Thursday, August 13, 2015

Collards in The Cafeteria

Check this out . . .

Nestled in the agricultural heart of North Carolina, Gaston County schools are attempting to source 10% of their produce locally. Students love the addition of fresh, local strawberries and watermelons to their menu, but how about collards? Collards In the Cafeteria follows the journey of this nutrient rich leafy green from the fields to the county's Central Kitchen, where they are cooked and processed in a Wonka-like fashion for cafeteria service the following day. Frank Fields, Director of School Nutrition, shares the secret of the final step; getting students to try and, perhaps, even love this classic Southern side dish.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Wilkes County 4-H Blog

Wilkes County 4-H now has a new 4-H Blog to go along with their new 4-H Agent, Whitney Greene! Go visit their blog to see what exciting things they have planned.......
NC State Fair

Entry Deadline: September 15, 2015

Contest Rules
1. Open to all youth, ages 5-18.

2.Limit one poster entry per exhibitor.

3.Youth will compete in their own age group as of January 1, 2015.

4.Posters must be 24x36 and include poultry related content. Examples include, but are not limited to: breed identification, diet, meal preparation, cage maintenance, poultry showmanship, and parts of a bird. The content should be age appropriate.

5.Poster must be completed by the youth who entered the poster. Minimal parent involvement for 5-8 year old age groups is acceptable.

Groups by Age: Lot No. 00001 (Ages 5-8 ); Lot No. 00002 (Ages 9-14);
Lot No. 00003 (Ages 15-18);

Posters will be received in the Poultry Tent beginning Tuesday, October 13th thru Wednesday, October 14th between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All exhibitors must pre-register before bringing poster to the Fair. Posters will be on public display, so please make sure the information used is accurate. Please cite sources if applicable.

The participant does not have to be present for submission of entry for judging. Limit one poster entry per exhibitor.

Posters will be judged on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Posters will remain in the Poultry Tent until the end of the Fair. Posters will be released on Oct. 26.

Ribbons and premiums will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poster in each group.
1st Place - $25 and Ribbon
2nd Place - $20 and Ribbon
3rd Place - $15 and Ribbon

Registration for this competition is by paper entry form only. Mail or deliver completed entry form in person to the North Carolina State Fair Entry Department, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Dirty History @ The NC Museum of History

Don't miss out on this free program if you're going to be in the Raleigh area this weekend.. . .

Just sending a quick reminder to come and get the dirt at our FREE program 


2nd Saturdays: Dirty History
Saturday, August 8, 1–4 p.m. (drop-in program)
North Carolina has dirt in its past. Find out about and play in the amazing variety of soils in the state, and learn about the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett. Also, visit the Dig It! exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences, and make a “dirt dessert” to take home!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Possible NC Avian Flu Outbreak Information

The NCDA&CS Veterinary Division has released an article concerning a possible avian influenza outbreak.  Please note that this will affect poultry growers of all size models, large and small scale. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Congress 2015

Congress is coming up this week.  Attached  are links
to information you will need to know.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We will be leaving from the County Office Building at 2:30 on Friday afternoon.  We will return Tuesday by 5:00 pm.  Be sure to pay close attention to Dress Code.




** for the Tuesday activity we were not chosen for any of the off site options so will be at the McKimmon Center.


**no strapless dresses or midriff showing for formal.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway Exploration

June 18 ~ 8:30 am—4:30 pm
Ages 7—18
Cost $5 ~ Bring a bag lunch & drink
Deadline to Register:  June 15

Join us for an exciting day with Ranger Jackie as we explore an 1800’s cabin and hike around one of the most beautiful places in Alleghany County.  We’ll find out what it was like to live during that time, including what you ate, what school was like, what you did for fun, and what you did when you were sick.   Bring your hiking shoes and water bottles for a full day of nature and exploration.  We’ll hike out to wildcat rock and look down into Basin Cove.  Who knows what we might see so don’t miss out on the great adventure. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

UPDATED Summer Fun Newsletter

We have added a couple more Summer Fun activities!  Spaces are filling up very fast, so make sure you get registered....

Updated Newsletter

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Zoo Snooze Update!!!

It was just brought to our attention there was a misprint on the Zoo Snooze.  We will be leaving at 4 pm on August 5th and returning at 5 pm on August 6th.   This is an overnight trip to the NC Zoo.  Sorry for the confusion.

August 5-6
NC Zoo - Ashboro
4pm August 5th ~ return 5 pm August 6th
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $35 ~ Limit: 4
Bring $20 for dinner on the way & lunch in the zoo

 Slither and slide your way into the secretive world of reptiles and amphibians at the NC Zoo. Discover the differences between these animals and what they can tell us about our environment. Spend the evening exploring the world of these elusive backyard creatures with games, activities and presentations. Invite a toad to live in your yard by building a toad abode


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

June 11th  ~  10:30 am—7 pm
Ages:  8+
Cost:  $20 ~ Limit: 10
Bring $10 for lunch

Deadline to Register:  Friday June 5

You don’t want to miss out as we travel to Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA to experience a "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” good time. 

Known by children of all ages, “Mary Poppins” is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household to care for young Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Come discover with Mary a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it!

To register you must come by the office:  90 S Main St., 3rd Floor, Sparta, NC