Monday, February 29, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The application is posted online and completed forms are due Monday, April 4, 2016 (that's the first full day of spring break, so don't let the deadline sneak up on you!).
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Use this link to submit potential themes, please: http://goo.gl/forms/cuXP7FsdgK
Thanks in advance for your help. This year's fair dates are July 20-23, 2016.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Both junior and senior contestants have the option to advance to district contests on Saturday, April 9, in Caroline County. Senior contestants (ages 14-18) can advance to state competitions during 4-H Congress in Blacksburg in June.
Available county-level contests include: presentations, public speaking, radio spot, extemporaneous speaking, Share-the-Fun talent, and table setting - new for 2016! An overview of these contests is available by clicking here. The full Virginia 4-H Competitions Website is also online.
All youth need to pre-register for the March 24 county contests. Click HERE to do so. You may also call the Extension office at 672-1361 and they can enter your information online.
Information about the 2016 Junior Beef Roundup to be held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo is now posted. The Junior Beef Roundup will be held April 15 – 17, 2016, in Harrisonburg, VA. Please pay special attention to all of the rules, as several items have changed since last year. Please note: Entry fees are now $25 per head and all cattle must be owned by March 15th!
In 2016, they will again feature the Cattle Fitting and Cattle Sales contests. Contest formats have changed slightly since last year; please review the rules carefully for team composition and contest components.
The State Stockmen's Contest will also be a part of the Junior weekend. The State Stockmen's Contest will be held on Friday, April 15th. Entry forms and rules have been posted to the youth livestock web site.
Entry deadlines vary by contest. Please be aware of the respective deadlines, as late fees will apply. For rules, schedule and online entry system, please visit: http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/youth-livestock/shows/beef-expo/index.html .
Rules and entry information for the Stockmen's contest can be found at: http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/youth-livestock/competitions/stockmens-contest/state-contest/index.html
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Congratulations to the senior team of Charlotte Manvell, Ruth Martin, and Emily Wright, who placed first overall! Individually, Manvell placed second, Martin placed third, and Wright placed eleventh overall.
In the junior division (ages 9-13), Orange 4-H combined with Rockingham 4-H'ers and they placed third as a team. Individually, Cora Hoemann placed fourth overall, and Claire Deplazes placed ninth.
Congratulations to these young people who have worked very hard in preparation for the contest!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Virginia Beef Challenge: April 15 at Virginia Beef Expo
Using a mystery bag of ingredients, teams prepare a dish in 40 minutes and present it to a judging panel. Youth explain their preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value. Each team will be provided an equipment supply kit and will be provided the name of the key beef ingredient in advance. Teams are challenged to be creative and develop their own recipe with the ingredients provided. This is perfect for food challenge teams!
FYI: Virginia Beef Ambassador will not be offered this year due to requirement restructuring at the state and national level.
Market Animal Boot Camp: April 30 at Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 10AM-2PM
A fun and informational family event geared toward 4-H & FFA members interested in showing market animals. Stations, vendors and demonstrations cover species including goats, hogs, steers, lambs and beef heifer. Vendors will include feed representatives, breeders, equipment dealers, animal health specialists and more! There will be a pen sale and live auction again this year. A YMQA training will be provided from 8-10AM. Online registration will go live on March 1st.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
For a list of Japanese youth, please contact program coordinator Deb Johnson at 540-659-2697.
Two Orange 4-H families - the Bryingtons and the Connells - hosted last summer, so you may wish to talk with them about their experiences. The Japanese youth are ages 12-14, so host families must have at least one youth in the 10-16 age range, and one host sibling must be of the same gender as the delegate.
Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity! Remember the "and my world" part of the 4-H pledge.