Category Archives: Spring Events

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 30 with drop off at 6:30 pm. Pickup is at 11:00 am on Sun. March 31. 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 fill out the registration form below  by March 18, 2019. Please be sure your online health form is up to date. You can either mail in a check for $30 to NCC 4-H, 461 Wyoming Rd. Newark 19716 or bring with you to the event.

A minimum of 10 younger members is required to hold this event.

Click HERE to register

Clothing Showcase- April 13

Intent Forms DUE March 19th

The Clothing & Textile Showcase will be held on Saturday, April 13th at Lake Forest High School 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE starting at 7:00 pm. Participants will arrive at 2:00 pm to participate in interviews and prepare for the event. 4-H members will be showcasing their sewing construction skills in both Clothing Construction event as well as the Ready to Wear event. Entries for the County Sewing Contest will also be on display. Intent Forms are due March 20th to the NCC Extension Office. Garments with forms, Fashion Notebooks and Sewing Contest entries are due April 9th by Noon to the NCC Extension Office. All forms and rules can be found on the NCC 4-H  website HERE.


National 4-H Conference

April 6-11, 2019

National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young
people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. National
4‑H Conference delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge,
resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide.
Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their
communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting. The delegates
choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing. During the conference, the
groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. Delaware 4-H’ers in good
standing, currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school, are encouraged to apply.
Applications due: December 1, 2018

Delaware 4-H Youth interested in applying for this should visit the Delaware
4-H Website and follow the application procedures: 

Demo and Judging Contest Results

Demonstration Contests

The following 4-H’ers will advance on to the state competition at the Delaware State Fair in July. Congratulations and good luck!

General Demonstrations – Monday, July 23

Daisy Timney –Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts Individual

Caitlin and Matthew Dooling – Arts/Crafts/Visual Arts Team


Plant and Environmental Science Demonstrations – Wednesday, July 25

Liam Aber – Electricity Individual

Logan Aber – Entomology Individual

Melanie Witte – Science Related Individual


Healthy Living Demonstrations – Thursday, July 26

Kristin Traver and Sarah Apps – Food Preparation Team

Ava Raughley – Performing/Theater Arts Individual

Matthew Trunfio – Table Setting/Etiquette Individual


Animal Sciences Demonstrations– Friday, July 27

Savannah Timney – Vet Science Individual

Brogan Raughley – Swine Individual

Lizzie Handlin – Sheep Individual


Judging Contests 

The following 4-Hers have qualified to participate in judging contests at the Delaware State Fair.

Good luck to all!


Emerson Hickey

Jacob Green

Owen Hickey



Carly Mekulski



Lizzie Handlin

Jack Handlin



Sydney Phipps

Autumn Piazza



Senior Division

Eason Li



Senior Division

Eason Li

Alyson Melson

Hunter Willoughby

Liam Aber


Wood Science

Beginner Division

Laim Aber

Senior Division

Cole Simpson

NCC 4-H Demonstration Contest II

The second Demonstration Contest will be held Saturday, May 12 in the NCC Extension Office starting at 9 am.

Info on categories and registration forms can be found under “Demonstration Contest” at:

** Please note: The following categories are now CLOSED:
Team- Arts/crafts/visual arts
Individual- Electricity



Clothing Showcase

Fashion Showcase 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Lake Forest High School 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE.


Intent to Participate Form due in NCC 4-H office by Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Final Entry Form/Scoresheet and Item Submission due in 4-H office by Monday, April 9th by 12:00 p.m.

A sample notebook will be posted soon for reference by anyone interested in participating in the 2018 event. 

Forms and info can be found on the New Castle County 4-H Forms and Resources Page under “Clothing Showcase”.


Younger Member Overnighter


Younger Member Overnighter (YMO) is a tradition open to younger members of 4-H between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight stay to be held at Mallard Lodge, Hay Point Landing Road Smyrna, DE. 19977 The lodge has bunk style beds in several rooms. The overnight begins Sat. April 21 with drop off at 5 pm. Pickup is at noon on Sun. April 22. 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.
4-H’ers who attend YMO learn leadership and responsibility skills from the fine example of the Junior Leaders who plan the theme and activities.
The cost is $20, which includes educational programs, a woodworking project, dinner, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required.


2018 YMO info and registration


Ag Day

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 have a 4-H tent again this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 43rd Ag Day, on April 28th 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 23, 2018. 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. Please include a detailed explanation of what your club is planning to do.  We would like to have a variety of activities and educational programs highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this.
  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 23, 2018.  If you have any questions please call or e-mail Betsy at 831.8965 or 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 28, 2018!

2018 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Animal Science Updates

Delaware Equine Council Foundation Scholarship- $1500 


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member. ($10.00 to become an individual member)
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an agriculture, equine, veterinary or vet tech program in the United States.
  • Must submit a typewritten 250-word essay :

“How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine or agriculture industry.”

  • Must complete a typed application and include a transcript of a minimum of one full semester’s grades from an accredited college or university.

All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, or creed.

Application postmark deadline is January 31, 2018. Winners will be awarded in March 3, 2018.  To download the application or for more details please visit:


Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2018.  The entry form can be found here

To participate in the 2018 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2018.  All calves, born June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2018.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 13, 2017

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2018

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2018

Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker


Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 10, 2018 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2018 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals(blue cover 2015 version):

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,

“Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”

and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at

In 2019 the “Your Pony, Your Horse” Resource will be replaced with “Horse Care for Kids” by Cherry Hill. “Your Pony, Your Horse” is no longer in print and becoming difficult to purchase.

  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council-

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Complete contest rules and guidelines are posted on the State 4-H Animal Science page at  The 2018 Horse Bowl entry deadline is February 12, 2018.


DPI Offers College Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 round are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more. Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881. Late, incomplete, or handwritten applications will not be considered.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

To download complete instructions, requirements and application forms due on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018 for both the undergraduate and graduate scholarships, visit .


Delaware Livestock Exposition Fundraiser Dinner and Auction- Felton Fire Hall!

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 13-14 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  The show is a junior breeding show for beef cattle, sheep, swine, and Boer goats and is open to exhibitors from across the country.  Entry and registration information is available via our new website at  Premiums are paid to the top placing animals in each class.  Sponsors and donors support the Expo financially however we still need your help too!  This show has returned over $250,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit fried oyster and chicken salad dinner as well as a silent and live auction at Felton Fire Hall on Saturday, March 10th  A cash bar will be available that evening.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office or from an Expo committee member. Final ticket purchase deadline is February 26, 2018.   Please email Susan Garey or Kristin Cook  to reserve yours now.  All proceeds are used towards Livestock Exposition premiums and expenses.  We are also actively looking for donations of unique items for our silent and live auctions that evening.  Please join us for a fun filled evening to support our livestock youth!


Champions Choice Lamb Camp Coming to Pennsylvania Summer of 2018

There will be a Champion’s Choice Lamb Camp in Pennsylvania on June 16, 2018 at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include showing, growing, managing, fitting and marketing.  Youth bring their own show lamb and participate in the day’s activities. Tracy Dendinger, an Ag Ed instructor from Washington Courthouse Ohio will be the instructor.  Tracy is a high energy presenter that has judged our 1st State Livestock Jackpot Show twice in the past.  The registration fee for the one day camp in Pennsylvania is $50.00 per youth/$15.00 per spectator and is being subsidized by sponsorships from MacCauley Suffolks and John Rock, Inc. For more information or to register please go to:

Leadership Opportunity for College Students

Applications are being accepted for the roundtable facilitator roles for the 2018 National 4-H Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. April 7-12, 2018.  Application documents can be downloaded at!leadership-facilitators.

National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Roundtable facilitators lead groups of 4-H teens through the development and facilitation of a briefing on an issue important to our nation.   The facilitators play an important role in the success of this civic engagement experience.  The facilitators also gain a tremendous amount of leadership experience, networking connections, and facilitation skills by serving in this role.   All college students with a desire to participate in this experience are encouraged to apply.

Judging Results

Four Stump Corner 4-Hers participated in the Clothing and Textile Showcase, held at Lake Forest High School on April 22.

All their hard work paid off- each earned a blue ribbon in the Beginner Clothing Construction Category.  Emily Campbell was chosen the NCC Champion. They also competed in the Clothing Judging, Junior Division.  The results are below:

Clothing Showcase

Emily Campbell- Blue- NCC Champion

Katie Campbell- Blue

Caitlin Dooling- Blue

Ella Vandervort- Blue

Clothing Judging

Junior Division

 1. Caitlin Dooling- Stump Corner

2. Emily Campbell- Stump Corner

3. Katie Campbell- Stump Corner

4. Ella Vandervort- Stump Corner

We’re proud of our NCC 4-Hers for taking an interest in this competition and for what a great job they did! Well done!


In other Judging news:

Here are the results of the Horticulture and Woodworking Judging:

Horticulture Judging

Senior Division

1. Eason Li- Order of the Phoenix

2. Andrew Shaffer- Summit Bridge

3. Zeke Dichiaro- C-3

4. Matthew Trunfio- Stump Corner

Woodworking Judging

1. Andrew Shaffer- Summit Bridge