Thursday, December 22, 2011

Statewide Teen Weekend Scheduled for March

The sixth annual Statewide Teen Weekend will be held March 2-4, 2012 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational  Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, VA.  The State 4-H Cabinet has worked hard on planning this event and it promises to be the highlight of the season. This event provides an opportunity for teens across the commonwealth to come together for a weekend filled with educational programs and leadership. This year’s workshops include: Team Building, Wacky Science, Yoga, Healthy Snacks, and Table Etiquette.  Participants will also take part in a teen opportunities forum and a service project.  Participants must be 14 years of age by September 30, 2012.

The cost for the weekend is $95.00 and checks must be made payable to the Virginia 4-H Foundation. Space is limited to the first 100. Contact the Extension Office for a registration packet.

International 4-H Teen Exchanges Announced for 2012

4-H teens have the opportunity to travel with nationally organized, chaperoned, cultural immersion travel programs to Australia, Japan and Norway next summer (2012).  Applications are due January 15, 2012.  Please contact the following coordinators for more information, including an application packet. 

Dottie Nelson, for Australia and Norway, email

Judy Ann Fray, for Japan, e-mail:

Essay Contest Yields $1,000 Prize

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps” and the deadline is Feb. 1, 2012. The theme “American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps” presents an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry continues to feed a growing population. Entrants may choose to either write an essay and/or create a video focusing on how today’s growers are overcoming challenges to provide a safe, stable food supply and sustain the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.

The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 8 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. During dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to read the winning essay as well as join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a festive ag celebration. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

All written entries should be sent to: 2012 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to . Students may upload video essays at and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries to the address above on a compact disc. or to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.


Santa Visits Stockman's Team Practice

The Stockman's Team practiced in the Extension Office today and they were surprised with a visit from Santa!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Great Opportunity Announced for Teens Ages 16-19

The Virginia Cooperative Council just posted their 2012 conference brochure.  Teens ages 16-19 as of July 2012 can apply to attend this educational event, held annually at Graves Mountain Lodge.  Conference dates are March 30-April 1, a Friday through Sunday.  At the event, teens will learn about the cooperative business framework, complete group activities, compete for a chance to attend the national NICE contest, and enjoy social opportunities, such as a dance.  Teens from across the state are eligible to attend; we can help find a sponsoring cooperative for you to interview before the conference.  Orange-Madison Coop, Farm Credit, and Rappahannock Electric are just three examples of businesses who have contacted us before.  To view the brochure, click HERE.

State Fair Announces Scholarship Winners

We were notified today of two Orange County winners in the State Fair of Virginia scholarship program. Congratulations to Elizabeth Nixon, who was awarded $1,250 for her Overall Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef and Stella Bradford, who earned $400 for her Supreme 2nd Runner-up Beef Female. Way to go, girls!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Youth Swine Day - Save the Date

The 5th annual Youth Swine Education Day is February 25, 2012 on the campus of Virginia Tech.  They are currently working on the program and welcome suggestions.  More details will follow.

4-H Tree Featured at The Inn at Virginia Tech

The State 4-H Office had the chance to create a special 4-H Christmas tree at the Inn at Virginia Tech this year.  A photo is shown, plus attendees of the Youth Livestock Leadership Weekend saw it in person on Saturday. 



Orange 4-H Well-Represented in Christmas Parade

Several Orange 4-H clubs participated in the annual Orange Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4th.  There was an historical theme regarding Christmas from Revolutionary times through the DuPont era.  Members of the Orange 4-H Dairy Club, Goat Club, and Livestock Club decorated floats for the event.  Congratulations to these groups, and thanks for promoting Orange 4-H! 

We also thank the Orange Rotary Club for assuming leadership of the 2011 event. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dairy Club Donates Handmade Blankets to Orange Sheriff's Office

Members of the Orange 4-H Dairy Club made fleece blankets and donated them to the Orange Sheriff’s Office for use when working with children in emergency situations.  Based on the Project Linus idea, the blankets offer a sense of security to children who have been involved in a car accident, a domestic situation or something else.  Shown are the members with Deputy Jason Covington, as well as Jayden and Haley Coleman and Elizabeth Goodwin preparing one of the blankets.  Great service project, Dairy Club members!

Sheep Day Camp to be Held February 4, 2012

Sheep exhibitors are invited to attend a Sheep Day Camp at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds Saturday, February 4, 2012.  Nutrition, showmanship, health management and a skillathon are just some of the agenda items planned for the event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registrations are due January 18; cost is $15 per participant and all youth will receive an event T-shirt.  A brochure and registration form can be found in the Document Library

Teen Life Skills Program Offered in Fauquier

Fauquier County 4-H has invited Orange youth to participate in a four-session Life Skills program to help teens with decision making, communication, goal setting, stress management and more.  Guest speakers will be business professionals, counselors, a retired football player and more.  The four sessions will be held on the second Saturday of each month, January through April.  Cost is $30 total, and includes a hoodie, handouts and refreshments each session.  Time is from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 

Registrations are due December 30.  Contact Rhonda ( for more information.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

4-H Achievement Night Photos Posted on Facebook

If you missed the 4-H Achievement Night celebration last night, please head over to our Facebook page to see award winners.  Stay tuned here for additional postings of winners.  We are so proud of our Orange 4-H members and volunteers, and we appreciate all the time and energy you invest in Orange 4-H.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Farm Credit Extends Toy Drive Challenge to 4-H Clubs

Farm Credit has issued a challenge to Orange 4-H clubs.  The club that collects the most new, unwrapped toys and brings them to Farm Credit by December 14th will win a pizza party!  The toys will then be donated to Orange’s Children’s Toy Box holiday program.  Please consider this worthy and fun Christmas challenge!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sheep and Goat Project Member Opportunity

The Virginia Sheep Producers Association will be hosting their annual Fall Bred Ewe and Doe Sale on Saturday, December 3, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, VA. Sale begins at 1 pm. Specific details, including on-line catalog with photos can be found at  This is a great opportunity for 4-H families to purchase superior quality breeding stock.  A great way for youth to get into the breeding project and enhance their project educational experience.  The Virginia Junior Sheep Producers Association members are planning a youth targeted educational event.   Any youth in attendance who registers for the credit purchase drawing, will have an opportunity to receive one of (three) $100 credits toward the purchase of any lot in the sale.   

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Complete Results of National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

Congratulations to Elizabeth Nixon, left, for outstanding performance in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Elizabeth was ninth high individual and tenth in cattle.  The Virginia team placed sixth in sheep/goats, fifth in swine, second in cattle and ninth in reasons.  This team will now advance to the contest in Europe in 2012!

Hoof Mates Club Changes Meeting Schedule

The Hoof Mates 4-H Horse Club is moving to a new night!  Please join them on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room of the Sedwick Building.  For additional information, contact Jody at shohntr @ 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Elizabeth Nixon Earns Opportunity to Judge Livestock in Europe in 2012

Congratulations to Elizabeth Nixon, Orange 4-H Livestock Club member, who judged on the Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team that competed in Louisville, KY, this week.  The team placed third overall and has earned a trip to the world competition in Europe next year!!!  Additionally, Elizabeth placed in the Top 10 individuals (everyone was so excited they can't remember if it was eighth place or ninth) and gave two sets of beef oral reasons that scored 47 and 48 out of 50!  We are so proud of Elizabeth and happy that she has achieved this goal she set for herself many years ago.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Tom and Kim Nixon of Rapidan, where the family owns and operates Glenmary Farm, LLC.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Poinsettia forms due tomorrow

Please remember to turn in your poinsettia forms to the Extension Office tomorrow.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Please Share Your 2011 Photos for Achievement Night

We’re making a slide show again this year.  Look through your photos and send us your best shots of 4-H activities for the 2011 year.  E-mail to Kaci or drop by the Extension Office on a CD or jump drive.  We want to include as many people and events as possible!

Achievement Night Award Nominations Added to Website

Nomination forms for the Harry T. Peters, Jr. Award have been posted to the website in the Achievement Night folder in the Document Library.  Please consider nominating a senior-age 4-H member who has provided outstanding service.  Additionally, 2011 high school graduates are encouraged to apply for the county 4-H scholarship in the amount of $500.  Harry T. Peters nominations are due November 18; scholarship applications are due November 21st

Remember, Achievement Night will be held Tuesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the OCHS Auditorium.  All 4-H families are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Livestock Club Delivers Firewood for Service Project

Several members of the Orange 4-H Livestock Club delivered six loads of firewood to a county couple as part of a community service project.  Volunteer Ron Burleson donated the seasoned, split firewood and 4-H members and volunteers made the deliveries.  Adults Tom Gilbert, Patti Knight, Susan Hitt, Ron Burleson and Leonard Sorrell helped lead the event and provide transportation.  Youth contributors were Landon and Skylar Hitt, Garret Chambers, John Michael Knight, Cory and Ian Amos, Diesle Gilbert, and Andrew and Matthew Miller.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Live from Officer Training: Teambuilding Activity

Members of the Goat Club and Dairy Club work together to build the tallest paper tower

Friday, November 4, 2011

Officer Training Moving Next Door to the Middle School

Tomorrow’s 4-H Officer Training from 9:30-12:00 has been moved 100 feet (literally!) to the Wetsel Middle School Cafeteria instead of the Madison High School Cafeteria.  The two schools are practically joined, and they share a parking lot, so this will not be a big change.  There was another school activity scheduled over us.  See you tomorrow, club officers and interested parties!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Community Service Opportunity Cleaning Up the New Fairgrounds

The Orange Fair Board is requesting 4-H’s help to prepare their new grounds.  If you’re available, please join them this Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the new fairgrounds.  Please wear old clothes and you may wish to bring gloves; help is needed to pick up sticks to prepare for grass seed. 


The new fairgrounds are located on Old Gordonsville Road.  From the town of Orange, take Rt. 15 South and turn left on Old Gordonsville Road (next to Real Food and across from the new hotel).  Proceed approximately two miles and the new grounds will be on your right. 


Questions?  Please call Maxine Henry, 672-3676. 

4-H Natural Resources Weekend to be Held January 28-29

Anyone with an interest in wildlife and natural resources is invited to attend the 4-H Natural Resources Weekend January 28-29, 2012, at Holiday Lake 4-H Center in Appomattox.  For a complete brochure and registration form, visit the 4-H website.  Cost is $50 per person and includes workshops, lodging, and meals. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Livestock Club Carves Pumpkins as Service Project for Habitat for Humanity

Members of the 4-H Livestock Club carved pumpkins last week as a 4-H service project.  Pumpkin growers Bob and Beth Wilbanks donated the pumpkins and hosted the event, which attracted more than 20 members and volunteers.  The carved pumpkins were then used as decorations for a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser event at The Inn at Willow Grove this weekend. 

O'Donnell Wins National Horse Judging Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to 4-H Bit N’ Bridle member Delaney O’Donnell, who won the Arabian Nationals Horse Judging Competition in Tulsa, OK, this past weekend!  Delaney placed first in all three divisions – halter, performance, and oral reasons – and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts.  She also received a certificate to attend judges’ school to become a nationally-certified Arabian horse judge.  Delaney has been on the Virginia 4-H Horse Judging Team this fall and we are so proud of her efforts and achievements!!!

Northern District 4-H Horse Judging Contest

Registration information and details for the Northern District 4-H Judging Contest are available. The  contest will be held on December 10th, at Cabin Branch Farm in Orlean, VA. Registration deadline is November 28th! Participants must also bring a signed farm waiver (to be sent out with registration confirmation). If you have any questions, contact Kelly Cody .

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rising Juniors and Seniors Should Consider Governor's School for Agriculture

The Commonwealth of Virginia is looking for the best and brightest high school students to join them at Virginia Tech next summer for the annual Governor’s School for Agriculture.  The month-long residential program will be held June 24 to July 21, 2012, and gives students the opportunity to work with researchers, professors and industry professionals.  Science and economics are major components of the event, but youth will also learn a lot by networking with adults and youth from across the state.  Orange 4-H has had several members participate in the Governor’s School for Agriculture in the past and all have rated the experience VERY highly!  For more information and to find out how to apply, visit

Thursday, October 6, 2011

John Michael Knights Wins at State Fair Open Beef Show

Livestock Club member John Michael Knight competed in the Open Beef Show at the State Fair of Virginia this week.  He exhibited six head of cattle and won 1st, 2nd, and 4th place ribbons in the Angus division.  He showed the Reserve Champion Angus female, Reserve Champion Simmental, and Reserve Champion All Other Breeds heifer.  Congratulations, John Michael!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ashleigh Ramey Wins Hunter Jumper Scholarship

Congratulations to Ashleigh Ramey of the Orange 4-H Hoof Mates Club who recently received the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Zone 3 Hunter College/Trade School Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.00.  Winners were selected based on financial need, academic performance, leadership and equestrian enthusiasm. 


Virginia Association of Fairs Youth Scholarship Contest Announced

The annual Virginia Association of Fairs Youth Leadership Scholarship Contest will be held January 7, 2012, at The Homestead.  Senior 4-H’ers as of 1/1/12 who have participated in and provided service to the Orange County Fair are eligible to participate.  An application, resume and essay are due the first Friday in December.  A total of $7,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded; more information can be found at or by contacting Kaci at the Extension Office. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Remember to Pre-Order Holiday Poinsettias from 4-H

Halloween is probably the holiday on everyone’s mind, but we are now taking orders for holiday poinsettias to be delivered December 1st.  Call the Extension Office or find a 4-H member to order.  Thanks for your support!

State Horse Show Results

Three members of the HoofMates 4-H Club represented Orange County at the 50th VA State 4-H Championship Horse Show this past weekend.  Their results are:


Ashleigh Ramey on Fenway Armani:

            1st – Large Hunter Pleasure Pony, Sr. Rider 1st Go

            1st – Large Hunter Pleasure Pony, Sr. Rider 2nd Go

Champion Large Hunter Pleasure Pony, Sr. Rider

            5th – Hunter Pleasure Pony Classic

            1st – Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, Large Pony, Sr. Rider

            4th – Equitation Pony Classic

            3rd – Hunter Sidesaddle


Colton Peregoy on Falling Moon Cabachon:

            5th – Small Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr. Rider 1st Go


Bryan Ramey on Bold Liberty :

            3rd – Large Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr. Rider 1st Go

            11th – Large Hunter Pleasure Horse, Sr. Rider 2nd Go

            7th – Sr. Hunter Trail

            11th – Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, Large Horse, Sr. Rider

            1st – Sr. Action Photo Contest


Special congratulations to Ashleigh for being chosen as one of the first recipients of a Connie Collier Memorial Scholarship for $1,200!


Fauquier 4-H Beef & Boer Goat Club Presents...........4-H PIG DAY CAMP

4-H Pig Day Camp will be held on October 29th at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds.  Pig Day Camp will focus on the entire pig including feeding, general care, health management, fitting, show day preparations, and showmanship.

Our goals are to share knowledge, information, and experience we have gained from some of the areas finest pig producers, and to send you home with a toolbox full of skills to help prepare you to become a 4-H “Showman with the edge!”

Registration Due by October 15, 2011

For more information:
Phone: 703-754-2780

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

4-H Officer Training Scheduled for November 5th

All 4-H club officers should mark their calendars for an Officer Training Workshop, Saturday, November 5, 2011.  Madison County will host this annual  multi-county event; please plan to be there from 9 a.m. to Noon.  More details will be available soon, once the location is confirmed.  Please keep this important training date in mind as you hold club elections in October. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Delaney O'Donnell Wins State Record Book Competition

Bit N' Bridle Club senior member Delaney O'Donnell took top honors in this weekend's State 4-H Horse Show record book competition in Lexington.  Delaney had a near-perfect book and the judges were especially in admiration of her project story.  Congratulations to Delaney!  She will receive a savings bond award for her hard work.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

District Leader Training Announced

The Northern District All Stars and Leaders Association will be holding 4-H leader training, fair judges training, and association meetings on Saturday, October 22, at the Shenandoah County Extension Office.  Please hold the date.  Registration information will be sent out shortly.  Topics to be covered include “how to keep senior 4-H’ers involved”, “how to work with 4-H officers to run an effective club meeting”, and “photography”  the 4-H project and also a session on fair judging for photography.  Everyone is invited.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Conference Offered Specifically for 4-H Volunteers

Regardless of your volunteer role with 4-H (leader, parent, helper, etc.), you're invited to the Virginia Association of Volunteer 4-H Leaders conference in Winchester, November 19-20, 2011.  A schedule of workshops has not yet been released, but please reserve the date on your calendar.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kids' Fun Run Open to Community

There will be a Kids' Fun Run of 1 mile this coming Saturday, in conjunction with the Orange Farmers Market.  The event starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station on Short Street, and the cost is only $5 per participant up to age 13.  T-shirts and medals will be awarded.  For more information, call Ron at 540.406.0619.

Orange County Fair Confirms 2012 Dates

The Orange County Fair Association confirmed its 2012 dates last evening.  The most notable change is that the fair will be a three-day fair, running from Thursday through Saturday, July 26-28, 2012.  The 4-H auction will still be held Saturday night of the fair; other 4-H events will need to be adjusted for the new time frame.  Clean-up and animal load-out will occur on Sunday, so all families need to attend and participate in clean-up on Sunday.

Please add these important dates to your calendar!  As many are aware, there has been considerable discussion regarding possibly changing the dates of the Orange Fair for future summers.  The fair board will form a committee on September 21st to explore options regarding a different fair weekend in 2013 and beyond.  Once options become available, the Extension Office will survey 4-H members, volunteers and parents for input.

Monday, August 29, 2011

O'Donnell & Team Earn Awards at AQHYA World Championship Show

Congratulations to Delaney O’Donnell of the Orange Bit N’ Bridle 4-H Club.  She and her Virginia 4-H team placed second in performance teams and fourth in horse judging reasons at the 2011 Quarter Horse World Championship Show, held in Oklahoma City in early August.  Way to go, Delaney!  We are so proud of your accomplishments, and this is one of the first times in recent memory that an Orange 4-H’er has competed in a national horse judging event. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Orange Fair Horse Show (or Camels) :)

Hoof Mates 4-H Horse Club members, Ashleigh & Bryan Ramey, participated at the 2011 Orange County Fair Horse Show on July 23rd.  Ashleigh Ramey was Champion in the Walk-Trot Division and Bryan had Champion Pleasure PonyThe duo then visited the Blue Ox and Bryan tested his Camel "jockey" abilities. 

Southern Regionals Results Announced

Congratulations to three Orange 4-H’ers who represented Virginia at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show in Tunica, Mississippi last week.  Delaney O’Donnell of the Bit N’ Bridle Club was fourth high individual in the halter division of horse judging.  Ashleigh Ramey of the Hoof Mates Club was 2nd in hunter-type geldings, 11th in hunter under saddle, 11th in pony working hunter, and 12th in equitation over fences.  Bryan Ramey, also of the Hoof Mates Club, was 11th in hunt seat equitation on the flat.  Congratulations to these hard-working 4-H members who braved the extreme Southern heat and had a great showing.  Next year’s Southern Regionals will be in Perry, Georgia. 


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Virginia State Fair Livestock Dates and Deadlines

Dr. Paige Johnson Pratt reminds youth exhibiting at the Virginia State Fair that the weekend livestock will show has been moved from previous years.  The meat goats will show the first weekend, October 1 & 2 while the beef, sheep and swine will show the second weekend of the fair, October 7-9.  Below is a list of entry deadlines by species:

Swine: August 1

Sheep: August 15

Meat Goats: August 15

Beef: August 29

Only online entries will be accepted.  To enter please visit


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Local Food Bank Benefits from 4-H Service Project and 4-H Project Animals

The Love Outreach Food Pantry will receive a donation of several hundred pounds of pork next week as the result of a generous donation from Wise Services & Recycling of Culpeper and a service project by the Orange 4-H Livestock Club.  The food pantry reports that their seven freezers are nearly empty, so this comes at just the right time.

Jesse & Janet Wise donated four hogs purchased in the Orange County Fair 4-H Auction last weekend, and the livestock club members raised money to pay for the processing of these hogs.  The livestock club's Kiss-a-Cow contest was based on a similar 4-H event in another county.  4-H volunteer Ron Burleson, ag agent Steve Hopkins, and Chamber of Commerce director Barbara Bannar were in a contest to see who got the most "votes" by collecting spare change in jars during the fair.  On Saturday night, it was announced that Steve Hopkins had received the most donations, so he had to kiss a cow in the sale ring on Saturday night.  The proceeds are now being used to ensure that Orange County residents have access to fresh, high-quality pork through the Love Outreach Food Pantry.

Congratulations to Kim and Elizabeth Nixon for spearheading the Kiss-a-Cow fundraiser, and many thanks to Wise Services & Recycling for their generous donation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

HoofMates win at Louisa Ag Fair Horse Show

Several members of the HoofMates 4-H Club attended the 2011 Louisa County Agricultural Fair Horse Show on July 9th.  Their results are as follows:

·         Bryan Ramey on Fenway Armani – Youth Hunter Pleasure Champion

·         Ashleigh Ramey on Fenway Armani – Hunter Pony Champion

·         Bryan Ramey on Bold Liberty – Open Hunter Pleasure Champion

·         Ashleigh Ramey on Fenway Armani – Open Hunter Reserve Champion

        Side Saddle Champion

·         Eryn Connell on Buttercup – Open Western Pleasure Reserve Champion

·         Ashleigh and Fenway Armani were the Reserve High Point for the day.  Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Announcing Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic Services

There's a new healthcare facility in town and we want to make sure our 4-H families are aware! Many of you received information at last week's camp check-in, but in case you didn't...

Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic provides services to adults living in Orange, Madison, Culpeper and Greene Counties and children from anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Adults and Children that receive Medicaid, FAMIS or FAMIS Plus are eligible.  The clinic also provides service to the uninsured. Residents who believe they are eligible must schedule an eligibility screening to determine if one qualifies. PRDC asks that you bring proof of residency and proof of household income for one month.  For those that qualify, and are uninsured the initial appointment fee to covers exam and x-rays will be $35. Please visit our website for more information or call us at 540.661.0008 with any questions you may have.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Local Youth Invited to Blacksburg-area Livestock Show

Montgomery County 4-H is hosting a livestock show on Tuesday, August 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on the campus of Virginia Tech. 4-H members are invited to show their sheep, hogs, goats, beef steers and heifers. Leaders can contact or 540-382-5790 for show rules and entry information.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Camp is over but the memories will last a lifetime

Thank you to all the campers, teens, adults and summer staffers for a great camp! See you next year!

Camp may be over but the memories will last all year!

Thank you to all the campers, teens, adults and summer staffer for a great camp!  See you next year!


Kelly Mallory
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
P.O. Box 10, Madison, VA 22727
Phone (540)948-6881   
FAX (540)948-6883

Madison 4-H News
We are located on Main Street in the War Memorial Building, 2nd Floor

4-H --- Head, Heart, Hands and Health

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Elizabeth Nixon Wins State FFA Public Speaking Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth Nixon of Rapidan who won the Virginia FFA Public Speaking contest in Blacksburg this week.  Elizabeth’s speech, delivered in Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech, earned her a trip to the national contest in Indianapolis, IN, this fall.  We are so proud of you!  It was also nice that the livestock judging team was in town for their contest and they were able to watch the competition, too.  Way to go, Elizabeth!  (Elizabeth serves as President of the Livestock Club and was tapped as a 4-H All Star this month.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The DANCE is in full swing!

What a great day to be at 4-H Camp!

Today is the perfect day at 4-H camp. It's was cool and sunny this morning and classes were in full swing. The horse basic class rode horses today. Rocketry started shooting off their rockets and the kids in canoeing are super anxious about the "flip" tomorrow. Last night we had Minute to Win It, you should have seen the kids doing those crazy games. This year our lunches are featuring local produce. Today we had the biggest blackberries I have ever seen. Looks like a great afternoon for swim and rec. Our lodges will be filled with excitement because tonight is "the dance". Our last night of campfire will help campers create memories that will last a lifetime! 444444….HHHHH!
Posted by Picasa
Posted by Picasa
Posted by Picasa
Posted by Picasa
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What a Day!

Just as we broke for afternoon activities, some unwelcome visitors rolled into camp. Storm clouds! The first group at swimming was able to get wet in the pool, but that's about it! The storm was fast-moving, and we all took shelter, but swimming was not to be in the schedule for today. Campers received an extra hour of free time in the dorms and had a chance to get to know their new friends better.

Tonight's evening program more than made up for the loss this afternoon. Minute to Win It games were a HIT and got many, many campers involved in tasks such as stacking seven cupcakes on their forehead, resting dice on a popsicle stick held in their mouth, and knocking empty cans off a table by shooting rubber bands. Our adult volunteers served as game hosts and did a fantastic job of motivating the crowds. It's been hard to concentrate on this post because there is so much enthusiasm and cheering going on!!!

The Great Bears put together a memorable campfire experience last night and the teens had a funny house-building skit. The pack cheers have been a real hoot - especially that of the owls (pun intended) - and we're looking forward to another great event tonight.

The Sun is Shining and Fun is Everywhere!

Tuesday has started out great! The sun is shining and the heat is rising. WATER and sunscreen will be a priority today. Maybe Captain Health will visit us a lunch for an H2O reminder!! Campers are in classes and busy learning new things. Check out this photo from the Day Spa classes and their homemade pore cleaning strips.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Great Day of Camp Comes to an End!

The sun came out and the fun did too!!. Campers enjoyed time in the pool and on the rec fields this afternoon. After dinner, everyone headed out to the 4-H Camp Carnival! Teens and staff manned the booths and campers tried their luck at the duck pond, quarter drop, dunk booth and more. The day ended with another great campfire.

Day is Done, Gone the Sun...

The misty skies of this morning are long gone, but so is the afternoon sun for that matter. We had two great hours of swimming and recreation this afternoon, plus one of the best lunches the 4-H Center has served! Grilled chicken breast pita pockets with lettuce and tomato, herb-roasted potatoes, and fresh cherries! The Center is participating in a fresh local foods program and our campers are the ones who benefit.

Tonight's special program was a carnival, and it would have given a commercial outfit a run for its money! Lil K (Madison Extension Agent Kelly Mallory) planned a series of more than 20 carnival booths with many games and prizes. Putting a 4-H camp spin on popular games, we saw push-light bean bag tosses to mimic darts, a reverse dunk tank in which counselors received good soakings, ping pong toss to win Swedish fish instead of live goldfish, and a snack walk instead of a traditional cake walk. Other booths gave tickets as prizes, and those tickets could be turned in for a chance on bigger prizes. Brandon won $25 cold, hard cash, Hunter chose movie tickets, Josh earned a McDonalds gift card, and Zach chose to put a pie in the face of a staff member of his choosing tomorrow night. Laurel will be treated to a delivered dinner from town!

The teen counselors did an outstanding job of leading campfire, with fun, energetic songs, a wild and crazy them-thar story, and a visit from Captain Health in his stunning red cape as he reminded campers to wear sunscreen everyday and be safe around the pool. The campers pass along the message that they love you and miss you, but we are all having a great time and enjoying a great camp!

4-H Campers Have Class!

It's a "classy" bunch here at the Center. Here are some glimpses of what's been happening this morning. The woodworkers have sanded all their wooden pieces and will be ready to start building tomorrow. Day Spa participants made stress-relieving balloons and created skits about proper stress management. The cheerleaders had a cardio workout before learning their routines, and GPS students are learning to map waypoints and use their receivers.
In T-shirt art, they prepared for next week by making Independence Day celebration shirts. Throwing skills and the rules of the game were on the agenda for Ultimate Frisbee and basketball players worked hard, but fought somewhat of a losing battle due to basketballs that wouldn't hold air very long - we're working on that! Young fishermen and women had good luck (or should we say, skill) with catches, and the knitting group got started with their stitches.
The weather's cool, the skies are overcast, but the 4-H spirit is raging! We're having fun...hope you are, too! E-mails are pouring in - literally - but please remember to keep them positive and upbeat so our campers feel encouraged to be here!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Little Rain Doesn't Dampen Our 4-H Spirit

So the rain did come, but we had a great time anyways. The campers had time for some free swim, and after a popcorn snack, they headed back to change. Great Bears Dimples and Bigfoot led a rousing campfire ceremony, including a new 4-H Camp song: Yo' Mama Don't Wear No Socks. Be sure to ask about this one when your campers return home. Check out this photo for a glimpse of the fun we are having!

Camp 2011

Camp 2011 is in full swing!  We had a great dinner of chicken tenders, mashed taters, fruit & cookies.    Campers are in the midst of swim test and eagerly waiting for the pool party.  The skies are a little cloudy but that won’t dampen their spirit.  Looking forward to a great campfire!

Friday, June 17, 2011

District 4-H Dairy Judging Contest - July 1

The 2011 Northern District 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will be held on Friday, July 1st in Augusta County. The contest will be hosted by Heiz Acres and Janney Holsteins. Check-in will begin at 9:00 AM at Heiz Acres and the contest will start at 9:30 AM. The contest is expected to conclude at 1:30 PM.

Teams will consist of three or four members. When four members are entered, the three members with the highest individual scores will be used for the team score. All contestants will judge two classes of Brown Swiss at Heiz Acres and four classes at Janney Holsteins. Divisions are available for juniors and seniors. Participants should bring their own lunch. Drinks and ice cream will be provided. To register please send an email to by noon on Thursday, June 30. There will be no registration fee.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dairy Club Announces Pretty Animal Contest Theme

The Dairy Club sponsors the annual Pretty Animal Contest at the Orange County Fair, and they recently announced this year’s theme. 

“Country Living”

Consider this when planning your costume for the event.  Good luck!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

URGENT! Host Families Needed for Final 4 Exchangees

Four international 4-H delegates to Virginia still need host families this summer – can you help???  We still have four delegates left who need placement -- two males and two females.

·         Raphael (male, age 18) from Austria needs two host famlies:  June 26 to July 17; and then July 7 to Aug. 7.

·         Pirmin (male, age 24) from Switzerland needs two host families:  June 26 to July 17; and July 17 to Aug. 7.

·         Kristina (female, age 19) from Austria needs one family:  July 31 to Aug. 19.

·         Neele (female, age 19) from Germany needs one family:  Oct. 23 to Nov. 13.

As you can see, time is of the essence, especially since the two boys are ARRIVING IN ONLY 2 WEEKS!  If you can host a delegate, or you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Virginia IFYE Coordinator Dottie Nelson at 276-617-1065 or e-mail  All of these delegates speak wonderful English and are looking forward to learning about the American way of life and truly being a family member.

June Hoof Mates Meeting Cancelled

Due to the extensive activities surrounding this time of year when school lets out, the Hoof Mates meeting scheduled for June 8th has been cancelled.  Enjoy an extra night with your family!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Community Service Opportunity: Dash for Trash

Dash for Trash is back again this year.  Have fun and help clean up the Town of Orange, and win cash prizes of up to $200 for your 4-H club!  The event will take place Saturday, June 18, and is sponsored by the Orange Downtown Alliance (click for more info).  Everything will be provided:  gloves, vests, bags, water, and even breakfast for all participants!  Please call 672-2540 or 672-0790 to register a team.  Last year participants collected nearly five pick-up loads of trash. 

Record Book Workshops Scheduled to Help Members Complete Required Books

Don’t forget that 4-H project animal record books must be up-to-date in order to show at the Orange County Fair, or at the time of state show entry for members with horse projects.  Record book workshops have been scheduled for Friday, June 17, from 9-10 a.m. and Tuesday, June 21, from 4-5 p.m. at the Extension office.  Please call the office to pre-register; these workshops are open to any 4-H’ers and/or parents and will provide time to work on record books, ask questions, etc.  Please take advantage of these opportunities to get help with your record book. 

Orange 4-H Program Featured on the County Schools' Website

Orange 4-H’s Kindergarten Dairy Day for Orange Elementary is featured on the Orange County Public Schools’ website today.  Visit to learn about the trip and see Orange 4-H’er and Virginia Dairy Duchess Molly Elgin with Kindergarten students. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shooting Education Camp Offered at Holiday Lake 4-H Center

There is still time for youth to register for the annual Virginia 4-H/NRA Shooting Education Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center, August 14-18, 2011.  The camp will include courses in shooting safety education, shooting fundamentals and theory, marksmanship instruction and a competitive shoot.  Cost is $220 for the week (slightly more for muzzle loading and shotgun) and includes meals, lodging, insurance, instruction, ammo, awards, and a camp T-shirt.  The camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 with interest or experience with firearms.  Registration and payment are due by July 15; please contact the local Extension Office for a brochure. 

FW: OCHS gets the trophy again

The four Orange County High School 4-H Angler teams of two anglers each captured the Virginia State High School Fishing Championship sponsored by The Bass Federation of Virginia.  The tournament was held at Buggs Island, Boydton, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, and attracted teams from North Carolina and Virginia.  Buggs Island is a new lake for the Orange team and the members did extremely well in their pre-fish evaluation.  Three out of four Orange teams  caught their limit of five fish. 

Dylan McGhee caught the big fish (the tie breaker) for all teams across both states, a 4+ pounds largemouth bass on a  green pumpkin carolina rig. He and his partner Franklin Marrs tied for  4th place in the Virginia standings with a total bag weight of 8.46 lbs.  Michael Sidle and Steven Mundell had a total weight of 8.46 lbs. for their five fish.   Kasey Henshaw and Austin Clore caught 4 fish for a total of 5.79 lbs.  Devon Bowling and Austin Mitchell had nearly 9.6 lbs, but were penalized most of that weight due to a mix up in weigh-in time.   The top three teams for Orange accounted for 22 lbs. and thus brought home the championship trophy for Orange.  All those who participated may advance to the World Finals in Russellville, Arkansas, the end of July.   Adult boat captains  Wayne Dorman, Brian Green, Guy Davis, and OCHS Sponsor - Becky Gore volunteered their time to get these youngsters on the water.   



Shenandoah Lamb and Goat Show June 18 in Woodstock

The Lebanon Church 4-H Club (Shenandoah County) and the Shenandoah Valley Lamb and Goat Breeders Association are co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Shenandoah Summer Prospect Lamb and Meat Goat show on June 18 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.  Registration information can be found here:


Congratulations to Nancy Lawler, Unit Administrative Assistant, who won the state Meritorious Support Award from Extension honor society Epsilon Sigma Phi.  Nancy was recognized at the Virginia Extension Service Association meeting last week at Sweet Briar College with an engraved plaque and a beautiful flower arrangement.  Nancy has worked for Extension for 34 years and most everyone who comes in contact with our office knows that she is the heart and soul of the office.  From answering the phones to greeting visitors with a smile, Nancy will always go the extra mile to find information or publications, help a 4-H member complete an application, register clients for an event, or serve as a go-to person for information and answers.  She puts in long hours, shows excellent attention to detail, and provides outstanding support and service to colleagues in the office.  Please congratulate Nancy on her award the next time that you see her! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NOW TAKING PLACE: Summer Workshops and Volunteer Sign- ups

Don’t forget to register to participate or volunteer with Orange County 4-H this summer! Registrations are quickly filling up and payment is due no later than June 1st! As always, volunteers are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t offer such wonderful programs without the support and generosity of Orange County Volunteers!

Stop by the Orange Extension Office today to fill out and register for our summer programs! To see a list of the summer workshops being offered, visit the Orange County website at

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 State Fair Youth Nomination Locations

The 2011 Youth Nomination Location Schedule for the 2011 State Fair of Virginia has been released. All youth who are showing in Market Lamb, Commercial Ewe Lamb, Youth Market Goat and Youth Market Beef will need to officially weigh and nominate any animals they plan to show. We are fortunate to have a site right here in Orange: Glenmary Farm on Monday, June 20, at 9:00 a.m.
A mailing has been sent to those youth that have previously shown in the youth sheep show and all those that nominated either sheep or cattle last year. This is the same process as in years past. All market animals (beef, sheep, and goats) need to be nominated in order to be eligible to show. Please make sure that this list gets distributed to those in your county or area that might have an interest in showing at the 2011 State Fair Youth Market shows.

Clarke County Leaders' Association Summer Market Lamb and Goat Show

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 Second Annual Summer Market Lamb and Goat Show to be held Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street in Berryville, VA. Rules and Regulations, Entry Forms and Health Forms are available by contacting the Extension office. Entries must be postmarked by June 25, 2011. NO Late entries, faxed entries, or emailed entries will be accepted this year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

4-H Intermediate Congress Applications Now Being Accepted

4-H members ages 11-13 as of September 30th are eligible to attend Intermediate Congress at Virginia State University. This three-day event will provide participants a taste of what State 4-H Congress is like, allow you to meet 4-H friends from other counties, attend workshops, build leadership skills, and have FUN! Stay on the campus of VSU in Petersburg (in air-conditioned dorms!) and do this all for just $50. Contact the Extension office if you're interested in going; adult chaperones are needed also!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Small Animal Weigh-in Posts Big Numbers

The small animal weigh-in for Orange County Fair market projects was held yesterday at the Orange Livestock Market. 4-H members nominated 14 goats, 37 lambs, and 80 hogs! Looks like we will have another big fair this summer. The Extension staff thank the volunteers who helped us handle and tag the animals, especially Tony Rogers, Jim Miller, and Patti Knight.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Madison Invites Orange to Hippology Contest

Madison 4-H has invited Orange to participate in their beginner-level Hippology contest on May 19 at 5:00 p.m. for those with an interest in horses.  The contest will feature breeds, feeds, a quiz, identification of skeletal parts and equipment.  Judging will not be included in this contest.  Please RSVP to Kelly Mallory at 540-948-6881 if you plan to attend so that she can order pizza for dinner. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

The SUMMER WORKSHOP List has Arrived!!!

Have some “Fun in the Sun” with Orange 4-H this summer! Check out the summer workshop list on the Orange County 4-H website at! Don’t delay, the workshops fill up quickly! Registration and payment is due June 1st!


Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! If you would like to volunteer with some of our programs this summer, stop by the Orange Extension Office to fill out a volunteer form and join us in creating exciting adventures for youth in our community this summer!



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Goat Day Camp Offered in Fauquier in June

Orange 4-H livestock and goat exhibitors are invited to a June 25 Goat Day Camp at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds.  Hosted by the Fauquier 4-H Beef and Boer Goat Club, the event will feature sessions on animal health and nutrition, selection and management of your show goat, a showmanship clinic, and a skillathon.  Members are encouraged to bring their own goat for this event.  Cost is $15 per youth and includes a T-shirt, lunch, workshop materials and prizes.  For more information, e-mail Rhonda Williams at  Registrations are due June 1st


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kids' Day Planned at Farmers' Market

One of Orange’s Master Gardeners asked that we share with you information about Opening Day and a special kick-off celebration for the Orange Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 7th.  The market will be set up on Short Street, next to the train station, right in downtown Orange.  Kids’ Day will feature face painting, balloons, baked goods, fresh produce, flowers, plants, and a planting activity for kids.  Make sure you plan a visit between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and keep the Orange Farmers’ Market in mind every Saturday until October. 

Friday, April 15, 2011


There are only a few vacancies left before Family Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center is fully booked for summer 2011!
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity, sign up today!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Costa Rican & Norwegian Teen Boys Need Host Families

Virginia 4-H has several Costa Rican and Norwegian boys (ages 15 to 18) who need host families for the following dates:
Costa Ricans: June 17 to July 16
Norwegians: June 29 to July 27

This is a great opportunity to bring the world to you, mutually sharing customs, culture and ideas. For U.S. students studying Spanish at school, this might be a good chance to practice language skills. Those hosting Norwegians may learn some of that language, too.

True Blue Cloverbuds and Livestock Club Join Forces for Community Service Project

Members of both clubs will help tend and reestablish flower beds at Unionville Elementary School on Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the school.  Livestock Club members are needed to assist the Cloverbuds in their work and handle some of the more difficult tasks.  The project will count as a community service project requirement for livestock members to show at the fair this summer.  Volunteer Jennifer Bryington is chairing this project. 

Bit N' Bridle Youth Perform Well at State Equismartz Weekend

By Charlotte Manvell, Club Reporter 

On April 8th and 9th, the Orange County Bit N’ Bridle 4-H club participated in the EquiSmartz State Hippology and Horse Judging Contest. Three members participated in this event: Kylie Kincaid, a Junior; Charlotte Manvell, a Junior; and Delaney O’Donnell, a Senior. We are pleased to share their results.

Delaney participated in the presentation contest and received 7th place for her Cleveland Bay Horses presentation.

For the Hippology Contest:

Kylie (Junior): test and slides, 7th place team; stations, 8th place team; judging, 4th place team; team problem, 7th place team; and 7th place team overall. (Kylie formed a team with Warren County ) 

Charlotte (Junior): judging 8th place team. (Charlotte participated with the Nokesville 4-H Club)  Delaney (Senior): test and slides, 4th place individual, 9th place team; stations, 10th place individual, 9th place team; judging, 2nd place individual, 9th place team; team problem, 9th place. Delaney placed 3rd overall and her team received 9th place overall. (Delaney formed a team with the Louisa County Young Riders)

In the world of EquiSmartz Horse Judging, the results were as follows:

Kylie received: 9th place in individual performance judging, 5th place with her team; team reasons, 2nd place team award; and 5th place overall with her team. (Kylie competed as part of the Warren County team )Charlotte received: 8th place for team reasons; and 7th in the team performance division.  Delaney received: 9th place in halter judging individual, 8th place team halter judging; 8th place performance judging individual, 7th place with her team; team reasons they received 7th place; in overall judging her team received 8th place. Delaney received 8th place overall as an individual, giving her the opportunity to be a member of the Virginia State 4 H Horse Judging Team.

Congratulations to all Bit N’ Bridle members who participated in the EquiSmartz Hippology and Horse Judging Contest.

Please click HERE for the club’s own blog and a photo from EquiSmartz. 

Bit N' Bridle Club Reports on District Contest Achievements

On April 2nd, three members of the Bit N’ Bridle 4-H Club traveled to Ruckersville to compete in the Northern District 4-H Hippology & Horse Bowl Contest. Delaney formed a team with the Louisa County Young Riders, Charlotte formed a team with the Nokesville 4-H Club, and Kylie formed a team with Warren County.

In the Junior Hippology division, Charlotte and the Nokesville 4-H Club team placed 5th in Test and Slides, 5th in Stations, 4th in Judging, and 5th Overall, while Charlotte placed 10th in individual judging.

Also in the Junior Hippology division, Kylie placed 1st in individual Stations, while she and the Warren County team placed 6th in Test and Slides, 1st in Stations, 5th in Judging, and 3rd overall.

In the Senior Hipppology division, Delaney placed 1st in Test and slides, 2nd in Stations, and 2nd overall. She and the Louisa Young Riders placed 5th in Test and Slides, 4th in Stations, 2nd in Judging, and 4th Overall.In Senior Horse Bowl, Delaney finished as the 3rd place individual, and she and the Louisa Young Riders were the 6th place team.

In Junior Presentations, Charlotte earned a Blue Danish Ribbon for her presentation on Gerbils, and Delaney also earned a Blue Danish Ribbon in the Senior division, for her presentation on the Cleveland Bay Horse.

4-H Alumna Continues to Achieve in Equestrian Events

Ashleigh Ramey, alumna of the 4-H Hoof Mates Club, won her Novice Equitation on the Flat class at the IHSA Zone Championships on April 2nd in Sewanee, TN.  She will now be attending the IHSA National Championships in Lexington, KY, May 3-8.  Good job, Ashleigh!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CONGRESS DEADLINE... Friday, April 22nd

State 4-H Congress is held the week of June 20th - 23rd on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, VA. The cost is $185.00 this year and to attend you must be a current 4-H member age 14- 18! The theme: 4-H on Fire: This is why we’re hot will be celebrated all week to show 4-H spirit throughout the state! The Congress Delegate packet is now posted to the Orange County website at, All registrations to attend Congress are due by Friday April 22nd!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Summer Camps: CSWCD has 4 openings for two week-long summer camps for high school students from our member counties. Forestry Camp is held in June and Youth Conservation Camp is held in July. CSWCD pays the full cost of camp, with students paying a small deposit of $25 or $60. For information, visit the District website,, and click on Summer Camps

Scholarships: CSWCD awards up to $3,000 in college scholarships each year to high school seniors as well as undergraduate and graduate students that are majoring in a field related to conservation that live in our member counties. The number of scholarships awarded year varies but each scholarship is usually $500-$1,000. For more information, visit the District website,, and click on Academic Scholarships

Anglers Announce Club Standings for Fish Caught

The OCHS 4-H Jr. BASS Anglers have announced their current tournament standings for club members.  In order of total pounds of fish caught in the last 16 tournaments, winners are as shown:

Devon Bowling 34.13 

Kevin Beasley 31.37 

Dylan McGhee 30.79 

Franklin Marrs 30.61 

Austin Mitchell 22.75 

Money Bags Tiblin 18.98

Tyler Pritt 13.84 

Jacob Dodson 11.78 

Austin Clore 8.44 

Steven Mundell 8.11 

Kasey Henshaw 7.58     

Monday, April 11, 2011

Next Glenwood Meeting Announced

The next Glenwood Livestock Show meeting has been announced:  Monday, May 9, Warrenton Farm Credit.  Leaders are asked to bring youth evaluations to the meeting. 

Six Japanese Boys Need 4-H Host Family for July 24-August 20

Local families have a wonderful opportunity for an international experience this summer without leaving the comfort of your home!  Six Japanese boys ages 12-14 still need host families as part of the 4-H LABO exchange program.  Host homes must have a boy within two years of the Japanese student’s age.  Here is an example of a youth who hopes to visit the U.S. this summer:

                14-year old boy, enjoys basketball, reading, listening to pop music; wants to live in different culture, see the great outdoors, play basketball, BBQ, fish, attend a county fair, possibly go camping; talkative, laughs a lot, intermediate swimmer, favorite subject is P.E.; cannot be in a home with indoor cats

To host a Japanese youth, please contact the Extension Office at 672-1361.  Think of what a summer 2011 could be – one for the history books because of a great experience as a 4-H host family!

Orange Farm Bureau Announces Scholarship Winners

Orange County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that two “Taking Pride in Agriculture” scholarships will be awarded this year. Only one scholarship was planned, but in a field of outstanding applicants the top two came to a tie. The scholarship committee decided that rather than split the funds, full $1,000-scholarships will be awarded to both Coty Goodwin and William “Marty” Harris. Congratulations to both students and we wish them the best as they begin their studies at Virginia Tech.

This year's applicants for the 2011 “Taking Pride in Agriculture” scholarship were all superb students, making it a difficult process to narrow the list down. Thank you to all who applied.

The Orange County Farm Bureau scholarship is for high school seniors who have applied to a college or university with the intent of pursuing a degree in an agriculture related field. A committee judges the applicants using a 100-point system that awards 15 points for 4-H and Farm Bureau involvement, 10 points for extracurricular activities, 20 points for an essay and 35 points for scholastic ability (weighted  based on the difficulty of the student’s chosen course load). Finalists are invited for an interview with the scholarship committee which contributes the final 20 points to the score.

For more information about Orange Farm Bureau, call 540-672-3447.

Additional Glenwood Show Results Announced

Congratulations to Livestock Club members who competed in the Glenwood Park Livestock Show in Leesburg on Saturday.  Robert Nixon earned the title of Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman, and he also had the Reserve Champion Angus Heifer.  Elizabeth Nixon’s steer was Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer, and John Michael Knight exhibited the Champion and Reserve Champion Simmental Heifers.  As previously mentioned, Stella Bradford had the Champion Crossbred Heifer and Reserve Grand Champion Heifer of the show.  Jake Koontz and Brooke Fleming also competed in the steer division.  Way to go, Orange 4-H!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Members Win at Two Separate 4-H Contests

Delaney O'Donnell and Stella Bradford had great accomplishments in 4-H this weekend.  Delaney, a member of the Bit N' Bridle Club, competed in the state Equismartz weekend for horse project members.  She was in presentations, hippology and horse judging contests and she made it onto the state horse judging team.  This means she will represent Virginia 4-H in various contests around the country later this fall.  Way to go, Delaney!

A number of Livestock Club members exhibited at the Glenwood Park Livestock Show in Leesburg on Saturday, and Stella Bradford's heifer named Diamond was named Champion Commercial Heifer and Reserve Grand Champion of show.  Congratulations!

Remember, all 4-H'ers, keep us posted on your achievements - we love to share them with the Orange 4-H family!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The Virginia Beef Queen Contest will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo.  Three scholarships will be offered in the amount of $500.00 for the winner, $300.00 for the runner-up and $200.00 for third place.  The Virginia Beef Queen will represent the Cattle Industry at various events throughout the year.  To learn more and for an entry form click here 

Monday, April 4, 2011

District Livestock Show Reminder: Entries Due April 15th

April 15th is not just tax day, it’s also the day that entries are due for the District Livestock Show in Culpeper.  Entry packets are available on the Orange 4-H website in the document library. 


District Contests Winners Recognized

Orange 4-H was well-represented in this past weekend’s District Contests.  Share-the-Fun talent, presentations, and public speaking individuals competed, as well as team horse events in quiz bowl and hippology.  Equine project youth will advance to the state Equismartz competition this coming weekend in Lexington, and senior competitors have the opportunity to advance to State 4-H Congress in Blacksburg in June.

Blue ribbon winners at districts included Lorynn Kilby, Jaclyn Phipps, Carly Ann Hanson, Sydney Copperthite, Christina Amoruso, Maiah Daniel, Garrett Ellinger, Aidan Templin, Star Dodson, Victoria Walsh, Mariely Aquin, Baylee Rollins, Christopher Place, Delaney O’Donnell, Charlotte Manvell, Wilhelmina Stover, Sara Bacar, and Victoria Boergermann.  Red ribbon winners were Gabby Rudnick, Brianna Holmes, Stephanie Boergermann, Haley Evans, Garret Chambers, Rebecca Akers, and Taylor Rollins.



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Information on 2011 4-H Intermediate Congress has arrived

Attend 4-H Intermediate Congress the week of July 11- 13th and experience the 4-H spirit statewide on the Virginia State University Campus in Petersburg, VA. The cost is $50.00 this year and to attend you must be a current 4-H member age 11- 13! This year we will be celebrating 4-H through the theme: 4-H Rocks! Those who attend will have the chance to meet 4-H’ers from around the state, attend dances, participate in a variety of workshops, and much more!! If you are interested in attending 4-H Intermediate Congress this year or want to hear more about what happens at Congress, please feel free to contact the Orange Extension Office. The registration packet is now posted to the Orange County website at, All registrations to attend Congress are due by Friday June 17th!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

International Exchange Forum Reminder

Don’t forget that Albemarle 4-H has invited us to a learning session for the 4-H International Exchange program.  Come learn what countries participate, how you can host someone, how you can travel, and hear from previous participants about their experiences.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Office Building at 401 McIntire Rd.  Call 434-872-4580 for more info. 

Virginia Beef Expo Registrations Close March 31st

Youth wishing to show cattle at the Virginia Beef Expo have one more week to submit entries.  Entry forms and a show schedule are posted online.  Click HERE.  The Virginia Beef Expo is held April 15-17 in Harrisonburg at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Additional Source for Lambs, Hogs, and Goats

The 2011 animal breeders’ document on the website was just updated to include a sale in Jefferson County, WV – market hogs, lambs, and goats on Sunday, April 10th

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Volunteer Opportunity: Fair Obstacle Course Coordinator

We are so grateful to Missy Chambers for her years of service as coordinator of the animal obstacle course at the fair, and we’ve pledged to find her a great replacement this year!  We are looking for a coordinator of this fun contest, which entails designing the course of obstacles, setting up and managing the course, and recruiting an emcee, judges, and helpers.  The obstacle course takes place on Sunday afternoon of the Orange County Fair and this is a great volunteer opportunity for young alumni, parents, or even friends of 4-H.  Please contact the Extension Office to offer your support.  Thanks!


Parent-Child Cloverbud Summer Camp Planned for NOVA 4-H Center

The Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal has announced plans for two sessions of Parent-Child Cloverbud Camp in August.  Youth ages 5-8 as of 9/30/11 and their parents or another adult are invited to see what camp is all about, but in a more “secure” setting because a piece of home has traveled with them.  Click HERE for more details.  Camp dates are August 7-9 or August 9-11.  Register by May 15th and pay only $175 for the parent/child combo…that’s a savings of $50! 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wondering how you can help the people of Japan?

Shenandoah County 4-H has a large 4-H exchange program with many ties to Japan.  Their 4-H families are wanting to help the victims of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation and a 4-H All Star there recommends donations be sent to the JCAW Foundation.  This foundation will receive donations and send to the Japanese Red Cross for use where they are most needed.  To donate, make checks payable to JCAW Foundation and send to:

Japanese Commerce Association of Washington, D.C.

c/o Japan American Society of D.C.

1819 L Street NW, Level 1B

Washington, D.C. 20036