Category Archives: Winter Events

Favorite Foods- Save the Date! 🍕🍰🌮

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.

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.

More info and links to Favorite Foods registration forms to come.


Winter Workshops

Come out and join us for these exciting Winter Workshops:

February 10, 17 and 24

Up for the Challenge Train the Trainer

Crafts- wood snowman decorating

Entomology 101- Bugs and more!

Next Top Chef

Cases for Smiles- pillowcase making workshop for children in hospitals

Make Your Own Terrarium

** Please register! Workshops that don’t have enough participants may be cancelled. 

Complete descriptions and registration forms can be found at Scroll down to “Winter Workshops”.

Public Speaking Results

Congratulations to all our participants in the Public Speaking Contest! 

It was a cold and dreary evening in early January, but these 4-Hers kept things lively by engaging the judges with a variety of interesting topics. Thanks to all our participants and judges!

The results are listed below:


Samaad Baker

Evelyn Witte

Beginner I

1st- Brogan Raughley

2nd- Liam Aber

3rd- Savannah Timney

Beginner II

1st- Melanie Witte


1st- Daisy Timney


1st- Shannon Murray

2nd- Logan Aber

3rd- Jacob Byron


Brogan Raughley, Melanie Witte, Daisy Timney and Shannon Murray will go on to represent our county at the State Fair.

Job well done to everyone!


Favorite Foods Results


Great Job to everyone who participated in the 2018 Favorite Foods competition and congratulations to our winner. A special thank you to our 4-H volunteers and Junior Council members that assisted in making the event such a success!






Meat & Main Dish


Brogan Raughley,  Porter Gang                                                                       Emma Patrick, Stump Corner

James Patrick, Stump Corner

Honorable Mention



Chase Oldis, Porter Gang

Soups, Stews or Chili Dessert Bruce Patrick, Stump Corner Caitlin Dooling, Stump Corner Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves
Junior Champion Honorable Mention
Appetizers Melanie Witte, Porter Gang Nicholas Ruggeri, Summit Bridge
Breads Jade Wasgatt, Clover Quest Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves
Meat & Main Dish Tyler Oldis, Porter Gang Vivian Carter, Summit Bridge
Side Dish Sarah Apps, Summit Bridge Emily Campbell, Stump Corner
Soups, Stew or Chili Ava Raughley, Porter Gang
Dessert Kristin Traver, Summit Bridge Ella Vandervort, Stump Corner
Senior Champion Honorable Mention
Appetizers Halley Poe, Bear
Meat & Main Dish Cole Simpson,        Meado-Larks Emma Apps,          Summit Bridge
Soups, Stew or Chili Sydney Pyle,              Porter Gang Kyle Hill, Bear

Link’s Adult Contest Winners:

Melissa Davis, Stump Corner

Karen Hill, Bear

Amanda Poe, Bear



Michela Davis, Stump Corner

Moira Jones, Flock of Friends

Penelope Schlabach,  Clover Quest

Evelyn Witte, Porter Gang

Frederick Patrick, Stump Corner

Michaela Patrick, Stump Corner

Eric Patrick, Stump Corner

Samaad Baker, Summit Bridge


Beginner Judging:

  1. Noah Everett
  2. Caitlin Dooling
  3. Daisy Timney
  4. Colby Lockridge
  5. Bruce Patrick
  6. Nicholas Ruggeri
  7. Brogan Raughley
  8. Evelyn Witte
  9. Emily Campbell
  10. Ella Vandervort

Senior Judging:

  1. Alyson Melson
  2. Andrew Shaffer
  3. Patrick Trunfio
  4. Sydney Pyle
  5. Emma Apps
  6. Cole Simpson
  7. Halley Poe
  8. Stacy Robinson
  9. Kyle Hill
  10. Matthew Trunfio








Favorite Foods Competition

Saturday, January 20, 8:00 am,  Kirk Middle School
Snow Date: Saturday, January 27, 8:00 am, NCC Extension Office

The Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • NEW* Recipe Redo (Juniors & Seniors)
  • Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by January 10, 2018.

You can use either the Word Registration Form or the PDF Printable Registration Form.

Click here to find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 20, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The Extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a shopping cart challenge! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

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.

2018 NCC 4-H Photography Contest

Photos will be displayed during the Favorite
Foods Competition at Kirk Middle School, on January 20,  beginning
at 11:00am. Ribbons will be awarded for each exhibit,
based on the Danish Scale. Additionally, an overall
champion will be selected for each age category.

Entry forms and accompanying photographs due to the NCC 4-H Office by January 10, 2018.

2018 Photography Contest Rules 

2018 Photography Contest Entry Form

Statewide Ice Skating Event

State 4-H Ice Skating Party – December 29, 2017

5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Location:  Centre Ice Skating Center on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Cost will be $4.00 per person and a canned good, which includes admission and skate rental.  The Centre would like to continue to hold a food drive at this event so all participants are requested to bring in a canned or boxed item of food that can be donated to the local food pantry.

*$8.00 and a canned good includes admission, skate rental and ONE (1) ride on the new bumper cars on ice.

Additional rides can be purchased at any time at $4.00 per ride.

*There is a maximum height requirement in order to ride in the cars alone. Anyone under this height mush be accompanied in the car by an adult. There is information inside the lobby on the wall for anyone to use to determine if they meet the height requirement.

All 4-H members are invited, and they may bring a friend who is not a 4-H member, but they are responsible for this friend while at this event.


Public Speaking Contest

Announcing the 2018 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

6:00 pm

Brandywine Hundred Library

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

Guidelines and registration form are below. We have also included a worksheet to help you plan your speech.

2018 Public Speaking Contest Registration Form

Public Speaking Guidelines

Public Speaking Worksheet







Upcoming National 4-H Youth Summits


National 4-H offers a variety of youth summits.  Delaware 4-H is able to send four youth to each summit.  Info on the next 2 summits can be found below:

National Youth Agri-Science Summit

Applications for the Agri-Science Summit are due in to the State Office by November 17.

National Youth Summit on Health Living

Applications for the Healthy Living Summit are due in to the State Office by December 15.



Animal Science Updates

Delaware 4-H Member Attends 63rd National 4-H Dairy Conference

Delaware 4-H’er Lake Vasey of the Pure Country 4-H Club in Kent County is recently attended the 63rd National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoyed several days of fun and learning. The educational program attracted approximately 200 youth and adult delegates from across the U.S.A. and Canada. They were selected from a field of applicants to attend the conference based on past experience, knowledge and interest in the dairy industry. The four-day experience exposed 4-H members to new dairy science technology and dairy- related careers. Through a combination of workshops, speakers, educational field trips and networking with other dairy oriented youth, 4-H members gained information they could use to strengthen their futures in the dairy industry. Hands-on learning workshop topics included biotechnology, genetics, foods evaluation, animal nutrition and marketing.  Lake also had the opportunity to spend a day at World Dairy Expo.  Lake was chaperoned by New Castle County 4-H Agent Betsy Morris.  Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members!

National 4-H Dairy Conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperating Friends of 4-H and the Dairy Industry, World Dairy Expo, and the National 4-H Dairy Conference Planning Committee. Supplemental monetary support is provided by numerous corporate sponsors including: ABS Global; Accelerated Genetics, AgStar Financial Services; Agropur; American Dairy Science Association; AMPI; Cargill, Inc.; Crave Brothers Farm, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC; Culvers; Dairy Farmers of America; Datamars; DeLaval; Farm First Co-op; Foremost Farms; Hoard’s Dairyman; IBA; John Deere Co.; Milk Specialties; Mycogen Seeds; Nasco International, Inc.; National Dairy Shrine; PDCA; Select Sires, Inc.; SEMEX; SMS; Stan Erwine, DMI; Star Blends; SunOpta; Udder Tech, Inc.; Vita Plus; WinField United; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; and World Dairy Expo.

If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, and are 15 years of age by January 1, applications will be due May 1, 2018 and can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science page  For more information about National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit


Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity- 1st Entry Deadline November 13 

The first entry deadline for the 2018 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 13.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017.  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. The entry form and official rules can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage

Saddle up with 4-H! 

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride, sponsored by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, will be held at Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract this year on November 5, 2017 with ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences.  Non 4-H member horsey friends are welcome!  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.  ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or no later than November 1st.


Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 13, 2017

Have you ever wished that you could have a model of your own favorite horse or pony to cherish forever? Here’s your chance!

Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses ( has volunteered to create a model horse to honor the great horse or pony selected as Delaware’s “4-H Horse of the Year”. The winning 4-H member will be announced at the Horse Bowl contest and awarded their horse/pony model horse at the winning member’s county achievement banquet in fall of 2018.

Any currently enrolled traditional Delaware 4-H member (Cloverbuds are not eligible), can nominate their beloved horse/pony by completing these steps:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form 2018.


  1. Provide Four (4) 4×6” full color photos of your horse/pony in natural light (not in the barn): front, back, left side and right side. Attach to the provided page. These photos will not be returned so make sure you have copies.


  1. Add an essay of 500 to 1000 words written by the 4-H’er (age of 4-H’er will be considered in writing quality). The award will be chosen based on how well the 4-H member can answer the following topic:


“I am thankful for a horse in my life because…”



    1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.


    1. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.


    1. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.


    1. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.



  1. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 13, 2017.


Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage


State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 2 

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Rowan Farm in Middletown, Delaware on December 2 from 9:00am -12:00 pm. What is Hippology?  Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in their horse projects, horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and practical horse management.  Contests are typically set up in a station format where participants are asked to complete tasks such as identifying feeds, judging hay, matching body parts with the correct names, putting together a bridle, bandaging a leg, etc.  The contest guide and entry form can be found at

Entries are due November 13th


ALL WORMS ALL DAY Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference – Youth and Adult Tracks

 When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 8:00am to 3:30pm

 Where: Delaware State University, Bank of America Building

1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware

 Cost: Adults $40, Youth $30

This all-day conference will focus entirely on gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) that are the most problematic to small ruminant production, and seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling these parasites. The program will include general and concurrent sessions and a separate program for youth.

All speakers in the adult program are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They include Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Nelson Escobar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Susan Schoenian, University of

Maryland; Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Virginia State University; and Dr. Niki Whitley, Fort Valley State University. Youth instructors are Susan Garey and Dan Severson from the University of Delaware and Ashley Travis from the University of Maryland. The youth program is intended to be hands-on and interactive


Mail check to Delaware State University or register online: all-day-delmarva-small-ruminant-conference

Contact: Dr. Kwame Matthews, 302.857.6540 or


Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1000


  • 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, 2017. Winners will be awarded in March 4, 2017.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

Winter Workshops Are Filling Up! (Don’t miss out!)

The start of February’s 4-H Winter Workshops is a little over a week away and workshops are filling up quickly!

We also have a couple of workshops that could use a few more people.

Workshop descriptions and a registration form can be found HERE. Scroll down the page to 2017 Winter Workshops.

Please sign up ASAP. The instructors need a final head count so that they can gather the necessary supplies for the workshop in a timely fashion.

If you have further questions, please contact Serena at                     302-831-8965 or