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

Monday, March 13, 2017

B&B Judging Results Are In! And...

Junior Stockman’s Contest Results

The junior team finished as the 20th place overall team out of 49 junior age teams from across the state on Friday in the Stockman’s Contest.  

Team members included: Salaar Ali, Connor Dodson, Diesle Gilbert and Sadie Wentz.

Junior Livestock Judging Results

The junior team finished as the 2nd place overall team out of 33 junior age teams from across the state on Saturday in the Livestock Judging Contest. They received the following honors as a team: 3rd overall team in cattle judging, 1st overall team in swine judging, 3rd overall team in sheep judging and 1st place overall team in questions.

The 2nd place overall junior team members included: Salaar Ali, Connor Dodson, Diesle Gilbert and Sadie Wentz.

As individuals, the junior team members were recognized for the following performances (130 junior individuals competed in the contest):

  • Diesle Gilbert: 3rd Overall Junior Individual, 9th place individual cattle, 2nd place individual swine, 11th place individual sheep, 25th individual questions
  • Salaar Ali: 5th Overall Junior Individual, 12th place individual cattle, 11th place individual swine, 23rd place individual sheep, 2nd place individual questions
  • Sadie Wentz: 15th Overall Junior Individual, 14th place individual sheep, 6th place individual questions

Senior Livestock Judging Results

The senior team finished as the 15th place overall team out of 30 senior age teams from across the state on Saturday in the Livestock Judging Contest. They received the following honors as a team: 12th overall team in cattle judging, 16th overall team in swine judging, 16th overall team in sheep judging and 11th place overall team in questions.

The 15th place overall senior team members included: Roxanne Akers, Virginia Bryington, Skyler Hitt and Brice Norford. Landon Hitt also competed as a senior individual.

As individuals, the senior members were recognized for the following performances (132 senior individuals competed in the contest):

  • Landon Hitt: 4th Overall Senior Individual, 4th place individual cattle, 17th place individual swine, 7th place individual sheep, 9th place individual questions
  • Roxanne Akers: 21st Overall Senior Individual, 17th place individual cattle
  • Brice Norford: 24th place individual cattle, 12th place individual questions

Free Online Course--Preventing Disease in Animals and People

Excellence in Exhibition:
Preventing Disease in Animals & People

The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine created an online course to teach youth about zoonotic diseases, "Excellence in Exhibition:  Preventing Disease in Animals and People".  Targeted at youth aged 13-18 years, the free online course is meant to encourage showmanship and animal involvement while keeping both animals and humans safe and healthy.

To learn more and to take the course, visit

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4-H Exchange Seeking Summer Teen Hosting

Virginia 4-H has the opportunity to host teens from Costa Rica and Norway this summer!

The teens will arrive in Virginia on June 26 and depart on July 22 or 23.  
Hosting is a great way to learn another culture and share ours.  

There are 18 delegates & 2 chaperones from Norway.  
Teens are ages 17 to 19, 6 males and 12 females.

There are 10 delegates & 2 chaperones from Costa Rica.
Teens are ages 14 to 16, 5 males and 5 females.

These exchanges are being offered nationally, and host family applications must be completed online at the State 4-H International Exchange website at

Please do not delay in applying.  
The hosting sibling must be within 2 years of age of the delegate being assigned.  To ensure the best match, the hosting sibling's hobbies and interests should be disclosed on the application.

If you have any questions, please contact Dottie Nelson at (276)617-1065 or

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Farm Bureau Taking Pride in Agriculture 2017 Scholarship

Another great scholarship opportunity!

Orange County Farm Bureau is looking for graduating seniors for their 
Taking Pride in Agriculture 2017 Scholarship.

Applications are due to the Farm Bureau office on April 6, 2017.

Information and application can be found at this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Missy Chambers at 
540-226-9193 or



The Rapidan River Master Gardener Association is offering a scholarship opportunity to a graduating senior from Madison, Culpeper, Orange, or Greene who will be pursuing a degree in Horticulture and/or Agriculture.

Deadline for the application is April 15, 2017.

Information and guidelines can be found at
Application link is

If you have any questions, you may email

Monday, February 20, 2017

Youth Opportunities - Camps, College Scholarships, Awards

Here's a great cumulative listing of some special opportunities for 4-H'ers in the coming days/months. Take a read!

Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education: March 31st

April 2nd, 2017

Free, all-expense paid conference. (travel arrangements are up to the participant)
For students ages 16-19 years old; see for more information.
VICE is a three-day youth leadership conference:

  • interactive, educational and entertaining
  • students enhance their business, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Hands-on with “the cooperative way of doing business
  • Features “Who’s Minding the Store”, a computerized, interactive, business-simulation game
  • involving making business decisions for a fictional farm-supply store.
  • Scholarship Opportunity. $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 awarded to the three top performers


Holiday Lake Forestry Camp: June 19-24, 2017 –

For students ages 13-16 years old; See for Info.

Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is ideal for students:

  • to explore and experience activities in forestry and wildlife related careers
  • who participate in 4-H/FFA teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
  • to experience hands on learning about natural resources conservation

Courses include: Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecology, Reforestation and Tree Improvement, Tree Measurement and ID, Environmental Protection, and Wildlife Management

Other learning experiences include a field trip to a local paper mill; urban forestry demonstrations; exploratory classes in topics such as forest fire equipment and tactics, wilderness survival, canoeing, archery, skeet marksmanship, and wood turning; and lead by Conservation Police Officers, arson investigators, and wildlife researchers.

Campers participate in a Lumberjack Field Day with group competition in crosscut sawing, log
rolling, and other traditional outdoor skills contests.


Youth Conservation Camp: July 9-15, 2017 –

For students in grades 9-12 – Contact local SWCD for application, sponsorship provided.

YCC is a week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students held on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together students for a week of learning about natural resources. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

Link for more Info:

*Scholarship Opportunities* VA Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarships

*contact local SWCD for local scholarship opportunity

Scholarship program provides financial support to students in a college course curriculum
related to natural resources or environmental conservation or agriculture and life sciences.

-State Scholarship Deadline – March 24th

Application available -


Outstanding Young Agriculturist Award – by Farm Bureau

The Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award recognizes a high school junior or senior for outstanding academic, community and agricultural achievement. The award also encourages
students to strive for leadership opportunities and involvement in the agriculture sector.

Applications due by March 31st:

*Scholarship awards for district, runner-up, and state winners*

Junior Beef Roundup (Virginia Beef Expo) Details Announced

Information about the 2017 Junior Beef Roundup to be held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo is now posted. The Junior Beef Roundup will be held April 13 – 15, 2017 in Harrisonburg, VA. We understand this is Easter weekend and we have moved everything up in the schedule to be completed with the Supreme Drives on Saturday afternoon. Due to the condensed schedule, several contests and activities will not be held this year. We hope to bring them back in 2018. Please pay attention to the schedule for all of these changes and updates. NO cattle will be allowed in the barns prior to Friday morning.

Entry fees are $25 per head and all cattle must be owned by March 15th!

Stalling will be assigned again this year prior to arrival. ALL stalling requests must be submitted via stalling request form. All requests must be submitted byApril 3rdelectronically. Requests received after this date may not be honored. Stalling request forms can be found on the Junior Beef Roundup page, as well as in the entry system.

NEW to 2017 ~
With the rising costs of putting on the Junior Beef Roundup, we are asking for the youth to play a larger role in helping fund the show. Additional efforts are being taken to address this challenge via avenues such as program advertisements and solicitation of new corporate sponsors. This show could not happen without the support of our industry and the many people involved. The Junior Beef Roundup Champion Program is a way to garner support of the show. While this program is completely voluntary, we do encourage our youth to step forward and work to make a difference.

The youth participating in the Junior Beef Roundup may ask friends, family, and businesses to become a “Champion” in support of the Junior Beef Roundup. Tax deductible receipts will be provided for gifts over $25

Junior Beef Roundup Champion Levels:
·         $100 in cumulative donations-  $25 gift certificate to the youth securing the sponsorship (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)
·         $200 in cumulative donations- $50 gift certificate to the youth securing the sponsorship (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)
·         Additional $25 in gift certificates for each additional $100 in sponsorships (gift certificate valid for show supply vendor on the fairgrounds)

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 13th. Entry forms and rules will be posted early next week to the 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:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Grace Church Farm Tour 4-H Livestock Show Invites Orange 4-H Members to Participate

Orange 4-H members are invited to participate in the Grace Church Farm Tour 4-H Livestock Show on Saturday, June 10, in Keswick. The show is for many departments: Cloverbuds, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Rabbits, Poultry.

A copy of the rules and entry form is available by clicking this link.

VICE CONFERENCE--Opportunity for ages 16-19

Ever wonder how a Cooperative business works??

Great Opportunity Close to Home!!

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

This 3-day youth leadership conference is an interactive and educational event for ages 16-19.  You will learn "the cooperative way of doing business" while enhancing your teamwork and leadership skills.  

$2,000, $1,500 AND $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to the three top performers at the VICE conference!

For more info & registration forms, go to 

Don't miss out....Sign up today!!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's 4-H Public Speaking Time!!!

It's 4-H public speaking season, one of the best times of the year! Seriously. Orange 4-H'ers do a great job, even those who think they "can't" because they're too nervous or too shy.

The county contests will be held Friday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m., and we're looking for contestants! Visit our document library to see what your contest options are.

If you like speaking, try a presentation or demonstration like "How to Build a LEGO House" or "Why Hoof Care is Important in Horses". Did you write a speech at school? Go the route of the public speaking contest: "Abe Lincoln: My Favorite President" or "What I like About Traveling".

Radio spots are fun! They're exactly 30-second promotional "ads" for 4-H. Change your voice up so you catch people's attention! Extemporaneous speaking is great for those who can "think on their feet" and want the challenge of preparing for a topic with only 15 or 30 minutes. Extemp contestants might get asked, "What's your most memorable moment from childhood?" or "How can your 4-H club be improved?"

If you sing, dance, act, tell jokes, or perform in other ways, Share-the-Fun might be your style. There are six categories to choose from!

Finally, Table Setting combines creativity, menu planning, local foods, and decorating into one fun event.

Click the link earlier in this post to get more details. We hope to see you compete March 17!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017



Instead of declaring love for your Valentine this February 14, declare love for yourself!  This Valentine's Day, 4-H invites you to share your own #LoveMySelfie on social media.  Grab your camera and strike a pose to highlight your self-worth, 
self-love, and self-esteem with all of your friends and invite them to participate.  

Use the hashtag #LoveMySelfie.
Deadline is February 28.

Don't forget to add a sentence or two about what you love about yourself and the unique character traits that make you YOU!

Share with your friends and invite them to participate!  We want to see lots of self-love this Valentine's Day!
#LoveMySelfie and our Extension family.