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

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