Flathead County July 2019 Newsletter


Make plans to attend the

2019 Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp

July 23-26

(this camp is located just outside the Bigfork area)4-H Camp Logo

Registration is due to Flathead County

Extension by Thursday, July 11th, 2019

All those age 8-12yrs are eligible to join.

Fees = $110.00 for existing 4-H Members, $130.00 for all others.

Download application at: http://flathead.msuextension.org/camp.html

Or Call the Extension office at 758-5553 for more information.

Brick Challenge!!!

Country Cousins Brick Challenge: Country Cousins 4-H Club nominated a volunteer to be honored with  a brick on theDollar Sign Fairgrounds. The club purchased the brick and is challenging all clubs in the Flathead County to purchase a brick to honor a volunteer of their club’s choice. If all of the clubs do this, they will all help the Foundation raise $2,000. Buy a brick today!

If you would like to add information or announcements to this newsletter please email dacooper@flathead.mt.gov


Speaking the Language

There are so many ways to speak 4-H!  How’s your Japanese?

This summer you can learn some!  There will be 4-H (Hippo Family Club) members from Japan here in the county.    One of the delegations’ chaperones, Yuki Okimori from Osaka, Japan, will be here and will be attending many activities, including camp and Fair.   There will also be at least two other youth from the Japan program in the valley.  If you have a chance, introduce yourself.  They will love the opportunity to practice their English-speaking skills and want to meet as Collage of different languagesmany people as they can!

Speak 4-H!  Tell people about what you do in 4-H!  Ask your friends and neighbors to join you and your club to have fun while learning new things.  Be proud of what you do in 4-H!

Just a couple more “definitions” of 4-H words/ phrases that you may find interesting:

4-H Ambassador – 4-H Ambassadors are youth that are engaged in LEADERSHIP, SERVICE and PROMOTION of the Flathead County 4‐H Program. A 4‐H Ambassador is an official envoy, an authorized representative of our 4‐H Program. A 4‐H Ambassador is a self‐ motivated, enthusiastic youth leader who promotes 4‐H using the skill, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4‐H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4‐H youth. A 4‐H Ambassador serves to strengthen the 4‐H program through public relations.  You will see our 4-H Ambassadors a lot during the Fair, but they help with other events and activities throughout the year as well.  If you are 14 years old or older, and would like more information about becoming an Ambassador, ask one of them or contact Nori at the Extension Office.

4-H Camp – 4-H camps are educational programs that foster new skills and healthy living. Participating in camp programs help youth build self-confidence, meet new people, and experience new opportunities.  Camps may be day camps or overnight camps for 1 or more nights.  We have several camp opportunities here in the Flathead including our 4-H Horse Camp held in May and our 4-H Summer Camp held in July.

Camps sponsored by 4-H have been developed based on knowledge gained through decades of youth development experience. The experience of attending and participating in 4-H Camp can help youth build self-confidence, meet new people and provide a safe opportunity to experience new opportunities. Camp helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.

Our 4-H Summer Camp provides a positive small group environment, created by combining youth of similar ages in groups with youth counselors. Campers learn to make decisions, share responsibilities, solve problems, and organize housekeeping tasks and their daily schedule.

There are always things to do at camp.  There is a certified Life Guard on duty at the lake during swimming, boating, and fishing activities.  There are additional water games and events that take place in the lake.  Arts and crafts, daily sports, campfires, dances and other outdoor activities take place throughout the camp.  A nurse and approved adult volunteers are always on duty during the camp to provide a safe and empowering environment.

Campers are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to and from Flathead County 4-H Summer Camp. If carpooling takes place, please make sure that the drivers are certified 4-H volunteers and that drivers have a copy of the member’s Health History forms.

So much to learn.  So much to talk about!  Practice speaking 4-H this summer!  Welcome Summer!  Hope it’s a great one for you!

Nori Pearce 4-H Agent 
MSU Extension Flathead County


ALL market livestock members must have their livestock projects and ONE OTHER 4-H project checked-off by their livestockHog, Lamp, Calf Picture

leader or by the Extension office between July 15 & August 1st.

Drug Withdrawal & Commitment to Excellence Forms are due by Thursday, August 1st (same as fairgrounds deadline date for registering for fair). Download forms at: http://flathead.msuextension.org/projectsheets.html

Registering for fair

If you are registering for an Agriculture or Horticulture project this year for the fair, it’s a bit different this year. It’s not under 4-H, it is under open class “Agriculture/Horticulture” and when you click on it, then you select 4-H or open class Fair in August Logocode. If you have questions on this change contact the fair office at 406-758-5810. Registration for the fair closes on August 1st. We will notify you when registration opens. If you are doing a market project, don’t forget to register for showmanship and carcass also.

Fair Weigh-In

The Fair weigh-in fee this year will be $40.  The fee will be non-refundable. 

Some have asked why members need to pay a fee to sell their livestock.   Whenever an animal is sold through a sales ring there is a commission fee to be paid.  This fee goes to the sale organization to pay for their expenses involved in Livestock Animal Logoselling the animal.  In the case of a 4-H sale, these fees go to pay for the photos of members for thank you’s and all of the advertising for the sale, before and after.  A neighboring county’s market livestock committee charges it’s 4-H and FFA members up to 6% of the total sale proceeds to sell to cover expenses associated with their sale.  This year’s fee will be non-refundable.  That means that if your animal does not make weight you will not be getting your money back. 

Hog Committee Meeting/Announcement

Hog parts PictureA 4-H Hog Clinic is scheduled July 18th located at the Fairgrounds.

This is a pre-fair clinic and prep, time TBA.

Attention Goat Project Members!!!

Please join us for a Goat Showmanship Clinic on Monday July 15th at 6:00 PM at the Mild Fence Arena on the Fairgrounds. Learn about caring for your goat, prepare your goat for fair, and showmanship skills. Your goat is welcomeGoat Drawing to attend with you! For more information call Shilo Fritz at 406-260-2633.

4-H Trail & Packing Project

The 4-H Trail and Packing began in January 2019, so get signed up as soon as possible. If you want to learn how to get your horse ready for trail riding this is the program for you. The packing group has re-designed the entire program to give you the tools to train your horse for trail riding. You will also learn packing in the back country with the skills to camp or hunt in the back country to feel safe and comfortable. Come to the introduction in January and find out about the exciting horse packing program. For more information call Rick Mathies at 752-2209 or Alden Totten at 257-5520.

4-H Trail & Packing Clinics 2019:Horse Packing Logo

Packing Trip July 25th to Stall Peak/Graves Creek and July 26th to Emery Creek

Cloverbud Activity Days!!!

Saturday, July 13th, located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:30 am.Cloverbud logo

For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.

Attention Seniors! Little Chief Award -sponsored by Western Outdoor

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding senior 4-H member who demonstrate  Citizenship and Little chief logoCommunity Service. Winners must show evidence that they have acquired positive life skills through their activity record  and stories. Winner receives a

specially designed belt buckle.  Applications are due to the Extension Office by

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 and are available in the Extension Office or online at:


Attention Juniors! 2019 Hand to Heart Award

All Applicants will be informed of interview time. 

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 31st , 2019

MSU Extension Flathead County Office

This award has two age divisions, 4-H ages 8-10 and 11-13(member’s age as of Oct. 1, 2018). Please fill in the Hand to Heart logoapplication as thoroughly as possible. Feel free to add as much community service information and other helpful items that you would like to share. Applicants are required to interview for this award. Interviews will take place in the Extension Office. You will be notified of your interview time previous to the event.  Remember to dress as if you were going to a job interview.  A Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected in each age division.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the county website at:


Awards Banquet

4-H Trophy September 10thRoasting hog over fire

Expo Building on the Fairgrounds

Family Fun and 4-H with Prestige Assisted Living & Memory Care

Prestige Assisted Living and Memory Care in Kalispell will be hosting a fundraiser for the Flathead County 4-H Foundation on Friday, July 12th, from 4 to 7 pm.  They will be serving hamburgers and all the fixings to their residents and members of the community.  The meal will be $10 per person and proceeds will go to the Foundation.  

What does 4-H need to do to? 

They have asked us to come up with some fun games and activities to share with people attending, as well as giving us the platform to show off our 4-H projects and exhibits.   If you or your club would be willing to host a game and/or ring an exhibit, please let Dana Higgins, Flathead 4-H Foundation President, know.  She can be reached at dana.l.higgins@gmail.com .  Or you can let us know at the Extension Office and we will let the Foundation know.  

We are hoping someone would be willing to teach roping, have some stick horse races (maybe even pole bending), Family picturecorn hole games or more.  We can set up some pens for a petting zoo, or if you have a gentle animal you could bring, do it.   Glacier View this would be a great place to share the entrepreneurship part of your club and show the items you make for sale.  You could also have a presentation on the work you are doing with the 4-H Math Models program and the Coram crosswalk.  Grand View Supreme you have some amazing people and projects!  Hopefully some will be able to participate.  4-H Shooting Sports, if you could do an archery, rifle or pistol lane or two for people to test their skills that would be great!  This is an amazing opportunity to let people know what 4-H is and does!  

We need to know how many tables we need to set up, and if we need to set up panels, how many panels will be needed.  Please visit with your club and see what you can share.  Then let Dana or the Extension Office know what you will be sharing. 

We are aware that this is the night before the Montana Royal, so many people will be busy.  But maybe you can bring by an animal that you will be showing that weekend and share with attendees what it takes to create an excellent show animal. 

Oh, and if you can’t have an exhibit or game, be sure to come to the dinner.  Proceeds will go to the 4-H Foundation which will support everyone in 4-H!


“Shipwrecked: 4-H Leadership to the Rescue”

MSU LogoMT State 4-H Congress in Bozeman on July 9-12.4-H Clover Logo

Attending this year are:        Mirrer Bain     Cody Williamson        Reese McQuade

                                                    Chase Olson    Cainen Erickson          Morgan Baker

                                                    Aysha McCubbins                                Abby Fritz

Chaperones:                             Theresa Williamson                             Jared Dyck

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Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1840 U.S. 93 South

¨ Tuesday, July 16: 6:00 PM—8:00 PM

¨ Wednesday, July 17: 10:00 AM—12:00 noon

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¨ Wednesday, July 17: 1:00 PM—4:00 PM

The Flathead 4-H Foundation is one of the sponsors of this event. If you would like to learn how to leave a gift  to the Foundation or any organization that information will be covered.


Browse the new Montana 4-H merchandise at the MSU Extension Store and paint our state green with 4-H T-shirts, mugs, buttons, and stickers! Start shopping at the 4-H Mall!

Upcoming 4-H Meetings

and Special Events

See our Google Calendar for Extension scheduled events!

Forums, Committees & Councils

  • Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, September 5 at 5:30pm in the 4-H Building at the fairgroundsPut on your calendar logo
  • Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday,  August 27 at 5:30pm at the Extension Office Conference room
  • Flathead 4-H Council: Wednesday,  August 28, Fair Follow-up meeting
  • Horse Committee: Saturday,  July 10 at 5:45pm

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings

🍀 July 4-5,  Extension Office Closed

🍀 July 7-9, Pre-Congress4-H events Calendar logo

🍀 July 9-12, State Congress

🍀 July 11, 4-H Camp Registration Due

🍀 July 15, Goat Showmanship

🍀 July 17-19, 4-H Leadership Washington Focus

🍀 July 18, 4-H Hog Clinic II

🍀 July 23-26, 4-H Camp

🍀 July 25 & 26, 4-H Horse Packing Events

🍀 July 31, Little Chief & Hand to Heart Applications Due

🍀 Aug 1, Market Project Forms Due, Fair Registration Due, Market Project Sheets & Extra Project Sheets Due


Administrative Support goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, so many times the Extension office doors are locked Out to lunch logoduring that time. She also has occasional meetings for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone, please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.


Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:

The Flathead County MSU Extension Office will be closedJuly 4th & 5th for the 4th of July Holiday.  Because we are Sorry we are closed logoshort staffed we may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need personal attention please call for an appointment. Please leave paperwork in basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information.

Thank you,

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554

Nori Pearce

Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5552             

Dee Cooper

Administrative Assistant

MSU Extension, Flathead County


(406) 758-5553 phone

SNAP Ed logoSNAP Recipe of the Month

Turnip, Radish & Bok Choy Salad


6 turnips (cubed) 1/4 cup olive oil

10 radishes (cubed) 1/3 cup lemon juice

1 bunch Bok Choy (chopped) salt & pepper to taste

chives (optional)


  1. Cut Bok Choy greens away from white stalks and chop stalks into bite sized pieces. (Putting Bok Choy greens in this salad is tasty, but it won’t keep for multiple days in the fridge.) Add Bok Choy, cubed

radishes, and cubed turnips to a large bowl.

  1. Use scissors to cut up chives into the bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and salt & pepper to a jar.

Put lid on tight and shake. If you don’t have a jar, place ingredients in a bowl and stir vigorously with a fork.

  1. Add dressing to salad and mix well!

Turnips picuture




Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education enables young families, single recipients and seniors to learn how to best use their food stamp dollars in providing healthy nutrition for  themselves and their families. Adults can sign up for a 6 week course that is fun and provide the basic concepts of good nutrition. The only requirements to join in the classes are: that a person is receiving WIC assistance;  either receiving food stamps or are eligible to receive them; or are getting commodity foods. Please call Caitlin at the Flathead County Extension office at 758-2448 to sign-up for classes.

MSU Extension Service—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent

Nori Pearce

4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Support Staff

Caitlin Coghlan

SNAP Educator


1108 South Main Street Ste. 4

Kalispell,  MT 59901

Phone:   (406) 758-5553

Fax:         (406) 758-5881

Email:     extension@flathead.mt.gov

Web:      http://flathead.msuextension.org

Calendar: http://flathead.msuextension.org/calendar.html

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