2024 Texas 4-H Dog Show Validation Open


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

We hope things are going well for you in this holiday season.  First and foremost, if you have not re-enrolled for the 2023-2024 4-H year, you will need to complete that process before you can validate your dog(s).  texas.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in

Texas 4-H Dog Show will be held on July 11-13, 2024 at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Texas.  To be eligible for this show, dogs must be validated by January 10, 2024 in 4-H Online.  Below are links with detailed written instructions.  Video instructions are also available at  https://youtu.be/3NzoIjK9Pco if that is more convenient.  2024 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book is also attached and will be posted https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/ soon.

2024 TX 4H Dog Show Rulebook


We strongly encourage members to validate their dogs even if they are not sure they will be participating in the Texas 4-H Dog Show.  Completing the FREE validation process before January 10th will give them until entries are due in May to make a final decision.

There will be a couple of opportunities to practice with your dog whether you validated or not.

Montgomery County 4-H Dog Show will be February 3, 2024 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas

Brazos County 4-H Dog Show is February 17, 2024 at Louis Pearce Pavilion

Tarrant County 4-H Dog Show has been in April

Wise County is has historically been done in June.

We will send details of each of these as soon as we have them.  If your county is planning to host a dog show, please let us know so we can help you publicize it.

As 4-H members complete their validation, here are some things to keep in mind:

For purebred dogs (they do not have to be registered, just look purebred) you will select the correct Group and list the breed.

For mixed breed dogs you will select the Weight Group of the dog and list the dominant breed along with the word “Mix” or list the two breeds if known.  (Example: Border Collie Mix or Mastiff/Great Dane.)

Photos of the left and right side of the dog should be a side view of the whole dog. Get on the dog’s level so they do not turn into top views.  They should also be clear and light enough we can see all markings and color of the dog.   The dog should only be wearing a collar.  No sweaters, costumes, rain gear or anything that covers the dog’s color and markings.

Dogs MUST be validated each year.  If you validated a dog last year, the information and photos will be in the system, but you must still review and SUBMIT to validate for the 2023-2024 4-H year.  Please update the photos if the dog has changed significantly since last year.

We do encourage you to validate any dogs that you are eligible to show.  Situations may change through the year.

DO NOT to wait until the last day to complete your validation.  It will be difficult for your County Extension Office to help you at 4:45 p.m. on the last day.  If you are having trouble with 4-H Online, contact your local County Extension office.

Michelle Mihalek, MEd

County Extension Agent – 4-H Youth Development

Montgomery County | Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

9020 Airport Rd. | Conroe, Texas 77303

P: (936) 539 – 7823 | F: (936) 788-8394

mmmihalek@ag.tamu.edu| http://montgomery.agrilife.org


CYC & ALA Meeting on 11.27.23


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Join us at the 4-H CYC Meeting on 11/27/23 at 6:30pm.  ALA will aslo be meeting at the same time.


2024 Fort Worth Stock Show Parade


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

A great opportunity is coming up in January to promote 4-H and your clubs!

We will once again be marching in a group in the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade. This year’s parade takes place Saturday, January 13, 2024, parade begins at 11am.

This is a great event that counts as community service for the 4-H members that march, and parents are encouraged to participate as well.

Register Here  to march in the 2023 Fort Worth Stock Show Parade.  The deadline to register is Friday, December 15, 2023, by 5pm.

This is a fun event where 4-Hers can get to know families from other clubs.

  • Every participant must complete the attached form release 2024 FWSSR Parade Release Form.   One form per person marching in the parade.
  • Forms may be mailed to 200 Taylor St, Suite 500, Fort Worth, TX 76196, email to andrea.amador@ag.tamu.edu  or fax to 817-884-1941 by Friday, December 15, 2023 by 5pm.
  • The route is little over a mile long.  It starts at the Tarrant County Courthouse, goes to the Fort Worth Convention Center, and then back to the Courthouse.
  • We will meet at 10am at the Extension Office at 200 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX 76196, and head over to the start location at 10:30am.
  • We are usually done by 12pm.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to having a great turnout for the parade.  2024 FWSSR Parade Release Form. 

Kate Marshall, M.S.

Tarrant County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76196

p: (817) 884-1553 | f: (817) 884-1941

kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu | https://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu


Saginaw 4-H Classic


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

See flyer below with information on Saginaw 4-H Classic on December 16, 2023.

Registration required on Showman App.  Register using the QR Code on flyer.


District IV 4-H Community Service Project


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

See flyer below from the District IV 4-H Community Service Project.  The toys/gifts will be dropped off at your office by December 1, 2023.  Then you will let me know how many items you have and then we will formulate a game plan for getting them delivered to the Ronald McDonald House.  The District Council Officers and Advisors will be there on December 19th doing an activity with the children, so I would like to have the toys delivered that day.

Once we get an idea of how many items we have, we will work out a plan to have several neighboring counties combine their gifts and have an agent or parent volunteer deliver them to us at the Ronald McDonald House.  Stay tuned for those details!

Please share the flyer with your 4-H families.


Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter – November 2023


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Here is your November 2023 Tarrant County Newsletter!!!  Click on the link to see all important due dates coming up!!!

November 2023 Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter

Kate Marshall

Tarrant County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76196

p: (817) 884-1553 | f: (817) 884-1941

kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu | https://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu


District IV 4-H Photography Contest


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

The District IV 4-H photography contest opens today October 25th and it will closed on November 8th! Submit your awesome photos today.  Entries MUST be completed on both sites to qualify. NO REFUNDS!  See Contest Memo for all your information.

2023-2024 Photography Contest Memo.

Registration in 4-H Online Opens: October 23, 2023

Registration on 4-H Online Closes: November 8, 2023

Photos must be Uploaded in Submittable during these dates.

Submittable Link:


2024 Spring Major Show Entries


Good afternoon 4-Hers!

I hope this email finds you doing well.  It is hard to believe it is time to get our entries in for the Spring Major Show Run.  Forms for all shows can be accessed 2024 Major Show Entry Forms.

We will be having an entry night November 2nd here at the office from 5-7pm.  You are welcome to bring in the forms before that as well, but we will not accept any entry forms after November 2nd.  No Exceptions.

Shooting sports for some shows are also different.  Please pay attention to these as well.

Houston – Each exhibitor is responsible for their entry and will pay online, nothing is required to come to the extension office.  But please let us know if you are entering.

Archery: Deadline is October 24th and must be submitted via Eyes on score

Young Guns Shooting sports: deadline is February 1st and must be submitted at iClays – About Us

San Antonio:  Entry is on the worksheet to be submitted to the Extension office.

New for this year:

  • We will be adding $5 to everyone’s total entry fees (all shows combined).  This will be going towards the processing fee that each show charges in addition to the entry fees.  This will be required from everyone! NO EXCEPTIONS SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THIS.
  • Eligibility Forms will be due 10 days prior to the event you are going to be participating in.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Link for the Declaration of Eligibility form  2023-2024 Declaration of Eligibility.

E-mail (PDF file only, NO JPEGs or Pictures please) your completed form to Kate Marshall at kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu  for her signature and she will return back to you.

If you have any questions or have issues with accessing any of the links, please let us know ASAP.

Jacklyn Jones – Doyle
Ag & Natural Resources Extension Agent

Tarrant County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor St.  Suite 500

Fort Worth, Tx 76196

Tel:   817.884.1296

Fax:  817.884.1941






4H Robotics Classes


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Attention Tarrant County 4-H members interested in Robotics! classes starting Sunday October 22nd!

What:  4H Lego Robotics

When:  Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Where:  George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 S. Center St, Arlington TX 76010

We are revamping the format for this year.  We will be using these reference books:

  • Lego Technic Non-Electric Models – Simple Machines
  • Lego Technic Non-Electric Models – Clever Contraptions

2:45 – 2:50 Introductions

2:50 – 3:00 Build a Simple Machine

3:00 – 3:40 Free build robot/Programming

3:40 – 3:45 Clean up

Parents are encouraged to participate and learn as well.

Other upcoming meetings:

November 19, 2023 — 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

December 10, 2023 — 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Competitions — there are several Lego robotics competitions.  For those interested in competitions, teams will need to be created and set their own practices for the competitions (we are more than willing to help with these teams/practices).  Contests have limited space available, so there are no guarantees that a space will be available for a team at a given competition.

Robotics – Texas 4-H (tamu.edu)  – this page has information on contestas and more….

Robotics Contests at Stock Shows —

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo — Friday, January 26 – Fort Worth Museum of Science and History — Ag Robotics Rules

Rodeo Houston — Wednesday, March 13 – NRG Arena – Sales Pavilion:  Entries Open October 17th and close February 1st and must be submitted through judgingcard.com by County Extension Agent — challenge released in mid-February 2024

San Angelo – Saturday — April 13th:  This contest includes both Ag Robotics and Robotics Inventions.  Junior Ag Robotics limited to first 75 teams.  For details please see:  Entries & Premium Book (sanangelorodeo.com)

Rodeo Austin — Tuesday, March 19th:  entry deadline is December 15th.  TABLE OF CONTENTS (rodeoaustin.com)  Entry is through website (but not sure when it opens)

State 4H Round-up:  (tenatatively Tuesday, June 4th). This contest is for Senior 4H (9th – 12th grade):  This is an Invitational contest (meaning do not have to qualify at District or County to participate).  The Robotics Challenge is structured as a sumo-style competition. The sumo format will test teams’ strategy, engineering design, and programming skills. Teams will bring a fully assembled and programmed robot to compete against others in the tournament until a winner is declared. Two robots will “wrestle” in a dohyō (sumo ring) designed for robots. As with human Sumo wrestling, the goal of sumo-style robotics is to gain leverage over an opponent and force it out of the ring. Please note, this is NOT a “battle bots” style competition. In other words, intentionally destructive robots are not allowed.  Register online through 4H online May 1-May 13.

Also, Keller 4H is offering 1 lb robotics through North Texas Bot Battles — they are having a competition on Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (bring your own chairs); 8755 N Riverside Dr, Fort Worth TX 76177 (at a police station) — note this is North of 820 and the split of I-35W and 287.  If interested, please make plans to check it out.

Catherine “Aunt Michelle” Stanley
Chris Findley

Thank you!

Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter – October 2023


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Here is your October 2023 Tarrant County Newsletter!!!  Click on the link to see all important due dates coming up!!!

October 2023 Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter

Kate Marshall, M.S.

Tarrant County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76196

p: (817) 884-1553 | f: (817) 884-1941

kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu | https://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu