Category Archives: Upcoming Events

posts on upcoming 4-H events for Sussex County 4-H members

2014 4-H Wreath Sale Fundraiser

graphic of holiday wreathIt may seem too early to be thinking of holiday wreaths, but that time is quickly approaching.
We would appreciate the participation of 4-H clubs and members in the Annual Wreath Sale. This will be the only fundraiser conducted by the 4-H Foundation this year.

Funds support…

4-H Foundation Scholarship

Last year the Foundation awarded 18 scholarships. The cost for these exceeded profits from the wreath sale. In order to continue the current level of funding for scholarships ($500), it’s important the 4-H community supports this sale.

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 the costs to participate in these events.

Additionally, participating 4-H clubs will receive $1 for each 12” wreath (decorated or undecorated) and $5 for each 36” wreath sold. The more you sell the more money each club earns.

Thanks  for participating in this year’s wreath sale and helping to raise funds to support the growth and education of our members!

Wreath order forms to due at the 4-H Office by Friday, November 14.

Wreath pickup will be Saturday, November 22 from 9-11 at the Shotwell Building.

To download sales materials, visit the 4-H Wreath Sales page

2014 Newton Holiday Parade

Sussex County 4-H Clubs are invited to participate in the Town of Newton’s Annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce.

The theme for this year’s parade will be Christmas through the Ages, Celebrating Newton’s 150th Anniversary.
Awards will be given for the floats and/or group who best depict the theme. Please be advised that floats must arrive by 8:30 AM.

All floats will enter Lower Spring Street via Diller Ave. Judging will take place before the parade so that as participants reach the reviewing stand we can announce the winners. If your float is not in place by the 8:30 AM deadline it will not be judged.
All marchers should arrive between 8:30 and 9:30 AM at the Lower Spring Street staging area. Lower Spring Street will be open for you to drop marchers off but you will not be allowed to park vehicles there. Be advised that the staging area will be blocked off to all vehicular traffic.
Further information about where you can park will be sent after you have registered to march in the parade.
Musical groups, floats, animals and vehicles such as antique cars are welcome to participate. If you are interested in building a float there are several supply and informational sites available on the web.
If you or your group wishes to join in the festivities, please fill out the enclosed form and return it by November 15, 2014

For a registration form, click here.

NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador Competition

Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador
Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador

The NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador competition is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 2. Each year the Agricultural Division of the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show sends a nominee to participate in the competition. Last year, our representative, Kayla Vaughan, was the winner and became the NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The Ag Ambassadors are expected to attend the NJ Agriculture Convention in February to represent their respective Fair.

In order to compete, the representative must be a single male or female between 16-21 years of age, and will be required to submit an application, resume and essay and will need to give a short speech at the competition. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agriculture and its agricultural fairs.

Joan Smith, President of the Ag Division of the Fair, will be accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to be the Ambassador for the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

If you are interested in representing the NJSF/SCFHS at NJ Ag Convention, please send a letter by email to Mrs. Smith at

In the letter please detail the reasons why you would be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County and our Fair.

The deadline for the letter is September 25.

The Ag Division officers will review the letters and choose a representative.

Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company–Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply Company logoThe fall 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) will take place from October 8-19th. This event marks the 4th year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4 H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

The spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place October 8-19th. Shoppers at the Sussex store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Sussex County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H activities in Sussex County.

In just four years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $3.3 million to 4-H across the country. All proceeds raised directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent of funds being returned to state and local 4-H programs. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events that youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.

“Our Paper Clover efforts are one of the key ways our stores can give back to the community,” said John Wendler, senior vice president of Marketing for Tractor Supply Company. “By providing essential funding for hundreds of thousands of 4-H young people, we are able to support local organizations that are important to both our customer and our Team Members. We’re proud to help improve the many communities in which we have stores through our partnership with 4-H.That is what Tractor Supply is all about.”

Once again, funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and by store. Visit, for more information on the fall 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign and to view the donation tracker.

Halloween Happenings 2014

Abby, Johan, Shana, Chris at HH 2008Sussex County 4-H will host Halloween Happenings! at the Lindley G Cook 4-H Camp on Saturday, October 25th from 5-8 pm. Halloween Happenings! is a family fun event that will feature activities such as

  • face painting,
  • cider pressing,
  • trick-or-treat trail,
  • child friendly haunted hay rides,
  • pumpkin painting,

There is no charge for this event! (Donations are appreciated)
The 4-H camp is located at 100 Struble Road in Branchville (near the main entrance to Stokes State Forest, off of Route 206).

For more information and directions, please contact:
Michelle Teitsma or Dave Foord
at the 4-H office, 973-948-3040.

2014 4-H Open House

The annual 4-H Open House is scheduled for Friday, September 5 at the Shotwell Building from 7-9 pm. All who request 4-H information during the fair are invited to the Open House. If you have friends interested in learning more about 4-H, please invite them to the Open House. Flyers will be available during the fair at the 4-H information table.

Sussex County 4-H clubs are invited to share information and recruit new members by hosting a table at the Open House.

Sussex County 4-H clubs may also sign-up for the 2014 Open House online by clicking here.

Contact the 4-H Office with questions 973-948-3040

2014 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

2012 4-H Award WinnersThe 2014 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Baleville Church. Registered 4-H volunteers, as well as unregistered volunteers who have assisted the program throughout the year are invited to attend. During the dinner all volunteers will be acknowledged for their years of service to the program. Some volunteers will be recognized for special anniversaries with 4-H (1,3,5,10, 15 20 years, etc.)

Special awards will be presented to the 2014 Friend, Alumni, Youth Development, Business award winners.

Hard copy invitations have been sent via regular mail, however volunteers may RSVP (or register to attend) by clicking here to sign-up.

Volunteers are invited to attend at no cost. Guests may attend for the cost of the meal ($14/ea., this includes a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert). You must register in advance to attend.

Please contact the 4-H Office with questions, 973-948-3040



4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology & Poultry Project Educational Symposium

NJ 4-H rabbit, small animal, etc. logoThe 4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology & Poultry Project Educational Symposium will be held on Saturday, February, 28, 2015 from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Gloucester County of Government Services in Clayton, NJ.

This event is open to 4-H members (grades 4-13), 4-H volunteers and parents involved in the 4-H rabbit, cavy, small animal, herpetology and poultry project areas.

Activities Scheduled

  • 4-H Rabbit Hopping Contest
  • 4-H Avian Bowl
  • 4-H Poultry & Rabbit Showmanship Workshops
  • Reptile Workshop
  • 4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology & Poultry Project Art Show
  • 4-H Small Animal Skill-a-Thon
  • Animalology Quiz Bowl

Registration materials available in December 2014.

For more information, contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H Small Animal Project Advisory Council Liaison at 856-459-1900 ext. 4522 or

Discover the Leader in You! Regional Youth Conference

Discover the Leader in You!

4-H members in grades 6-7 are invited to attend this leadership conference. You will have fun, meet new friends and develop leadership and personal development skills that you can utilize at home, in school, in your 4-H club, and in your community.

Regional Conference

 Dates & Locations

 South – March 14, 2015

10:00 AM-3:30 PM

Gloucester County 4-H Office, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton

 North – March 21, 2015

10:00 AM-3:30 PM

Former Agricultural Museum of New Jersey, 103 College Farm Road,

G.H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick


$30.00 (includes snacks, lunch, and supplies)


Registration materials will be available in December 2014.
Contact your County 4-H Office for more information or

Jeannette Rea-Keywood:
856-459-1900 ext. 4522

2015 National 4-H Conference

The 2015 National 4-H Conference will be held April 11-16 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Known as the “Secretary’s Conference,” National 4-H Conference is the premier youth development opportunity to engage youth assisting in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. The purpose of this working conference is to solicit input from a diverse cross-section of the Cooperative Extension System to strengthen and expand the 4-H Youth Development Program at local, state and national levels. The conference is administered by 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture.

Approximately 300 youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces are expected to attend. New Jersey will be sending a delegation of six teen 4-H members and two adult chaperones. Teens must be in the 10-12 grades as of September 2014 in order to participate in the 2015 event. 4-H members interested in attending must work well in groups, have good communication skills and be leaders. They should also be interested in making a change in their community and be willing to work on a project upon their return.

Interested 4-H members must complete an application form available from the county 4-H office or on-line at
All applications are due to the county 4-H office by October 1, 2014.

Group and individual interviews will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Cook-Douglas Campus, Rutgers University.

For more information on the 4-H National Conference, visit their website here.