Monday, December 23, 2013

4-H Horse Program Enrollment

The 2014 NC 4-H Horse Program Enrollment form is now available online.  Click here to print the enrollment form, fill it out and send it along with all fees required to NC 4-H Horse Program Enrollment, NCSU Box 7523, Raleigh, NC 27695-7523.  Payment deadline is January 17, 2014.

2014 NC Volunteer Leader's Conference

The registration process for the upcoming Volunteer Leader's Conference will be online, using Google forms. If you plan on attending, you can register yourself by clicking here and filling out the form or you may call the office at 336-372-5597 and we will register you.

December Clover News

The December edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online.  Click here to view.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

State 4-H Council Newsletter

Be sure to check out the December edition of the State 4-H Council Newsletter.  Find out about National 4-H Congress, State Council Conference and what our State Officers have been up to.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The White House Student Film Festival


The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival:

Something big is happening today, and you don't have to be a kid to be excited about it:

We're launching our first-ever White House Student Film Festival -- and we're inviting K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos.

Finalists could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and posted on the White House website. It might just be cooler than having your homework up on the fridge.

The topic: Highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom -- and imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

Interested, or know someone who would be?

*Check out our official page here -- where you can learn more, read the official rules, learn how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you're a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas. 

Submissions are due by January 29th 2014

Friday, November 15, 2013


It's time for the 2nd Annual 4-H Holiday Plant Sale!  We are again offering 3 different poinsettia plant sizes.  Click here for an order form.  

The order and payment deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013 and the pick-up date will be Friday, December 6, 2013.

For any questions or more information, call 336-372-5597.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Winterfest 2014

North Central District Winterfest 

When:  January 11th

Where:   Forsyth Cooperative Extension Office

Deadline to Register:  December 13th  -  5 pm

Cost:  $20.00 per person

Who:  Open to youth 12-18 (you must be 12 as of January 1, 2014)

This will be a one day event where youth will be able to participate in a service project at the local food shelter followed by social time.  In the afternoon you will have a choice between AIRBOUND (a trampoline park) or bowling.

If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or You do not have to have participated in 4-H to be able to attend.  We welcome youth interested in finding out more about what 4-H is and this is a great way to meet other 4-Hers from across our district.

You will need to fill out a Medical Release Form, Media Release and Enrollment Form even if you have participated in 4-H before.  

4-H Mock Horse Bowl & Hippology

Rockingham County is hosting a Mock Horse Bowl on January 25, 2014 at the Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Center.  Registration will begin at 9 am and the practice will start at 10 am.  This is open to all 4-Hers, even if you don't have a Horse Bowl or Hippology Team .  Click here for the flyer with all the information.  

If you would like to volunteer to help or register for this event, please contact Morgan Maness at 336-342-8230 or via email.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual aviation design competition for teams of high  school students. The Challenge is FREE for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia. The top team in each state will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC.

Teams can register by clicking the following link or by clicking here or going to  The team’s teacher/coach should do the registration.

I also wanted to pass along two exciting new developments:
1. We are providing a $1,000 stipend to the teacher who best integrates the Real World Design Challenge into their curriculum.

2. We are providing $50,000 scholarships from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to each student on the national winning team.

The program is still totally free to participate in. And every state champion team gets a free all-
expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC.

Friday, November 1, 2013

North Central District 4-H Leaders Day

You are Invited
to the
North Central District 4-H  Volunteer
Leaders Association

Fall Day

Saturday November 9, 2013
Alamance Community  College
Graham NC 27253
8:30 - 9:00 Registration

Workshops, training, lunch provided, and Fun
Basket Raffle and General Business Meeting

Learn New Ideas for your Clubs

      Please RVSP by November 1, 2013
Toni Stephens, President Elect at
testephens@triad or

From West traveling Interstate 40/85, exit 150 Haw River, turn right off ramp, Alamance Community College in on the right.
From East traveling Interstate 40/85, exit 150 Haw River, turn left off of ramp cross back over 40/85, Alamance Community College in on the right

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2014 NC 4-H Horse Enrollment

Attached is the 2014 NC 4-H Horse Program Enrollment Form.  We will also have this form available on line at

Please send in forms by January 17th, 2014.  


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Western Horsemanship Clinic

The Western Equestrian Club at NCSU, that we will be hosting an IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) based Western Horsemanship clinic at the team barn. The clinic will be November 9th; we have opportunities for some to ride, as well as unlimited auditing spaces available. I have attached the information flyer, as well as the form that needs to be mailed in for those that would like to participate, either as a rider or an auditor. The goal of our clinic is to further the kids knowledge of western horsemanship, as well as let them know of some of the opportunities available to them for riding in college. The clinic is not only for those of a western background, anyone of any discipline is invited to come. I would greatly appreciate if you could share this with the clubs in your area. Please let me know if you have any questions. If anyone else has any questions, they are welcome to reach me at (336) 558-7335 or

Forms will be posted soon.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

State 4-H Council Conference

It is almost time for the 2013 State 4-H Council Conference! The dates of the conference are November 16 & 17 and it will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. State Council Conference is for youth ages 13 - 18. We are planning exciting workshops and speakers for the event. As most of you are aware this year our Council is focusing on the Revolution of Responsibility and I know your 4-H’ers will enjoy the workshops that are being planned around this. We will have a variety of workshops at this year’s conference including programmatic workshops, Ambassador workshops and State Council workshop.

The conference will officially begin with lunch on Saturday at 12:00 Noon at the McKimmon Center. This year, we will have a session on Sunday for all youth interested in running for District or State office for 2014-2015. It is encouraged that all youth interested in serving in this role attend this session.

All 4-H events or activities are operating under the 4-H Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure. The NC4-H Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure ( is a condition of participation in 4-H events and activities.

Registration is due no later than October 15th.

General Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship

The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center is pleased to offer for the 10th year a major four-year college scholarship. Each year an incredible high school student will win this national scholarship. Many students have been selected from NC and one from as far away as Russia (actually a US student completing her high school experience overseas).Next year’s winner could be from your school!!

The mission of this initiative, housed at NC State University, is to “inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders who are committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service”.

We conduct scholarship programs, executive education trainings, leadership forums, and youth outreach programs.

As a part of the scholarship program we have endowed the General Hugh Shelton National Leadership Scholarship. Essentially, we are trying to identify and award America’s most outstanding high school student leader. The type of student leaders you are producing are exactly the ones who may be qualified and interested in pursuing this scholarship, valued at $10,000 per year (and renewable), plus an annual $2,000 stipend for external leadership experiences such as study abroad.

Please share this opportunity broadly.

The following website will provide a description of the scholarship, the criteria and theapplication, which is due by November 1.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Holiday Classic Open Horse Show - we need your help!

The annual Holiday Classic Open Horse Show will be held in Raleigh on December 6-7, 2013.  This horse show is a fundraiser for our NC District 4-H Horse program as well as the NCSU Western Equestrian Riding Club.  Since 2009 when we started this show, our district has been able to contribute over $11,000 to 4-Hers attending camps, and provide travel scholarships to 4-Hers representing the NC 4-H Horse Program at the Southern Regional Horse Championship and at the National 4-H Horse Roundup for several educational contests. We also have been able to continue our program of providing two
annual college scholarships of $500.00 each. We annually contribute monies towards sponsorships to many N.C. State 4-H Horse Program educational contests. Also, with the money that is raised, the North Central District is able to keep the District show entry fees among the lowest in the state!!
So now that you see all the impacts that this horse show has on our district program, please help us!  There are several ways you can help - sell sponsorships, secure vendors, volunteer at show, show your horse, help advertise.  Sponsorships are very reasonable - starting out at $10 for a class sponsor.  Think how much we would have if everyone went out and got at least a $10 show sponsor. 
If you know of a possible major show sponsor, but do not feel comfortable with asking, just pass along their info and we'll do the calling for you!

We also have an incentive to sell sponsorships - whoever sells the most sponsorships will receive a free stall for the Holiday Classic show.
You can find all the information on sponsorships, class lists, etc on the Holiday Classic website:
If you have any questions at all please contact District 4-H Horse Council President, Richard Isley at 336-908-3302.
Thanks so much for your support in making this horse show a success!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 North Carolina 4-H Forestry Contest

Registration is now open for the 2013 North Carolina Forestry Contest.

Registration form and contest memo are attached.  The state forestry contest will be held at the Schenck Forest in Raleigh on Saturday, October 5, from 10am - 4pm.  Contest activities include tree identification, tree measurement, insect and disease identification, and compass traverse.  

All contest activities follow the National 4-H Forestry Invitational guidelines and sample activities and training materials can be found at

Counties may register Junior and Senior teams, as well as individuals. Details are provided in the attached memo.




Renee L Strnad
NC State University - Extension Forestry
NC Project Learning Tree CoordinatorNC Certified Environmental Educator

Monday, August 26, 2013


North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives - Touchstone Energy and North Carolina 4-H are teaming up to give 12 North Carolina 4-H Youth the chance to RUN WITH THE PACK during the October 12th football game against Syracuse. Youth must be active 4-H'ers who will be entering 4th, 5th or 6th grades this academic year and should fill out that attached application and attached media release and return both no later than Friday, August 30th. 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.

Youth will be selected through a random drawing and those youth selected will be notified by email/phone no later than September 9th. The 12 youth who are selected will each receive four football game tickets as well as four meal tickets. Part of the application process is having the 4-H'er as well as a Parent/Guardian to sign saying that if they are chosen, that they will attend the football game. 4-H'ers who cannot commit to attending the game if chosen, should not apply. The game time is TBD and will be announced two weeks before the game. 4-H'ers who are selected to attend will need to be at Carter Finley Stadium one hour prior to kickoff.

Thank you for sharing this information with your 4-H'ers who you feel would be interested in this opportunity! The completed application must be returned no later than August 30th. 


Media Release also needs to be completed and can be found on the right side of the page under LINKS.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Horse Show Postponed

Due to the inclement weather, the 2013 Horse Show has been postponed.  The new date has not been scheduled yet, but we will post the new dates as soon as we know.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2013 Horse Show Programs

The Friday - August 9th and Saturday - August 10th Horse Show Programs are now available.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alleghany 4-H Shooting Sports

The Alleghany 4-H Shooting Sports team is meeting every Tuesday and Thursday nights at the old Pioneer Eclipse building (Andrews Ridge Rd) @ 7:30 pm. The club is open to both boys and girls (6th grade and up). They are working on riflery, archery, Shotgun and hunting skills. For more information contact Brad Edwards @ (336) 200-1708.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chef & Child - Omelet Day

Lovin' the first day of Chef & Child . . .yummy omelets!!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Alleghany “Happy Trails” 4-H Horse Camp

The Alleghany "Happy Trails" 4-H Horse Camp will be held August 6-9th, at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds, located in Sparta.

The non-refundable camp fee is $100 per camper. This fee and all forms are due by July 21st to reserve your slot. Spaces are limited and will be filled based on the application received. Attendance for camp is open to youth that are certified North Carolina 4-H members and have access to a sound horse.

There are also openings for Junior Leaders. In order to be considered as a Junior Leader, you must he a registered 4-H member and you must be 16-19 years old. Junior Leaders are considered campers and will be responsible for all forms, etc., but will not be charged the camp fee.

Timeline for Camp:
Application is due by July 21st
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 28th
Entire camp fee and forms are due by July 31st
Camp begins August 6th

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Donna Hash at 336-359-8457
or the 4-H office at 336-372-5597.



You also need to fill out the 4-H Enrollment, Medical and Media Release forms found above and on the home page of the 4-H blog under "Links" on the right side of the page.

Fur, Fish 'N Game Redezvous

31st Annual Fur, Fish 'N Game Rendezvous
Millstone 4-H Center: July 7-12, 2013


A once in a lifetime outdoor learning experience for campers age 11 to 16!

Fur, Fish ’N Game Camp is designed to give participants a better understanding of our natural resources and
how we interact with them. The camp is limited to 85 campers in order to ensure that each camper has an
opportunity to participate and interact in a very personalized setting.
Beginning Fur, Fish, & Game Rendezvous Camp
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 ethic
  • Practice outdoor recreation skills such as archery, riflery, canoeing, orienteering, and fishing
  • Other classes and activities include retriever training, swimming,snake identification, outdoor-based first aid, ropes course, birdsof prey, and taxidermy

Registration for both sections of Fur, Fish, & Game should be completed online at

Sunday, June 23, 2013

NC 4-H on UNC TV

On Monday, June 24, UNC-TV's will be featuring North Carolina 4-H on NC NOW.  NC NOW airs at 7:30 pm on UNC TV (

We hope you will share this information with your 4-H youth, friends and supporters.  We are appreciative of the support of UNC TV to make this happen during the 2013 State 4-H Congress.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

4-H Investigates (CSI day camp).

Only two spots left for 4-H Investigates (CSI camp). Open to rising 6th through 8th graders. If you're interested in forensics, crime scene investigation or DNA - this is the camp for you. For more information  contact the office at 336-372-5597.   We have extended the deadline to register but don't wait!

Rethink, Ramble & Row

June 11 – 13
8am ~ 4pm each day
Ages: 12+ ~ Limit: 10
Cost: $65 (scholarships may be available)

Participants will meet with 4-H staff to learn about nutrition and how pack healthy lunches for outdoor adventures. On day 2, youth will visit Stone Mountain State Park for a day of hiking and meet with park rangers for an exciting program. Finally, on day 3, participants will travel to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte NC for an epic day of outdoor activities including paddleboard, high ropes and rafting. Please pack a bag lunch on day one. We will meet at the County Office Building Parking Lot.


Saturday, May 25, 2013


The 2013 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 & it strongly suggested that you sign up early, as there are a limited number of spaces available.  If there is a fee for the event, payment is due in full at time of registration.  There is also a one-time registration fee of $10, which includes a t-shirt.

We must have updated (2013) 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.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

When:  July 7th-12th, 2013 @ NC State
Where:  NC State University
Who:  Rising Sophomores - Senior
Cost:  $500 (may have partial scholarships)

High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a weeklong, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices, climbing trees, designing landscapes and delving into tools that enhance our understanding of plant growth. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses, eat delicious local food, explore campus, watch garden films, and arrange flowers.  Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development.

The cost of the institute will be $500 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. Many meals included. I am working on providing partial scholarships! Please fill out the online application. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Driscoll at or cell: (919) 886-3424 office (919) 513-7346.
Click here to submit an application! Applications due by May 22, 2013 at 5:00PM. 

Draft Schedule
Sunday, July 7th
Afternoon Registration (Tentatively Bragaw Hall), Cookout and Keynote opening                               
Monday, July 8th
Ornamental Plants (visit to JC Raulston, plant identification, plant propagation, cut flowers, nursery) Evening activities: team-building, campus exploration 

Tuesday, July 9th
Vegetables (vegetable production, breeding, food safety, farm tour) Evening: garden movie screening

Wednesday, July 10th
Veggies and local foods (fruit production, tasting, grafting, food systems, farmer’s market) Evening: Floral design 

Thursday, July 11th
Landscape Design and Consumer Horticulture (landscape design, treen-climbing, rain gardens) Evening: Cookout, games, presentation editing 

Friday, July 12th
Career reflections, college decisions, Parent luncheon

For more information visit:

NC 4-H Honor Club Conference

NC 4-H Honor Club Conference is: June 1-2, 2013. Online registration is up and running. Please go to: and click Register Now or download the registration packet and mail it in!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Trails 4-H Horse Camp

The Alleghany Happy Trails 4-H Horse Camp will be held August 6th-9th at the Alleghany Couny Fairgrounds, located in Sparta.  The non-refundable camp fee is $100 per camper.  This fee and all forms are due by July 21st to reserve your slot.  Spaces are limited and will be filled based on the application received.   Attendance for camp is open to youth that are certified North Carolina 4-H members and have access to a sound horse.

There are also openings for Junior Leaders.  In order to be considered as a Junior Leader, you must he a registered 4-H member and you must be 16-19 years old.  Junior Leaders are considered campers and will be responsible for all forms, etc., but will not be charged the camp fee.

Timeline for Camp:
Application is due by July 21st
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 28th
Entire camp fee and forms are due by July 31st
Camp begins August 6th

Horse Camp Application
4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Information and Informed Consent for Treatment
NC Department of 4-H Youth Development Health History and Custody Release
North Carolina 4-H Camps Consent and Release Form
North Carolina 4-H and Alleghany County 4-H Photographic, Video, and Audio Optional Publicity Release

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4-H Investigates

When:  June 18 -20
8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
Cost:  $30
Ages:  Rising 6th – 8th graders

Who killed Henry Ward? Participants will become detectives and determine who killed Henry Ward in a hit-and-run car accident almost 100 years ago. To solve this crime, you will utilize various techniques including blood typing, forensic anthropology, fingerprint analysis, impression analysis for tires and shoes, hair analysis, blood spatter and DNA evidence. Join us as we travel to Iredell County to learn about forensic science and play the role of a CSI detective! Space is very limited and preference will be given to youth who have not participated previously. Transportation, lunch and snacks are provided. We will meet at the County Office Building (90 S. Main St.) parking lot each morning at 8:00 am.  

To register, contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597. 
Registration Deadline:  May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Southeast Youth Dairy Retreat

TO:                  Youth and Adults Attending the 2013 Southeastern Dairy Youth Retreat in Valdosta, Georgia on June 16-20

FROM:            Dr. Brinton A. Hopkins
                        Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist
                        Department of Animal Science
                        NC State University

RE:                  Registration Forms and Payment Due by Friday May 24, 2013             

This retreat is being hosted by the University of Georgia and will be held June 16-20 in Valdosta, GA. The University of Georgia is charging $200 per person. However, because of generous funding support from the NC Dairy Youth Foundation, the NC Dairy Producers Association, and the NC PDCA we are able to lower the cost by 25% to $150 per person. A charter bus from Holiday Tours will take our group to the retreat.

We greatly appreciate John Gunter, Adult Dairy Volunteer from Randolph County (336) 629-1673, and  Bridgette Lutz, Adult Dairy Volunteer from Lincoln County (980) 722-1354, who will be in charge of our North Carolina group during this retreat.

For updates about this retreat, please check the North Carolina 4-H Dairy Youth Program web site at: .

For more information HERE
and forms click

Monday, April 8, 2013

Area Food Show

Area Food Show will be this Saturday,  April 13th at East Wilkes Middle School.  The competition is open to youth ages 5 -18 so come on out and share your favorite recipe. After your dish is judged youth can participate in various fun stations and test all the great dishes.

 For more information contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or email Amy at  Deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 10th.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

North Central District Horse Show

The North Central District 4-H Horse Show information is now available.  
The horse show will be May 18-19, 2013 at the Horse Complex in Raleigh. 
I have attached all the forms as well as posted them (class list, entry form, stall request form and sponsorship form) on to the Rockingham County 4-H web site:
Look under 2013 North Central District 4-H Horse Show!
Just a few notes:
1.  You cannot send an open check (it is clearly stated on the entry form)
2.  We are able to take credit cards now.  You will see that info on the entry form.
3.  Entries need to be postmarked by April 26 to avoid a late fee.
Please help us sell sponsorships for the District show!  Selling sponsorships helps pay for show costs and enables us to keep show costs down so PLEASE HELP SELL!
We will be sharing facilities once again with the Wake County All Youth Open Horse Show the same weekend.  This would be an opportunity to maybe show at another show while you are at the facility.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program) Team Forming

We still have room on the WHEP team for any 4Her who would like to join us.  For those who don't know, WHEP stands for Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program.  Team members practice and compete in four categories: wildlife identification, wildlife foods, wildlife habitat management, aerial photograph habitat interpretation.  Right now we have one junior team.  If we have enough participants we can easily extend that to two junior teams or add a senior team.  Any age child is welcome to practice with the teams and particiate on contest day if they wish.  However, to be on the teams you must fall into the appropriate age category as of Jan 1, 2013 (Last year).  Junior 9-13 years, Senior 14-19.  This year's contest will be held May 11, 2013 in Johnston County, NC.  Please notify Karowin Cassell at or 336-372-4968 by March 18 if you would like to participate.  We will begin practice soon.  Please visit the following website for more information.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Youth Market Turkey Show

It's that time of the year to register for the Youth Market Turkey Show!  This is a great opportunity and you would participate in the Turkey Show at the NC State Fair in October. Registration will open on March 1, 2013 at 3:00pm. 

Click here for information about the show and the Poultry and 4-H youth webpage is located here.

Poultry Science Summer Institute Camp

If you are a rising Junior or Senior as of this fall, who might be interested in majoring in Poultry Science, the  Poultry Science Summer Institute (PSSI) camp will be held the week of July 28th through August 1st.  

PSSI is a five-day, four-night conference/workshop designed to broaden a student's understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities and careers related to poultry science. The camp is definitely a fun and educational experience!! More information and registration (which is open NOW) can be found here

Friday, February 15, 2013

NC Strawberry Association Scholarship Opportunity

The NC Strawberry Association is offering two $1000 scholarships. The intent of this scholarship is to promote future leadership in the strawberry industry. The scholarship is open to:
  • **high school seniors or current college students
  • **applying, accepted to, or currently enrolled in  a land grant university.
  • **interested in or having declared a major in a program of study directly related to the strawberry industry (For example, small fruit production, marketing, food science, nutrition, entomology, agronomy, etc).
Two Scholarship Awards of $1000 each are offered for 2013. The number of awards will be determined based on applications received. This award is not limited to North Carolina. Family members of NC Strawberry Association members are encouraged to apply. Previous award winners may reapply for a second year's award.

The deadline for 2013 applications is May 1, 2013. 

Click here to visit the Strawberry Association's website that has essential information and the application form.

County Activity Day

REMINDER ~ County Activity Day is next Wednesday (Feb. 20th) from 3pm to 6pm.  If you plan on presenting, you must call the office & schedule your time.

This competition is open to any youth ages 5 - 19 and your presentation can be on ANY topic you like.  If you would like a complete list of the presentation categories and descriptions visit the NC 4-H webpage.

Don't forget that you if you want to go to Congress in Raleigh, you MUST present at both County Activity Day AND District Activity Day in March!

If you have any questions or need any additional information, call the office at 336-372-5597.

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 4-H Plant Sale

We are currently taking orders for the 2013 Annual 4-H Plant Sale.

The following types of plants are available to purchase:
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Grapes
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Vegetables
  • Rhubarb
  • Asparagus
  • Ferns
All orders are due by Friday, March 15, 2013 and payment is due at the time the orders are placed.  The tentative pick-up date (for all plants EXCEPT ferns) is Tuesday & Wednesday, April 2 & 3, 2013 from 9am to 5pm at Alleghany County Office Building.

Click here to print your plant description / order form.  For more information, contact the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

ALL proceeds will help send kids to summer camp and other summer fun opportunities.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Summer Camp 2013

Time is running out to reserve your space for camp this summer.  We will be camping at Millstone 4-H Camp on July 14-19.  Camp is open to youth ages 8-14; spots for ages 13 & 14 are very limited.

If you are interested in attending you need to let us know by February 1st and your $50 deposit is due by February 15th.  Once your spot is reserved, you are committed to attending camp.

For more information about Millstone, visit their website.

2013 Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Contest

The 2013 Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Contest will be held on May 11, 2013 at Howell Woods, in Johnston County.   For the informational memo about this year's contest, the registration form, as well as other extremely helpful information, visit the Extension Forestry webpage. 

Please contact our office for more information.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Beekeeping Essay Contest

The topic for the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest is "Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community".  The deadline for all entries to be submitted is February 1, 2013.  ALL essays need to be submitted electronically to Liz Driscoll at

For the complete description of the topic, click here. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity, please click here for the official rules for the contest.  These rules will apply even if the date says 2012.  There is also a source with hints to help you with your essay available here.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Helping Hands 4-H Club Report - January 2013

The Helping Hands 4H Club had their first meeting of 2013 on Friday, January 4.
During the meeting we discussed the yearly calendar and had officer elections.
The officers are:

President- Franklin Joyce
Vice President- Gretchen Huysman
Treasurer- Luke Joyce
Secretary-Eli Henry Joyce
Reporter-Colleen Cassell
Historian- Courtney Wiles
Chaplain- Day Lindberg
Meeting Helpers- Benjamin Joyce, Kara Hartt, Alaina Hartt, Charity Osborne, & Hogan Dillard

Our program was about rabbits. The Joyce family brought their domestic rabbits.  We learned about rabbit features, culture, skills, and instinct. We then played Jeopardy about rabbits to see how much we had learned.
After the meeting most families went to the Sparta bowling alley and had fun bowling and playing arcade games.

Submitted by:  Colleen Cassell

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

4-H Skiing & Snowboarding Trip

Are you 12 years old or older and want to learn how or enjoy skiing or snowboarding?  Alleghany 4-H will be taking a trip to French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock on Friday, February 8th. Cost will be $25 for skiing and $30 for snowboarding. Cost includes transportation, lift ticket, equipment, skiing/snowboarding lesson and snack. You will need to bring money for dinner. We will be leaving the County Office Building at 4:00 pm and will return around 1 am. Space is limited so contact the office to register or for more information (336) 372-5597 - Ask for Amy or Michele.

You must register by January 30th.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Dairy Quiz Bowl

This year's Dairy Quiz Bowl will be March 9 and we are getting ready to start our practices.  If you are interested in participating, be sure to let us know! Anyone 9 (as of Jan 1) and up can participate and you don't have to be an expert.  Contact the office for more information - ask for Amy or Michele.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Happy New Year.  The Alleghany Extension Office wishes you the very best in the year to come and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.  Lots of great programming in the year to come so check back often.