Category Archives: County Events & Contests

Litter Barrel Contest ūüĖĆ

In an effort to promote litter awareness and the work of the 4-H program, all clubs are encouraged to design and paint a litter barrel to place out in their community.

So get your brushes out artists, and work with your other 4-H club members to design a barrel with a creative theme to promote litter awareness.

Each club should complete an entry form and submit it to the 4-H Office via email by March 26th.

Club litter barrels should be able to be in place for 30 days.

Paint away and have fun!

Litter Barrel Contest 2021 Form

NCC 4-H Project Skills Building Workshops

(Formerly Winter Workshops)


Please sign up for what you are interested in- space is limited due to COVID restrictions. Pay at the door.

Saturday, February 13

Saturday, February 20

Tween Leadership (for ages 11-13) Location: Extension Office; 12 noon- 2 pm Cost: FREE

Saturday, February 27

Photography Contest Update

Our plans are once again changing! (Thanks for your continued patience!!) Since the Favorite Foods Contest has been postponed again, we’ve decided to keep the Photo Contest deadline the same and share the results online.

Please contact Jenny Trunfio to arrange dropping off your photos and with any questions you may have. They are still due by February 12. Winners will be announced online.

UPDATE: Favorite Foods/Photo Contest NEW LOCATION

This year, the Favorite Foods and Photography Contests will be moved to the Embassy Suites in Newark (across from the Bob Carpenter Center) on MARCH 6.

Favorite Foods registration forms are due to Serena via email only by February 12. If you have any trouble with emailing the forms to her, please reach out to her and she will be happy to help!

Updated info and registration forms are below.*

*Please make sure to read through the Favorite Foods Guidelines. Some categories have been changed and updated. 

Favorite Food Contest Application PDF

Favorite Foods Contest Application- Word Version

Favorite Foods Guidelines 2021

Photo Contest Entry Form2021

2021 Photography Contest Rules


Tips for submitting Record Books and Diamond Clover via DropBox

This year, 4-H’ers are encouraged to submit their Record Books and Diamond Clover via Dropbox. All are due on September 18.

Please see instructions and Record and Project Book forms below and contact Kaitlin with questions.

If you are unable to submit via Dropbox, Kaitlin will be setting up office hours so that you can drop off directly to her. Please contact her to make arrangements.

Delaware 4-H Record Book Form

Delaware 4-H Project Book Form

Info on Diamond Clover Final Reports

NCC dropbox tip sheet

Yard Sign Contest

Design, create, and display a yard sign promoting 4-H to our community during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Signs will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Message creativity
  • Artistic design
  • Adherence to contest rules



E-mail 1 high quality photos or PDF to County Agent by September 28th.

Photo 1 ‚Äď Close up picture of sign only

Winners will be announced on during national 4-H week.



  • 1st & 2nd place winners in each division will move to the state fair
  • All 4-H‚Äôers that submit entries will receive 4-H ribbons



  • Division 1

Individual 4-H yard sign

  • Division 2

Club or Group 4-H yard sign


Contest Rules:

  • Signs must be 18 X 24 inches.
  • Signs may be horizontal only.
  • Signs may be made by any 4-H’er or by a team of members
  • 4-H Clover must be on front of board – do not¬†place text or other images over or on top of it. No photo, drawing, symbol, word or other figure or object may be placed on or obscure the 4-H Emblem.
  • Well known cartoon figures such as Sponge Bob, superheroes, etc.¬†cannot¬†be used because they are copyrighted.
  • *Late entry photos will not be accepted.

Ag Day 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ag Day.

We will all miss this wonderful educational and fun event, but understand in this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please email Kaitlin.


Younger Member Overnighter

Younger Member Overnighter (YMO) is a tradition open to younger 4-H members between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight stay to be held at Ashland Nature Center Lodge. (3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707) The lodge has bunk style beds with two wings and a central meeting room. The overnight begins Sat. March 28 with drop off at 6:30 pm. Pickup is at 11:00 am on Sun. March 29. Junior Leaders along with certified chaperones and staff serve to make the YMO a terrific experience.

Younger Member Overnighter introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues at Junior Leader Weekend, State Camp and other state events.

The cost is $30, which includes educational programs, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required. Please submit the registration form below by March 16, 2020. Please be sure your online health form is up to date.

A minimum of 10 younger members is required to hold this event.

Register HERE

Favorite Foods and Photography Contest Results

Favorite Foods

The 2020 New Castle County Favorite Foods Contest was held on a soggy January 25th morning. Nonetheless,  4-H members prepared a dish and brought it along with a place setting and centerpiece to Kirk Middle School.

4-H members learn a variety of life skills in this activity including:

  1. Knowledge of good nutrition and meal planning using MYPlate food guide.
  2. Food preparation skills, food safety and display techniques.
  3. Originality, creativity, initiative, time management, interview skills and poise.

Contestants are judged based on the following: menu, recipe, food preparation, table setting and member knowledge. Master Food Educators, 4-H volunteers and 4-H Alumni serve as judges.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors awards for this event.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Below are the results:

Cloverbud participants: Wallace Bonner, Emma Comegys, Anastasia Gallaher, Cecilia Gallaher, Nathan Hunt, Moira Jones and Jacob Patrick

Beginner:  Brogan Raughley-Appetizer-Champion

Michela Davis-Bread-Champion                                                  Anna Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Karmyn Sposato-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                       Colby Lockridge-Hon. Mention

Abby Cochrane-Side Dish-Champion

Max Lewandowski-Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion                   Chase Oldis-Hon. Mention

Emma Patrick-Dessert-Champion                                                Michaela Patrick-Hon. Mention

Stella Latkowski-Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies-Champion    Claire Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Junior:      Giana Ruggeri-Appetizer-Champion                                               Chase Pugh-Hon. Mention

Emily Campbell-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                            Micaela Pennachi-Hon. Mention

Melanie Witte-Side Dish-Champion                                              Liam Aber-Hon. Mention

James Patrick- Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion

Alana Sharpe-Dessert-Champion                                                    Katie Campbell-Hon. Mention

Senior:     Tyler Oldis-Appetizer-Champion                                                     Brandon Tang-Hon. Mention

Daisy Timney-Dessert-Champion                                                    Noah Everett-Hon. Mention

Photography Contest

We received a record number of photography entries this year for the Photo Contest- we’re proud of all our entrants!

We have awarded 2 Best in Show titles:

Best in Show- Color: Skylar Brennecke, Holy Angels 4-H Club

Best in Show- Black & White: Micaela Pennachi, Summit Bridge Club

Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest Results

On January 25, 4-Hers competed in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. In this contest they are learning about nutrition, physical activity, food safety, cooking terminology, tools of the trade, consumer education, recipe measurements and more. Members who score in the top 10 of the Senior Judging Contest are eligible to participate in the Foods Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Top scorers for the JUNIOR level:


Tobi Tang, Meado-Larks

Anna Schaedler, Meado-Larks

Chase Oldis, Porter Gang

Brogan Raughley, Porter Gang

Colby Lockridge, Porter Gang

Alanna Sharpe, Rt. 9 Culinary

Claire Schaedler, Meado-Larks

Ryan Davis, Meado-Larks

Michaela Patrick, Stump Corner

Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves

Chase Pugh, Summit Bridge


SENIOR level Top Ten:


Noah Everett, Stump Corner

Sydney Pyle, Porter Gang

Cole Simpson, Meado-Larks

Brandon Tang, Meado-Larks

Ava Raughley, Porter Gang

Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves

Luka Vasko, Porter Gang

Bruce Patrick, Stump Corner

Melanie Witte, Porter Gang

Katie Campbell, Stump Corner

‚ĚĄWinter Workshops‚ĚĄ

Chase away the winter doldrums with         Winter Workshops! 

Saturday, Feb. 15:


Cole Simpson, Computer Science Pathways Ambassador, will lead an exciting workshop using Ozobots. These coding robots teach programming and infinite ways to create and share.

This workshop will take place at the NCC 4-H Office, 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark 19716 from 10 am- 12 noon. Ages 10-12. Cost: FREE

Wool Basics*

Including New Zealand lap spinning and felting. This workshop will be held at the Delaware City Library, 250 5th St., Delaware City 19706 from 1- 3 pm. Cost: FREE

Saturday, Feb. 22:

Photography- 10 Steps that Help*

When you exhibit your photos at the Delaware State Fair, do you ever wonder what the judges were thinking when you read the comment tag attached to your photo?  This workshop is intended to help you get the right picture and a blue ribbon for the exhibit class. (whether you are using a camera or a phone). This workshop will be held at the NCC 4-H Office from 10-11 am. Cost: FREE

Cupcake Decorating with the Pros from Bing’s Bakery*

Learn the history of this bakery along with cupcake decorating techniques. Held at the new Bake & Brew location, 57 S. Main St., Newark 19711. 11-11:45  am.

Two sessions (both at 11 am):

Ages 5-8

Ages 9-19

Cost: $10 (includes two cupcakes, icing, decorations and a drink)**

Saturday, Feb. 29

Flower Arranging*

Learn the art of basic flower arranging and make an arrangement to take home. This workshop will be held at Appoquinimink High School in the agriculture classrooms, 1080 Bunker Hill Rd., Middletown 19709 from 10 -11 am. Cost: $10**

* A minimum of 5 participants is needed for each workshop to run. If less than 5 people sign up, the workshop will be cancelled, so bring a friend! 

** Pay at the door