Yancey County 4-H Newsletter

August, 2022
WNC Mountain State Fair Registrations Due August 26th!

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 ExhibitsThe 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 GardenYouth Poultry Egg ShowYouth Jewelry Youth ClothingYouth Quilted ItemsYouth Hand Weaving & Spinning
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.LivestockLivestock 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 10:30amYouth Standard Poultry Show- September 9thYouth Rabbit and Cavy Showmanship Show- September 10th 9:00amJunior Meat Goat Showmanship - September 17th 4:00pmJunior Meat Goat Show - September 18th 10:00amJunior Beef Cattle Showmanship- September 10th 4:00pmJunior Beef Cattle Show- September 11th 10:00amJunior Swine Showmanship & Show- September 16th 4:00pmLearn More »

Put It Up Together - Youth and Adult Canning Class

Join N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yancey County 4-H and FCS Programs for a fun class for both youth and adults to learn how to can using a boiling water canner. Participants will learn about the water bath canning method, while preserving their own treats to take home and share with the family! Cost is $15 per family. Youth participants must be at at least 8 years old and must be a 4-H member to participate. Deadline to register is Monday, August 22nd, or until class is full. Register online using the link below.

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Congratulations to our State Presentation Competition Winners!

We would like to give a big congratulations to Yancey County 4-H’ers Jacob Ledford and Sam Gantt for winning at the NC 4-H State Presentation Finals! The NC 4-H State Presentation Finals take place in Raleigh at NC State University with over 250 youth from across the State competing in 34 different presentation categories.

Jacob won Gold in the Beef Char Grill Category, where he demonstrated his knowledge of beef cuts and preparation of a grilled sirloin steak. Sam won Bronze in the Small & Companion Animals Category, where he shared his knowledge of rabbit showmanship. These two youth have worked so hard on their presentations, developing life and public speaking skills which they will use for the rest of their lives. Congratulations Jacob and Sam!

Congratulations to our 2022 Electric Congress Delegates!

Two Yancey County 4-H members attended the 2022 North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress in Charlotte, NC, July 12-14. Electric Congress is an educational event designed to recognize excellence in the 4-H Electric Program throughout the state. In this program, youth learn about a variety of topics, including: circuits, AC and DC power, electrical wiring, and more. Through participation in this program, youth learn more about electricity and its safe, efficient use, learn about energy production and conservation, and generate enthusiasm for science and technology. Electric Congress travels from region to region of the state, thus allowing for a variety of programming opportunities for everyone. 4-H members participate in educational workshops, meet Power Company Representatives, learn about careers in the energy industry, and interact with other electric program participants. Special outings are planned to help youth learn more about their state; this year youth enjoyed a fun evening at Carowinds! Electric Congress is held for county winning 4-H’ers who participate in the electric program. To attend, youth must be 11 years of age (by Jan.1st).

This year, both Yancey County 4-H Electric Congress delegates, won awards for their project work in the electric program. Benjamin Varney won third place for the Duke Energy Progress Territorial Achievement Award. Derek Heidenfelder won second place for the Duke Energy Progress Territorial Achievement Award. We are so proud of these youth for their hard work and accomplishments. We would like to thank Duke Energy and Dominion Energy for sponsoring this event and providing youth with such a fun and impactful learning experience!
August Volunteer Spotlight

For the month of August, Yancey County 4-H would like to spotlight two of our volunteers, Connie McMahan and Reba Mathis. Connie and Reba are the volunteer leaders for our 4-H Sewing Club! Sewing Club is open to youth ages 5-18, of all skill levels! Previous sewing experience is not required. Connie and Reba have over 30 years of sewing experience which they graciously share with youth in Yancey County. This past year, club members created their own quilts! Many of these youth began in the club with no previous experience. Without the knowledge, skills, and compassion of Connie and Reba, Sewing Club would not be possible! So next time you see them, be sure to thank them for all they do for the youth of Yancey County!

If your child is interested in the Sewing Club, they will be having an interest meeting for the upcoming school year on Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:30pm at the Yancey Cooperative Extension.

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 havesizes Youth Large - Adult 3XL remaining. We accept cash or check (made to Yancey County 4-H). Get yours today before they sell out!
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 2nd 5:30pm - Sewing Club Interest MeetingThursday, August 4th 6:00pm- Longshots Practice (Juniors)Friday, August 5th- Sunday August 7th - Junior Beef Round Up @ WNC Ag CenterMonday, August 8th - Wednesday, August 10th - Outdoor Adventures Summer CampMonday, August 8th 4:00pm- Arts & Crafts Club Meeting

Monday, August 8th 6:00pm- Longshots Tournament Orientation @ Extension Office

Tuesday, August 9th 5:30pm - Beef Club Meeting - Project Record Book Workshop @ Extension Office

Thursday, August 11th 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Seniors)Saturday, August 13th - West District 4-H Shooting Sports TournamentTuesday, August 16th 5:30pm - Tri-County Chick to Chicken Program Workshop @ Extension Office

Thursday, August 18th 5:30pm - Tri-County Small Animal Program Workshop @ Extension Office

Thursday, August 18th 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Juniors)

Thursday, August 25th 4-6pm - "Put It Up Together" Youth and Adult Canning Class

Thursday, August 25th 6:00pm - Longshots Practice (Seniors)

Monday, August 29th 5:30pm- Livestock Club Meeting

Tuesday, August 30th 6:00pm - Tri-County Chick to Chicken Program Mock Show @ Avery A&H Fairgrounds
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