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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.