Several 4-H activities/projects are starting up this month. To help you understand the projects, here is a little information.
4-H Shooting Sports
This project meets twice a month from September thru June. Youth who want to participate in this project have to attend two mandatory safety meetings. The safety class is only usually offered once or maybe twice a year. Those meetings will be held on September 14th and 21st, 7 p.m. at Rylander Library. Once a youth has completed the safety classes, they will attend 2 practice sessions per month on Saturday’s. Each practice session last about 1 1/2 hours and is currently being held at the Ledbetter Ranch. Youth will improve their shooting abilities and can compete in fun competitions in Brownwood, Brady, etc. . Some rifles are available for youth to use who do not own a rifle. It is very important that the rifle size matches the height and weight of a youth. Mark Hedley is the project manager for the Shooting Sports Project. New shooting sports 4-H’ers will have their first practice session September 26th, 8 a.m. at the Ledbetter Ranch.
This project also meets twice a month on Thursday’s each month at 4:15 p.m. The group is currently practicing at the Airport Hanger. The required safety class is fairly short and can be done the same day of the practice if prior arrangements have been made. In September they are meeting September 17th and 24th. 4-H does have some equipment for youth to use if they do not owe a bow. Archery meets September thru June. Youth sometimes do 3D targets for fun and can enter several close by competitions for archery. Mark Hedley and Dennis Hardman serve as projects managers.
4-H Food & Nutrition
This year’s Food & Nutrition project will be held September 26th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Saba High School Homemaking Building. (please note time change). This year’s theme is “What’s For Lunch”? Youth will learn food preparation skills, food safety and nutrition. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot call the Co. Extension Office at 372-5416. Cost for the workshop is $10.00 The fee pays for the groceries that the participants use to cook their lunch. Other parts of the project can include: Co. Food Show on October 18th and District Food Show on November 21st.
Livestock Show Projects
San Saba Co. Youth also begin livestock show projects in the fall. Lamb, goat, swine are available. Swine tags for major livestock shows need to be ordered by September 18th. Validation for lambs and goats will be held October 17th from 8 to 10 a.m. Swine validation will be November 21st from 8 to 10 a.m. Both will be at the show barn. Cost of a county tag is $8.00.
For more information about 4-H, call the San Saba County Extension Office at 372-5416 or email SanSaba@ag.tamu.edu.