The Douglas County Family and Community Education Council met June 6 at the First Christian Church. Myrna Hartford, president, distributed the 2005 Douglas County Free Fair books. FCE council representatives signed up their respective unit members for building supervision during the fair.
Pauline Nunemaker reported on HDU units from 1947 through 1949. Susan Krumm, extension agent, announced she would have a booth at the hallmark health and safety fair with the theme "Color Me Healthy." She will be assisted by Aliene Bieber, Alice Eisele and Lola Ford.
Krumm and Connie Detweiler will be doing food preparation demonstrations from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 at the Babcock Place meal site.
Racheal Purvis reported on the "Out of County" tour, which will be Sept. 21 to Jamesport, Mo. Cost is $57 per person. For more information call the extension office at 843-7058.
Darlene Bright announced that the next Red Cross blood drive would be Aug. 18 at First Christian Church. Belleview and 59ers units will each furnish five dozen cookies.
The council voted to make a banner for the "Color Me Healthy" project and enter it in the fair. Myrna Hartford and Darlene Bright will co-chair the project.
The next FCE Council meeting will be Sept. 6 in the Deal Six Auditorium at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
¢ The monthly meeting of the Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club was June 13. The meeting was called to order by Erin Ashcraft, president. The club recited the flag salute and sang "America the Beautiful." Tressa Ritchie read the minutes from the last meeting.
Paula Aiken, club leader, reported:
¢ Douglas County Free Fair entry forms are due to the Extension office by Thursday.
¢ The club raised $1,685 for the American Cancer Society by participating in Relay for Life.
¢ The club's mini fair will be at 2 p.m. July 17.
The rocketry project gave a presentation. The club had recreation and refreshments.
The next meeting will be July 11.
¢ Thirty-two youths from six eastern Kansas counties showed 51 head of prospect market pigs at the Douglas County 4-H Spring Pig Show.
Brittnay George, of Douglas County, had her crossbred pig selected as the Douglas County show grand champion.
The Douglas County Only Prospect Market Pig Show results are: Casey George, Duroc champion; Bailey Brown, Duroc reserve champion; Kahlyn Heine, Hampshire champion; John Brown, Hampshire reserve champion; Brittnay George, Yorkshire champion; Lex Jones, Yorkshire reserve champion; Brittnay George, crossbred champion; and Casey George, crossbred reserve champion. Overall grand and reserve champions came from the crossbred class winners shown by Brittnay George and Casey George.
The show was sponsored by K-State Research and Extension - Douglas County. Show management included Roger and Teresa Flory, Brian and Julie Flory, Kirby Anders, George Hunsinger, Margaret Kalb and Bill Wood.
¢ Thirty 4-H youths from eight counties in eastern Kansas showed 73 head of sheep at the Douglas County Spring 4-H Sheep Show on June 4 in Lawrence.
Siblings Paris and Braxton Nottingham, of Douglas County, showed the grand champion ewe and prospect market lamb, respectively.
Paris Nottingham also was named reserve champion of the age 10-13 showmanship class, while Tyler Kappelle, of Douglas County, was named champion of the age 7-9 showmanship class.
Douglas County winners in the breeding ewe classes were: Connor Nottingham, Hampshire reserve champion; Paris Nottingham, Suffolk champion; and John Brown, wether dam/cross ewe champion. The overall grand champion ewe was the Suffolk shown by Paris Nottingham, and the reserve champion was the wether dam shown by John Brown.
A Douglas County winner in the prospect market lamb classes was Braxton Nottingham, Suffolk champion and overall grand champion.
The show was sponsored by K-State Research and Extension - Douglas County. It was operated with the help of 4-H leaders David and Twilla Brown, Kevin Krumm, Margaret Kalb and Wesley Callahan.
¢ The Lone Star 4-H Club met June 13 at the Lone Star Church. The meeting was conducted by the junior officers. Leslie Queen called the meeting to order and led the flag salute. Christine Caffey, Michael Krumm and Alison Mesler led the club in a song they sang while in Washington, D.C., at Citizenship Washington Focus. Members answered roll call by naming their favorite dairy product.
MacKenzie Flory read the minutes of the previous meeting. Chris Berg gave the treasurer's report. David Metsker asked members to volunteer at the Douglas County Free Fair. The club voted to participate in a service project that supports veterans in the VA hospitals. Members were urged to contact Mary Berg if they had nominations for the Douglas County Friend of the Fair Award, the Nunemaker Citizenship Award, or the Gilges Solid Membership Award. Nominations are due Friday. It was announced that volunteers were needed to help with the pet and dog shows on July 23.
Callie Fishburn gave a demonstration on how to make butter from cream. The pet project members talked about their plans for this year's pet show. Libby Queen and Leslie Queen gave a presentation about Dr. Seuss. Christine Caffey, Michael Krumm, and Alison Mesler talked about their trip to Washington, D.C.