Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #6

The members of the crazy crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom June the 6th.  First Hamna opened the meeting and we did the 4-H pledge.  The roll call question was, “What was your favourite craft that you made this club?” The two main answers was a pillow case that we had stencilled on and string art for mother’s day.  We then had a press report update.

Next we split into 3 groups. Oe group heat set our dishcloths that we had silk screened the meeting before with an iron. We did this so that the paint doesn’t run when we wash it.  The second group wrote a little paragraph on the meeting we were assigned for achievement night.  The third group made a father’s day gift. We did this by screwing together wood that we had cut and stained the meeting before.  We then stencilled on a saying of our choice.  Our options were Grillin’ and Chillin’, Tools and Things and Movin’ and Groovin’. We switched stations until every group had been to all the stations.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00, achievement night will be on June 20th at Paul Campbell trucking boardroom.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter



Dresden Fair 4-H Classes

Class 17: 4-H
Director: Alicia Van Esse
No entry fee

Prize Money: $5- 1st, $4- 2nd , $3-3rd,

The Dresden Agricultural Society is proud to sponsor several 4-H clubs and offer 4-H exhibit classes. 4-H offers a Clover Bud program for ages 6-8 and a youth program for ages 9-21. These programs offer opportunities for personal development and leadership through hands on projects. 4-H is a volunteer run program with local policies and programs organized by the Chatham Kent 4-H Association.

4-H Educational Displays- $30 award compliments of Dresden Agricultural Society

Display must be erected by the 4-H club member on Thursday July 26, 2018 and entered with the Fair Secretary/Treasurer. Exhibits will not be judged. Clubs with a creditable exhibit will be awarded. One entry per club.


  1. Clover Buds Only (ages 6-8) Make a poster of your favourite meeting that you have attended. Maximum 14” x 14”. Be creative. NEW!
  2. Photograph of 2018 Livestock Project (Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Rabbit, Poultry). Photo should be 4 x 6 mounted on an 8” x 11” card stock or construction paper. Include the breed, sex, and age of the animal.NEW!
  3. Animal or Farm Equipment made with Lego. No kits. Must be mounted to Lego base. Maximum 4” x 8” x 4”. NEW!
  4. Bandsaw Box
  5. Wooden Puzzle
  6. Wooden Flower Pot Holder
  7. One jar of canned food
  8. Any baked item. No kits or mixes
  9. Photograph of your favourite 4-H activity. Photo should be 8 x 10 and mounted on card stock or construction paper. Label the activity and why it was so memorable. NEW!
  10. Make a poster promoting 4-H in the community. Use any media. Maximum 11 x 14. NEW!

For more information, please check out or contact the fair office at 519-683-1116.

There are also 4-H cattle, sheep and rabbit shows as always.

Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #5

Crazy Crafters

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking Boardroom on May 23, at 7:00.  First Erin opened the meeting and we did the 4-H pledge.  We then had a Press Report update.  We then talked about achievement night.  The Roll Call question was “Have you ever used silk screening on a craft before? If so, what did you do?” Nobody had, in fact nobody know what it was. We then read a paragraph on what silk screening is.  Silk screening is a mesh screen that is used as a stencil, to paint cloths, clothing, and signs.

We then started our project which was silk screening a dishcloth. First we had to hand press our dishcloth.  Then we took the screen and placed it over our cloths.  Next we took fabric paint (ink) and painted the stencil by using a squeegee to force the paint through the screen.  While we were waiting for the paint to dry we did a word search.  We also took turns cutting wood and if we wanted to stain our wood, for a future project.  Next we decided on our achievement night.  After a long discussion, we finally decided on a craft minute to win it.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 6th at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Merlin Community Club – Meeting #3


On Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9:30am The Merlin Amazing Aggies had met for their third meeting of 2018. The meeting was held at the Jennen Family Farms.

The 4-H group started off with the 4-H pledge.  Ellen Jennen informed the group about the history of the strawberry farm. After the history that was shared with the group, Mrs. Jennen then gave the group a tour of the farm and told them about the bad bugs that can be found with strawberries and what they use to get rid of the bad bugs.

Mrs. Jennen showed the 4-H group the different tunnels that the strawberries were in and she told them about the soil that they use to grow the strawberries. Mrs. Jennen told the group why the strawberries were on different heights and she told them about the spider mites and how they ruin the plants.

They moved on to the next tunnel and the strawberries were in buckets, Mrs. Jennen told them that the buckets are supposed to prevent weeds from growing. When they reached to the other side of tunnels the strawberries were on the ground in bags. Mrs. Jennen explained that they have been growing the strawberries on the ground since 2007.

Mrs. Jennen talked a little bit more about how the strawberries are picked. The 4-H group then walked back to the meeting area to begin their meeting. Then Abby Pepper said the roll call “what was the high light of the tour?”. Oliver Brady recited the minutes from the last meeting. After that Shaun Sullivan explains the judging activity that we did for “strawberries to put on ice cream”. Marg Nauta then went through the old and new businesses. Oliver Brady thanked Mrs. Jennen for giving us the tour.

The meeting was adjourned, and the group members ate their refreshments. Oliver Brady thanked Jordan Pepper for bringing the snacks.

Abby Pepper
Press Reporter

Strawberry farm

Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #4

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell trucking boardroom, on May 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  First, Hamna opened the meeting and we did the 4-H pledge.  The Roll Call question was “Have you ever used vinyl when doing a craft? If so, what did you do?” Only a few people had.  We then had a Press Report update.  Next we read a few paragraphs on what vinyl is.  Vinyl is an adhesive that is cut out into a shape or design that you chose.  It can be used as decoration on a wall, sign or window or as a stencil that you paint around.

We then started our project, which was a frame with a vinyl design in the middle.  The first thing that we had to do was make our frame.  To make that, we had to put wood pieces in a square.  We then put a board that we had painted white the previous meeting on top and stapled the board to the wood.  Next, we had to decide whether we wanted to use our design as a stencil or use the vinyl to be the picture.  We then had to take our vinyl that had been cut out for us, and start the process of peeling out the design which is called weeding.  We then put transfer tape on top of our design to put it on our board.  If we were using our design as a stencil we took the transfer tape off and painted.  When it was dry we pulled the rest of the vinyl off.  If we wanted to use the vinyl for the picture all we had to do was take the transfer tape off.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.  The next meeting will be held on May 23, 2018 at 7:00, at Paul Campbell Trucking Boardroom.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Garden Club – Meetings #1 & 2

Go Green!

On April 30th, the first 4‐H Garden Club meeting of 2018 was called to order inside Ross’ Nurserymen by our leaders, Carl, Julie, Rob and Katrina Sterling.  We started the meeting by saying the 4‐H pledge. We talked about the club objectives, then we got a grand tour!  Mr. Ross taught us about herbs, annuals, perennials, cold weather, and even tropical plants.  Afterwards, we held elections.   Mya Duffy was elected our president, Beven Holdaway our vice president, Joe Beadle our secretary, and Addison Towns our press reporter.  Our Youth Leader is Matthew Sterling.

On May 14th, the second 4‐H Garden Club meeting was called to order by our president.  As an icebreaker activity, we broke into groups and placed different plant types into categories by vegetable, herb, and fruit.  Next, we talked about fertilizer uses and strengths.  We discussed garden basics of what a plant needs to grow, such as nutrients, water, space, and sun.  After, we took a tour of the garden.  Unfortunately, it was too wet to garden, but we learned many great facts about gardening, such as the squeeze test to test how well the soil will grow something.  We got to try container planting with peppers, summer savoury, parsley, thyme, zinnia, and strawberries.

The next meeting of the 4‐H Garden Club will be held on May 28th.

Addison Towns
Press Reporter

Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #3

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking Boardroom, on May 9th at 7 o’clock. First, Hamna opened the meeting and we did the 4-H pledge. The roll call question was “Have you ever stencilled anything before? If so, what did you stencil?” Most people had because on the first meeting we did stencilling on wood.  We then did a Press Report update.  Next we talked about achievement day.  After this we read a paragraph about what stencilling is.  Then we started our project, which was stencilling a pillow case.  First we had to pick out a stencil and a colour that we liked on our pillows.  Next we laid our stencil on our pillow case and dabbed it with a little paint on our brush. If someone was using the same stencil as you, then you prepared for the next meeting by, painting a board, while you waited. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00.  The next meeting will be at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom on the 16th at 7 o’clock.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Farm Toy Club – Achievement Day

The Chatham-Kent 4-H Farm Toy Club, along with the Essex-Kent Junior Farmers, presented a cheque for $2,800 to Brenda Leclair of Chatham Outreach for Hunger at the Toy Club’s Achievement Program held May 7th at the Chatham Retirement Resort. The funds were raised at the Chatham-Kent Toy Show held in January where members of the 4-H Farm Toy Club and Essex-Kent Junior Farmers provided their assistance. At the Achievement Program, visitors and residents of the resort were able to view the 1/64th scale farm dioramas created by the Farm Toy Club members.

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Kent Centre Lifeskills – Meeting #2

The members of the Crazy Crafters met at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom, on May 2nd, 2018 at 7:00.  Hamna called the meeting to order, then we did the 4-H pledge.  The minutes from the last meeting were read.  The roll call question was have you ever done string art, only a few people had.  Then there was a press report update.  Next we did string art for mother’s day.  This is what we had to do, first we had to take our 2 foot long wood board, that had already been stained and cut for us and hammered nails into it in the shape of bubble letter mom.  When we were done that, we took all different colours of string and strung the outside and inside of the letters.  After that we took 4 clothes pins and hot glued them at the top for pictures.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:00.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday  May 9th at Paul Campbell Trucking boardroom from 7:00 to 9:00.

Amy DeBrouwer
Press Reporter

Plow Club – Meeting #1

On April 25th the Chatham Kent Plow club met for the first time at Brandon Crow’s home, we began the meeting with introductions of the leaders, followed by each member introducing themselves and what they are expecting to be plowing with this year.

Elections for the 2018 year also took place:
Adam Smith- President
Matthew Jenner- Vice President
Randy Vandamme – Secretary
Aiden Carnegie- Press Reporter
Adam Reid- Treasurer

We discussed the dates of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, how we can participate and what it takes to plow at an IPM. We also talked about upcoming meetings.

Followed by talking about parts of the plow, what everything does, how to adjust plows and what to do if things are not going right how to modify the plow. With that we also spoke about safety around the plow and tractor.

Our next meeting will be emailed to the participants but key dates are:

  • Practice judging night and parade set up- June 21st ( date and location TBD)
  • Thamesville Threshing Festival parade- June 22nd 6:30 Furguson Park, Thamesville
  • Group practice night- ( Anyone with a Wheat Field we can practice in please let us know) August 6th, 2:00 pm, Dinner to follow
  • Staking night – 24217 Bear Line Road, Pain Court August 7th 6:00 pm
  • Practice night – 24217 Bear Line Road, Pain Court August 10th 6:00 pm
  • Achievement day – Chatham Kent Plowing Match- August 11th (Mandatory)