SHERYL A. NOLEN

And KYLE ECKERT

County Extension Agents

BELTON -- Happy New Year Bell County 4-H.

It's a new year for fashion 4-H style! Time to get entered in the 4-H Fashion Show Contest and 4-H Photography Contest all to be held during the Bell County Youth Fair on Feb. 3.

The December 4-H Front Porch newsletter contained the entry forms for both contests with instructions on how to enter. The Bell County 4-H Fashion Show promotes knowledge and skills in clothing construction and design, consumer education in fabric selection and care, and textile crafts and needle work.

Four-Hers can make an outfit and model it or buy an outfit and model it. Enter fashion in clothing construction or clothing buying, but not both. Enter fashion design and textile works.

Winners will qualify for the District 8 Fashion Show competition to be held March 24 at Connally High School in Waco.

Entry forms are due in the office by Jan. 8. Contact the extension office for further details. Get smiling and styling with 4-H. Join us at the Bell County Youth Fair.

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Are you shutter happy? Have you got the camera bug? Then gather up those photographs and enter the Bell County 4-H Photography Contest to be held during the Bell County Youth Fair.

Youth can enter one photo per class in both black/white and color photo categories. This contest also features the Celebrate 4-H picture category. Enter pictures that capture the best times and events in a 4-H year.

Entry forms for the Bell County 4-H Photography Contest are due at the office by Jan. 8.

All entries will be turned in during the Bell County Youth Fair check-in times and dates. Judges will determine winners that will be qualified to compete at the state level and pictures will be displayed at the Texas A&M State Round-Up in College Station in June.

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Bell County 4-Hers Get the Big Picture at Texas 4-H Teen retreat. Lauren Bruggman, Jeffery Roper, Colt Laws and David Roper go off to Teen Retreat for leadership training as Junior Master Gardner Ambassadors.

The group will be learning how to promote this important horticulture project in our community. Plus they will be "telling their 4-H story and learning how to meet the challenges of the new millennium." Bell County 4-H Leadership for 2001 all the way!

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Club Corner Notes: Whitehall 4-H meets Jan. 14 and will hold a Bell County Youth Fair show and tell. Members are asked to bring their baked goods and crafts to share their experiences. Last meeting the club collected items and donated 20 bags of goods to neighborhood shut ins. Way to have a caring Holiday Spirit.

Belton 4-H held a cookie bake-off to get ready for the fair. Way to get entered up for the Fair Belton! Tigertown 4-H worked real hard at the downtown Belton Christmas decoration stroll. They prepared barbecue sandwiches and sold hot chocolate to keep our visitors cozy and warm. Thank you to our reporters for sending in the news on their clubs.

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Howdy!! I hope everyone has enjoyed a great holiday season! Practice ride nights have been scheduled again this year at the Bell County Expo Center for Bell County Youth with horse projects.

Timed event practices will be on Monday nights with judged event practices on Tuesday nights 5-10 p.m. The scheduled dates are Jan. 8, 9,15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. The Dome will be also open on Friday, Feb. 2, 3-10 p.m. for practice.

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Livestock Judging practice at the extension office on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Houston broilers will be arriving on Friday, Jan. 12. They can be picked up here at the office in the afternoon.

Please call ahead to confirm the exact time.