Wrapping up the 4-H Year at Roundup

Oklahoma County 4-H was well represented at the Oklahoma State 4-H Roundup this year. Our county boasts two Southeast District Representatives to the State 4-H Council, Avagrace and Violet Spencer, two State 4-H Ambassadors, Stephanie Davis and Avagrace Spencer, and two Southeast District Executive Officers, Karson Potter, Photographer, and Rylee Lawrence, Secretary. We also had three people compete in the communications contest with Rexton Potter getting a blue ribbon and 1st Place. We had a Cloverbowl team, the youngest in the competition with four brave 13-year-olds. Rylee competed in the FCS Skillathon for the first time. Peyton Ramsey and Jolie Marshall won their divisions in the Music Competition. And Breya Spencer and Jolie Marshall were selected to perform in the 4-H has Talent competition where Jolie took home the trophy playing "Milk Cow Blues" on the Fiddle. Violet Spencer was selected as one of the top three participants in the Child Care project and attended the Honor Night Banquet. Karson Potter was also a finalist in two projects, Photography and Food & Nutrition. She received a $1,200 scholarship for the top Photography Record Book and Interview. We would like to give a big shout-out to our volunteers, Shelly Ramsey and Karon Potter, for staying and supporting us all week. Also, Evan Garrett, our summer intern, has been a huge help with all of our summer programs!

Pictured here from Left to Right: (Top) Cody Yount, Stuart Ratcliff, Rexton Potter, Liam Spencer, Anna Chase, Zoe Loggins, Breya Spencer, Karson Potter, Avagrace Spencer, Evan Garrett. (Bottom) Shelly Ramsey, Stephanie Davis, Peyton Ramsey, Jolie Marshall, Violet Spencer, Rylee Lawrence, Mindy McNeil, Karon Potter.

Would you like to compete next year?

We have so many events, competitions, and SCHOLARSHIPS that you or your child already qualify for through 4-H! Many of our new Roundup delegates expressed that they didn't know about many of the events going on. So, we want to see what you are interested in this coming 4-H year. We will try our best to have solid teams and practices for those interested. (The survey gives the opportunity to get more information as well). Let us know by taking this survey:

4-H Interest Survey

Back to School HUGS!

Every fall, Oklahoma County 4-H does a clothing drive for unhoused people and foster children called H.U.G.S. (Hats, Underwear, Gloves, and Socks). Last summer, in partnership with the Lynn Institute, we collected items that are more helpful during the summer months. This summer, we are partnering with the Lynn Institute and The Eastside Fresh Market to host a school supplies drive, Back to School H.U.G.S. Please bring new or gently used backpacks and school supplies to the Oklahoma County OSU Extension Office or Oklahoma Swim Academy to help us provide students with the supplies necessary for a successful school year!

Please bring in your donations by August 8th!

If you or someone you know needs assistance with school supplies next year, swing by The Eastside Fresh Market on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 from 4-7 pm. This will be taking place in conjunction with our regularly scheduled Farmer's Market. The Eastside Fresh Market proudly accepts SNAP.

Shooting sports team participates in national competition

Twenty-nine Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development members representing 16 counties recently participated in the 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska. In all, 718 youth, ages 14-18, from 42 states participated in the competition. This was a record number of states participating, with the last record being 39 states in 2022.

Ruth Pratt, Oklahoma State University Extension assistant specialist in the state 4-H office, who serves as the statewide coordinator for the shooting sports program, said this is the major competition in the country for 4-H shooting sports youth.

“Our 4-H members work hard and set goals year after year to be able to be a part of the National 4-H Shooting Sports team. Oklahoma sends the top four participants from our qualifying contests to the national championships,” Pratt said. “This event is a national championship, so these kids are competing against the best youth from across the nation. They arrived on a Sunday and their schedule was packed full until the following Friday. They learn so much and meet people from all over the United States.”

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The County Fair is right around the corner!

Our county free fair is a great way to show off your talents and project work from the past year. This year it will look a little different:

Indoor Exhibits, OSU Extension Center, Aug. 22-25

Livestock Show, Don Ramsey Agriculture Facility, Jones, Aug. 25-26

Check out the Free Fair Association Website for the Fair Book, Rules, and Entries.


4-H Families,

It’s with regret, but with much discussion and research that the 4-H horse show scheduled for this weekend is being postponed.  The predicted high humidity and temperatures for this weekend would not be safe for you or your horses. The fair board is meeting tonight to discuss and vote on our options for rescheduling. Based on the arena and judge availability, the proposed dates are September 15-16 or October 27-28. We are also considering combining this into a Saturday-only show. If you know of members who did not sign up for this show, but would be interested in the re-scheduled date, we plan to open entries again. Stay tuned for more information after the fair board meeting tonight, and thank you for your patience!


Lisa Hamblin, M.S

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Oklahoma County OSU Extension

2500 NE 63rd

OKC, OK 73111405-713-1125

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