Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Williams Wins P. Buckley Moss Print "Birthplace of the 4-H Emblem"

Congratulations to Sue Williams, 4-H Livestock Club parent, who won the P. Buckley Moss print titled "Birthplace of the 4-H Emblem" this weekend.  The print was donated by a descendant of the Breckinridge family who helped form the schoolhouse in the painting, and proceeds from the raffle benefited Orange Habitat for Humanity and Orange 4-H.  Thanks to all who purchased and sold tickets.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fair reminders

Sent on behalf of Kaci Daniel, Extension Agent, 4-H


Hello, it’s me again!  Because it’s Fair Week, there will probably be daily reminders.  Many thanks to those who have put in so much effort to get the fairgrounds ready!  They’re really looking good.


·         Please remember to PARTNER with the fair board.  Smile, say thank you, ask how you can help.  A little effort goes a long way. 

·         Animals may arrive Wednesday evening if you wish.  Department leaders have assigned spaces; please do not change your assignments without approval.

·         All animals must be on the grounds by Thursday at 9:00 a.m.  Weigh-in of market animals will be conducted Thursday morning.

·         An exhibitor meeting will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the show ring.  Please be there for important reminders and some goodies!

·         Ice.  We will need lots of ICE for the water bottles.  If you have a large cooler and can get ice donated, please do so.  We need to know who has contacts for ice and on what days you can bring it!

·         We can also use large blocks of ice, so you can freeze some gallon jugs or plastic containers at your home and bring those. That process needs to be started today or tomorrow to be ready for Thursday through Saturday. 

·         Show Harnesses – Livestock Club members, bring yours!  We will have show numbers this year, so please bring an exhibitor show harness if you have it, or some string or safety pins to attach the numbers to your shirt.  We also have numbers for goat and dairy exhibitors if you choose to use them.  Cloverbuds do not need numbers.


Stay tuned for more info, and don’t forget to stop by the grounds and volunteer your services.  Much has been accomplished, yet there is still much to be done!



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

State Fair LIVESTOCK Entries Go Live Online

For exhibitors with beef, sheep, hogs, and meat goats:

The 2013 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Show Entry System is now open. Entries are due by electronically by Thursday, August 15th and must be signed by your extension agent/FFA Advisor and mailed with entry fees by Friday, August 16th.

All rules and regulations have been posted to the Youth Livestock web site. The Youth Livestock Rules (only posted on the Youth Livestock page) apply in addition to the State Fair of Virginia General Rules and General Livestock Rules that are posted on the State Fair of Virginia web site. Please visit the link below for all information in regards to the State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows.

ALL ANIMALS, registered and market/commercial, must be entered through this system to be able to show at the 2013 State Fair of Virginia.

Please make sure that you take note of the instructions on the first page of the entry system. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the entry process. If you do not receive a form to print at the end, your entries were not recorded or received.

If youth wish to receive their premium payments, the Social Security information must be entered.

Entry fees are $5 per animal entered. Please make checks payable to the Virginia 4-H Foundation.

In addition, this year, we are offering the youth an opportunity to purchase additional State Fair of Virginia exhibitor passes. This should be a separate check made payable to the State Fair of Virginia. Additional tickets are $10 per pass.

You can access the entry system on the State Fair page of the Youth Livestock web site at:http://www.4-h.ext.vt.edu/programs/anscience/livestock/events/state-fair-contests/index.html

The Livestock Show Entry System is located on the right side of the page. THE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA WEBSITE.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Please remember, entries into the system are due Thursday, August 15th and must be signed and entry fees postmarked by Friday, August 16th. Late entries are subject to an additional late fee.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Orange 4-H Gets Four New Members This Week - Long Distance from Costa Rica!

Four teenagers from Costa Rica are staying with Orange 4-H families for one month.  They arrived Tuesday of this week and are living with the Harris, Nammack, Johnson, and Godin families.  They are part of the 4-H/4-S exchange program and are here to learn about American life.

We will introduce each delegate in the coming weeks.

This photo shows the Orange delegation waiting patiently in Dulles airport to meet their newest family members.

The Godins took Ivan to another 4-H family's pool for a refreshing swim.  Thanks, Mrs. Chambers!

Ivan with his host mom.

Ivan playing chess with host brother Joseph.

Stay tuned for more photos as other families submit them.

State Fair Entries Go Live on Monday; Due August 15!

Youth planning to exhibit animals at this year's State Fair of Virginia are reminded that online entries go live on Monday, July 16.  All entries must be made by August 15.  There will be a paper printout required that will have to be brought to the Extension office for verification of member eligibility and then mailed to complete the entry process.

We know summer is very busy, so please make notes of this on your calendar.  Our source states that an email will be sent to previous years' exhibitors.  You can also check the State Fair website for additional details.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dairy Club Invites All Clubs to Participate in Pretty Animal Costume Contest at the Fair

Dairy Club Vice-President Ashley Goodwin invites all 4-H exhibitors at the fair to participate in their Pretty Animal Contest.  This year's theme is COWTASTIC TALES (nursery rhyme characters, fairy tale characters, heroes and heroines)!

Each club is also asked to supply one adult judge for the contest.  Please let Ashley know if you will be participating (agscrub914@verizon.net).

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cloverbud Day Camp

Reminder:  Cloverbud Day Camp is quickly approaching!  This year, camp is a little earlier, July 15-18, and we still have lots of open spots left!  The theme this year is Wacky Science, so come prepared to do tons of science experiments, learn awesome new science-y things, and have fun!  The fee is $25 per child, and camp will be held Monday-Thursday from 9 am- Noon at the Northern Piedmont Center just outside the town of Orange on Route 15 towards Gordonsville.
If you have any questions, or to sign up, please visit the extension office!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Livestock Club Meeting Location Change

Due to the weather, tonight’s 4-H Livestock Club meeting is being moved to the Virginia Tech Northern Piedmont Center on Rt. 15 (14471 Research Rd.).  We will start at 7:00 p.m. 

This is an important meeting to cover all things related to preparation for the Orange County Fair.  We will meet in the auditorium, so wear old clothes. 

Remember to bring your completed record book, money for buyers’ dinner tickets, and 4x6 horizontal photos of you with any market animals you are selling.  If you do not have these tonight, you can bring them to the Extension Office in the next two weeks. 

We realize there are many new exhibitors, so we will have a handout with pertinent information.  We will also distribute auction brochures for you to share with potential buyers.  See you soon!