Virtual Show & Sponsorship

Support our hard working youth with animal projects in the 4-H Virtual Show & Sponsorship Drive being held in lieu of the county fair.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

State Fair Entry System Now Open

The State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock entry system is now open. All entries are due by August 15, no exceptions. After online entry, youth need to get their forms signed by an Extension Agent and those signed forms must be mailed in with entry fee.

All livestock show youth (beef, sheep, swine, meat goat) must be YMQA (Youth Meat Quality Assurance) certified annually. That has to happen by August 15th as well. There are upcoming sessions in Culpeper and Augusta, but you must pre-register.

Information regarding the State Fair rules, entry process, etc. are posted online.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Seniors of 4-H: Baylee Rollins

Baylee Rollins

Ever since she was old enough to be in 4-H, Baylee Rollins has been an active 4-H member. Growing up in Orange County, Rollins's parents put her in 4-H as a Cloverbud, which proved to be a life-changing experience. "4-H has not only helped shape me into the person I am today, but it has taught me the true meaning of responsibility," Rollins said. Over the years, Rollins has had the opportunity to participate in  4-H Livestock Club, 4-H Home-Ec Club and has volunteered or participated at TACO Camp, 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp, 4-H Camp, 4-H Chopped Food Challenge, Capital Day and Citizenship Washington Focus.

This summer Rollins was tapped into the 4-H All-Stars, which is the highest honor a 4-H member can receive, and is also regarded as her biggest accomplishment through 4-H. "It has been a goal of mine for many years and achieving it meant a lot, being that my mother, my sister, and I were the first ones in our family to receive this award," she said.

Throughout all of the activities and memories that Baylee has acquired throughout the years, her favorite memory was from this past summer at 4-H Congress, where she took the Cow Reproduction Class. During the class she learned how to artificially inseminate a cow and find its cervix through  the cow's rectal tract.

"4-H has taught me to be a leader and to stand up for what is right, even if it's not what everyone else is doing," Rollins said.

Rollins will be attending Germanna Community College where she will continue to to pursue her dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse and then transfer to the University of Virginia where she will obtain her Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN).

Congratulations Baylee and good luck with nursing school!

Farm to Table Camp

Farm to Table Camp is right around the corner, don't forget to sign up! 

All 4-H All Stars are invited to attend the August 21st Northern Chapter (East) 4-H All Stars Picnic, where the 2016 All Stars will be recognized. The picnic will be held at Graves Mountain Lodge, Sunday, August 21 from 3:30-6:15pm.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cake Decorating Day Camp

Learn how to bake cake pops and decorate cakes just like the pros with our Cake Decorating Day Camp.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pretty Animal Contest Theme Announced for the Fair

The Orange 4-H Dairy Club will once again be sponsoring the Pretty Animal Contest at this year's fair. All exhibitors are invited to participate. There is no cost to enter and prizes will be awarded. 

The contest theme will be the same as the fair theme this year: "Rural Life is Real Life". So put on your thinking caps, get creative, and come up with the best possible costume for you and your project animal!