Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Extension Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

The Extension Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 23 & 24. The office will reopen on Monday, December 27, at 8 am. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Extension Office Closing at 11:00 a.m.

Extension follows the Orange County Government closings schedule. We will be closing at 11:00 a.m. today due to the weather.

Winter Weather Reminder

Orange County 4-H's policy for inclement weather is: If Orange County Public Schools are closed, or close early, 4-H activities for that day/evening are also cancelled.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

4-H Announces Outbound Exchange Program to Argentina for 2011

The 4-H exchange program is growing! Just announced this morning...Argentina will be a possibility for travel in 2011. Participants must be ages 15-18 and travel dates are July 7 - August 7. Applications are due March 1 with a $1500 deposit. Total cost of the trip is expected to be $3600-3900, but there's plenty of time to fundraise. Think about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here! Contact the Extension Office for more information. And if you can't travel in 2011, keep this in mind and save your pennies for several years!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


There will be a meeting concerning the livestock show on Monday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mid Atlantic Farm Credit in Winchester. Glenwood Park Livestock Exhibition has a Facebook page to locate additional information.

Monday, December 13, 2010


On Saturday, November 20, 2010, three 4H members from the Orange County Bit N Bridle 4H club attended the Northern District Horse Judging Contest at Summer Breeze Farm in Free Union, Virginia. Seniors, Kaci Meads and Delaney O’Donnell formed a team with the Lousia County Seniors and received a 4th Place in the Halter Division; a 6th place in the Performance division; and 6th Place Overall High Point Team. Junior 4Her, Charlotte Manvell teamed up with 3 girls from Prince William County. As a team, they received a 6th Place finish in the Halter Division; 2nd Place in the Performance Division and placed 4th overall. At this contest both Seniors and Juniors judged 9 classes which included: Halflinger Ponies, Stock- type Horses, and Hunters. Seniors gave reasons to the judges for 2 of the 9 classes. For more information on the Bit N Bridle Orange County 4H Horse Club, visit us at

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google Calendar Replaces Former PDF Document

We will now be using Google Calendar to share 4-H events and activities. Please use the calendar at right to view upcoming 4-H programs and activities. Regularly scheduled club meetings are not yet posted, but we hope to add those soon. If you are a Google Calendar user, you can also add these events to your own calendar.

Hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

4-H Hopes to Start State Dog Council

4-H volunteers with an interest in dog projects are invited to an organizational meeting Saturday, January 15, in Spotsylvania, to pursue the establishment of a 4-H Dog Council. This group will help plan and manage the state dog show, identify resources for helping youth train their dog projects, explore different aspects of the dog industry and competition world, etc. For more information, e-mail Kaci and she can send you the e-mail that came from the state.

Friday, December 3, 2010


The Virginia State 4-H Cabinet presents
the Fifth Annual Statewide Teen Weekend!
Cabinet members and volunteers will
be leading some fantastic workshops that
will expand your knowledge. Throughout
the weekend you will have the opportunity
to participate in interactive, hands-on
workshops that will increase your team
building skills, bring out the scientist in
you, and teach you the meditative practices
in yoga. You will also have an opportunity
to learn proper table etiquette as
well as making some delicious and healthy
snacks to enjoy.

Participants will also learn about all the
opportunities possible in 4-H on the local,
state, and national level. You don’t want to
miss this great experience to meet other
teens from all across the Commonwealth.

As part to the community service project,
we will be hosting a can food drive to
benefit a local food pantry. So please
bring with you at least one item to donate,
drop boxes will be available during registration.

So come join us for the weekend!!! The
cost of the event is $95.00, which includes
lodging, meals, and tons of FUN!!!

For more information on registration, visit the Orange 4-H website.


The annual Virginia Bred Ewe Sale is coming up this weekend in Harrisonburg at Rockingham Co Fairgrounds. Selling will be bred yearling ewes, mature ewes and ewe lambs as well as Boer goat does. Complete information is available on the VSPA web site

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Are you ready to travel?

4-H has the scratch for your travel itch! Outbound 4-H exchange applications are available to Australia, Costa Rica, Finland and Japan for the summer of 2011. This program is for older youth; in most cases you must be 16 or older to participate. The application deadline is February 1st, with a $1500 deposit due at that time. Get this on your Christmas list, and start fundraising for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!!! Go global with 4-H.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


As a Community Service Project the OCHS Anglers spent an afternoon cleaning up the land and shoreline around Lake Orange. Floating debris, such as Styrofoam worm cans, pieces of furniture, along with metal cans, tires, amounting to nearly 500 lbs was collected. In 2009 the chapter collected nearly 700 lbs. at Lake Orange. They hope that this is an indication that the public is getting better at disposing of their trash in a proper manner. The public is also reminded that the OCHS Angler chapter has placed a monofilament (fishing line) recycling tube at the pavilion. Please dispose of used line here and not the trash cans. The line collected is sent to Berkley Corporation for recycling for the construction of fish habitats.


Crazy Pets Club lives up to their name with their monthly events. In September, all of the members brought live insects to the meeting and did an insect study. The October meeting was host to a guest that spoke on animal rescues and the members made home-made dog treats. In November, the club took a field trip to Riki's Refuge for a tour and the members learned what it takes to run an animal sanctuary. The club discussed the possibility of running such an endeavor by donations and enlisting the help of volunteers.


The 4-H Natural Resources annual weekend event is for 4-H youth and volunteers and will be held on January 22-23 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center.

The weekend is filled with classes, workshops, and hands-on activities related to natural resources and environmental education.

For more information, please contact

Doug Harpole
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Fauquier County
Virginia Cooperative Extension
24 Pelham Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
540.341.7950 ext. 215
540.349.1792 fax

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Achievement Night Winners Recapped

Congratulations to our Achievement Night winners, and thanks to those who joined us this afternoon. The Harry T. Peters, Jr. Award was given to Ashleigh Ramey of the 4-H HoofMates Club. Ashleigh is a 4-H All Star who has conducted 4-H horse, dog, and sheep projects. She regularly donates blood (every 56 days), has participated in canned food drives, prepares care packages for soldiers serving overseas, and conducts programming with foster children and foster families. Ashley is also the recipient of a $500 scholarship from Orange 4-H. She is pursuing degrees in Photograpy and Equine Sciences at Virginia Intermont College.

The Jeremiah Cooper Award, given in memory of Jeremiah's love for 4-H, the fair, and all things agriculture, was bestowed upon Noah Boston of the Goat Club.

4-H club leaders were recognized and thanked for all of their hard work this past year. Leaders will receive a large tote bag with an option for personalized embroidery. The Extension staff sincerely thank our volunteer club leaders, and we encourage club members to take a moment to thank your volunteers as well.

Friday, November 12, 2010


There will be a Bingo for Longaberger Baskets event on Saturday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Early Birds start at 6:45 p.m. The Bingo will take place at the East Orange Ruritan Building in Unionville at the intersection of Rt. 20 and Rt. 522. Concessions will be available. The cost is $20 before the event and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Orange Extension Office. Proceeds benefit the Orange 4-H Livestock Club and the East Orange Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

4-H'ers' help needed

The LEGO club is faced with assembling 1,000 "swap" items for their state competition in December, and they can use our help. If you can help apply stickers to the souvenirs and goodies that our Orange team will be distributing, please e-mail the club leader at This will not cost you anything, and the LEGO club will have all the supplies. Please consider helping out our fellow Orange 4-H members - thanks!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rogers' Artwork Exhibited on School Site

Congratulations to Livestock Club member Autumn Rogers, whose art work is currently exhibited on the Orange County Public Schools website. Way to go, Autumn!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Circuit Breakers Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Orange 4-H Circuit Breakers WON their area competition in Richmond this past weekend. Coach Denise Snyder is very proud of the team and notes that they "represented 4-H with knowledge, class and style". (We love this!)

The team is headed to states now, which is the first weekend of December at James Madison University. The team will be practicing hard, multiple times each week until then. You can catch a demonstration of their work on Sunday at 4-H Achievement Day at the High School (3 p.m.).

Many thanks to the Circuit Breakers and their families for promoting 4-H. They heard many comments that folks thought 4-H was only for farming and animals. We are...but we're so much more, also!

Officer Training Well-Attended

Many thanks to the Orange 4-H club officers who attended the workshop on Saturday. Six counties were represented, and participants learned about Parliamentary Procedure, they conducted a mock business meeting, and they attended small groups to learn about the responsibilities of each office. Thanks for coming, and we hope you had fun!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

4-H Livestock Club Raises $1,425 for Breast Cancer Research

Orange County 4-H Livestock Club members took a stand against cancer, and in favor of cancer research, at the county fair this past summer. Club members voted to donate $10 from the sale of every animal to breast cancer research, and some members and parents made additional monetary donations in support of the club's efforts. Club members wore pink T-shirts in the auction ring with purple animal hoof prints and a message that read "Stomping Out Cancer". The 4-H club's efforts resulted in a donation to "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" totalling $1,425. Pictured, left to right, are club members and a volunteer: Carol Koontz, adult volunteer, Kelly Shifflett, Zachary Swope, Cole Shifflett, and Hunter Koontz. All of these 4-H members are the grandchildren of C.T. and Maxine Henry of the Maples Farm on Old Gordonsville Road.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

4-H Camp Dates Announced

There's a big change coming to the Orange 4-H calendar in 2011!!! Due to the extended school year, Orange-Madison 4-H Junior Camp will be held June 26-30, 2011, at the NOVA 4-H Center. We will be the third week of the camping season this year, not the first, so please keep this in mind as you make summer vacation plans. Other dates are not expected to change, such as counselor applications due January 31st and camper brochures available February 28th.

There will be a Cloverbud camp at the center for youth ages 5-8 June 12-16. This is a new summer program at the Center and we hope some Orange youth will take advantage of this opportunity. Cloverbud camp is smaller in size and will use only one dorm at the Center.

Finally, a 4-H District Camp will be held August 7-11. This is for youth ages 9-13 who couldn't get enough of camp for their cluster's week. So, yes, you CAN go to 4-H camp twice in one summer! District Camp serves 19 counties, so don't delay in letting the Center know you want to attend. Applications will be available on their website.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Angler of the Month Announced

The OCHS 4-H Anglers announced their Angler of the Month for October. Congratulations to Michael Spencer, a freshman who has attended all club meetings, sold raffle tickets, and has gotten off to a great start as a beginning fisherman. Way to go, Michael!

Horse Record Book Winners Announced

Congratulations to scholarship winners in the horse record book competition. This event is sponsored by the Northern District 4-H Horse Council. The council has generously donated monies for the record book winners to receive scholarships to various 4-H or horse events around the state. Orange County winners are Delaney O'Donnell ($50), of the Bit & Bridle Club, and Ashleigh Ramey ($25), and Bryan Ramey ($25) of the HoofMates Club. The judge was impressed by the work in the horse project clubs and especially proud of the work of these three 4-H'ers. Congratulations!!!

Glenwood Show Announcements

Glenwood Park Livestock Show has announced its 2011 date: Saturday, April 9. This will be for a beef and sheep show.

Also, the committee is looking for at least one representative from Orange. Any adult volunteers who are interested in attending (several meetings a year in Warrenton or Winchester), please contact the Extension Office. Thanks!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Who: Youth and adults interested in swine and PQA-Plus Certification
What: Swine-related talks, activities, Youth and Adult PQA-Plus Certification, and fun!
Where: Alphin-Stuart Arena on Plantation Road, Blacksburg VA
When: February 26, 2011
Why: If you are interested in raising or showing pigs, want to make friends who are interested in swine, or just learn more information about swine, join us for the 4th annual Youth Swine Education Day!

Registration to follow in November/December.
Questions or more information
Contact: Ashley Kyle

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OCCC Christmas Parade Apps Now Available

All 4-H clubs wishing to have a float in the annual Orange Christmas Parade are directed to the Chamber of Commerce's website for the application. The parade will be December 5, 2010, at 4:30 p.m., following the usual route of Madison Road, Main Street, and Caroline Street. Hope to see great 4-H participation promoting our organization to the public!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 4-H Poinsettia Fundraiser

Hope sales are going well for your club.

Remember that all orders are due to the Extension Office by Monday, November 15th.

All orders must be picked up Friday, December 3rd from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.


4-H Officer Training will be held Saturday, November 6th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Orange. All youth are welcome to attend, not just the officers, but all officers are expected to attend. The Boys & Girls Club is located at the Taylor Education Administration Complex, 200 Dailey Drive, (Old Prospect Heights Middle School).

Friday, October 22, 2010


The 2010 4-H Achievement Night will be held on Sunday, November 14th at 3:00 p.m. at the Orange County High School's auditorium. The program will highlight each club's achievement's over the past year and recognize outstanding youth in each club and in 4-H. Nominations are being sought for the Harry T. Peters Award and The Orange 4-H Scholarship. Applications for both can be found in the 4-H website sidebar at . Look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


If you saw a lot of pink at the Orange County Fair this past summer, it was in support of the Livestock Club's cancer fundraiser. They raised $1,425.00 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Congratulations and thanks!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is holding it's annual essay contest with a chance to win cash prizes statewide and nationally. The topic for this year's essay is "U.S. Honey: A Taste for Every Preference" and pertains to how regional plants affect the taste of honey. For more information on the contest go to

Monday, October 18, 2010

Glenwood Show Committee Seeks Adult Volunteers

Parents of children who show at the Glenwood beef and sheep shows in April are invited to attend planning committee meetings. The first one will be held Monday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in Winchester. Please contact the Extension office for more details.

Benefit Longaberger Basket Bingo and Raffle

Like to play Bingo and support a good cause at the same time?? Come to Longaberger Basket Bingo on Saturday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the East Orange Ruritan Club Building (Route 20 and Route 522 in Unionville). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with Early Birds starting at 6:45 p.m. Pre-sale tickets-$20; at the door-$25. There will also be a raffle drawing for a village basket, small laundry basket, and medium market basket. Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the Orange Extension Office. Proceeds will benefit the 4-H Livestock Club and East Orange Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund. For ticket information, call 854-6471 or 854-6877.

Fall Harvest Barn Bash

There will be a Fall Harvest Barn Bash on Saturday, October 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Wilbanks Farm (9140 Rapidan Road, Orange). There will be food, kids' activities, hay rides and barn dancining (music by DJ). Tickets are $30/couple or $15/single. KIDS are admitted free and all activites are included in the ticket price. Proceeds benefit the Orange County Fair Association. For advance tickets, please stop by the Orange County Extension Office.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

4-H All Star Nominations Due November 15

If you're at least 15 years of age and would like to apply to be a 4-H All Star, this message is for you! Nomination forms are available online as is additional information about points calculation, induction requirements, etc. Being tapped as an All Star is the highest honor one can receive in Virginia 4-H and all Orange County members are strongly encouraged to apply. If you're too young to apply, start the process now because it takes a lot of record-keeping. If you don't have enough points yet, work with your leader and/or Extension Agent to develop a plan to help you earn enough points. You can DO THIS!!! Forms are due to Kaci for a first review on November 15th.

Interested in Surveying???

Kids with an interest in learning about surveying are invited to attend a special program at the James Madison Museum on Saturday. Meet at 10:00 a.m. to learn about surveying and give it a try under the guide of a professional. This program is free. The museum is located on Caroline Street in the Town of Orange.

Thursday 10/14 Farm Tour Postponed

The fourth grade Farm Tour scheduled for tomorrow (10/14) has been postponed due to forecasted rain. This change affects Orange Elementary, Gordon Barbour Elementary, and Grymes Memorial.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Youth in Agriculture Event Scheduled for October 28

Youth who are committed to a future in agriculture are invited to attend a special event hosted by Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Farm Credit on October 28th in Harrisonburg. Orion Samuelson, famed RFD-TV personality will be present to discuss the future of agriculture. He is backed by a panel, including the Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, an NCBA rep, and several active adults who are advocates for youth in agriculture. Space is limited, so pre-register by calling Jeff or Jim at 540-234-0548.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

O'Donnell Wins State Fair Artwork Ribbons

Delaney O'Donnell, Bit & Bridle Club member, won two awards in the State Fair of Virginia Youth Artwork competitions. She was third in Tie Dye, other than a garment, and third in Trash to Treasure Art. Way to go! That's some stiff competition.

State Fair Junior Dairyman Results Announced

Congratulations to 4-H Dairy Club members who recently competed in the State Fair of Virginia Junior Dairyman's Contest. The senior team placed fifth overall and the juniors were seventh in their division. Senior Coty Goodwin was 8th place high individual and will be eligible for a college scholarship.

Keep the results coming! We love to share with our 4-H family all the great things you're accomplishing.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Kaci Daniel has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Association of Extension 4-H Agents. This award is in recognition of her outstanding contribution to 4-H youth development. Way to go Kaci!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Aging Together invites students of public and private schools and homeschooled
students living in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange or Rappahannock counties to
tell us the story of one of the many remarkable seniors you know . You decide what’s
remarkable. Maybe you have a grandparent who started a new sport or job after
retirement. Maybe one of your neighbors now cares for a family member, just got his
driver’s license or hiked a mountain or trail. Spend some time with them and write
their story for us.
Essay Criteria
• Student essays should be based on an interview with a local senior and describe an
accomplishment or experience that occurred after the senior turned 65.
• The essay must be at least 750 words and can not exceed 1000 words
• Essays will be judged on the quality of the writing, grammar, punctuation, and spelling, not
how dramatic or exciting the senior’s story is. It’s all about how you write the story.
• All essays must be submitted with a completed registration form.
• Essays will be judged by the Aging Together Communications Advisory Committee, which
includes writers and other communications professionals.
• Essays will be judged in two grade groups: 6th ‐ 8th grades and 9th ‐ 12th grades.
• One winner and two honorable mentions will be selected for each grade group in each county.
That’s a total of 2 winners and 4 honorable mentions in each county.
• The winners in each county will receive a $50 gift card and will have their essays published in
their local newspaper and on the Aging Together website.
• Those selected as honorable mentions will receive certificates and will have their essays
published on the Aging Together website.
• The essay and completed registration form must be received in the Aging Together office
by 5:00 pm, December 15, 2010.
• Awards will be announced by April, 2011 and will be published during Older American’s
Month—May, 2011.
A Regional
Contest for
Students in
Grades 6-12

For more information or to contact us regarding Aging Remarkably please contact - Orange Resource Specialist, Nancy Rhoades at 540-718-0620, or


The 2010 Virginia 4-H State Championship Horse and Pony Show was held at Lexington, VA on September 16-19. Following are the results for the Hoofmates 4-H Club:

Ashleigh Ramey on Just Dreamin'
1st place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider 1st Go
1st place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider 2nd Go
Champion Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Sr. Rider
Champion Hunter Pleasure Horse Classic
5th place - Equitation on the Flat - Large Horse/Sr. Rider
3rd place - Equine Photo Contest - Senior
Blue Ribbon in Stable Management
Champion Hunter Sidesaddle for 3rd straight year

Bryan Ramey on Touched By An Angel
7th place - Junior Hunter Showmanship
2nd place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Jr. Rider 1st Go
9th place - Large Hunter Pleasure Horse/Jr. Rider 2nd Go
1st place - Equine Photo Contest - Junior
3rd place - Equine Art Contest - Junior
Blue Ribbon in Stable Management



The OCHS 4-H Anglers 6-Man Team continued their winning tradition by winning the Virginia State 6-Man Team Championship at Smith Mountain Lake this past weekend. This was the youngest team ever to represent Orange County High School consisting of four sophomores, one junior and one senior. This was the 6th straight win for the OCHS Anglers and they won with the greatest margin of any of the previous teams in any state competition. The team had more than a 10 lb total bag weight margin.
Steven Mundell sealed this margin by nearly matching the total team weight of each of the participating teams with his 4 fish bag weight of 7.13 lbs. He was followed by Kevin Beasley with 3 bass weighing 4.58 lbs. Devon Bowling was next with 2 bass weighing 2.83 lbs and was followed by Kasey Henshaw, the first female member. She had 2 fish for 2.50 lbs and was followed by Austin Mitchell with one fish weighing 1.68 lbs. The team was penalized ½ lb for 1 dead fish at the scale therefore the official total team weight was 18.72 lbs. Sophomore Franklin Marrs caught several fish but due to strict length restrictions was unable to bring them to the scale. Team Alternate was Senior Zach Tiblin who assisted the Official Weigh Master. Official photographer for the event was Austin Clore. This was the final event to be held by the state for the 2010 season.
The 2011 Season will begin with the next individual qualifier that is to be held next month, October 23 & 24, 2010. Check out the team trophy in the front office of OCHS. It will be engraved with all members’ and alternates’ names. Congratulations to the OCHS 4-H Anglers for a great season.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Carbon monoxide is called the “Invisible Killer.”
Why? Because you can’t see or smell it and it can kill
its victims quickly.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sponsoring a nationwide carbon monoxide(CO)safety poster contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of CO in the home. The contest is open to all middle school students. For each of the three grade levels, judges will select three finalists whose posters help teach families about the dangers of CO poisoning in the home. Each of these nine finalists will receive an individual award of $250. One of these nine finalists will also be awarded an additional grand prize of $500. For further details, check out the contest information

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

4-H Summer Daycare Programs Ended Today

Youth in Orange daycare facilities finished up a summer 4-H program today with a food party. Though most times we tell kids to not play with their food, creativity was the direction of the day today! Youth made artwork out of a tortilla canvas and held avocados, peaches, red peppers, grapes, plums, radishes, broccoli, and carrots in place with cream cheese and yogurt. These delicious snacks followed a lesson entitled, "Eat a Rainbow Everyday!".

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


On April 24th, the Orange County 4-H Goat Club took a field trip to the USDA lab in Warrenton. Several members and their families attended. We were given a tour by Dr. McGurra, the labs' director. Some of the labs included the Parasitological lab, the milk testing lab, and the Necropsy lab. The tour was very interesting and informative. Members learned many things related to the care of their animals.

Submitted by: Emma Passino


The Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show was held July 27-August 1 in Clemson, SC. Participating from Orange were Ashleigh and Bryan Ramey from the Orange County Hoofmates Club. Following are the results:

Bryan Ramey on Just Dreamin':
7th (out of 19) in Dressage, First Level Test 2
12th (out of 53) in Hunter Geldings Halter

Ashleigh Ramey on Bold Liberty:
10th (out of 19) in Dressage, First Level Test 2
9th (out of 53) in Hunter Geldings Halter
7th (out of 176) in Hunt Seat Equitation
2nd (out of 33) in Open Jumping - they went double clean and missed 1st by less than 1/2 a second.
They also made it to the Semi-Finals in Hunter Under Saddle by being 1 of 2 choosen out of their preliminary heat of 20.


Thursday, July 22, 2010


The OCHS Anglers, took every possible place in the Junior State Qualifier the weekend of July 10th, except one: big fish, Junior Varsity: Winners advancing to the state finals to be held, July 31 and Aug. 1st at Smith Mountain were:

Kevin Beasley, Austin Clore, Travis Strother, and Steven Beasley.

Travis Strother 1st had 4 fish limit, big fish- 4.05 and total weight 9.67 lbs:. Stephen Beasley 2nd had 4 fish limit, big fish- 3.61, and total weight 8.52 lbs: Austin Mitchell 4 fish limit, big fish 2.10, and total weight 8.03: Big Fish overall for the tournament: Kevin Beasley 4.84 lbs. Junior Varsity member Dylan McGhee qualified to go to the State finals with his total weight of 1.83.

others: in Top 10: Kasey Henshaw: 4 fish, big fish 1.56, total weight 4.93: Austin Clore: 2 fish big fish 1.76 total weight 2.78;
Franklin Marrs: 4 fish, big fish 1.89 total weight 5.73; Michael Sidle 2 fish, big fish .72 total weight 1.76

A special thanks to Mr. Cole for serving as boat captain, Note: Mr. Cole has some bragging rights: he has posted a finalist in every tournament.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

State Fair Hog Show Information Released

Youth planning to exhibit hogs at the State Fair of Virginia later this fall should contact the Extension Office immediately for a copy of the new rules and procedures for this show. Hogs must be nominated (officially tagged) in order to participate and all entries will be made online this year. Several options exist for whether you sell hogs at the fair or not. Please see Kaci if you plan to show hogs at the State Fair!

Friday, July 2, 2010


Following are the Solids, Spots and Dots Club results from the Northern District Horse Show:

Taylor Creel on Super Sonic:
Hunter Pleasure Showmanship SR – 4th Place
Hunter Pleasure Horse Equitation SR – 2nd Place
Hunter Pleasure Horse GAYP SR – 3rd Place

Jaclyn Burke on N.H. Talk of the Town:
Hunter Plesure Pony Equitation Jr/Sr - 1st Place
Hunter Pleasure Pony GAYP Jr/Sr - 2nd Place
Hunter Pleasure Pony WTC Jr/Sr - 2nd Place
Reserve Champion - Hunter Pleasure Pony

Zoe Lumsden on Malibu Barbie:
Hunter Pleasure showmanship JR - 1st Place
Hunter Pleasure Pony Equitation Jr/Sr - 2nd Place

Molly Lumsden on Kitti's Karisma:
Hunter Showmanship SR - 2nd Place
Hunt Seat Equitation O/F SR - 1st Place
Regular Hunter (3')/Intermediate Hunter (2'6") Combine classes O/F - 1st Place
Regular Hunter (3')/Intermediate Hunter (2'6") Combine classes O/F - 2nd Place
Regular Hunter (3')/Intermediate Hunter (2'6") Combine classes U/S - 2nd Place
Champion Regular Hunter (3')/Intermediate Hunter (2'6") Combine classes
Grand Champion Northern District 4H High Point Hunter - Emily Jane Hilscher Memorial Award


Thursday, June 24, 2010


Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19. Thousands of young people from across America stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., every summer to participate in the program, which provides opportunities for young people to:
• Strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level.
• Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders.
• Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-Hers from across the country with diverse backgrounds.
• Experience hands-on learning using the historical classroom of our nation’s Capital city, Washington, D.C.
This summer, there are almost 1500 young people participating in the CWF program. Follow #4HCWF on Twitter to see up to the minute postings about what CWF 2010 is up to right now and visit the CWF website ( to learn more about the CWF program. You can view videos under the media tab, read testimonials under the testimonial tab, or take a look at the CWF schedule under the registration tab. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

Registration for CWF 2011 is now open! This is a once in a lifetime experience that allows young people to see the world from a new perspective. 4-Hers, don’t miss out on this national citizenship and leadership opportunity. All you need to do is gather a group of 5 or more participants (including both youth and chaperones), visit the Citizenship Washington Focus website ( and click on the registration tab to follow the steps to register your delegation. Leaders, we are excited to host you and your young people in Washington, D.C. next summer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


The Hoofmates Club could use your help. They will again be collecting coats for the Salvation Army/Good Will coat drive. Also, they will be collecting change during the State 4-H Horse Show and donating it to the Theraputic Riding Association of Virginia. This association helps people with disabilities rehabilitate using horses as theraputic tools. These are both great causes, so gather those coats and change and give Jody Ramey a call for details. Her number is 540-829-2257.


There are numerous items that were not claimed after 4-H Camp. These items will remain at the Extension Office until July 1st. After July 1st, the items will be disposed of. Here is the list of unmarked items:

Black duffel bag of clothes
White pillow, no case
Mickey Mouse beach towel
Blue towel labeled JWG
2 white towels
Beige towel
Pink washcloth
Red swim trunks size M
Decorated t-shirt art size M 10-12
Green washcloth
White washcloth
Navy hand towel
Purple/black/white zip up hoodie
Gray Old Navy sweatpants size M
Royal & navy t-shirt XL 14-16
Black Tech Gear shirt size M
Navy athletic shorts w/ royal trim size XL
Leather craft pouch w/ snakes, dragon, and bird
Leather craft
Black visor
Blue Nalgene Water bottle
XL women’s white Old Navy t-shirt
Black with purple lined hat
Teal Mudd shirt size S
Clear goggles
Black flip-flops

Thursday, June 17, 2010


T.J. Williams received two awards at the 14th Annual Social Science Fair sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun Education Foundation. He placed second in the Local History category with his research project titled "How has growth and development ruined the dairy industry in Loudoun County?". He was also awarded the Town of Leesburg/Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission-Local History Award. T.J. received a savings bond as well as a cash prize and has been invited to attend the Leesburg Historic Society award ceremony in November.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Orange Congress Delegates Score Well at State 4-H Congress

While this is a busy week with camp, we also have 4-H'ers in Blacksburg for the annual State 4-H Congress. Our hats are off to chaperone Missy Chambers for her willing leadership and volunteerism--these kids would not have been able to attend without her. All of our delegates competed yesterday and were successful. Brianna Holmes is performing with her step dancing group tonight and was awarded a red ribbon in Share-the-Fun vocal competition yesterday. Garret Chambers earned a blue ribbon for playing his guitar and singing, and Haley Wilbanks and Megan Harris both earned blue ribbons in the public speaking division.

Amelia Harris, Ashleigh Ramey and Garret Chambers were officially inducted as Virginia 4-H All Stars last evening. All Stars is the highest honor a 4-H'er can receive, so congratulations, and know that we are PROUD of you!!!

Dancin' the Night Away

So it's the last night of camp, and one can easily tell! The dance just started, but the kids were excited way before that. All day we've heard comments about what folks are wearing and how much they're looking forward to it.

We've bet against the weather a few times this week, but this afternoon we lost. One group had beautiful sunshine and enjoyed a full swim, but the others unfortunately missed out, due to thunder in the area. We avoided the rain for the most part, and we compensated for the missed swim by taking the camp bank and the pool snack bar down to the kids. They ate eight pizzas in hardly any time at all.

Everyone raced back up the hill to get ready for the dance. The boys dorms, which have been more like locker rooms at times, are now filled with mixed scents of Axe cologne, hair gel, and more. The girls straightened their hair, curled and braided others, and found new shirts or even skirts for the affair. Dinner was taco salads, and now we're dancing the night away.

Parents: please pick up Madison kids at Madison High School at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Orange campers will be picked up at Orange Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Please remember your camper express pick-up cards!

We Made Good Deals

Last night's program was very well received by the campers. "Let's Make a Deal" offered prizes like McDonalds gift cards, beach towels, pool supplies, snacks for the dorms, and then zonks such as a pink furry hat, oversized sunglasses, and a wooden sailor decoy. The camp adults helped the spirit of the program by dressing in costumes. We had a hippie, a forestry fire fighter, fisherman, drive-in movie, fairy princess, and Little Red Riding Hood's grandma, to name a few!

Campers cooled off with a popsicle snack and then headed to campfire which was led by Great Bear Vee. Everyone joined in a round of "Happy Birthday" to our second Great Bear, Co-co!

This morning's class reports include:
Advanced cheerleading is choreographing a routine for their closing performance tomorrow. The high ropes students are learning to trust each other and work together, enjoying numerous obstacles on the course. Blue gills and a few bass are biting in the fishing class, and swimming students are becoming so much more confident in their abilities. Flag football, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee are keeping the rec fields in use, and Horse Basics participants should be riding today.

The weather is good for now; we'll see what the afternoon brings. We have rainy day plans, but being outdoors in good weather is so much more preferred.

Stay tuned... :) BTW, e-mails are pouring in. Thanks for keeping them positive and encouraging!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cooler Weather Is a BIG Plus at Camp

The MUCH cooler weather has been a MUCH welcomed pleasure at camp today. This morning started out really sticky and humid, but tonight campers will likely need a sweatshirt or jacket at campfire. (Side note: for those campers who ordered sweatshirts on Sunday, we were able to find enough extras between the two counties, so all campers who ordered and paid for them now have 4-H sweatshirts.)

Class reports from today:
Rocketry students came closer to preparing their model rockets for launch on Thursday. Fun with Foods campers celebrated the 1970s by making Egg McMuffins (invented in 1973) and completing lessons on food marketing and how commercials influence our food choices. Riflery continued to teach shooting safety and good marksmanship. The Outdoor Living Skills classes prepared for their overnight campout, and Outdoor Cooking made pizzas on coals and fixed "dirt" cups for dessert.

We had grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Swimming and recreation filled the afternoon. In pack meetings, campers brainstormed gifts to give the Great Bear, and half the packs selected riddles or challenges for other packs during campfire tonight. Bear Claw Keeper Coach K reports a close race for the Spirit Stick.

Tonight's evening program...Let's Make a Deal, and boy, do we have some "deals" for the campers. What's behind door number 1? It might be a zonk...

A Guest Blog by Camper "Trinity"

We noticed our friend Trinity was big on writing notes, so we invited her to be our guest blogger this morning. Trinity is a first-year camper, and here's what she had to say:

Going to the pool is awesome. In outdoor arts and crafts, we got to decorate rocks. We took napkins with decorations on them and either ripped them or cut them - I cut my edges - and then we glued (decoupaged) them on the rocks. We started making little mice using little pieces of wood like our nametags. We glued a pine cone on the wood for the body, and then a bead was the head. That's how far we got yesterday. Today we'll do more. Chipmunk (counselor) said we're tie-dying today! Yay!

In dance class we started practicing to Michael Jackson's PYT. Jazzy V is my teacher and she's cool. My third class is T-shirt art, with the Great Bear. We made stamps; I messed up on one of mine. I made a peace sign and then did fireworks out of macaroni.

At rec yesterday, I played card games the whole time. I didn't do much. The march was fun last night. We said, "Go Green. Save the Squirrels." That's my pack.


The Orange County Fair will be held July 22-25 and the Orange County Extension Office will offer several workshops to make entries for the fair. All of the pre-fair workshops are for ages 9-15, will be at 3:00 p.m., and take place at the Orange County Extension Office. To register for any of these workshops, call 672-1361.

Tin Punch-June 3oth/Register by: June 28th/ No cost
Decoupage Picture Frame-July 7th/ Register by: July 1st/ $5.00
Collage-July 14th/Register by: July 7th/$5.00
Bread Making-July 21/Register by : July 14th/$5.00


Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange - A horse riding camp for children with special needs ages 9-19.-July 12-16th/9 a.m.-noon/Register by June 21st/No cost/Elmwood Farm
Orange Fair 4-H Day Camp - Children ages 5-10 learn all about the fair through current 4-Hers and hands-on activities. Thursday, July 22nd OR Friday, July 23rd, 9:00 a.m. -noon/Register by: July 12th/$10.00/Orange County Fairgrounds
Eco-Ventures Camp - Day campers 9-13 experience nature and learn how to protect the outdoors./July 29-30/Register by: July 12th/Cost and location TBD
Cloverbud Day Camp - Children ages 5-8 learn what 4-H has to offer./August 2-5/9:00 a.m.-noon/Register by: July 19th/$25.00/Northern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Go Green for Sewing - August 19th/9:00 a.m.-noon/Ages 8-13/Register by: August 5th/ No cost/Orange Extension Office


Monday, June 14, 2010

Yep, it's Monday at Camp!

Not that we follow stereotypes all that often, but this was a MONDAY in every sense of the word. Overall we had a successful second day of camp. The weather was hot and sticky, but not totally rainy or wet. Just a couple of showers quickly passed by right after we went in for dinner, but that was it.

Today's theme celebrated the 1960s, so we had a 4-H March in which campers displayed their passion for a topic or issue. Each pack carried a homemade banner, and each camper was given the opportunity to make and hoist a sign that showed their feelings on the topic. Several groups chose the ongoing Gulf oil spill, several wanted more air conditioning at camp, some encouraged us to go green and clean up the Earth, and one group campaigned for more pool time. It was fun, and parents, you should be proud of the creativity and enthusiasm shown by your kids!

This morning in classes, the activities were varied, but great. Leathercrafters stamped and dyed leather wristbands custom fit for their arm. Woodworkers sanded the pieces to their birdhouses, and archery students practiced handling the bow. T-shirt artists crafted stamps out of dried macaroni and random puzzle pieces, and those in Fun with Foods enjoyed a throwback to the 60s when fondue became popular. Today's recipes were for cheese fondue and chocolate fondue.

Recreation and pool time went well this afternoon. It was hot, so the campers enjoyed a nice long dip in the pool. Of course, they also made certain to fully utilize the pool snack bar. We guess sometimes the camp meals just don't fully satisfy :).

Our Great Bears led a nice campfire and we closed out the evening with dorm meetings. The warm temperatures and long days of camp can wear out some folks and cause a few to miss home. We're hopeful that tomorrow's forecast cooler weather will help. Parents you can help, too, with encouraging e-mails and positive vibes for the campers. Just as they tell you all year long that Orange and Madison are "boring" or "there's nothing to do", remind them of the great opportunities we provide at camp. Things are going very well, and we're on track for another fabulous week of camp. Stay tuned for more happenings...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

OM 4-H Camp Day 1 = GREAT!!

Have had a good first day!! Weather was great. Sunny skies and no rain. The campers got to enjoy the pool and the 50's Rock and Roll Rally. All the campers are doing just great even those who had shaky start. Chicken patty and tater tots for dinner. YUM! The day ended with campfire. Campers are at their dorms meeting new friends, sharing stories and getting ready for lights out. Looking forward to more fun tommorow.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Summertime is quickly approaching which also means that fair time will be here before we know it! The 2010 Orange County Fair will be July 22-25. Entry forms are due to the extension office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2010. A late fee of $10 per head will be assessed to entries received after June 11th. Entries more than one week late WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Entry forms are available under the 4-H section of the Orange County Fair website In addition to entry forms, there is also a list of classes to choose from and auction information available.
If you have questions, contact the Orange Extension Office at 672-1361 or e-mail Kaci Daniel, 4-H Extension Agent ( or Ashley Elgin, 4-H Program Coordinator (
We look forward to seeing you at the fair!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


The Orange County High School 4-H Anglers participated in the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation of VA's State Qualifying Tournament. The tournament was held at Lake Anna on May 23rd. Josh Hunt won the Big Fish award receiving a $50.00 gift certificate from Green Top Sporting Goods. Participants from Orange included:



Tuesday, May 25, 2010


The 5th annual Shenandoah Summer Lamb & Meat Goat Show will be held on Saturday, June 19th at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. The Jackpot Show is open to all 4-H and FFA members. For more information, visit their website:

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Several Hoofmates members attended an equine seminar on new deworming practices and feeding facts for equine disorders. Those in attendance were Eryn Connell, Terry Connell, Ashleigh Ramey, Bryan Ramey, and Jody Ramey. The seminar was sponsored by The Old Waterloo Equine Clinic and the CFC Farm & Home Center.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


If you are mad about science then here is a camp designed for you. A state-wide 4-H summer science camp will be held July 27-30. The camp will take place at the 4-H Center on Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County. Areas included will be Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Biotechnology, and General Science. Some of the hands-on activities will include rocketry, DNA extraction, GPS locating, robotics, and water/lake ecology. A registration form with more information is located on the Orange 4-H website

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hoof Mates Share District Show Results

Congratulations to members of the Hoof Mates Club who showed at Districts this past weekend. They had excellent performances, and results are as follows:

HoofMates Results from the May 8th Northern District Horse Show at Four Oaks Farm.

Ashleigh Ramey on Secret's Out:
3rd - Sr. Hunter Showmanship
3rd - Large Pony Hunter Over Fences
4th - Large Pony Hunter Over Fences
2nd - Large Pony Hunter Under Saddle
3rd - Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences - Pony

Ashleigh Ramey on Bold Liberty:
3rd - Regular Working Hunter Over Fences
1st - Regular Working Hunter Over Fences
2nd Regular Working Hunter Under Saddle
Reserve Champion Regular Working Hunter
2nd - Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences - Horse - Sr. Rider
1st - Hunter Side Saddle

Ashleigh Ramey on Just Dreamin':
1st - Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr.16-19 Go As You Please
1st - Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr.16-19 Walk/Trot/Canter
Champion Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr.16-19
1st - Hunter Seat Equitation - Flat, Horse Sr. 16-19
5th - Hunter Pleasure Showmanship – Sr.

Bryan Ramey on Just Dreamin':
1st - Hunter Pleasure Horse, Jr. Rider, Go As You Please
1st - Hunter Pleasure Horse, Jr. Rider, Walk/Trot/Canter
Champion Hunter Pleasure Horse, Jr Rider
2nd - Hunter Seat Equitation - Flat, Horse Jr. Rider

Bryan Ramey on Touched By An Angel:
1st - Western Pleasure Horse Jr. Rider Go As You Please
2nd - Western Pleasure Horse Jr. Rider Walk/Jog/Lope
Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Horse Jr. Rider
2nd - Western Pleasure Equitation Horse, Jr. Rider
2nd - Working Western Pattern, Jr. Rider

Small Animal Weigh-in Sees Many Entries

More than 150 animals were weighed in Friday for the official start of market hog, lamb, and goat projects for the Orange County Fair. We thank the Orange Livestock Market for the use of their facilities and the parents and 4-H members who made the event run smoothly. Exact numbers of animals are: 79 hogs, 42 lambs, 30 goats. This is in addition to 38 steers weighed in January. It looks like we'll have a HUGE show this year.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Japanese 4-H Youth Want to Stay With YOU this Summer!

There are still a number of Japanese LABO Exchange youth looking for a Virginia host family this summer. Youth range in age from 12-15, and list their "desires in America" as: learn about American food and culture, teach host family calligraphy and origami, try horseback riding and taking care of cattle...the list goes on. We in Orange County can DEFINITELY expose youth to these activities. Won't you consider opening your home?

Both males and females are still on the list waiting for placement. Their hobbies include music and playing instruments, fishing, arts and crafts, cooking, reading, swimming, sports, LEGOS, and more. Please contact the Extension Office for a complete list of youth looking for host families as well as their biographical info. Host families are needed July 22 to August 18.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Crazy Pets Enjoy Great Outdoors During Meeting

Last evening, members of the Crazy Pets 4-H Club ventured down to the creek to see what they could find. As luck would have it, their netting experiences yielded crawfish galore. Though they ran out of time to examine water findings under the microscope, members still enjoyed a great evening outside.

The group will next meet on June 1, 2010, when they will practice their presentations for the fair. All are encouraged to visit with the club during the petting zoo at the Orange County Fair in July!

Friday Last Day to Buy Camp Sweatshirts

Friday, May 7th is the last day to order 4-H camp sweatshirt hoodies. They are $18 each, heather gray, with black and green writing. Bring your money to the Extension Office by Friday if you wish to order. Even those not going to camp this year may order.

Dash for Trash 2010

4-H Clubs: Help clean up Orange County! And have fun and win prizes!!! On Saturday, June 26, 2010, Dash for Trash will be held in the Town of Orange. Teams earn points for various pieces of trash picked up (cigarette butts, dog poo, paper, plastic, etc.) and do a town-wide clean-up on this day. First place wins $200!!! Think of what that could do for your club treasury AND you would be helping the environment and our community.

Contact Orange Downtown Alliance ( or 540-672-2540 to register or for more information.

Hunter Pleasure & Showmanship Clinic to be Held in Orange

Horse club members planning to qualify for the State 4-H Horse Show may do so in a Hunter Pleasure and Showmanship Clinic at Amber Hill Farm on Saturday, June 26th. Registrations may be found online at or by calling 540-854-6136.

Solids, Spots, and Dots Club Hosts Qualifying Clinic for State Horse Show

Members of this club are sponsoring a clinic that qualifies members for the State Horse Show. The clinic will be held Saturday, May 29, at Amber Hill Farm on Rt. 692 in Rhoadesville. This is for Hunter Over Fences competitors and will be with Judge Gegi Winslett. Entries are due May 22; contact or visit the farm's website for more info.

Monday, May 3, 2010


Virginia 4-H All Stars selected from Orange County Clubs for 2009-2010 are Ashleigh Ramey, Garret Chambers, Amelia Harris, and Elizabeth Nixon. Kim Nixon was chosen as an adult Honorary All Star.


The Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships will be held July 26-31 in Clemson, SC. Those chosen to compete from the Orange Equine Clubs are Ashleigh and Bryan Ramey of the Hoofmates Club and representing the Solids, Spots, and Dots Club are Jaclyn Burke and Molly Lumsden. Congratulations to all!


OCHS Anglers, led by Becky Gore and Sharron Wade, held a tournament at Lake Anna on Saturday, April 24th. The results are as follows:

1st Jason Hileman 5 Fish
2nd Devon Bowling 2 Fish
3rd Kevin Beasley 2 Fish
4th B.J. Mullins 3 Fish

1st Devon Bowling
2nd Jason Hileman
3rd Kyle McHenry & Kevin Beasley
4th B.J. Mullins & Austin Mitchell

1st Jarred McGhee
2nd Dylan McGhee

1st Jarred McGhee
2nd Dylan McGhee

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Horse Project Declaration Forms Due Friday

All members with horse projects need to submit an official horse project declaration form to the Extension Office by this Friday at close of business. The deadline is May 1, which falls on Saturday. Also, members are responsible for entering the required information online. See previous e-mails from Celeste Crisman, state equine leader, for more information.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Host Families Needed for Two More Delegates

Two more international exchangees need host families. A young lady from Finland will be arriving at the end of June and will need two host families of three weeks each. A German boy is arriving in mid-September for three months, and he will need three or four host families. If you are available to open your home to these delegates, we would love to hear from you! Orange County has so much to share; think of all the fun you can have.

4-H Camp Teen Counselor Lock-in this Weekend

4-H Camp counselors are reminded of the teen training lock-in this Friday and Saturday. Please contact the Extension Office if you need directions or a list of things to bring. We have some fun activities planned to help you become a better counselor. See you there!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Orange County Fair Poster Art Contest-Deadline Nears

The 2010 Orange County Fair will be held on the grounds of historic Montpelier July 22-25, 2010. This year The Fair Association will sponsor their Annual Art Contest with the theme “Harvesting Memories”. The winner will receive $100.00, have his or her artwork displayed on the fair catalog covers and the fair posters, and have the artwork auctioned at the fair on Saturday evening. For more information visit the Orange County Fair website at The deadline is Friday, April 16th.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Consider Hosting a 4-H'er from Japan!

Several Japanese 4-H youth are still looking for homes in Virginia this summer as part of the 4-H LABO Exchange program. Won't you consider opening your home to these visitors? It's a chance to make a life-long friend.

Some examples of youth who are coming to Virginia include: A 13 year old female who likes painting, tennis, camping, cooking, and drawing, and who wants to serve her host family in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Another girl is 14, likes shopping, tennis, cooking, and playing the piano. While in the U.S. she wants to take care of animals and play sports. A 12 year old boy likes eating, playing video games, and wants to see the Atlantic Ocean.

These are just a few examples; think of the fun your family could have this summer! Contact the Extension Office for more info about hosting. Host families need to have at least one child within two years of age of the visiting child. Host dates are July 22-August 18.

4-H Camp Packets in the Mail!

4-H Camp packets were mailed yesterday, so get ready to choose your classes, mention roommates you would like to stay with, and fill out the Health History paperwork. New this year: we have 4-H hoodies for sale!!! Be comfortable on those cool June summer nights with a neat 4-H camp sweatshirt. Plus, you can use it throughout the year when a camp T-shirt just won't do.

Once you receive your packets, get things filled out and returned to the Extension Office. Classes are filled first come, first served. Your previous order of registration does not matter.

Ramey Wins Full Scholarship for Tuition

CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Hoof Mates member Ashleigh Ramey, who was recently awarded a full tuition scholarship to Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA. Ashleigh plans to pursue degrees related to her top interests: horses and photography. Congratulations, we're proud of you!

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Clarke County 4-H Leaders’ Association would like to invite all Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland 4-H and FFA members to participate in their First Annual Summer Market Lamb and Goat Show to be held Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street in Berryville, VA.

Please contact Kaci at 540-672-1361 or for the Rules and Regulations, Entry Form, and Health Form. Entries are due by June 15th.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Old Magazines Wanted for BGC Art Project

Our friends at the Boys & Girls Club of Orange are looking for old magazines to be used in an art project. If you're looking to recycle magazines you've already read, please considering donating. You can drop them by the club (at old Prospect) or the Extension Office. Thanks in advance!

Hunter Skills Workshop Offered May 13-15 at Holiday Lake

Holiday Lake 4-H Center is offering a great new Hunter Skills Weekend workshop May 13-15, 2010 in Appomattox. Visit for more information. The event is for everyone ages 11 and up (adults, too!) and will feature workshops on game processing, muzzle loading, tree stand safety and more!!! It sounds like a great event. Registrations are due by April 30th.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

State Office Requests Portfolios for National 4-H Congress Applicants

Attending National 4-H Congress is a wonderful opportunity for our senior 4-H members. In order to be considered by the Virginia selection committee, you need to put together a resume and portfolio of 4-H accomplishments. Entries are due April 30, and then a committee will review all applicants and select some for interviews.

National 4-H Congress is held in Atlanta, GA, November 26-30, 2010. Orange County has not sent a delegate in YEARS--why don't you be the first one to go?!? :) Meet 4-H'ers from all over the country. The trip costs you only $20 for a Virginia 4-H polo shirt--all other expenses are paid. Don't let this one get away!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scholarship Available!

Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting applications for college scholarships. Students must be full time and majoring in a subject related to soil and water conservation including but not limited to agriculture, environmental science, biology, forestry and chemistry. Priority will be given to current high school seniors but undergraduate and graduate students may be considered. Applications are available at For more information call Stephanie DeNicola at 540-825-8591. Applications must be postmarked by April 9, 2010. Scholarships are available to residents of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Eco-Ventures Club Invites You to Bike Ride With Them

Members of the Eco-Ventures club will be hosting a bike ride at Montpelier on Monday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. Other 4-H'ers are invited to join them. All participants must wear a helmet and provide their own bike. Call the Extension Office to take advantage of this fun outdoor activity!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fundraising Ideas for Clubs

Clubs looking to raise money for projects may consider Applebee's or T.G.I.Fridays for pancake breakfasts. Charitable groups must supply 2-3 adults, about 15 teens (some 16 or older to work in kitchen), and the orange juice and milk, which you may be able to get donated. Tickets are generally $5 and weekend mornings are selected.

Greene County's 4-H Teen Club is doing this fundraiser April 18th from 7:30-10:00 a.m. at Hollymead Town Center if anyone wants to support their cause and/or attend to get ideas. Contact Greene 4-H Agent Kathy Alstat at 434-985-5236 for more info.

Horse Camp Offered at NOVA 4-H Center

Horse enthusiasts, this one's for you! Our 4-H Center in Front Royal is offering a Horse Camp August 8-12, 2010, for you and your horse. There will be lots to do and lots to learn. Juniors ages 9-13 are invited, and you must bring your own horse. All activities are hands-on. The camp is limited to 35 campers, and the early-bird registration fee is $325 for the week. Don't delay! Visit for more info and registration materials.

Northern District Show for Four Species

Beef, Dairy, Sheep, and Swine project members are invited to compete in the Northern District Livestock Show on Saturday, May 22, 2010, in Culpeper. Entry forms are available from the Extension Office and must be completed and returned by April 16th. This one-day show is for multiple counties and is great practice for summer shows!

Beef Expo Entries Due April 1st

Any youth planning to show at the Virginia Beef Expo need to make sure your entries are mailed by April 1st. Visit for the forms, a schedule, and more.

2010 Beef Queen Contest

The Extension Office received an application packet for the 2010 Virginia Beef Queen contest, to be held in April at the Virginia Beef Expo. If you would like more information, please contact us.

Show Lambs and Pigs Available

Several buyers and sellers have contacted us about 4-H project pigs and lambs.

Horace Garth, Greene County, has plenty of show pigs available for Orange 4-H'ers. Please call 434-981-7600.

4-H'ers Robert and Elizabeth Nixon are selling market lambs. They can be reached at 540-672-7396.

The Goughs in Culpeper/Rapidan have lambs and pigs. Their number is 540-672-5013.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Therapy Animal Visits Crazy Pets Club

Submitted by: Susan Schmidtke, Crazy Pets Club Leader

Our 4-H Crazy Pets Club is off to an exciting 2010! While we missed getting together in February due to the snow, January's meeting was fantastic! Our guest Sally works with Therapy and Service animals and came out to talk with us about all things related. We learned the differences between what it takes to be a Therapy Animal which includes behavioral components and a Service Animal which includes many different task abilities. For example, a Therapy Dog must be very tolerant of noise, touch, and excitement within an environment in order to travel to schools, homes and clinics. Any breed works well provided it has the correct temperament.
A Service Dog must perform the physical tasks a person is unable to do for themselves such as open a door or switch off a light. Certain breeds work better than other due to their size, strength and natural 'dog job' ability.

It was all so interesting! And she brought her own Therapy dog Willoughby! The older members got to talk with Sally about volunteer opportunities in working with people and Therapy animals this summer. The younger members got to take turns reading to Willoughby! What fun! And what a terrific learning experience for our members.

March brought our very own Kaci to our meeting. Kaci is always enthusiastic and has lots of cool games for the members to play. Kaci not only explained to the group what the many opportunities our local 4-H offers, but what they can do on State and National levels as well. Kaci infused the group with her excitement and helped brainstorm objectives for the year. Top of the list? A field trip to the Luray Zoo! Thank you Kaci from all of the Crazy Pets members!

Hope to see you on April 6th when we will be learning about the stages of chickens from chick to hen or rooster including various feather types and lots of different breeds. With live chickens of course! Email tag@thealpacagarden for more info or directions.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Your Window to the World

Four European 4-H'ers are looking for host families in Virginia this summer! Won't you consider hosting? Hosting is an excellent way to make new lifelong friends, and learn about other countries without ever leaving the U.S. Contact the Extension Office for more information about the incoming delegates. There are three females and one male, most in their early twenties, looking for a host family.

Ashley and Kaci have both hosted before, and it's a great experience! Hope to hear from you soon :).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

4-H Congress Information Has Been Released

Senior 4-H'ers (ages 14-18 as of 9/30/10) are encouraged to attend State 4-H Congress, June 14-17 at Virginia Tech! Information is now available and registrations are open. Please contact the Extension Office for a packet.

Congress is for teens only; we will need at least one adult chaperone from Orange (possibly more depending on numbers). You live in the college dorms, attend cool hands-on workshops, have a career fair, observe the All Star tapping ceremony, and much more. There are dances in the evenings, midnight pizza, and very entertaining and informative keynote and capnote speakers.

Congress is a lot of fun! Also consider running for a Cabinet position and be part of the leadership team that plans next year's Congress! See Kaci for more details.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bit & Bridle Members Will Advance to States

Autumn Smith, Kaci Meads, Charlotte Manvell, Delaney O'Donnell and Brooke Bowers represented the Bit & Bridle 4-H Club at the Northern District Horse Weekend this past weekend. Their junior horse bowl team placed fourth overall and earned the right to compete at the state contest in April. Their hippology team placed eighth overall.

Individually, Charlotte Manvell was 6th overall in horse judging. Delaney O'Donnell was 1st overall in horse judging, 2nd individual in horse bowl, and first overall, first in stations, and first in test for Hippology.

Good job, everyone!!! Many thanks to Sarah Barlow, 4-H alumna from Louisa, for coaching the girls in horse judging. :)

Ramey Accepted into Virginia Intermont Honors Program

Congratulations to 4-H HoofMates member Ashleigh Ramey on being accepted into the Honors Program at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol for this coming fall!

Cowan Shares Speech with Livestock Club

Gordon Cowan, a member of the 4-H Livestock Club, presented the following speech during his club's public speaking competition last week. We're happy he was willing to share!

Being successful in the Orange County 4-H Livestock Club is not as hard as you may think, in fact there are many ways to go by being successful in our club. This club is not just about the Orange County Fair and showing animals, its about having fun and taking good care of your animals throughout the year. I have been in the 4-H for five years now, and I will remember all that I have learned for years to come. It is time to pass on part of this information but before I begin let me remind you all that I have shown only one cow and am mostly familiar with hogs. There are three main ways that you can be successful in 4-H. Care, be friendly, and most of all have fun, I follow these three things to the best of my ability and so far I have been successful for five whole years.

Care not only for your animals but for your 4-H. When you are in a meeting you do not have to take notes, but pay attention. For example if you have hogs and the president announces that hog weigh in is May first and you are not paying attention, you could end up missing weigh in and having to either find your own scale or not being able to show. When poinsettia sales come around, try to get some sales and help out the 4-H's savings, every sale counts. Animal care is also important. Make sure that your animals are happy, well fed, and well watered as these are the keys to caring for your animal. Don't think that not spending time with your animals will help you with your show. If you are selling it is best to not get too attached but you should still have the animal know who you are and how you act around it. Keeping a hog happy should include plenty of fresh water, feed, and shade along with the occasional mud-puddle. Caring for your club and your animal is the simplet, most essential part of being in the livestock club and is the absolute least you can do to be successful, but to improve this you can be friendly.

What I mean by this is not having a lot of friends. What I mean is that if there is someone in the 4-H who needs help and you are available and ready to help, you should help them. I learned this my first year with all of the help I received showing my heifer. If you help others, they will help others, and eventually you will find them returning the favor. Having friends is good, but helping them when they need help is even better. Without helping people and receiving the help that I have gotten in my five years of 4-H I may not have been as successful as I have been in this club. Trouble at the fair for me has run anywhere from needing shavings to something as severe as having a friend cut part of his finger cut off. In both situations I would not have made it without help. But the true icing on the cake to being in this club, is having fun.

Having fun is key because the more fun you have with your animals, the more time you will spend with them and thus the better you will show them. Having fun is what makes being in 4-H worthwhile. The more you follow my first two keys, the easier the fun will come to you. My personal favorite part of the 4-H year is the Orange County Fair. Months of work on our animals and we finally get to show them. The Fair week is all about fun in the sun, talking with friends, and spending time with the animals that you have spent all year raising.

The 4-H experience is one that I will never forget. I know it has been five years but it seems like only one. With these three keys you will be able to successfully be a member of the Orange County 4-H Livestock Club. They are simple rules to rely on when trying to be as good of a member as you can. You should remember to always do as much as you can to help out your 4-H, if you are someone who cannot be at many 4-H related functions or excel at selling poinsettias, then you should do something extra at the things you can do. If someone needs help at the fair and you are not busy, help them. It seems nearly impossible to me to be able to go a 4-H year without help, so you should return the favor to those who need it. Support your club, be friendly to all, and remember the most important thing throughout all of this, have fun.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Camp Registrations Going Well

4-H Camp registrations are now being accepted, and numbers are looking good! Be sure to get your forms in if you want to go this year!!!

Consider Hosting a 4-H'er from Japan!

Host families are needed July 22 to August 18 for 4-H youth from Japan who are coming to Virginia. Boys and girls ages 12-16 will visit and want to stay with your family, share your traditions, and see what American life has to offer. Host families with children ages 11-17 are eligible to host. You need not do anything extraordinary or expensive while the delegates are here; simply share your life with them. Please consider this great experience! Contact the Extension Office for a list of available delegates. We have information regarding age, hobbies, allergies, and desires while in the U.S.

Horse Members Fare Well in State Contests

Members of the Bit and Bridle and HoofMates Clubs attended the Block and Bridle Horse Events Weekend recently. Award winners include:

Delaney O'Donnell--Hippology: Junior 4-H High Individual Overall, 1st in junior ID and judging, and 1st place junior exam; Horse Judging: 5th place individual, 1st place junior team performance, and 4th place junior team overall

Autumn Smith--8th place team performance division, 9th place team overall

Ashleigh Ramey--Hippology 1st overall Sr. FFA division, 1st in stations and judging, 2nd in test and slides, 3rd place team, and in Horse Judging: 1st in Halter Division judging, 4th in reasons, and 4th overall FFA Senior

We are so proud of our horse competitors. They have been working hard during these winter months in preparation for various contests.

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Week Countdown...

Next Monday, February 22, is the first day for 4-H Junior Camp registrations!!! Are you excited? We are! "4-H Remembers When in 2010" is this year's theme. Prepare to rock out in the 80s, learn about the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, and sock hop to 50s music. Junior camp will be held June 13-17 in Front Royal. Registrations and $50 deposit are due April 1st, but don't delay because camp usually fills to capacity. Total camp cost is $210 this year; scholarships are available for those with financial need. Brochures will be available online by the end of the week and will be mailed to all of last year's campers. Call the Extension Office (672-1361) to request a brochure be mailed to you.

Bit & Bridle Members Post Impressive Performance at NE District Horse Contests

Pictured, L to R: Delaney O'Donnell, Kaci Meads, Charlotte Manvell

Reported by Charlotte Manvell, B&B Reporter:

Three local 4-Hers participated in the Northeast District Hippology/Horse Bowl on February 13, 2010. The event was held in Hanover, Virginia. The participants are members of the Bit ‘n Bridle Club, Orange County 4-H.

The three girls were Delaney O’Donnell, Kaci Meads, and Charlotte Manvell. As a team they won third place in the Junior Team Problem. Delaney O’Donnell won first place in Junior Slides, Junior Written Test and first place in Junior Hippology overall. Charlotte Manvell won first place in Junior Horse Judging.
For the afternoon’s Horse Bowl event, the 4-H'ers, took fifth place with a total of 12 points.

Congratulations to this team!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Office Closed Friday, February 5th

All Orange County government offices will be closed Friday, February 5, due to the expected snow storm. The Extension Office follows the county opening/closing schedule. Stay safe this weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Help Available for 4-H Record Books

There will be a record book help session the first Monday of each month from now through summer for those who wish to get help with the 4-H record books. Please call the Extension Office to pre-register for these 4:00 p.m. sessions. Dates will be March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7. Please bring your record book, a pencil, calculator, and any questions that you have.

Remember, up-to-date record books are REQUIRED this year when you submit entry forms for the Orange County Fair or the state 4-H horse show. Up-to-date means that all sections to that point must be complete, including feed records, show records to date, equipment inventory, goals, cover page, etc. Photos and the project story do not have to be included, but of course, it's suggested that you do these if possible. Let Kaci know of any questions.

Saturday's District Horse Judging Contest Cancelled due to Weather

The Northern District 4-H Horse Judging Contest scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, has been cancelled due to the forecasted snow storm. There will not be a spring make-up date, though the district horse council may try to host a fall judging event. Also, the horse council meeting for tonight has been cancelled.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Comedy Basketball Fundraiser Postponed to February 19th

The Rockets basketball comedy show scheduled for Sunday has been postponed until Friday, February 19th, in the evening. Tickets already sold will be honored at the door; tickets with the new date will also be printed, so those wishing to buy tickets may still do so.

The decision to postpone was not easy to make, but with the constantly changing weather forecast and concern about the condition of the parking lots on Sunday necessitated a delay. We hope to see everyone February 19th, and thank you for supporting the 4-H TACO (Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange) Program!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Forestry Camp Available to Youth Consider Natural Resources Careers

The Virginia Department of Forestry and its partners are once again offering Forestry Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center, June 14-19, 2010. This active, all hands-on camp for youth ages 13-16 (boys and girls) features a Lumberjack Field Day, a trip to a local papermill, classes in ecology and fire fighting, and much more! Of course, there are also traditional camp activities such as high and low ropes courses, recreation, swimming, and time to make friends from across Virginia. Cost is very low due to much financial support from sponsors. Participants must be nominated, so call the Extension Office if you want to go. Nominations are accepted now through the beginning of April.

Teens Have Outstanding Opportunity Through VCFC

Teens ages 16-19 have an awesome opportunity to learn about business cooperatives, meet teens from across the state, and stay at Graves Mountain Lodge for a FREE weekend, all through the VCFC Youth Leadership Conference! The Virginia Council on Farmer Cooperatives hosts this annual event to help youth learn about the cooperative way of business in Virginia and across the country. Local co-ops sponsor participants, and all of the teens we have sent in the past have reported the conference to be a very worthwhile endeavor. The event dates are April 9-11. Contact the Extension Office by early February if you desire to attend.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Crazy Pets Club Visited by Therapy Dog

Members of the Crazy Pets 4-H Club were visited by Willoughby, a therapy dog, and his human, Sally, at their January meeting. Willoughby is a member of Barks and Books, a reading porgam at the Orange Public Library. Next month members will learn about the many opportunities available in 4-H. Come see what Crazy Pets is all about--first Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Outbound Exchange Opportunities Available, but Act Fast!

If you are a 4-H'er (or young alumni up to age 26) who would like to travel abroad with 4-H, we need to act fast to submit your application. IFYE programs go to Europe, Australia, Costa Rica, and more while LABO goes to Japan. Please contact Kaci for more info. There's only about a week to get the application submitted!

4-H Japanese Exchange Possibilities

Konnichiwa! (That's hello in Japansese.) The Virginia 4-H Japanese Exchange program is currently recruiting families to host Japanese youth this summer. Families with children between ages 11 and 18 are encouraged to consider this worthwhile endeavor. Delegates will be here July 22-August 18 and do not expect any "special" arrangements--simply incorporate them into your daily lives! Please contact the Extension Office for more info about hosting this summer. Thanks!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Today We Remember Denny Wayland, Friend of 4-H

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Denny Wayland, longtime friend and supporter of 4-H, died. Our memories of Denny are fond, and our thoughts are with his family today.

Monday, January 4, 2010

4-H Camp Counselor Applications Available TODAY

If you are age 14-18 and want to supervise and be a role model for younger children in a camp setting, we have an opportunity for you! We are now accepting applications for 4-H Junior Camp Counselors and encourage you to submit your packet before January 29th. Camp counselors are key to our camp success and we need males and females to fill available positions. Camp will be held June 13-17, 2010, in Front Royal. Cost is only $100 for the week and includes all transportation, room, and board. Visit to download an application packet.

Save the Date for the 2010 Anglers Sports Show

OCHS 4-H and Jr. B.A.S.S. Anglers invite you to save the date for their annual sporting show, to be held March 6 and 7 at Orange County High School. There will be many vendors related to all things fishing and gaming, as well as fun booths for the kids and plenty of educational opportunities. Make plans to join them, and stay tuned for more details! To be a sponsor or to assist with the show, please call Becky Gore at 661-4300 (OCHS).

Steer Weigh-in Saturday

Members planning to show or sell a steer at the Orange County Fair this summer are reminded of the annual Steer Weigh-in this Saturday, January 9, 2010, from 8-9 a.m. at Glenmary Farm in Rapidan. Please contact the Extension Office for directions.

All youth planning to tag a steer must have a completed 4-H enrollment packet on file in order to be eligible to nominate a steer.

Learn What the Crazy Pet Club Has Been Up To Lately, and Join Them Tomorrow Night for a Meeting!

Update submitted by Susan Schmidtke, Crazy Pet Club Leader:

The Crazy Pet Club had an exceptional meeting in December! The Orange County Animal Shelter hosted our members and presented important and interesting facts about just what it is our shelter does here in Orange County. Not only does the shelter take in abandoned and surrendered animals, the shelter has vaccination programs, spay and neuter programs and contacts for animal resources to support pet owners during tough times. Our shelter even holds adoption days at Petsmart.

We learned how many animals end up at the shelter each year (1,000+), that our shelter is a 'no kill' shelter and they don't just take in dogs and cats. Ferrets, hamsters, horses and emus have found their way to the shelter. We learned about fostering and many volunteer opportunities such as spend a little time just to play with or read to the cats and dogs!

Animal Control Officer Ginny Strong took the time to explain to our members about animal rights and her job to assist animals who are abandoned or abused. We were able to meet a couple of the shelter animals including 2 week old bottle fed kittens and adorable dogs. One of our families even adopted a dog!

We brought donations of aluminum cans for recycling, old towels and toys for the animals and we got so much in return! It was an evening of giving and receiving, perfect for December.

And to kick off our new year? We are going to meet a certified therapy dog and learn what it took to earn her service vest. I'll bet our member will be surprised to find out which types of animals make terrific therapy and service animals! Care to join us? Come on out! We are meeting at 6:30 on January 5th in Unionville. E-mail the extension office for directions or more info!