Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Alleghany 4-H Plant Sale

We are now taking orders for the 2017 Alleghany 4-H Annual Plant Sale....

The following types of plants are being offered for purchase:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Herbs
  • Ferns
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers

Payment is due at the time orders are placed.  **We accept credit/debit cards for payment.  Phone orders can/will be accepted with a credit/debit card purchase**

For Blueberries ~ Friday, March 24th
For All Other Plants ~ Friday, April 21st

For Blueberries ~ April 5-6 (9am-5pm)
For All Other Plants ~ April 27-28 (9am-5pm)

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

CLICK HERE to print your plant description/order form or you may pick one up at the Extension Office.  For more information, call 336.372.5597 or email Michele Hamm.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Food Show 2017

personified cooking utensilsWho: Youth ages 3+
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Deadline to Register: March 3, 2017
Cost: Free
Where: Yadkin Cooperative Extension Office (2051 Agricultural Way, Yadkinville, NC)

It’s time to show off all your culinary skills at the upcoming Area Food Show! This will be held on Sat., March 11th and is open to youth ages 3 and up. There are four age categories to participate in: Pre-Cloverbud (3-4) Cloverbud (ages 5-8), Junior (9-13), and Senior (14-18). The theme this year is “Family Favorites”, so we would love to see a family-favorite dish.

Categories include: snack/appetizer, main dish, vegetable/soup/salad and desserts.

This is also a great time to show off your table presentation skills (i.e. tablecloth, flowers or decorative items that go with the theme of your dish). You must bring serving plates and utensils for at least two judges (plastic and paper are fine). At the end of the day we will all get to sample everyone’s dishes so additional plates and utensils are recommended but not mandatory.

Transportation can be provided but you MUST let us know ahead of time. We will leave the office at 8:00 am. Setup will begin at 9 a.m. and Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. Your dish must be cooked ahead of time. There are no microwaves or stoves available, but we do have access to electric outlets. While judges taste all the wonderful recipes, participants can enjoy different hands-on activities.
Participants will be judged on recipe, taste, table setting and nutrition. All participants will receive a cookbook of all the recipes featured at the event. You must fill out a registration form to participate. 

There are also sample questions listed of things the judges may ask you. If you would like more information about food show, please contact the office at 336-372-5597.


Teen Retreat 2017

When: Saturday March 25th - March 26th
Where:  Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp
Who:  Youth ages 13+
Cost:  $90/person for Full Time Registration or $70/person for Saturday Only (scholarships may be available)

Register by March 8.  

Teen Retreat is just around the corner. . . deadline to register is March 8 (correction from the date listed in the newsletter) . . . open to youth ages 13 and up (must be 13 as of 1/1/17). We will be participating in Workshops, Outdoor Recreation (Canoeing, rock wall, etc.), Dance, Campfire, District Officer elections and lots more!!! Visit the blog for more information or to register, contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597 or visit the link.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Horse Smarts - limited time discount

American Youth Horse Council LogoA new 4-H horse club resource is now available for purchase with a coupon code for $20 off for a limited time.  This new resource, "Horse Smarts," will become an official resource for the horse bowl and hippology contests FOR ALL DIVISIONS beginning in January 2018.  It will REPLACE the Youth Horse Leader's Council Resource.  So, effective Jan 1 2018, Horse Smarts will be a resource for ALL DIVISIONS and the Youth Leader's Manual will be removed.

This resource can be ordered at the link below:

Use the Coupon Code "Horse Smarts" at checkout to receive a $20 discount.  This discount will not be available long term (we do not know the end date at this time), so keep that in mind.

Also, this resource does NOT come in a 3-ring binder, but allows you to divide it up into different sections and different binders if you wish.

This resource also has many "hands on" worksheets and activities appropriate for all ages, so it could be a great club resource in general.

78th annual UT Block & Bridle Roundup

Please mark your calendars for the 78th annual UT Block & Bridle Roundup to be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017, in the Brehm Animal Science Arena on the Agriculture Campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Block & Bridle Club has a busy day planned for 4-H and FFA members from across the region in the Brehm Arena! The day will begin with Check-In from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with the livestock clinic beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be at approximately 11:15 a.m. with the contest to follow. Reasons will be given at the conclusion of the Livestock Judging Contest.

Special Note: Due to lack of participation in the Meats and Dairy Judging Clinics and Contests we will not be offering those this year.

Parking: Please park in S65/66 behind the Veterinary School or CFN1 directly in front of Brehm Animal Science.

Divisions for Livestock Judging will be as follows:
Junior: 4-5th grades
Junior High: 6th-8th grades (junior high members will give one set of oral reasons)
Senior: 9-12th grades (senior members will give two sets of oral reasons)

Oral Reasons: Junior High students will give one set of oral reasons in the Livestock Judging Contest, and Senior High students will give two sets of oral reasons in the Livestock Judging Contest.

Please follow the link below for registration via Google Docs. Contact Jessy Shanks ( if you have trouble with this system. Early registration is $10 per student and this includes lunch for the day. Extra lunches need to be purchased on your registration form for parents, agents, siblings etc. These are $6 per person and must be purchased in advance to ensure you get a meal. Please make checks payable to UT Block & Bridle Club, you can pay on site March 4th via check (preferred), cash or debit/credit card (additional fee for SQUARE).

Registration via Google Sheets

To simplify everything we ask that registration be completed by Friday, February 24th at midnight. If you register past this date you will be charged late registration of $15 per student. Registration will be completely closed at midnight on Wednesday, March 1st. There will be no registration the day of the event.

If you register a team we expect you to bring them or notify Jessy Shanks and let her know they will not be attending. Otherwise an invoice will be sent to your school/county to cover charges for lunch/registration materials that have to be prepared in advance.

Please watch our Facebook page for up to date information! 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please call Jessy at 865-974-4160 or email at Please forward this email to others who might be interested!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Clover News

The February 2017 edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online. 

Click here to view.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Teen Retreat T-Shirt design

blank t-shirtThe North Central District needs your help to design the 2017 Teen Retreat 

Please use the attached form to design YOUR Teen Retreat shirt and submit to the Extension Office by February 15.  You can email your submissions to

District Officers will judge all entries and the winner will get to showcase their shirt for the District at Teen Retreat in March.
Please design in black and white, read on to find out why!

****WAIT**** Not the creative type but still want to have a say????

Visit the NC 4H - North Central District Facebook page to VOTE for your favorite T-Shirt ColorColor choices are Red, Pink, Golden Yellow, Gray and Navy Blue.

The winning color will be matched with the winning design for a truly unique shirt.  We can't wait to make you a part of Teen Retreat!

Contact the office with any questions @ 336-372-5597.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Range Safety Officer Traning

NC Wildlife Resource Commission LogoRSO TRAINING

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The NC Wildlife Resource Commission along with NC Cooperative Extension, Camden County Center will be hosting a Range Safety Officer Training to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park
in South Mills, NC.

The training will begin at 10 AM and will end around 5 PM.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost to participate in this

Each hunter education team must have a certified range safety officer in attendance at competition in order to compete at tournaments.

Please contact Chase Luker at
Danelle Barco at for more information or to register.


Horse Bowl Volunteers Needed

horse with 4h cloverWe’re looking for a few good folks to help with the North Central District Horse Bowl competition scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11th – would you be interested in lending a hand?

This year, the competition will once again be held at the Guilford County Extension Center located at 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405.  Registration is slated to take place from 9:00-9:45AM, followed by a contest start time of 10:00AM.  This is a GREAT youth development event that impacts numerous youth across our district.  We plan to run two rooms for competition, and we’re in need of the following volunteers to make this run as efficiently as possible:

  • Moderators – One per room for a total of two:  to read the questions and reset the buzzers (we prefer to have an experienced moderator who has volunteered before)
  • Judges – Two per room for a total of four :  decide if answers given (that are different from the answer listed in the question and answer key) are correct or incorrect
  • Score keepers – Two per room for a total of four:  keep up with how many points each team has (one individual and one team score keeper)
  • Door keepers – One per room for a total of two:  make certain that no one enters or exits the room during a match
  • Runners (usually a couple of teen 4-Hers) – to take score sheets to the tabulations room   

 We will gladly provide volunteers with a free lunch (in addition to the reward of helping these young people develop integral life skills that will serve them well for years to come - hey, how can you beat that?!)

If you are willing to help, please contact me the office @ 336-372-5597 or

Friday, January 20, 2017

Holiday Classic Open Horse Show Planning Mtg

NC 4H horse program logo
It's time to start preparing for the Spring Holiday Classic Open Horse Show that is a fund raiser horse show for the North Central District 4-H Horse Program and the NCSU Western Equestrian Riding Team.  We need your help in planning for the show as well as running the show.  We have several dedicated volunteers that have been running this show and putting lots of hours into preparing for the show, but now have other commitments so we need your help!  

The next planning meeting for the Holiday Classic show will be on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pmat the Hursey's BBQ in Mebane.  Come early to eat.  

Please fill out the doodle poll at this link if you plan to attend the meeting.  Just click here and then put your name and click that you can attend that date so we can get an idea of who is planning to attend.

Please understand that these shows cannot run without your help.  If you have never helped out before but are interested please let us know, we would love to train new volunteers to help us out with this fund rasier which helps pay many scholarships for our district 4-H horse program youth and volunteers.

If you have any questions please let us know and you can learn more about the Holiday Classic Shows at the website (which will be updated soon for the spring info) -