A roundup of 4-H news for the week of April 28, 2011:


BOWERSTON, Ohio — The Silver Spurs met April 1, at the Bowerston Public Library with 13 members present.

Amy Gareis, staff writer from the Harrison News Herald, was present to write an article featuring the club.

T-shirt designs and colors were discussed, but no decisions were reached. Booth decorations and the community service project were also discussed.

Chaska West gave a demonstration about cake decorating using fondant. Nakaza West gave a presentation on taking care of a pot-bellied pig. Amy Caswell did her presentation about the many different breeds of pigs.

The club will meet again May 15 at the library.

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — The Jackson-Milton Livestock Club held a meeting April 13. The club members discussed ideas for decorations that will be used on animal pens and stalls at the fair this year.

The members also discussed ideas for fundraisers, field trips, community service opportunities, and club social events. Also, thank you to Tanner Balsinger for his presentation on feed labels.

On April 16, the club had a bowling outing.

The next Jackson-Milton Livestock Club meeting will be 7 p.m. May 2 at the North Jackson Township Building.

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BURTON, Ohio– Flockmasters 4-H Club met April 19.

Several important dates include tag in for lambs and pigs at 8 a.m. May 21 at the Geauga County fairgrounds. Quality Assurance is from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 14 at the fairgrounds. Also at the fairgrounds is the Skillathon from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. July 23.

Junior Fairboard mandatory meetings are July 30 for poultry and Aug. 6 for lambs.

After the meeting, Roger High came and gave a seminar on sheep. All Geauga County 4-H members were invited. His talk included everything involved in raising sheep, such as picking a good market lamb and feeding your lambs.

The next meeting is May 17.

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CANFIELD, Ohio — Mahoning County Junior Fair board members received a big thank you for their help in making the Baby Animal Shower at The Mill Creek Metroparks Farm in Canfield a success. There were approximately 4,500 people who attended the annual event.

The Special Features Committee announced that the theme for the Youth Day Ceremony at the Canfield Fair will be “Some Beach, Somewhere”.

Outstanding Youth Court Applications and several Canfield Fair Memorial Scholarship Applications were available for members.

The following 4-H events were announced by President Michelle Awad: Saddle Horse Make-Up Safety Program,6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. April 26 at Mill Creek Metroparks Farm; swine tagging 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 21; sheep and goat tagging, starting at 2 p.m. May 21; both in the swine barn on the Canfield Fairgrounds.

The next Junior Fair Board meeting will be May 19 at the Colonial Inn on the Canfield Fairgrounds. Committee chairmen will be elected at this time.

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NORTH LIMA, Ohio — The Pinelakers 4-H club held their March meeting at Mt. Olivet Church in North Lima. There were 16 members in attendance. Members learned to make a stevendore knot that will be part of a display at the Canfield Fair.

The club discussed fund raiser activities and will plan on a garage sale/bake sale set for May 14. The club’s community service project will be Streetscape inYoungstown June 4.

The next meeting is April 28 at an earlier time of 6:30 p.m. so that livestock members can attend the county meeting. Bring non-perishable or canned items for food drive collection.

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