Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Youth Conservation Day

Cade Bullins Memorial

Youth Conservation Day

When: September 26, 2009 9am - 4pm
Where: W4 Farms in Dobson
Who: Youth ages 5-15

Come and enjoy this FREE family event and learn about fishing, hunting, sportsmanship safety, environmental education, and more at the Cade Bullins Memorial Youth Conservation Day.

Youth will rotate through stations and experience hands‐on learning focusing on things such as:
Station 1: Archery
Station 2: Fishing
Station 3: Fly Fishing
Station 4: Orienteering & Hiking Safety
Station 5: Shooting Range/Hunter Safety
Station 6: Turkey Education
Station 7: Side Demos

Side‐demonstrations include:
Bird Dog Demo
ATV Safety
Agency Informational Booths
Pre‐registration is required!
Deadline to register is Friday, September 4th.
For a detailed brochure, click here or call 336‐401‐8025.

RACE Games Clinic

Rowan Advisory Council for Equestrian (RACE) 4-H Clubs will host a games clinic that is open to youth and adults on Saturday, October 3 at Ellis Park Event Center, 2056 E. Ridge Rd. Salisbury, NC. Both ENGLISH and WESTERN riders are welcome to partcipate. Two sessions will be offered. The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 12 p.m. and the afternoon session will be from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Bring your horse and learn how to safely compete in games. We will work on desenstizing horses to game obstacles while riders increase their knowledge and skills in the area of horse games. The cost is $5 per horse/rider and auditors are free. Space is limited to 8 horse/rider combinations per session. Registration is open to Rowan County 4-H members and their immediate family only until September 24. Any available spaces as of September 25 will be offered to the general public. Registration deadline is September 25. Please call 704-216-8970 to register.

Monday, August 17, 2009

See You at the Fair!!!

Just a reminder. The Alleghany County Fair is just one week away. It's time to be getting those entries ready. We want to see all your accomplishments over the past year in categories from artwork to vegetables. For a full list of categories, click here. Youth and Adults are allowed to enter. Entries will be taken in on Monday, August 24th from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm in the Black Building at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds. Be sure to enter your best work for a chance to win cash prizes. Entry form and rules can be found here.

Be sure to also check out our full list of events and activities going on all next week. There are livestock shows nightly beginning at 6pm. Click here for a full class list. All entry forms can be found here. Scroll down to the livestock section.

Don't forget, Kid's night is Thursday, August 27th. For more information on the upcoming events visit the Alleghany County Extension website or contact our office at (336) 372-5597.

Hope to see you at the Fair!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Farm Credit wants to know how you "Keep it Rural"

You could win up to $3000!!

The first-ever video contest that lets you show off your appreciation for all thing rural! It's the Keepin' It Rural video contest. Dig out your funniest, most inspiring, unusual, bizarre, amazing, or just plain weird farm or rural themed videos. Or, grab your video cameral and shoot some new videos.

Official rules for the contest can be found here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We Are 4-H: The Musical on YouTube

In 1982, Mark Dearmon, Julie Landry and Dan Cook began the North Carolina 4-H Performing Arts Troupe (4-H PAT), a unique theatre program for teens age 12-19. The concept was simple -- to produce and stage an original musical with only six days of rehearsals. At the time, many people thought they were crazy. How could you possibly produce an original musical in six days -- with TEENAGERS? For ten years, this audacious concept gave hundreds of 4-H’ers the challenge of their lives and resulted in a number of remarkable productions. Some of our students have gone on to perform around the country on stage and on the air.

In 1991, the curtain came down on the Troupe and for years, 4-H’ers, leaders and agents have talked about “bringing back the Troupe.” With the arrival of the 4-H Centennial, the temptation was too great and a team of original Troupe leaders and students began plans for the Troupe’s return. The goal: to write and produce an original musical highlighting some of the 100 year history of 4-H in North Carolina. Four of our former students -- John Hood, David North, Tracy Fitch and Shelley Peterson -- have returned this year as adult leaders along with producer Mark Dearmon and artistic director Dan Mason.

The focus of the 4-H PAT is the production of an original musical written for the Troupe. 4-H’ers were selected through auditions and interviews in March. They had six days of rehearsals to learn all their lines, songs, dances, and blocking. The same time frame challenged the tech staff and students to build the set, hang the lights, design sound reinforcement and run the show.

The Troupe staff believes that if teens are given a challenge and an opportunity, they will rise to the occasion. The learn-by-doing approach taken by the Troupe gives them that challenge and opportunity. In the process, our students have a chance to work with talented theatre professionals from around the country to rehearse and stage their original production.We hope you enjoy the Troupe’s return.It is the product of long hours of hard work and dedication by our students, their parents and our staff.

This past week musical numbers from We Are 4-H: The Musical on YouTube so they can be shared with others. We have added a page to the Troupe website ( that includes the links to each of the videos. The website also includes a page of select photos from the production and an order form for the Troupe's performance on DVD.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

4-H Camps get much deserved recognition

In addition to traditional 4-H camp sessions, we conduct a variety of specialty camps each summer. Two of those camps were featured by local TV stations. Thought you would like to see the coverage on one of our /Operation Purple Camps /(at Swannanoa) and /Take Off 4-Health Camp/ at the Eastern 4-H Center. We are justly proud of all of our camps. It is gratifying to see two of them featured in such a positive way by area media.
Enjoy: (look for Operation Purple)

Larry Hancock

Extension 4-H Specialist

State Photography Winner

Photo by: Kacey Caudill

Each year, NC 4-H has a statewide photography contest sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Communicators Network. The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of 4-H members' photographic accomplishments. The exhibit is unveiled at 4-H Congress in Raleigh, NC each summer. The winning photos are then displayed at selected meetings and events throughout the year until the next Congress. For the second year in a row, Alleghany County 4-H is excited to announce that we have another state winner.

Congratulations goes to Kacey Caudill, daughter of Lori Hirschy of Sparta. Her picture entitled "Passing It Down" won third place in the 4-H Centennial category. The judges were impressed with the amount of thought and organization that went into the photo as well as the composition.
Kacey was chosen from over 180 entries from 40 counties in North Carolina.
Congratulations Kacey, on all your hard work.
All winning entries can be seen online at the Photography website.

Calling all Chefs!!!

As part of our Centennial Celebration, NC 4-H is creating a Centennial Cookbook celebrating 100 Year of Blue Ribbon Recipes. We need your help!! The goal is to have 4 recipes from each county submitted. If you have a recipe you would like to see published please click here for complete rules and guidelines. Recipes are due by September 1. Be sure to share your personal story about 4-H too. If you have any questions, you can contact the extension office @ 336-372-5597 or

North Carolina’s 4-H Centennial Cookbook Cover Contest

Are you creative? Do you love to use different art mediums to create a great visual image? Then this contest is for you!

North Carolina 4-H has been legendary as a program which helped girls and boys develop their foods and nutrition knowledge and skills. These same boys and girls became "Blue Ribbon 4-H’ers." 4-H members, volunteers, staff, donors, and friends are invited to participate in a creative contest to design the Cookbook Cover and/or the Category Pages within the Cookbook.

There are two different types of visual images requested:

I) 4-H youth are invited to participate in this unique Cookbook Cover contest to interpret the concept of Blue Ribbon 4-H youth creating Blue Ribbon 4-H Recipes for their families, the county fair, presentations, favorite foods contests, or muffin contests, etc.

II) 4-H youth are invited to create a page that can be utilized as a section divider for one of the recipe categories. The theme of 100 Years of 4-H Blue Ribbon Recipes should be incorporated within the graphic presentation while also focusing on the specific category chosen.
The cookbook categories are as follows:

Appetizers and Snacks, Beverages, Breads, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Dairy, Foods, Desserts, Egg Cookery, Main Dishes, Food Preservation, On the Grill, Poultry, Fish, Salads & Dressings, For a Crowd

For complete contest rules click here.

Deadline is August 15th so hurry and get your cover entries in.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Have you ever wanted to attend a NC State Football game and run on the field before the players come out? If so, this is your chance! North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and North Carolina 4-H are teaming up to give you the chance to RUN WITH THE PACK! Twelve North Carolina 4-H youth who have completed 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and are active in the 4-H program will be chosen for this incredible opportunity! First priority will be given to youth who participate in the 4-H Electric Presentation Program and those who receive power from North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.4-H’ers who are selected will run on the field prior to the September 19th NCSU Football game against Gardner Webb. Game time is at 6:00pm. Each 4-H’er who is selected will receive 3 tickets each to the football game as well as 3 meal tickets! If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the registration form found here.
Information is due no later than Wednesday, August 19th.