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: