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Sussex County 4-H Foundation Annual Wreath Sale

wreathIt may seem too early to be thinking of holiday wreaths, but that time is quickly approaching, but the Sussex County 4-H Foundation Annual Wreath Sale is currently underway.  The sale of these wreaths benefit  Sussex County 4-Hers though the following ways.

4-H Foundation Scholarship
Last year the Foundation awarded 19 scholarships. The cost for these exceeded profits from the wreath sale. In order to continue the current level of funding for scholarships ($500), clubs need to participate in the sale.

Participation in National 4-H Events
A number of our 4-H members have qualified to participate or compete in national 4-H events. Funding from the Foundation helps members offset some participation costs.
Additionally, those clubs that sell wreaths receive $1 for each 12” wreath (decorated or un-decorated) and $5 for each 36” wreath sold.

If you are interested in purchasing a wreath you can though a 4-H club you know or the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.
Many thanks to you and  4-H club members participating in this year’s wreath sale to helping to raise funds to support the growth and education of our members!

Friday, November 17 will be the last day wreath order forms will be accepted at the 4-H Office.
Order can be:
Fax: 973-948-5582
or mail to
c/o Sussex County 4-H Foundation
1 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860

More information and order forms can be found at link below:

Club’s Wreath pickup will be Saturday, November 21 from 9-11 at the 4-H Shotwell Building, and clubs will distribute purchased wreaths shortly there after.

Sussex County 4-Hers place high at State Dairy Judging event.

Congratulations to the our Sussex County 4-H members who participated in the State Dairy Judging contest on Saturday April 18, 2015.

In the Senior Class Will Sytsema, of the Wantage Hustlers, took 1st place, Laine Southway, of the Sussex County Milkmakers, took 3rd, and Henry Kuperus, also of the Wantage Hustlers, took 4th.

These winner now have the opportunity to put together a team, along with the 2nd place contestant, to represent state of NJ at either the North American International Livestock Exhibition 4-H Dairy Judging contest in November being held in Louisville, KY or the National 4-H Dairy Judging contest in October being held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Congratulations to our Sussex County 4-H’ers on their accomplishments!

Holiday Charity

The holiday season is a very difficult time for many family’s, especially single parents. This year I have a family in mind that is facing some very very hard times. Her husband has up and left leaving her to care for her two young children all on her own. She is now a single mother living off a part time salary. She is now facing the possibility of losing her house during the holiday season. I am asking my 4-H family to help this need family out. I have made this request in the past and 4-H clubs really stepped up to the plate and donated over $500 dollars in toys and gift cards for a need family in the area. I am hoping we can do this again. This time I am not asking for toys but rather gift cards for clothing and food. Just this past week this single mother had to beg and borrow money from her co-workers to purchase herself and her kids new winter coats. This should never have to happen. Any donation big or small will really go a LONG LONG way. We may not be able to help her keep her house but it would be terrific if for the first time in several years maybe we can make this and enjoyable stress free holiday season for this family.

Thank you for your support.

For more information or to donate, contact Melissa Fox,

4-H Fun Day at New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show

NJ State Fair LogoThursday, August 7th from 6-9:30 in the tent behind the Conservatory

The Ag Division of the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show will be hosting an event during this year’s fair to acknowledge and thank 4-H members for their contributions to the fair.
Plans will include grilled hot dogs, a disc jockey, and a dunk tank. This will take place under a tent set up behind the Conservancy. The event will be open to all 4-H members at the fair at no cost.
Please join us for food and fun!

We need a little help…

  • Can you provide a grill and grill-er?
  • Are you willing to take a plunge in the Dunk tank?

If you can help, please use this link to sign-up online.


2014 Woofminster Dog Show at Somerset County 4-H

dogs being shown by youth
4-H members show their dogs at Woofminster

Somerset County 4-H is hosting its annual Woofminster Dog Show on Saturday, February 22.

It will be held at:
Somerset County 4-H Center
(Ted Blum 4-H Center)
310 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

The event is open to 4-H members of all ages and levels of experience.

To download a packet with more information, including registration information, click here

Registration Forms are due by February 15, 2014

Space is limited to 100 dogs.

No registrations will be accepted the day of the show.

Any questions please e-mail Woof Leader, Dawn Clerico at


2014 Rabbit Showmanship and Skill-a-thon Workshop

rabbit illustrationThe Sussex 4-H Rabbit and Small Animal program will be holding a workshop to assist 4-H members in preparing for Showmanship and Skill-a-thon events (to be held in March). Leaders will be on hand to provide hands-on instruction to youth. If you are new to showing rabbits/small animals, need help or just want to learn more, this is a great opportunity.

  • What: Skill-a-thon and Showmanship Workshop
  • When: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 12:00-3:00 pm
  • Where: 4-H Shotwell Building, Sussex County Fairgrounds

If you would like to attend the workshop, please download and complete the registration form.

Registrations are due January 25, 2014

Registration forms may be:

  • Dropped off at the 4-H Office (129 Morris Tpk)
  • Given to your club’s leader
  • Emailed to Sharon Kouba (

Any questions, please contact Cathy Kratzsch,


Giving a Real Gift

PrntChld_NatureA large toy retailer recently began airing a commercial where a group of school children board a bus for a field trip to a nature park. Along the way the guide relieves the children’s boredom by revealing they will instead be going to a large toy store where they may pick out any toy they would like.

Now the toy retailer doesn’t hate Nature, or field trips for that matter. Their message is that if you want to be a hero to your children, turn them loose in a large toy store and buy them what they want. In much the same way, fast food restaurants promise busy parents hero-dom if they will only purchase their children “fun” meals.

Surely every child enjoys a toy. And a fast food meal now and again is a necessity for on-the-go families. But both solutions are quick fixes. They momentarily satisfy a desire but do little to feed larger, more essential needs.

Parents who continually feed their children fast food expose them to health risks such as obesity. Likewise, indulging youth with toys and gadgetry confines them to a solitary, artificial and ultimately unfulfilling environment.

Just as we need regular meals to balance our diets, youth need to share meaningful experiences with others to balance their lives. These can take place in environments that contribute to long term growth and development. They may be guided by caring, interested adults.

Returning to the TV spot, what if the fictional field trip had gone to one of the many natural areas in our region? And the kids on the bus had been given the opportunity to see majestic forests or spectacular water falls. Wouldn’t this experience, connecting youth to the natural world, be more enduring and beneficial than a trip to a toy store?

Research tells us we remember and value experiences over material possessions. We are happier when we invest in experiences rather than “toys”. These experiences can connect youth ( and all of us) to a larger, more interesting and ultimately real world.

Children should receive their share of toys this holiday season, but if you really want to make a difference in a child’s life, make a commitment to spend time and give them an experience that will stay with them. This could be as simple as taking a hike along a local trail instead of walking the aisles of a toy store.