Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to All!

The Extension Office will be closed Monday the 1st and Tuesday the 2nd in celebration of the New Year Holiday. We will re-open on Wednesday January 3, 2018.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

January 1, 2018: Deadline for 4-H Enrollment

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Just a friendly reminder that in order to be eligible to exhibit your projects at the 2018 fair, enrollment must be completed by January 1, 2018.
Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll or enroll for the first time:
  • Login to your account on
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2017-2018” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen or create a profile for the first time

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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The Extension Office Staff would like to personally wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

The office will close at noon on Friday the 22nd and will reopen to serve the public on Wednesday, December 27th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dairy Club Supports Food Pantry

The Orange 4-H Dairy Club recently voted to support the Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange in hopes of helping food insecure families in the community. Shown below is Levi Call, club member, who presented the club's check to a food pantry volunteer.

The Dairy Club raises funds throughout the year with their famous "milkshake wagon" at events like the county fair, tractor pull, and Somerset Steam & Gas Show.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Community Service Opportunity


Orange County Children’s Toybox will be packing toys on Wednesday, 12/13/17 at 6:00 pm at Gibson’s Auction.

They will also be delivering toys beginning at 9 am on Saturday 12/16/17. Please meet at Gibson’s Auction.
To deliver toys on Saturday you must be accompanied by an adult--no teen drivers.

Both of these count towards your Community Service.
Please be sure to sign in at Gibson’s to get credit.

Any questions you can contact Drema Rogers at 540-717-5631.

Friday, December 8, 2017

State Fair of Virginia Announces Scholarship Application Process

The State Fair of Virginia issued a press release recently notifying youth who participated in the 2017 fair that they can apply for over $18,000 in scholarships. For more information, visit

To go directly to the scholarship applications page, CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 4, 2017

2018 Natural Resources Weekend, January 27-28, 2018

2018 Natural Resource Weekend
January 27-28, 2018

Weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult chaperones.
Workshop topics include Survival Skills, Edible Insects, Intro to Shotgun, 3-D Archery, Snakes, and many more!
Early Bird Registration Deadline:  January 3, 2018.

For more information and registration form,

Friday, December 1, 2017

2018 Youth Livestock Event Dates

February 23 -24, 2018 – Block & Bridle Contest Weekend (Livestock Judging, Stockmen’s and Meats Contest), Alphin-Stuart Arena, Blacksburg, VA
April 19 – 22, 2018 – Virginia Beef Expo, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 20, 2018 – State 4-H/FFA Stockman’s Contest, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 21, 2018 – State Youth Cattle Working Contest, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 20 – 22, 2018 – Junior Beef Roundup, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 27, 2018 – Youth Poultry Convention (FFA and 4-H State Poultry Judging Contests), Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 28, 2018 – Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Clinic, Blacksburg, VA
June 20, 2018 – State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Blacksburg, VA
June 23, 2018 – Virginia Lamb/Goat Symposium, Blacksburg, VA
July 16 – 18, 2018 – Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Camp, Blacksburg, VA
October 5 – 7, 2018 – Youth Livestock Shows at the State Fair of Virginia, Doswell, VA

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Congratulations Bit & Bridle Club!

Congratulations to the Bit & Bridle Club for coming out on top of the Poinsettia Fundraiser, Battle of the Clubs Edition! Bit & Bridle club members will double their profit sold during the fundraiser!

Poinsettia orders are ready for pick-up!


We will be here tonight until 6:30 pm.
Or you may pick them up tomorrow from 8 to 5.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Poinsettia Orders Due TODAY


Orders are due today before 5 pm.
No orders can be taken after today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

New Partnership Between JoAnn Fabrics and 4-H Announced

4-H members, parents, and volunteers can get a 15% discount at JoAnn Fabrics, plus donate a portion of proceeds to 4-H, in a new, FREE program. To register, visit

Ten Days Left to Sell Poinsettias

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All OC 4-H members are encouraged to sell poinsettias this month! Order forms are available from the Extension office, plus we can email you a copy. All plants will be red. Regular size plants (6" pot) are $7 each; jumbo plants (8" pot) are $14 each. Orders are due November 20 and plants will need to be picked up Wednesday, November 29 from 4-6 p.m. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Officer Training tonight


When:    November 6
Time:      6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where:  George James Lodge
               1215 George James Loop, Radiant

Pizza will be served.
If you have held your office for two years, you do not need to attend.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

4-H State Archery Report

State Archery Report
       by Zachary Douthit

     Shooting a bow is not very difficult.  All that you have to do is put an arrow on a bow, pull the string back and let the string go.  However, actually hitting the target is a little bit harder and hitting the bull's eye is difficult.  That difficulty is compounded when the target is 40 centimeters long and at ranges up to thirty yards.  To do this, an Archer has to block out all distractions and focus on hitting the target.  Seconds become minutes, an eternity passes before the arrow hits the target.  Like in all sports, practicing is the key to getting better.  The 4-H Archery Club of Orange practiced all year to prepare for the 4-H State Archery Tournament.

     It was a warm day with a slight breeze.  Archers from all over the state attended the event to test their skills.  Three archers from the Orange 4-H Archery Club participated  in the State Tournament that day.  Lucien Payette, sporting a no let-off, bare bow received a score of 44 points in his division.  Next on the line was Nathan Cole, shooting in the compound bow division, netted a whopping 121 points.

     Zachary Douthit was last on the line that day.  He was going to age out of 4-H and wanted to end it on a high note.  Zachary scored a total of 112 points, winning him first place in his division.

     It was a great day for the Archers!

Share the Warmth Community Service Project

Community Service Project for Orange 4-H Members
December 2, 9 am to noon
Orange Extension Office--Public Meeting Room

Monday, October 23, 2017


November 6 will be the Officer Training Event at the George James Lodge in Radiant!

Pizza will be served.  

If you have been an officer for the previous two years, you do not need to attend.

Please click on this link to sign up:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017