Thursday, August 11, 2016

Open Halter Horse Show

Just a reminder there will be an Open Halter Horse Show this Sunday, August 14, 2016 @ the Alleghany County Fairgrounds.  For more information and classes please click on the link below.

Open Halter Horse Show Class List

Registration Begins: 2:30 p.m.
Show Starts at 4:00 p.m.

Alleghany County Fairgrounds
U.S. Highway 21, North ~ Sparta, North Carolina

 For More Information contact: 336-359-8457

**A negative Coggins is required**

**No Stallions permitted

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4-H Camp - Betsy-Jeff Penn

July 31—August 5
Ages: 8-14 (age at time of camping)
Leader In Training (LIT) ages 15-17
Cost: $420 (scholarships are available)

Join us for a week of traditional 4-H overnight camping. You will have an opportunity to participate in high ropes course, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming and much, much more.  You sleep in cabins (not tents) with all the comforts of home. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on. Opportunities for Leaders in Training for ages 15 and up. The cost of camp is $420 (scholarships available).  For more information contact the office. A letter with details will be sent to all participants once registered.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bramble Ridge Farm Horse Camp

Ages:  8 - 12
When:  June 27 - June 29 (9-5 each day)
Cost: $150.00
Where:  Bramble Ridge Farm
Lunch & Snack provided

Bramble Ridge Farm is offering a horse camp from 9am-5pm June 27th – June 29th . Safety, basic equine care, and horsemanship are the main focuses of the camp. No prior equine experience is necessary!!

We accept campers age 8 to 12. Aiming for maximum personal instruction time, we are accepting 4 campers. The cost is $150 per camper; each camper will have 4 to 5 hours of hands-on horse experience per day. A healthy lunch and snacks will be provided.

Please call or e-mail Gretchen Huysman with questions.  336-572- 1918 or

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Summer Fun

The 2016 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is now available online.  

Click here to find out what fun & exciting activities we have planned for this year.

If you are interested in attending any of these activities, you MUST either come to the Extension Office or use the NEW online form to register.  You can access that form here.  It is strongly suggested that you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces available.  We must have current (2016) Enrollment, Medical & Media Release forms filled out.   

If there is a fee, payment is due at the time of registration to secure your child's space.  There is also a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt. 

For payment, we accept cash, check, debit/credit cards and we now have added a PayPal payment option.  Please note that if you register online, your space is NOT reserved until payment is received.  If you choose to use the PayPal payment option, you must also fill out the online registration form.

For more information, please call 336-372-5597 or you can email Amy or Michele with any questions.
























Thursday, May 12, 2016

County Activity Day

What:  County Activity Day
Who:  Youth ages 5 to 18
Where:  County Office Building (90 S Main St, Sparta)
When:  Wednesday, May 18 (3:30-6)

County Activity Day will be Wednesday, May 18th at the Alleghany County Office Building beginning at 3:30 pm. Activity Days are the 4-H presentation competitions. These are open to any youth 5 - 18 and cloverbuds (5-8 yr olds) are non-competitive. You can win scholarships to attend other 4-H events and medals by participating.
You can present on any topic - there's a category for everyone!!!  In the past we've had state winners speak about  Radon, Healthy Lifestyles, Forensics, and Graffiti, Goats, Horses and more.

If you need help deciding on your topic, contact the office @ 336-372-5597.  This a great way to practice your public speaking skills in a stress free atmosphere!!!

If you plan to present at District Day in June, you MUST present at County Day.

There is a talent portion as well so if you have and act, talent, song or dance to demonstrate, we'd love to see it.

Also if you are planning to attend NC 4-H Congress in July at NCSU (open to youth ages 13+) you need to plan to do a presentation.  This helps to offset costs to attend.

Please contact the office with any questions or visit the link to register.

REGISTRATION FOR County Activity Day

Friday, April 29, 2016

4-H Presentation Workshop

Who: Youth ages 5+
When: Friday, May 6  4-5 pm
Where: County Office Building - 90 S Main St.
Cost: FREE
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 4th

Want to learn more about 4-H presentations or maybe why you should want to do a presentation? Our County Presentation Day is just a few weeks away and this will help you get ready.  Learn things like:  how to choose my topic, posters vs. powerpoint and how to answer questions about your presention.

Ages 5-8 are non-competitive.  Also if you are wanting to attend NC 4-H Congress you must do a presentation to be eligible.

 We will be hosting a Presentation workshop on Friday, May 6th from 4-5 pm.  If you would like to learn about presentations and find out exactly what they are all about you don't want to miss out. Teen 4-Her’s that have presented at County, District and State Levels will be available to provide tips and advice on how to make a winning presentation and will answer your questions. You must register by Wednesday, May 4th.

You can register by calling the office @ 336-372-5597 or registering online at the link below:
Registration Link

Want to see what winning presentations look like,  visit the link:

Health and Fitness Presentation

Poultry Presentation

Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 4-H Teen Camp to Jekyll Island

We are super excited to announce we will  be heading south to Jekyll Island for our 2016 4-H Teen Camp!!
4-H Teen Camp will be offered this summer for Alleghany, Buncombe, Gaston, and McDowell County 4-Hers the week of June 14-17, 2016 at Jekyll Island, Georgia.  We will have 4 fun-filled days learning about beach ecology, marine biology, Georgia coastal history, team building, leadership skills, and much more.
Activities will include a beach ecology program with saltwater shark/ray fishing, tour of Georgia Sea Turtle Center, trip to Tidelands 4-H Nature Center, evening turtle walk with biologists from the Sea Turtle Center, the Jekyll Island museum, Passport to the Century trolley tour, and fun at the Summer Waves water park.  We will also have some time to enjoy the beach too!
The registration form and tentative schedule is located at the link below.  Registration is on a first come-first served basis.  Alleghany County only has 5 available participant spaces so make sure to get your registration paperwork completed and returned as soon as possible.
Please feel free to share this information with any of your 4-H friends who might be interested.  If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Amy @ or 336-372-5597.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Small Farms Food Drive - benefiting Solid Rock Food Closet

Alleghany Cooperative Extension is participating in a statewide food drive that will benefit the Solid Rock Food Closet of Sparta.  We are participating in conjunction with the 30th Annual Small Farms Week celebration, March 20-26.

Sponsored by The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Small Farms Week pays tribute to the state’s small-scale growers. By expanding the scope of this year’s observance to include a food drive, Cooperative Extension is hoping to acknowledges farmers’ contribution to the health and economy of North Carolina as well as bring awareness to food insecurity across our county and state.

We are hoping to collect 125 cans by March 15 but we need your help!!!

If you have canned and non perishable items you would like to contribute, please bring them to 90 S Main St, 3rd floor.  There is a box set up for your donations.  Anything is appreciated.

If you have questions, please contact the office at 336-372-5597.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Food Show Reminder!!!

Just a reminder if you are planning to participate in food show this Saturday, March 5, you must register through the office.  Forms can be found below.  Food show is open to you ages 5+ and is a great way to showcase your cooking talents. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 2 at 5 pm. You can contact the office @ 372-5597 or email  Don't miss out on the tasty dishes and great workshops, plus all participants will be entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes.

Food Show 2016 Forms