Category Archives: Winter Events

UPDATE: Favorite Foods/Photo Contest NEW LOCATION

This year, the Favorite Foods and Photography Contests will be moved to the Embassy Suites in Newark (across from the Bob Carpenter Center) on MARCH 6.

Favorite Foods registration forms are due to Serena via email only by February 12. If you have any trouble with emailing the forms to her, please reach out to her and she will be happy to help!

Updated info and registration forms are below.*

*Please make sure to read through the Favorite Foods Guidelines. Some categories have been changed and updated. 

Favorite Food Contest Application PDF

Favorite Foods Contest Application- Word Version

Favorite Foods Guidelines 2021

Photo Contest Entry Form2021

2021 Photography Contest Rules


Virtual State Teen Conference

Delaware 4-H 2021 Virtual State Teen Conference
Theme:  4-H Heroes:  Masking up for 4-H (Superhero Theme)
Event Date:  February 13, 2021
Time:  10am-Noon and 1pm-2:30pm (All day event)
 4-H Members 13 and older are invited to join DE 4-H State Teen Council members as they lead workshops on leadership, teambuilding, STEM, Healthy Living and Community Service.  UD Collegiate 4-H will also be leading a panel discussion.
Register By:  January 22, 2021

The Zoom link and password will be sent out 1 week prior to the event.  Event supplies will also be provided 1 week before.  Please contact Melissa in the State Office with questions.

Winter Workshops recap

A great time was had by all during this year’s Winter Workshops!

THANK YOU to our wonderful and knowledgeable Winter Workshop presenters:

Cole Simpson – Ozobots

Richard Melson – Photography

Ann Blackmore and Angela Brown – Wool Basics

Bings Bake and Brew Staff – Cupcake Decorating

Appoquinimink High School FFA – Flower Arranging

Favorite Foods and Photography Contest Results

Favorite Foods

The 2020 New Castle County Favorite Foods Contest was held on a soggy January 25th morning. Nonetheless,  4-H members prepared a dish and brought it along with a place setting and centerpiece to Kirk Middle School.

4-H members learn a variety of life skills in this activity including:

  1. Knowledge of good nutrition and meal planning using MYPlate food guide.
  2. Food preparation skills, food safety and display techniques.
  3. Originality, creativity, initiative, time management, interview skills and poise.

Contestants are judged based on the following: menu, recipe, food preparation, table setting and member knowledge. Master Food Educators, 4-H volunteers and 4-H Alumni serve as judges.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors awards for this event.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Below are the results:

Cloverbud participants: Wallace Bonner, Emma Comegys, Anastasia Gallaher, Cecilia Gallaher, Nathan Hunt, Moira Jones and Jacob Patrick

Beginner:  Brogan Raughley-Appetizer-Champion

Michela Davis-Bread-Champion                                                  Anna Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Karmyn Sposato-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                       Colby Lockridge-Hon. Mention

Abby Cochrane-Side Dish-Champion

Max Lewandowski-Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion                   Chase Oldis-Hon. Mention

Emma Patrick-Dessert-Champion                                                Michaela Patrick-Hon. Mention

Stella Latkowski-Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies-Champion    Claire Schaedler-Hon. Mention

Junior:      Giana Ruggeri-Appetizer-Champion                                               Chase Pugh-Hon. Mention

Emily Campbell-Meat or Main Dish-Champion                            Micaela Pennachi-Hon. Mention

Melanie Witte-Side Dish-Champion                                              Liam Aber-Hon. Mention

James Patrick- Soup, Stew or Chili-Champion

Alana Sharpe-Dessert-Champion                                                    Katie Campbell-Hon. Mention

Senior:     Tyler Oldis-Appetizer-Champion                                                     Brandon Tang-Hon. Mention

Daisy Timney-Dessert-Champion                                                    Noah Everett-Hon. Mention

Photography Contest

We received a record number of photography entries this year for the Photo Contest- we’re proud of all our entrants!

We have awarded 2 Best in Show titles:

Best in Show- Color: Skylar Brennecke, Holy Angels 4-H Club

Best in Show- Black & White: Micaela Pennachi, Summit Bridge Club

Favorite Foods & Links Adult Appetizer Contest

Calling all soup makers, bakers and main dish lovers! We are looking for you! Who will be the next Favorite Foods Champions?

Favorite Foods Contest: January 25, 2020 @ Kirk Middle School Cafeteria

Favorite Foods Contest Applications Due: Friday, January 10th

2020 Favorite Foods Guidelines

Favorite Foods Contest Application

Calling all Grandparents, Parents, Volunteers, Links and Alumni! Who is going to brush off those skills learned and compete in the 2020 Links sponsored Adult Appetizer & Snack contest?

2020 Links Appetizer Contest

Leader’s Forum

2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum
Polytech High School, Woodside, Kent County
Saturday, February 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


We want to invite you to join us in bringing fellow and potential leaders together for the 2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum…you won’t want to miss this special day!

We are pleased and excited to be having the event back at Polytech High School in Kent County. So many of you responded to the evaluations last year
saying that the mid-state location in Kent County worked well for you, so we decided to go ahead and make it happen again!

Due to your feedback, we have also changed the schedule which we hope will bring a richer experience to your time with us! Following the first two
workshops and before lunch, we will be offering a third, shorter session that will include topics relating to challenges many of you have shared where you
felt you needed more skills. These are our “Jackpot” sessions.

After our “Jackpot” sessions, we will be enjoying lunch and fellowship as we recognize our 2020 Salute to Excellence award winners. We plan to end our
day at 2:30 p.m. so you’ll have time to get home early and start putting all of the new ideas you learned into action!

Below are the registration form, workshop descriptions, and schedule for the day. Please be sure to select two choices for each workshop in order of your preference. Registration will be available online beginning Friday, January 3, 2020. This is the preferred method. The link is:

Please note that the workshops will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, so the earlier you register the better chance you will have of getting your first choice. The cost of the Forum will be covered by each county’s Leaders’ Association or a staff purpose code.

Deadline to register is Monday, January 27. We look forward to seeing you at Polytech on February 1!

2020 DE 4H State Leader Forum Workshop Packet

Save the Date!

Favorite Foods and Foods Judging Training

Tues., Jan. 7, 6:30 pm NCC Office

Call the office at 302-831-8965 to register by Jan. 6.


State 4-H Leader Forum

Sat., Feb. 1, 9 am Polytech High School, Woodside, DE

Details coming soon.

State Teen Weekend

Sat.-Sun., Feb. 8-9, UD Campus

2020 State Teen Conference Letter and Attachments

                                      Registration link forthcoming.

Winter Workshops

Sat., Feb. 15, 22 and 29

Details forthcoming.

Recap: Winter Workshops

Winter Workshops

Feb. 16: Robotics

Cole Simpson attended the National 4-H Makers Summit and it inspired him to create this workshop using OZOBOTS. It was a fun challenge to program the robots to complete a maze.

Food Science

This group had a fun morning of hands on learning about Food Science as part of the DE 4-H Science Career Exploration workshop series.

Feb. 23: Drawstring Bags

Sewing skills were honed as the participants made drawstring bags that they can enter into the State Fair. Thanks to Brenda Shaffer and Carol Bedgar for lending a hand!

Faux Stained Glass

Winter Workshops wrapped up with a project that used glass paint to make faux stained glass art. We missed out on pictures of the finished product because the paint was still wet, but they were all beautiful and colorful.


👨‍🍳 Favorite Foods/Photography Contest 👨‍🍳

Get your recipe books out! The 2019 Favorite Foods Competition will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Kirk Middle School.

Photography Contest will also be held on January 26.

The NCC Links will sponsor the Adult Dessert Competition again this year. Entries are judged by the youth.

There will also be a Favorite Foods and Foods Judging Contest Training at the NCC Office on Tuesday, January 8 at 6 pm. To register, please contact the office at 302-831-8965 by January 4, 2019.

Registration forms and guidelines can be found under the Favorite Foods and Photography Contest heading HERE. 

Parents, Grandparents, 4-H Volunteers, Links, Alumni and Cooperative Extension Staff are also invited to enter the
NCC Links Adult Dessert Contest, which will take place during the Favorite Foods Contest.

Click on the link above for info and instructions.

Registrations for the Photography Contest are due to the NCC Office by Tuesday, January 8.

Favorite Foods registrations are due to the NCC office by Friday, January 11. 

❄🎨 2019 NCC 4-H Winter Workshops 🔨❄

Workshops are just like the classes you take at camp; you’ll learn something new and have a finished project to take home with you. Open to the public.

Workshops will be held at the NCC Extension Office.


February 16 

9:30 am- 11 am

Exploring Food Science

Ever wonder how snacks and beverages are sealed to keep them fresh? Join us as we explore Food Science and find out how! Cost: FREE


10 am- 11 am

Intro to Robots: Ozobots

This workshop is divided into two groups.  The first group uses the simplest form of communication to teach kids programing, create and send robots via different mazes and maps while interacting with marks drawn on paper.  This workshop is for younger 4-Her’s (ages 8 or 9) and is limited to 4 participants.  Led by Avery Ruebush – Jr. Leader – Meado-Larks 4-H Club.

The second group workshop is for ages 10 to 12 and is also limited to 4 participants.  Each 4-Her will use their own phone, laptop or tablet (bring your own if possible) to code more dynamic instructions for the OZOBOT to follow and react to different objects.  Led by Cole Simpson – Jr. Leader – Meado-Larks 4-H Club. Cost: FREE


1- 3 pm

Livestock Judging

Come out and learn about Livestock judging and what to look for when evaluating animals. This is will a fun and interactive workshop. Cost: FREE

February 23

9 am- 12 noon

Drawstring Bags

Participants will choose from a variety of fabrics to create a custom bag. Sewing machine use and basic sewing skills will be taught. This project may be entered in the State Fair. Cost: $5. 


1- 3 pm

Faux Stained Glass Project

Using glass paint, participants will create a beautiful piece to display in front of a window or light. This would be a great item to submit as a home decor entry in the State Fair. Cost: $10. **Must be 12 or older for this workshop. 

2019 Winter Workshops Registration Form



2019 State Leaders Forum

2019 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum
Polytech High School, Woodside, Kent County
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Making the Best Better 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Registration will be available online beginning Friday,
January 4, 2019. This is the preferred method. Please note that the workshops will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, so the earlier you register the better chance you will have of getting your first choice.
The cost of the Forum will be covered by each county’s Leaders’ Association or a staff purpose code. Deadline to register is Monday, January 28.

Register HERE

2019 DE 4H State Leader Forum Workshop Packet