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.