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Happy Spring (we hope!) to you all!

Congratulations to the first place Senior Horse Bowl Team from the Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club! Ann Blackmore served as coach to Daisy Timney, Sarah Brown and Jessica Knowles.


The Exchange Group held their third annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards hosting the 4-Hers arriving from Big Fork, Montana in June. A big thank you to everyone who came and to the parent volunteers who helped with the execution.

Delaware State Fair registration opens April 2.

The 2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter  (can be opened by either clicking on “2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter or the link above) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 99th Annual Delaware State Fair.

**Please note that the fair is not using 4-H Online this year as a way to submit entries.  Click HERE for detailed instructions provided by the fair.

Registration is due April 9 for Legislative Day on April 25. New Castle County 4-H Leaders Association will provide transportation and pay the registration fee for New Castle 4-Hers. Register at:

Do not miss Ag Day on April 28 at the University of Delaware College of Ag and Natural Resources from 10-4. Clubs are preparing educational displays- featuring ladybugs to virtual reality goggles. If your club is not participating, there are opportunities to volunteer at the 4-H table or assist the 4-H Leaders at their food booth.  Let us know if you can lend a hand!

Plan to participate in the second demonstration contest on May 12, as there are many open categories.

With spring comes a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow in 4-H! Please read the news blog. It contains quick info and registration links for the above events (and many others). Make sure to also check the calendars for activities and deadlines. The blog is here to help you stay informed and easily find the info and forms you need.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Horse Bowl Results

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The Delaware 4-H program recently held their annual State 4-H Horse Bowl.  28 teams comprised of youth ages 8-19 participated in the equine knowledge-based quiz bowl competition held at Lake Forest North Elementary in Felton, Delaware.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsors the annual event.

4-H members competed on teams of up to four individuals and teams are divided into competition brackets based on age for the double elimination event.  4-H volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the months leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.  45 Delaware 4-H volunteers assisted with the Horse Bowl event.  University of Delaware Animal Science Extension Agent Susan Garey said, “It’s exciting to see so many young people who are interested in learning more about equine science.  We are appreciative the many parents and coaches who volunteered their time over the past few months to help our youth learn in a positive, supportive environment.”

Official judges for the competition included Ms. Sara Deason, Ms. Jamie Timson and Ms. Susan Garey.

The top three teams in each age division were:


Beginner (8-10 year olds)

1st Place– Camo & Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck, Ethan Stafford,

Coach: Kacie Messick

2nd Place– Golden Gallopers- East Coast 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members:  Ryleigh Archer, Claire Lopez, Chloe Wilkerson

Coach:  Jodie Gravenor

3rd Place- Happy Farm Munchkins- Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Emily Davis, Angelo Retzos

Coaches: Suzanne Davis, Ann Hobbs


Junior (11-13 year olds)

1st Place- Magnificent Mares- East Coast 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Anna Lopez, Zoe Probert, Tori Smith, Abby Sparpaglione

Coach: Heather Smith, Beth Sparpaglione

2nd Place– Camo & Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sydni Brown, Aidan Garey, Sydney Messick

Coach: Kacie Messick

3rd Place– Happy Appys- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Zoe Poore, Stephanie Strachar

Coach: Michelle Poore, Carrie Strachar


Senior (14-19 year olds)

1st Place– Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

Team Members: Sarah Brown, Jessica Knowles, Daisy Timney

Coach: Ann Blackmore, Angie Brown

2nd Place– Bucking Bays- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Ashley Bullock, Rylee Ridgely, Courtney Spader

Coach: Jen Ridgely, Dawn Spader

3rd Place– Bays + Grays- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sierra Kane, Madison Poore, Alexis Skodzinski

Coaches: Tina Kane

Congrats to all the participants for all your hard work!

DE 4-H Hall of Fame Award Call for Applications

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In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters partnered to create the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff employees, donors and others who made a significant impact on 4-H at the local, state or national level.  This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.

The next class of laureates will be inducted on October 6, 2018.

If you know of a special individual who has had a major impact on the 4-H Program in Delaware, you may nominate them for induction into the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame in 2018.  Nominations at that time will be open through May 15.  The 2018 class will be selected in June 2018.  The Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation. The full nomination form and FAQ document can be found at

In addition, applications will be accepted for individuals to serve on the selection committee.  If you are interested in serving there, please contact your 4-H educator closer to the event. Tickets for the event will go on sale in July 2018.

NCC 4-H Demonstration Contest II

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The second Demonstration Contest will be held Saturday, May 12 in the NCC Extension Office starting at 9 am.

Info on categories and registration forms can be found under “Demonstration Contest” at:

** Please note: The following categories are now CLOSED:
Team- Arts/crafts/visual arts
Individual- Electricity



True Leaders in Service and Opportunities to give back to 4-H!

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Community Service Activities

Entire month of April


National Day of Service

April 28

This April, join Delaware 4-H as we pledge our hands to larger service all month long!
National 4-H is launching the annual True Leaders in Service initiative, a way for members to say “thank you” to their communities.

We are encouraging youth and adults to venture into the community to lend a helping hand through neighborhood clean-up, beautification projects and much more!

Join the movement!

Register your local activity today to take part in True Leaders in Service.!event-registration

 To learn more and to view the True Leaders in Service Planning Guide visit:                                    

4-H to Award Funding to State Programs to Grow True Leaders

Raise your Hand to Support Kids in Our Community!

As part of the Raise Your Hand campaign, which runs April 1 –  May 15, 2018, 4-H is asking supporters in Delaware to ‘Raise Your Hand’ to help kids in our community by providing the hands-on learning that only 4-H provides.

Joining is easy – alumni can go online to and fill in their details. Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised. Help Delaware be one of the winning states–vote now!

Shopping 4-H can help Delaware 4-H!

In the market for some 4-H swag? Shop online at Shop 4-H (formerly the 4-H Mall)!   If this link is used, Delaware 4-H will receive 5% of the total sales! 


Shop 4-H Link:


Scholarship Opportunities

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Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors:

The 1st State Antique Tractor Club is offering a scholarship. The deadline for application is April 15.

For details and application, please visit:


There are also 2 other scholarships with upcoming deadlines:

  • The Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship ~ Deadline 5/1/18
  • Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship~ Deadline 4/30/18

Applications/announcements are attached and are also updated on our website:


Finally, the deadline for the M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund is July 1.

  1. The grant, in the amount of $300, known as the M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund, is administered by the new Castle County Association for Family and Community Education.
  2. It shall be awarded to a New Castle County resident who has graduated or is graduating from high school, and has been accepted at an accredited Delaware college or university.
  3. The applicant should provide name, address, phone number and contact email (if you have one).
  4. The applicant must provide a statement of why he/she wants the scholarship.
  5. The applicant must provide a statement of community service and school accomplishments. If a member of a club such as 4-H, provide information about accomplishments as a member of this organization.
  6. The applicant must supply names and addresses of three references one of which may be a representative from the club/organization of which the applicant was a member.
  7. The applicant should arrange for a copy of the latest transcript (high school or college) to be sent to the chairperson of the memorial fund committee.
  8. The grant shall be a gift for one year.
  9. Reapplication in subsequent years can be considered.
  10. Application must be made by July 1 for the upcoming academic year.
  11. If no applicant is accepted for the academic year, the New Castle County Association for Family and Community Education may determine how the fund should be distributed.


Dear Student:

A competitive grant from the New Castle County Association for Family and Community Education is available to a New Castle County resident who has graduated or is graduating from high school, and accepted at an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year.

If you are interested in applying for this competitive grant, write to:

Grace Owen

46 West Village Rd.

Newark, DE 19713

Your letter of application should include:

  1. Your contact information
  2. A statement about why you want the grant.
  3. Your aspirations for the future.
  4. Community service, school and club/group (like 4-H) accomplishments.
  5. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) references, at least one of whom should be associated with the club or organization of which you are a member.
  6. An official document of previous academic performance (high school or college transcript).

The application should be received by April 30 so that the grant can be available for the beginning of the upcoming fall semester.

Very truly yours,

Maria R. Pippidis

Family and Consumer Science Educator

New Castle County Extension Director



Pre-College Programs at UD

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Dear High School Students:

As you begin to think about your summer experience, we would like to encourage you to attend the University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program.
The Edge Summer College Program is a five-week, credit-bearing summer college experience held July 8 – August 10, 2018 for high school students moving into their junior and senior years. 
During the Edge program, students will have the opportunity to get an authentic college experience by attending college courses taught by University of Delaware faculty, participating in on- and off-campus curricular and co-curricular activities, and living in a state-of-the-art residence hall.
Previous Edge students have described their experience in glowing terms:

“I had such a wonderful time in and out of the classroom and I learned so much about college and college life and even more about myself. I met people from all walks of life and I had such a unique and special experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life.” — rising H.S. senior

“The five weeks I spent completing the Edge program were definitely ones I will never forget. Among learning how to be on my own, I learned time management and life skills.” — rising H.S. senior

More information about this program, and the link to apply, can be found at
We appreciate your support in making this program successful and hope to have the opportunity to host you in the Edge Summer College Program. Please share this email with other students, parents, colleagues, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Nakia Mack, M.Ed.
Director of Pre-College Programs
University of Delaware

Animal Science Updates

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Delaware State Fair Online Entries Open April 2 

It’s that time already!  Delaware State Fair online entries for all classes, including livestock open on April 2.  Entries close on June 1.

Delaware State Fair Livestock Handbook Department Highlights for 2018
2018 DSF Swine Show Changes: ***SPLIT SHOW FORMAT AGAIN THIS YEAR***

First half of week- Market, Showmanship and Barrow Show

  • Saturday July 21st
    • Weigh in and barn meeting will remain on Saturday
    • Showmanship will start at 4 PM Saturday (if you are using a breed gilt for showmanship you are allowed to bring that in with the market pigs before Saturday at 8 am- otherwise no gilts or boars are permitted in the barn and will be sent home
    • Educational pen displays must be up by noon on Saturday in order to be judged
  • Sunday July 22nd
    • Market Show will start at 8 am (about 2 hours long) after the market show they will take a break and start the barrow show
    • After barrow show they will notify the animals going to auction
    • Start preparing for remaining hogs to exit and breed pigs to enter
  • Monday July 23rd
    • The pigs going to auction will stay until the end of the fair. Exhibitors whose pigs are not going to auction will need to make arrangements for the pigs to be shipped out between 12 am- 9 am.
    • It is imperative that you have a plan for where your market animal is headed if it does not make the Junior Livestock Auction before you ever arrive at the fair!!

Second Half of the week- Jr & Open Breed Show

  • Monday July, 23rd
    • 12 am-9am breed pigs may enter while the market is leaving
    • Crossbred gilts will be weighed in at 9 am
    • Jr and Open Breed Show will start at 4 pm
  • Wednesday July 25th
    • Exhibitors of breed animals may remove up to 12/3 of their breed animals from 12 am- 6 pm.

Exhibitors of all market animals should send buyer letters to potential buyers prior to the start of the 2018 DSF.  It is not the Fair’s nor the Junior Livestock Auction’s responsibility to provide buyers for you.  Follow up thank you notes are critically important as well.


2018 DSF Beef Cattle Show Changes:
  • Again this year feeder calves must be tagged at one of the May livestock tagging dates
  • Upper weight limit for steers has been raised to 1500 lbs.


Upcoming eXtension Small Flock Poultry Webinars- FREE!
Feeds and Feeding for Small and Backyard FlocksApril 19- 3:00 pm EDT


Whether you have a small, commercial poultry operation or a few chickens in the backyard, proper nutrition is essential to the health and productivity of your birds. This webinar will review some of the basics of poultry nutrition as well as selecting the right feed for your flock or mixing your own feed. The webinar will also look at different feed additives including probiotics and prebiotics. Justin Fowler is an Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia with a specialty in the area of poultry nutrition.


Getting Started with Your Backyard Flock- April 25- 12:00 pm EDT

Location: Online Webinar- Must register for link

Small flock production on the rise in the United States. It is so important to explore the many aspects to raising a backyard flock before you purchase your first chick. This webinar will teach the essential of housing, feeding, water, zoning, regulations, animal husbandry, biosecurity and much more.



Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, feeder calves, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  Again this year feeder calves must be tagged!  Breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 5- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)- minimum pig weight 75 lbs

May 5- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Newark- Cook Farm- minimum pig weight is 75 lbs

May 12- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF- minimum pig weight 80 lbs

May 18- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show- minimum pig weight is 85 lbs (no Saturday tagging)

May 22- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING minimum pig weight is 85 lbs

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers or feeder calves so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.


PQA/YQCA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA/YQCA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  The national Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training is a program that was put together by the National Pork Producers Association.  Commercial hog producers across the county have been required to have this certification since 1999 in order to market their hogs.  This program is currently in transition to a new Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program which will cover all livestock species for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. After June 1, the old Youth PQA program will cease to exist and the YQCA program will be the only option for certification. The adult PQA certification program will continue.

For 2018, the Delaware State Fair Swine Department will accept either the PQA or YQCA certification.  There are currently two options for obtaining YQCA certification. The in person class certification option is open to any age but youth under the age of 8 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) must have a parent attend the class with them.  Youth YQCA certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.  Youth ages 8-21 as of January must register through the YQCA website and pay a $3.00 fee online that goes directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training.  This must be completed prior to coming to the training.

In addition, there is an online YQCA training and certification option for youth ages 8-21. You must pay a $12.00 fee online that goes directly to the YQCA program in order to complete the online training.  For youth age 12 and under, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Youth should take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year. Online Adult PQA certification is now an option for parents of youth 5-7 as of January 1 if it is a parent’s first time receiving a PQA certification.  There is no charge for this certification.  Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-7.

The following local YQCA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

April 16, 2018- NCC YQCA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:00 pm

May 10, 2018 – Sussex County YQCA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:00 pm

June 4, 2018- FINAL YQCA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:00 pm

You may attend class or testing in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA/YQCA certification needs as we transition to this one uniform national program.






Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 16th- NEW CATAGORIES THIS YEAR!


Calling all young artists!  With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county

offices on or before April 16, 2018. New for this year are cartoon strip and mixed media classes! Entries will be put on display by May 11th at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.


Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- April 21st


The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, April 21st at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.


Jackpot Show Entries Due May 1


The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 21st Jackpot Show on May 19, 2018 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a market preview show for steers, market goats, market lambs, and market hogs.  Entry information is posted on the State 4-H animal science page and entries must be postmarked by May 1 or entry fees double.


NCC Hosts 4-H/FFA Livestock Classic- ENTRY DEADLINE MAY 7- Late entry fees are double!


New Castle County 4-H and FFA Livestock Volunteers are hosting the 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 9, 2018 at the Delaware State Fair.  This event is open to any 4-H or FFA member in Delaware and the eastern shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Classes offered include showmanship and market classes.  Entry information and a class list are posted on the state 4-H animal Science website


Please note entries must be postmarked by May 7 to avoid late fees.


Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1


2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.


National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1


The 2018 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 30- October 3, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The conference is for 15 to 18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years, who are currently enrolled in 4-H and have an interest in the dairy industry.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation provides funding for two delegates and one chaperone each year.


The conference will be held concurrently with the World Dairy Expo.  National 4-H Dairy Conference delegates may not participate in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest or exhibit cattle at the World Dairy Expo due to time constraints.  You may not have previously attended National 4-H Dairy Conference.  For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.


Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1


The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 to volunteer Charmayne Busker.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2018.  For more information please consult the 2018 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at

or email Charmayne Busker


2018 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Announced


Congratulations to Kent County 4-H’er Stephanie Strachar who is the winner of the 2018 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year essay contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and Peter Stone horses.  Sarah is a member of the Hearts 4-Horses 4-H Club and nominated her Appaloosa gelding Confidential aka “Nelson”.  In her essay Stephanie shared her story of her “bestest” friend Nelson who always listens and never judges her, waits for her afterschool and makes her feel special every day.  In the fall, Stephanie will receive a custom painted model of Nelson generously created and donated by Peter Stone horses.  For more information on Peter Stone horses please visit their website


Harness Horse Youth Foundation Announces Summer Camp Programs

Spring is just around the corner. That can mean only one thing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camp schedule and applications are now available. Complete details are at

The HHYF Trottingbreds and staff will kick off the season with a bang on July 4-7 in Goshen, N.Y. with the Leadership Program and then spend another week with the introductory level July 10-14 also based at Goshen Historic Track. The next stop will be The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono July 17-21 and then on to Gaitway Farm on July 24-28. The introductory level finals will again take place at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian weekend Aug. 3-4.  There will not be a Harrington camp this year.

Camp registration fee is $150, which includes meals, materials and lodging where applicable.

All introductory level events are open to any interested young person (no horse experience necessary) between the ages of 12 and 14. The Leadership Program is designed for former participants of HHYF events or those age 15 and up with at least some harness racing experience.

Camp applications are due May 15.

Additional dates will be announced as they are added. For questions or to find more details visit or e-mail Executive Director Ellen Taylor,

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp


Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. They invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for you!


AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Programs are available for middle school, high school, college and adult age groups.  Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.


Applications for summer 2018 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at


2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Rules, Entry Information and Study Sections


The rules and guidelines along with the study sections and entry information for the 2018 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl held during the Delaware State Fair has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science web page.  Entries are due via the Delaware State Fair website by June 1.  Visit for the complete rules and study sections.


New Castle County 4-H & FFA 17th Annual Summer Livestock Classic

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New Castle County 4-H and FFA livestock volunteers are hosting the 17th annual 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 9, 2018. This livestock show will be held  at the Delaware State Fair.

Entries must be postmarked by May 7. Entry fee doubles after this deadline.

2018 Current Class List and Rules

2018 Entry Form

Please contact Kaitlin Klair at the 4-H office with any questions or concerns.

Shooting Sports Training Opportunity

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MAY 4, 5 & 6, 2018



Workshop Contacts:             Conrad Arnold (410/330-5967)


PURPOSE:                                           To train and certify adult 4-H volunteers who wish to become instructors to teach in their respective counties or camping programs. Each participant can be certified in only one area of competency at this workshop.

WHO:                   Adult 4-H volunteers 21 years of age or older.  (Instructor Certification)

Young adult 4-H volunteers 18 to 20 years of age (as of January 1, 2018) (Assistant Instructor) (Assistant Instructor – may conduct a program under direct and immediate supervision of adult certified instructor.) Need not be experienced with firearms or archery, but must be interested in working with youngsters.

Teen Youth eligibility to attend training this year. SEE ADENDUM ON Opportunity for Limited Number of 4-H Shooting Sports Teens


WHEN:                 May 4, 5 & 6, 2018 – (Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday & all participants are expected on time) WHERE:      Thendara 4-H Center, 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD (Dorchester Co.)




ALL OTHERS: (Private Camps, Scouts, etc.) $220.00 REGISTERED BY APRIL 16


Registrations after April 16 will be accepted at our discretion with a $70 late fee.



Counties may be offering some additional scholarship funds. Check with your County 4-H Office.

Cost includes 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, 2 night’s dormitory lodging*, insurance, all ammunition and instructional materials.


LODGING:           *Dormitory lodging – Camp type bunkhouse lodging is AVAILABLE. Bath facilities are located in the bunkhouse. Men and Women are housed in separate areas. Limited numbers of beds available and will be allocated based on order of registrations received.  Alternative: hotel or commute.



Prepaid registration will be required. The received deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.  Completed  onlineregistration, 4- H Health Statement (MEP 323) and payment to MARYLAND 4-H FOUNDATION, INC. Registrations will be considered as received.

The workshop committee reserves the right to limit class size in order to provide adequate instruction. Registrations will be considered as received. Each participant can register for only one of the following disciplines: Rifle; Archery; Shotgun; Pistol or Muzzleloader.



Each participant should bring outdoor clothing to cope with rain or cool weather. Muzzleloader shooters will need to have a long-sleeved shirt. Everyone will need the usual items:  sleeping bags or sheets & blanket, personal items, towels and comfortable shoes.

All equipment needed for each discipline will be furnished. Participants are asked not to bring any personal shooting sports equipment to the workshop. Eye and ear protection will be supplied but if you wish you may bring your own.


Registration & Check In at 6:00 p.m.

The program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 4 and finish at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.


Please remember that this is a Certification program. The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee reserves the right to withhold certification. In addition to a written assessment, each participant will have an opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills as a part of the training program.

All of the workshop teaching will be done by 4-H volunteers and extension faculty of the Maryland State 4-H Shooting Sports Committees, who were certified through a national level 4-H training program, or instructor trainers certified by this committee.




Each of the 4-H shooting sports disciplines teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal-setting, decision-making, and builds toward more advanced activities. Programs allow for development of individual cooperative and competitive skills.

Positive Youth Development is the number one goal of the 4-H shooting sports program. 4-H shooting sports provide an outstanding way of providing human growth and development.

Introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment is valuable for many.

Firearms and Archery Equipment are the Recreational and Educational Tools of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.


This discipline will train participants in proper methods of instructing youth in the safe and responsible use of rifles. Training curriculum will include the use of both air rifles and smallbore rifles. 4-H programs have the flexibility of developing shooting programs that accommodate a youth audience of varying ages and stages. These programs also allow for the variety of facilities and conditions that may be available for conducting shooting sports programs, ranging from a community center, Extension office conference room or 4-H camp to the more elaborate shooting ranges that may be 4-H accessible in some areas. Each of these options has its place and comes with different degrees of resource requirements.

Equal Opportunity Program



Archery includes a complex set of activities, from simple backyard target shooting to formal target or field competitions, from family fun to bow hunting and bow fishing or even the Olympic Games. Archery is a sport that can involve people of all ages. It does not require great strength or great expenditures in order to participate.  As such, archery is an excellent individual, group or family recreation. This curriculum is based on the principle of immediate participation and immediate success. County program investment can be low for program startup. Facilities, too, should be easily identified.


 he art of muzzleloading is an intriguing as well as historical area of firearms. Interest in blackpowder shooting or muzzleloading has grown tremendously in recent years. This discipline is geared to training instructors to teach this art to older youth as the weight of the individual firearm and use of peripheral equipment are factors. This is a relatively inexpensive shooting program after initial investment. There are lots of opportunities to explore the history of our country as well as history of firearms through muzzleloading. Maryland 4-H limits youth participation in muzzleloading to those youth 14 years of age or older.


The shotgun discipline is geared to introducing the basics of shotgun shooting to youth and adults. Fundamentals of shotgun handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching shotgunning to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The shotgun curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the

4-H curriculum. Retention and recruitment of older youth in 4-H programs may be enhanced through participation in a shotgun shooting sports program. This discipline will require a higher level of resource commitment and an appropriate shooting area such as a shooting range or open field.


 The pistol discipline will focus on introducing the basics of pistol shooting including .177 cal. air pistol and .22 cal. smallbore pistol. Fundamentals of pistol handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching pistol marksmanship to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The pistol curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the 4-H curriculum.




 Door Prizes – We request that each participant bring a door prize or two valued at $20 or less.

Shooting sports items, 4-H items, and Camping items are just suggestions.


The 4-H Shooting Sports program is currently one of the fastest growing 4-H programs in the nation with over 450,000 youth participants. Community based and family oriented, the 4-H Shooting Sports program offers a diverse curriculum that not only teaches shooting safety and gun owner responsibility, but also helps young people develop good citizenship, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. Leaders will be trained to help youth learn self-discipline, sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and an appreciation for the great outdoors.


Thendara 4-H Center

6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, Maryland in Dorchester County


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.               REGISTRATION & CHECK – IN

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.               General Session

Welcome to 4-H Shooting Sports Programs Philosophy & Policies Kids n Guns

Minimum Standards & Best Practices Learning More About Young People

9:00 to 9:30 p.m.               Individual Shooting Discipline Groups


7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. Noon                 Training in Disciplines

12 noon                             LUNCH

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Training in Disciplines

5:30 p.m.                                   DINNER

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                Training in Disciplines

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.                 General Session – Risk Management


7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 to 12 noon                 Training in Disciplines

Including Instructor Written Assessments

Preparation for Student Teaching

12:00 Noon                        LUNCH

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.               Instructor Student Teaching Experience –

Special Note:

(We are inviting 4-H youth ages 8 or older to come in at noon for lunch & to serve as students. If you know of 4-H’ers who would like to do this, please contact us with names, ages, AND T-SHIRT SIZE. The first 25 youth to commit receive a 4-H Shooting Sports T-Shirt.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.               Discussions on Student Teaching 4:00 p.m.                                   Instructor Recognition

5:00 p.m.                           Travel Safely

Directions to the Thendara 4-H Center
Phone: 410-943-3583
Thendara 4-H Center – 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD
from the WEST

Follow Rt. 50 East to Easton. (Watch for the Exxon Station & 7 Eleven on the left at Dover Road) Turn left off of Rt. 50 onto Rt. 331 (Dover Rd.) Follow Rt. 331 through Preston (obey speed limits) About 1 mile east of Preston, (Preston Ford) turn Right on Rt. 331 & Rt. 16

Follow Rt. 16 for 5 miles (house on right with split rail fence and Antiques Sign) and then turn left onto Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road (ignore all cabin creek roads that turn to the right)

Travel 8/10ths (eight tenths) mile on Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd & turn Right on Lords Crossing Rd

Thendara entrance will be on your left.

IF COMING FROM THE NORTH AND TRAVELING THROUGH DENTON, TAKE 313 TO DENTON THEN 16 SOUTH TO PRESTON…STAY ON RT 16 SOUTH…FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ABOVE (Should you end up   in Hurlock, look for intersection of Oak Street & Rt. 331 on So. Main St…at Unity Washington Church, turn onto Oak St. and that becomes Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd.  …travel 2 miles to Lords Crossing Rd.)

From Cambridge

From Cambridge, take Rt. 50 east and turn left at the Rt. 16/ Mt. Holly light. Take Rt. 16 towards Hurlock. At turn off for East New Market go straight ahead following Route 392. Before you reach Hurlock, turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road. Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have gone too far.)

From Salisbury

From the East: (Salisbury vicinity):  take Rt. 50 west, cross the Nanticoke River, turn onto Rt. 331 and go to Rhodesdale. Turn left at Rhodesdale onto Route 14. Follow Rt. 14 to intersection with Rt. 392. Turn right onto 392 and travel toward Hurlock for about 2 ½ miles. Watch for intersection of Lords Crossing & Shiloh Camp Roads; turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road.  Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for

about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have almost missed us.)




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Cecil County Breeders’ Fair

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The Cecil County Breeders’ Fair Livestock, Rabbit, Cavy & Dog Shows will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and the Horse Shows will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill.

Entries are DUE postmarked by Tuesday, May 1st.

The Breeders Fair Show booklet and entry forms can be found online at or printed copies are available from the University of Maryland Cecil County Extension Office.


Announcing 2018 NCC Day Camps

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NCC 4-H Day Camps are back for another summer full of 4-H fun!

Newark Day Camp, Cloverbud Day Camp and the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Camp will all take place the week of June 25-29.

The Animal Science Day Camp will take place the week of         August  6-10.

For more info and registration links and printable forms, please visit:

4-H Camps in New Castle County



Montly Online Newsletter From New Castle County, Delaware 4-H!