Friday, December 23, 2016

4-H Day at the State Capitol...Coming to us early!







4-H Day at the State Capitol provides opportunities for 4-H’ers to learn more about state government procedures, meet local legislators and encourage civic engagement.

Come with us on the 24th to explore the inner workings of state government.


 This event comes to us earlier than in past years; so make plans now.


 Please let us know by January 4th of your intent to participate in this unique and exciting opportunity! Email wesnerc@vt.edu to reserve your spot or call the Extension Office at 540.672.1361.








Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays




May your holidays be filled with joy, peace, and promise for you and your family.
Wishes from your Orange County Extension family


(The office will be closed both Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th; we will re-open on Tuesday at 8:00 am.)

Chance To See The Largest Indoor Ag Expo In The Nation...


Would you like to visit the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the NATION? With nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a must see for all.

Make plans to join the Orange and Madison 4-H dairy clubs on a two-day bus trip and see it for yourself.

When: January 13-14

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kreider Dairy and the Turkey Hill experience

Who: All 4-H families are invited on the bus tour

Cost: $95 per person, this includes charter bus transportation, lodging and entry fees to tour stops

Contact: Extension Office (540.672.1361) or Mary Goodwin (mary.goodwin@sscoop.com)


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FINAL Reminder to Enroll/Re-Enroll in 4HOnline!


This post will count as the FINAL reminder that all Orange County 4-H'ers must be enrolled in 4HOnline by January 1, 2017.

Most of you have done this; thank you for your attention to detail and prompt response.

Remember: in order to be eligible to exhibit/sell your livestock projects and/or other projects at the fair, enrollment must be completed by the deadline. No exceptions to this rule will be made in the 2016-2017 4-H year.

This information allows us an up-to-date contact in order to be able to keep you informed on all things Orange 4-H.

Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll/enroll:
  • Login to your account on www.4honline.com
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2016-2017” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen, complete authorization, update health information, and re-enroll into clubs, projects, and groups
If you have any questions as you go to enroll or re-enroll please reach out to us in the Extension Office ASAP.





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Statewide Teen Weekend, February 3-5

STATEWIDE TEEN WEEKEND
FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017

Our Statewide Teen Weekend will be held at the 
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center in Wirtz, VA on February 3-5.
The State 4-H Cabinet has planned the event to provide teens across the Commonwealth to come together for a weekend filled with educational programs and leadership.
Activities will include:  Shooting Sports, STEM Catapult Activity, Team Building, Table Etiquette, Get Crafty, a Service Project and social time.
We encourage our teens to attend this fun-filled weekend!

Participants must be 14 years of age by 9/30/17.
Cost is $90 and checks must be made payable to Virginia 4-H Foundation.
Deadline for registration is January 20, 2017.

Monday, December 19, 2016

 4-H PROGRAM ASSISTANT 
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

Do you know a college student who has a passion for government, history, political science, education, public speaking, or leadership?
Do they have a passion for working with young people?
If this brings someone to mind, encourage 
them to apply for the position of 
Program Assistant (PA) at National 4-H Conference Center!

CWF Program Assistants will:
  • Develop and facilitate a unique program experience for over 1,500 high school aged 4-H'ers from across the country in DC
  • Lead CWF delegates in experience based citizenship curriculum through tours & workshops
  • Develop & refine teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in a fast paced and fun environment
  • Become a licensed DC tour guide
  • The CWF PA experience begins in mid-May and ends in late July
Applications are due by January 23!  We want to give 4-H alumni and collegiate 4-H'ers an opportunity to apply for this amazing opportunity 2017 summer.  Please share this with with college students looking for an internship or credit towards graduation.  

More details about this program and application materials can be found at 

If you have any questions, please let us know or you may contact Kelsey Conklin at kconklin@4hcenter.org.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Exhibitor and Family Orientation To Be Held

Please join us Monday, December 19th at 7:00 pm in the Extension Office (Sedwick Building in the town of Orange) for a new exhibitor and family orientation.

This event is geared for new exhibitors, either in their 1st or 2nd years of participation, who plan on exhibiting any livestock projects at the fair.

Come join us to learn the ins and outs of Orange 4-H. It is our goal to provide families an opportunity to ask questions as we instruct on the essentials for success, completion, and project rule compliance within the program during this time.

We look forward to seeing and meeting new faces during this fun, informal and informative session.


Two "first-timers" at the 2016 OCF, Oscar and Momin, exhibited the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lambs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Livestock Wreaths Information



Information for the Orange County Livestock Club!

The community service event for Wreaths Across America will go as follows on Saturday 12/17/16.
This is different than the last 3 years we have done it so please read.
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The ceremony begins at 12pm in the new section of the cemetery, entrance on East Chandler Street.
Immediately following the ceremony, we will lay wreaths in the new section and move through the sections of the cemetery until all wreaths have been laid.

They are saying they will have around 4,000 wreaths this year.

I am not sure that this change will work for my schedule so please take a photo of your group at the cemetery and text it to me  Drema Rogers at 540-717-5631  or to Jennifer Bryington at 540-661-7233 to be counted for your community service.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dairy Club Opens Pennsylvania Bus Trip to Other 4-H Families

The Orange and Madison 4-H Dairy Clubs have 15 spaces left for a two-day bus trip to Pennsylvania January 13-14, 2017. Seats will be filled first come, first served, and youth must provide their own chaperones in order to go. Cost is $95 per person and includes charter bus transportation, lodging, and entry fees to tour stops. Meals are not included.

The itinerary includes spending Friday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and watching some of the dairy show that afternoon. Overnight lodging will be in Harrisburg, PA, and then Saturday features stops at Kreider Dairy (with a large, rotary parlor and drive-through freestall barn) and the Turkey Hill experience (ice cream, anyone?).

If you want to go, please call the Extension office ASAP. All fees are non-refundable and due by December 20. Note: this trip is the same day as the market steer weigh-in, so please keep that in mind when making plans.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

4-H Steer Weigh-In Quickly Approaching!

Reminder to all beef project exhibitors that 4-H beef weigh-in is quickly approaching. Remember that if you plan on taking beef as a project this is an important/required event which marks the “beginning” of your 4-H steer project. All steers must be in the possession of the 4-H’er and taken to weigh-in on the following date:
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 8:00-9:30 am
Tucker Livestock facility (5866 Orange Road, Radiant, VA 22732)
Please don't hesitate to contact the Extension Office (540.672.1361) if you have specific questions pertaining to beef project weigh-in or ownership requirements.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Caprine Kids to Hold Joint Holiday Meeting With Madison County

Who: Caprine Kids


What: Joint Club Meeting with Madison Co. Goat Club


When: (2nd Tuesday of the month) Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm (note: not the normal 7:00 pm start time)


Where: the Madison County Extension Office (2 South Main Street, War Memorial Building, 2nd Floor, Madison, VA)

Learn to make soap! Enjoy pizza and deserts, play games and exchange gifts.

Please bring a $10 (maximum) wrapped gift for each youth that plans on participating in the exchange.

Natural Horse Addicts: Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled and Rescheduled

Natural Horse Addicts is NOT having a meeting tomorrow (12/3/2016). We will instead have the meeting during a special event held on December 10th at Graves Mountain Lodge.

Come join us Saturday, December 10th for breakfast and a ride at Graves Mountain Lodge!

Holiday Breakfast – 8:30 to 10:00 am We’ll have breakfast and then start our (very short) club meeting around 9:00. Please feel free to attend the meeting even if you are unable to stick around for the ride.

Cost of breakfast is  $11.50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

After breakfast, we will have the option of going on an hour-long ride on the Graves Mountain horses if you so choose. Ride cost is $40.

4-H members who are not in our club are welcome to join us. Please RSVP to Resi Connell at (540)226-9316.



Note: This ride is suitable for beginners.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Home Ec Club Meeting: Next Thursday the 8th


Who: 4-H Home Ec Club

What: Holiday Meeting

When: Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 pm

Where: Extension Building, 146 Madison Road, Orange

Come join us for a fun-filled, holiday inspired crafting night one week from today! All are welcome.

Make it 3,057,102 members! Re-Enroll in 4HOnline Today

The rollover to the new 4-H year was completed in October and 4HOnline is now open for re-enrollment. Just to clarify, all youth members and volunteers become “inactive” after the rollover.
Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll:
  • Login to your account on www.4honline.com
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2016-2017” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen, complete authorization, update health information, and re-enroll into clubs, projects, and group
Remember in order to be eligible to exhibit your projects at the fair, enrollment must be completed by January 1, 2017. Also, this will allow us to better communicate with you through specific interest list serves. Our best advice, take care of it now!

Location for Tonight's Officer Training

Tonight's officer training workshop will be held at the George James Community Center in Radiant, VA (half-way between Orange and Madison). From Orange, take Rt. 15 North to Rt. 230 West toward Madison. Drive almost four miles and turn right on George James Loop, Rt. 684. The community center is the white building at the corner of Rt. 230 Orange Road and George James Loop.

Do NOT use the address of 1215 George James Loop; that takes you to one of the center's volunteer's home.