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.

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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