Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Youth Market Turkey Show

We are less than one week away from our annual registration for the Youth Market Turkey Show. If you are interested in participating you will need to fill out the registration form and return to me no later than 5 pm on Monday, February 28th. Registration will begin at 5 am on Tuesday, March 1. I realize this is a very quick turnaround but information just came out today. Last year the 300 slots filled up in less than 13 hours so it is crucial this information get back to me ASAP.


A few changes from previous years . . .

Beginning this year, there will be a $10 per person (not bird) poultry youth activity fee for this event. We hope you will understand this change. We have never had a budget to run this program and we need to find a funding source for all that goes on behind the scenes here year round to make this program happen.

The“Poultry Activity Fee” will include registration for one youth, up to three turkey poults and 6 pounds of feed from the feed mill. Raleigh has wanted to provide some starter feed for years and could not figure out a way to do this. They can now use some of this fee to purchase and make a ton of feed at our own NC State Feed Mill. This feed will be exactly what these birds need for their first few days to first week of life. They will provide a 6 pound bag per participant (basically 2 pounds of feed per poult) that will help ensure these newly hatched poults have proper nutrition for their first few days. They are aware that some folks already have feed and know exactly what to do upon receipt of poults. However, there are a large number that are simply not ready for the birds at pick up and are scrambling to find feed and are even unsure of what to feed in the beginning. They hope this addition of feed will help both the poults and your family as you adjust to this new fee.

Payments can be made in advance of pick-up (recommended) and at pick-up. They can not give out poults to those that have NOT paid the youth activity fee. They have included an explanation of the Activity Fee in case there were questions. If there are any other questions or comments please include these on the back of your registration form.

For more information you can visit the Turkey Show Website or contact the Extension Office.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Horse Club Meeting

The next Horse Club meeting will be Wednesday, March 2nd at 6 pm in the lower level of Town Hall, 304 S. Main St. You do not have to own a horse to be a member of the horse club. Come out and learn what 4-H is about and participate in some horse crafts. All ages are welcome. For more information contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597.

Treasure Island

Who: Ages 8+
When: March 19, 2011
Where: Barter Theatre
Cost: $18

Pirates, buried treasure and adventure!!!!! Young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an incredible adventure to find the legendary treasure of the evil Captain Flint. But when the ship's cook, the infamous Long John Silver, and the crew turn out to be dangerous pirates themselves, Jim must confront the danger or risk losing his life. Grab your treasure map and climb aboard this swashbuckling, action-packed tale!

We will leave the county office building at 12:00 pm. Please eat lunch before you arrive. Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot. Deadline to register – February 28th.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Corn Hole Tournament

There will be a Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by the Alleghany 4-H Horse Clubs, Saturday - March 5, 2011 at the New High School Gym. Registration will be from 10:00 - 10:45 am. Competition begins at 11:00 am. Registration is $20/team. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 winners: $100 - 1st place, $50 - 2nd place and $25 - 3rd place. Concessions will be available.

Come out for a great time and help to support our kids!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

4-H Plant Sale

We are currently taking orders for the 2011 Annual Spring Plant Sale.  

The following types of plants are available to purchase:


All orders are due by March 15th.  Payment is due at the time orders are placed.  Click here for your plant description / order form.  The tentative pick-up date is Friday, April 15th.  For more information, contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.  All proceeds will help send kids to summer camp & other summer fun opportunities.


Host Families needed for Japanese Exchange Students

The NC 4-H International Exchange will be hosting 20 Japanese students and 2 chaperons this summer, Sunday, July 24 through Friday, August 19. (These are the pick-up and drop off dates for host families.) Families wishing to host a student from Japan should turn in applications to their County Extension Office by April 15th.

Please remember that all inbound month long students are required to stay with families that have a host sibling of the same gender, within 2 years of the same age, and have similar interests. The student must have their own bed, but it is not necessary to have their own room.

Host families are responsible for all meals, transportation to and from the designated pick-up and drop-off locations, supervision and other family activities. Students are responsible for all souvenirs. Health insurance is provided for the students. Money is available to pay for the student to attend camp with their host sibling.

We encourage families to conduct their normal activities but to make sure that the student is introduced to the community and the family. Families should take their student to the grocery store, have them visit the grandparents house if appropriate and close proximity, introduce them to neighbors and friends, go to 4-H meetings, take them to church if the family is a church goer etc... It is not required that the family plan special vacations.

Applications, reference forms, disclosure forms and supplemental data sheets may be found by going to the Randolph County Cooperative Extension web site and clicking on the NC 4-H International Exchange link at the top of the page, then clicking on forms. The direct link to the site is HERE

Please note that all families must provide a minimum of two (preferably three) non-family references that are sent directly to my attention and adults ages 18 and older living in the home must be criminally background checked before doing an in-home interview.

29th Annual Fur, Fish 'N Game Rendezvous

Millstone 4-H Center
July 10 - 15, 2011

A once in a lifetime outdoor learning experience for boys and girls ages 11 to 16!
Open to the first 85 registrants, the Beginning Fur, Fish ‘N Game Camp is designed to give participants a better understanding of our natural resources and how we interact with them.

Fur, Fish ‘N Game campers will have the opportunity to:
Gain Hunter Safety Certification while learning about firearm safety for the field and home.
Study wildlife and forests as renewable resources
Learn about fishing and aquatic biology
Study hunting as a viable wildlife management practice
Gain knowledge useful in formulating an environmental (outdoor) ethic
Practice outdoor recreation skills such as archery, riflery, canoeing, orienteering, and fishing
Other classes and activities include retriever training, swimming, snake identification, first aid, ropes course, birds of prey, and taxidermy

Advanced Fur, Fish ‘N Game Rendezvous Camp:

Open to the first fifteen (15) respondents, this action packed camp is for youth that have successfully completed the Beginning Fur, Fish ‘N Game Camp or have already obtained their Hunter Safety Certification. Campers will learn more indepth and detailed information about prescribed burning, wildlife surveying, fish and wildlife population dynamics, dendrology, animal damage control and endangered species management. If you think that you may be interested in a career in wildlife management, forestry or other natural resource fields…you will not want to miss this one!!

If you have any questions concerning the camp, please call Gene Shutt, Director, Millstone 4-H Camp 910-652-5905.

You can register online at on the Summer Camps page or by mail with the included registration form HERE.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dairy Quiz Bowl Practice

Our first Dairy Quiz Bowl Practice will be Monday, March 7th at the Yadkinville Extension Office. We will be leaving the Alleghany Office at 3:30 pm. Transportation and dinner will be provided. You do not have to have participated before to be a member. You must be 9 years old by January 1, 2011 to participate. If you have any questions, contact Amy at 372-5597 or

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Newsletter

Click Here to view the February edition of the Alleghany Clover News.

Friday, February 11, 2011

NC 4-H Horse Camp

June 19th- 25th, 2011

Deadline for Applications: May 2, 2011

The North Carolina 4-H Horsemanship Camp is held in June of each year at Millstone 4-H Center. This rustic camp is located in Richmond County near the town of Ellerbe.

Youth who attend Horsemanship Camp will improve horsemanship skills while having fun with other 4-H'ers. A highly qualified camp staff will introduce the beginning rider to the basics of horsemanship while advanced riders can learn additional horsemanship skills and showing techniques. Special features of the camp include educational lectures, riding lessons, trail rides and training demonstrations, in addition to traditional camp activities.

Instruction will be given in hunt seat and western disciplines. Should enough interest exist, instruction in Gaming, Dressage/Eventing, Non-Trotting and Saddle Seat will be offered. All campers must supply his/her own horse, equipment, feed, and transportation. The camp will provide bedding for the stalls.

Attendance is open to youth who are certified North Carolina 4-H members, are 9 to 19 years old, and have access to an acceptable horse. Each camper will be solely responsible for the care and feeding of his/her horse. Each camper must have a physical examination within one year before camp and be deemed able to complete the camp activities. No horseless campers will accepted. Camper numbers are limited and will be divided equally between hunt seat and western riders. These slots will be filled on a first-come basis depending on the camper and their horses' eligibility.

If accepted, campers must complete the horse health record with their veterinarian's assistance.This form, located in the camper's manual, states that the horse is free of disease and is in good health. Horses are required to have had a negative Coggins test for E.I.A. (Swamp Fever) dated April 1st or later of the current year. No exceptions will be made! Horses not fitting the riding program criteria or who exhibit lameness/behavioral problems will be sent home.

NOTE TO ALL CAMPERS- Camp Millstone cabins are undergoing renovation and will have PRIVATE BATHROOMS in each cabin, along with AIR CONDITIONING!!

Registration Fee - $365

Fee includes a $150 non-refundable deposit. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please send your application into EHH as directed and if you are accepted into the 2011 4-H Horsemanship Camp you can finalize your registration and pay all camp fees. All payments will be done online through the camp Millstone website following application acceptance.

Click HERE for the link to the 4-H Horsemanship Camp Manual. Please consult this document for additional information and bring a copy to Camp!

Applications and forms can be found HERE.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teen Retreat

All teens - (13+) as of January 1
Where: Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp
When: March 11-13, 2011
Cost: $90 (scholarships may be available) - includes transportation, 4 meals, 2 nights lodging, workshop materials and t-shirt

Be prepared to learn a lot, make new friends and have a great time. This will be a two-night retreat. Participants will need to come prepared to stay in cabins (bring their own sleeping bags, pillow, toiletries, etc.). We will be leaving the extension office at 5:00pm on Friday and will return by lunch on Sunday. The weekend will be kicked off with mixers and officer introductions on Friday night.

Saturday will consist of a morning assembly, workshops, afternoon activities and a dance that night. Sunday morning, we will have our closing assembly, elections, and adjourn around 10:00 am. Ambassador workshops will be offered. To register, contact the Extension Office.

You don't want to miss out on this awesome weekend. Space is limited, so call to register now!

Deadline to register: Friday, February 25th.

Dairy Quiz Bowl

Do you like ice cream, steak, hamburgers or cheese? How much do you know about dairy cows or the dairy industry? Want to know more? You may want to think about becoming a Dairy Quiz Bowl member. We will begin practices the first week of March. For more information or to find out more about what quiz bowl is and how it works, please contact the 4-H office at 336-372-5597.

You must be at least nine years old by January 1, 2011.

First time members are welcome. You will receive all study materials and we will have plenty practices before the competition (May 7th - Iredell County). Practices are held in Alleghany and Yadkin. Transportation and dinner are provided.