Yancey County 4-H Newsletter

October, 2023
Welcome to our new 4-H Program Assistant!

We are excited to welcome Amy Thomas to the Yancey County 4-H Program! Amy is the new 4-H Program Assistant in Yancey County. Amy is a familiar face to many, as she has been involved in our community for many years in her past work in education and as a nurse. In her new position, Amy says she is most excited to help make a difference in the lives of youth in Yancey County. Please help me in welcoming Amy to the team! Amy may be contacted at or 828-682-6186.

Join us this Saturday for Farm City Day!

Join us on Saturday, October 7th from 11am-2pm for a day of fun for the whole family! Our first annual Farm City Day is a celebration of the importance of agriculture in Yancey County. We will have games, inflatables, food, a rabbit show, our hand-crafted & locally grown contest and so much more!

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Yancey County 4-H Hand-crafted & Locally Grown Contest

Have you created, baked, grown or preserved something amazing this year? Enter it in our Hand-crafted and Locally Grown contest which will be held during our Farm City Day from 11am-2pm on October 7th, 2023. There are four age groups: Cloverbud (5-7), Junior (8-12), Senior (13-18) and Adult (19+), and four entry categories: Baked Goods, Preserved Foods, Arts & Crafts and Locally Grown.

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Save the Date: 2023 4-H Christmas Craft Show

The fourth annual Yancey County 4-H Christmas Craft Show will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9am-2pm at the Burnsville Town Center. Come and do some early Christmas shopping, all while supporting Yancey County 4-H and local artisans!

Yancey County 4-H'ers who have products they have personally made, are invited to have a free table at the show to sell their items! Spots are limited, so email Jordan to reserve your space today!

We also have a few vendors spaces remaining, click here to access the application.

4-H News: Sixteen Yancey County 4-H'ers compete at the State 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament !

On Saturday, September 30th, over 275 youth from across North Carolina competed in the 2023 N.C. 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament in Ellerbe, NC. Sixteen club members from Yancey Longshots competed in the Tournament in the Archery, Rifle and Shotgun disciplines.

Five of these youth brought home awards! Autumn Smith- 2nd Place Senior Individual Rifle (Telescopic) and, 2nd Place Senior Individual Rifle (Open Sights), Bradley Jeffords- 2nd Place Senior Individual Shotgun, Liam Ayers, Hunter Wilson and Hudson Hilliard- 3rd Place Shotgun Junior Team.

Congratulations to all of the Yancey County 4-H Longshots Club members for their hard work and accomplishments this season!

Is your child interested in learning more about firearm safety and marksmanship? Be on the lookout in January for 2024 club enrollment information.

4-H News: Two youth win at the
2023 Dr. Kim Ingold 4-H Photography Contest!

We would like to congratulate JJ Wise and Sam Gantt! JJ won 2nd Place in Senior Special Effects and Sam won 4th Place in Junior Special Effects. We are so proud of these Yancey County 4-H'ers!

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.

*New* Cooking Club -
This club will teach youth about kitchen safety, nutrition, culinary skills and more! Open to youth ages 8-18. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Burnsville Reconciliation House. 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.

Saturday, October 7th 11:00am-2:00pm: Farm City Day & Hand-Crafted and Locally Grown Contest

Monday, October 9th 5:30pm: STEM Club

Tuesday, October 10th 5:30pm: Sewing Club Meeting (Group #2)

Tuesday, October 10th 6:00pm: Cooking Club

Monday, October 16th 4:00pm: Arts & Crafts Club Meeting

Monday, October 16th 4:30pm: Livestock Club Meeting

Tuesday, October 17th 5:30pm: Sewing Club Meeting (Group #2)

Tuesday, October 17th 6:00pm: Outdoor Adventures Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th 4:00pm: Lego Club Meeting

Thursday, October 19th 5:30pm: 4-H Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 24th 5:30pm: Rabbit Club Meeting

Tuesday, October 31st 4:00-6:30pm: 4-H @ Halloween on the Square
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