Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to All!

The Extension Office will be closed Monday the 1st and Tuesday the 2nd in celebration of the New Year Holiday. We will re-open on Wednesday January 3, 2018.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

January 1, 2018: Deadline for 4-H Enrollment

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Just a friendly reminder that in order to be eligible to exhibit your projects at the 2018 fair, enrollment must be completed by January 1, 2018.
Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll or enroll for the first time:
  • Login to your account on
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2017-2018” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen or create a profile for the first time

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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The Extension Office Staff would like to personally wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

The office will close at noon on Friday the 22nd and will reopen to serve the public on Wednesday, December 27th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dairy Club Supports Food Pantry

The Orange 4-H Dairy Club recently voted to support the Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange in hopes of helping food insecure families in the community. Shown below is Levi Call, club member, who presented the club's check to a food pantry volunteer.

The Dairy Club raises funds throughout the year with their famous "milkshake wagon" at events like the county fair, tractor pull, and Somerset Steam & Gas Show.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Community Service Opportunity


Orange County Children’s Toybox will be packing toys on Wednesday, 12/13/17 at 6:00 pm at Gibson’s Auction.

They will also be delivering toys beginning at 9 am on Saturday 12/16/17. Please meet at Gibson’s Auction.
To deliver toys on Saturday you must be accompanied by an adult--no teen drivers.

Both of these count towards your Community Service.
Please be sure to sign in at Gibson’s to get credit.

Any questions you can contact Drema Rogers at 540-717-5631.

Friday, December 8, 2017

State Fair of Virginia Announces Scholarship Application Process

The State Fair of Virginia issued a press release recently notifying youth who participated in the 2017 fair that they can apply for over $18,000 in scholarships. For more information, visit

To go directly to the scholarship applications page, CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 4, 2017

2018 Natural Resources Weekend, January 27-28, 2018

2018 Natural Resource Weekend
January 27-28, 2018

Weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult chaperones.
Workshop topics include Survival Skills, Edible Insects, Intro to Shotgun, 3-D Archery, Snakes, and many more!
Early Bird Registration Deadline:  January 3, 2018.

For more information and registration form,

Friday, December 1, 2017

2018 Youth Livestock Event Dates

February 23 -24, 2018 – Block & Bridle Contest Weekend (Livestock Judging, Stockmen’s and Meats Contest), Alphin-Stuart Arena, Blacksburg, VA
April 19 – 22, 2018 – Virginia Beef Expo, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 20, 2018 – State 4-H/FFA Stockman’s Contest, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 21, 2018 – State Youth Cattle Working Contest, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 20 – 22, 2018 – Junior Beef Roundup, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 27, 2018 – Youth Poultry Convention (FFA and 4-H State Poultry Judging Contests), Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
April 28, 2018 – Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Clinic, Blacksburg, VA
June 20, 2018 – State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Blacksburg, VA
June 23, 2018 – Virginia Lamb/Goat Symposium, Blacksburg, VA
July 16 – 18, 2018 – Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Camp, Blacksburg, VA
October 5 – 7, 2018 – Youth Livestock Shows at the State Fair of Virginia, Doswell, VA