Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Virginia State 4-H Horse T-shirt Contest

2018 VA State 4-H Horse Show
T-Shirt Design Contest

The Virginia State 4-H Horse Program is offering the 7th Annual T-Shirt Design Contest.

The winning entry will have their artwork featured on the official State Show T-Shirt at the State Show in Lexington in September.

Please read the attached rules and entry form closely and submit your design. Please note that all designs must be postmarked no later than Friday, June 22nd!!!

The artwork will be posted on the 4-H Horse Program website and the Virginia 4-H Horse Program Facebook and Instagram page after June 30th so that 4-H members can vote for their favorite design. The design with the most votes overall will win!

Guidelines and entry form can be found:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New at the Fair! Parent and Alumni Showmanship FUN SHOW

Calling all 4-H parents and 4-H alumni! We have a new FUN SHOW at the fair on Wednesday night! Befriend a 2018 exhibitor who will let you borrow a cow (beef or dairy), goat (meat or dairy), or sheep to show at the fair. There is no cost to enter and there will be prizes!

Brush up on your skills and we'll see you at the fair. Many thanks to Jay Eutsler for organizing and Patti Knight for sponsoring.

Enter online at this link!

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Photo courtesy of Holstein Association

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 29 Fair Clean Up Day

 4-H Community Service

The Orange County Fair Association is having another  clean up/grounds prep day on Sunday, April 29th at 1:00pm.

All Volunteers are welcome to come, many jobs to do.

The Fair is early this year and there is a lot of work to be done.

Five More Host Families Needed ASAP- Please Share

We are starting to get to the end of the application phase and we still have several delegates that need placed. Please spread the word to anyone and everyone. Now is crunch time for placing delegates and we do not have enough host families. Why not cook up some love in your kitchen this summer by opening your home and your heart to a delegate?

We still have 3 boys and 2 girls who need homes. We are running out of time!

Host Family Requirements: Family must have a child of the same gender and within 3 years of the same age as the hosted youth. Family must be able to provide a bed and 3 meals a day for the delegate. You don't need to be involved with 4-H to host! No special activities need to be planned, these youth just want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English.

Who are the Japanese Youth? Scroll below for the list of youth needing host families. Delegates are ages 13-15. 

How to Apply: Visit and create a host family application.

Contact: If interested, please act quickly! We need to make host family assignments as soon as possible. Please email for more info or call 804-317-9806. 


List of Japanese BOYS

B2: A 13 y/o boy whose hobbies are to swim and play video games. Loves to play Taiko drums and likes Shaolin Kung-Fu. He is interested in learning more about American school if possible. Favorite subject: Science. Swimming level: Intermediate

B6: A 13 y/o boy who likes pocket monsters (aka Pokemon), video games and watching tv. Also likes museums, singing, camping, playing basketball and volleyball. He has been practicing kendo (Japanese fencing) for seven years. He enjoys cooking and looks forward to cooking a meal for host family. Swimming level: Beginner.

B9: A 14 y/o boy who loves to Likes reading fantasy books such as Harry Potter and the Emerald Atlas and reading manga (Dragonball and Naruto). Also likes computers, movies, video games and role playing games. He likes camping, playing badminton and dogs. He is considerate of others, outgoing, and loyal. Swimming level: Beginner.

List of Japanese GIRLS

G11: A 14 y/o girl who likes playing soccer very much. Also likes running, volleyball, and ping-pong. Enjoys cooking, singing, and arts and crafts. Likes computers, movies, shopping, playing piano and reading. Member of the soccer club and likes to watch sports. Favorite subject is physical education. Intermediate swimmer.

G13: A 14 y/o girl who likes photography, painting, and shopping. Likes video games, movies, and reading. Plays softball and is a part of the softball club. Likes to sing and likes Disney movies. Likes detective stories and is interested in space in the universe. Favorite subject is P.E. Intermediate swimmer.

Learn about other cultures with leaving home through Virginia 4-H International!

~Eliza Seibert
Virginia Coordinator
States' 4-H International Exchange
Japanese Summer Inbound Program

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cloverbud Day Camp, 2018



Camp will be held at the Northern Piedmont Research Center.
9 am to noon daily

Cost is $35 per child.
Cost includes supplies, camp t-shirt and daily snack.

Contact the Orange Extension Office at 
672-1361 to register.

Health History and Code of Conduct Forms 
for registration can be found:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fwd: Northern Shenandoah Valley Goat Camp- June 3rd

The 4th Annual Northern Shenandoah Valley Goat Camp will take place on Sunday, June 3rd at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. The deadline to register with forms and fees is Friday, May 4th! (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 May 25th; 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 at

 (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 4, 2018 

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, 524 Westwood Road,                  Berryville, VA 22611

If you have any questions about registration or payments, please contact: Claudia Lefeve, Clarke County 4-H Agent at (540) 955-5164 or or Stacy Swain, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Warren County at (540) 635-4549 or

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

State 4-H Congress Packet Now Available; Registration Starts April 16

State 4-H Congress is the premier event for 4-H teens in Virginia, and it will be held June 25-28 on the campus of Virginia Tech. Featuring hands-on college workshops, state competitions, social events, and keynote speakers to inspire and encourage leadership, Congress is a fun and beneficial experience.

Interested teens should 1) notify the Extension office of their interest, and 2) review the Congress packet, available online (click here). Registration will occur through 4-H Online and a tip sheet is further explained here.

Transportation is generally provided by charter bus from the Culpeper area, but spaces are limited and participants will need to reserve their spots quickly.

4-H State Congress

Monday, April 9, 2018

Extension Offers Cooking for Crowds Food Safety Training for 4-H Adults and Teens

If you are part of ANY food service or handling through 4-H, we have the training you need! Cooking for Crowds is FREE and the certification is good for three years. Whether you sell concessions, host potlucks, or sponsor fundraiser dinners, learn how to keep yourself and your customers safe from foodborne illness.

A special training just for 4-H adults and teens will be held Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Madison Extension office. This is for all of Planning District 9, including Orange! Call 672-1361 to sign up.

Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Taking Pride in Agriculture/Farm Bureau Scholarship


Orange County Farm Bureau Scholarship

High School seniors who have applied to a college/university with the intent of 
pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field may apply.  

Deadline for application is April 30, 2018.  

More information and application can be found:

Undeniably Dairy Poster


2018 June Dairy Month 4-H Poster Contest

The theme of the 2018 June Dairy Month 4-H Poster Contest is 

A change in this year's contest is the size and paper for the poster.  
Please see link for guidelines and entry form.

To enter, please have your poster to the Orange Extension Office by June 13.

The Orange Extension Office will judge posters for the County winners and will
then forward your posters to the 4-H Congress Headquarters by the State deadline.