Bumper Crop of Fun *2012 NC State Fair*

When most people think about 4-H, one of the first things that comes to mind is the fair!  You might be wondering why that is, well back when 4-H first started the fairs were a great place to showcase their livestock, horses, small animals, arts and crafts, vegetables/fruit grown in their garden, 4-H projects, and more!!  The NC State Fair is one of many highlights throughout the 4-H year and 4-H’ers look forward to the migration to Raleigh to compete in various shows and categories!

4-H club member Quinten Nichols of Purlear, Wilkes County, posing with his prize-winnng ears of corn at North Carolina State Fair

Photo Credit: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/m/exhibits/4h/theme/ncstate/cornclubs#11

If you can get your hands on a premium book for the fair, turn to page 141 and you will see Division IV, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and Department “V”, 4-H Youth Development.  The total premiums offered in this department to 4-H youth is $8,418!!  Wouldn’t you like to win some of that money?!  If you cannot get a copy of the premium book, don’t worry it is all online at: http://ncstatefair.org/2012/Competitions/HowToEnter.htm , or you can view this pdf file: 2012DeptV_StateFair .

The registration process will open on August 1st.  The deadline for entering 4-H Crafts is September 20th and all Livestock areas is September 15th by 5:00 pm.

Before you enter any of the competitions offered, please check out the 4-H entry guidelines for 2012: 4-H Entry Guidelines for 2012 and the club code list (so you can be put under Pender County 4-H) can be found here: Club Code List 2012 .  Also, please send Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent an email at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu with the competitions you are entering for her records!

*Stay tuned for more information regarding the NC State Fair*

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4-H Congress…Join The Revolution of Responsibility!

Want to know how to make 4 days go by really fast?  Attend 4-H Congress. It started as quick as it ended, what a wonderful week it has been!  Pender County 4-H had two full time delegates and two part-time delegates attend 4-H Congress this year during July 16-19 in Raleigh, NC at NC State University!  In addition to Congress delegates, we had one youth participating in the AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume, Essay) Competition to win a national 4-H trip and three youth participating in the state presentations competition.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Here’s how we started our trip to 4-H Congress:

We arrived at the McKimmon Center on Monday where the kick-off meetings began in preparation for a BUSY week!  We sat in on the Southeast district meeting where candidates for district officers gave a brief speech to introduce themselves to the 4-H’ers.  Here is everyone (minus myself) at the district meeting:

After dinner at the dining hall, we returned back to the McKimmon Center for the opening assembly and flag ceremony!  Our very own, Brooke Buchanan (Spirit Riders 4-H Club Member) carried in the Pender County 4-H flag during the ceremony.  The next photo is of the 2011-2012 Southeast District Officers.

The assembly contained greetings, challenges given to 4-H’ers for the week, NC 4-H Honor Club Tapping ceremony, guest speakers, and hungry to help spotlights on Union and Washington counties.  Following the ceremony were the district officer campaign booths.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The morning always started with a delicious breakfast at Fountain Dining Hall located on NC State’s campus right near the Bragaw dorm that we stayed in during the week.  Tuesday is the state presentation competition and workshop day!  While 4-H’ers give presentations, the other 4-H’ers who are not giving presentations are sitting in on various workshops throughout the morning and afternoon.  Some of this year’s workshops include: No Farms, No Food, Teambuilding 101, College Preparation, Zumba! and more!

This year, we had three youth giving presentations at the state level: Tanner Gurganious, Reagan Taylor, and Liz Sharpe.  Tanner Gurganious won bronze at the state level with his presentation on coastal hay in the Crop Production and Utilization category for 14-18 year olds.

Reagan Taylor represented Pender County 4-H with her White House presentation in one of the most difficult categories: Citizenship and Civic Responsibility for 11-13 year olds.  This was everyone’s first year competing in presentations and they are competing against youth who have been doing this for years.  We are very proud of Reagan and her presentation was fantastic but she did not place at state this year.

Liz Sharpe competed in the Hospitality, Etiquette, and Social Graces for 9-10 year olds with her proper table setting presentation.  She won gold at the state competition this year!

Again, we are so very proud of all of the 4-H’ers that competed at the state level this year!! Everyone did an excellent job with their presentations!!  After dinner, we attended the Power of YOUth Assembly where we heard from Top Chef Finalist and NC 4-H Alumni Chef Lindsay Autry spoke about her experience in 4-H and how it got her where she is today as a executive chef!  The 2012-2013 state officer candidates concluded the assembly with their campaign skits!  After the assembly was over, we attended the state officer candidate campaign booths and danced!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday is known as our hands to service day!  After a yummy breakfast, everyone came together for the Hands to Service Assembly before breaking off to do separate service projects throughout Wake County.  About 350 youth packaged food in the Dorton Arena, another 50 made teddy bears for Victory Junction, and the remaining youth did outdoor work at UNC-TV.  Pender County 4-H helped make teddy bears for Victory Junction.

After the hands to service projects, several counties came together and we decided to take the youth on a tour of NCSU and eat lunch on Hillsborough Street and then stop by the campus bookstore and the creamery for ice cream!

That afternoon the state officer elections took place!  Following the state officer elections, youth went back to the dorms and got ready for the Red & Green Gala to celebrate the 125th birthday of NC State University and recognize the outgoing and incoming district and state officers.

2011-2012 State 4-H Officers

2012-2013 State 4-H Officers

Here are our county delegation formal photos prior to the Red & Green Gala:

Following the farewell dance, was the candlelighting ceremony that is a long standing tradition with NC 4-H held in the Dorton Arena.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

That brings us to the very last day of 4-H Congress…see I told you that it goes by FAST!  The last day consisted of the Hungry to Help Assembly, lunch, guest speakers, and a photo/video slideshow of the week!

The End 🙂

CPR and CAB…oh and AED!

Just a couple of the terms learned during the CPR course taken yesterday at the Rocky Point Volunteer EMS & Rescue Station.  There were seven 4-H members participating along with two 4-H club leaders and myself, the 4-H Agent!  As much as I am around youth, I thought it was a good idea to take it as well!  All of the youth from the Holly Shelter 4-H Club (shooting sports) were present along with their two club leaders as well as some members-at-large.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR was the primary skill taught during the course. Participants learned how to give CPR on adults, children, and infants.  The acronym, CAB was taught to help participants remember the steps to CPR:

  • Compression
  • Airway
  • Breathe

Participants practiced CPR skills on adult, child, and infant dummies to simulate what it would be like to give CPR in real life.

Participants learned to give 30 compressions per 2 breaths and in that order for 5 cycles, which equals 2 minutes.  After 2 minutes, you need to switch with someone else that knows CPR so you can rest and your compressions are effective.  We learned to give compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive and Another One Bites The Dust.  Those songs are easy to remember and help you maintain a rhythm that is needed to properly give CPR.  Another part of CPR, is using an automated external defibrillator or AED.  We learned that there are 48 AEDs located in Pender County alone.  An AED is an apparatus used to produce defibrillation by application of brief electroshock to the heart, directly or through electrodes placed on the chest wall and can be used by anyone as they are automated and easy to use.

This photo shows a child dummy along with an AED (yellow/black box).

In addition to learning CPR, participants also learned how to help an adult, child, or infant that is choking.  Choking is the number one reason that infants need CPR, and for adults it is health history according to our instructor.

All participants passed their skills test and are now certified to give CPR!  I would recommend this course to anyone, it is very basic and easy to learn, and who knows, you could save a life one day!

SE District Citizenship Academy

The Southeast District is hosting their own citizenship academy this summer on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Duplin County Cooperative Extension Center!

This academy will teach teens about different aspects of citizenship and local government. Participants will attend workshops and listen to guest speakers. They will also have a chance to voice their opinions about  issues in their area.

This event is for teens ages 14-18 and the cost is only $10!!! Transportation will be provided to and from the event.  There is a limit of 5 youth, so do not wait to register!  Please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent to register at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu or 910-259-1235!

Registration deadline is Friday, August 3, 2012.

“Time to go, time to know” Hunter Safety Course

“Time to go, time to know” was a quote said by NC Wildlife Officer, Doug Jones during the 2nd day of the Hunter Safety Course.  He told the participants if you have time to go hunting, you have time to know the regulations for hunting.

For the second year in a row, 4-H has partnered with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to offer a hunter safety course exclusively to 4-H youth as part of our summer program.  The course is free and provides 10 hours of instruction including firearm safety, ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.  The course is taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors.

This year, we had 10 youth participating in the course.  Of the 10 participants, 9 completed the course with a 70 or higher on their final exam.  It is the law that all first time license buyers have to take and pass the hunter safety course before they can buy a hunting license.  Youth do not have to have a hunting license until the age of 16.

Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased by over 50% during the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.

NC Wildlife Officer, Doug Jones demonstrating different gun actions.

NC Youth Beef Industry Tour

Check out this free opportunity for youth currently enrolled in high school (ages 14-19) or college (age up to 21).  The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, July 13, 2012!  The top 20 applicants will be selected will be selected for the tour and will be notified by July 15th.  The tour is held on August 5-8, 2012.

The North Carolina Youth Beef Industry Tour has been designed to help empower youth involved with the cattle business in the state to be leading advocates for the industry. The tour will allow youth to get a better understanding of the entire scope of the cattle industry in the state. With a more comprehensive understanding of all phases of the industry, these youth will not only be able to envision opportunities in the industry but will also be able to effectively explain the business to their sphere of influence.

Pender County 4-H Member, Tanner Gurganious was accepted to go on the tour, we are looking forward to seeing photos from his experience learning about the beef industry!