Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shooting Education Camp Offered at Holiday Lake 4-H Center

There is still time for youth to register for the annual Virginia 4-H/NRA Shooting Education Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center, August 14-18, 2011.  The camp will include courses in shooting safety education, shooting fundamentals and theory, marksmanship instruction and a competitive shoot.  Cost is $220 for the week (slightly more for muzzle loading and shotgun) and includes meals, lodging, insurance, instruction, ammo, awards, and a camp T-shirt.  The camp is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 with interest or experience with firearms.  Registration and payment are due by July 15; please contact the local Extension Office for a brochure. 

FW: OCHS gets the trophy again

The four Orange County High School 4-H Angler teams of two anglers each captured the Virginia State High School Fishing Championship sponsored by The Bass Federation of Virginia.  The tournament was held at Buggs Island, Boydton, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, and attracted teams from North Carolina and Virginia.  Buggs Island is a new lake for the Orange team and the members did extremely well in their pre-fish evaluation.  Three out of four Orange teams  caught their limit of five fish. 

Dylan McGhee caught the big fish (the tie breaker) for all teams across both states, a 4+ pounds largemouth bass on a  green pumpkin carolina rig. He and his partner Franklin Marrs tied for  4th place in the Virginia standings with a total bag weight of 8.46 lbs.  Michael Sidle and Steven Mundell had a total weight of 8.46 lbs. for their five fish.   Kasey Henshaw and Austin Clore caught 4 fish for a total of 5.79 lbs.  Devon Bowling and Austin Mitchell had nearly 9.6 lbs, but were penalized most of that weight due to a mix up in weigh-in time.   The top three teams for Orange accounted for 22 lbs. and thus brought home the championship trophy for Orange.  All those who participated may advance to the World Finals in Russellville, Arkansas, the end of July.   Adult boat captains  Wayne Dorman, Brian Green, Guy Davis, and OCHS Sponsor - Becky Gore volunteered their time to get these youngsters on the water.   



Shenandoah Lamb and Goat Show June 18 in Woodstock

The Lebanon Church 4-H Club (Shenandoah County) and the Shenandoah Valley Lamb and Goat Breeders Association are co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Shenandoah Summer Prospect Lamb and Meat Goat show on June 18 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.  Registration information can be found here:


Congratulations to Nancy Lawler, Unit Administrative Assistant, who won the state Meritorious Support Award from Extension honor society Epsilon Sigma Phi.  Nancy was recognized at the Virginia Extension Service Association meeting last week at Sweet Briar College with an engraved plaque and a beautiful flower arrangement.  Nancy has worked for Extension for 34 years and most everyone who comes in contact with our office knows that she is the heart and soul of the office.  From answering the phones to greeting visitors with a smile, Nancy will always go the extra mile to find information or publications, help a 4-H member complete an application, register clients for an event, or serve as a go-to person for information and answers.  She puts in long hours, shows excellent attention to detail, and provides outstanding support and service to colleagues in the office.  Please congratulate Nancy on her award the next time that you see her! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NOW TAKING PLACE: Summer Workshops and Volunteer Sign- ups

Don’t forget to register to participate or volunteer with Orange County 4-H this summer! Registrations are quickly filling up and payment is due no later than June 1st! As always, volunteers are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t offer such wonderful programs without the support and generosity of Orange County Volunteers!

Stop by the Orange Extension Office today to fill out and register for our summer programs! To see a list of the summer workshops being offered, visit the Orange County website at

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 State Fair Youth Nomination Locations

The 2011 Youth Nomination Location Schedule for the 2011 State Fair of Virginia has been released. All youth who are showing in Market Lamb, Commercial Ewe Lamb, Youth Market Goat and Youth Market Beef will need to officially weigh and nominate any animals they plan to show. We are fortunate to have a site right here in Orange: Glenmary Farm on Monday, June 20, at 9:00 a.m.
A mailing has been sent to those youth that have previously shown in the youth sheep show and all those that nominated either sheep or cattle last year. This is the same process as in years past. All market animals (beef, sheep, and goats) need to be nominated in order to be eligible to show. Please make sure that this list gets distributed to those in your county or area that might have an interest in showing at the 2011 State Fair Youth Market shows.

Clarke County Leaders' Association Summer Market Lamb and Goat Show

The Clarke County 4-H Leaders' Association would like to invite all Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland 4-H and FFA members to participate in their Second Annual Summer Market Lamb and Goat Show to be held Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street in Berryville, VA. Rules and Regulations, Entry Forms and Health Forms are available by contacting the Extension office. Entries must be postmarked by June 25, 2011. NO Late entries, faxed entries, or emailed entries will be accepted this year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

4-H Intermediate Congress Applications Now Being Accepted

4-H members ages 11-13 as of September 30th are eligible to attend Intermediate Congress at Virginia State University. This three-day event will provide participants a taste of what State 4-H Congress is like, allow you to meet 4-H friends from other counties, attend workshops, build leadership skills, and have FUN! Stay on the campus of VSU in Petersburg (in air-conditioned dorms!) and do this all for just $50. Contact the Extension office if you're interested in going; adult chaperones are needed also!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Small Animal Weigh-in Posts Big Numbers

The small animal weigh-in for Orange County Fair market projects was held yesterday at the Orange Livestock Market. 4-H members nominated 14 goats, 37 lambs, and 80 hogs! Looks like we will have another big fair this summer. The Extension staff thank the volunteers who helped us handle and tag the animals, especially Tony Rogers, Jim Miller, and Patti Knight.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Madison Invites Orange to Hippology Contest

Madison 4-H has invited Orange to participate in their beginner-level Hippology contest on May 19 at 5:00 p.m. for those with an interest in horses.  The contest will feature breeds, feeds, a quiz, identification of skeletal parts and equipment.  Judging will not be included in this contest.  Please RSVP to Kelly Mallory at 540-948-6881 if you plan to attend so that she can order pizza for dinner.