Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fairground Clean-up Day this Sunday

Calling all Orange 4-H members to lend a hand this Sunday in preparing the fairgrounds for the upcoming fair. This is a big undertaking to prepare the grounds for our July exhibition, but with all hands on deck the job becomes smaller. Please consider coming out and helping.

When: this Sunday, June 11th beginning at 2:00 pm
Where: Fairgrounds (14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange)
Who: all 4-H clubs, youth, and parents who benefit from use of the grounds
What to bring: please wear work/barn clothes, closed-toe shoes, trucks and clean-up minded tools also appreciated, but not necessary

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Reminder: Fair Entries Due FRIDAY - ALL SPECIES, ALL AGES

ALL 4-H members planning to show at the Orange County Fair this year need to submit entries by this Friday, June 9!!! 

Cloverbuds' entries are ONLINE

Youth ages 9-18 use paper entries and must include the entry fee. 

The Extension office is open 8-5. There is a dropbox on the front of the building if you need to bring entries after hours. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday. 

Don't miss out on many members' most favorite event of the year!!! 

Schedule of 4-H Shows at Orange County Fair

In order to help you make summer plans, shown below is a schedule of the 4-H shows at this year's Orange County Fair. We will update later with additions from the Archery Club and Animal Education Club (formerly Crazy Pets), once we have that information.

Wednesday, July 19
5:30  Cloverbud Parade
7:00  Working Goat Show

Thursday, July 20
9:00  All animals must be on grounds
11:00  Exhibitor Meeting
4:30  Cloverbud Parade
6:00  Pretty Animal Contest
7:00  Hog Show

Friday, July 21
1:00  Sheep Show
2:00  Cloverbud Parade
5:00  Meat Goat Show
6:00  Cloverbud Parade
7:00  Beef Show

Saturday, July 22
8:30  Dairy Goat Show
9:00  Archery Tournament
10:00  Bottle Babies Show
12:00  Dairy Cattle Show
2:30  Cloverbud Parade
5:00  4-H Auction Buyers Dinner by ticket only
6:00  4-H Auction

Sunday, July 23
8:00  Fairgrounds Cleanup, required for all exhibitors

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bit N' Bridle Club Visits

Saturday, April 29, 2017, Orange 4-H Bit N' Bridle members took a field trip to the "Chesapeake Bay Friendly Horse Farm Project" at Oakwood Farm in Prince William County.  The horse farm's owner and an employee from the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District gave us a tour of the farm. We learned about fencing options, pasture rotation, dry paddocks, automatic waterers, and buffer strips. 

We will use the information we learned to help us design a horse and environment friendly farm.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Goat Camp Offered June 11

The 3rd Annual Northern Shenandoah Valley Goat Camp will take place on Sunday, June 11th at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Deadline to register with forms and fees is Friday, May 5th! (Payment is due with a completed online registration form & 4-H health history form in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt) Registrations will be accepted through June 1, 2017; however, a t-shirt will not be guaranteed.

Goat camp is open to 4-H and FFA members in the Northern District, Berkeley, and Jefferson Counties who are currently enrolled in the goat project or interested in learning about the goat project!

Cost:            $15 per person (all 4-H / FFA members); $5 per parent/ guardian to accompany youth participant
Includes meals, snacks, t-shirts, and handouts
Make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech

Register:       Online by HERE
(each participant will need to fill out a separate online registration form by clicking ‘submit another response’ at the bottom of the initial online registration form)
Due Friday, May 5, 2017 (attached is the 4-H Health History form)

Payment:     Make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech and send with a completed & signed 4-H Health History form to:
Clarke County Extension Office
                      101 Chalmers Court, Suite B
                      Berryville, VA 22611

Also, we are in need of both adult and senior 4-H member volunteers to help teach workshops and lead younger 4-H members to the different stations. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please let me know asap!

If you have any questions about the schedule or the camp, please contact: Missy Burner - Clarke County 4-H Volunteer at (540) 327-3562 or

If you have any questions about registration or payments, please contact: Kaila Anglin - Clarke County 4-H Agent at (540) 955-5164 or

Thursday, May 25, 2017

State Fair Livestock Nomination Sites Announced

The State Fair youth livestock nomination sites were released today. The full PDF packet is available here. Additionally, it is posted below with the ability to scroll through the document.

There are changes for 2017 and it is the exhibitor's family's responsibility to be up to date and to complete all necessary requirements.

Sheep, goats, market cattle, and commercial heifers all need to be nominated in person. (Most Orange County youth already did this at our local weigh-ins.) The nomination weigh-ins are only in the month of June and all are a fairly long distance from Orange.

Hogs need to be nominated by tag only. Request tags from Joi Saville on campus; she will send to the Extension office and then each family will have to install their own tags by August 1.

These nomination sites are just step 1 in the State Fair process. You will have to actually enter animals in the fair using an online process by August 15. That system should go live one month before the due date.

Fair Entries Due June 9

Fair entry forms are now posted. These are due with payment by June 9.

Cloverbud entries will be done online this year.

All other entries (youth ages 9-18) have an entry fee and will use paper forms. These are posted online. Exhibitors need to print their forms, complete, and return with payment to the Extension office by June 9.

Website for all forms:

Exhibitors need to print a cover sheet and payment form -- one per child. After that, print and complete whatever show entry forms are needed (beef, dairy, goat, hog, sheep).

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Hands to Larger Service....Opportunities Present

Interested in helping those in need or helping get ready for the fair? Take a look below!
Opportunity #1
What: Carwash at Advance Auto, fundraising for Shining Hands Caring for Kids Program (weekend meal program for local students)
When: Saturday, June 3rd from 9am- 1:00pm (divided into two shifts, 9-11 or 11-1)
Where: Advance Auto Parts (140 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960)
Opportunity #2
What: Fairground Clean-up Day, stick pick-up, weed eating, mulching, beautifying grounds
When: Sunday, June 11th from 2:00pm until conclusion of work
Where: Fairgrounds (14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange, VA 22960)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cloverbud Day Camp Registration Now Open

We invite all youth ages 5-8 to register for our annual 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp, to be held in Orange July 31-August 3. Cloverbud Camp explores a new theme each year and includes hands-on activities, socialization and fun with other kids, a daily snack, and many take-home projects.

The cost per camper is only $30 and includes all supplies, snacks, and a commemorative T-shirt with the theme. Register today by calling 672-1361. A 4-H health history and code of conduct are required; current 4-H members' info can be pulled from 4-H Online. New youth are also welcome, including rising Kindergartners.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Don't Forget that All State Fair Livestock Exhibitors Must Complete YMQA Training to be Eligible to Show

Please remember that if you are planning to show at the 2017 State Fair of Virginia, you are REQUIRED to attend a Quality Assurance training this year.

May 21, 2017 – 5:00 PM
·         Rockbridge County Extension Office, Lexington, VA
·         Please contact Katherine Carter ( to RSVP to this training

May 23, 2017 – 6:00 PM
·         Madison County Extension Office, Madison, VA
·         Please call the Madison County Extension Office at 540-948-6881 to register

June 10, 2017 – 8:30 AM
·         Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
·         Held in conjunction with I-81 Showdown
·         Please call the Rockingham County Extension Office at 540-564-3080 to register

Please continue to check the YMQA training calendar ( for more YMQA training events.

Farm to Table Day Camp Offered in June for Youth Ages 11-18

Calling all aspiring chefs or youth who like to cook! If you're between the ages of 11-18, Farm to Table is the day camp for you! We will visit local farms, learn how our food is produced, and then spend time in the kitchen cooking (and eating!).

Orange and Madison 4-H are partnering for this day camp since the Madison Extension office has a teaching kitchen. Sign up today! Scholarships are available for those with financial need.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sheep and Market Goat Weigh-in on Monday

Sheep and Goat Weigh-in will be held this coming Monday, May 15th at the VT Northern Piedmont Research Station. This will mark the beginning of the project for all 4-H sheep and market goat projects.

Weigh-in/tagging will take place from 5:00-7:00pm that evening and will be followed by a workshop on basic health management surrounding the small ruminant project.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 4-H Intermediate Congress

2017 Intermediate Congress

The 4-H Office at Virginia State University is once again proud to announce the 2017 4-H Intermediate Congress summer program.
The camp will be Monday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 12.

Our theme will be "What is Your Super Power?"

The cost is all inclusive at $150 and is open on a first-come, first served basis for any child between the ages of 11 and 13.  There is limited financial assistance available for anyone who needs it, just contact 804-524-5964 for more information.

We are also looking for ten Teen Mentors between ages of 14 and 15 who have completed the 
4-H Teen Mentor training.  The cost for Teen Mentors is free.

Payment is to be mailed no later than 5 pm Friday, June 30.  Any payments postmarked after this date will not be accepted and the child will not be registered.  

Link for registration form: 

More information:

Northern Virginia 4-H 2017 COMMUNITY DAY

Northern Virginia 4-H Community Day
May 21, 2017
10 am to 4 pm

Join us for a family-friendly FUNdraising event!  This is a great opportunity to visit the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center and explore this beautiful piece of Front Royal.

Enjoy free activities, such as face painting, performances from local artists, and making s'mores in the campfire circle.  There will also be pay-to-play activities that will add to the thrill of the day.  We will have a Petting Zoo, Knocker Ball, Hay Rides, Pony Rides and great food.  Come take a ride on our 275 feet long zip line or take a dip in our pool!

General admission is FREE and includes access to performances and a host of vendors (including food trucks).  GO the the link below to register and find out more about the day.  Be sure to select the "General Admission" ticket.

600 4-H Center Drive, Front Royal, VA  22630

Virginia State 4-H Show Tee-Shirt Design Contest

2017 Virginia State 4-H Show Tee-Shirt Design Contest

The State 4-H Horse program is offering the 6th Annual Tee-Shirt Design Contest.  This design will be used as the official design for the State Show Tee-Shirt for 2017.

Guidelines link is below.  All entries must be postmarked by June 23, 2017.

All 4-H Members are encouraged to enter.  
You do not have to be a horse project member.

The artwork will be posted on the 4-H Horse Program website and the Virginia 4-H Horse Program Facebook page after June 30 so that 4-H Members can vote for their favorite design.
The design with the most votes will win!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Upcoming Community Service Projects

Postal Workers' Food Drive

When: Saturday, May 13 from 7:00am-7:00pm (serve a minimum of 2-hour shift)

Where: Love Outreach Food Pantry (252 Blue Ridge Drive, Orange VA)

What: Sorting and organizing food collected by the US Postal Service

Who: suitable for ALL AGES

Contact: Drema Rogers, or phone/text (540) 717.5631

Meal Outreach Program

When: Tuesday, May 23 beginning at 6:30pm

Where: Riverside Church (23540 Raccoon Ford Road, Culpeper VA)

What: Packing 100 meal boxes to be distributed as weekend care packages for underprivileged youth of Orange County

Who: suitable for ALL AGES

Contact: Susan Hitt,

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Farm to Table Camp Coming in June


June 12-14, 2017

Experience and explore the Farm to Table & Local Foods movement right here in Orange and Madison Counties.  
We will visit local farms, pick produce, learn to preserve, 
learn about growing our own food and 
cook meals using locally grown foods!

Cost is $55 per participant.
Open to ages 11-18.

For registration form, go to:

For Health History & Code of Conduct forms, go to:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Northern Shenandoah Valley Goat Camp

This would be a haul for our Orange 4-H families-- but when has distance ever stopped us in the pursuit of a 4-H livestock project experience?

What: 3rd Annual Northern Shenandoah Valley Goat Camp
When: Sunday, June 11th from 8:00am- 4:30 pm
Where: Clarke County Fairgrounds
Who: Open to 4-H and FFA members in the Northern District who are currently enrolled in the goat project or interest in learning about the goat project
Cost:  $15 per 4-H and FFA member, $5 per parent/guardian
Contact for further information: Kaila Anglin, Clarke County 4-H Agent (540.955.5164 or
Registration Link: 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Art Contest Available to ALL 4-H Members

June is Dairy Month and all 4-H members are invited to submit original artwork for the 4-H poster contest. Youth ages 9-19 may submit. This year's theme is "Get More with Milk" and entries are due June 1st to the Orange Extension office.

Make sure your entries follow all the rules in order to be eligible to compete in the state contest.

  1. Poster must be on standard poster board and must be of uniform size - 14” X 22” - other sizes are ineligible.
  2. Use slogan and stick to theme.
  3. Newspaper and film cartoon characters may not be used.
  4. Posters must contain only original, hand-drawn artwork done by the participant. Computer-generated artwork and text are not acceptable and will result in disqualification of the poster.
  5. Do not attach items thicker than the poster board to the poster.
  6. Get ideas from television, magazines, parents, and friends. Study pictures from your grocery store, dairy plant, dairy nutrition council, or milk cooperatives for additional ideas.
  7. Keep it simple and to the point.
  8. Complete a contest entry form and tape/paste it on the back of your poster in the upper right corner.

State Dairy Judging Workshop Announced

There will be a state 4-H dairy judging workshop in Shenandoah County on Saturday, May 20. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the event will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FINAL REMINDER: Hog Nomination Photos

Final Reminder that all hog nomination photos are due by this FRIDAY, April 28th. We hope that everyone has found success in finding and purchasing your hog projects. Remember that this is a REQUIREMENT for all hog exhibitors in order to exhibit your project at the 2017 OCF.

Thanks in advance for your attention to the following nomination process:
  1. Pick up official identification tag from the Extension Office (tags were also distributed at the last livestock club meeting; so some exhibitors procured them at that event)
  2. Install tag in 4-H project hogs ear (if further information about proper installation is needed please email
  3. Take a digital photo of the hog with the newly installed tag  being visible in its ear. We must be able to read the tag in the photo. If any other specific, physical IDs can be documented in the picture along with the tag that is recommended. (Note: tag readability is the first priority in the photo, if color or any other distinguishing characteristics can be documented through the photo, along with the tag being readable that is a bonus)
  4. Please email photo to on or before Friday, April 28th
*Example of a suitable nomination photo.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Market Animal Boot Camp 2017

Market Animal Boot Camp will be held once again this year. This is one of the premiere educational events in the area for 4-H'ers and family members interested in learning more about raising competitive market animal projects.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Two Albemarle Events for Youth with Livestock Projects

We have posted on these events previously, but there are two livestock events available to Orange 4-Hers in Albemarle County this year. 

The Albemarle County Fair welcomes out of county exhibitors. More information is available at 

Additionally, the Grace Church Livestock Show forms are due to the Albemarle Extension Office by Monday, May 1. Entries must be signed by Kaci or Courtney before you send them to Albemarle, so please plan ahead to make sure you can get a signature when you need it. Rules and entries available at 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bit N' Bridle Club Members Compete and Fare Well in State EquiSmartz Contests

The following post was submitted by Bit N' Bridle members:

We enjoyed a beautiful weekend at the Virginia Horse Festival held each year at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia. Our Bit N’ Bridle Knowledge Team competed in the Virginia 4-H Horse Knowledge Contests. They have studied hard and attended other contests around the state to prepare for this state level contest. As a small team, we are very fortunate to join with other clubs to form complete teams—Thank You to Pine Hill Club, Triple Crown Club, Hippies Club, Centaurs Club, Rockingham, and Craig counties.

Junior Individual Presentation-First Place Cora Hoemann
Senior Presentation-First Place Charlotte Manvell
Hippology-Overall- Junior Team-Fourth Place (Cora Hoemann-first place in Stations)
Hippology-Overall- Senior Team-Hippies- Sixth Place (Emily Wright)
-Pine Hill-First Place (Charlotte Manvell-First Place Overall)
Horse Judging-Overall- Junior Team-Sixth Place
Horse Judging-Overall- Senior Team-Sixth Place
Horse Bowl-Junior Team-Second Place, Cora Hoemann-Third Place Individual

Charlotte Manvell made the Virginia State 4-H Horse Judging Team. She has the opportunity to represent the state in one of the following at Eastern National 4-H Round Up: Horse Judging,
Hippology or Horse Presentation.

Way to go Bit N’ Bridle Club! Thank you to the Meadow Event Park, Virginia Horse Festival,
Virginia Horse Industry Board, 4-H staff and volunteers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


The National 4-H Congress
has served as the premiere 
educational & recognition event 
for senior 4-H members for over 80 years.

This event will be held 
Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

National 4-H Congress offers participants and exciting 
opportunity to explore careers, engage in a variety of quality learning experiences, and have great fun meeting other 4-H members from across the USA.

The interview process will be held at the State Congress in June.

Information on the application process, timeline, etc. can be found:

Tips for portfolio and interview can be found:

Remember personal resumes are due at the State 4-H Office by April 30.
If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at 672-1361.

Northern District Livestock Show -- Culpeper Invitational

The Northern District Livestock Show
Culpeper Invitational

for all 4-H and FFA members of the Northern District
will be held on May 13
at the Culpeper Ag Enterprises.  

Goats have been added to the show!

Entry forms and payment need to be mailed directly to 
Andy Anderson, 4489 Hoover Road, Reva, VA  22735.
Entries should be postmarked by April 20, 2017.

Checks should be made payable to 
Northern District Livestock Show.

Entry rules & registration forms can be found:

NDLS is looking for sponsors to support the show.
For a sponsor letter, see the link: 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today is Reason #10 of the Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4H Camp


Fun is the number 10 reason of the
Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp

Fun is pool parties and swimming everyday!
Fun is classes and learning new things!
Fun is making new friends!
Fun is a campfire!
Fun is being outdoors!

Registration is Thursday, March 30
from 5 to 7 pm at the Extension Office!
For more info and registration forms:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#9 of the Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp



Work as a team to overcome challenges.

Many obstacles in life call for a team effort.  Our campers learn life skills of team work and team building.

Registration will be Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7.

See you at the Extension Office this Thursday.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017



Reason #8:  Listen to funny stories.

Our campers enjoy the camp experience, including the typical fish tales.

Camp registration is March 30 from 5 to 7.
More info and forms can be found at:

Monday, March 27, 2017


We present the reason #7 as part of our 
Top 10 Reasons to Go to 4-H Camp!

Come up with skits to perform around the campfire.
Evening entertainment with a special message.

We build self-confidence in our campers and help them overcome their fears with public speaking.

Camp registration is Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm.

For more info and registration forms, please go to:

Watch our blog for tomorrow's special reason to go to Camp!

Sunday, March 26, 2017


One reason per day and today is day 6:

Tell funny jokes and learn new ones.

4-H campers have fun in an active and meaningful way.  

Camp registration is Thursday, March 30 
from 5 to 7 pm!

For more info and registration forms, go to:

Watch tomorrow for reason #7!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Big #5 of the Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp


Today we share Reason #5

Sing and learn fun songs!

4-H Campers wrap up each day with a traditional campfire ceremony with songs.

Camp is held at the Northern VA 4-H Center in 
Front Royal, VA.
Will you be joining us for a campfire song?

Camp is June 25-29 and registration will be held 
Thursday, March 30, 5 to 7 pm.

For more info and registration forms, go to:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Small Ruminant Parasite Management Workshop Opportunity

Small Ruminant Parasite Management Class (will count as a May workshop opportunity for Livestock Club members)
April 12th at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds from 1 -5:00 pm
This workshop is available to youth ages 9+ with chaperone present 
Learn about FAMACHA, fecal float, Five Point Check, and DAG Scoring management methods. These diagnostic tools will help individuals identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats and selectively treat only those animals that truly need deworming. 
Cost of class set at $25 per person, this includes FAMACHA certification. Both classroom and hands-on instruction will be provided to participants.



Reason #4:  Compete in competitions to win the 
spirit stick for your pack!

Campers are assigned to packs or groups, such as, deer, owl, hawk, eagle, fox, bobcat, etc.

Packs participate in competitive 
races and relays to win the spirit stick.

Join the fun!  Registration for camp is Thursday,
March 30 from 5 to 7.

For more info and registration packets, go to:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reason 3 of the Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4H Camp!

# 3 of the Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp

Reason #3:  Learn cool games to play with friends

We offer lots of games at 4H Camp:
Fun coordination, team-building types of games!

Camp is June 25-29
Registration is Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm.

For more info and registration packets, go to:

Don't miss the fun!  

And watch our FaceBook page and blog for Reason #4 tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#2 Reason from Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-h Camp


Reason #2:

This year our campers have the opportunity to make new friends from Orange, Madison, Page and Frederick Counties.

Check back tomorrow for reason #3!  We have the top 10 reasons to join us at camp!

Registration is Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm.

For more info and registration packet, go to:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

4-H Show Hog Clinic RESCHEDULED!

Monday, March 27, 2017 from 
6:00 pm to approximately 7:00 pm
Orange Presbyterian Church

Come join us to learn about selection, care, grooming, training, showmanship…anything and everything about successful show pig exposition!
Instructor: Garrett Hamby of Hamby Haven Show Pigs, Williamsport, MD

Watch each day for Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp

Top 10 Reasons to Come to 4-H Camp

1.  Learn new skills in our classes.

2017 4-H Camp Classes include:
Campfire Cooking, Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming, 
Archery, Riflery, Candy-making
and more!

Camp registration is Thursday, March 30--5 to 7pm.
2017 Camp is June 25-29.
More info:

More reasons coming each day until registration day!!

Monday, March 20, 2017



The 97th Virginia 4-H State Congress will be held at 
Virginia Tech in Blacksburg 
from Monday, June 19 thru Thursday, June 22.

This is the premier, statewide 4-H event for teens aged 14-18.

Want to learn more?  Please visit:
or call the Extension Office at 540-672-1361.

Congress registration packets will be released very soon, 
so start making plans now!

4-H Congress...Packets Coming Soon!

The 97th Virginia 4-H State Congress will be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg from Monday, June 19- Thursday, June 22, 2017!
This is the premier, statewide annual 4-H event for teens ages 14-18.
Want to learn more? Please visit: or contact the office at (540) 672.1361.
Congress registration packets will be released very soon, so start making plans now!

Class for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren


is pleased to offer a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren class
beginning Wednesday, April 12.

Classes are FREE!

Topics include: navigating school systems, social media, role confusion,  transitions, and planning a child's future.

The Office on Youth will provide dinner and childcare while grandparents attend the classes.

Registration is open and free to those interested.

Please contact Ashley Jacobs at (540)672-5484 or