Yancey County 4-H Newsletter

August, 2023
Calling all photographers! Enter your work in the NC 4-H Photography Contest!

Entries are now being accepted for the NC 4-H Photography Contest! Open to 4-H'ers 8-18 and
4-H adults and volunteers (ages 19+). Show off your photography skills in one of the three categories! Deadline to submit entries to Jordan is August 15th at 5:00pm. Contact Jordan for more information!

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Now Hiring a 4-H Program Assistant!

Are you interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of youth in Yancey County? Yancey County Cooperative Extension is currently hiring an Extension Program Assistant for 4-H & Youth Development! This person will work with the 4-H Agent and other Extension staff serving youth. If you would like to know more, contact us by calling 828-682-6186.

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New STEM Club!

Is your child interested in all things science? We are excited to announce a new 4-H STEM Club in Yancey County! This club will involve all things science, robotics, engineering and more! Open to youth ages 8-18.

Join us for an interest meeting on August 28th at 5:30pm at the Yancey Extension Office for more information about this new opportunity for youth!

Does your child love cooking?

Yancey County 4-H is looking at starting a new cooking club! Does your child love cooking, or would love to learn?

Click here to be added to the interest list >>

More information about this new opportunity will be communicated soon!

2023 WNC Mountain State Fair

The 2023 WNC Mountain State Fair will take place September 8-17th. Now is the time to start preparing! Registration Deadline for Livestock and General Exhibits is August 25th. There are many options for youth to be involved in the Fair, see the information below!
General Exhibits
The Mountain State Fair is an excellent opportunity for youth to showcase their creativity, skills and talents! There are General Exhibit categories for a wide variety of topics. We would love for Yancey County 4-H to be well represented at the fair this year!
Click here for information about the General Exhibit Rules and Regulations. If you have never participated in the WNC Mountain State Fair, do not be intimidated! Youth participants range in skill level from beginner all the way to advanced! Ms. Jordan will be happy to help you get your Exhibits ready for submission, and get you registered. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan!
General Exhibit Youth Categories:Youth ArtYouth PhotographyYouth Baked FoodsYouth Preserved FoodsYouth CraftsYouth Wood CraftsYouth RecyclingYouth Flower and Garden

Very Special Arts
Special Participation Show for Youth 5 and Under
This year the Pony Express will be running again. This allows you to drop off exhibit items at the Yancey Extension Office for pick up and delivery to the Fair! Click here for more information.
What can I do with 4-H?

As a new school year begins, we hope you will find a 4-H club to keep your kids learning and having fun outside of the classroom! Check out all of the opportunities below.

Sewing Club - Open to youth ages 5-18 of all skill levels! Learn the basics of sewing and craft your own creations to take home. Youth learn hand sewing and machine sewing techniques. Meeting occur on the first and third Tuesday's at 5:30pm. Continually accepting new members.

Arts & Crafts Club - Explore your creative side, learning about all avenues of arts & crafts! Open to youth ages 5-18. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 4:00pm at the Yancey Extension Office. Continually accepting new members.

Lego Club - Open to youth ages 5-18 in Yancey County! Youth will participate in a variety of LEGO challenges, creating their own builds and expressing their creativity, all while making new friends! Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm. Continually accepting new members.

Outdoor Adventures Club - Learn about natural resources, wildlife, hiking, environmental science and more! Youth have opportunities to attend several trips including hiking, outdoor cooking, kayaking and more! Open to youth ages 8-18. Regular Club Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm, with additional field trips as announced. Continually accepting new members.

Rabbit Club - In this club, youth will learn all things rabbit, from choosing and caring for one, raising for meat, breed showing, raising for fiber, showmanship and more! Opportunities to work on individual projects, compete and show will be available. This club has something for everyone from the beginner interested in their first rabbit, to the experienced rabbit owner looking to expand their knowledge. Rabbit ownership is not a requirement to participate in the club. Open to youth ages 5-18. Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Continually accepting new members.

Livestock Club - Does your child like animals, but you aren’t ready to start your own livestock projects at home? The Yancey County 4-H Livestock Club provides an opportunity for youth to learn more about livestock species, without having to own an animal, called Livestock Skillathon. Open to youth ages 8-18. Livestock Club meets on the first and third Monday's at 4:30pm at the Yancey Extension Office. Continually accepting new members.

*New* STEM Club - Learn about all things science, robotics, engineering and more! Open to youth ages 8-18. Youth who participate in this program have the opportunity to attend NC 4-H Electric Congress in July of each year! Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5:30pm at the Yancey Extension Office. Continually accepting new members.

Longshots - Learn about firearm education, safety, and participate in shooting sports activities, including shotgun, rifle and archery.  Youth have the opportunity to participate in regional, district and state competitions. Open to youth ages 8-18 (as of January 1st of the current year). Club enrollment period is January - February each year.

4-H News: Four Yancey County 4-H'ers compete at the State 4-H Presentation Competition!

On Saturday, July 15th, four Yancey County 4-H'ers participated in the 2023 State 4-H presentation competition.

This year's participants included Cooper Ledford with his presentation on collecting sea shells, Sam Gantt with his presentation on "From K.I.T.T to Tesla", Daisy Brantley with her presentation on the evolution of Rock n' Roll, and Jacob Ledford with his presentation on beef outdoor cookery.

Daisy Brantley won Gold in the ages 11-13, Arts & Communications category. Sam Gantt won Gold in the ages 11-13, Wheels & Engines category. Congratulations to all four of these youth for their hard work!

Would you like to receive text notifications about upcoming 4-H meetings?

Yancey County 4-H is excited to announce our new text reminder system! This system will be used to send out text reminders for upcoming meetings and events. You will only receive messages for clubs and events your child is involved in. You must complete the sign up form below to opt-in and receive messages. Contact Jordan if you have any questions (!

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Purchase Your Yancey County 4-H T-shirts at the Extension Office!

We still have a few Yancey County 4-H T-shirts available for sale at the Extension Office! The shirts are $15 each and we have sizes Youth Large - Adult 3XL remaining. We accept cash or check (made to Yancey County 4-H).

Saturday, August 12th: West District 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament

Monday, August 14th 4:00pm: Arts & Crafts Club

Tuesday, August 15th 6:00pm: Outdoor Adventures Club Meeting

Wednesday, August 16th 4:00pm: Lego Club Meeting

Monday, August 21st 4:30pm: Livestock Club Meeting

Tuesday, August 22nd 5:30pm: Rabbit Club Meeting

Friday, August 25th: WNC Mountain State Fair Entries Due!

Monday, August 28th 5:30pm: STEM Club Interest Meeting

Tuesday, August 29th 5:30pm: Tri-County Chick to Chicken Program Meeting

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Extension's 4-H program is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina. We help over 247,000 young people grow into active, contributing citizens each year.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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