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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Summer is fast approaching and New Castle County 4-H is gearing up for the NCC Livestock Show, State 4-H and Day camps, a visit from the Montana Exchange trip and the Delaware State Fair (entries due TODAY, June 1 by 11:59 PM).

Speaking of the exchange group and the fair, now is the time to get your Delaware State Fair coupon book at the cost of $10. (over $2400 of savings) Contact the 4-H office or any exchange group member. Sales end June 29.

Congratulations to the following 4-H Jr. Council members who are graduating this month. Thank you for your leadership and best wishes as you start the next chapter.

  • Alyson Melson- Meado Larks 4-H Club – St. Georges HS – Washington College
  • Shannon Murray – Camp Counselor Club – Padua Academy – Univ. of Delaware
  • Andrew Shaffer- Summit Bridge 4-H Club – St. Marks HS – Univ. of Delaware
  • Patrick Trunfio – Stump Corner 4-H Club – Middletown HS – Univ. of Southern California

Congratulations to demonstration and judging contest participants who are heading to the state competitions.  (See results in the news blog)

Important reminders –

  • NC Livestock Judging Contest will be held Friday, June 8 at 6:30 pm in the Kent Building at the state fairgrounds.  This will be the final qualifier for the state contest. In addition, the NCC Livestock Committee is offering a cash prize!
  • Cow camp registration is due June 8. No late registrations will be accepted!

The fair is not possible without talented 4-Hers and adult volunteers that make it all happen. Consider volunteering to help set-up the building (July 9), check-in exhibits, and assist judges (July16-19).  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

Looking ahead, 4-H Project Record Books will be due September 24. 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 Fall Achievement Celebration! It promises to be a fun filled event recognizing our wonderful 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. We hope to see you at a 4-H event!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Your help is needed at the State Fair!

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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!

Fair Help Info


Host/Hostesses Needed for the Fair

Sign up below:

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 2018-2019 cycle will serve in office from Saturday, July 28, 2018 through Saturday, July 27, 2019. Officers will be announced at the 4-H Awards Ceremony during the Delaware State Fair on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

State Teen Council Application 2018-2019

Demo and Judging Contest Results

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Demonstration Contests

The following 4-H’ers will advance on to the state competition at the Delaware State Fair in July. Congratulations and good luck!

General Demonstrations – Monday, July 23

Daisy Timney –Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts Individual

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


Plant and Environmental Science Demonstrations – Wednesday, July 25

Liam Aber – Electricity Individual

Logan Aber – Entomology Individual

Melanie Witte – Science Related Individual


Healthy Living Demonstrations – Thursday, July 26

Kristin Traver and Sarah Apps – Food Preparation Team

Ava Raughley – Performing/Theater Arts Individual

Matthew Trunfio – Table Setting/Etiquette Individual


Animal Sciences Demonstrations– Friday, July 27

Savannah Timney – Vet Science Individual

Brogan Raughley – Swine Individual

Lizzie Handlin – Sheep Individual


Judging Contests 

The following 4-Hers have qualified to participate in judging contests at the Delaware State Fair.

Good luck to all!


Emerson Hickey

Jacob Green

Owen Hickey



Carly Mekulski



Lizzie Handlin

Jack Handlin



Sydney Phipps

Autumn Piazza



Senior Division

Eason Li



Senior Division

Eason Li

Alyson Melson

Hunter Willoughby

Liam Aber


Wood Science

Beginner Division

Laim Aber

Senior Division

Cole Simpson

Tractor Driving Training

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Tractor Driving Training is scheduled for July 11th at 10:30 a.m.  The training will be held at Hoobers in Seaford, DE.

As a reminder, youth who have not competed in this event before or participated in this training before are required to attend this training in order to be able to participate at the Fair.

Those who have attended or participated in past years are welcomed to attend as a refresher.

Club Reports

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Holy Angels Club

We did some more photography using a pane of glass and a spray bottle of water to take pictures of each other.  Quinn and Mary made today’s snack using Yogurt, cool whip and animal crackers. Liam talked about native bees and we had honey sticks.







We also made bee blocks, using drilling and sanding woodworking skills and putting in screws. 

Woodworking teacher helps girl drill hole in block of wood


Summit Bridge Club

The Summit Bridge 4-H Club made interactive Healthy Living display for Odessa Fest on May 5, 2018




Mulching at Summit United Methodist Church where the club meets!

Club members Andrew Shaffer and Hunter Willoughby at WDEL to record a radio segment and PSA (Public Service Announcement) for Delaware 4-H





Tails n’ Trails 

We volunteered  6 hours at a miniature horse farm   prepping the horses for sales. It was a great hands-on experience and all had a wonderful time!

Animal Science Updates

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Final Pork Quality Assurance Classroom Training June 4th 

The final opportunity for PQA/YQCA classroom training to obtain a certification to show a market hog during the 2018 Delaware State Fair is June 4th 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


Delaware Cow Camp 2018- Registrations Due June 8th

 Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2018 which will be held on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st 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 can 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.

Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 8th.  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.


2018 Cow Camp Registration Form – FIRM DEADLINE June 8th.


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 8th– 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. Both New Castle and Kent 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.


Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Training June 27/28th– Registration Required

An Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Workshop is being held at the end of June with Dr. Katharine Knowlton and Jamie Black Owner of Opportunity Holstein’s and Jerseys and Internationally renowned be held June 27th and the morning of June 28th. This workshop will be led by Dr. Katharine Knowlton, coach of the Virginia Tech Dairy judging team and author of the Dairy Judging 101 tutorials on Youtube. The training will occur on two farms over two days (Jones Family Farm in Massey, MD and Emerson Farms in Middletown, DE) and is for youth of all ages and is free of charge. In this 2 day workshop Thursday will include training and practice judging, and Friday morning will include training and practice giving reasons. For more information and to register (pre-registration is required) please utilize this google doc form so they can organize each day’s sessions according to experience and interest.

Please contact Matt Kimball with questions (410) 829-4288 or


Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 24th 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 21st.  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.


53rd State 4-H Horse Show

The 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 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

The 4-H Horse Show Rulebook has also been updated and is 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 17th

All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 17, 2018.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.


State Camp Reunion

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How How! The 70th Year of State 4-H Camp Alumni Reunion is set for Saturday, August 11, 2018. Registration will start at 2:30 p.m and will conclude at the end of Council Circle, approximately 10:00 p.m. We need help in your efforts to promote this monumental event to all your 4-H camp alumni friends (especially those not on social media!)

While we want everyone involved, we highly discourage bringing along your children or those who are current attendees of camp.

Register online here. The registration fee will be $10 per person. Payment can be brought with you the day of the event or can be sent to:
University of Delaware
Attn: Kaleb Scott
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947

Cash or Check only. Checks can be made out to ‘University of Delaware’ with ‘Camp Reunion’ in the memo.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlin Klair, or 302-831-0203.




4-H Science Updates

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This October, 4-H and Google will launch an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge, Code Your World, which invites kids to get involved in computer science through hands-on doing. Code Your World is a four-part computer science (CS) challenge that teaches kids to apply CS to the world around them through hands-on activities. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, it includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World uses games and hands-on fun to teach kids important CS and computational thinking concepts, and is perfect for first-time and beginner coders ages 8-14.

  • Teachers and facilitators don’t need any prior experience with computer science or coding to bring Code Your World to their students. Each activity is simple to facilitate and requires minimal preparation.
  • Code Your World is designed to be easy to facilitate and highly flexible to deliver. The four activities can be enjoyed individually or all together, making it a perfect fit for the classroom or out of school time learning.
  • No technology required! Code Your World is adaptable to fit any level of access to technology, including no computers or internet, computers but no internet, or full computer and internet access.

Sign up to stay updated with resources and ways to get involved with National Youth Science Day and Code Your World!

There is also a NEW 4-H STEM Lab Learning site that National 4-H Council sent out that is supported by Hughes-Net:


Delaware 4-H Youth in Action Award

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Every 4-H’er has a story, and every story is worth telling!  The Delaware 4-H Youth in Action (YIA) award is a premiere opportunity for youth to share their stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others.

This award honors four Delaware 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills to overcome a challenge or challenges they have faced.  Every honoree is an outstanding 4-H’er who epitomizes 4-H youth empowerment and leadership.   The 2018 awards will highlight youth in each of our core areas. Through a formal selection process, one awardee will be chosen within each pillar area:

  • Youth in Action: Agriculture
  • Youth in Action: Citizenship
  • Youth in Action: Healthy Living
  • Youth in Action: STEM

The YIA Awards are presented at The Delaware State Fair during the 4-H Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 28, 2018.   Applicants should be a current 4-H member or recent alumni within the United States, ages 16-19.  The winner in each of the four pillar areas will receive a $250 monetary award, and their applications will be forwarded on to National 4-H Council as the Delaware 4-H representative for the National Youth in Action Awards program.

The application and additional information about these awards can be found on the State 4-H website under the “Awards” section of the menu.  We encourage any eligible 4-H member to submit an application by July 1, 2018.  We look forward to each of you having the opportunity to tell and share your 4-H story!  If you have any questions about this award, please contact your respective County 4-H Office or the State 4-H Office at (302) 831-2509.

Delaware Farm Bureau Photography Contest

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Entries due September 30

Delaware Farm Bureau has launched a photo contest showcasing agriculture in the First State. Anyone can enter; the entry fee is $5 per photo. First prize in each of two age categories is $150; second prize, $100; and third prize, $75. The first entry for DFB members or their child or ward is free. Young photographers, age 17 or younger, may enter the Budding Artist category.

Agriculture in Delaware is as diverse as can be, with animals from chickens to buffalo, horses, swine, goats, sheep and more. Crops range from corn, soybeans and wheat to fresh vegetables and fruit. Original, unaltered photos should showcase Delaware agriculture, depicting subjects such as fresh food, farm products being grown or harvested, animals on the farm, family farm life, people working on a farm or ranch, technology use, consumer outreach or a rural scene. For more information, official rules and entry forms, go to

The website includes links to download photo contest entry forms, official contest rules, judging criteria and score sheet, as well as instructions for entering online. A completed entry form must be attached to each mailed photo or accompany electronic entries.

A model release form must be submitted for each identifiable person in the photograph.

All photos become the property of DFB and will not be returned. Winning photos will be featured at DFB’s annual meeting and banquet, and at the DFB office for one year.

Mail entries with check or money order to: Delaware Farm Bureau Photo Contest, Attn: Heather Kline, 3457 S. DuPont Highway, Camden, DE 19934. Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 30.

Agent Letter

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

What a fabulous Ag Day 2018 and National 4-H Day of Service! The 4-H Tent was bustling with wonderful educational activities. Many enthusiastic 4-Hers assisted patrons and explained about their club work. Projects featured were animal science, embryology, entomology, horticulture, birds, backyard explorers, nutrition, healthy living, health prevention, virtual reality goggles, day camp and 4-H Afterschool. 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 food booth. Thank you to those who donated supplies and labor to ensure a profitable day. The funds raised support 4-H activities throughout the year as well as several camp scholarships.

Some other highlights this month:

  • Hunter Willoughby, Summit Bridge, attended National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. along with nine other Delaware 4-H teens.
  • Stump Corner 4-Hers, Elle Vandervort and Katie Campbell participated in the Kent County Clothing Showcase. See photo under club news.
  • April 20-22 was a combined Jr. Leader Weekend and Younger Member overnight at Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, DE. Great leadership training, canoeing, a woodworking project and a campfire made for an educational and fun filled weekend.
  • Several 4-H members attended the 14th Annual 4-H Legislative Day on April 25. This educational event was a great way for 4-Hers to learn about state government. Summit Bridge 4-Her,  Andrew Shaffer who is the current State Teen Council President, spoke on the House of Representative Floor on behalf of Delaware 4-H.
  • The 4-H Exchange Group is now selling Delaware State Fair Coupons book thru mid-June. The $10 book contains over $2400 worth of coupons for use at the 2018 Fair. Call the office or see an Exchange Group member to get one (or more) now!

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 7 – NCC Livestock Show Entries Due
  • May 8 – NCC Links Meeting at NCC office
  • May 12 – Demonstration Contest (Register by May 9)
  • May 14 – Classroom Judging Training – Dairy, Horse and Poultry
  • May 21 – Leader’s, Jr. Council, Exchange Group Meetings
  • 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 and Serena


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.

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



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