Monday, December 22, 2014

Glenwood Park Livestock Show

Glenwood Park Livestock Show information is now available!  The Glenwood Show will take place Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds.  Show rules and entry form packet can be found on the document library in the "Blog Post Follow-Up Information" folder.

Beef entries are due by February 10th and Sheep entries are due by March 10th.  Any entry postmarked beyond entry due date will be charged double the normal fee.  No beef entries will be accepted if postmarked in excess of one week past entry due dateSheep entries will be accepted up until the day of the show at double the normal fee.  Entry fees are not refundable and must accompany the entry form.  Checks should be made payable to GLENWOOD PARK LIVESTOCK SHOW.  Any returned check fees, bank fees, or other collection fees will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. 

A completed, signed “Health History Report for 4-H Members” must accompany each entry form.  No adding entries, substituting, or switching of classes will be permitted unless a mistake is made in printing the catalog. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 Natural Resource Weekend

Natural Resource Weekend is heading here quickly!  The 2015 Natural Resource Weekend will be held January 24-25 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center.  This weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult volunteers.  All youth under the age of 18 must come with adult supervision.

The cost is $60 per person before January 2, 2015 and $70 per person after January 2, 2015. 

Workshop topics include Wildlife ID and Tracks; GPS; Wildlife Anatomy; Snakes; Intro to the Wildlife Habitat Education Program; Bat Conservation; Duck Decoy Painting; and more!
Registration deadline is January 15.

For more information, please contact Jenny Thompson at the Louisa County Extension Office, or by e-mail at jthomp05[at]
The registration brochure can also be found on the document library under the "Blog Post Follow Up Information" folder.

Youth in Action Award Applications

National 4-H Council is now accepting applications for the annual Youth in Action award to be presented at the 4-H Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2015The Youth in Action Award is one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. 

The Award recognizes one remarkable 4-H’er who exemplifies the life-changing impact of 4-H---a young person who demonstrates personal growth, community impact and project excellence through their 4-H experience. 

In addition to this great honor, the Youth in Action Award winner will receive:
    • Scholarship: A $10,000 scholarship for higher education.
    • Public Recognition: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at the 4-H Legacy Awards on April 23, 2015. Promotion in the winner's hometown media as the national winner.
    • Executive References: Official reference letters from National 4-H Council executives and corporate supporters.
    • A Shopping Experience: A shopping experience (valued at $1,000) to select attire for the 4-H Legacy Awards event.
    • Spokesperson Opportunities: Opportunities to serve as an official 4-H Youth Spokesperson through national media and events.
To qualify, applicants should be a 4-H member or recent alumni, ages 16-21, that represent the diversity and passions of 4-H youth nationwide, demonstrate outstanding leadership, showcase the essence of 4-H positivity and possess a proven ability to engage others. More detailed guidelines can be found at
If you know of an outstanding 4-H member that fits this criteria, please encourage them to apply for this distinguished award.

Application deadline is January 12, 2015. Please visit the Youth in Action Award website for information on our past winners.

Questions? We're happy to help! Please email Rachel Mentzer

Monday, December 15, 2014

Goat Club Christmas Parade Report

On Sunday December 7, 2014, the Orange County 4-H Goat Club decorated a float for the Christmas Parade. We had a Christmas tree, hay bales, and different types of stuffed animals on the float. There were three goats on the float when we rode through the city. Everyone had a great time.
                -Submitted by Goat Club Reporter Austin Connor Thomas

Monday, December 8, 2014

4-H Day at the Capitol 2015

4-H Day at the Capitol is approaching quickly!  This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  This is an AWESOME event for 4-Hers to attend as it provides opportunities for 4-Hers to learn more about state government, meet local legislators, and encourage civic engagement (that citizenship part of Character Counts!).  Members will have the opportunity to meet with the local legislators in their offices; talk with them about what it is like to be a state lawmaker and the impact that they have on their local communities; explore the state capitol building; and be an overall fantastic ambassador for Orange County 4-H!

We have participated every year and the lawmakers always love to see us when we come visit.  They are always impressed by the knowledge that the 4-Hers possess about the lawmaking process and everything that they have learned in 4-H.  They will also tell you that one of the most important things that they have learned and have to use is parliamentary procedure!

This event is recommended for older junior and senior 4-H members as it is an early morning and then there is a lot of walking and waiting (sometimes we are in line to meet with the lawmakers as they normally have other meetings that they have to attend or constituents to meet with.)  4-Hers who attend this trip need to be prepared to share their 4-H story and come with questions and be ready to talk with the legislators.  The legislators love to answer questions and hear what you have to say!

As in years past, 4-H members who have not attended State 4-H Day at the capitol in the past two years will be eligible to receive a 4-H vest that is to be worn that day.  Due to having to have these vests ordered in time for the Capitol Day, if you have not attended before and would like to go Sarah must know if you are planning to attend no later than January 15.  If you have attended before and would like to go again this year, you will need to let Sarah know by February 1st.

If you have any other questions or need more information please call or e-mail Sarah.

Wreaths Across America Community Service Opportunity

** Wreaths Across America Community Service**
Organized by the Livestock Club

Wreaths Across America is a national event that honors veterans everywhere on the second or third Saturday every December by placing holiday wreaths on their graves.  The mission of the Wreaths Across America is to remember, honor, and teach.  The organization was started to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for American's freedom.  

On Saturday December 13th a group from Orange 4-H will depart the Extension Office at 9:00 a.m. for the Culpeper National Cemetery.
We are expecting to lay the Wreaths beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the NEW section of the Cemetery on Chandler Street.
The Official Ceremony starts at 12:00 p.m.  If you wish to stay for it, you may want to have your own return transportation to Orange.

Please let Drema Rogers know if you will be participating, and if you will need transportation.

Drema is organizing the trip for the Livestock and Dairy Clubs.  If your club is interested in participating or for more information, please contact Drema Rogers on her cell 540-717-5631 (call or text is fine) or her home email at crabcrew[at]

For more information on the Wreaths Across America project, visit

Monday, December 1, 2014

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to Orange 4-H members Gini Bryington and Abbie Gill for being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Locust Grove Middle School!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Natural Horse Addicts Members Earn Top Three Places in ACTHA Obstacle Challenge!

Three members from the Orange 4-H horse club, Natural Horse Addicts, rode in an ACTHA Obstacle Challenge at Independence FUNie Farm in Culpeper, VA on Sunday, November 6th and placed as the top three Junior riders! Ashlyn Ward rode Valvora in the cleanest round to take first place! She was followed closely by Rachel Humberger on Cutter for second and Eryn Connell on Scout for third place! 

Other club members volunteered for the event raising over $60 for the club and helping by judging and checking in riders! Club members Anna Ehrenberg, an exchange student from Germany and Amna Akram an exchange from Pakistan, both of whom are attending local high schools for the 2014-15 school year braved the cold temperatures to serve as judge assistants, running timers, reseting obstacles and Sharkey Keifer worked with his dad, John Keifer to register riders and sell hot chocolate and snacks to riders! Club leader, Bonnie Schmeider served as a judge for the event!

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association's (ACTHA) purpose is to give recognition to the American Trail Horse. With a motto  "Not Just a Trail Horse anymore," ACTHA promotes a great sport where families and friends can get together and learn to demonstrate their horse’s abilities and have fun. 

Independence FUNie Farm is an agri-education facility in Culpeper Virginia that serves as the home and meeting place for the Natural Horse Addicts club which meets the first and third Saturday's of the month at Noon. For more information contact the Orange Extension Office.\

Ashlyn Ward on Valvora opening the Gate obstacle.
Photo credit: Resi Connell

Rachel Humberger on Cutter tackling the Barrel Board Pinwheel obstacle.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Eryn Connell on Scout moving into the Vines obstacle.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Amna Akram working with ACTHA volunteer judge, Joe Tligman.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Anna Ehrenberg assisting the judge with Sharkey Keifer looking on.
Photo Credit: Resi Connell

Sunday, November 16, 2014

4-H Natural Horse Addicts Club Completes Service Project to Provide Safe Winter Shelter for Feral Cats

Six members and two volunteers from the Orange 4-H Natural Horse Addicts club completed a service project on Saturday, November 8th to help the group Shadow Cat Advocates create winter shelters to be placed in various locations for feral cat populations. Many of the cats had already been through the Trap-Neuter-Return program. SCA's mission is to promote that program as well as to aid, assist, protect and defend feral cats throughout the Counties of Stafford and Spotsylvania, and the City of Fredericksburg.

The 4-H members brought tools, gloves and a willing attitude to SCA's winter shelter building party and were instrumental in the layout, building and completion of five new insulated cat shelters! Members who attended this event were: Eryn Connell, Anna Ehrenberg, Amna Akram, Arooba Khan, Camille Thionville, and Zoe Thompson. Adult volunteers Resi Connell and BJ Schmeider attended the event as well. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

4-H Natural Resources Weekend

The 2015 Natural Resources Weekend is scheduled for January 24-25, 2015.  This event will be held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Center.
This weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult volunteers.  All youth under the age of 18 must come with adult supervision.  The cost is $60 per person before January 2, 2015 and $70 per person after January 2, 2015.  Tentative workshop topics include Trout in the Classroom; Wildlife ID and Tracks; GPS; Birdwatching; Shotgun and Rifle Shooting; Duck Decoy Construction; Road Kill; Snakes; Archery; Wildlife Trapping; Mammals of Virginia; Arts and Crafts; Edible Insects; Identifying Wildlife Signs; Bat Conservation and Bat House Building and more!! Registration Deadline is January 15.
To register, please visit

For questions, please contact Jenny Thompson at the Louisa VCE Office at (540)967-3422 or jthomp05[at]

Poinsettia Sales

The 2014 sales of poinsettias to benefit Orange County 4-H have begun!  The regular (6 inch) pots are $7 each, and the jumbos (8 inch) pots are $14 each.  These plants are grown right here in Orange County at Battlefield Farms.  They are incredibly hardy and last a very long time.
If you are interested in buying a poinsettia, please call the Extension office or contact a 4-H member!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy National 4-H Week!

Happy National 4-H Week!  This is the one week out of the year where we officially celebrate just how awesome 4-H is.  We will post cool 4-H facts on OC 4-H Facebook page all week- check out the fun tidbits of information that will be on there!
You and your club can also join in on the fun- if you are on Twitter or Instagram, post a picture of yourself with the #iam4h to join in with thousands of other 4-Hers who have already posted a picture of themselves!  Let's show the whole world just what, and who, 4-H is all about!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

National Youth Summit Series

The National Youth Summit Series, held by the National 4-H Council and hosted by the National 4-H Youth Conference center are holding three National Youth Summits for some of the best and brightests students to focus on maker, healthy living, and agri-science.  Designed for high school students, the Summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities and workshops, learn from leaders in the field, and visit professional and academic sites.  Students attend in teams comprised of two to eight youth and are accompanied by an adult mentor/chaperone.

National Youth Maker Summit
November 7-10, 2014
Do you like to invent, build, or experiment? Do you ever catch yourself wondering how something can be improved? Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works? The Maker National Youth Summit is for the creative and curious young minds of the next generation of innovators. Participants make what they can with a variety of materials from a range of fields, utilizing their resourcefulness and creativity.

National Youth Summit on Agri-Science
January 16-19, 2015
At the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Youth Conference Center have partnered with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates to host the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. It's a hands-on learning, educational experience led by experts in the agricultural community. This Summit includes workshops, curriculum, tools, and visits to agricultural government and advocacy agencies as part of the learning experience.

National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
February 13-16, 2015
At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today's issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Youth Conference Center have partnered with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

Block and Bridle Horse Judging Clinic

The Horse Judging Clinic will be held on November 15, 2014 on the Virginia Tech campus at
the Alphin-Stuart Arena on Plantation Road. This year’s agenda will cover conformation,
breed standards and performance classes. As always, there will be skill level specific instruction on reasons to address composition, organization, terms, and delivery. In addition, there will be a more vigorous teaching session for the advanced students in reasons as well as fun and educational horse related games for the beginners.
Also, please note that the entry deadline is October 31st, 2014.

General Information:
Advanced: For individuals that have significant contest experience. In addition to judging information, this group will focus on organizing and delivering a full set of reasons. These students should be knowledgeable with the reason format, delivery, and contest etiquette.
Intermediate: For individuals that have some judging experience. This group will focus on taking notes, class criteria, and giving a detailed pair of reasons. These students should have general knowledge of contests and be comfortable going through a solid pair in reasons.
Beginners: For individuals that have little to no judging experience. This group will focus on what horse judging is, what a contest is, what reasons are, and how to survive, taking notes and giving reasons.
Normally this is a large group that will be subdivided between ages 9-11 and 12 and older this year.
Coaches: Coaches are welcome to observe the clinic. If he/she pays the entry fee, a lunch will be
provided. Coaches may observe for free if they provide their own lunch.
Entries: Receiving entries postmarked by the October 31st deadline is a great help in planning for
lunches, locations, topics and more. If late entries are necessary, the $10.00 entry fee is charged. Checks
should accompany the entries. If policies prevent the inclusion with the entry, the coach should notify
Hannah McDonald to acknowledge arrangements. ( )

For registration information, please contact the Extension Office.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Handmade, Natural Ornaments Needed for 4-H Tree at Inn at Virginia Tech

The Virginia 4-H Office will again have a holiday tree on display at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 4-H members or groups are encouraged to submit ornaments made from natural items, such as acorns, sticks, plant fibers, etc. Please submit your donations to the Extension office by November 1st. Ornaments will not be returned. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Officer Training Workshop Will be Held Monday, November 17

All Orange 4-H clubs should elect officers at their October club meetings. Officer training will be held Monday, November 17, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This year we will meet here at the Orange Extension Office in the public meeting room. 4-H members from Madison County will join us as well. Please hold this date on your calendar. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Succession Solutions for Farm Families

Succession is the watershed issue facing America’s family farmers. Planning for a smooth ownership transition and preparing the next generation to lead is tough. Providing financial security and eliminating the estate tax can be complex and confusing. If multigenerational success is your goal, this presentation is for you.
In this session, participants will learn the five keys to preserving the farm, and passing a successful operation to a well-prepared next generation. During the session, you’ll learn about the planning process, good communication strategies, and how to overcome obstacles. Utilizing tips from this workshop will help ensure the farm remains in the family, provides financial security, and offers career opportunities for generations to
Workshop participants will gain the confidence and preliminary tools to seek succession solutions for their farm family.
Presenter Kevin Spafford is the founder of Legacy by Design, a firm dedicated to providing succession solutions for farm families. Over the last ten years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way
farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.
In 2013, Legacy by Design introduced eLegacyConnect, an online succession planning community complete with action plans, resource library, forums, a roster of advisors, and many other features to help farm and agribusiness owners plan for the future. As the architect of the Farm Journal Legacy Project, Kevin has facilitated more than 100 live events benefitting thousands of farm families across the U.S. He involves audiences in experiences that encourage action and generate results.

Northern Virginia 4-H Maker Festival

Join 4-H for a 4-H Maker Festival!
To register, visit

4-H Short Film Festival

Join 4-H for a film festival!
High school students are invited to spend a weekend at the NOVA 4-H Ed Center learning to create a 3-5 minute short film October 17-19.
Participants will develop digital story-telling skills such as:
 Critical Media Analysis
 Story Boarding
 Video Editing
 Shot Composition
 Brain Mapping

 Participants may register as a film team of 3-5 members or they will select a team during the event.

 Participants may bring their own iPads/Tablets and one iPad will be available per film team.

 Participants will spend Friday evening and Saturday morning participating in exercises and workshops to teach them the fundamentals of creating a high quality short film.

 On Saturday afternoon, participants will begin a 24 hour period to create their short film. Films will be handed in Sunday at 2:30pm, followed by an exhibit of all of the films, judging, hors d’oeuvres and an award ceremony.

 All blue ribbon short films will be submitted to the Virginia 4-H Youth Voices Red Carpet Event in the spring.

 The Best 4-H Short Film will be submitted to the National FilmFest 4-H, with a stipend given to each member of the winning film team to support making this trip.

 Professionals in the film industry, film school graduate students and Virginia Cooperative Extension staff will lead the workshops, chaperone this weekend event and judge the short films.

 For $85, high school students will enjoy two nights at the 4-H Ed Center, five meals and multiple snacks, all program supplies, a t-shirt and will learn to create a high quality short film.

For more information or a registration form, please visit

Friday, September 12, 2014

Now is the Time to Work on 4-H All Star Nominations

The Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars' motto is service, and now is the time of year to work on nominations for members to be inducted in 2015. 4-H members of any age are encouraged to work on their All Star forms because the nomination encompasses one's entire 4-H career. It's much easier to record your involvement annually rather than waiting until you're a teen trying to remember what you did as a Cloverbud!

All Star forms are due to the county level by October 15 and they will be forwarded to the district and state levels from there. A how-to workshop is being held online this year on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. This means that you can join from the comfort of your home, or any other facility that has good Internet access. Register online to receive an email with connection instructions.

The All Star form is newly formatted this year and contains additional ways in which members can earn points to become a 4-H All Star. The forms must be completed in Microsoft Excel; if you don't have this software you can schedule time to use an Extension office computer. Click HERE to go to the All Stars page; the forms are linked in the right sidebar of the page.

All Stars induction is open to youth who are at least 15 years of age as of 1/1/15, who have completed three or more years of 4-H, and who attain at least 80 points on the nomination form. Various activities, projects, and service and leadership opportunities earn various points according to the forms. Applications are due in the fall, and those who are accepted will need to attend the tapping ceremony held at Virginia Tech in June.

Again, please join us September 17 for an informational workshop online, and contact Kaci in the Extension office if you have any questions. There is a very tight turnaround time this year because of the new forms, but please don't let that deter you from applying! You can do it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Travel Abroad with 4-H!

4-H group exchanges provide unique experiences of traveling as a group but also having some host family experiences as well. Live with a host family sharing everyday life while learning about a different culture and sharing yours.  Please promote these opportunities to senior 4-H members who are in the eligible age ranges for the group exchanges. Encourage 4-H members to participate in a life changing experience in another country while making friendships that will last a life time.

All of these exchanges have a December 15, 2014 deadline.

For 2015, group exchanges are being offered for teen 4-H members for:

--Costa Rica – June 18 –July 17, 2015 (15 participants)
     Curious about how the other side of the world lives? Live with a host family in Costa Rica and immerse yourself in a world that most tourists rarely get to see. You’ll share everyday life with friends and relatives in the community and build friendships that will last a lifetime. An adult chaperone will travel with the delegation on all international flights and stay in Costa Rica for the entire exchange period to assist with any concerns. 
Dates: June 18 – July 17, 2015
Overview: Departure orientation in US gateway city
Two-night arrival orientation in Alajuela, Costa Rica
Four week homestay with Costa Rican host family
(Most families are located in small towns and rural areas)
Excursions to Poas Volcano, Waterfall Garden Park or similar

--Finland – June 29 – August 1, 2015 (20 participants)
     Curious about how the other side of the world lives? Live with a host family in Finland and immerse yourself in a world that most tourists rarely get to see. You’ll share everyday life with friends and relatives in the community and build friendships that will last a lifetime. An adult chaperone will travel with the delegation on all international flights and stay in Finland for the entire exchange period to assist with any concerns. This exchange is coordinated with the Finnish 4H Federation who will organize the Arrival Orientation, homestay and camp.
Dates: June 29 – August 1, 2015
Program Overview: Departure orientation in US gateway city 
Two-night arrival orientation and sightseeing in Helsinki, Finland 
Homestay with Finnish family* 
Nordic Camp from July 23-30, 2015 with 1,000 other 4-H youth
Camp themes: intercultural learning, voluntarism, healthy lifestyle

--Japan – June 10 – August 6, 2015 (17 participants) and July 8 – August 6, 2015 (no Maximum number of participants)
Curious about how the other side of the world lives? Live with a host family in Japan and immerse yourself in a world that most tourists rarely get to see. You’ll share everyday life with friends and relatives in the community and build friendships that will last a lifetime. An adult chaperone will travel with the delegation on all international flights and stay in Japan for the entire exchange period to assist with any concerns.

Program Options:
8 week Nihongo Program: June 10-August 6, 2015
For the first 4 weeks, stay with a host family in the Tokyo area, while attending an intensive Japanese language program. After 4 weeks of the language program, you will move to a second host family for regular 4-week homestay (see below). 

4 week Homestay Program: July 8-August 6, 2015
Live with a Japanese host family for the month and experience daily life. You will be placed with a host sibling of the same gender with similar age. A group camp is offered through Labo & Utrek. 

Other countries may be added later.  

For further information and application forms, please contact:

Dottie Nelson
Cell   276-617-1065

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Equine Photography Contest

 The 2014 4-H Equine Photography Contest will be held this week at the State 4-H Horse Show in Lexington, and it’s not too late to enter!  The contest is open to all 4-H members. (Even if they aren’t enrolled in a horse club, they are eligible as long as they are 4-H members.) 

·        There are Junior, Senior, and Cloverbud categories.
·        Youth are permitted to enter only one photograph. 
·        Entries must be either 5x7 or 8x10 and matted. 
·        No frames or glass is permitted in the contest because of the manner in which we display the photographs.
·        Youth do not have to be showing a horse to enter.
·        Entries are due at the Virginia Horse Center, in the show office by 6:00 PM Thursday, September 11.
·        If you need help getting your entry to the show, please contact me via email ( immediately.

Friday, September 5, 2014

State Fair Skill-a-thon

The 2014 Skill-a-thon contests will be held in conjunction with the Premier Exhibitor Programs at the 2014 State Fair of Virginia. These contests are open to non-youth livestock exhibitors at the State Fair.  The contest will be held Friday, October 3 from 12:00 PM- 2:30 PM.

Key items about the Skill-a-thon contests for NON-exhibitors:
·         A separate gate entry pass will need to be purchased through the State Fair of Virginia, if you are not an exhibitor. Details about this registration is available on the youth livestock web site under the State Fair of Virginia information.
·         The skill-a-thon contests are limited to 3 contestants per species per age division for each club/chapter.
·         Skill-a-thon entry fee is $5 per person.

If you are a youth livestock exhibitor, you will automatically be entered in each respective species that you are showing, as well as the opportunity to choose one additional contest at registration.

If you are not showing at the state fair and you are interested in participating in the State Fair Skill-a-thon, you must contact the Extension Office by Monday and let us know what species you would like to compete in (beef, meat goat, sheep, swine).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jamestown 4-H Center Fall/Winter Specialty Camps

Jamestown 4-H Center in Williamsburg offers multiple camps throughout the year- not just 4-H summer camp!
They are offering a science camp November 7-9 focusing all about energy.  Their winter teen weekend will be held on December 29-31... a perfect vacation during winter break!
Check out their brochures for more information or to sign up.

Science Camp 2014 – 11/7-9/14 - Now you are playing with power! (Energy)-
Winter Teen Weekend 2014 – 12/29-31/14 - Camp on a whole new level! -

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2015 Virginia Association of Fairs Youth Scholarship Contest

The 2015 Virginia Association of Fairs Youth Scholarship Contest is approaching quickly!  This year, the competition will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 (a week later than normal.)  Entries are due no later than December 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. to the Orange County Extension Office. No e-mails or faxes are accepted.
This contest is open to youth ages 14-19 as of January 1, 2015 who have been an active participant in a VAF-member fair or festival.  Scholarship prizes range from $500 to $2,500.  The contest consists of prepared public speaking; extemporaneous public speaking; application, resume, and essay; digital symposium; and an interview.
The goal of this scholarship contest is to recognize superior leadership characteristics among junior members of the Association and the industry; and encourage and develop leadership and speaking skills among junior members so that they will be able to serve their local boards, the industry, and their local communities.

General Rules:

1. Contestants must be from the ages of 14 to 19 as of January 1 of the contest year.

2. In order to compete, contestants must have actively participated in their local VAF-member fair, and
their application must be signed by a local, sponsoring fair official. Participation is not limited to only junior fair board members. A young person who has served as a volunteer and an exhibitor is a good example of a logical candidate for this contest.

3. A letter of reference from a fair member must be submitted with the application, résumé, and essay.  The letter should stress the applicant’s leadership abilities and contributions to the local VAF-member fair.

4. Contestants must be present in the designated room at the conference hotel during the Virginia Association of Fairs Convention, by 10:00 a.m. on the contest date, to receive instructions.

5. Contestants should be dressed in professional attire and conduct themselves accordingly during the entire contest period.

6. In case of a tie for any placement based on numerical scores, the judging panel will be informed and consulted to break the tie after the completion of the contest.

7. Contest results will be announced Saturday evening. The top six contestants will be notified and expected to stay, although all competitors are encouraged to attend.

8. Top scorers in selected division(s) may be asked to present to the VAF membership.

For more information and the application, please visit the document library and look under the "Blog Post Follow Up Information" section.

Livestock Club Meeting Reminder

We are discovering that there were some problems with our Virginia Tech e-mail yesterday and not everyone received the Livestock Club meeting reminder.  Yes, there is a Livestock Club meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Support the Orange Food Challenge Team on their way to the National Contest!

The Orange 4-H Food Challenge team needs your help!  They are raising funds to attend the National Food Challenge Competition October 6-9 at the Texas State Fair!  This is a HUGE honor for Orange 4-H to have the first ever Food Challenge team from the county attend the national contest!
To support their trip, they are having a baked potato fundraiser on September 10!  It is $6 for a loaded potato and dessert.  You can pick them up at the Orange Extension Office from 4-7 pm.  You do need to pre-order your potato by Monday, September 8 at NOON!  You may order online at or by calling the Extension office at (540)672-1361.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cool opportunity for bug lovers!

Hokie BugFest
Take a peek into the fascinating world of entomology at the fourth annual Hokie BugFest! This unique festival will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech (Latham Ballroom). The Inn is on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus off Price’s Fork Road, close to the 460 Bypass and near downtown Blacksburg. Plenty of parking will be available.

Activities and exhibits include a live Bug Zoo, a haunted Bug House, luminescent and cave-dwelling bugs, an ant farm, silkworm cocoons, games, and crafts. Bug enthusiasts can admire a giant bird-eating tarantula and a Formosan forest scorpion, watch cockroach races, see a working beehive, and meet the HokieBird. The themes of science and discovery are interwoven into all activities. 

New this year is a bee-waggle dancing contest. We will also feature an insect collection contest for individuals or groups. Other new attractions include a pumpkin patch (with pumpkins for sale) and the well-known Bo-Ty Dawgs. 

Don’t miss the Bug Zoo – your chance to view exotic arthropods from North America, South America, Central America, Africa, and Asia. The zoo’s residents include a black widow spider, hundreds of tarantulas, death-feigning beetles, scorpions, hissing cockroaches, several species of millipedes, and vinegaroons (cave-dwelling whip scorpions that squirt vinegar from their tail).

Enter the Luminous Cave and see glow-in-the-dark millipedes and other arthropods. Want more spooky fun? Try the haunted Bug House – a fun house with an insect theme. 

Everyone’s heard of the “bad guys” of the insect world, pests such as bed bugs, gypsy moths, stink bugs, mosquitoes, and termites. But what about insect “heroes”? Those include honey bees, which help make agriculture possible by pollinating crops. Check out the apiculture exhibit and learn how important bees are.

Stop by the Bug Creations room, where kids can make “buggy” crafts, get their faces and fingernails painted, and design a t-shirt. Children can also earn a junior entomologist certificate by visiting eight exhibits at the festival. Older kids will enjoy testing their wits at the Bug Jeopardy booth.

Another featured attraction of the Hokie BugFest is the Alberti Flea Circus. Jim Alberti’s troupe of performing fleas has charmed audiences from coast to coast. The flea circus will appear several times during the day.

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The Hokie BugFest was inspired by William B. Alwood, Virginia’s first entomologist. Alwood, an early pioneer of pest management and fruit culture, was one of Virginia Tech’s greatest scientists. The W.B. Alwood Entomological Society, a graduate student organization, helps host the Hokie BugFest as part of its outreach mission.