Friday, August 29, 2008

State Photography Contest Winner

An Alleghany County 4-Her, Hannah Tucker, recently took third place in the NC 4-H Photography Contest, Nature's Beauty category with her picture titled "Morning Dew".

This year's winning photographs had basic qualities : good technique with lighting and exposure, focus and composition, ability to clearly illustrate the category and use of unusual subjects or presentation in a new or unexpected way.

Judging for the NC 4-H Congress Photo Contest is performed by members of the Department of Communication Services in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. This department is staffed by professionals in the field of communications who are accustomed to creating and/or using photographic images as part of their own work. Below is a listing of the criteria the judges use when choosing the winners of this contest.
Congratulations Hannah!!
To see other winners you can visit the NC 4-H Congress Photo website

Wilkes Area 4-H Livestock Show

The Wilkes Area 4-H Livestock Show is open to 4-H and FFA youth (ages 9-18 for competition, ages 5-8 for participation) All ages are of January 1, 2008.

The livestock show will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at the Worth Tomlinson Rotary Fairgrounds in North Wilkesboro.

Weigh in is 3-4 pm with show starting at 5.
No clipping or washing allowed at show.

Entry forms are due no later than September 25. Late entries will not be accepted.
For complete rules and entry form please contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

State Fair Insect Collections Needed!!

We need your insect collections for the state fair. Prize money is available and we hope you will consider showing off all your hard work.

Age divisions are: cloverbud 5-8, juniors 9-13, seniors 14-18. All ages are 4-H age (age as of January 1). The entrant should be currently enrolled in the North Carolina 4-H Program.

The display boxes MUST by 18 3/4 inches wide by 24 3/4 inches long by 3 inches deep (outside measurements) and have a glass or plexiglass cover. Collections are best displayed when mounted along the horizontal axis.

Deadline to enter is September 24th. You can find more information on the NC State Fair website.

Bits, Bitting and Groundwork Clinic

Saturday, September 6, 2008
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ellis Event Center at Ellis Park
2056 E. Ridge Road
Salisbury, NC 28144

• The bitting process
• Types of bits and their uses
• Proper fitting and placement of bits
• What determines the severity of bits?
• Basic groundwork and its importance
• Groundwork exercises that must be done before riding

Presentation/Demonstration by Tim Potter, Ph.D, PAS

Pam Hipp: 704-637-6016 /
Please DO NOT bring your horses.
This is a presentation and demonstration and the presenter will bring horses for this clinic.

4-H Forestry Invitational

The 2008 NC 4-H Forestry Invitational will be held on September 27, 2008, at Schenck Memorial Forest in Raleigh from 9am - 2pm. Registration deadline is September 17, 2008.

The state contest will consist of: Tree Identification, Tree Measurement, Forest Insect Identification, Forest Disease Identification, Forest Evaluation
All events, except the Forest Evaluation, are individual events.

Teams consist of 3-4 members.
If you would like more information contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597 or check out the 4-H Inventational website.

Friday, August 22, 2008


September 13, 2008

Rain Date : September 20th

Registration -10:00 a.m.
Show Starts - 11:00 a.m.

All ages, youth and adults

Entry Fees: Lead Line & Costume Class - $2.00
All Jackpot Classes $10.00 with a 40/20/10 Split
All Youth Classes $5.00 or all for $25.00
Location: Ag Expo Property (Hwy 163 between intersection of Hwy 221 and
Mt. Jefferson Road, West Jefferson)

All Proceeds go to Ashe Friends of Agriculture Ag Expo Center

For More Information
Prior to Race Call North Carolina Cooperative Extension,
Ashe County Center – (336) 846-5850
Day of Race Call Mike Johnson (336) 877-0557;
Talmage Lawrence (336) 877-6331; or
Charles Young (336) 877-6811

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


This year seven youth traveled from Alleghany County to Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, NC the week of July 29th thru July 4th. This was our first year going to Millstone, and I must say it was a week of adventures. It was a fun-filled week of canoeing, archery, horseback riding, arts and crafts, dancing, ropes course and hanging out with new friends. Watch our video to see some of the cool things we did.

Camp participants included: Natasha Hamm, Jordan Billings, Chip Moyer, Katie Lundy, Alesha Yates,Rachel Caudill, and Daniel Caudill.

North Carolina 4-H Centennial Ice Cream Cone-test

Calling all flavorologists! It’s time to get those brains concocting sweet treats for us to enjoy as we celebrate the Centennial of 4-H in North Carolina! In partnership with the NC State Creamery, 4-H is designing and producing our very own North Carolina 4-H Centennial Flavor, and we need your help! The winning county will receive an ice cream party with all the trimmings for 100. Don't forget! Entries are due to the Extension Office by August 22!!

Flavor Guidelines
Acceptable Flavor Combinations
• Only one background flavor (Examples: vanilla, chocolate, cheesecake, eggnog, lemon, strawberry, etc.)
• Only one inclusion (Examples: chocolate chips, cookie pieces, M&M's, cherries, etc.)
• Only one swirl ingredient (Examples:fudge, butterscotch, raspberry, etc.)
• Ingredients must be available as safe, legal food ingredients and readily available or easily prepared. Remember that many ingredients are available to the Dairy Processing Lab that are not readily available to the public.
• The ice cream does not have to incorporate all three above components. It may be a very creative background flavor alone, a swirl with no inclusions or any other combination.
• Example of an ice cream flavor that meets the above requirements : Sweet potato ice cream with graham cracker pieces and cinnamon sugar swirl
• No nuts or peanut butter may be a part of the combination.

Naming of the Creation
• The Ice Cream name should involve the North Carolina 4-H creative!
• The name must not be offensive or in poor taste

Judging Criteria
• Creativity
• Flavor acceptability
• Ability to Manufacture
• Name innovation
• Name / Flavor Harmony

You must submit an official ballot to be eligible. Please contact the extension office at 336-372-5597 or by e-email with any questions.

Alleghany 4-H’er Honored at Annual 4-H Congress

An Alleghany County 4-H’er received one of the highest honors a North Carolina 4-H’er can achieve during the annual 4-H Congress.

Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus and Raleigh for a week of activity. This year’s Congress was July 21-25.

Victoria E. Hall, 16, daughter of Bonnie and Al Hall of Sparta, was inducted into the 4-H Honor Club. New Honor Club members were tapped during a candlelight ceremony Monday night, July 21. Membership in the Honor Club is based on service to the 4-H program, leadership, moral standards, 4-H activities and project achievement. Less than one-half of 1 percent of North Carolina 4-H’ers are selected for membership each year. Members must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of three years 4-H experience.

Victoria, who is homeschooled, is a member of the Nifty Needles 4-H club. She has been active in the 4-H program for 9 years.

Approximately 800 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress.

4‑H delegation attends annual Electric Congress

A delegation from Alleghany County attended the annual 4-H Electric Congress July 14-16 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Two hundred 4‑H’ers, adult leaders and Cooperative Extension agents from 60 counties attended the three‑day event. Since 1947, Progress Energy, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power have sponsored the annual congress to emphasize energy conservation and safe electricity use. The 4-H electric energy program is one of the most popular activities among Tar Heel 4-H’ers. The 4-H program is conducted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 204,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 19,000 adult and youth volunteers. Pictured from left are Amy Lucas – 4-H Agent, James Hall, 14, Victoria Hall, 16, both children of Bonnie and Al Hall of Sparta, Bonnie Hall and Wayne Huddleston, customer relations manager, Duke Energy.

Blue Ridge Equestrian 4-H HORSE Show

A Day of Family Fun! The 4th Annual Blue Ridge Equestrian 4-H Horse Show will be Saturday, September 13, 2008.

Western, English, Non-Trotting and Gaming classes for both experienced and novice riders,as well as face painting, pony rides and games at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, Blowing Rock, NC.Starting at 8:00 a.m. $8.00 class entry fees. $10.00 Jackpot Class Entry Fee Info: or