Category Archives: County Events & Contests

4-H Demonstration Contest

demonstrationPresenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Delaware 4-H alumni often credit their experience with 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Contests as a reason for their success in public and professional life.          New Castle County 4-H offers two demonstration contests in the spring.

Registration for Demonstration II due to the 4-H Office by Friday, May 6.

Contest Information & Forms:

Demonstration II

  • Date: Saturday, May 14
  • Start time: 9am
  • Location: NCC Extension Office

For additional resources, please click here!

Contact Mallory Vogl via e-mail or call (302) 831-8965 with any questions or concerns.


Rain Barrel Contest

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting applications from children and student groups in grades K-12 to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating young Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Selected children or groups will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels for later public display.
To enter the contest, young artists must complete and submit an application by Friday, March 18, with a description and preliminary sketch of their design. DNREC will choose contest participants based on their application and design ideas.
Once contest participants are selected, they will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information requested about their works.
Young artists who participate in the contest must be willing to give of their time and materials including paint and brushes or other application tools, and provide a short biography. In exchange, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section will provide a fully-assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel with two coats of primer applied, plus top coat. This year’s barrels have been donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Coca-Cola.
The finished rain barrel designs will be posted online for public voting at, and also displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover from June 1 through July 19. The top five painted entries as chosen by online voters will be displayed at the 2016 Delaware State Fair in Harrington from July 21-30, where they will be voted on again by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. The five grand prize winners will also participate in the annual DNREC awards program on Governors Day, Thursday, July 28, at the Delaware State Fair.
Applications can be found at Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 18 to:
DNREC Nonpoint Source Program
C/O Sharon Webb
State Street Commons 
100 West Water Street, Suite 6B
Dover, DE 19904
For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at or 302-739-9922.

2016 Statewide 4-H Clothing Showcase

4-H is sew fun

You are invited to participate in the 2016 4-H Clothing Showcase. This event will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Lake Forest High School in Felton, DE. This event encourages 4-Hers to enhance their sewing construction skills while creating a fabulous new piece of clothing.

Don’t worry, if you are not quite ready to sew on your own. If you are still interested in the fashion world, but would want to gain more experience before venturing in to sewing, join the Ready-to-Wear contest. Details and information below.

All interested participants should submit the Letter of Intent to Serena Conner by March 21. All garments and fashion planning notebooks must be submitted to the NCC office by April 1.

Forms & Resources:

For additional information regarding the 2016 Clothing Showcase, please visit the NCC 4-H website. You can also call (302) 831-8965.

Reminder: Rescheduled Contests and Competitions

Don’t forget! The events below were cancelled last weekend, due to the snow:


These events have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20 at Kirk Middle School!

Since we had to reschedule, we are now extending registration for all events.  If you have not previously signed up for either the Photography contest or the Favorite Foods contest and would like to register, please contact the 4-H office at your earliest convenience.

Registration has been reopened and will close on Wednesday, February 10!

Please e-mail Mallory or Kaitlin with any questions!

4-H Winter Happenings

2016 Favorite Foods Contest

Compete with other 4-Hers from across the county as you create your favorite dish and formally present it to a judge. The contest will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Registration deadline is Friday, January 8. – No Exceptions!

Rules and Information

Registration Form

If you have questions, please e-mail Kaitlin  Klair or contact the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

2016 Foods & Nutrition Judging

All 4-H members participating in the Foods and Nutrition project are invited to attend the judging competition. The judging contest will be held on Saturday, January 23 in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Contest.

Judging Contest Guidelines

Please contact Kaitlin Klair if you have any questions or would like to schedule a training for Foods Judging with your club.

2016 Photography Contest

2016 Photography Contest Flyer

Photography Contest Online Registration Form

2016 Photography Contest Rules


Explore! Create! Capture! – Photography contest set to return in January


2016 Photography Contest FlyerNEW THIS YEAR:

We are no longer using a paper registration form. All photography contest entries must be submitted by January 11, 2016 using our Photography Contest Online Registration Form!

2016 Photography Contest Rules

For additional information, please visit the NCC 4-H page and view the Photography Contest tab. Contact Mallory Vogl with any questions regarding this competition.


Congratulations Public Speaking Winners

On November 18, 10 great speakers gathered together at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington to compete in the New Castle County 4-H Public Speaking Contest. From forensic entomology, to the Revolutionary War, several topics were covered during this exciting event.

Congratulations to our four division champions that will be representing New Castle County at the Delaware State Fair.


Liam Aber

Mason Merritt

The Delorean

Why do I have to clean my room?




Melanie Witte Two events that led up to the Revolutionary War Champion, Blue


Maya Merritt

Eason Li


One Man, One Computer: Tree Evolution

Champion, Blue



Emma Apps

Kyle Merritt

Endangered Cats – We need to save them!

Dangerous Jobs

Champion, Blue



Shannon Murray

Caitlin Aber

Logan Aber

Everyone’s a Winner

Forensic Entomology

What has the horseshoe crab done for YOU?

Champion, Blue




2016 Favorite Foods & Foods Judging Contests

Favorite FoodsThe Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Small Appliances, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • Cookies or Cupcakes (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by Friday, January 8, 2016.

You can use either the Word registration form or the PDF registration form.

Rules and Information  are where you can find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 23, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a craft! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Exciting Winter Workshops…Coming in February 2016

Every February, New Castle County 4-H features a Winter Workshop series. This series provides 4-Hers with an opportunity to participate in hands-on, fun activities in a variety of topics.

Winter Workshops 2016

We are still looking for individuals or clubs that are interested in teaching a workshop. Please contact Serena Conner if you would like to request a specific workshop topic or if you would like to teach.

2015 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The 2015 Public Speaking Contest for NCC 4-H will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00pm. This event serves as a qualified for the Delaware State Fair contest and will return to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

This contest helps develop public speaking skills and is a great experience for 4-H members of all ages. Cloverbud members are encouraged to participate in this contest. Additionally, the contest is broken down into 4 divisions:

  • Beginner I (Ages 8-9)
  • Beginner II (Ages 10-11)
  • Junior (Ages 12-13)
  • Senior (Ages 14-19)

Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources


Stewards of Children – Training opportunity for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers


Stewards of Children Training

Stewards of Children postcard


4-H Leaders and Volunteers:

You are invited to attend the Stewards for Children training on Monday, November 23. This training will be held in conjunction with the November Leader’s Association meeting. In order to accommodate this training, we will be switching our schedule slightly. The leader’s meeting will be held at the Extension Office from 6:00-6:30pm. Following the brief meeting, our 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Dr. Ernie Lopez, will be conducting the Stewards of Children Training. Dinner will be provided for all training participants.

Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse training that is required by all UD Extension Staff and is strongly encouraged to all of our 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Although this training is not required, it is highly recommended.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bishop by Friday, November 20. You can reach e-mail Lisa or call (302) 831-8965.

For more information, please review the Stewards of Children Training letter from Dr. Lopez.

Stewards of Children – Postcard

County 4-H Club Meetings for November

November County Club Meetings

Wednesday, November 11

Garden Club – 6:30pm at Fischer Greenhouse (located behind Townsend Hall) Contact Robyn Hunter for more details.

Tuesday, November 17

Camp Counselor – 7:00 pm at NCC Extension Office. For more details, e-mail Kaitlin Klair.

Thursday, November 19

Updated JDS flyer

  • Sewing Club – 6:30pm – For more information, contact Monique Merritt, Club Leader

Monday, November 23

  • Leaders – 6:00-6:30pm ** Special Stewards of Children training from 6:30-8:30pm – Dinner provided! (See training flyer)
  • Jr. Council – 7:00 pm
  • Exchange Group – 8:30 pm


Public Speaking contest returns to Brandywine Library

Public Speaking pic - October 2015Join NCC 4-H’ers, parents and staff at the Brandywine Hundred Library for the 2015 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The state fair qualifier event will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00pm.

Public speaking skills are consistently ranked in the top five among the desired skill sets of a professional. In 4-H, we set out to develop these skills at an early age and continue to cultivate the art of communication into adulthood. In addition to enhancing the ability to effectively communicate; this contest also contributes to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, development of critical thinking skills and an expansion of skills for planning and preparation.

As you can see, there are many benefits to participating in the upcoming public speaking event. Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources