County’s County Youth Coordinator, Diane Wolfe, sorting broiler chicks at Dusk to Dawn Sales in Dunkerton, Iowa. These chicks are an essential aspect to Black Hawk County’s Poultry project area for 4-H members. For more information on the project, view my blog, “4-H’ers Giving Back to Northeast Iowa”.


Fair 2016