Category Archives: County Events & Contests

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

❄Winter Workshops❄

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


Favorite Foods & Links Adult Appetizer Contest

Calling all soup makers, bakers and main dish lovers! We are looking for you! Who will be the next Favorite Foods Champions?

Favorite Foods Contest: January 25, 2020 @ Kirk Middle School Cafeteria

Favorite Foods Contest Applications Due: Friday, January 10th

2020 Favorite Foods Guidelines

Favorite Foods Contest Application

Calling all Grandparents, Parents, Volunteers, Links and Alumni! Who is going to brush off those skills learned and compete in the 2020 Links sponsored Adult Appetizer & Snack contest?

2020 Links Appetizer Contest

Achievement Event Recap

The NCC 4-H Achievement Event on October 6 was well attended. A huge thank you to everyone who came to honor your fellow 4-H’ers! Click below for links to the photos.

Google Photos


Below are award highlights:

Best Exploring 4-H Project Awards: 

Claire Schaedler, Eric Patrick, Elijah Roberts


Best 4-H Story Awards:

Beginner Division: Eric Patrick

Junior Division: Brandon Tang

Senior Division: Carly Mekulski


Best Overall Record Book Awards:

Beginner Division: Brogan Raughley

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Cole Simpson


Individual Community Service Award:

Jade Wasgatt


Club Community Service Award:

Summit Bridge


Spirit of 4-H Awards: 

Head – Daisy Timney

Heart – Matt Trunfio

Hands – Alexis Martin

Health – Grace Ferry


Joy Sparks “Spirit of 4-H” Award: Kim Klair


Links Inductees: Laura Emerson, Robbie Emerson, Kate Schaedler, Alex Swan, Larry Trunfio

🎉Window Display/Banner/Public Speaking Results🎉

Here are the 2019 Window Display Results:


1st Place – St. Ann’s

2nd Place – Flock of Friends

Window Display:

1st Place – Summit Bridge

2nd Place – Stump Corner

3rd Place – Porter Gang

Public Speaking Contest Results

Public Speaking Contest – October 29, 2019 – Brandywine Library

4-Hers kept things lively by engaging the judges with a variety of interesting topics. A 4-Her standing at a podium, presenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders. Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, can start with something as simple as leading the pledge or reciting a poem. Seniors are required to do a 5-7 minute speech.

The results:


Anastasis Gallaher – Bear

Cecilia Gallaher – Bear

Moira Jones – Flock of Friends

Beginner I

1st- Evelyn Witte – “Sharks”

Beginner II

1st- Alexis Wolff – “Save the Pangolins” – St. Ann’s

2nd – Liam Aber – “PB29” – Holy Angels

3rd -Sarah Siegel – “Halloween” – Bear


1st- Melanie Witte – “Gender Discrimination-Gender Equality” – Porter Gang

2nd– Micaela Pennachi – “The History of Women in FFA” – Summit Bridge

3rd –   Elijah Roberts – “Plastics-How to Make a Difference with Straws” – Summit Bridge

4th – Tobi Tang – “My Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls Trip” – Meado Larks


1st- Eason Li – “Leonardo da Vinci” – Meado-Larks

2nd- Brandon Tang – “Ocean Pollution” – Meado- Larks


2019 NCC 4-H Achievement Event

Join us on Sunday, October 6 at the NCC Extension Office as we honor NCC 4-H members who excelled in project work, leadership, citizenship, judging and more over the past year.

The awards program will begin at 2 pm, followed by a reception.

We’re having a GREEN OUT in recognition of the kick off of National 4-H Week. Please wear green or the 4-H clover to show your 4-H spirit.

Please RSVP with the number attending to Serena at 302-831-8965 or via email by Monday, September 23.


Record Book Training

Record books will be due to the office on Sept. 23. Please contact your club leaders for the specific date they will need your books turned in to sign and review.

Completing a 4-H County Project Record Book is a great way to showcase all your many 4-H work,
activities, and experiences. It is also an activity that can teach you many great life skills related to
record keeping and presentation, and is an important part of your 4-H experience. In addition, it is a great
way for you to be recognized for all your outstanding 4-H work!

A record book training workshop will be held on Sept. 9 at 6 pm at the NCC office. Please RSVP to Serena ( or 831-8965 by Friday the 6th if you plan to attend.

More info on record books can be found at:

Project/Record Books

NCC 4-H Quarter Auction

Feeling Lucky?

Join us for a Quarter Auction!


When: November 1, 2019

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main St. Odessa DE

Benefits: New Castle County 4-H Leaders Assn. and Exchange Group

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

What is a Quarter Auction?
A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and ALL fun! It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you’ll receive a numbered paddle with a corresponding numbered ball that’s put into the drawing basket. Auction items will be on display from a variety of donors and vendors with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters.

Once the auction begins, a 4-H member will display the item that’s currently up for bid and will announce whether it’s a “1, 2, 3 or 4 quarter” bid. If you’re interested in bidding, you will put designated number of quarters in a bowl and raise your paddle. A 4-Her will walk from table to table with a bucket to collect bids.

The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If they draw your number and you bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If they draw your number and you did NOT bid, just call out “no bid!” and they’ll continue to draw numbers until a winner is declared.
Paddles are $20.00 in advance and includes paddle and roll of quarters to get the bidding started. On the day of the event, paddles will be $25.00 at the door with a roll of quarters. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5.00.
All In Paddles are $50.00. This means you automatically bid on every item without putting any quarters in.
Stay tuned for more info and a list of the amazing items we will be offering!

For more info or to donate please contact: Kaitlin Klair or Betsy Morris or 831-8965.

2019 Window Display and Banner Contest

National 4-H Week provides a great opportunity to put New Castle County 4-H and your individual club in the spotlight! This year think about how your club can encourage others in the community to become a 4-H member. This is your opportunity to show your community all of the fun, exciting, and meaningful programs 4-H’ers take part in.

Window Displays: Clubs are encouraged to design a window display that will be placed in the community. Great locations include grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pet supply stores, local businesses, etc. Put your creativity to use and design an eye catching display that will spark public interest in 4-H.  The below picture represents what a display should be:



Banners: Individual members of 4‐H clubs are encouraged to design and display a 4‐H banner in the community during National 4‐H Week.


  • Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Monday, October 7 and remain displayed until 5:00pm , Saturday, October 12.
  • Window displays can be a maximum of 7’x 30”
  • Banner must be 2 ’ x 3’ in dimension
  • Registrations are due to the NCC Extension office by Monday, September 23
  • Displays will be judged and the top three winners in each category will be eligible to compete at the 2020 Delaware State Fair.


If you submit a registration form, but your club is unable to participate in the contest, please contact Serena at (302) 831-8965 or no later than Friday, October 4.

2019 NCC 4H Window Display/Banner Contest Info & Registration Form