Thursday, September 22, 2016

Student Election Assistants

In 2003, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law allowing high school students to work in the polls on election day. Student Election Assistants carry some of the same responsibilities as election officials, and are compensated in the same way.
To qualify, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 17 years old by election day and who resides in the precinct where they wish to serve. Applicants must be in good academic standing with the school where they are enrolled (including public, private and home schools). They must also have permission from a parent (or guardian/legal custodian) and from their school principal/director.
Contact your local County Board of Elections office for more information.  
To apply, download the application here and mail it to your County Board of Elections office.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Alpha Omega Corn Maze

WHO: Youth ages 8+ (5-7 with a parent)
WHEN: Friday - October 14 3:30 pm ~ 9 pm (leave from County Office Building)
COST: $15 (dinner is included)

We will be taking a trip on Friday, October 14th to the Alpha Omega Corn Maze in Yadkin County. We'll take part in the 6 acre corn maze, barrel train, inflatable obstacle bounce, corn box, hay rides, hay bale maze and much, much more. The trip is open to youth 8 and up (youth ages 5-7 with a parent - parents will be responsible for their own transportation).

They have added “Animal Acres” petting area and you can feed the animals for .50/cup. If you would like to feed the animals, please bring some money to buy the food.

We will leave the County Office Building at 3:30 pm and return around 9. Dinner is included in your cost. You don't want to miss out on all the fun. For more information or to register, contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

Friday, September 16, 2016

September Clover News

The September edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online. 

Click Here to view.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Youth Poultry Poster & Skillathon Competitions

Limited to Residents of North Carolina

Departments "PS1" and "PS2"

General Division Director: Dr. C.R. Parkhurst

Youth Poultry Poster Contest

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry forms must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m., or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on this date.

Open to all youth, ages 5-18. Please click on the link below to read the rules of the competition before registering.

Posters will be received in the Poultry Tent on Wednesday, October 12th between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All exhibitors must pre-register before bringing poster to the Fair.

Exhibits will be released October 24, 2016 between 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Youth Poultry Skillathon Contest

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2016
Entry forms must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m., or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on this date.

The skillathon will take place on Thursday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Poultry Tent on the fairgrounds. All exhibitors must pre-register before coming to the fairgrounds to compete.

Open to all youth, ages 9-18. Please click on the link below to read the rules of the competition before registering.

Please note that exhibitors who choose not to disclose their full Social Security Number at the time of registration (paper entry forms or online), even if they have submitted an entry in the past, forfeit any and all premium monies they may be entitled to.

For more information, contact the NC State Fair Entry Department at (919)839-4515.

All links can be found on the NC State Fair Page 

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