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MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter August 2021

Upcoming Extension Meetings and Special Events for August

Forums, Committees & Councils

· Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, Sept 23rd 6 pm 4-H Building

· Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday,  Aug. 24th 6 pm Fairgrounds 4-H Building

· Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, Sept. 2nd at 5:45 pm  4-H Building

· Horse Committee: TBA

· Beef Committee: Thursday, Sept. 16th at 7pm 4-H Building

· Hog Committee: TBA

· Sheep Committee: TBA

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings

🍀 August 1, Fair Registration and Market Animal Picture Upload Deadline 4:30 pm

🍀 August 1, Drug Withdrawal & Commitment to Excellence Forms Due

🍀 August 1, Record Sheets checked off for market project members

🍀 August 1, Foundation Raffle Tickets Due to Foundation

🍀 August 3, 4-H Agent Candidate Interview, 6pm at Earl Bennett Conference Room

🍀 August 7, River Float Trip

🍀 August 14, County Horse Show

🍀 August 15, Pay weigh-in fee online deadline with credit/debit card

🍀 August 15, Market Vet Check 8am

🍀 August 16, Market Weigh-in 8am

🍀 August 19, Pie Eating Contest

🍀 August 20, Battle of the Barns

🍀 August 21, Market Sale

🍀 August 21, Barn Dance

🍀 August 23-24, Extension Office Closed

🍀 August 28-29, State Working Ranch Finals

Watch your emails for dates and upcoming programs on ZOOM!


Check ZSuites for upcoming info.

Table of Contents

Page 2—From MSU Extension Office

Page 3—Club Reporter Monthly Feature Story

Page 4—Flathead 4-H Foundation & Council News

Page 5-7—County Events & Project Information

Page 7—Camp Information

Page 7-8—Horse Information

Page 9—Market Project Information

Page 10—Miscellaneous Information

Page 11—SNAP Recipe



Dear 4-H neighbors,




             Please join me in welcoming a 4-H agent candidate to the Flathead August 3 at 6:00pm. She will give a public presentation and answer your questions that evening. I’d really appreciate a good turnout to help make this important decision about the future direction of the 4-H program. The presentation will be in the Earl Bennett second floor conference room, 1035 1st Avenue West.


Thank you in advance


             This is the last newsletter before fair. Where has the year gone? I want to thank  you for working with me so far during the 4-H year and thank you for ensuring that our youth have a successful fair experience. We have a great team and I am glad to be part of it. There are sure to be some hiccups with the new technology and sale format, but I’m positive we can navigate what comes our way. Your expertise will be invaluable.


             We can use extra hands at almost every event fair week. If you have a few extra hours, let us know.  The chamber is looking for another three or four helpers for the livestock sale. I’m grateful to all of you that have already stepped up to fill volunteer positions. Dave McClean will be looking for chaperones for the dance, August 21.


             Happy Birthday, Dee.( I made her put this in the newsletter because I would have been lost without her this season.)


             I have decided to close the office the Monday and Tuesday after the fair. I hope you will all be recovering, as we will, from a hectic week, putting away fair supplies and buying groceries. I have volunteers that will expedite the buyer photos this year. Thank you.


I’ll see you at the fair!


Best wishes,



             This year in the Flathead Boondockers 4-H Club we have had the opportunity to serve the community in multiple ways. One way we served was to help a couple in the Flathead Valley move hay bales into their hay barn. The man got diagnosed with cancer recently and has not found time to stack the bales. As a club we moved and stacked approximately 100 bales. It was such a great learning experience and service opportunity for the Flathead Boondockers. We are so grateful for the opportunity to help community members in need and hope to help even more in the years to come. 


Rachelle Becker

Flathead Boondocker 4-H Club

Dear 4-H Community,

             The Open Horizons club has been somewhat busy. In June our club went out to West Valley School to pick up trash along Farm to Market Road. It is quite interesting to see what people throw out of their cars into the ditches. We also counted over 40 dead deer along the road. In July we had our project

 tour. We went house to house learning how other people manage their animals. I think it is always a great idea so that you can apply what you learn to your own animals. After the project tour, we went to one of our members' house to have a barbeque which was stupendous!


Dylan Banzet

Open Horizons

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 dacooper@flathead.mt.gov. We can’t wait to see what is going on in your 4-H Club!

Thank you to those who sold raffle tickets for the Foundation Fundraiser!

             Please turn in your Foundation raffle tickets by August 1st to Carol Olson-Erickson, Leslie Hawbaker, Kristi Davis, or Sandy Evenson.

Thank you to those who sold raffle tickets for the Foundation Fundraiser!

             Please turn in your Foundation raffle tickets by August 1st to Carol Olson-Erickson, Leslie Hawbaker, Kristi Davis, or Sandy Evenson.

Attention 4-H friends and families!

Who is ready for an amazing summer activity? Let’s go float with Wild River Adventures. Those who attend will learn water safety, the geological occurrences and history of the river. You can choose the white-water trip or the scenic trip. The event is planned for Saturday August 7, 2021, $50 a person, this includes the float and a delicious dinner. Please contact Sandy at 249-5423 or Carol at 261-7456 as soon as possible so they know how many rafts they need to rent. Please don't cancel without letting them know they need to have the correct number of guides and food planning.

It’s Fair Parade Time and Your Help is Needed!

The Kalispell Kruise is donating extra proceeds from the NWMT Fair parade to the Flathead 4-H Foundation.

The Fair Parade is in need of some youth to help with cleaning up after the animals for the parade. Please contact Savanna Wise-Finch at (406)407-0267 if you are willing to help.

Fair Weigh-in Fee Advance Payment Opportunity

Sunday, August 15, 2021 5:00pm Mountain Time.  Pre-paid weigh in fees by credit card.  Link: https://business.kalispellchamber.com/events/details/2021-livestock-sale-weigh-in-fees-48658?calendarMonth=2021-08-01

Note:  weigh in fees can still be paid by cash or check at the actual weigh in on Monday, 8/16;  the Sunday cut off is only for paying with a credit card.  Last year over half of the students prepaid which helped speed the check-in at weigh in.  

Pie-eating  Contest! 

Thursday, August 19th at 4:00PM in the side yard of the Ag barn, we’ll be having an old-fashioned pie-eating contest!  Three age categories:  Cloverbuds (under 8), Juniors (8-12), and Seniors (13+).  Winner in each category gets a $10 Chick-fil-A gift card. Limited amount of pies- sign up in the Ag barn!

Questions call/text Dave McLean at 309-1228


Battle of the Barns! 

Battle of the Barns, a time-honored Fair tradition, will be held this year on Friday August 20th at 3:00PM in the side yard of the Ag Barn.  Relay races and prizes- sign up in the Ag barn. Last year, the winner was the Rabbit and Poultry barn- come on out and defend your barn!!

Questions call/text Dave McLean at 309-1228


Annual Barn Dance!!

Saturday night August 21st , 9:30PM, is the annual barn dance!  For 4-H/FFA members only, the dance will be held in the Ag barn.  Bring a snack to share.

Questions call/text Dave McLean at 309-1228


Shooting Sports Fair Booth

Shooting sports will be having our shooting booth at the fair again this year. We will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a sign up form on the shooting sports Facebook page and there will be an email sent out with the link. There will be archery and air rifle offered. Each shift needs at least two kids and one adult for each side. For those not already involved in the fair, we will have wrist bands available for getting in the gate. PLEASE sign up for a shift!! It is LOTS of fun!! This is how many of you started in the program...now it's time to show others what you have learned. See you at the fair!

Market Project Vet Check Sunday August 15, 2021 8am

Please make sure your animal’s ear tags are clean to make the process go smooth and quickly. If we can’t read the ear tag you won’t be checked in.


Cloverbud Activity Days!!!


Saturday September 18th, located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:00 am.

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


Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Adopt-a-Cabin Program


The Adopt-a-Cabin program was started to allow other 4-H counties and 4-H clubs to participate in the upkeep of the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp cabins. Participation is renewed annually by completing the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Cabin Adoption Agreement.


Horse Project Dates to put on your Calendar!



August 1st Last Day to Register for Fair


August 14th County Fair Horse Show


August 28th & 29th State Working Ranch Finals in Great Falls


September 24th—26th State Horse Show at the Cottonwood outside of Billings


Need to watch the Every Time Every Ride Video, it’s now on YouTube at

https://youtu.be/L7_Bpc_Q6hw  contact the Extension Office to notify you watched.

Montana State 4-H Horse Event

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Montana State 4-H Horse Events this year. Your State Horse Event Committee are working hard to make this the best year yet at a very affordable cost. Blocks of rooms have been reserved for best rates available.

These events are provided so you have the opportunity to showcase your hard work with others at your skill level from all over Montana. When you compete at one or both events, you can make new friends, learn valuable skills though educational opportunities, join in fun activities, and win great awards and prizes.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your County Extension Agent with questions or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MT4HStateHorseEvents/  to stay updated. If you do not have Facebook, monthly updates will be provided in your County 4-H Newsletters.

Dates to remember:

· Working Ranch Horse Finals- August 28-29: 406 Arena in Vaughn, MT

· Montana State 4-H Horse Show- September 24-26: Cottonwood Event Center in Joliet, Mt

Registration for Events Opens June 1st

Keep a watch out for:

· Information on a t-Shirt Design contest for t-shirts free to all exhibitors at September Horse Show.

· Information on a Photo Contest (of your 4-H Project Horse) to be exhibited at September Horse Show.

Information about contributions of Silent Auction items/gift baskets for events from Counties and/or Clubs.

Come experience what 4-H has to offer at the State level

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their Champion Character”. -Unknown

             Hog Members - we are so excited to see you at the fair in just a few short weeks.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

             The hog barn will be open on Saturday from 10-8pm for you and your club members to come in and decorate your stall areas, put down your shavings, and set up your feed pans.  Please check your water so that we can adjust before you bring your hog in Sunday morning from 8am-12pm.  If you and your club members do not come in on Saturday, you will have to wait to decorate and place feed pans until all hogs are checked in.

             New this year - all hog members will be required to serve a minimum of one hour of volunteer time during the fair.  You can get this hour by sitting at the hog info table and answering public questions, you may help us clean up the hog barn (sweeping, picking up trash), you can help us with picture day and you can help by being a bid runner during the live auction on Saturday.  There will be a sign up at the hog barn when you check-in on Sunday.  

             There will be a mandatory hog barn meeting Sunday (8/15) at 2pm for all hog members and we recommend parent attendance especially for novice exhibitors.

             Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with all of you.


Michelle Baker - mbaker@montana.edu

or anyone on the Flathead County Hog Committee


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.


Step 1

Go to livestockjudging.com

Click "sign up" 

To create an account if they don't have one.

Step 2

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. 



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. 


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 August 16th-20th & 23rd-24th for the NWMT Fair. 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.

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554


Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent

Phone: 406-758-5552

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

MSU Extension, Flathead County


Phone: (406) 758-5553


SNAP Recipe of the Month

Breakfast Parfait

Most of the sweet cherries grown in Montana are grown on the east side of Flathead Lake in Western Montana, where the climate is protected from extreme winter temperatures and spring frosts. “Flathead Cherries” are not a variety of cherry, but the name refers to all sweet cherries grown in that region.

Loaded with flavor and nutrients, such as vitamin C, cherries are an excellent snack or addition to many different meals. Add fresh or dried pitted cherries to cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt for a delicious breakfast or season and roast pitted cherries to add to a grilled pork chop! There are many ways to enjoy cherries, this month’s #MTHarvestoftheMonth! Cherries are this month’s #MTHarvestoftheMonth. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/2LPjVSz  

Cost/Serving: $0.87
Yield: [6 servings] / Serving Size = 1 cup

2 cups chopped fresh or 1 (15-ounce) can of fruit packed in juice

2½ cups flavored yogurt, any flavor

2 cups Cranberry Pecan Granola (or other homemade or store-bought granola)

1. If using fresh fruit, wash it first.

2. Collect, chop, and measure all ingredients before starting to prepare the recipe.

3. Just before eating, layer in a glass or cup: 1/3 cup fruit, 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup granola.*

4. Refrigerate remaining yogurt and fruit within 2 hours and eat within 3 to 5 days.

5. Store granola in a sealed container at room temperature, and eat within 1 week.


Be Creative! Replace granola with your favorite whole grain cereal.

Recipe: https://iframe.msuextension.org/NEP/default.cfm?getid=8332

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—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent


4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

Caitlin Coghlan

Nutrition 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

Find us on Facebook at Flathead4H

State Web Sites:



Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4:30pm,

Closed 1-2pm for lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717