Monday, August 3, 2015

State Fair Youth Livestock Entries- DUE AUGUST 15

The 2015 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows will be held October 2 – 4, 2015 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Exhibitor information, rules, and entry forms can be found at on the youth livestock web site.

Entries for the 2015 State Fair are now being accepted. The State 4-H office is working with the State Fair and utilizing ShowWorks to capture entries this year. You will be able to go back into the system to make any changes to your entry up until entry deadline.

All entries must be completed online. Entry receipts must be printed and signed by your Extension Agent or FFA Advisor, and returned to Joi Saville at the address below.

There is a $5 per head entry fee for all non-nominated animalsThis includes all registered animals (beef sheep and goats), feeder steers, and non-nominated commercial heifers. Your entry will be considered incomplete until we receive the entry receipt and payment.

Entries are due August 15, 2015. All entry receipts need to be postmarked by August 20, 2015. CHECKS NEED TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO: Virginia 4-H Foundation.

Exhibitor information, rules and entry information can be found at the following link:

If you have any issues with the entry system, please contact Stuart Sanders at ssanders@meadoweventpark.com.

Citizenship Washington Focus Delegate Jessica Pedersen Reports on Her Experience

In July, local 4-H member Jessica Pedersen was sponsored by the Virginia 4-H Foundation to attend Citizenship Washington Focus, a national 4-H program held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. See below for her report on that experience.

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I am Jessica Pedersen, one of the lucky citizens of Orange to be enabled to attend the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus thanks to the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board.  I would like to take a moment to share my gratitude.  I am so appreciative that it was made possible for me to go and partake in everything that CWF is.  I was granted a wonderful leadership experience on top of the opportunity to make friends and memories. 


During the week I spent at CWF at the 4-H Youth Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, I had the chance to tour all over the area alongside other 4-H youth from all over the country.  We toured monuments and memorials such as the Korean Memorial, the MLK Memorial, the Jefferson Monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial.  My delegation’s chaperone was actually able to get us a tour of the Pentagon.  I really enjoyed the Lincoln Memorial; we went there for a night view of the area, and reached the steps leading up to Lincoln just as the sun was setting. 


We spent one of the days touring the Capitol building, where most of the delegations had the opportunity to meet with their state’s representatives.  This was extremely interesting for me.  I am very keen on the thought that I could be so closely involved with preservation of the United States Constitution.  I think I would enjoy caucusing and debating bills.

I actually had the opportunity to sample that on a much smaller scale.  All of the delegates at CWF were divided up into different committees or groups.  Lucky me, I was a part of the Government Committee, where we were then divided up again to discuss different national issues.  Every day, we would meet and learn about the process of composing bills.  By the end of the week, we had discussed, debated, critiqued and composed a bill of our own on Unmanned Aerial Systems, a.k.a. drones.  We had to present the newly formed bill to the entirety of the CWF, where it would be debated, yet again.  The rest of the CWF delegates could either vote for or against the passage of the bill.  My group’s bill was the only, out of four topics, to be passed.

I am so glad that I was able to get a taste of what that occupation would be like.  As I enter into college this fall, positive experiences such as the ones granted to me through the Citizenship Washington Focus serve as wonderful, eye-opening tools.  I know those experiences will guide me as I complete my college degree and enter into the workforce. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

All Star Picnic August 9

The 8th Annual Northern District 4-H All Star Chapter picnic will be at Graves Mountain Lodge on Sunday afternoon, August 9.  The 2015 All Stars will be recognized.  Parents, spouses, and other family members are welcome.  Go to www.gravesmountain.com for directions and more information on the Lodge, which is owned and operated by 4-H All Stars Jimmy and Rachel Graves.  Graves Mountain Lodge is in Madison County at Syria.
Registration is from 3:30-4:15 at the picnic shelter.  Pass the main entrance and take the next road on the left directly into the shelter area.  If you would like to come early, you have the option of visiting the farm animals across the road, swimming (for a fee), or horseback riding (for a fee).  Call ahead for info- 540-923-4231.
There will be a silent auction to build the chapter treasury as well as to add interest and fun to the gathering.  Attendees are asked to participate by bringing a basket of fresh garden produce, plants, loaves of various breads, cakes, as well as "things."
The district meeting and recognition of 2015 All Stars will be at 4:25.  Dinner will be at 5:15 and the event will adjourn at 6:15.
The cost of the picnic meal is $11 per person.
If you would like to attend, please register by August 1.  For registration information or if you have questions, please contact William Thomas (540-825-1873, wetsbt[at]gmail.com) or Judy Ann Fray (540-948-4220, ja.fray[at]verizon.net)