Category Archives: Fall Events

Leader Training

Whether you are a new 4-H volunteer or a seasoned leader at the club level, please join fellow members of the Delaware 4-H family for a day of training and education on the ins and outs of the Delaware 4-H program.  State 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Ernie López will lead a training focused on understanding the fundamentals and expectations of being a Delaware 4-H volunteer and outline the unique relationship that 4-H has as a unit of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Program.   Please contact Tammy Schirmer to register by calling 856-2585 ext. 544 or email    Deadline Noon, Wednesday, October 17.


DATE:              Saturday, October 20, 2018

TIME:               10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Kent County Extension Office

Paradee Center,

69 Transportation Circle, Dover


Lunch will be provided.


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!


TSC Fall Paper Clover Campaign- October 3-14

About 4-H & Tractor Supply Co.

Tractor Supply stores in communities across the country have long supported 4-H clubs, and now, Tractor Supply Co. has entered into an official partnership with the National 4-H Council as your source for 4-H project supplies.

Paper Clover

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply will help raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming.


2018 Fall Dates:

October 3- 14


Contribute during our 2018 fundraisers by:

1) Donating in store at the register. Click here for the store locator. 
2) Donating online at checkout when making a purchase on (Donations will be assigned to states based on the shipping location).
3) Donating by phone when you call TSC Customer Solutions at 877-718-6750


Encourage your members and volunteers to participate at their local Tractor Supply Co. store during Paper Clover. Not only will this help donations and improve their relationship with their local store, they will also have the opportunity to enter the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes, where 75 clubs will win a $100 TSC gift card. Participation can be anything from setting up a display table and project boards inside the store to having clubs encourage customers to donate.


Partner with Tractor Supply Co.

TSC invites your club to get active with your local store if you are not already. Talk with your store manager about what activities and partnership opportunities exist in your area.

To get you started, here are some ideas on getting involved with your local store:

  • Hold fundraisers at your local TSC during holidays!
  • Valentine’s Day: Sell Valentine’s Day cards made by 4-H members
  • July 4th: Sell hot dogs and hamburgers
  • Fall: Carving pumpkins to sell
  • Winter Holidays: Set up a gift wrapping table
  • Set up educational livestock clinics in the parking lot of your local TSC store.

Ask your store about using your local TSC as a potential meeting site, field trip, or exhibition location.

Interested in partnering with your local Tractor Supply Co. Store?  Click here to learn how.

2018 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.  Believe it or not, there are still people who have never heard of 4-H! 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.

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 Sunday, October 7 and remain displayed until 5:00pm , Saturday, October 13.
  • 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, October 1.
  • Displays will be judged and the top three winners in each category will be announced at the New Castle County 4-H Achievement Event in November


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 5.

NCC 2018 Window Display and Banner Contest Info and Registration

Upcoming events

2019 4-H Youth Artwork Calendar

Do you know a #4H artist? Encourage them to submit their artwork for a chance to be selected for the 2019 4-H Youth Artwork Calendar! Entries due on August 10!

Visit the link for more info:

Record Book Reminder

County Record Books are a great opportunity for 4-H members to detail their activities and experiences during the past 4-H Year. Take time now to start completing your record book. The forms can be found on the county and state 4-H webpages. We strongly encourage all 4-H members to submit records books for 4-H projects. Record books will be due in the New Castle County Office on September 28th. 4-Hers that complete record books will be honored at the New Castle County 4-H Achievement Event on Nov. 4th! Please let us know if you have questions or need help!


Delaware Farm Bureau Livestock Rate of Gain Contest

All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to Susan Garey in the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 17, 2018. Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.


Archery Certification Class– Level 1 offered in September at the Kent County Extension Office. Registration and payment are due by Monday, August 27 to the Kent County Office. Info and registration form can be found at:

NCC 4-H Achievement Events Awards Recap

The NCC 4-H Achievement Event was very well attended, despite the driving rain. A huge thank you to everyone who braved the elements to honor your fellow 4-H’ers!

Here is a recap of the awards given:

Achievement Event Special Awards:

Best Financial Record Keeping: Katie Campbell

Best Size and Scope: Ava Raughley

Best 4-H Story Awards:

Beginner Division: Liam Aber

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Sarah Brown

Best Overall Record Book Awards:

Beginner Division: Emily Campbell

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Carly Mekulski


Individual Community Service Award: Patrick Trunfio

Club Community Service Award: Meado-Lark

H’s of 4-H Awards:  

Head – Patrick Trunfio

Heart – Andrew Shaffer

Hands – Alyson Melson

Health – Emma Apps


25 year volunteer- Brenda Ebling

30 year volunteer – Richard Melson


Horse of the Year Award – Sarah Brown


Joy Sparks “Spirit of 4-H” Award – Marian Harvey

RSVP now for the 2017 NCC 4-H Achievement Event

Please join us on Sunday, October 29 from 2- 4 pm at the NCC 4-H Office as we recognize the achievements and accomplishments of your fellow NCC 4-Hers over the past year. Light refreshments will follow the awards ceremony. Don’t forget to bring your decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest! Please RSVP by October 20 by clicking on the link below:




Public Speaking Contest


NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest, Thursday, November 22 at 6:00 pm at the Brandywine Hundred Library

Because we hold our competition a little earlier than the rest of the state, we’ve altered the age requirement. Please pay careful attention to this change when filling out the form. Deadline for registration is November 14.

If you have any questions please contact the NCC 4-H office at 302-831-8965.

Public Speaking Registration Form