Category Archives: Delaware State Fair

Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival

Join us as the Delaware State Fair partners with The Biggs Museum of American Art for 2 days of fall fun! Including a giant pumpkin carving competition – featuring pumpkins weighing over 150lbs, local fall food and drinks, haunted barns, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, hayrides, a bonfire, kid-friendly pumpkin crafts, spooky bumper cars on ice, public skating and more!


Consumer Champion Bowl Info Session

Calling all New Castle County 4Hers! Are you interested in saving money? Like to compare prices, watch the stock markets or just want to learn about finances?  Look no further! We are hosting an information session to form teams for the Consumer Champion Bowl which is held at the State Fair in July. Ages 8-18 welcome. Feel free to check out the link below for preliminary information.

Information session will be Monday, September 24 @ 6:00 PM. (Light dinner provided) Please RSVP to the 4-H office at or 302-831-8965 no later than Thursday, September 20th. Questions? Contact Robyn Hunter @ 302-593-1213. Hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!

Delaware State Fair Junior Board

The application period is open through September 30, 2018. There are six (6) positions. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/18) and once appointed, the term of office is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. In mid-October, the Junior Board Committee will interview applicants. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling the Administration office of the Fair at 302-398-3269.

August mini-blog

Welcome to August! Where has the summer gone??

We are wrapping up from the Fair and already looking ahead, so we thought the easiest way to share info was with a mini-blog. Don’t worry, it only contains some brief reminders and upcoming dates.

First of all, thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 “99th Delaware State Fair” a success!  The 4-H Building held over 9,000 entries!  Whether you volunteered in the 4-H Building, Farm Bureau, Grange or participated in events and contests, we congratulate you on your achievements and appreciate all of your hard work!

We absolutely couldn’t have done it without you!

Fair entries that weren’t picked up on Sunday have been brought up to the NCC Office. They are in the hallway between the conference rooms. Feel free to stop in weekdays from 8-4:30 to pick up your entries. If you aren’t sure if you have entries here at the office or were missing some, please contact Serena at 302-831-8965 or by email and she’ll be happy to check for you.


State Fair Report



Talent Show
1st Place – Eason Li – Meado Larks

Public Speaking
Beginner I (ages 8-9):
3rd Place:  Brogan Raughley – Porter Gang

Beginner II (ages 10-11):
1st Place:  Melanie Witte – Porter Gang

Junior (ages 12-13):
3rd Place: Daisy Timney – Heavenly Hooves

Senior (ages 14-19):
1st Place:  Shannon Murray – C3

Judging Contests


6th Place:  Lizzy Handlin – Heavenly Hooves
8th Place:  Jack Handlin – Heavenly Hooves

8th Place:  Eason Li – Meado Larks
Food and Nutrition:
1st Place:  Alyson Melson – Meado Larks

3rd Place:  Eason Li – Meado Larks
Wood Science:
8th Place:  Cole Simpson – Meado Larks

4th Place: Lizzy Handlin – Heavenly Hooves
6th Place:  Sydney Phipps – Flock of Friends/Sheep Club
9th Place:  Victoria Fuller – Sheep Club

1st place: Jessica Knowles – Heavenly Hooves
2nd Place:  Carly Mekulski– Tails n Trails
Demonstration Contests
General Demonstrations:
Blue Ribbon – Arts & Crafts – Daisy Timney – Heavenly Hooves
Blue Ribbon – Arts & Crafts Team – Caitlin and Matthew Dooling – Stump Corner
Champion – Other Demonstration – Melanie Witte – Porter Gang

Environmental & Plant Science:
Champion – Entomology – Logan Aber – Environmental Science
Champion – Electricity – Liam Aber –Holy Angels/Environmental Science

Champion – Other Science Related – Melanie Witte – Porter Gang

Family & Consumer Science:
Champion – Table Setting Etiquette  – Matthew Trunfio – Stump Corner
Champion – Performing/Theatre Arts – Ava Raughley – Porter Gang
Blue Ribbon – Food Preparation Team – Sarah Apps and Kristin Traver -Summit Bridge

Animal Science:

Champion – Swine – Brogan Raughley – Porter Gang
Champion – Sheep – Lizzy Handlin – Heavenly Hooves
Blue Ribbon – Vet Science – Savannah Timney – Heavenly Hooves

Compound Bow – Intermediate Division -7th place – Jacob Green – Summit Bridge

Recurve Bow – Intermediated Division – 8th place – Jacob Green – Summit Bridge

Window Display – Tails n’ Trails

Tractor Driving Contest – 1st place –Kyle Hill -Bear

Avian Bowl– 1st place – Heavenly Hooves/Clover Quest – Lizzy Handlin, Jack Handlin, Jade Wasgatt

State Teen Council Officer
New Castle Representative – Hunter Willoughby – Summit Bridge

Your help is needed at the State Fair!


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:

Tractor Driving Training

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.

Delaware 4-H Youth in Action Award

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.

Handy State Fair Info

The 2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter  (can be opened by either clicking on “2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter or the link above) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 99th Annual Delaware State Fair.

**Please note that the fair is not using 4-H Online this year as a way to submit entries.  Click HERE for detailed instructions provided by the fair.
Registration deadline is June 1. Please give yourself plenty of time to navigate the new entry method so that you are not rushed as the deadline approaches. 

Delaware State Fair Jr. Board Now Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2017 for 6 two year appointments on the 12 member DSF Jr. Board. This opportunity is available to youth age 16-21 (as of 10/31/17). There are usually two members selected from each county. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Jr. Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of the Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place mid-October may be required.
An application can be obtained from the Delaware State Fair Web site or by calling the DSF office at 302-398-3629.

This link provides additional information and a direct link to the application:

Problem with State Fair Premium Payouts

As you may or may not be aware, there was a computer error that occurred during the premium payouts for this year’s State Fair. This error occurred across all departments, not just 4-H. We have been working with the Fair to address issues with the 4-H Department’s payouts specifically and have hopefully identified all the errors.  We anticipate payments for awards left off the original payment to be mailed and received by the time this Newsflash is posted.

If you happened to deposit your check back in early August without closely looking at it and aren’t sure if you were paid correctly, the NCC 4-H office has a list of what was paid to each individual (for entries into the 4-H Department ONLY). We do not have a list of everything you entered, just what you were initially paid for.

If you discover there are still any premium issues, in the 4-H Department or in any other Fair department, you should call the State Fair Office directly at 302-398-3269 and report any additional issues to them.  Shelly Mumford is overseeing the Premium Department and would be the person to contact at the Fair.

On behalf of the Delaware State Fair, we apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may cause.

2017 State Fair Judging and Contest Results

Another successful Delaware State Fair is in the bag. A great time was had by all who attended and we even got a break from the heat this year!

We’d like to take this time to acknowledge and congratulate our NCC 4-H members who participated in judging and contests at the Fair. Well done! We are proud of you all!

Horticulture Judging 

Eason Li                        Blue

Matthew Trunfio     Red

Poultry Judging

Lizzy Handlin           Red

Jack Handlin            Red

Photography Judging

Eason Li                       Blue

Alyson Melson        Blue

Patrick Trunfio        Blue

Foods Judging

Sydney Pyle              Blue

Alyson Melson        Blue

Dairy Judging

Jacob Green            Blue

Emerson Hickey    Blue

Horse Judging

Jessica Knowles     Blue

Public Speaking Contest

Beginner 8-9

Liam Aber                  3rd Place

Beginner 10-11

Nicholas Ruggeri   3rd Place


Emma Apps              2nd Place


Shannon Murray   3rd Place

Tractor Driving


Kyle Hill                    2nd Place

Talent Show

Age 8-12

Eason Li                    1st Place

Avian Bowl

Clover Quest  4-H Club      1st Place

General Demonstrations

Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts

Caitlin Dooling         Blue


Ava Raughley             Blue

Indoor Gardening

Savannah Timney     Blue-Division Winner

Food Preparation

Daisy Timney              Blue-Division Winner

Plant, Environmental Sciences and Other Demonstrations


Liam Aber                       Blue-Division Winner

Outdoor Adventures

Matthew Trunfio        Blue- Division Winner

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstrations

Table Setting Etiquette

Melanie Witte             Blue- Independent Division Winner


Victoria Fuller             Blue-Independent Division Winner

Recreational Sports

Gabriel Trunfio and Patrick Trunfio   Blue- Team Division Winner

Animal Science Demonstrations


Elizabeth Handlin      Blue-Independent Division Winner

Archery Competition

Intermediate Recurve

Jacob Green              10th Place

Senior Recurve

Cameron Ernst         2nd Place

Intermediate Compound

Jacob Green               4th Place





2017 Delaware State Fair News

Coupon Books Now Available!!

The New Castle County 4-H Exchange Group is now selling the first ever “hot off the press” Delaware State Fair Coupon Book!

There are over $430 worth of coupons that can be used at vendors throughout the fair grounds during the 10 day fair July 20-29, 2017 in Harrington.

Included are: $2 off gate admission, BOGO offers from UDairy and Haas Scrapple Sandwiches and more great savings in the 95 page book!

The books will be on sale until June 30 at the cost of $10 each. They will be available at the 4-H table at Ag Day

or can be purchased from the New Castle 4-H office by calling 302-831-8965 or emailing Kaitlin Klair at

The 4-H Exchange Group is raising funds to travel to Big Fork, Montana this summer to stay with 4-H families. Please help them achieve their goal by spreading the word about these coupon books!

2017 Delaware State Fair – July 20-29

The Delaware State Fair is just around the corner and excitement is building as 4-H members get ready to exhibit and showcase their 4-H project work. The 4-H Department Handbook is now available on the Delaware State Fair website and you can begin to enter entries online with the Delaware State Fair on April 1, 2017 and must complete all exhibit entries by the June 1, 2017 deadline.

The fair is not possible without a cadre of talented 4-Hers and adult volunteers that make it all happen. Consider volunteering to help set-up the building, check-in exhibits, and assist judges. Good help is always needed, especially adult volunteers!  We ask that all helpers be age 8 or older. 2017 Fair Helpers Form– Check out what we need help with, fill out the Fair Helper or Host/Hostess form and return to the New Castle 4-H Office by June 9!
Delaware State Fair Newsletter-2017


Important State Fair Info on entries and passes

State Fair Entries:

The NCC office will take down fair entries for those who are unable to do so themselves. This, of course, has to be within reason. We are unable to transport very large entries such as table settings, large woodworking items or large potted plants.

Non-perishable entries are due to the office for transportation by 3:00 on Friday, July 14.

Perishable entries are due to the office for transportation by 3:00 on Wednesday, July 19.

Clubs and members are responsible for picking up their exhibits at the Fair on Sunday, July 30 between 8:00 am- 12:00 noon. We are suggesting that each club appoint someone to pick up club entries in the event they cannot personally pick them up.

Exhibits that the NCC office transported to the Fair will be brought back up for pick up the week of July 31.  We, again, are unable to transport large exhibits like table settings, large woodworking items or large potted plants back to the office. Please pick these up or arrange to have a club member pick them up for you. We will contact members when the exhibits have arrived at the office and been sorted.

**Please note: we try very hard to make sure all exhibits are returned. However, with the sheer volume of 4-H exhibits, every year exhibits do get misplaced. If your exhibit is very important to you, please arrange to pick it up yourself or have someone from your club pick it up to ensure you get it back. Please do not assume exhibits left behind will find their way back to the office. 


Fair Passes:

Each 4-H’er who enters an exhibit in the fair will receive a fair pass. We will not have these in the office for pick up until after all the exhibits are delivered to the Fair. We will send an email to announce when these passes are available for pick up.

Active organizational and club project leaders will also receive a fair pass. Again, the office will send an email when these passes are available for pick up.

To lessen confusion, if you are picking up a pass for someone other than yourself or are having someone else pick up your pass for you, please make these arrangements with that person and then call the office to let us know before the pass is picked up. As you may imagine, it is frustrating to make the trip to the office to pick up your pass, only to find out that it has already been picked up by someone else.

If you have any questions about Fair entries or passes, please feel free to call the office at 302-831-8965 and we’d be happy to assist you!


Animal Science Updates

Final Pork Quality Assurance Classroom Training June 6th

The final opportunity for PQA classroom training to obtain a certification to show a market hog during the 2016 Delaware State Fair is June 6th 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


Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017-Limited Spots Remain!

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 17 and end on Wednesday evening, June 21.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Camp applications can be found at:  For more information please visit


Delaware Cow Camp 2017- Registrations Due June 9th

Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2016 which will be held on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday July2nd 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.  Saturday’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 9th.  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.


2017 Cow Camp Registration Form – DEADLINE June 9th.


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 9th– 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 9th 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.


Small Ruminant FAMACHA/Fecal Egg Counting Workshop- Saturday, June 24th

Delaware State University and the University of Delaware are hosting a Fecal Egg Counting and FAMACHA workshop on Saturday June 24, 2017 at the DSU Outreach and Research Center 844 Smyrna Leipsic Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Internal parasites are a major health problem affecting sheep and goats. This workshop is designed to help producers learn the basics of selective internal parasite control. Join us as we provide hands-on training to certify producers in the use of FAMACHA© score card and fecal egg counts. Preregistration is required by June 10th.  The cost of the workshop is $25.00 and lunch is provided. To register please go to for more information please contact

Dr. Kwame Matthews at (302)857-6540 or


Great Opportunity for Dairy Judging Training June 29/30th– Registration Required

Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Workshop being held at the end of June with Dr. Katharine Knowlton and the VA Tech Dairy Judging team to be held the afternoon of June 29th and the morning of June 30th. 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 is for youth of all ages and is free of charge. In this 2 day workshop Thursday afternoon 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.


Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 25th 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 22.  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.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or have an activity for your livestock record book.  Volunteers can 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.


52nd State 4-H Horse Show

The 52nd Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 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 18th

 All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 18, 2017.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Agent’s Letter

Happy Spring!

March found 19 New Castle County 4-H teens attending Jr. Leader Weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park. Leadership lessons, team building games, yoga, and blanket making for foster children were some of the fun and engaging activities.

The Exchange Group held their second annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards their stay with 4-H families in Big Fork, Montana this June. A big thank you to Jenny Trunfio, who orchestrated the event, and the many parent volunteers who helped with the execution.

Delaware State Fair registration opens April 1.  The 4-H State Fair newsletter (to which a quick link has been added here for convenience) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 98th Annual Delaware State Fair.

Registration is now open for Legislative Day on April 26. The fee is $10 per participant and includes lunch. Tours include the Department of Education and Legislative Hall.

Do not miss Ag Day on April 29 at the University of Delaware College of Ag and Natural Resources from 10-4. Clubs are preparing educational displays- from making bubble blowers and bird feed to horse themed jewelry. If your club is not participating, there are opportunities to volunteer at the General 4-H table or assist the 4-H Leaders at their food booth.  Let us know if you want to join the fun!

Plan to participate in the second demonstration contest on May 13, as there are many open categories.

As you can see, with spring comes a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow in 4-H! Please read through the news blog. It contains quick info and registration links for the above events (and many others). Make sure to also check the calendars for activities and deadlines. The blog is here to help you stay informed and easily find the info and forms you need.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena