Thursday, December 29, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
In order to be eligible for membership, the applicant must have completed three or more years of 4-H club work and shall be at least 16 years of age and not more than 20 years of age on January 1 of the year of application.
Honor Club Applications are due to the Extension Office on January 25th. These must be signed by me before they can be forwarded onto the state office in Raleigh. For more information contact our office at 336-372-5597 or visit the NC 4-H website www.nc4h.org
Honor Club Application
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Cost for the event is $15.
You must register by Wednesday, January 4th at 5 pm.
We will be leaving at 4:00 pm from the County Extension Office on January 13 and will return by 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 14th.
Please bring $10 for dinner on the way to the lock-in.
This will be a great time to meet new 4-Hers and participate in some fun workshops.
To register, contact the Extension Office at 372-5597.
Don't miss out on the last major meteor shower of 2011. Beginning tonight after 10 pm you should be able to see a great show. You have to pay attention because the meteors streak by at an amazingly fast rate. For more information on the Geminid Meteor Shower visit some of the links below.
Geminid Meteor Shower
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Wreaths will be for sale for $10 and all proceeds will go to benefit Luke Hampton and family to cover expenses. You can also make donations at the State Employees Credit Union – account # 6100252 and is set up in Luke’s name. Wreaths will be available at the JV and Varsity Basketball games tonight and at the Wrestling tournament this Saturday 12/10 at AHS. Wreaths will also be for sale at 4 Brothers Country Junction, 21 Quick Stop, Glade Valley Country Store, CJ's Hardware and Alleghany Beauty Shop.
This community effort has been made possible by Mike & Julie Sprinkle, C. Grove Farms, Wishon Evergreens and more.
For more information contact Julie Sprinkle (336) 657-0563 , Brad Edwards (336) 200-1708 or Bill Nilo (336) 200-3411.
Monday, November 28, 2011
December 21st (9 – 12)
County Office Building
2nd floor conference room
Come join us for a morning of crafty fun. We will be making crafts for you to keep for yourself or give as gifts. We’ll also enjoy some festive snacks and holiday music. Register by contacting the office at 372-5597.
Registration Deadline is December 9th.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Site Plan of Phase One will be presented at the second of both the morning and evening meetings. It is imperative for purposes of securing a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant that we have a large turnout with lots of input from the public. We anticipate this proposed greenway and walk system will ultimately enhance the livability of our town and improve the health of our citizens.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Engaging youth in scientific exploration early on provides the necessary platform that they need to build a long-lasting interest in the field, and to make ongoing contributions to the sciences. Science is often an overwhelming and consequently overlooked subject for young people, but the 4-H Science Fair makes science exciting, accessible, and relevant. Youth will learn about science fair resources, how to construct a science fair exhibit and will be encouraged to continue their science exploration by applying what they’ve learned to their own science fair project.
Youth ages 9 to 18, parents and educators are invited to participate and compete in the 4th annual West Central District 4-H Science held on January 7, 2012 at the Catawba County Science Center in Hickory. Entry forms and a $5 registration fee are due by October 15, 2011. Prizes (1st place - $75, 2nd place - $50 and 3rd place - $25) will be awarded in three age divisions (9-10, 11-13 and 14-18) in four categories, life science, physical science, earth & environmental science and technology and engineering. 4-H Science Fair entry forms may be located at
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
You must register with the Extension Office by Wednesday 9/14 , 5 pm to attend the Science Fair Workshop. To register please call the office at (336) 372-5597 or e-mail email@example.com. If you send and e-mail please include names and ages of participants.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The NC State Fair is fast approaching and there are lots of opportunities that 4-H’ers can participate in at the State Fair.
You can view the premium book online at: http://www.ncstatefair.org/2011/Competitions/HowToEnter.htm
For the Entry Deadlines - please refer to the Deadlines listed under each section. You must register online by September 23 this year. This is for everything so don’t miss this opportunity.
4-H Division IV - 4-H Competitions
Please note that items must be brought to the State Fair – Educational Building by Monday NOON this year. This is a new time frame. We will be judging Tuesday October 11 beginning at 8:30 so we must have all items by NOON on Monday in order to organize them for judging. It would be very helpful for us if you can bring them as early as possible. We open on Wednesday October 5th at 8:00 am. So please don’t wait til the last minute to bring them. We are even open on the weekend. Once we open on October 5th – we stay open for entry drop off October 5 – October 10th at NOON.
4-H Decorated Cakes
4-H Hay Bale Decorating ( 1 per county)
The next Ashe 4-H Target Shooting club meeting will be September 26th at the Wildlife Club in Laurel Springs at 6 pm.
English, Western & Gaited Divisions
(High Points for each Division and Class Category)
Riders of All Ages
Open to the public - 4-H membership not required to participate
Ellis Park Event Center
Start time: 9 AM
Gates open at 8 AM
Costs: $5 per class or $45 for 10 or more classes
For more information contact:
Pam Hipp (704) 278-3253;
Joey Bullock (704) 638-0827;
or Sara Drake at Rowan County Cooperative Extension
at (704) 216-8970
The Burke County Fair will be holding an Open Horse Show on Saturday Oct. 15th at the Burke County Fairgrounds.
Show registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the show will start at 1 p.m. The show will take place during the fair so their will be plenty of concessions available.
All proceeds from this show benefit Burke County 4-H. This show is open to all ages and all NC residents.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Today is the last day to come out and enjoy the Alleghany County Ag. Fair. Gates open at 12 PM with the District Dairy Show beginning at 3 PM, petting zoo and carnival opens at 4 PM (unlimited ride bands are $18 / individual tickets also available), Lawnmower Race starts at 5 PM followed by fireworks. For more information check out the FAIR BLOG.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Exciting things going on a the Fair tonight. Kid's night and petting zoo starts at 5:30 with fun activities for kids of all ages. Carnival at 6 and 4-H kids Cornhole tournament starting @ 6:30. Don't miss out on the great food and fun!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The 24th annual Alleghany County Agricultural Fair starts tomorrow, August 22. Tomorrow we will be accepting entries into the Exhibition Building from 12 pm - 6 pm the the Emerson Black Building. There are both youth and adult categories with over 70 categories for youth and more than 400 categories for adults. This is when youth and adults can enter their favorite picture, prettiest flower, most unusual vegetable or best Lego construction for competition in our Exhibition Building.
We will also be having a horse show beginning at 6 pm. Come out an enjoy the fun.
For more information please visit the fair blog by clicking HERE or contact the office at 336-372-5597.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Alleghany County Fairgrounds - US Hwy 21 N, Sparta, NC
Gates open at 8:00 am. Registration begins at 8:30am
Show begins at 10:00 am
Registration: $5 per class or $20 to show all day; $2 for stick horse class. For full class list click here.
NOTICE: A current negative Coggins Test will be required for all horses at the gate.
Friday, August 12, 2011
There will be a science fair workshop on Monday, September 19, 2011 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor conference room of the County Office Building (90 S. Main St.). April Dilllon, 4-H Agent in Lincoln County, will be the instructor. The workshop is open to youth, parents, volunteers and educators. You will learn about the science fair process and do several hands on-experiments. This workshop will give you all the tools you need to get started on a great project for the district science fair to be held in January.
Each applicant must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old, and in good academic standing with their schools.
All applications must be submitted by August 26th so please see the application if you are interested. If you need more information on the program and specific requirements, please see their website at:
Please be sure to read over this as it gives very specific information regarding the pay for pages, meals, and lodging for each delegate.
Friday, July 29, 2011
4-H’ers from Alleghany County attended North Carolina 4-H Congress July 18-21st in Raleigh, North Carolina. 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 four days of activity. More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress.
4-H’ers who attended from Alleghany County included Bryanna Lindberg, Natasha Hamm and Arianne Hurtado. While at 4-H Congress, delegates were able to take part in activities such as presentations, workshops, and were also able to participate in a hands-to-service project benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. This year the 4-Her’s packaged over 42,000 pounds of rice and 3,500 pounds of pasta. Delegates also had the opportunity to tour the 4-H exhibit at the NC State Library and elect their incoming state officers.
All Alleghany 4-Her’s participated in state presentations. Bryanna received a silver medal in the public speaking category where her topic was Malaria while Natasha and Arianne received bronze medals for their team presentation on the Dirty Secrets of Blood Spatter in the Science and Technology category.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Gates open at 8:00 am. Registration begins at 8:30am.
Alleghany County Fairgrounds - US Hwy 21 N, Sparta, NC
Concessions will be available.
Registration: $5 per class or $20 to show all day. For full class list click HERE.
NOTICE: A current negative Coggins Test will be required for all
horses at the gate.
Children 8 and under FREE.
Concessions available at 3pm.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
If you are interested in attending any of these activities, you must come in person (to the Extension Office) to register and if there is a fee, payment is due at time of registration.
For more information, please call 336-372-5597 or you can email Amy or Michele with any questions.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
We are pleased to announce there will be a 4-H Clothing Competition held during the WC District Activity Day - June 22 in Davie County. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Extension Office as soon as possible. We are only allowed to enter the top two submissions for each age division: 9-10, 11-13, 14-18. For complete rules and entry form, visit the link below. Contact the Extension Office for more information (336) 372-5597.
June 22, 2011
Come show off your presentation skills at the upcoming District Activity Day scheduled for June 22 in Davie County. Competition is open to youth ages 9-18. Presentations should be 5-12 minutes in length. The is also a cookery division and an Expressive Arts portion where you can showcase your talents. Cloverbuds ages 5-8 are also encouraged to participate, but they will not be judged on a competitive level. Top winners at the district level will be invited to present at the state level at NC4-H Congress in July. Depending on category, winners will receive cash prizes, medals and scholarships to attend Congress.
For more information contact the Extension Office or visit the link below for information on categories:
Presentation Categories 2011
Registration deadline: May 31 - you must present at the office prior to attending district activity day
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The next horse club meeting will be Friday, May 27th at 4 pm. Everyone needs to meet in the courthouse parking lot to go to the horse sale in Surry County. They sale begins at 7 pm. Those going will be stopping for dinner before the sale. Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat is scheduled for July 10-14, 2011. This is a regional event that rotates between NC, SC, VA, GA & FL. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to learn more about the Dairy Industry and what it has to offer. This event will take place at the Hampton Inn in Asheboro, North Carolina. The retreat is for youth ages 9-19 and for any p
arents and dairy youth program volunteers who wish to attend. The cost of the retreat for North Carolina participants is $125 per person. Sample agenda and more information can be found at the links below.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Create artwork for the 2011-12 North Carolina Farm to School Calendar. Artwork should feature “Scenes of North Carolina Agriculture”.
FOURTEEN entries will be chosen to illustrate the calendar for the 2011-12 school year.
Inside you will find information on the 2011 NC State 4-H Horse Show and the 2011 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships. Full newsletter is available at the link below.
Deadline to register: May 2, 2011
What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute?
The summer institute is a four-day, four-night conference designed to broaden the high school student’s understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.
Who can attend & how much is it?
Any high school student (rising 11th and 12th graders) with an interest in the biological sciences or a career in the poultry industry may apply to attend. You must list as a reference a high school science teacher, counselor, County Extension agent, 4H leader or vocational agriculture instructor.
Cost for the conference is only $50.00, which includes your lodging on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials, great goody bags and entertainment.
How do I apply?
Once you’ve decided to join us, just follow the simple steps below. There’s nothing to lose!
Fill out the registration form before the May 2nd deadline.
Complete a brief personal statement indicating why you are interested in the experience (this is very helpful when we are selecting who will be chosen to attend!).
Mail or fax your form to Melissa Scherpereel at the address on the bottom by May 2nd.
We will notify you of your acceptance by the second week of May.
Space is limited to 15 - 20 and this program is very popular. If you are not accepted the first time, please consider applying again next year.
What's in it for me?
You will get to see what campus life is really like at North Carolina State University when you come to the summer iInstitute. You will be staying in University Towers, a private residence hall (with a pool), going to local fun spots, doing hands-on-experimentation in a classroom setting, and doing all sorts of things that college students do. In other words, you'll get to "try us on for size". Students participating in the program will get to interact informally with numerous NC State Univ. faculty, staff and current poultry science students. Attendees will learn about the vast field that is Poultry Science as well as specific information on our Poultry Science Degree Program and areas such as:
Career Fields & Areas of Opportunity
Scholarship Requirements and Availability
Internships while Attending College
Employment Connections upon Graduation
How to Apply to College and When
and about anything else you would like to know about POULTRY!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Where: Sertoma 4-H Educational Center
Date: June 12-17, 2011
Who: Camp CHILL was created to target those students who are in the 85%-97% BMI range, placing them “at risk of obesity.” Campers must be rising 6th through 9th graders as of August 1, 2011.
Cost: Only $199 ($100 non-refundable deposit by May 1, 2011) SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE (financial application and forms located on www.campsertoma.org)
Activities: swimming, archery, nutrition classes, field trips, cooking with a chef, zumba, kickboxing, self-defense, dance, campfires, and more!
Sponsored/Developed by Community Partnerships
CONTACT SERTOMA 4-H EDUCATIONAL CENTER
1105 CAMP SERTOMA DR.
WESTFIELD, NC 27053
Friday, April 15, 2011
The next 4-H Horse Club meeting will be April 30, 2011. Participants are asked to meet at the County Extension Building (90 S Main St) at 9:00 am to travel to a Friesian Farm in Yadkinville. Anyone interested in attending, please contact the office at (336) 372-5597. You do not have to own a horse to be a member of the horse club.
AIRE is an opportunity for older youth to prepare for filling out college applications, making a resume, and having job interviews.
AIRE also known as Application, Interview, Resume & Essay is a 4-step process by which youth are chosen to attend National events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.
Any youth ages 14-18 can participate. Age is determined by age as of January 1 of the current year. Youth are chosen from this program to attend National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference and International Leadership Conference. You must complete an application and submit a resume of no more than two pages. An essay of 500 words or less is also required. Essays can be on any topic that relates to you. Applications, Essay and Resume’s are due to the Extension Office by Wednesday, May 11th. The Interview portion of AIRE is conducted at NC 4-H Congress in Raleigh in July. For more information contact the Extension Office or visit the links below.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Applications must be received in our office by Friday, April 29 2011!!
Cost for the event is $125 (scholarships may be available).
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Each participant must be a current 4-H club member. Participants do not need to own their own horse. The contest will consist of a Junior and Senior Division. Youths who have reached age 14 but have not reached age 19 as of January 1 are considered Seniors. Junior individuals must not have reached age 14 as of January 1. Cloverbuds are not eligible.
Separate entry fee checks are required for each event, or the check and entry will be returned. (For example, a youth entering a poem, essay, and short story must submit three separate checks made payable to N.C. State University to cover the entry fee for the event). The entry form must be completed and submitted with a postmark dated prior to the registration deadline. Each creative writing submission must be submitted in quadruplicate as previously noted.
2011 Horse Short Story Contest Entry Form
2011 Horse Poetry Contest Entry Form
2011 Horse Essay Contest Entry Form
Entries must be postmarked by May 2nd or they will be disqualified.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
We are reaching out and asking for your help and support. We have just received a very troubling e-mail concerning next weeks legislative discussion of the Higher Education Budget. There are now being discussions held of cutting CES in the range of 25% - 30% which could result in cuts of 300-400 positions. This is dramatically higher than what was originally expected. This cut would be felt through all departments of CES. As said by Dr. Joe Zublena, Associate Dean and Director, this would be devastating to our abilities to meet the current and future needs of our citizens. In 2010 CES reported over 5.8 million contacts.
What we need from you:
We need you to contact our local legislators. By phone is best since we are working on such a short time frame. See contact information below. If not by phone please send an e-mail or letter and show your support for CES.
For the full memo from Dr. Zublena, please click HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597.
300 N. Salisbury St, Room 521
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 416A
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Alleghany 4-H Horseless Day Camp will be held July 26, 2011 at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds located in Sparta. Participants will enjoy learning beginning horsemanship skills while having fun with other 4-H'ers. Each camper must supply his/her own transportation to and from the camp. Upon acceptance to camp, participants will receive a camp manual outlining the planned activities and rules.
Horse Camp - July 26-30
Horse Camp will held July 26-July 30, 2011 at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds in Sparta. The nonrefundable camp fee is $100.00 per camper. This fee and all forms are due by June 14th to hold your slot. Spaces are limited and will be filled based on the following application. Attendance for camp is open to youth that are certified North Carolina 4-H members. You will obtain all forms upon acceptance.
Timeline for Camp:
Application is due by June 1st
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 5th
Entire Camp Fee and forms are due by June 14th
Day Camp is July 26th, 2011 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Horseless Day Camp Application
Horse Camp Application
4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Information and Informed Consent for Treatment
NC 4-H Camps Consent Form
NC Dept. of 4-H Youth Dev. Health History and Custody Release
NC 4-H and Alleghany Co 4-H Photographic, Video & Audio Optional Publicity Release
Wednesday, March 9, 2011