National 4-H Week: Can Food/Coupon Drive

National 4-H Week will be happening during October 7-13th!!!!!  Pender County 4-H will be conducting a county-wide community service project collecting can food and grocery coupons as part of the state-wide initiative, Hungry to Help!

Can food items and grocery coupons can be dropped off from Monday-Friday during National 4-H Week at 801 S. Walker St. Burgaw, NC.  Please help support his great cause!! The can food donations will be given to a local food bank and the grocery coupons will go to Operation Expiration for military families in need.

For further question please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at 910-259-1235 or


2012 NC 4-H Shooting Sports State Tournament

The NC 4-H Shooting Sports State Tournament was held on September 22-23, 2012 at Millstone 4-H Camp Center in Ellerbe, NC.  Competing in the tournament were Holly Shelter 4-H Club members: Trevor Dickinson, Sid Collins IV, Kollson Fallin, and Patricia Whalen.  The Holly Shelter 4-H Club is a shooting sports club based out of Hampstead, NC that focuses on educating youth about rifles, shotguns, muzzleloading, archery, orienteering, firearm safety, and more!  During the tournament, 4-H youth from all across NC compete in different disciplines such as: shotgun, rifle, muzzleloading, and archery.  The following photos are from the tournament:


Kollson, Trevor, and Sid waiting for the tournament to start!

Getting ready to shoot clay targets!

Shooting at clay targets.

Muzzleloading Target

Trevor shooting a muzzleloader with Club Co-Leader, Lou Stangasser.

Kollson and Trevor during archery.

Rifle Range

Kollson shooting his rifle in the laying down position.

From left to right: Club Leader, Joe Noble, Patricia Whalen, Sid Collins IV, Kollson Fallin, Trevor Dickinson, and Club Co-Leader, Lou Stangasser


The 4-H Target Sports Program is a youth development education program, which uses a prevention education model that strongly emphasizes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership. It uses skills and disciplines of safe shooting and conservation to assist young people and their leaders in attaining knowledge and developing essential life skills.

Cape Fear Fair & Expo 4-H Goat Show & Clinic

The goat show is currently full!  All entries received now will be put on a waiting list and notified if a spot becomes available.

The Cape Fear Fair & Expo 4-H Goat Show and Clinic (Formerly the Pender County 4-H Goat Show) will be held on October 27, 2012 at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo in Wilmington along with the 4-H Rabbit Show and Skillathon!  Registration will begin at 2:30pm with the clinic and show to follow at 3:00pm.  No goat showing experience is necessary!  Just come as you are and goats will be supplied for you to show!  The cost is FREE, thanks to our sponsors, Farm Bureau and Farm Credit of Pender County.  All participants will receive a goody bag and event t-shirt!  All participants will WIN an award and have their photo taken at the goat show!  There will even be an optional costume class you can enter!  Youth have to be ages 5-18 as of January 1, 2012 to participate!

Please see the flyer and registration form for more information:

2012 Goat Show Flyer & Registration Form

*Registration is due by Friday, October 12, 2012*

Buddies Visit Board of Elections

Mr. Dennis Boyles, Director of the Pender County Board of Elections gave the members of the Buddies 4-H Club a tour of the Elections office on September 19, 2012 and told the members about voting.  This trip to the Board of Elections office was the Buddies 4-H Club’s monthly meeting for September!  The members of this club are mainly 5-8 year old youth with a few in the 9-10 year old range.

Mr. Boyles gives out sample ballots for the Presidental Election in November.
Wyatt Potter, Cole Potter and Lillie Hansen look at the sample ballot.
Mr. Boyles shows the Buddies 4-H Club a voting machine.
Lillie Hansen and Emily Wittenrich listen to how votes are counted in an election.

2012 4-H Summer Survey

Please take 5-10 minutes out of your time to fill out this important survey about the 2012 4-H summer program in Pender County.  This survey was designed to be taken by parents, volunteers, and youth- even if you did not participate with 4-H this summer!  The results from this survey will help make the best better in Pender County 4-H!  Thank you!

Link to Survey:

Barking Buddies 4-H Dog Club

The Barking Buddies 4-H Club is the newest special interest community club based out of Burgaw, NC.  The Barking Buddies 4-H Club is open to all youth ages 5-18 interested in learning about dogs, leadership, and more!  The club currently meets once a month and will start meeting twice a month in 2013.  The majority of the club meetings will be held at the Agriculture Building in Burgaw, NC (801 S. Walker St.).

The club aims to educate youth about the responsibility, care, grooming, and health of dogs.  Also, youth will learn how to work positively as a team and do project record books/presentations while learning valuable life skills such as record-keeping and public speaking!

*This club is currently accepting new members!*

The next club meeting will be on September 18, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Ag. Building Auditorium!

Photos from “Running with the Pack”

Here are some photos of Aidan Shepard, Pender County 4-H’er and the other 4-H youth from across NC that ran with the pack this past Saturday, September 15th during the NC State football game!

Aidan is located on the front row, 3rd from the left!

The 4-H youth with NC State’s live mascot, “Tuffy.”

Aidan is on the far right in this photo!

From the photos, it looks like all the 4-H youth had a wonderful time running on the football field!!!!!  Thank you to North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives – Touchstone Energy and NC 4-H for making this opportunity possible!