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Our Location

Our location is 200 Taylor Street Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas 76196. Parking at the meters is available on Burnett, Weatherford, and Taylor Streets.  The entrance to our building faces Burnett St.  If you prefer to park in the lot adjacen to our building, please enter the parking lot on 2nd street and enter at the west side entrance that faces Burnett Street.  The Taylor Street entrance is closed and the only open entrance is on the west side of the Plaza building.

Mailing Address
Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
Tarrant County 4-H
P. O. Box 1540
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
Fax Number 817-884-1941

2016-2017 4-H Enrollment

IT’S HERE!! Enrollment for the upcoming 2016-2017 4-H year will start on August 15th. Participation fees will remain the same for the upcoming year, $20.00 from August 15th to October 31st and then $25.00 from November 1st on.  Please be aware that if you enrolled before August 15th of 2016 that enrollment was for the previous year and you will need to re-enroll for the new 4-H year.  All members’ 4-H enrollment s will be de-activated for the current year and all will need to re-enroll for the new year if they plan on continuing in 4-H.

NEW RULE FOR MEMBERS WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF TARRANT COUNTY: Beginning with enrollments for the 2016-2017 year, all members who wish to have 4-H membership in a county other than their home residence will need to submit a “Membership Transfer Form” to the County Extension office where they reside.  The “Membership Transfer Form” posted below. (2016-2017 Texas 4-H Rules and Guidelines, page 3)

Some things to remember as you re-enroll for the 2016-2017 4-H year:

  •  If you are re-enrolling and already have an existing profile, DO NOT create a new profile.  UPDATE your existing profile with any changes to email, physical address or phone numbers.  An annual participant fee is due for each 4-H member when enrolling.  Please use either a debit or credit card for payment.  Also remember that 4-H Connect is not compatible with the Internet Explorer web browser so you will need to use Mozilla or another option. The 4-H check option is only for members whose club will be paying their enrollment fees.
  • If you have forgotten your email address or password DO NOT create another profile in 4-H Connect.  Call the office and we will send you a temporary password and inform you of the email address your profile is under.
  •  If you are 8 and in the third grade and enrolling in 4-H WAIT UNTIL September 1st to enroll.  It is tricky because the official first day of 4-H is not until September 1st but enrollment starts on August 15th. This means there are 15 days for our new (young) members where they may not be assessed a participation fee and 4-H Connect will classify them as a Clover Kid.

Please contact the 4-H office at 817-884-1291  if you have any questions regarding enrollment.

2016-2017 4-H RulesGuidelines

2016-2017 Membership Transfer Form

Tarrant County 4-H Food Show

It’s time to think about the 2016-2017 Food Show. The theme for the 2016-2017 Food Show is “Family Favorites”.  This theme will allow participants the opportunity to explore many aspects of food preparation, food safety, creative recipes and more! Concentrate on foods that are family favorites, whit the emphasis of the importance of family mealtime.  Research consistently shows that regular family meals are linked to: higher grades for children, higher self-esteem, healthier eating habits and healthier weights.

During your scheduled interview time, each contestant will provide a three minute oral presentation, which will be followed by a five-minute interview & questions from the judges, and one-minute for the contestant to serve the judges your dish.

Date: The contest will be held on  Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 at the Extension office (200 Taylor Street, Ste. 500).

Registration: Entry forms are due in the county office by January 7, 2017.

Contest Categories/Divisions:

Protein: All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.  Beans and peas are also part of the Vegetable Group.

Fruit and Vegetable: Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group.  Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.  Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group.  Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.  Vegetable are organized into 5 subgroups, based on their nutrient content.

Grains: Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product.  Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples of grain products.  Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, Whole Grains and Refined Grains.  Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel—the bran, germ, and endosperm.

Dairy: All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group.  Most Dairy Group choices should be fat-free or low-fat.  Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group. Foods made from milk that  little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not.  Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the Dairy Group. Foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not.

It is strongly urged that 4-Hers choose recipes that are relatively simple (i.e. less than 7 ingredients, 1 dish meals, etc.) Contestants are encouraged to select recipes that follow sound dietary practices.  Participants should consult with the website when selecting a recipe category.

The full guidelines and entry form are located on the 4-H website under Current Events . Please contact Markena Minikon if you have any questions regarding the food show at .



County Educational Presentation Contest

The Educational Presentations contest provides an opportunity for youth to select a topic of interest, research, and prepare an educational presentation. Each presentation is usually 5-12 minutes in length and may include posters, slides, or visual props. Presentations may be made by individuals or age-division teams. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to practice their public speaking skills in a supportive, non-threatening environment.

In order to accommodate busy schedules, youth may select one of three presentation options.

Presentations may be made at the Extension office:

January 31 at   2 pm ; or at 6:30 pm;    or member may submit a USB video by January 17

Entry forms are due on January 17, 2017, and may be submitted by email to Theresa Thornton at and to Joan Jacobsen at or fax to 817-884-1941 for your convenience.




4-H County Share the Fun Contest

Great News!  It is time to begin preparation for the upcoming Share the Fun contest!

The Share the Fun event is a talent contest which provides an opportunity to be creative, share your talents, and share in the fun with 4-H youth across the county.  Youth may participate individually or within age division groups.  Categories are provided to encourage youth to showcase “traditional talents” as well as those that are “very creative and unique”.

Contest Date:   February 10, 2017

Entry Forms Due:  January 25, 2017

Event Location:    3900 Meadowbrook Drive;   Fort Worth, TX

All categories allow individual or group entries (1 – 9 participants of the same age division, i.e. Jr., Int., Sr.)

All categories have a time limit of six (6) minutes for presentation and four (4) minutes for set-up and break down.

NO Accompanist is permitted for any category.  If music is required, it must be on a CD, digital format, and cassette tape or performed by the contestant.  Contestant is responsible for bringing equipment, setting the volume, and arranging for an adult to turn the music on and off at the appropriate times.

Acts must be appropriate for family audiences of all ages.

The following materials are prohibited: helium balloons, confetti, talcum powder, flour, pies, water, oil, feathers, flower petals, hay or other substances which are hard to clean up, may cause damage, or be dangerous to participants. No roller skates, shoes with spikes, cleats, motorized vehicles, live animals or real fire arms will be allowed.


Solo Band Performance
Choreographed Routine Celebrate 4-H



Please contact Shannon Johnson Lackey at if you have any questions.


County Fashion Show


(Fashion Show, Storyboard, Trashion Show, & Duds 2 Dazzle)

The Clothing & Textiles project includes a wide variety of activities through which members may choose to learn about the selection, care, or construction of garments, accessories, etc.



If you have any questions about the 4-H Clothing and Textile project, please contact Marian Ross, CEA-FCS at 817-884-1294 or

To pre – register for the County Fashion Show and Fashion Storyboard, please submit the following information in an email with: name of 4-H’er, age division, category to Theresa Thornton at and Tanica Bell at by Friday, February 10, 2017.

The official Tarrant County entry forms are due by 12:00 noon in the Extension office on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Example for pre-registration:

Fashion Show:

Child Smith – Intermediate – Construction / Everyday Living


Child Jones – Senior – Buying / Fantastic Fashions under $25.00

Fashion Storyboard:

Child Jones – Senior – Non- Wearable


Child Smith – Junior  – Accessory

Please be sure to follow the attached guidelines for each of the contests, each one has their own set. These guidelines are for County, District and State contests. All 4-H ages are able to participate in the county clothing project contest, the 1st place finisher for each age (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) will then be eligible for District. Senior 1st place finishers will be eligible to participate in the State Roundup according to the State Roundup rules. (Clover Kids are welcomed to participate, however, they are only eligible for the county contest. It is a great experience step.)


Fashion Show

  • No changes to the Fashion Show Guidelines
  • Official entry forms DUE, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by 12:00 Noon in the Extension Office.


Fashion Storyboard

  • The following design brief will serve as the direction for the 2017 Fashion Storyboard contest.
  • Official entry forms DUE, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by 12:00 Noon in the Extension Office.
  • Participants in this contest create a poster featuring their design (of one item), along with ideas for color variations, design modifications, embellishments, inspiration, etc.
  • The poster is submitted, but there is no interview or modeling portion for this contest.
  • Fashion Storyboard layouts should include original illustrations and flats, as well as additional materials that have influenced their unique design.  4-H Members may choose to manually affix the pieces of their layout to their storyboard, or computer generated layouts can be printed and affixed to the foam core or mat board.  All items need to be securely adhered to the board.  It is the 4-H member’s responsibility to affix all components of their layout for secure transportation. The Fashion Storyboard Label must be securely affixed to the back of the storyboard.
  • The label MUST be legibly printed or typed and MUST be complete, including the answer to the Originality of Design question.  The 4-H member should not put his/her name on the front.

Theme for the Storyboard: 

Inspired by Music

Whether you’re heading to a concert, going dancing with friends or just hanging out at home listening to your favorite tunes, let your style choices reflect your musical taste with designs inspired by melody, tune, harmony, composition and song. From the rapid lively tempo of country music banjos, the slow sad moan of the blues, or the edgy upbeat rhythm of hip hop, there is a melodic palette for everyone.

Trashion Show

  • No changes to Trashion Show
  • Teams of 1-4 members submit a video application. Video submissions should include: introduction of team members, process for creating your design, materials used in garment, how the outfit was constructed, inspiration and environmental factoid.  Videos submission deadline April 3, 2017.
  • Top 10 teams will be invited to compete in the Trashion Show Invitational
  • Teams chosen will go through an interview process and have their garment modeled on stage at the 4-H Fashion Show at Texas 4-H Roundup.
  • See Trashion Show Guidelines for complete contest information.

Quilt Challenge

  • Quilt Challenge is no longer a community service project, but a true quilt challenge. Quilts will be judged in three different categories:
    • First time quilter(s)
    • Youth quilter(s) pieced
    • Youth quilter(s) appliques
  • Quilt size
    • Small – length + width = less than 60” (this size includes miniature quilts, wall hangings, table runners, placemats (4), and pillows). All items must be quilted.
    • Medium – length + width = 61” to 120”
    • Large – length + width = over 120”
  • Entry Deadline:
    • Register on 4-H Connect by July 15, 2017
    • Deadline for delivery is August 1, 2017

Duds to Dazzle

  • Just a few changes
  • Please review the sewing kit guidelines as a few items have been added.
  • Weighting on the score sheet has been changed.

Each team will be assigned a design category – wearable; accessory/jewelry; or non-wearable.

Alpaca Wool Challenge

Updated guidelines Coming Soon!


Great Opportunity – Statewide Clothing and Textile Community Service

4-H members are asked to collect gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and/or textile-based household items (i.e., towels) and recycle by donating to a worthy cause.

One person representing each group will need to complete an online report by April 30, 2017. The site can be accessed through the following link, SE/?SID=SV_5sXsjkvpvQgYWI5.

Posts and photos of the service project should be shared on Facebook using the following Hashtags: #(county), #texas4h, #clothing&textiles.


Great resources

Explore Duds to Dazzle

The Explore Duds to Dazzle curriculum is designed to prepare youth to compete in the Duds to Dazzle contest by teaching six lessons focusing on skills utilized in the Duds to Dazzle contest. Lesson topics include:

  • Idea Generation and Skill Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Get to know Your Sewing and Supply Kit
  • Teamwork
  • Fabric and Fiber Characteristics
  • Create a business Plan


Duds to Dazzle YouTube Videos 

Learn more about:

4-H Clothing and Textile Advisory Board Applications (4-H members, volunteer leaders and agents) Applications are found at

  • December 15, 2016 and June 1, 2017.


Entry forms and guidelines, storyboard label and Academic eligibility form is below.

County Fashion Show guidelines






Support for Tarrant County 4-H

Looking for a way to support Tarrant County 4-H without taking money out of your pocket? Do you search the internet? Do you make online purchases? If so this opportunity may be just what you are looking for.. . Join, and every time you search the internet, a donation is made to the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and Adult Leaders Association.

It’s easy, doesn’t cost a thing, and turns every day actions into an easy way to raise funds for many of the events and activities that are sponsored by the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and the Tarrant County 4-H Adult Leaders, including the annual County Awards Banquet.

All you need to do is log on to and choose “Tarrant 4-H Council” as your      charity.  You can even make a profile so that you don’t have to select Tarrant 4-H Council each time and you can watch the funds grow!

A penny is donated every time you search with  It is easy, painless on your pocketbook, and benefits our Tarrant County 4-H youth.

There are even other ways to make money through for 4-H while shopping or dining.  Just go to their website to find out more.  Don’t waste any time.

Start helping our Tarrant 4-H youth while you search the Internet today!

Livestock Project Registration

It is time to send in your livestock project sheets to the 4-H office. Livestock Project Sheets must be renewed each year just as your member enrollment form.  For new members the form is due when you enroll in 4-H and get a project.

The Livestock Project Sheet is due for renewing members on October 1, 2014.

Livestock Project Registration Form


Quality Counts Verification

If the Quality Counts Verification you completed as a junior member has expired, you are required to take the Senior level verification.  This must be done prior to entry into any major fall, winter or spring livestock show.  Upon completing the verification process please email ag department to make them aware of your status.  You cannot enter you into any shows from this point forward without a senior level designation.

The Link for verifying is at

Please see the  document below that has the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Quality Counts.

Quality Counts Verification Frequently asked Questions

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