Yancey County 4-H Newsletter

July, 2022
Congratulations to our District Activity Day Winners!

Three Yancey County 4-H members presented at the 2022 West District 4-H Activity Day on Saturday, June 25th at AB Tech in Asheville. District Activity Day (DAD) is a 4-H Presentation public speaking competition for youth to present information on the topic of their choice. 4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful ways to help a young person learn essential public speaking skills. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter.

Sam Gantt won Gold for his presentation on Rabbit Showmanship, Cooper Ledford won Silver for his presentation on Table Settings and Etiquette, and Jacob Ledford won Gold in the Beef Outdoor Cookery competition. Sam, Jacob and Cooper will advance to the State competition in July. We are so proud of each of these youth for their hard work and accomplishments!

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).

Get yours
today before they sell out!

Outdoor Adventures Club July Hike

Join our Outdoor Adventures Club on Friday, July 8th from 9am-1pm for a hike to Linville Falls! The club is currently accepting new members, ages 10-18. Click the link below for more information and the RSVP for the hike!

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Pre-Order Beef Club T-shirts Now!

Our Yancey County 4-H Beef Club is now accepting pre-orders for their 2022 club t-shirts! There are two t-shirt options. Click the link below for more information and to place your order!

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July Volunteer Spotlight

For the month of July, Yancey County 4-H would like to spotlight two of our volunteers, Lynn Austin and April McCurry. Lynn and April are the club leaders for our Yancey County 4-H Beef Club. In Beef Club, youth can participate in the WNC Dairy Steer Project where youth participants get their own bottle calf, and attend monthly meetings where they learn how to care for, raise and show their animal. The program concludes by participants showing their animal in local Fairs. At the conclusion of the shows, the Dairy Steers are sold and youth receive the money from the sale. Lynn, April and their families work passionately to help make sure these youth are successful in their projects, providing them with guidance, resources and support all along the way!

Volunteers are the heart of the Yancey County 4-H program, and our Beef Club would not be possible without the dedication of Lynn and April! So next time you see them, be sure to thank them for all they do for the youth of Yancey County!

Stay tuned next month for our August Volunteer Spotlight!

2022 WNC Mountain State Fair

The 2022 WNC Mountain State Fair will take place September 9-18th. Now is the time to start preparing! Registration Deadline for Livestock and General Exhibits is August 26th. 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 Art
Youth Photography
Youth Baked Foods
Youth Preserved Foods
Youth Crafts
Youth Wood Crafts
Youth Recycling
Youth Flower and Garden
Youth Poultry Egg Show

Youth Jewelry
Youth Clothing
Youth Quilted Items
Youth Hand Weaving & Spinning

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.


Livestock Shows are divided into two categories: Showmanship and Show. Showmanship judges the individual, and how well the participant handles their animal. The Show judges the animal for quality and how they meet specific breed standards.

Youth Poultry Showmanship Show- September 17th 10:30am
Youth Standard Poultry Show- September 9th
Youth Rabbit and Cavy Showmanship Show- September 10th 9:00am
Junior Meat Goat Showmanship - September 17th 4:00pm
Junior Meat Goat Show - September 18th 10:00am
Junior Beef Cattle Showmanship- September 10th 4:00pm
Junior Beef Cattle Show- September 11th 10:00am
Junior Swine Showmanship & Show- September 16th 4:00pm

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Upcoming Events

Monday, July 4th 8:30pm - Beef Club & Livestock Club Fireworks Watch Party at the Yancey Extension Office

Wednesday, July 6th 1-3pm - Electric Workshop

Thursday, July 7th 1-3pm - Robotics Workshop

Thursday, July 7th 5:30pm - Yancey County 4-H Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, July 7th 6:00pm- Longshots Practice (Juniors)

Friday, July 8th 9am-1pm - Outdoor Adventures Club Hiking Trip

Saturday, July 9th 8:00am - Beef Club Farm Day

Monday, July 11th 4:00pm - Arts & Crafts Club Meeting

Tuesday, July 12th 6:00pm- Beef Club Meeting

Tuesday, July 12th-Thursday, July 14th - NC 4-H Electric Congress

Thursday, July 14th 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Seniors)

Thursday, July 21st 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Juniors)

Tuesday, July 26th-Thursday, July 28th - Showmanship Camp

Wednesday, July 27th 3:00pm - Homeschool Club

Thursday, July 28th 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Seniors)

Saturday, July 30th - Yancey County Livestock Show
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