Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Also, the food that was collected during Achievement Night this year was donated to the Love Outreach Food Pantry. The grand total came to 185 pounds of canned goods. Great job Orange 4-H!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Join us next month as we gather in the spirit of giving at the Orange County Animal Shelter to learn about volunteerism and animal stewardship. The exact date and time will be forthcoming.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Kudos to the Goat Club which planted trees at Lightfoot Elementary last year.
If you are not yet old enough to travel, or have no desire to travel, consider hosting an IFYE from Europe in your home here in Orange County. Extension Agent Kaci Daniel has personally hosted several IFYE's and the experience has been positive. Call the Extension Office for more details about hosting!
P.S. ANY 4-H'er can make a suggestion, not just those who show at the fair.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
At the club's November meeting, participants can expect to learn about animal tracks--identifying them and even making your own replicas of wildlife tracks! Also, come meet a hedgehog! How cool is that? Crazy Pets members should have a general interest in animals and their care; owning a pet is not required in order to be part of the group.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Junior Team consisting of Blake Hopkins, John Michael Knight, Robert Nixon, and Marlaina Johnson won their division! And they were 43 points in front of the next closest team. Blake was 1st individual overall, John Michael placed 8th overall, Robert Nixon was 16th overall, and Hope Johnson was 21st high individual. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
In the Senior Division, Elizabeth Nixon placed 13th overall. The senior team, consisting of Nixon, Bobby Chambers, Garret Chambers, and TJ Williams placed ninth overall.
Also, we will be conducting a food drive at Achievement Night. For each non-perishable food item you bring, you will receive a ticket toward door prizes that will be given away. See you November 21st!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Taylor Creel earned awards of 6th Sr Large Pleasure Pony A and 10th Sr lg pleasure pony B. Janie Cardwell placed 5th in Sr. Showmanship, 10th sr lg pony htr o/f, 8th lg pny u/s. Jaclyn Burke was Reserve Champion jr Lg Pony Htr, 2nd jr lg pny htr o/fA, 1st lg pny htr o/f B, 5th jr lg pny htr u/s, 1st jr lg pny equitation, Pony Equitation Classic Champion. Zoe Lumsden was 3rd Sm/Md Pny Htr A, 7th sm/md Pny Equitation o/f (9-12).
The members of the club, led by Marty Hartmann, 4-H volunteer, presented well in honor of their club president, Natalie Nash, who came up ill and was unable to attend. Each of the members qualified at a District Show in order to compete on the state level.
Bryan Ramey was 8th Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, 1st Western Pleasure Small Pony 1st Go, 1st Western Pleasure Small Pony 2nd Go, Champion Western Pleasure Small Pony, and Reserve Champion – Western Pleasure Pony Classic. Colton Peregoy was 2nd in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, 4th in Hunter Pleasure Large Pony, 1st in Hunter Pleasure Large Pony, Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Large Pony, and
Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Pony Classic.
Congratulations to all Hoof Mates, who received blue Danishes in stable management, and many thanks to club leader Jody Ramey for submitting these results. Great job, everyone!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Junior Dairymen's Contest challenges the contestant's knowledge of the dairy industry. Competitors must be able to identify dairy equipment, cattle equipment, cattle feed, and dairy products. In addition, they take a 50 question test, judge two classes of live animals and a pedigree class. It's a long day, but Orange County kids did a great job!! Congratulations again!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We had a quick hospital run for one camper just before dinner, but that situation turned out okay, thank goodness! The camper was back in plenty of time to enjoy the dance, which was the ultimate goal. :) Between rec and dinner, we allowed extra time in the dorms for some rest and relaxation. Who are we kidding? That time was not used for sleep, but rather extra showers, time for curling hair, plenty of Axe cologne in the boys' lodges, and lots of preparation trying on special outfits for the dance! This is literally the highlight of the week for some campers, but it's a treat for the adults to observe as well. The campers are so cute preparing for the big event! One camper dressed up in a suit!
The dance is going on now, and the room is full!!! The kids seem to be having a great time with lots of fast songs, and are making a lot of good memories for the last night of camp. Unfortunately, our last campfire will be indoors as well, but we plan to end with a special ceremony to commemorate the 2009 camp. Yesterday it seemed the week would never end, but today it seems to have all gone by so quickly.
Thanks for keeping up with our camp activities. Stay tuned for more updates. Remember, Orange campers return to Orange Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Madison campers return to Madison High School/Wetsel Middle School at 6:00 p.m.
The 4-H elves showed up for Woodworking sometime last night and finished projects that were lagging behind in order that campers may paint/varnish/decorate tool boxes today. Multimedia students are busy preparing photos for the much-anticipated slide show during tomorrow's closing ceremony, and the CIT's (counselors in training) are decorating for the dance tonight.
We're looking forward to taco salads for lunch!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Our evening program was a game show night, featuring 4-H versions of Deal or No Deal, Money versus the Mob, and Fear Factor. Deal or No Deal contestants competed for bear claws, which are the 4-H camp equivalent of points. Bear claws are earned by packs for good deeds, winning competitions, and good behavior or performance. In Money vs. the Mob, campers answered trivia questions related to Orange, Madison, 4-H in general, and 4-H Camp. Parents: you should be proud of your little campers! Fear Factor was the grand finale, and boy, was it hilarious!!! Campers who signed up for the event drank carrot juice out of a baby bottle, went ice fishing with their toes, and then experienced several eating challenges. Wasabi peas, black forest worms, peppers, brussels sprouts, and chocolate covered grasshoppers made their way onto the tables. Don't worry: ALL participation was voluntary and the audience seemed to have as much fun, if not more, as the participants!!! :-) (Some of you can probably guess if your camper participated or not.)
Just as we were ready to move into campfire, the rains came! So we had snack under cover and then an indoor "campfire" in the Conference Center. Same traditions, different methods! Great Bear Erika Elford provided good leadership. The Outdoor Living Skills class moved their traditional overnight sleepover indoors, but they have tents and sleeping bags just the same. It appears the rain will still be here tomorrow, so we'll make more modifications on the schedule. Nighttime checks are almost complete. Stay tuned for more camp experiences tomorrow!
Morning class activities included: Fun with Foods made omelets and chose their own toppings. It was funny how cheese was the most popular filling, and onions and green peppers were the least favorites! :-) LEGO Robotics programmed their robots to complete a challenge course. The campers' use of the computers and programming was amazing. Riflery and archery reiterated safety, and then practiced their marksmanship, with several campers hitting the bulls-eye. The fish were biting in fishing class, and outdoor cooking got a good fire going to toast their S'mores. Leathercraft individuals were pounding away (literally), but made some beautiful stamped designs that they will bring home to you. The hip hop class' dance moves are starting to come together--watching teens coreograph routines for youngsters is fun to watch!
Lunch time now--the campers are lined up singing camp songs while waiting to head into the dining hall. Keep those e-mails coming; we've received, printed, and distributed more than 100 so far.
Monday, June 15, 2009
At campfire last night, campers were introduced to a special "guest" at camp this year. We have a 'ReeseStrong' paper doll from a six year old girl in Richmond who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments all summer. Since Reese cannot be outside much, and cannot travel, her family created the ReeseStrong paper dolls to travel for her. We have a doll here at camp and are documenting our 4-H camp experience through photos, which will be shared via e-mail.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Ashleigh Ramey won the High Point Senior Hunter award after winning two regular hunter classes and fourth in both Senior Equitation Over Fences and Senior Trail. Amanda Ramey won the Senior Hunter Showmanship division out of 30 entries and was the Senior Hunt High Points winner. She was second in Senior Hunter Pleasure Horse and fourth in Senior Hunter Pleasure Equitation.
Congratulations to the HoofMates members, and stay tuned for results from other clubs!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Log in to your FB account, and search Orange County 4-H. Be sure to find the Virginia one, not California or Florida! :-)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I have hosted two IFYE's--one from Switzerland and one from Germany--and both were very positive experiences. Please consider opening your home to these young people. You will learn a lot about other countries and cultures and make friends that will last a lifetime. Contact the Extension Office for more details about the delegates coming to Virginia this year!!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Please email me for a complete listing of the available delegates. Here are a few more details:
- Delegates from Finland arrive July 12 and stay for one month.
- Greek and Austrian delegates each need two host families for three weeks each.
- A third group of young ladies will arrive September 19th and visit for three months, so they need several homes around the state for 2-4 weeks each.
This year's delegation looks to be very exciting. Several come from farm families, some want to ride horses or go fishing or visit a city, and others have already hosted international delegates in their own homes. Wouldn't it be neat to host this year and then have your children travel abroad in future years?
The possibilities are endless! Please consider hosting a 4-H exchange delegate! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
In the mean time, Maxine Henry has stepped up as President of the fair, and Sarah Lohman Altman will be Vice-President. Former President Scott Johnson has returned to help with the fair's Building and Grounds Committee--an important job in this year of changes and growth for the fair. We ALL (parents, 4-H'ers, staff) need to do what we can to help make the fair the best it can be this year, so please inventory your skills and schedule and offer up what you can. The fair theme is so true: "We've got a good thing growing..."
Congratulations are in order to 4-H in-school participants, including Unique Stinnie, who earned a blue ribbon in vocal, and Deonte Lucas, who earned a red ribbon in presentations. Stay tuned for more results from the Bealeton contest!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Ashleigh competed in the state Hippology contest, where she placed 6th overall, 6th in written exam, and 8th in stations (all in the senior division). Ashleigh's Orange-Fluvanna team placed 4th overall, 5th in senior team exam, 6th in senior team stations, and 5th in senior team problem. Congratulations, Rameys!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In the Junior division, the team consisting of Robert Nixon, John Michael Knight, and Blake Hopkins placed 2nd in cattle, 2nd in swine, 1st in sheep, 2nd in reasons, and 2nd in questions. The boys placed 1st overall in the contest! Team B, consisting of Haley and Grace Wilbanks, placed 4th in cattle, swine, sheep, reasons, and questions, leading to a fourth place finish overall! Great job for these two new team members.
Individually, John Michael Knight placed 3rd in cattle, 2nd in swine, 2nd in sheep, 1st in oral reasons, 2nd in questions, and was 1st overall in the junior contest. Blake Hopkins placed 1st in sheep, 5th in reasons, and 5th in questions. Haley Wilbanks was 3rd in swine, 3rd in sheep, and 4th overall. Robert Nixon placed 4th in cattle.
The Senior team, consisting of Elizabeth Nixon, Devon McGinnis, Kyle McGinnis, and Caleb Wilson, placed 1st in swine, sheep, questions, and 1st overall, as well as 2nd in cattle and oral reasons. Individually, Kyle McGinnis was 1st overall, 1st in cattle and swine, 3rd in sheep, 4th in reasons, and 2nd in questions. Devon McGinnis was 4th overall, 3rd in swine, and 5th in questions. Caleb Wilson placed 2nd in reasons and Elizabeth Nixon was 5th in sheep.
Congratulations to these 4-H members! Their next contest is in Blacksburg March 27-28, 2009, and is a state-level contest.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Essentially you weigh in your cattle in April, and then they will be harvested November 5, 2009. Cattle are taken to Winchester on that date, and there is an evaluation contest. Awards will be presented once all carcass data is received and processed. There is a detailed brochure available at the Extension Office, or you can visit Maryland's Beef Page.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Fair Dates: July 23-26, 2009
Location: Across Rt. 20 from Montpelier Estate; same location as Fall Fiber Festival
*Map of Grounds and Directions for Trailers, 4-H parking, etc. to come
Schedule of 4-H Events: (*note several big changes for this year!)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
10:00 Deadline for Beef, Sheep, and Goats to be on Grounds
Weigh-in and Ultrasound of Beef, Sheep, Goats (weigh only)
11:30 Educational Clinic on Ultrasounding Process
5:00 Sheep Show
Friday, July 24, 2009
10:00 Weigh-in and Ultrasound of Market Hogs
12:30 Goat Show
5:30 Beef Show
Saturday, July 25, 2009
9:00 Hog Show
1:00 Dairy Show
5:45 Buyers Dinner (*pre-paid ticket only)
6:30 4-H Auction
Sunday, July 26, 2009
9:00 4-H Bottle Babies
11:00 Pretty Animal Contest
12:00 Livestock Obstacle Contest
4:00 Fair Closes; ALL 4-H’ers and parents contribute to clean-up
Fair Theme: “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing”
Fair Website: http://www.orangecountyvafair.com
4-H Animal Entries Due: Friday, June 12, 2009 to Extension Office
*forms distributed at 4-H club meetings and on fair website