I would like to introduce the 2017 Fairfax 4-H Fair King & Queen, Daniel Wisdom and Aurora Mumford. Below are the statements from each about their 4-H Experience and why they wanted to be King/Queen.
Fairfax County’s new 4-H Extension Agent, Krystal Williams, hosted a community dialog with youth and adults to make plans for the 69th annual 4-H Fair in Fairfax County. For years, the fair has been a critical part of the 4-H program to showcase their outstanding achievements of youth participants. It is a time where clubs interact with the public, and other counties to educate the public about various 4-H programs. The main focus of the dialog was to work out ideas and solutions for the event to better reach out to the community and increase participation.
“We had a lot of great ideas,” Williams noted. “One idea was to consolidate all the smaller booths we have been using in the past and try and make one large information booth that explains what 4-H is, and all about their various clubs. Another great idea was a more hands-on horse demonstration instead of their usual horse show. This gives the public the opportunity to understand and learn more about the process of making a horse show, and thus increase interest in the subject overall.”
They are still holding their usual intercounty club competitions and the Fair King and Queen competition. But the inclusion of the hands on horse demonstration, along with their usual petting zoos and farm animals, helps to demonstrate what it means to be a 4-H member.
4-H is a youth-based organization headed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office. The program offers a number of experiences that can appeal to individuals of all ages and interests – from technology/robotics and shooting sports to animal care and environmental stewardship. The biggest example of their showcasing is the competition they have between other 4-H counties, which in turn give youth the chance to meet new people and make new friends.
“Our hope is to provide an educational experience for all the 4-H members,” Williams said. “I want people to get excited for the fair, and to leave with a positive experience and even an interest in pursuing their own experience with a 4-H club.”
If you or your child are interested in attending the fair contact Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the event on this website which includes the opening and closing times of the fair for each day. The grand opening event will be Saturday, August 5 at 10:00am.
Fairfax City 4-H Community Club would like to invite everyone out to the 275th Birthday of Fairfax County on June 17th from 10AM - 4PM.
The Fairfax City 4-H Community Club will have a booth set up and will be helping attendees plant sunflower seeds to take home. Make sure you come out to celebrate the festivities and stop by our 4-H booth!
Pictures are by Beckha Drake Photography.
On a cold, dreary Saturday at Hidden Pond, Salamander Savers made preparations for Salamander Saturday, a public event that focuses on educating the community about salamanders and the environment. Despite the stormy weather, almost forty people attended Salamander Saturday. For our younger guests, we created numerous salamander related games, such as Salamander Mazes and Where do Salamanders Live. We also constructed a number of display boards that contained information about salamanders and the environment. Some of our posters included: Salamanders that Live in Fairfax, What You Can Do to Reduce Pollution, Salamander Life Cycle, Facts about Salamanders, and Wriggling Worms and Slippery Salamanders. Despite the many fantastic display boards we presented at Salamander Saturday, the crown jewel of this event were our two, slimy guests: a marbled salamander and a spotted salamander. These two amphibians enjoyed this rather wet Salamander Saturday and got to meet Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, a member of the Virginia General Assembly. During her stay, Eileen agreed to help Salamander Savers in advocating for the Shenandoah Salamander as the state amphibian of Virginia, a group project that was started last January. Even though the weather was dreary, Salamander Saturday was a great success for our group, and we look forward to nominating the Shenandoah Salamander as the state amphibian of Virginia..
~ Gabriel Kim & Jonah Kim
We will be having an open house to meet the new 4-H Agent, Krystal Williams, on Monday, April 24, from 4PM to 6:30PM at the Pennino Building on the 10th floor. All 4-H members and adult volunteers are invited to come participate! There will be games, snacks and drinks provided.
Krystal Williams is a lifelong 4-H Member, starting 4-H when she was 5 years old in the Cloverbud Program in Campbell County, Wyoming. Through her 4-H career, Krystal showed every species of animals, excluding chickens and goats; and participated in an array of projects including, but not limited to, Shooting Sports, Leathercraft, Photography, Food & Nutrition, Clothing & Textiles, and much more.
Krystal graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science Production and an Associate in Biology Education. While in college, Krystal was a team member on the UW Livestock Judging team for 2 years, a member and President of ATA, a member in the Collegiate 4-H Club, and a member in the Collegiate FFA Chapter.
Krystal has been a summer 4-H Intern for two County Offices in Wyoming, one County Office in Virginia, and a yearlong intern for the Wyoming Extension Office. After graduating college, Krystal took a 4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent position with Texas A&M in a County Office in Northeast Texas, where she worked for the last 2 years.
Outside of work, Krystal enjoys spending time outside, either playing on the lake, running with her two dogs, horseback riding, hiking new areas, and spending time with her husband, 4-year old stepdaughter and friends.
The Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival is fast approaching, and we have good news everyone!
The 4-H Fair catalog is FINALLY available! Thank you for your patience on this publication.
The catalog is found here: http://fairfax4h.weebly.com/fairfax-county-4-h-fair.html
And you can register exhibits here: https://www.blueribbonfair.com/BRFair…/BlueRibbonStart.aspx…
Entries must be turned in at the 4-H Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA on Thursday, August 4 OR Friday, August 5 between 3-6 PM. If you have any questions, email email@example.com #Fairfax4HFair
Nominations and Submissions are now being accepted for the fair contests!
All entries for both contests are due June 24!
Firstly, our fair court nominations – Senior 4-H’ers are eligible to run for fair king or queen! If you are 14 or older as of September 30, 2016, you are eligible to run! Visit the following link to submit a nomination: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5jtWX7foQPzwxBH
Second, our Fair t-shirt/program cover Design contest! We are looking for submissions from our very own wonderful pool of 4-H artists! The fair does not have a theme, but national 4-H council has the “4-H Grows Here” and “4-H Grow True Leaders” campaigns if you would like to use them as inspiration. Visit the following to submit a design: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1OjjGaAWbX5gNet
Designs are only for one side of a t-shirt
Designs will be printed in one color
This is the 68th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival. The words and the year, 2016,must be in the design somewhere in some fashion.
All entries for both contests are due June 24. After that date, entries will be sent out via another survey where voting will take place. The voting period will be from the time the survey is sent out, until 11:59 pm on July 8.
I am pleased to announce that registration for the 2016 Embryology School Enrichment Program is now open!
On our Embryology Page, you will find the program letter and description with more information about the embryology school enrichment program. This program is open to all working with youth aged 5-19 – schools, youth groups, families, clubs, etc. All are welcome! Please feel free to share with colleagues and other interested groups.
A 4-H School Enrichment Project is a cooperative effort between schools and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth development program. Students participate in research-based 4-H projects designed by Extension Specialists to enhance classroom learning. The projects are taught by teachers and consist of at least six hours of learning experiences. 4-H School Enrichment is one of several 4-H opportunities available to your students who can get further involved in 4-H!
Dates for this year’s program are as follows:
April 4 - Training, 4-5 PM, Extension Office
April 8 @ 11:59 PM - Registration Deadline
April 25 - Egg pick-up, 2- 6 PM, Extension Office
May 20 - Chick Drop-Off, 2-6 PM, Extension Office
Please note the training is before the registration deadline.
This year’s program is being offered later in the year due to Fairfax County Public School’s spring break and end of third-quarter dates being too close together for the program to occur before the end of the third grading period.
Incubators are not provided by the extension office, so you need to make arrangements to secure an incubator for this project.
Register now by visiting: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0xOriDhHEXAxvLL
The registration deadline is April 8.
More information about the program can be found on the Embryology Page of our website
Camper/CIT registration for 4-H Camp 2016 is now open!
Visit the camp page for more information and to download the application!
Dates: July 3-7, 2016
What the cost covers: 5 days and 4 nights of camp out at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, meals, lodging, class supplies, t-shirt, and transportation back home FROM the 4-H center on Thursday, July 7 to a central location in the FAA area. We are NOT providing transportation to the 4-H center on Sunday, July 3.
Registration Closes: Either when all spots are filled, or April 29, 2016 - whichever comes first.
2016 4-H Contest Day is a day to show off your public speaking skills! Contestants prepare speeches and presentations on any topic they like, and showing off garments they created and prepared, and receive feedback from judges. Each participant will be scored and receive a ribbon based on their score. This is a supportive, low stress competition which allows 4-H'ers to shine!
This event will be held April 16, 2016! It will take place on the 10th floor of the Pennino Building of the Fairfax County Government Center located at 12011 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035. The event will run from 9 am - 12 noon. For more information on the different competitions being offered, visit: http://fairfax4h.weebly.com/contest-day.html
Due to facilities, the competitions being held this year are: Public Speaking, Presentations/Demonstrations, and Fashion Revue (both constructed and purchased garment).
To register for the 2016 Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria Area 4-H Contest Day, use the following link:
Registration closes April 8, 2016.