Alexander County 4-H

December 2021
Project Record Books

It's time to start getting your Project Record Books completed!!!

What is a Project record book?
A 4-H project record book is a compilation of all of a 4-Her's work in a given year regarding a specific topic.

Who does a 4-H Project record book?
All 4-Her's are welcome and encouraged to do this!!! The age divisions for competition are    5-7,8-10,11-12,13-15, and 16-18.

Project books are required to go to some events like the annual Electric Congress.
If you are working on your project book and have questions you can reach out to DJ via phone 828-632-3125 or email

Dairy Holiday Photo Contest

For 2021, photo project submissions will be used to celebrate Dairy throughout the holiday season. They will be shared through social media in celebration of dairy during the holidays by NC State Dairy Extension and The Dairy Alliance. Youth ages 9-19 may compete in one of 3 age divisions for cash prizes awarded by The Dairy Alliance.  Entries are due Wednesday, December 8, 2021 and should be submitted electronically to

Rules and entry forms are linked below.

Steer Calf Project

Catawba County 4-H is offering a Steer Calf Project and allowing youth to participate from surrounding counties.  There will be a information session held on December 8, 2021.  For more information please contact DJ Salyer at 828-632-3125 or

The next WHEP meeting will be Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

At the last meeting the group had a guest, Lenny Rogers,  former WHEP instructor.  He spoke to the group about the State WHEP contest that the group will be competing in Spring 2022.

2022 NC 4-H Summer Camp Dates

Would your child like to attend 4-H Camp at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC next summer??  Alexander 4-H will be taking a group June 19-24, 2022.  4-H Camp is open to youth ages 8-14 years old and offers a variety of camp programs based upon age.  If you would like more information please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center at 828-632-3125.  For more information about the Eastern 4-H Center please click the following link:
November Subscription Box

In November's subscription box activity participants created their own Christmas ornaments by using simple ingredients you likely have in your own home.

To make the ornaments you will need to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.  Mix together 4 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup salt and 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Knead until soft and pliable then roll out to 1/8 in thick. Cut out the shapes for ornaments you want and then bake until hard (about 1 hour) . You can decorate the ornaments with paint to add your own touch.

Attention Volunteers!!
2022 NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Conference

February 4-5, 2022

Hilton Durham near Duke University
3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC

For more information please go to the following link:

Workshops that will be available include:
Electric Program Overview and Project Kit Activity, Enriching Soil in Your Garden, Learning to Sew by Hand,  Craft and Code with Makey Makey and more.

If you would like to attend please contact DJ Salyer.  There is scholarship monies available to help offset the cost for those that attend. 
4-H in the News
Boots and Breeches 4-H Club will begin meeting again in 2022.  The first meeting will be an interest meeting on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Foothills Equestrian Center, 531 Starnes Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.  
4-H Garden Club will have their next meeting on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexander County Service Center.  This meeting's topic will be pine trees and pine cones.  
Shockers 4-H Club met on Tuesday, November 16th where they learned to solder a plant soil kit.   They would like to invite anyone interested in electricity to join them for their next meeting that will be on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:30.  Check out the pictures below from their November meeting:
Southern Grace 4-H Club met on Thursday, November 18th and made placemats for Thanksgiving.  They added several new members.   If you would like to attend a club meeting, their next one will be held on Thursday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Whisk it Up 4-H Club met Thursday, November 18th at 4:00p.m. at the Alexander County Service Center.  Der Holcomb, Family and Consumer Service Extension Agent, showed the girls how to make homemade icing to decorate and build gingerbread houses.  Due to the next club meeting falling so close to Christmas they are looking at changing the December meeting.   Stay tuned to the 4-H Facebook page for an update on the date change.  
Alexander County Offices will be closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 22; Thursday, December 23; Friday, December 24

New Years Day
Friday, December 31
Make sure to follow Alexander County 4-H
on Facebook to stay up-to-date.

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.

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