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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

New Castle County 4-H is gearing up for NCC Livestock show, state and day camps, Minnesota exchange trip and the Delaware State Fair. In addition, the NCC Livestock Judging Contest will be held Friday, June 7 at 6:30 pm in the Kent Building at the state fairgrounds.  This will be the qualifier for the state contest. Bonus – the Livestock Committee is offering cash prizes!

THANK YOU to the Meado-Larks, Summit Bridge and Porter Gang clubs who participated in the April Canned Good Challenge, resulting in a large donation to the Food Bank. Thank you for your commitment to serving others!

CONGRATULATIONS to demonstration and judging contest participants who are heading to  state fair competitions (see results in the news blog)!

WELCOME to our summer interns! Shannon Murray is a UD Extension Scholar and will be the Newark Day Camp Director and Alyson Melson will be the Cloverbud Camp Director. Both just completed their freshman year of college and have assisted at camp in the past.

The Fair is not possible without the talented 4-Hers and adult volunteers that make it all happen. Consider volunteering to help set-up the building (July 1), check-in exhibits, and assist judges (July 16-19).  Help is always needed, especially adult volunteers!  We ask that all helpers be age 8 or older. Any questions or to sign up please contact Maureen Ernst (831-4973 or

Wanted: New Castle County 4-H is looking for a volunteer to participate in the Pig Kissin’ Contest at the Delaware State Fair on July 25 at 3 pm. Contestants raise money for the Delaware State Fair Jr. Exhibitor Scholarship. Let us know if you would like to be our representative in this unforgettable experience!

Looking ahead, 4-H Project Record Books will be due September 23. These are a great opportunity for 4-H members to detail their activities and experiences during the past 4-H year. Take the time now to start completing your record book. The forms can be found on the county and state 4-H webpages. Be sure to ask your leader, an older 4-H member or your county agents for help. Then, plan to attend the Achievement Celebration on October 6! It promises to be a fun filled event recognizing our wonderful and active 4-Hers!

There will not be a News Flash Blog in July or August. Important news, updates and reminders will be sent as needed.

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

Fair Help

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As you know, it takes an army to prepare for the State Fair.  We’re always recruiting! Please consider giving your time to assist in set up or break down of the 4-H building. We are always in need of adult volunteers.

Please see the below document on how you can help and then contact Maureen in the NCC Office to sign up! We need to share this info with the State Office by July 1, so don’t delay!

Fair Help info 2019

Please also consider signing up to be a host/hostess this year!

You can view available time slots and sign up by clicking HERE.

Club Reports

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Holy Angels Club

We ended our year matting some of the pictures we had taken in our meetings. They will be hung in the school to show others what we have been doing this year. Elena and Holden did the refreshments- Elena fixed them and Holden taste tested them.  They made “cars” from apple slices, pretzel sticks and marshmallows. We also made rings from dollar bills.


Quinn, Liam, Tony, Daniel, and Skylar went to the Legislative Day in Dover and learned lots of fun facts about the building and what happens there.   

Fishing Club

The Fishing Club went on its first outing in May. The fish were really biting! The club is enjoying the new sport they’ve learned, being active and getting outdoors.












The College School

Members of the College School Club took an afternoon to learn some sewing skills. They made beanbags and had a great time!

Demo Contest II Recap

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A hearty “Job Well Done!” to all our Demo Contest II participants who will join participants from the Demo Contest I in the State Fair competition.

Judges and attendees were treated to county demonstrations on March 21 and May 11 at the 4-H Office.  The following 4-H’ers will advance on to the state competition at the Delaware State Fair in July. Congratulations and good luck!

Claire Schaedler – Other-Science Related

Jade Wasgatt – Goats

Brandon Tang – Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts

Liam Aber –  Entomology

Elijah Roberts -Recreational/Competitive Sports

Brogan Raughley – Aerospace

Ava Raughley -Environmental Education & Earth Sciences

Caitlin and Matthew Dooling – Team – Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts

Melanie Witte – Performing/Theatre Arts

Daisy Timney – Indoor Gardening & Floriculture

Savannah Timney – Clothing/Textiles

Lizzy Handlin – Sheep

Jack Handlin – Wildlife


Other Demonstration Participants:

Anna Schaedler – Cloverbud

Sophia Tuschinski – Other- Science Related



Special thanks to our judges: Pattie Simpson and Carol Bedgar

Healthy Living

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And keep it going all summer by getting the 4-H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide for 60 inspirational activities to help your kid grow into a True Leader. Click here for details and to download the Healthy Living Activity Guide.

Animal Science Updates

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Final Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Classroom Training June 12th


The final opportunity for YQCA classroom training to obtain a certification to show a market animal during the 2019 Delaware State Fair is June 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Kent County Extension Office.  To register or for more information, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or


2019 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Announced


Congratulations to Kent County 4-H’er Caroline Allen who is the winner of the 2019 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year essay contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and Peter Stone horses.  Caroline is a member of the Westville 4-H Club and nominated Steeling Magnolias, aka “Maggie”, a 17 year old Appendix mare.  In her essay Caroline shared her story of how Maggie, a retired polo horse who ended up at a local rescue, has helped Caroline do a better job of living the 4-H’s and making the true meaning of the 4-H pledge come alive.  In the fall, Caroline will receive a custom painted model of Maggie generously created and donated by Peter Stone horses.  For more information on Peter Stone horses please visit their website


Delaware Cow Camp 2019- Registrations Due June 7th


Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2019 which will be held on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday July 7th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  The day will begin with registration at 9:30 am. Participants should bring their own calf if they have one.  If a child wishes to participate and does not have access to a calf, one may be provided for them.  The schedule will provide ample opportunities for great hands on learning experiences as well as time for socializing and fun.  Activities will be scheduled throughout the camp to give participants experiences with fitting and showmanship as well as an introduction to some dairy science related topics.


Participants of all skill levels are welcome.  Campers and their calves will work in small groups, each led by a former Cow Camp Champ.  There will be time for fitting of individual animals and showmanship practice.  These activities will be age and experience appropriate with some doing more clipping and others just giving it a try.


Participants should bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are included in the registration fee.  Participants are not required to stay overnight if they do not wish to.  Sunday’s planned activities include a small show and will conclude with a family picnic.   Please indicate on your registration form how many family members will be attending the Sunday picnic so we can plan accordingly.


A current 4-H Health/Code of Conduct Form is required for participation.  If you are enrolled in 4-H through 4-H Online, there is no need to send an additional health form.  If you are an FFA member or junior dairy exhibitor you must fill out and submit a 4-H Health and Code of Conduct Form.  Cloverbuds are welcome to participate; however, an adult needs to attend with them.  Any parent wishing to stay overnight with their child must have completed the Delaware 4-H volunteer screening process.  We are always in need of overnight parent chaperones so please consider volunteering.


Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 7th.  Please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association.  Please mail registration form, Health Form, and fee to Cow Camp, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901.  For more information, please contact Susan Garey or (302)730-4000.  Additional funding for this activity is being provided by a grant from the Chuck Busker Endowment with the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Delaware Holstein Association.  Once you have registered, additional information will be provided.



2019 Cow Camp Registration Form – FIRM DEADLINE June 7th.



Child’s Name____________________________ Age ____ Phone number_________________


Mailing Address______________________________ City/Zip __________________________


Please indicate T-Shirt Size: __Youth S  __Youth M  __Adult S  __Adult M  __Adult L  __

Adult XL  __Adult 2XL


I will be bringing a calf _______   I need a calf _______  Email:__________________________


Number attending covered dish picnic_____  Staying overnight? _______Y  _______ N


Is there anything we should be aware of about your child that is not covered on the 4-H Health Form?








DOVER, DE 19901

Invitational Livestock Judging Contest Friday, June 7th– 6:30 pm


The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee along with the NCC 4-H Livestock Show Committee will be hosting an invitational livestock judging contest Friday, June 8th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Kent building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. New Castle, Kent and Sussex County 4-H will be using this as their county qualifier for livestock judging at the Delaware State Fair.  If you are from another 4-H group or an FFA Chapter you are welcome to come and utilize the classes as a workout.  Official placings will be provided to everyone but you must bring your own judging supplies and provide your own listener for oral reasons if you are from FFA or an outside 4-H group.


Stars and Stripes Livestock Show


The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 30th in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Classes are available for exhibitors 21 and under in sheep, dairy goats, poultry and waterfowl, and small animals ranging from rabbits and cavys to lizards and snakes!  Please check their website for entry information and directions.  Entries must be postmarked by June 24th.  For questions please contact Robin Bruins at 609-259-2347 or


Delaware Pork Producers Association Looking for Delaware State Fair Volunteers


The Delaware Pork Producers Association is looking for volunteers to staff their booth and greet visitors to the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Commodities Building during the Delaware State Fair.  Shifts are available every day of the fair 11-3pm and 3-7pm.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or have an activity for your livestock record book.   Booth volunteers earn a dinner ticket to the Delaware Pork Producers annual dinner.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has always been a great supporter of youth livestock events and donates all of the showmanship trophies awarded in the Swine Department each year at the Delaware State Fair.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250.


54th State 4-H Horse Show


The 54th Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  All participants must have been enrolled as a 4-H member by March 1.  Horses do not need to be stabled on the fairgrounds and may ship in just for the day.  Horses and ponies need to have proof of a current negative Coggins test as well as proof of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhino (EHV) within the last 180 days.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  A complete class list is available on the State 4-H Animal Science website.  Entries can be made in advance or the day of the show.  If you wish to enter in advance, entry forms will be available on the State 4-H Animal Science website.

The 4-H Horse Show Rulebook and the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee pattern book are also posted on the State 4-H Animal Science website

For more information, please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or


Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 16th


All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 16, 2019.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Do More 24 Delaware Campaign

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The Delaware 4-H Foundation is participating in the Do More 24 Delaware campaign sponsored by the United Way of Delaware.

All monies raised by the Delaware 4-H Foundation through this campaign will help support programs and
activities for our 4-H youth.

Join the Delaware 4-H Foundation in this online fundraiser which will begin at  12:00 AM and end at 11:59 PM on Thursday, JUNE 6th.

Here’s how you can help:

• DONATE on June 6th by clicking on the following link:

• SHARE this opportunity with your friends and family and ask them to join
you in this campaign to help support our Delaware 4-H youth program.

• FOLLOW US on social media on Facebook and Twitter for this campaign and
please remember to SHARE our posts with others!

Thank you for your support of the Delaware 4-H Program!!

State Teen Council Applications Now Being Accepted

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The Goal of a Delaware 4-H State Teen Officer:
“Foster the development of youth and the 4-H program.”  As a role model for youth and a representative and spokesperson for the 4-H program, your job is to uphold the high ideals, values and moral standards of the Delaware 4-H program.

  • Officially represent 4-H to legislators, University of Delaware officials and other decision makers.
  • Function as a team member to plan and carry out leadership and community service projects, which involve 4-H membership at the club and county levels.

Term of Office
The candidates selected for the 2019-2020 cycle will serve in office from Saturday, July 27, 2019 through Saturday, July 26, 2020. Officers will be announced at the 4-H Awards Ceremony during the Delaware State Fair on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

State Teen Council 2019-2020 Application


Agent Letter

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

What a fabulous Ag Day 2019 and National 4-H Day of Service! Enthusiastic 4-Hers were everywhere helping out and explaining about their club work. We would like to thank everyone involved, whether it be with club exhibits, promoting 4-H or staffing booths. It was a great day of service from many dedicated individuals.

Special thanks to Brenda and Denis Shaffer for leading and anchoring the Leaders Association Food Booth. Thank you to those who donated supplies and hands to ensure a profitable day. The funds raised support 4-H activities throughout the year as well as camp scholarships.

As of April 25, 2019 National 4-H announced that Delaware 4-H is holding on to third place in a national 4-H “Raise Your Hand” call-to-action initiative. The three states or territories with the most hands raised will receive $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively toward local 4-H programming and events. From now until May 15, Delaware 4-H invites the local community to show its support for 4-H outreach and education in the First State by voting for Delaware on the Raise Your Hand website. Please share widely!

I’m sounding the last call for Demonstration Contest participants. Please enter by May 6 for the May 11 event.

Looking ahead, there is much to be excited about in the coming months. Check the calendars and blog posts to make sure you do not miss events and deadlines.

Important dates:

  • May 10 – NCC Livestock Show Entries Due, postmark date
  • May 11 – Demonstration Contest (Register by May 6)
  • May 14 – NCC Links Meeting at NCC office
  • May 19 – State 4-H Alumni Social, Mispillion River Brewing, Milford, DE
  • May 20 – Leader’s, Jr. Council, Exchange Group Meetings
  • May 23 – Dairy Judging Training, Cook Farm
  • May 29 – NCC Youth Quality Control Assurance Training
  • June 1 – Delaware State Fair entries close

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We are here to help!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

Club Reports

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Fishing Club


The first club meeting was a success! Youth participated in “classroom training”, lead by Mr. Todd Harvey and assisted by Marian Harvey, that will prepare them for their next meeting, in which their lures will be in the water. Happy fishing!















At the April meeting of Camp FRESH 4-H Club, UD Nutrition and Dietetics Intern, Julia explained  how to read food labels to select nutrient dense foods. We also made MyPlate bracelets to remind us of the food groups to choose each day.


C-3 Club


The Camp Counselor Club April meeting featured a presentation by UD Community Services Intern, Daniella. She explained
about common disabilities in children and offered techniques to engage children. We also learned about different types of vegetarianism in an interactive game led by Nutrition Intern, Julia.

Spotlight Leader

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Our next Delaware 4-H Spotlight Leader is Mrs. Blaky Wasgatt!

Mrs. Wasgatt has been the organizational leader of the Clover Quest 4-H club in New Castle County since 2013 after being a club project leader for 2 years. She received the Volunteer of the Year award for New Castle County in 2016 for her exceptional efforts as a 4-H leader.

While Mrs. Wasgatt was not a 4-Her herself as a youth, she was quick to learn about the various aspects of 4-H. She has much enthusiasm for youth development in her club and for encouraging participation in county and state events. Her 4-Hers participate in favorite foods, consumer bowl, poultry bowl, public speaking and demonstration contest to name a few. In fact, in addition to the traditional pledges and business meeting each month, there is also a presentation by a youth and adult partner on a topic of their choice. They have explored autism, karate, wildlife judging, theatre arts, ice cream, caring for a goat, and reptiles just to name a few topics. 4-Hers also participate in age appropriate games, activities and crafts each month. Mrs. Wasgatt updates club members each and every month to participate in 4-H county offerings and most club members participate as campers, camp counselors, or in county contests.

Mrs. Wasgatt also features numerous opportunities to engage in community service including serving at Family Promise events, collecting and packaging supplies for the homeless, and Stockings for Soldiers.

Her favorite part about being a leader is providing an opportunity for the youth to practice their public speaking skills on a topic of their choosing as well as developing the club leadership skills of her officers.

Results: Judging Contests/Clothing Showcase

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A big congratulations goes out to the following who will be headed to the State Fair to represent New Castle County in the Judging Contests!

Study up and get ready for the State Fair!


Wood Science:

Cole Simpson

Tyler Melson



Eason Li

Tyler Melson

Michela Davis



Eason Li

Matthew Trunfio



Matthew Trunfio


And congratulations to Clothing & Textile Showcase Participants from the Stump Corner 4-H Club.

Katie Campbell

Bruce Patrick

Emma Patrick


YMO recap

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We had a successful Younger Member Overnight at Ashland Nature Center on March 30. We welcomed twenty four 4-Hers from ten different clubs in New Castle County- a really great turn out!

They enjoyed the Nocturnal Animals Program as well as a night hike, morning hike and eco hike! …yes, that was a lot of hiking. Thank you to our volunteer counselors and chaperone Mr. Dave!

NCC Demo Contest II

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The second Demonstration Contest will be held Saturday, May 11 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 for individuals. Team option still available:

Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts



Other-Science Related

Recreational/Competitive Sports 


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