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Hello 4-H Friends,

Well… who would have thought that going home for two weeks would have turned into a year?? Although we are still working from home, we are finally starting to see light at the end of this long tunnel. (YAY)

I am so thankful for all of you sticking it through with us- and for being so flexible and adaptive to the changes that have been made along the way to provide a safe environment for everyone.

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and we here at the NCC office would like to say a BIG Thank You! to our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours. We are also encouraging 4-H members to personally thank your leaders during the month of April. Send them a personal hand-written note or a phone call to let them know you appreciate everything they do for you!

As more and more information continues to come out in the newsletter (sometimes on a weekly basis), I encourage you to read through all of this message to make sure you are aware of everything posted. I also encourage everyone to subscribe to the newsletter if you have not done so yet.

 

Some exciting things that are coming up are:

litter barrels will be on display at the end of this month, clubs are also working on banners and window displays to be displayed in May.

Other important items are recognition of 4-H Seniors, Earth Day activities, $4 for 4-H, Horse Bowl, Equine Art, Jr. Leader day, Demonstration registration, judging contests and more!

With the nice weather finally arriving, outside activities will begin very soon. Stump Corner 4-H Club is hosting a few Archery days, more information will be coming on that so stay tuned. Kent County Jackpot Show and New Castle County Livestock show entries will be coming out soon, keep an eye out for those plus a new Summer Sizzle for market sheep and goat exhibitors.

 

Summer camps are fast approaching, and we are hoping to hold both overnight and day camps in person this year, depending on approval from the University. Staff is planning for in person events in the hopes that approval will be granted. We are working as hard and fast as we can on this, but we ask for your patience.

Everyone who applied for a day camp, state camp or environmental camp scholarship please note these are to be used this year.

Camp registration opens on April 1st for Environmental and State Camp.

Day camp registration will open shortly- please keep an eye out for an announcement.

 

Delaware State Fair registration opens, April 1st for all exhibitors, enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. There is a new class this year:

Class 240 Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment when needed. Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it. Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office (via email)with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

🎇🎡State Fair Entry Registrations Now Open🎇🎡

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State Fair Entries Open at 9 am, April 1

 

See the 2021 Delaware State Fair Newsletter below:

Delaware State Fair Newsletter-2021

 

Please use the below link and register under 4-H.

Please note: We don’t have access to the Fair exhibit registration site and therefore, cannot assist you with registration issues. For questions, please call the Fair directly at 302-398-3269.

https://www.delawarestatefair.com/competitive-exhibits

 

We are also pleased to announce a new class:

Class 240             Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment, when needed.  Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it.  Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

Mental illnesses can affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behaviors.  Some of the major types of mental illness are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.  For more information on major types of mental illness, visit:  https://kids.delaware.gov/pbhs/youth-and-teens.shtml

All youth/adolescents ages 11 to 19, are encouraged to submit an original design that helps reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental illness.

Posters will be evaluated based on the following rules:

1.      Submissions should provide a clear and understandable message in a concise format.

2.      The message portrayed should be easy to read.  Letters and words should be clear and legible.

3.      Language used should be appropriate for age group.

4.      Exhibits should use 14” x 22” poster board, using the entire space on the page.

5.      Any medium or combination of media may be used, including crayons, line drawings, watercolor, paint, etc.

6.      No coloring book or traced drawings.

7.      Computer generated images are acceptable.

8.      Artwork must be the artist’s original creation.

9.      Exhibits must be entered by individuals only.

10.   Do not fold entries.

11.   One cash prize will be awarded by DPH to the first place winner.  A check will be mailed to the winner after the 2021 Delaware State Fair.  The winning exhibit, along with all entries, will be advertised on our Maternal and Child Health website, https://dethrives.com in addition to our other social media platforms.

1st

2nd

3rd

$125.00 Ribbon Ribbon

 

 

Join the NEW Outdoor Adventures Club!

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Do you love the outdoors? Do you want to get outside and hike the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge? Do you want to learn more about the animal and plant life around you? If you answered yes to these questions, then this club is for you. Join the New Castle County Outdoor Adventures Club. This is a county wide club open to all NCC 4-H’ers ages 8 and older.

The first meeting will be held at Lums Pond State Park April 11 at 1 PM.  Meeting location will be sent after registration.

Register HERE

Window Display and Banner Contest

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This Spring join us in promoting 4-H across New Castle County and show your community all of the fun, exciting and meaningful programs 4-Hers take part in.

Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Monday, May 3 and remain displayed until5:00pm , Saturday, May 8.

Registrations are due to by April 23 to Kaitlin (kklair@udel.edu) or Serena(serenac@udel.edu)

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Photography Contest

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Congratulations to all those who participated:

    • Charlotte Terranova – Meado-Larks
    • Daisy Timney – Summit Bridge
    • Daniel Work – Holy Angels
    • Elijah Robers – Summit Bridge
    • Jake Terranova – Meado-Larks
    • Juliette Terranova – Meado-Larks
    • Liam Aber – Holy Angels
    • Ryan Terranova – Meado-Larks
    • Savannah Timney – Summit Bridge
    • Sydney Pyle – Porter Gang
    • Teigan Norris – Summit Bridge

See all the submitted photos below

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Foods and Horticulture Judging Results

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Congratulations to all who participated in the County Foods and Horticulture Judging contest.

The following Seniors will be moving on to the State Fair:

Foods:

Sydney Pyle – Porter Gang

Ashley Konkle – Porter Gang

Andrew Konkle – Porter Gang

Katie Campbell – Stump Corner

Emily Campbell – Stump Corner

 

Horticulture:

Matthew Trunfio – Stump Corner

Gabriel Trunfio – Stump Corner

 

A great job done by all of our Juniors as well:

Foods – Claire Schaedler – Meado-Larks

Foods – Michela Davis – Stump Corner

Horticulture – Chase Pugh – Summit Bridge

DSF Tagging and YQCA Certification Dates

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Tagging Dates for 2021 Delaware State Fair Market Animals and Feeder Calves-

Saturday, May 8th- Cook Family Farm Newark, Delaware 9-11 am

Saturday, May 22nd- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 9-11 am

Tuesday, May 25th- Delaware State Fairgrounds- 5-8 pm

We will again be using the COVID tagging protocol used in 2020- tagging will occur on trailers and no weighing of livestock will be performed at the time of tagging. Mask wearing will be required of any and all participants at tagging events. Participants should do their best to respect social distancing. There is no tagging date for Georgetown this year. The 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau will be suspended for 2021.

 

2021 YQCA Certification Information

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Swine Department will accept either an existing Youth PQA certification that is still valid through July of 2021 or a current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year. Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification in order to be able to show a market animal at the 2021 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

In order to be able to comply with COVID health protocols and allow sufficient space, in person training classes will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in 2021. Mask wearing and social distancing between family groups will be enforced during training classes. The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

· Thursday, May 27- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 25

· Wednesday, June 9- Delaware State Fairgrounds 6:30-8:00 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 7

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification

Dairy and Poultry Updates

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2021 4-H and FFA Spring Dairy Show Cancelled

After consulting with the leadership of the Delaware Holstein Association, it has been determined that it is best to not hold the Spring Dairy Show this year.

Battle for the Bell, presented by Appoquinimink and Milford FFA – May 1st

This junior dairy show is open to all Delaware residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss cattle. Both heifers and dairy feeder calves will be shown.
Reach out to Stephen Cook at  stephen.cook@appo.k12.de.us   for more information!

Delaware Junior Dairy Leasing Agreements Due May 1

The Junior Dairy Leasing Agreement is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage

Completed dairy leases can be mailed to Susan Garey 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901 faxed to (302)735-8130 or scanned and emailed to truehart@udel.edu Please no cell phone photographs of completed lease agreements unless you mail a hard copy as follow up. Dairy leasing agreements will be compiled and provided to the Delaware State Fair for verification of leased fair entries.

The Delaware Livestock Expo is Moving…to a New Date in 2021- NEW Dairy Division!

The Delaware Livestock Expo is moving to a new date in 2021- September 11-12th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. This junior exhibitor show is open to youth up to age 21 as of January 1, 2021 from around the region and offers showmanship and breeding classes for beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. New for 2021 will be a dairy division for our junior dairy exhibitors! Entries and entry fees will be accepted online this year via the Showman app and will be due by August 20th. Stay tuned for information about our outdoor fundraiser with a benefit auction, live music and food trucks being held at the Delaware Ag Museum May 8 from 5-9 pm! Sign up for our newsletter at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com

 

2021 Delaware State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections

We are hopeful to be able to hold an in person 4-H Avian Bowl during the Delaware State Fair this year. If a face to face event is not possible, the contest will be converted to a virtual one and be run online utilizing the Qualtrics platform at the beginning of August. In the meantime, 4-H members can begin to prepare for it! The national study sections have been released and are as follows:

All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:

· Raising waterfowl (Sources through General Breeding Management) – pages 26-30

· Avian systems (The Feather) – page 43

· Growing Blue Ribbon Pullets (All) – pages 57-65

· Breeds, Varieties, and Strains (Introduction, Bantams, Americans, and Asiatics) – pages 69-73

· Eggcyclopedia (Curdling through It’s All in an Egg) – pages 118-136

· Ratites (All) – Pages 171-173

· Commercial Poultry Industry (All) – Pages 175-176

· Embryology (Parts of the Egg through Candling) – Pages 186-192

Note: The above study material came from the National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual revised in 2016.

Clemson University, Bulletin Room – Room 82 96 Poole Agricultural Center

Clemson, SC 29634-0129 (864) 656-3261 (phone); (864-656-0742 (fax); Attn: Mick Smith

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Horse Bowl, Clover Trail Challenge and Equine Art

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2021 Delaware State 4-H Horse Bowl- Virtual

The 2021 Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be occurring in a virtual format during the week of spring break April 4-11th! The contest will have both individual and team divisions and will be

conducted online using the Qualtrics platform. Awards will be presented for the top placing individuals and teams. Danish system awards will also be presented to all participants. Teams must be comprised of 3-4 members. Preregistration and a valid email address are required to participate and there is no entry fee this year. Registration for the 2021 Horse Bowl is online and will be open from March 22- April 2. https://www.pcsreg.com/virtual-delaware-4-h-horse-bowl-contest

For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

 

The Clover Quest Trail Challenge

New for 2021 the Clover Quest Trail Challenge- ride or drive the First State with the Delaware 4-H Horse Program between June 1 and August 15th! Log your miles in the saddle as an individual, a as part of a team or both! A full team consists of 4 members, teams of three may also compete. Teams must include at least 1 4-H member. A family unit can be considered a team. Clubs may participate as a team and clubs may submit multiple teams. Miles can be counted in the area or on the trail.

Training/Conditioning and recreational hours/mileage count. Hours/mileage logged during any form of competition do not count. Both hours riding and hours driving may count towards this challenge. Teams do not have to ride together. Your miles and hours can be logged separately. When riding, please keep safety measures such as riding helmets, proper footwear, trail etiquette and social distancing protocols in mind.

Top placing individuals and teams will be recognized. All participants will receive a participation certificate at the end of the challenge no matter your accrued hours, mileage or participation level. Entry is made online via a Google Form. For those competing as a team, submit one (1) completed team entry form via an online Google Form with team captain identified.

Individual Entry Google Form

Team Entry Google Form

Entry will not be considered eligible for awards until your entry form and log form have been received. Mileage and team captain log sheets must be turned in no later than August 23, 2021

For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science page.

 

Delaware 4-H Virtual Equine Art Contest- New Online Gallery for Viewing

The Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest will be held via an online virtual art gallery. Participants will upload images of their artwork to Padlets organized by class between June 1- June 15th. Judging will be completed and awards will be announced by the end of June. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only. For technical questions or if you have trouble uploading images of artwork please contact Caroline DelVecchio at cadv@udel.edu Guidelines and classes can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

2021 County Level 4-H Animal Judging Contests

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Compete against your fellow 4-H friends in your county!  The top 10 participants per county will be posted following the event, and will be invited to participate in the State Animal Judging Contests.

Registration is required by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Event dates listed below.

Register HERE

Participants may only participate in one time slot per contest.  No more than one contest can be completed at a time.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristin at kristin@udel.edu or (302) 242-8895.

Horse Judging – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00 PM

Livestock Judging – Tuesday June 1, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Poultry Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:00 PM

Dairy Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Other important notes:

Participants may not do both levels this year.  Active members age 13 and up must complete the Senior level; members 4-H age 8-12 may choose to complete the Junior or Senior level.

All events are virtual. Each contest is offered at two different times, members can only participate one time per contest.

All contests will include two evaluation classes to judge during the session, seniors will be required to complete a set of oral reasons and submit via email before leaving the contest.

These contests will determine 4-Her eligibility to judge these respective contests at the state level.

Contest Contacts:

Horse Judging – Kristin Cook  at kristin@udel.edu

Livestock Judging – Kaitlin Klair  at kklair@udel.edu

Poultry Judging – Jenny Trunfio at jtrunfio@udel.edu

Dairy Judging – Jill Jackson at  jackson@udel.edu

Club Spotlight

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Peach Blossom

 

The Peach Blossom 4-H Educational Youth Club, established in 2006, is a traditional 4-H Club located in the southwest corner of Kent County. Named after Delaware’s state flower, Peach Blossom has 75 members ages 5 to 19, from Harrington, Felton, Frederica, Greenwood, Lincoln, Camden, Milford, and Houston townships. The Peach Blossom Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the “4-H Shed” building located at Webb Farm, west of Greenwood. Since May 2020, monthly club meetings have been held via Zoom, with each session embracing a different theme. Some recent theme examples include school-spirit, pajamas, and tie-dye to make gatherings a little more fun. Peach Blossom also hosts monthly Exploring 4-H and Leadership meetings via Zoom. Outdoor monthly club meetings will be planned in the future, conditions permitting.

Peach Blossom Club members focus on many project areas, including archery, clothing, consumer sciences, dairy, fair prep, foods, horse, photography, poultry, livestock, small engines, and woodworking. Youth members are supported and trained by adult Project Team Leaders.

Members also participate in various volunteer community service projects, including coastal cleanups, beach grass plantings, the Pack-a-Purse Project, and assist non-profit organizations including Wreaths Across America, the Food Bank of Delaware, and the Prospect Church Closet. Rather than gathering as a group to do community service activities in 2020-2021, Peach Blossom established a community service focus each month, encouraging member families to participate in their own projects, such as baking a treat or cooking a meal for a family member or neighbor.

The Peach Blossom Club hosts several annual events and looks forward to a time when it will be possible to return to hosting its annual awards, fundraisers, and camp events.

  • The fall Peach Blossom Family Night awards members and recognizes volunteer leaders for their outstanding service. The highlight of Family Night is the project work auction with both a silent and live auction of members’ donations.
  • The February Peach Blossom Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s is an opportunity for members and leaders to serve pancakes and sausages to fundraise money for club activities.
  • Like 4-H Day and State Camps, the May Camp Peach Blossom offers classes, camp songs, people groups, and Council Circle for youth members.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Peach Blossom Club may contact club leader Elaine Webb at peachblossom4h@yahoo.com.

 

4th H for Health

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April Edition

 

Easter Deviled Eggs

Recipe:

– 12 Large Eggs

– 1/4 cup mayo or miracle whip

– 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

– hot sauce (if desired)

– Salt & Pepper to taste

– 4 drops red food coloring

– 4 drops blue food coloring

– 4 drops green food coloring

– 3 cups water or as desired

 

Preparations:

  1. Place eggs into a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Let eggs boil for 3 minutes; turn off heat, cover pot, and let eggs cook in hot water for at least 20 minutes. Drain and cover eggs with cold water. Peel cooled eggs.
  2. Cut hard-cooked eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks; mash yolks in a bowl with mayo or miracle whip, salt, black pepper, hot sauce, and dry mustard until smooth.
  3. Place red, green, and blue food coloring into 3 different bowls and add about 1 cup water to each bowl. Steep 8 eggs white halves in each bowl, tinting the eggs whites pink, light blue, and green. If color is too pale, add more coloring to bowls. Drain colored egg whites on paper towels.
  4. Pipe or spoon egg yolk filling into colored egg white halves; cover and chill before serving, at least 30 minutes.

Enjoy!


Mental Health – Bonus

With so many things being unknown and schedules still moving around, have you tried taking a minute for yourself and breathing. Try these steps to help refocus yourself! Check out the GEM curriculum for more information.

4-7-8 Breathing:

Sit on shins or cross-legged with a straight back and shoulders relaxed.

  • Inhale gently through your nose while counting to four in your mind.
  • Hold your breath while counting to the number seven in your mind.
  • Exhale completely through the mouth while counting to the number eight.
  • This is one complete cycle
  • Repeat the cycle three more times to yourself.

 

$4 FOR 4-H CAMPAIGN

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Please be aware that March 29th to April 4th will be our annual $4 for 4-H campaign. We ask for your support of the Delaware 4-H Program and the many 4-H youth members in our state. Join us during this time in donating between March 29th and April 4th to the Delaware 4-H Foundation at the following link:

Donate

Please know donations can be accepted for this campaign for any amount, small or large, and collectively, they will enhance and provide tremendous opportunities to our youth members.

We encourage EVERYONE to join us between March 29th and April 4th to support Delaware 4-H with your donation! Please be sure to share our Facebook and Twitter posts in the upcoming week with all your friends on social media to help spread the message and make others aware of this campaign. Thank you!

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