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.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bit N Bridle Club Earns Ribbons at State EquiSmartz Event

The members of Orange 4-H Bit N Bridle have been busy this competition season! Last weekend, they attended EquiSmartz in Lexington, VA, and earned the following awards.

In the Horse Bowl knowledge competition, the Orange juniors finished fourth. Olivia Clary finished eighth as an individual. Lone Orange senior Emily Wright joined forces with Caroline County 4-H, and they finished second as a team Emily was the first place individual, earning $125 cash prize and an embroidered bridle bag. Congrats!

The Hippology contest was held Saturday afternoon, and the Orange junior team placed 5th in team stations, 7th in team horse judging, 1st in team problem, and fourth overall. Olivia Clary was 7th high individual for stations.

Horse Judging took place Sunday. Olivia Clary placed 6th in junior individuals. The Orange junior team placed 3rd in performance, 10th in halter, 9th in reasons, and 8th overall. In the senior division, Orange's Emily Wright again paired with Caroline County 4-H. Their team placed 2nd in halter, 3rd in performance, 1st in reasons, and 2nd overall.

The club will compete again this Saturday in horse communications contests in Stanardsville. Good luck!

Block & Bridle Livestock Results

Seven Orange youth competed in the Virginia Tech Block & Bridle Livestock Contests at the beginning of the month. In the stockman's contest on March 1, Sadie Wentz placed 12th in senior judging and questions. Oscar Wentz placed 5th in junior division judging and questions.

The livestock judging contest was held on Saturday, March 2. First-time competitor Thomas Garth won the junior regular division out of 123 youth! In addition to placing first overall, he was 2nd in hogs, 9th in cattle, and 9th in sheep and goats. In the senior division, Sadie Wentz was 16th overall and 7th in cattle. Salaar Ali placed 19th in sheep and goats, Murray Dickie was 16th in hogs, and Connor Dodson placed 20th in hogs.

Reminder: Junior Beef Roundup Entries Due Tuesday

VA Junior Beef Roundup – Entry Deadline is Tuesday, April 2nd.  Late entries will be accepted until Monday, April 15th, but with a double entry fee of $50.00  This is the link to the FairEntry system where you will enter your cattle and showmanship entries:

Virginia Beef Challenge (held in conjunction with the Virginia Junior Beef Roundup) – Entry Deadline is Friday, April 5th    This link will provide contest information and the link to the online registration form:

State 4-H/FFA Stockmen’s Contest – Entry Deadline is Monday, April 8th.  The electronic entry form is attached, along with the contest rules.  Please complete the form and email to by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 8th.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Home School and Summer Cloverbud Camps | Northern Virginia 4-H Center

There are more camp opportunities than just this summer! The Northern Virginia 4-H Center, where 4-H Camp is held, is hosting TWO more camps this year that you can attend! Deadlines are approaching quickly! 

Home School Day Camp: April 23-25, 2019, Registration Link: Northern Virginia 4-H Center will be hosting our 2019 Homeschool Day Camp on April 23-25, 2019. This camp is open to home school students ages 5-18 (as of September 30th). Join us as we spend three days exploring Virginia native wildlife with the help of special guests from the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the American Chestnut Association, and 4-H Center Program Staff.
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019 

Summer Cloverbud Camp: July 12-14, 2019, Registration Link:
Summer Cloverbud Camp is a two-night residential camp designed to give younger children an opportunity to spend the night away from home and experience what 4-H camp has to offer while sharing this experience with a parent, grandparent, or other trusted adult. Camp activities will be facilitated and supervised by camp staff. Individual supervision of campers is the responsibility of the accompanying adult outside of activity times.
Registration Deadline: June 28, 2019 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Help the Fair Association Prepare the Grounds!

The Orange County Fair Association members are hosting two spring work days. Please join them

Sunday, March 31, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.

Wear work clothes, dress for the weather. Bring gloves, hand tools, weedeaters, etc. Many hands make for light work, so please join in! There will also be additional days scheduled as we get closer to the fair.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

April Workshops Open to ALL Clubs

Mark your calendars for two county-wide workshops in April.

A record book workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room behind the Extension office. This will be a DIY workshop where youth can get a head start on their record books for the 2019 4-H year. Come join us and learn how to put together a blue ribbon book! Sign up online at

An All Star nomination form workshop will be held on Monday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the public meeting room behind the Extension office. Being tapped as a 4-H All Star is the highest honor a Virginia 4-H'er can receive. The form is lengthy, and the data covers your entire 4-H career, so we highly recommend starting early. Don't wait until you're a teenager, but if you're already close to nomination age, come join us, too. We will review the form in its entirety and help you categorize your 4-H participation in the right places on the form. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child. Sign up for this workshop at

Take advantage of these hands-on learning opportunities!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Contests for Success

Contests for Success

for High School Juniors & Seniors

Youth Discussion Meet and Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Contests for FFA & 4-H

Youth Discussion Meet offers opportunities for FFA & 4-H members to solve real issues in the agricultural industry while building a team approach to solutions and actions.
The first statewide open events will take place in June and offer cash prizes to winners and finalists.
More info on Facebook "VAFB Young Farmers" soon.

Outstanding Young Agriculturalist applications for current Juniors and Seniors in High School are available Applications can be found:
Deadline is March 31st for applications.

A 3-5 minute oral presentation is required of the finalists.Scholarship amount is $1,500.

All finalists and parents, if desired, will have hotel and meal expenses covered during the Young Farmers Summer Expo event.

Contact information : or 804-514-4202.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Junior Beef Round-up Rules and Schedule Posted Online

Attention, beef exhibitors and enthusiasts! Junior Beef Round-up (held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Expo) information is now posted online. Entries must be made through 4-H Online (same process as State Fair) and they are due April 2nd. Don't wait until the last minute because if you need help, the state office staff are only available during 9-5 working hours.

Click here for the rules.

See the complete schedule here.

Junior Beef Round-up includes cattle shows, tractor operators contest, stockman's, Beef Challenge cooking contest, team fitting, team sales, and state cattle working to name a few.

Virginia Make it With Wool Contest Announced

Though spring is barely here, now is the time to start entries for the Make it With Wool (MIWW) contest to be held September 28 in Berryville, VA. Competitors are encouraged to get their fibers/fabrics tested and then sew, knit, weave, or felt wool garments. 

Good luck! 

Northern District Livestock Show Packet Released

The Northern District Livestock Show will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Culpeper. Rules packets were released today and are available HERE.

Entries are due April 30, but in this busy show season, don't let this date sneak up on you. Go ahead and send them in now.

Friday, March 8, 2019

iLeadership Institute | Statewide Leadership Conference | July 15-18, 2019

iLeadership is happening at Virginia State University (VSU) from July 15-18, 2019. This summer program is designed to help 4-H youth develop skills to serve in local, district, state, and national 4-H leadership roles. Participants will become more effective 4-H club leaders, camp counselors, and members of 4-H Cabinet, State and National Congress. 

Some fun highlights include 4-H Color Run, STEM & Drone Technology, 4-H Yoga, 4-H Civic Engagement & Etiquette Banquet, and much more! 

There is a new Statewide Public Speaking Contest for Intermediate aged youth on July 16, 2019. Only participants that have received a blue ribbon from the unit or district contest may participate. To find out more information, check out Intermediate Public Speaking Contest Information and fill out the Presenter Proposal if you plan to participate.

There is a cost associated with this program.

You can check out the iLeadership 2019 Flyer for more information on this leadership event.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lucky Charms Club Meeting Report 1/8/19

Lucky Charms Club Meeting Report 1/8/2019

Lucky Charms 4-H members observed the monthly 4-H meeting at 10 am, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

A marble roller-coaster project was completed at the meeting.  In addition, a decision to change the upcoming meetings to a different time was also discussed by the members and the adult leaders.

In cooperation with the Orange County Library, and the Orange County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, club members met at 146 S. Madison  Road, Orange, Virginia, within one of the conference rooms.

The members used recycled materials (cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, leftover wrapping paper, etc.), along with office supplies (scissors, glue, tape, markers, etc.) to construct a creative contraption to move a marble from one location to another hence "Marble Rollercoaster".

This project was created so that the members could use up recycled materials in a creative and fun way.  Because the members worked in groups with different ranging ages, it helped them to develop teamwork and communication skills.

Sixteen of the twenty members were present.  Abbas Grey, President, presided.

Yusef Grey
Club Reporter

If you are interested in joining the Orange County 4-H Lucky Charms Club (Homeschool Club), they meet at 11 am on the second Tuesday of every month in the Extension Office Public Meeting Room.  Leader is Cindy Pagan (

Monday, March 4, 2019

Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE) | For Older Teens | March 29-31

Ever wonder how a Cooperative business works??

Great Opportunity Close to Home!!

March 29-31, 2019
Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

This 3-day youth leadership conference is an interactive and educational event for ages 16-19.  You will learn "the cooperative way of doing business" while enhancing your teamwork and leadership skills.Check out the published flyer and agenda for more details. 

$2,000, $1,500 AND $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to the three top performers at the VICE conference!

Please visit, for more information and to download the application forms under the “Youth” tab to submit by the March 15, 2019 deadline. Here’s a direct link to provide your students:

Please note that the completed forms should be emailed to since Allen Melton has retired.

Don't miss out....Sign up today!!