Brunswick County 4-H

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NC State Fair September 3, 2009

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NCSF2009banner300x600The North Carolina State Fair is fast approaching us and I wanted to outline some important events and activities that will be going on during this week as well as remind you of the entry deadlines.  The dates are October 15-25, 2009.  The State Fair theme is: “A Whole Lotta Happy”. You can find the NC State Fair Website here:

 All entry forms are due September 25, 2009 so please go online or look in your State Fair Catalog for the forms.  Late entries will not be accepted – pre-registration is required by this date.  Also –please note if you are bringing in items that you have registered: On page 225 you will find the dates all of the 4-H Items that can be brought. October 7-12 are the dates they will be open for delivery. It closes at 5:00 pm on the 12th.

We are pleased to announce a new category for this year to celebrate NC 4-H’s Centennial. We are offering a 4-H Cake Decorating Contest for our 4-H Youth. See page 230 of the handbook for this competition. 

The State Fair is partnering with us this year to help Celebrate our 100th Birthday. Please review the activities below:

  • -October 16 – Opening Ceremony. The State 4-H Officers will participate in the Opening Ceremonies for the State Fair on Friday morning.
  • -October 19 – Youth Celebration Day at the Fair. Please plan on wearing your 4-H Shirts and come to help us Celebrate 4-H. More information will be sent to outline specific events during this day. We are looking to take a picture of all 4-H’ers -past and present who are in attendance to gather late afternoon early evening for a picture near the Dorton Arena.  Details will be announced soon.

-We have asked if we can get one of our 4-H Youth to introduce the Performer for the evening show. Jamey Johnson will be performing that evening.

-We have also worked with Farm Bureau and they have placed the 4-H Clover along with their Farm Bureau Logo on all of the trash can liners that wrap each trash can at the fair. So you will see the clover all over! We will also have the 4-H Banner that is on the NCDA&CS Food Distribution Trucks that was done 2 years ago on display with the 4-H Clover.

-We will also be featuring a 4-H PSA during the entire week of the fair. It will be broadcast over the Fair Sound System all during the week.

-Campfire Delight – the 4-H Ice Cream will also be sold all during the week.

-4-H Exhibits, crafts and cakes will be on display all week in the Educational Building.

Shannon B. McCollum
Extension 4-H Associate
Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
CALS, NC State University Box 7606 NCSU Raleigh, NC 27695-7606


Get Ready For County Activity Day May 12, 2009

Want a test run before competing in District Activity Day?  County Activity Day will be held on June 1st from 5pm-6pm at the Cooperative Extension Office.   It”s an opportunity for you to give your presentation in front of a small audience & get some tips before the big day at District competition. You must sign up by May 28th. Presentations should be between 5-12 minutes long.  For ideas on topics, click on the Categories link below, but remember that if your topic does not fit into any category you can compete in the Open Class.  Don’t forget you will receive a $20 4-H Scholarship for competing at District Activity Day!

For more information check out: 

County Activity Day Flyer

Presentations Fact Sheet

Presentation Categories



4-H Entertains 2009 & 100 “Green” Foods Drive March 31, 2009

This year’s 4-H Entertains Talent Show was full of youthful talent and enthusiasm. The judges had an extremely hard time picking the best out of a field of sixteen “super stars”. Winners were Joshua and Mary Ellen playing a mandolin and violin duet. Also winning this year were Bryan and Justin as they “jammed” on the keyboard and drums. Alternate this year is Sammi who sang.  The two acts will advance to District Activity Day.  All the acts were great including singers, Katie and Alexis; clarinet duo, Hayley and Savanna ; a piano medley by Carlyn; dancers, Sammi and Janzen; jump-roping Bobbi Jane and cheerleaders, Amber and Rosie. Also, thanks to our judges; Susan Morgan, Jill Puckett & Nicole Mitchell, from the Extension Office.

Bryan on the Keyboard

Bryan on the Keyboard

Sammi Sings

Sammi Sings

Katie Sings "I Like It, I Love It"

Katie Sings "I Like It, I Love It"

Carlyn on the Keyboard

Carlyn on the Keyboard

Joshua and Mary Ellen Advance to District Activity Day.

Joshua and Mary Ellen Advance to District Activity Day.

100 “Green” Foods Drive
It was not hard to collect 100 food items for this project. Actually 148 items were turned in and the winning club was Silver Spurs with 59 items. The Silver Spurs will receive a pizza party at one of their 4-H meetings.  There were a lot of contributions from the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association and the office. Donors were very creative in finding “green” food! Favorites include; green salad dressing and green (pistachio) pudding. At the talent show, the collection was presented to Lock Newlin, a representative from Brunswick Family Assistance for distribution to families in need.
Brunswick County 4-H Presents 148 "Green" Foods for the NC 4-H Centennial

Brunswick County 4-H Presents 148 "Green" Foods for the NC 4-H Centennial


100 “Green” Food Drive March 12, 2009

In honor of the North Carolina 4-H Centennial, Brunswick County 4-H is sponsoring a “Green” Food Drive. The goal is to donate 100 non-perishable items (all green for 4-H) to commemorate 100 years of 4-H. The Drive began on March 1st and will continue until March 30th during the 4-H Talent Show. The club that donates the most food items will receive a pizza party at their next club meeting, sponsored by the 4-H office. Individuals can also make donations. Food items can be dropped off at the Cooperative Extension Office at the government complex, Building N. Nearly 50 items have been donated already, but we need your help to reach our goal! The green items will be donated to the Brunswick County Family Assistance Program.


4-H Centennial Ice Cream Flavor Winner March 5, 2009

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ice-creamNorth Carolina 4-H is excited to announce the winning flavor in our North Carolina 4-H Centennial Ice Cream Cone test!! With over 62 applicants, and over 2,300 votes, it came down to the top three counties. Last week we held the final taste test….judges included Larry Stogner, news anchor from WTVD-11, Andrea Weigl, food editor from the News and Observer, Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Jon Ort and other supporters representing all facets of 4-H.


The winning flavor is *drumroll please*   4-H Campfire Delight, submitted by Tyrrell County!!  The flavor is one that Creamery director Gary Cartwright found very original…never before has the Creamery tried a graham cracker flavored base, and it does not disappoint! Tyrrell County selected a graham cracker flavored ice cream with chocolate chunks and a marshmallow swirl, and it was an overwhelming winner!


Check out this article about the cone-test in this week’s NC State Bulletin.



Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to Tyrrell County!



Sarah A. Ray

Director of Development for Extension Programs NC 4-H Development Fund NC Cooperative Extension Service Foundation NC Landscapes of Opportunity Foundation NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences NC State Box 7645 Raleigh, NC 27695-7645

919.515.9263 (direct)


Ice Cream Cone-test Top Three Flavors December 16, 2008

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ice cream

With over 2,300 total votes, the 4-H Centennial Ice Cream Cone-test was an enormous success!! The votes have been tallied, and the Cone-test Committee would like to congratulate the Top Three Counties!!

(In Alphabetical Order)
Gates – Clover Crunch: Chocolate Ice Cream with Caramel Crunch Pieces and Butterscotch Swirl
Johnston – 100 S’More Years: Chocolate Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pieces and Marshmallow Cream Swirl
Tyrrell – 4-H Campfire Delight: Graham Cracker Ice Cream with Hershey Bar Chunks and Marshmallow Cream Swirl

The NC State Creamery is hard at work ordering all the ingredients for our Official Taste Test in January. Winning counties will be invited to send a representative to the taste test press conference we are planning with the Chancellor, Dean, Director and Tasting Committee.

We are still planning for a March launch of the ice cream….get your spoons ready!!!


National 4-H Week September 25, 2008

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October 5th-11th is National 4-H Week! 

Monday, October 6, 2008

Brunswick County Commissioners proclaim this week as Brunswick County 4-H Week.    If you would like to attend this meeting please meet at the 4-H Office at 6:30 for the 7:00PM Commissioners Meeting.  Sign up by October 1.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

“Walk for the Clover” – Come help us host, as County Employees walk the Brunswick County Government Complex Fitness trail from 11:00AM 3:00PM and earn a 4-H cup.  Also, we are baking and selling home-made 4-H Dog Treats.   Come and help us in the kitchen at 9:00AM.  Call the office to sign up by October 1.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

“Reading Makes the Best Better“4-H’ers will take time to read to local kindergarten classes.   4-H’ers need to sign up in advance and be at the 4-H office at 8:30AM.    Plans are for the Readers to read from 9:00am until 11:00am, we will give them a quick lunch and they can return to their own classes.  They will be transported to Bolivia Elementary School to read to the kindergarteners.   Arrangements may be made at other schools, depending on how many volunteers are available in the different sections of the county. 

Readers must be 12 or older.  Call to sign up before October 1.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

“Dancing and a Movie in the Garden” To top off the celebration week, we are planning on Dance Lessons in the Garden followed by a movie.  Events start at 4PM and end at 8PM.  Make your reservations for Family Night by calling the office by October 1.  We will start with shagging lessons with Charlie Spencer and learn line dancing with Leslie.  After dancing, we will have pizza, and then enjoy the Movie with popcorn.  The evening will cost $2.00 per person or $5.00 for the whole family.  Movie choices are “Remember the Titans”, “Finding Nemo”, “Homeward Bound” or “Happy Feet”.  Vote for your movie choice by when making reservations.

 Brunswick County 4-H'ers at Pony Express July 2008

Also to help celebrate National 4-H Week…

– Enter the “Color Me Green” 4-H Outline Drawing Contest.  Check out our website for an application.





– Send us your favorite 4-H story or photo

– Write a few sentences or even paragraphs entitled “What 4-H means to me” 


Stories, photos, & entries will run in the newspapers during National 4-H Week


All entries must be submitted to the Brunswick County 4-H office by October 1st. 

The “Color Me Green” contest has district and state level awards, and the top three picked story or writing will receive 4-H bucks to use at future 4-H events.  1st place-$15, 2nd place-$10, and 3rd place-$5

For the adults, “If you were a 4-H member as a kid or want to write about your volunteer experiences, please feel free to submit entries for the newspaper on “What 4-H means to me” or send us your favorite 4-H story or photo.