Category Archives: Spring Events

Favorite Foods Results

It felt like our Favorite Foods Competition would never get here! But we had a successful competition with lots of delicious dishes and creative table placements. Thanks to all our competitors for your hard work, patience and dedication. Thank you also to our judges for volunteering their time to assist with this member-favorite event. We couldn’t do it without you!

2022 Favorite Foods Winners: 

  • Beginner Appetizer
    Winner: Evelyn Witte
    Honorable Mention: Shane Heeman
  • Beginner Desserts
    Winner: Anna Schaedler
    Honorable Mention: Michaela Patrick
  • Junior Breads
    Winner: Joseph Ciamaricone
  • Junior Breakfast Casserole
    Winner: Colby Lockridge
  • Junior Main Dish
    Winner: Savannah Timney
    Honorable Mention: Chase Oldis
  • Junior Side Dish
    Winner: Claire Schaedler
  • Senior Appetizer
    Winner: Tyler Oldis
  • Senior Dessert
    Winner: Daisy Timney
  • Cloverbud Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies
    Brice Yerkes

County Archery Shoots

These trainings are offered to anyone, unless otherwise noted.

You must attend a session if you want to participate in the State Contest. 

Youth may attend any of the opportunities listed below.

You will need to indicate on the form if you are new to archery or if you have attended an archery meeting/training in the past.  This will give us an idea about attendees who plan to attend so we can offer the assistance needed.

*Parents/Responsible Adults are asked to remain on site during the duration of the event, unless otherwise arranged.

 

New Castle County

April 10, and May 22 both shoots will be 2 pm 

Ebling Farm: 997 Caldwell Corner Rd Townsend DE 19734

Instructor: Laura Campbell

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

 

Kent County

Each Date will have 2 options, you may sign up for one option per date.

April 14  5:00pm or 6:00pm

April 15  10:00am or 11:00am

April 22  10:00am or 11:00am

April 23  10:00am or 11:00am

All dates will be held 583 Shady Bridge Rd, Marydel, De

*Participant parents will be asked to complete a hold harmless on behalf of the property owner at arrival

Instructor: Gary Utley

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

 

 

Sussex County

March 27 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

April 24 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

May 9 – Safety Training at Sussex 4-H Office at 7:00 pm (Bo Waller)

May 21- Archery Practice (for those who have safety training) at Sussex 4-H Office during Links Spring Fair

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

DE 4-H Science Trip-The Turkey Hill Experience

Join us on Thursday, April 21 for a trip to the Turkey Hill Experience! 

For current 4-H members only. Each member must have an accompanying adult.

 We understand this trip is during many parent’s workday.  If parents are unable to attend, please reach out to your club leader or the 4-H office in your county to discuss options for finding an adult to be responsible for your child.

Pack a Bag Lunch
Coach Bus will pick up at Kent County Office at 7:30 am and New Castle County Office at 8:30 am

Program starts at 11:15 am

Leave Turkey Hill at 2 pm

Return to New Castle County around 3:30 pm and Kent County around 4:15pm (depending upon traffic).
Cost $20.00 (non-refundable)

Registration closes at 5 pm on Wed., April 13. 

Register HERE

 

Legislative Day 2022

Delaware 4‐H Legislative Day promotes Delaware 4‐H. It is an educational opportunity to learn about Delaware’s government and an opportunity to express appreciation to our legislators for their continued support of 4‐H.

4-H’ers can participate in Legislative Day for more than one year as we offer different programs for different year’s participants. We encourage your participation this year!

Legislative Hall – Dover, DE
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

This event has a cost of $10 per participant
Checks and cash only. Sorry, no refunds can be processed.

Checks payable to the ‘University of Delaware’ should be sent or delivered to:

Carvel Research and Education Center
c/o Kaleb Scott – 4-H Legislative Day
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947

Applications due by Friday, April 22

Register HERE

Archery Trainings Available This Spring

 

These trainings are offered to anyone, unless otherwise noted. Youth may attend any of the opportunities listed below.

You will need to indicate on the form if you are new to archery or if you have attended an archery meeting/training in the past.  This will give us an idea about attendees who plan to attend so we can offer the assistance needed.

*Parents/Responsible Adults are asked to remain on site during the duration of the event, unless otherwise arranged.

 

New Castle County

April 10, and May 22 both shoots will be 4 pm – 6 pm

Ebling Farm: 997 Caldwell Corner Rd Townsend DE 19734

Instructor: Laura Campbell

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

 

Kent County

Each Date will have 2 options, you may sign up for one option per date.

April 14  5:00pm or 6:00pm

April 15  10:00am or 11:00am

April 22  10:00am or 11:00am

April 23  10:00am or 11:00am

All dates will be held 583 Shady Bridge Rd, Marydel, De

*Participant parents will be asked to complete a hold harmless on behalf of the property owner at arrival

Instructor: Gary Utley

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

 

 

Sussex County

March 27 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

April 24 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

May 9 – Safety Training at Sussex 4-H Office at 7:00 pm (Bo Waller)

May 21- Archery Practice (for those who have safety training) at Sussex 4-H Office during Links Spring Fair

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

Get Involved for Earth Day!

Every year on April 22nd, the birth of an environmental movement originating in 1970 is celebrated!

Origins of Earth Day

In the time leading up to the first Earth Day, the people of The United States were focused on industry and driving inefficient vehicles. Air pollution was occurring, and the environment was an afterthought.

However, certain individuals were taking notice. A New York’s Times best seller book was written by Rachel Carson in 1962 called Silent Spring that brought light to environmental impact. After the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a teach-in that would occur on college campuses. April 22nd was selected as the special day; it was a weekday between spring break and final exams.

This showing inspired 20 million Americans to act against the harm to the environment. Protests and rallies began popping up across the country. Republicans and Democrats alike began to take notice. Soon the Environmental Protection Agency would be created and many acts, to further protect the environment, would be drafted.

In 1990, Earth Day goes global. Over 200 million people around the world begin to help improve the environment. Now, Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world!

Did you know?

1. Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.

2. In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.

3. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.

(11 Facts About Pollution, n.d.)

How Can you Contribute?

There are many ways to advocate for Earth Day! Individuals could take civic action by pledging to support climate and environmental literacy and by creating an Earth Day window sign. Community action can be taken by getting rid of plastics and other non-biodegradable products from the environment. Also, a tree planting event could be considered. Lastly, individual impact can be taken by speaking up against pollution, using reusable bags at the grocery store, using reusable utensils for food/drink, and refusing to litter. Every day humans can make cumulative positive decisions in protecting our Earth!

4-H Litter Barrel Contest

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. Get your art supplies out and come up with a creative theme to promote litter awareness and 4-H! Litter Barrels are typically in place year-round so watch for a 4-H litter barrel as you travel throughout Delaware and put litter in its place.

What is Plogging?

Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter. The word is derived from Sweden where it started being organized around 2016. In 2018, this activity started to move into other countries due to an

increased concern about plastic pollution. Plogging helps clean up the planet and helps keep individuals physically fit!

4-H Plogging for a Purpose

Plogging for a Purpose: protecting the environment, promoting wellness, and preventing risky behaviors. Want to help the environment while improving your physical wellness? Join Delaware 4-H in plogging, an activity that combines jogging and picking up litter. Throughout the year, we are hosting multiple plogging campaigns, where you can pick up litter while jogging/walking in their local neighborhoods and parks. This initiative raises awareness of recovery while improving environmental, physical, emotional, and social wellness for all.

 

Plogging for Earth Day (April 18-April- April 23)

The goal of this initiative is to pick up as much trash as possible while you are out jogging (plogging) or hiking (pliking). After your event, weigh how much trash you or your group collect and how many steps you took/mileage covered/minutes you plogged. Participants will be responsible for proper disposal of the litter collected.

Register HERE

 

Watch Delaware 4-H’s Plogging Vlog (video) here. https://youtu.be/HnFPjmD-QRU

 

References

11 Facts About Pollution. (n.d.). DoSomething.org. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

 

earthday.org. (2019). The History of Earth Day | Earth Day. Earth Day. 

Ag Day 2022: Commitment to Conservation

Ag Day is a community event hosted by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that brings agriculture and natural resources to life. 4-H has a long-standing presence at Ag Day and we are planning to be part of the Extension tent again this year. One of our goals this year is to help visitors better understand all the types of topics people can learn about by engaging with Extension. The theme for this year’s AG Day is “Commitment to Conservation”. We are asking that all exhibitors embrace this theme as they determine what they will be showcasing this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 45th Ag Day, on April 30th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the University of Delaware Ag Campus, please follow these instructions:

 

1. Fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form and return it to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 25, 2022. Do not fill out the online Ag Day form! All 4-H registrations will be handled by the NCC 4-H office.

 

2. Please indicate what your club is interested in doing at Ag Day. You may check off more than one area. We would like as many clubs to participate as possible. We are suggesting you share a project area that is of interest to your club that showcases the “Commitment to Conservation” theme. We would like to have a variety of activities and projects highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this. Let us know if you need help with an idea or supplies.

 

3. Please tell us your space needs for the day. Though we will have the entire tent, we would like to utilize the space well. A standard exhibit includes 1 table (8 ft. x 30 in. x 30 in) and 2 chairs. Please try to limit the amount of extra tables and chairs your club requests as much as possible; we will do our best to honor all requests.

 

4. There is no cost for 4-H clubs! Because 4-H is an educational group and 4-H clubs are such an important part of Ag Day, there is no cost for Delaware 4-H clubs presenting educational exhibits, demonstrations, or activities at Ag Day.

 

Remember, registrations are due to the county 4-H office no later than March 25, 2022. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Kaitlin at 383-9100 or kklair@udel.edu. Information about set-up for the day of the event will be sent to the club contact on the registration form.

We hope to see you at Ag Day on April 30, 2022

AG Day 2022 Registration

Printable 2022 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Walk Across Delaware

Join us in this pilot program for Walk across Delaware April 4th – May 27th!
Get out there and walk! You will track your miles walked during the week and submit on Sundays.
We will be “walking”  (virtually) from Delmar, DE to the UD Main Campus in Newark, DE which is approximately 96 miles.
We will be taking a small group of participants as we are piloting this program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Kaitlin or Mrs. Lindsay.

Register HERE today!

Judging Contest Kits

We encourage all project leaders and 4-H members to review the information related to the many judging contests offered, well in advance of the contest date.  Click on the links below to find the materials available.   Preparation for the judging contests is extremely important; learning, researching, and studying should take place over several weeks to several months. 

If you have specific questions related to a contest or if you are unable to open the link to that contest, please reach out to the contest contact listed.  If you have general questions, or are unsure of whom to contact, reach out to your county 4-H office.  

As a reminder, in order to provide accommodations for youth participants, be sure to communicate any special needs to your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.

 

Clothing Judging Contest

Contact: Lindsay Hughes, Lgooden@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u17RvdqusySohG0mGx1ni-kgwGJ26-ca?usp=sharing

 

Food Judging Contest

Contest Contact: Kaitlin Klair, kklair@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ss-00CaIEejcmwXVHIivzlni8imjMTf5?usp=sharing

 

Horticulture Judging Contest

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/VyGrNBEcixuyDUve7

 

Photography Judging Contest

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rkWgLaF8P1SJfYsHNTGXhOldpSa4zsDe?usp=sharing

 

Wildlife Judging Contest

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oYroIPhMqncb-Un3M-fIelEddXZ-DD4u?usp=sharing

Below are the links to the studying resources we came up with for Wildlife Judging 2022. They are games like matching and jeopardy. Please share these with your leaders if you could be so kind. Having these available to the students is our primary goal of creating them.
 

Wood Judging Contest

Contact: Ernie Lopez, elopez@udel.edu

https://forms.gle/Mht2Dr5FajVQM5zU9

County Litter Barrel Decorating Contest

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 by March 28th. You can email them to Serena.

Barrels must be in place by April 16 and stay in place through May 14.

Litter Barrel 2022 PDF form
Litter Barrel 2022Word doc form

Virtual Legislative Workshops

“Let Your Voice Be Heard” – Virtual Legislative Workshops – May 13-25

REGISTER HERE


The Delaware 4-H State Teen Council invites 4-H members ages 8-19 to participate in 3 different workshops to show how people of all ages can work with our state legislators to let their voices be heard as well as the general legislative process.

  • Session 1 Thursday, May 13 (7-8 pm) – Let Your Voice Be Heard
    • Examples of how youth can work with legislators to make bills and pass laws.

  • Session 2 Thursday, May 20 (6-7 pm) – How a Bill Becomes a Law/Voting Process
    • Legislators will review the process of a bill becoming a law.
    • 4-H Alumni, John Moller, will review the voting process and show how absentee ballots are counted.
  • Session 3 Tuesday, May 25 (7-8 pm) – Ask a Legislator

    • Legislators will hold a question and answer session on any questions members have about government.

NCC Judging Contests

 

Sign up for the following contests:

Tuesday, May 18th – Wildlife, Horticulture, Wood science, Clothing, Foods and Photography

*Deadline to register is Monday, May 17th

Location: NCC 4-H Office- 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, 19716
You will be assigned a 1 hour time slot between 4:00 – 8:00 pm to complete the judging contest you wish to complete.

Please bring with you a pencil, clipboard, wear a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken at registration.

Questions? Contact Kaitlin  or Serena

Current UD COVID protocols are in place. If these time frames do not work, please reach out and we will accommodate to our best ability.

Register HERE

Horse Bowl, Clover Trail Challenge and Equine Art

2021 Delaware State 4-H Horse Bowl- Virtual

The 2021 Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be occurring in a virtual format during the week of spring break April 4-11th! The contest will have both individual and team divisions and will be

conducted online using the Qualtrics platform. Awards will be presented for the top placing individuals and teams. Danish system awards will also be presented to all participants. Teams must be comprised of 3-4 members. Preregistration and a valid email address are required to participate and there is no entry fee this year. Registration for the 2021 Horse Bowl is online and will be open from March 22- April 2. https://www.pcsreg.com/virtual-delaware-4-h-horse-bowl-contest

For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

 

The Clover Quest Trail Challenge

New for 2021 the Clover Quest Trail Challenge- ride or drive the First State with the Delaware 4-H Horse Program between June 1 and August 15th! Log your miles in the saddle as an individual, a as part of a team or both! A full team consists of 4 members, teams of three may also compete. Teams must include at least 1 4-H member. A family unit can be considered a team. Clubs may participate as a team and clubs may submit multiple teams. Miles can be counted in the area or on the trail.

Training/Conditioning and recreational hours/mileage count. Hours/mileage logged during any form of competition do not count. Both hours riding and hours driving may count towards this challenge. Teams do not have to ride together. Your miles and hours can be logged separately. When riding, please keep safety measures such as riding helmets, proper footwear, trail etiquette and social distancing protocols in mind.

Top placing individuals and teams will be recognized. All participants will receive a participation certificate at the end of the challenge no matter your accrued hours, mileage or participation level. Entry is made online via a Google Form. For those competing as a team, submit one (1) completed team entry form via an online Google Form with team captain identified.

Individual Entry Google Form

Team Entry Google Form

Entry will not be considered eligible for awards until your entry form and log form have been received. Mileage and team captain log sheets must be turned in no later than August 23, 2021

For more information please visit the State 4-H Animal Science page.

 

Delaware 4-H Virtual Equine Art Contest- New Online Gallery for Viewing

The Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest will be held via an online virtual art gallery. Participants will upload images of their artwork to Padlets organized by class between June 1- June 15th. Judging will be completed and awards will be announced by the end of June. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only. For technical questions or if you have trouble uploading images of artwork please contact Caroline DelVecchio at cadv@udel.edu Guidelines and classes can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

2021 County Level 4-H Animal Judging Contests

 

Compete against your fellow 4-H friends in your county!  The top 10 participants per county will be posted following the event, and will be invited to participate in the State Animal Judging Contests.

Registration is required by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Event dates listed below.

Register HERE

Participants may only participate in one time slot per contest.  No more than one contest can be completed at a time.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristin at kristin@udel.edu or (302) 242-8895.

Horse Judging – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00 PM

Livestock Judging – Tuesday June 1, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Poultry Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:00 PM

Dairy Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Other important notes:

Participants may not do both levels this year.  Active members age 13 and up must complete the Senior level; members 4-H age 8-12 may choose to complete the Junior or Senior level.

All events are virtual. Each contest is offered at two different times, members can only participate one time per contest.

All contests will include two evaluation classes to judge during the session, seniors will be required to complete a set of oral reasons and submit via email before leaving the contest.

These contests will determine 4-Her eligibility to judge these respective contests at the state level.

Contest Contacts:

Horse Judging – Kristin Cook  at kristin@udel.edu

Livestock Judging – Kaitlin Klair  at kklair@udel.edu

Poultry Judging – Jenny Trunfio at jtrunfio@udel.edu

Dairy Judging – Jill Jackson at  jackson@udel.edu