Monday, April 27, 2015

NC District 4-H Horse Show

We are quickly approaching the district 4-H horse show which will be held on May 16-17 in Raleigh.  You can still send in your entries with a late fee so be sure to get those in as soon as possible.  
You also have the opportunity to show the same weekend at the Wake County all youth open horseshow.  All show details can be found under "2015 North Central District 4-H Horse Show & Wake County All Youth OpenShow Details" at this link:

VERY IMPORTANT -- Every 4-H club that is showing must volunteer in some capacity at the District 4-H Horse Show in May.  You can sign up online using this google spreadsheet.  Click on this link --
and it will take you to the spreadsheet.  Please fill in your name and club (county if independent member) where you would like to volunteer.  There are 3 tabs at the bottom so be sure to look at all of those.  Let me know if you have any trouble opening the spreadsheet.**
If you cannot access the spreadsheet online or want me to sign you up, please contact me and we will get you signed up for a volunteer time.

Thanks so much, 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 4-H Plant Sale

We are currently taking orders for the 2015 Annual 4-H Plant Sale....

The following types of plants are available to purchase:
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Vegetables

CLICK HERE to print your plant description / order form or you may pick one up at the Extension Office.  Call 336-372-5597 or email Michele Hamm for more information.

Order & Payment Deadlines:

For Blueberries ~ Monday, March 23rd
For All Other Plants ~ Friday, April 17th
Payment is due at the time the orders are placed

** We can now accept credit/debit cards for payment, with a small fee of 3.75% or less charged.  Phone orders can/will be accepted with a credit/debit card purchase**

Pick-Up Dates:

For Blueberries ~ April 1-2 (9am-5pm)
For All Other Plants ~ April 23-24 (9am-5pm)

ALL proceeds are used for scholarships for Alleghany County youth to attend 4-H Camp and other 4-H Programming.

County Activity Day 2015 ( aka presentations)

What:  County Activity Day
Who:  Youth ages 5+
Where:  County Office Building (90 S Main St, Sparta)
When:  Wednesday, May 13 (4-6)

County Activity Day will be Wednesday, May 13th at the Alleghany County Office Building beginning at 4 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.

You MUST contact the Extension Office in advance and sign up for a time to present. Presentations will begin at 4 pm. For more information and to sign up call the office at 372-5597. For a full list of presentation categories visit the link below. By presenting at County Activity Day you may be eligible to present at District Activity Day on June 13th at A&T State University in Greensboro. 

If you are interested in attending 4-H Congress in July you must do a county presentation.

2015 Presentation Quick Fact Sheet

Presentation Rules

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WHEP & Forest Contest Deadlines Approaching

WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program)
May 9, 2015
W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir
Wilkesboro, NC
Registration Deadline: April 17

4-H Forestry Contest
September 19, 2015
Schenck Forest
Raleigh, NC
Registration Deadline: August 28

More details, the official contest announcements, and registration forms can all be found at 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Upcoming Horse Shows

There are several shows coming up soon.  

Our Spring Holiday Classic Open Horse Show will be April 18-19 in Raleigh.  This is our fundraiser for our district 4-H horse program so your participation would be greatly appreciated!  You can also volunteer to help at the show, sell sponsorships and encourage vendors to attend.  **You can find all information at the new web site at:

Our district 4-H horse show will be May 16-17 in Raleigh in conjunction with the Wake County All Youth Show.  Our 4-Hers can show in both shows if they choose to.  All district 4-H forms are available at:
Also, if you sell at least $100 in sponsorships for this show you will get a free stall for the show.


WHEP – The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program

WHEP is a national 4-H program that:
  • teaches 4-Hers about the fundamentals of wildlife management
  • brings 4-Hers together to develop team skills
  • promotes and develops leadership skills among 4-Hers
  • provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to work with natural resource professionals.
YouthAlthough WHEP is a competitive event, its primary purpose is to increase participant’s knowledge of wildlife management while promoting life skills. The basis of the program is the NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide, which covers wildlife habitat management concepts and helps participants prepare for the annual state contest.
2015 NC WHEP State Contest 
May 9, 2015
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir Education Center
Wilkesboro, NC (Wilkes)
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015

NC WHEP Activity Guide – 4th Edition 
revisions to the WMPs, January 2014  UPDATE! (replaces pages 44 & 45 in the 4th edition of the NC WHEP guide)
WHEP Assistance
Ideas to help train your WHEP team
National WHEP Web SiteThe above link leads to a new web page

Horticultural Presentations

Please tell your young people (specifically your seniors 15+ by the end of the year) that this year the state winners in the horticultural categories of Horticulture Production and Marketing, Landscaping and Artistic Arrangement are all eligible to attend the National Junior Horticultural Association's annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Highly recommend this year, next year is Erie, PA (no offense Erie, PA). We cover registration, sometimes travel if we drive and youth cover lodging/sometimes travel.  We have a splendid time, make good friends, learn a lot, have many belly laughs and in short celebrate a deep and abundant affinity for plant material. 

BTW: Crop Science, Entomology and Soils are pretty wonderful categories too. 

On behalf of Liz Driscoll
4-H Youth Specialist
Departments of Crop Science, Entomology, Horticulture and Soil Science

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NCSU Veterinary Medicine Open House

Spring is on the way and so is the annual OPEN HOUSE at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. This year's event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.
This will be a fun and informative day--lots of horses and farm animals this year.

For more information visit the LINK..

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ashe Target Shooting Sports - March Meetings

4-H Target Shooting Club will meet March 9 & 23, 2015
6:00 p.m. @
Family Central