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State Fair Livestock Show Entries Open

From the State 4-H Office: 

The entry system for the 2017 Youth Livestock Shows that will be held in conjunction with the State Fair of Virginia is now open. The Youth Livestock Shows will be held October 6 – 8, 2017 at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Entries must be completed no later than August 15th! No late entries will be accepted.

All rules and information can be found on the youth livestock web site at www.ext.vt.edu/youthlivestock.  Please review all of the rules very carefully. Class lists within the entry system DO NOT have associated dates with them. Please verify that you are entering the correct classes.

ALL NOMINATED animals will be required to enter their VISUAL State Fair of Virginia tag number in the entry system. Failure to do so will result in your entry being rejected. Entries will be limited to the max number of animals allowed per species. If you have properly nominated additional animals, substitutions will be allowed.

We are featuring a new entry system this year for the State Fair. This system is tied to the 4-HOnline system in which all 4-Her’s have been enrolled. You will use your 4-HOnline Family member log in, in order to access the entry system. If you are an FFA member, then you will need to create a new account. A help sheet and video have been posted to the State Fair information.

There are just a few things to remember when entering the system:

  • If you are an enrolled 4-H member - Click on the green “Sign into 4-HOnline” button FIRST! This will then provide a pop-up window for you to enter your 4-HOnline username and password.
    • If you have forgotten your password, there is an option to change it; however, YOU MUST got back into 4-HOnline to permanently change your password.
    • Please verify all of your contact information, including MAILING ADDRESS. This must be correct, as we will be sending premiums to this address.
  • For families with multiple exhibitors:
    • Make sure to enter ALL of your family members into the show before clicking submit. Once you click Submit, you will be locked out of your account until the entries are approved.
  • If you are an FFA member, please have your advisor sign one of the confirmation e-mails that you will receive and send that in with your payment.
  • Be sure to click “SUBMIT” when you have completed your entries. Entries are not final until they have been submitted.
  • Check your email inbox for a confirmation email with a list of entries and any related fees.

Youth Meat Quality Assurance (YMQA) certification is required of every youth that plans to participate in the State Fair of Virginia. The YMQA certification must be completed prior to August 15, 2017. Every youth will need to take a quality assurance certification course this year.

If you have not completed a certification, please watch for upcoming emails with the few remaining certifications being offered. Please contact the trainer to ensure there is room available.

If you have any questions, please contact our office. 

4-H Camp Recap

If you haven't been keeping up with us via our Facebook page, make sure to check out our week at 4-H Camp posted on our camp blog! Here you'll find a recap of the fun we had and get excited about attending next year!

From 4‑H to Farm Bureau: Still Making the Best Better

From 4-h.org,by Kittrina Thompson:

4‑H Alumni nationwide have a story to tell and a testimony to share when it comes to how 4‑H has changed their lives, shaped their personalities, and opened up doors, getting them to where they are today. As we continue our celebration of successful women and men who are proud to say they are 4‑H Grown, we highlight the 4‑H alum who are now members of American Farm Bureau Federation, a proud partner and advocate for 4‑H!

Kalena Kenney-Bruce, Missouri 4‑H

“I am a proud 4‑H’er! 4‑H taught me so many things! How to teach, how to do reports and give reasons. It taught me how to win with good sportsmanship and how to lose with grace. It taught me how to pack a trailer for a week long show & how to make my best even better! I’m so thankful for this program, and it’s why I’m still involved as an Extension Council member, fair board member, and parent today!”

Shannon Douglass, California 4‑H

“For me, 4‑H was my very first introduction to agriculture. I learned the responsibility of taking care of another being and started gaining some business understanding. I knew how to balance a checkbook before I was in high school because of my 4‑H project. But I also learned about making presentations and the importance of giving back to your community.”

Cameron Edwards, Kentucky 4‑H

“No organization or activity I have ever been involved with has given me more than 4‑H due to the fact that it engaged me at a young age. I grew up in the extension office, I learned firsthand what civic responsibility was and it gave me a platform to grow and develop as a servant leader. The skills acquired there were and are the basis for many of my successes throughout my life. The organization, much like Farm Bureau, is special in large part to the people within it and I feel it is an integral component to the future success of our communities and to this nation in the future. #stilltryingtomakethebestbetter”

Learn more about the 4‑H and American Farm Bureau Federation partnership.
 We are grateful for the support that our local Albemarle County Farm Bureau has consistently provided for members through donating volunteer time to various events and providing monetary support for livestock shows, sales, and educational events. To learn more about what they are doing, visit their Facebook page or contact them!

Staffing Updates

We have several 4-H staffing changes and additions around the office that we would like to make you aware of as we finish out the rest of the 4-H year:

Our summer intern is Kim Hoffman, a recent Bridgewater graduate. Kim has been an integral part in behind-the-scenes work for the Grace Church Livestock Show and 4-H Camp and we are excited about upcoming events with her help. Kim will be with us until August 11 and can be reached at kimh822@vt.edu.

Program Assistant
Shania Breckenridge joined our office as our program assistant the week before camp and jumped in with flying colors! She is a recent Liberty graduate who has previously worked with the Department of Social Services and completed an internship with our office last year. Shania can be reached at shania93@vt.edu and at 872-4580.

4-H Agent
If you were unaware, Karrin is expecting and is due September 7. She plans to work as close to her due date as possible, but will be on maternity leave from early September-early December. During that time, all communication regarding 4-H should be directed to Shania.

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