MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter August 2022
Upcoming Extension Meetings and Special Events for August
Forums, Committees & Councils
· Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, Sept 22nd 6pm Fairgrounds 4-H Building
· Flathead 4-H Foundation: Thursday, Aug 4th 6:00pm 4-H Building
· Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, Sept 1st at 5:45 pm 4-H Building
· Horse Committee: Thursday, Sept 29th at 6:00pm Country Kitchen
· Beef Committee: TBA
· Hog Committee: TBA
· Sheep Committee: TBA
· Goat Committee: TBA
· Awards Committee: TBA
Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings
🍀 Aug 1, Drug Withdrawal & Commitment to Excellence Forms due to Extension Office
🍀 Aug 1, Market Animal Records Check-off due
🍀 Aug 1, Registration for Fair deadline 4:30pm
🍀 Aug 2, Sheep Showmanship Practice 7pm Fairgrounds
🍀 Aug 9, Sheep Showmanship Practice 7pm Fairgrounds
🍀 Aug 10, Extension Office Closed 12:30-3:30pm for monthly Safety meeting
🍀 Aug 13, Fair Horse Show (refer to Fair Book for other shows)
🍀 Aug 14, Market Fair Vet Check
🍀 Aug 15, Market Fair Weigh-in
🍀 Aug 16, Fair Beef & Sheep Show
🍀 Aug 17, Fair Swine Show
🍀 Aug 19, Fair Round Robin
🍀 Aug 20, Fair Market Sale
🍀 Sept 5, Extension Office Closed
🍀 Sept 13, 4-H Awards Banquet
🍀 Sept 14, Extension Office Closed 12:30-3:30 for monthly safety meeting
🍀 Sept 15, 4-H Enrollment roll-over
🍀 Sept 17, Cloverbud Meeting 10am Sykes Basement
🍀 Sept 30, 4-H Record Sheet completion due to 4-H Leaders
🍀 Oct 1, New 4-H Year Enrollment begins
🍀 Oct 10, Extension Office Closed
🍀 Oct 12, Extension Office Closed 12:30-3:30pm for monthly Safety meeting
🍀 Oct 31, Deadline Club Year End Financial Summary Reports
🍀 Nov 1, Market Beef Enrollment Deadline
Table of Contents
Page 2—From MSU Extension Office
Page 3-—Club Reporter Monthly Feature Story
Page 4—Flathead 4-H Foundation Notes
Page 7—State Events
Page 8-10—County Events
Page 11—Project Information
Page 12—Market Project Information
Page 13-14—Miscellaneous Information
Page 15—SNAP Recipe
FROM THE MSU COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE
Flathead 4-H Members and Volunteers,
Good afternoon, I hope this August newsletter finds you and your families doing well.
As we approach the Northwest Montana (NW MT) Fair in approximately two weeks, I’m
incredibly impressed by the amazing work our volunteer leaders and members are doing
to prepare themselves and their animals. It has been most encouraging to see the
high level of Flathead 4-H participation in recent clinics, in addition to the Montana
Royal. Also, the Sheep Committee will offer two clinics during each of the next weeks
(August 2nd and 9th). As I mentioned last night at the 4-H Council meeting, please commit yourselves
during these last two weeks to prepare yourself and your animals for fair. Please
contact your club / org leaders and your respective barn superintendents with any
questions or concerns.
Fair can be a highly emotional time for all of us, especially as we face things outside
of our control such as the weather or a judge’s decision we don’t agree with. Please
remember that 4-H projects are ultimately focused on developing life skills for our
youth. Regardless of our profession, gracefully dealing with adversity is a valuable
attribute. Adult volunteers and parents are expected to be positive role models at
all times and the 4-H Code of Conduct requires all members to demonstrate respect
and sportsmanship. If an issue arises at the NW MT Fair, please immediately inform
your club / org leaders and your respective barn superintendents. If the matter needs
to be elevated to the county level, the org leaders and / or superintendents will
inform me. During my time in the military, I repeatedly saw that bad news does not
get better with time. Let’s all be proactive in ensuring this year’s fair is a positive,
learning experience for everyone.
Last week a dedicated group of youth counselors, adult volunteers and 4-H members
ranging from Cloverbuds to teens participated in the Flathead 4-H 2022 Day Camp.
The campers enjoyed roping, horseshoes, cornhole, canoeing, swimming, log rolling,
making paracord bracelets and keychains, and many other activities. The camp food
was outstanding and the week concluded with a campfire and 4-H dance. Thank you to
all who contributed their time and resources to make this year’s day camp a success.
We were honored to host County Commissioner Brad Abell, County Administrator Pete
Melnick, and the Fairgrounds Manager Sam Nunnally on Friday afternoon for lunch and
to watch our Camp Olympics on the lake. Please see the great camp photos on page
I look forward to meeting many of the Flathead 4-H members and their families at the
NW MT Fair. Please seek me out if you’d like to chat about how we can improve our
After the NW MT Fair, we’re looking forward to the September 13th 4-H Awards banquet and the October 8th 4-H Day celebration.
Please feel free to contact me directly at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
MSU 4-H Extension Agent
4-H CLUB REPORTER MONTHLY FEATURE STORY
Greetings 4-H family,
Hello from the Dandy Dudes and Dolls!
It's almost fair time!! We went over old business and new business at our July meeting!
Laila Sargent, Jubilee McLean, and Jayne McLean did a sheep presentation together
and they showed a sheep! We all went outside and the girls showed us what they've
learned this year raising sheep!
Sawyer Kauffman made a bubblegum machine with a wood base and it was the coolest thing!
We all were excited to get a gumball out of it!
Our president Sam McLean is leaving for boot camp! We wish him the best of luck on
this new path in his life!
We are all very busy getting all our fair projects finished.
Good luck everyone,
Half-moon Highlanders 4-H Meeting On July 18 the Half-Moon Highlanders 4-H club met
for our meeting at the Columbia Falls Jr. High garden. There we did community service
with Land to Hand MT. We weeded the garden and moved bark chips. After we had our
meeting and then had a picnic style potluck to end the night. Land to Hand MT was
very thankful that we came to do our community service with them.
Attention 4-H Club Reporters!!
What is a 4-H Club Reporter? Do you know what a news reporter is for the newspaper
or for the TV news? A 4-H Club Reporters is the same thing except they report what
is going on in their 4-H Club. Do you have a story you would like to feature in the
Extension newsletter? We are going to feature a different club each month so get your
keyboards ready and keep your ears and eyes open for some fabulous news to share with
the Extension community. Email your story to email@example.com. We can’t wait
to see what is going on in your 4-H Club!
Flathead 4-H Foundation Cookbooks!
The Flathead 4-H Foundation has cookbooks for sale. The cost is $10 per book and the
club keeps $8 and $2 comes back to the Flathead 4-H Foundation. Check out cookbooks
from the Extension Office. Call in advance if you are wanting a large amount of cookbooks.
Flathead 4-H Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients!
Congratulations to Wyatt Hewitt and Hannah Boll as the first recipients of the $500
Flathead 4-H Foundation Continuing Education Scholarships. The Flathead 4-H Foundation
offered four $500 scholarships this year and we had two applicants. The sales of the
raffle tickets each summer fund this process so thank you all that sell.
FLATHEAD 4-H FOUNDATION 2022 FUNDRAISER
The Flathead 4-H Foundation Fundraising committee is asking each 4-H
member and leader to help with the 3rd annual fundraiser for Flathead County 4-H Foundation. The Flathead 4-H Foundation
was formed in 1964 so that we could accept the gift of 14+ acres on Loon Lake in Ferndale,
MT--the Darrell Fenner Loon Lake 4-H Camp. All members, leaders and anyone else that
is interested in our program are a part of the Foundation. The money earned from
this fundraiser will help with repairs and upkeep of the camp, trainings and activities
for leaders and members, scholarships to graduating high school members and other
financial needs that arise during the 4-H year.
We need everyone’s help to make this years fundraiser successful. If
every member and leader in Flathead County would sell just 10 tickets at $5 each we
would earn $30,000 to help meet these financial goals.
Because the prizes these tickets literally sell themselves!! As in the
previous two years there will be incentives for the top ticket sellers--monetary awards
for the youth and 5% of total ticket sales to each club.
The committee is asking that each club assign a designated leader to take charge of
handing out and collecting the tickets and monies, and distribute tickets as soon
as possible to all members. PLEASE DO NOT UNSTAPLE THE TICKET STUBS—we need to account for all tickets at the end of the raffle—those that were sold
as well as those not sold—it becomes very time consuming if the committee has to find
all the tickets from each book and put the books back together to account for them.
All tickets and money need to be returned to the committee by August 1st, 2022
If you need more tickets or need to return unsold tickets so someone
else may try to sell them. Please call Lesley Hawbaker at (406)885-6812, Carol Olson-Erickson
at (406) 261-7456 or Sandy Evenson at (406)249-5423 with questions or if you need
Big Thank You for New Entrance Gate at the Darrell Fenner Loon Lake 4-H Camp!
A year ago when we started rebuilding our camp, Mike Twillmann had a vision to bring
new life to the entry way for our amazing camp. Huge shout out to Mike for the gates,
fencing and refurbishing our historic sign!!! Thank you so much James Stupak of Wild
Montana Wood for the amazing logs for the entry way!! Thank-you to the McIntyre family
and Bryan Erickson for peeling the logs, Lesley Hawbaker and Carol for staining them,
Bruce Berglund and the Erickson boys for helping Mike and Bryan set and construct
everything we are ready for the summer!
Day Camp 2022 was a huge success! Thanks to all the amazing adult volunteers and
counselors who invested so much time and energy making Day Camp the great week that
it was. The days were so well planned out, with games, in the water and out, canoe
races and log rolling, fun crafts, lawn games, and the very best people in the county
to do them with. A special shout out to Diego Biggerstaff, who designed the 2022
camp t-shirts and to Carol Olson-Erickson and Tiffany Balestri who helped us tie dye
them- they turned out great! We’re already looking forward to next year!!
Montana State Congress
All of us who went to State Congress would like to thank the Council for the scholarships
to go to Bozeman to represent Flathead County. We really had a great time and learned
a lot- there was a lot to learn, from how ruminants digest food to self-defense.
Competition was tough, but we received great feedback to prepare us for next time.
We also worked on several service projects and went to a dance. We really want to
thank our chaperones, Susan Plummer and Sarah Hall- it wouldn’t have been nearly as
much fun without you! - Rachelle Becker, Patience Bain, Mirrer Bain, Cainen Erickson,
Taften Erickson, Madysen Hall, Isaiah McLean, Jubilee McLean
2022 4-H Week Display Contest
National 4-H Week, October 2nd-8th
Judging will be completed on the 8th.
Awards provided by the Flathead 4-H Council.
Theme is Oppurtonity4All
Goal: Set up displays across Flathead County showcasing Flathead 4-H. These can be
window displays, booths at businesses or whatever you can think of that allows us to show the community 4-H.
Contact the Extension office with the location of your clubs display, please make
sure your display is up until the evening of the 8th. The Extension office will have
a scoring rubric if you wish to view that also. We will be announcing the winners
at the Flathead 4-H Day, October 8th, Noon at the Fairgrounds, Commemorative Path.
Pie Eating Contest
The Ambassadors would like to announce the second annual pie-eating contest, which
will take place in the large livestock barn on Thursday at 4pm. There will be prizes
for each age group- bring your friends and come see who’s the fastest pie-eater in
your age group!
The Ambassadors had a great turnout for our car wash fundraiser earlier this month.
It was a beautiful day and lots of cars (and trucks!) showed up for a wash. The outpouring
of support was phenomenal. We had two people give us $100 bills and one woman even
came back to bring us several huge bags of rags from her business! It was neat to
see folks standing around visiting while they waited for their cars to be done- many
wanted to share memories of their own time in 4-H. Our goal was to surpass the money
we made at our 2020 car wash, and we made five times that amount. We’re excited to
be able to put the money towards the the balance of the air hockey table at the camp
and future county events, including the Fair dance and Battle of the Barns!
Cloverbud Activity Days!!!
Saturday September 17th located at the Sykes Diner Basement (202 2nd Ave. W., Kalispell) at 10 am to 11 am.
Please don’t park in the parking lot, park on the side streets.
For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.
Free Lunch for Anyone 18 and Younger!!!
Due to USDA Waivers expiring, lunches must be eaten on site.
Look for the Red Truck @ West End of Logan Fitness Center Parking Lot M-F 11:00-1:00
Woodland Park Camp M-Thur 11:30-12:30
June 20-Aug 19 No service 7/4
Mobile Meals-Times and Locations
Truck 1 (Blue Truck)
Hawthorne Park Hawthorne Ave June 16-Aug
20 11-11:15 Brkfst & Lunch
Empire Estates Off 3 Mile on Empire Loop June 16-Aug
20 11:25-11:40 Brkfst & Lunch
Northridge Park Northridge Drive June
16-Aug 20 11:50-12:05 Brkfst & Lunch
Lawrence Park 1105 N Main St June
16-Aug 20 12:15-12:30 Brkfst & Lunch
Washington Park Washington St June
16-Aug 20 12:35-12:55 Brkfst & Lunch
Truck 2 (White Truck)
Evergreen Jr High 20 W Evergreen Dr June 16-Aug
20 11-11:15 Brkfst & Lunch
Hedges Elementary 827 4th Ave E June
16-Aug 20 11:25-11:40 Brkfst & Lunch
Begg Park 57 Begg Park Dr
June 16-Aug 20 11:50-12:05 Brkfst & Lunch
Elrod Elementrary 412 3rd Ave W June
16-Aug 20 12:15-12:30 Brkfst & Lunch
Peterson Elementary Meridian Park June
16-Aug 20 12:35-12:55 Brkfst & Lunch
Truck 3 (Red Truck)
West end of Logan Fitness Center—11:00—1:00
Save the Date!
Flathead 4-H Day—October 8th, Activities from 9am-2pm
Celebrate and share 4-H. Something for everyone, come for part or all day.
Workshops, New Family Orientation, Project Fair, Guest Speaker, Commemorative Path
Brick placing and celebration, Foundation meeting. 4H week display winners announced.
Lunch provided by the Flathead 4H Foundation.
If you would like to assist with a workshop or display a project at the project fair,
please contact the Extension office.
Morgan Baker is going to be doing a senior spotlight for the graduating seniors. Morgan
needs the graduating seniors to send in a senior picture (or activity picture) and
then there are four questions that she would like the seniors to answer:
1. How long have you been in 4H?
2. What is your favorite 4H project?
3. What is your best 4H memory?
4. What are you planning on doing after graduation?
Contact Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org with your senior blurbs and your senior photos.
2022 Graduating Seniors
Kirsten Benson, Dandy Dudes & Dolls Hannah Boll, Grandview
Cody Carson, Rocky Mtn Blue Ribbon Tyler Durbin, Flathead
Faith Eberhart, Dandy Dudes & Dolls Cainen Erickson, Grandview
Kiaunna Green, Grandview Supreme Wyatt Hewitt, Grandview
Isabell Johnson, Trail Blazers Joseph Karboski,
Sam McLean, Dandy Dudes & Dolls Reese McQuade, Grandview
Anna Morrison, Rocky Mtn Blue Ribbon Ellena May Schultz, Flathead
Judah Westphal, 4-H Trail & Packing Club
Fair Dance Notice!
The Fair Dance, which is *only* for 4-H and FFA members, will be held after the rodeo
on Saturday night in the large livestock barn. It will be a great time to relax,
enjoy your friends, and learn a few new dances after the long Fair week, as well as
a pick-me-up after the auction. There will be a Jitterbug competition this year so
don’t miss it!
The Battle of the Barns, a time-honored Fair tradition, will take place on Friday
at 2pm in the side yard of the large livestock barn. Look for sign-up sheets in the
barn and find your team of 4. Come and defend your barn!
Please sign up for Remind
This year we are using Remind to send updates about important fair information.
To sign up for Flathead County 4H Goat Committee notifications, please visit
On July 19 the goat committee put on a Fair Prep Clinic. We all met at the fair grounds
and brought our goats. We practiced shaving and grooming and then we talked about
what to bring to fair for their goats. We also practiced and went over showmanship
things and practiced with our goats. We had a good turn out . We are all looking forward
to fair and working very hard to prepare for it as well.
7pm Weekly through August 8th & 9th
605 Farm View Lane, Kalispell
4-H Shotgun Project!
Must be 4-H age 9 years old and demonstrate appropriate safety to participate. New
shooters through advanced welcome. More information go to https://flathead.msuextension.org/fcss.html.
Limited number of shotguns to loan, youth may bring their own shotguns (12 ga & 20
ga only) and requires inspection, ear plugs are provided (may bring your own though
no muff-type allowed), members are responsible to provide own eye protection however
are available for purchase through program. Ammunition provided through program.
Location: Flathead Valley Trap Club
1290 Prairie View Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Reminder from the AG Livestock Committee:
It’s against AG policy to personalize the Market Sale Flyer when inviting byers to
the Market Sale. Invite byers to the Market Sale, just don’t ask them to buy your
Interested in learning to judge livestock?
Flathead 4-H Foundation has purchased a membership to livestockjudging.com for Flathead
4-H members. Learn from professionals with 524 classes of livestock, horse, dairy,
poultry, rabbit, and meats. Contests and competitions are occasionally also available.
Go to livestockjudging.com
Click "sign up"
To create an account if they don't have one.
Log into http://www.livestockjudging.com/code
Enter this CODE ....3epk
This will now take you to your account which will now say Elite Account at the top.
Announcing the 4-H Awards Banquet!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
5:30 pm at the Expo Building on the Fairgrounds
Plan to bring a few pot luck items and your entire family, and join fellow club members
and volunteer leaders in support of all those who will be receiving awards.
Volunteer Leader Resources
Learning Lab Kits Available for Leaders to Check-out as a Teaching Resources
Beef, Dairy, Dog, Horse, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Goat, and Plant Identification!
Please contact the Extension Office at 758-5553 or email@example.com.
Need 4-H Project Manuals and you can’t get to the Extension Office? No worries, go
to https://store.msuextension.org/ and search for the 4-H project manuals you need, select them, go to the check out,
then use your credit card or debit card, then finish your purchase, and have them
shipped right to your door. It’s that easy!
The Office Administrator goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, many times the Extension
office door is locked during that time. She also has occasional meetings and errand
for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone,
please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.
Just a gentle reminder…
If the Extension Office doesn’t have a club meeting or event on written record in
the office the meeting or event will not be covered under the 4-H insurance. Please
let the Extension office know the date, time, location, what the event is, or if it
is a meeting before the 4-H event, meeting, or activity. You can use the Event, Activity
and Fundraising Form if you like so you don’t forget anything or you can send the
Extension office an email. If your group is doing a fundraiser, of any type, you must
submit a Fundraiser Form to the Extension office to be put in your club file. We
often get questions from community members about various fundraisers.
MONTANA 4-H MERCHANDISE
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!
Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:
The MSU Extension Flathead County Office will be closed September 5th for Labor Day. We may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need to speak
with us personally, please call for an appointment time. Please leave paperwork in
basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information. Our
schedule is subject to change at anytime.
Montana State University
Agriculture Extension Agent
Montana State University
4-H Extension Agent
MSU Extension, Flathead County
Phone: (406) 758-5553
SNAP Recipe of the Month
Easy Fruit Salad
Yield: [4 servings] / Serving Size = 1 cup
2 apples, cut into chunks
1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks and juice
2 bananas, sliced
½ cup grapes, cut in half (optional)
1. In a large bowl combine apple, pineapple, and juice.
2. Add bananas and grapes. Stir well. Serve immediately.
Use a variety of seasonal fruits instead of canned.
If using canned fruit, look for those canned in water or 100% juice.
Any salad with sliced banana needs an acidic juice like that of pineapple or oranges
to prevent browning
Chokecherries are a shrub-like member of the cherry family that are native to Montana
most of the United States and Canada. Native Americans have traditionally eaten the
fruit and used other parts of the plant for medicinal uses. Crushed chokecherries
are one of the ingredients in pemmican, a traditional food that also includes dried
game meat, bone marrow, or lard. This high energy food can be stored to be eaten later,
such as during the winter. Chokecherries can also be used to make jelly, syrups, and
sauces! Cherries are this month’s #MTHarvestoftheMonth. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2LPjVSz
MSU Extension—Flathead County
Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent
4-H & Youth Development Agent
1108 South Main Street Ste. 4
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 758-5553
Fax: (406) 758-5881
Find us on Facebook at Flathead4H
State Web Sites:
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Closed 1-2pm for lunch
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