Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Western Horsemanship Clinic and Games

Ashe County Ag Expo Center Grounds (Hwy 163)

June 2, 2012

Cost:  $10 (includes clinics & games)

Clinics—10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
(mandatory for children under the age of 11 to attend clinics if participating in games; optional for 11 years and older)

Clinics Include:
• Basic Ring Etiquette & Safety
• Basic Rider Safety
• Basic Showmanship

Timed Events on Horseback
• Flag Race
• Speed Barrels
• Pole Bending
• Egg and Spoon
• Barrels
• Stick Horse Race
• Calf Scramble

Sponsored by: Ashe County Friends of Agriculture
All youth must wear approved helmets. It is recommended that adults wear approved helmets.

For More Information please call North Carolina Cooperative
Extension, Ashe County Center (336) 846-5850
Games—1:00 p.m.—Until (All Ages)

Not responsible in case of accidents.
Bring Your Lawn Chairs
Concessions Available

Friday, May 25, 2012

US National Whitewater Center

June 8 ~ 8 am – 5 pm
Ages: 12+
Cost: $50  
Limit:  10

Come with us as we make our way to Charlotte, NC for a  day of outdoor adventure.  You will have unlimited access to the following: Whitewater Rafting, Canyon Crossing, Climbing, MegaZip, Mega Jump,  Mountain Biking, Adventure Course, Climb 2 Zip, Flatwater Kayaking, Whitewater Kayaking, StandUp Paddle Boarding and Eco Trekking. This will be the most thrilling trip of the summer so don’t miss out!!  Snacks will be provided.

You will need to bring money for lunch. Scholarships may be available.

We will meet at the County Office Building Parking Lot.

You must have a signed waiver if you plan to Whitewater Raft:    WAIVER

Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 6 - 5pm 

US National Whitewater Center

Hiking for Better Health

June 6 & 7 ~ 8 am - 3 pm each day
Ages: 12 +
Cost: $15 (covers lunch, snack and transportation both days)
 Limit: 6

On June 6th, we will travel to the Wilkes Extension Office to learn to cook and pack healthy lunches and overall better nutrition habits.

On June 7, we will travel to Stone Mountain State Park for a day of hiking and a program.  On June 7,  NO flip flops and be sure to bring a water bottle and sunscreen.  We will meet at the County Office Building Parking Lot.
Registration deadline: Friday, June 1

For more information contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.  To register you must come in person to the Extension Office, 90 S Main St., Sparta, NC  28675

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WC 4-H District Activity Day

WHERE: Alleghany High School - 404 Trojan Avenue        
WHEN:  Wednesday, June 20, 2012
WHO:  Youth ages 5-19
COST :  Free - Lunch is $7.00 per person

District Activity Day is a presentation competition between youth ages 5-19 from our 17 county district.  Youth are able to present on a variety of topics (see categories) .  Winners from District Activity Day may be able to attend the state level presentation competition held at NCSU during 4-H Congress.  

Categories: There are over 35 categores you can present in. A few of these include: Bugs and Bees, Small and Companion Animals, Horse, Wheels and Engines, Safety, Science and Technology, Soil, Water and the Environment, 21st Century Communication, Interior Design and Home Space, Forestry and Wildlife, Egg Cookery, Health and Fitness, Citizenship, 4-H Entertains and an Open Class. For a full list of categories with descriptions, please click HERE.

Entertains:  4-H Entertains is the talent portion of the competition.  For a registration form for 4-H Entertains, click HERE.

Cloverbud Presentations
 (ages 5-8) – We will again be  allowing cloverbuds to participate in District Activity Day and give their presentations. Cloverbuds are a non-competitive category.  These presentations should be no longer than 5 minutes and they may be on any topic, but no live animals.

Lunch – Lunch will be $7 and will be a BBQ plate lunch with Lexington Style BBQ, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, dessert and choice of tea or water. You MUST pre-register for lunch.  There will be no extra lunches available the day of the event. There is a vegetarian option available.

If you were unable to make County Activity Day but are interested in attending District Day, please contact us for more information.  To register for this event, please contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 and ask for Amy or Michele.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Service Members, Families, Get Free Pass to National Parks

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 - Service members and their families will be able to enter all of America's national parks free of charge for a year under an initiative announced today.

The pass – the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass, which normally costs $80 – will become available to service members and their dependents on Armed Forces Day, May 19.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement this morning, along with National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, at a ceremony at Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va., the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The area surrounding the park hosts installations from all the military services, including the world's largest naval base.

"I think when one goes into Virginia and you see all the sites, the Yorktown battlefield and the whole history of the country, it's important that those who have fought in the tradition of making sure the nation's democracy and freedom are protected also have access to these wonderful sites there," Salazar said yesterday in a conference call with reporters.

The passes allow the holder and passengers in a single private vehicle access to some 2,000 sites that charge per vehicle. At sites where entrance fees are charged per person, it covers the pass owner and three adults age 16 and older.

The National Park Service estimates that giving away the passes to service members and their families will result in a revenue loss between $2 million and $6 million, but Jarvis said that won't cause a significant impact on the agency, which collects about $150 million in fees each year.
Military personnel can get the passes at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing their military ID. Family members also will be able to obtain their own pass, even if the service member is deployed or if they are traveling separately.

The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

The free pass will be made available for activated members of the National Guard and reserves, but not for military veterans or retirees, whom Jarvis said have other opportunities for free or reduced admission, such as the National Patrk Service's "Access Pass" or a seniors pass for those 62 and older.
Jarvis, a 40-year Park Service employee, said that while the free passes are a first, they are representative of the parks' history with the military, which dates back to the Buffalo Soldiers' battles with Native Americans in the mid-1800s and the recruitment of former military members to serve as park rangers under the first NPS director, Stephen T. Mather. The Park Service maintains many military historical sites from Gettysburg to Pearl Harbor, and in World War II even closed some parks, such as Mount Rainier in Washington state, to all but active military members, he said.

Right after World War II, the Park Service invested heavily in infrastructure to prepare the parks for returning service members, Jarvis said. Today's generation of warriors also deserves a deep connection to the parks, he said.
"From my perspective, it is incredibly important to return this group of returning military members to their national parks," Jarvis said. "Nothing is more core to the American experience than the national parks. These are places for quiet and contemplation and to reconnect to the American experience. And we don't want there to be any barriers to that."

The free pass initiative is part of the "Joining Forces" campaign First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched last year to rally Americans around supporting service members and their families.

"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our servicemen and women who make great sacrifices to protect our country and preserve our freedom," Dr. Biden said in a White House statement. "In recognition of their service, we are so pleased to be putting out a welcome mat for our military families at America's most beautiful and storied sites."

National Park Service

Joining Forces

Friday, May 18, 2012


The 2012 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is now available online.  Click Here to find out what fun & exciting activities we have planned for this year.  

If you are interested in attending any of these activities, you MUST come in person (to the Extension Office) to register.  If there is a fee for the event, payment is due in full at time of registration.  Also, this year we will also require a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt.

We must have updated (2012) Enrollment, Medical & Media Release forms signed.  You can print them or we have some available in the office.

For more information, please call 336-372-5597 or you can email Amy or Michele with any questions.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

USDA Multicultural Scholars Program Poultry Science Scholarship

Scholarship Overview: The Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce that five USDA Multicultural Scholarships are available to minority students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Poultry Science at NC State University starting Fall 2013! Details about our undergraduate program can be found at:

Scholarship Eligibility:  Students must be rising seniors (currently juniors in high school) who will be applying to the Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University in Fall 2012 in order to matriculate in Fall 2013.  Students must gain acceptance to North Carolina State University Department of Poultry Science and undergo an application and interview process.  Students must pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Poultry Science and can select the Science or Technology Concentrations.  The majority of students who complete a B.S. in Poultry Science go on to become leaders in the state, national, and international poultry industry, veterinary school to pursue careers in poultry medicine, graduate school to pursue careers in research and education, and agricultural biotechnology.

Scholarship Details:
 Total Scholarship Package $40,000 over the course of a 4 year undergraduate career!!!!
·        $6,500 annual scholar tuition ($26,000 over four years)!
·        $2,500 annual cost of education  allowance ($10,000 over four years) to apply to attendance at conferences, field trips, educational activities!
·        $4,000 one time student experiential learning fund to an international externship in Poultry Science at an international university/organization!

If interested in applying, please contact Dr. Jackie Golden by emailing: