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Hands On Learning to Change to: Nature’s Kids!

Natures Kids_compositeLast year Hands on Learning voted to change its name to Nature’s Kids to fit the changing of the club. Outdoor activities, Nature and conservation is now the basis of the club.
This summer the club has been very active. They have done kayaking, archery, fishing, went to a firefly presentation, and on a nature hike. They also made care packages for the Appalachian Trail hikers and tie-dyed t-shirts. The club also participated in the Opening Ceremonies for this year’s fair, entered crafts and photos and participated at the 4-H Fun Day the fair. Lastly we collected ice pops (the liquid ones in plastic) and sent them to the USO in Afghanistan. One of our leaders, Matthew,  is currently deployed there.
Nature’s Kids is fortunate to have the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge as well as High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest in their backyard so many future activities will be held there. Some of these will include:

  • weather proofing the benches at one of the trails
  • taking more hikes
  • doing a roadside cleanup
  • making crafts
  • visiting a nursing home
  • building birdhouses and more!

New members are welcome!

Events in the Ag Area at this Year’s Fair

NJ State Fair LogoThere’s lots going on in the Ag Arena at the 2014 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show! While some events will take place at their regular day and time, there are many new events to check out this year.

The schedule is pasted below. You can also download a copy here.


Friday, August 1

  • 4-H model horse show 9-11 AM
  • Cloverbud Carnival 12-2 PM*
  • Beef Obstacle Course 4-6 PM (between barns)*
  • TBA 6-9 PM (possible wrestling event)

Saturday, August 2

  • Open Beef Show 9-5
  • Open Sheep Show 9-5 * (earlier start)
  • Woodchoppers Competition 7-10

Sunday, August 3

  • Open Beef Show 9-3
  • Open Sheep Show 9-3* (earlier start)
  • Fiddler’s Competition 3-5:30
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Rabbit and Small Animal Show- 6-10 PM

Monday, August 4 (split ring)

  • 4-H Dairy Goat Show 9-5
  • 4-H Market Goat Show 1-5
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Beef Show 5:30-8:00
  • TBA Entertainment- 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 5- Children’s Day

  • 4-H Market Lamb Show 9-10 AM
  • Cow Kids Showmanship 10:30-12:00
  • Rooster Crowing Contest 12:00-1:00
  • Open time slot- 1-5 (Bluegrass Band tentative)
  • 4-H Market Animal Social and Sale 5-10 PM

 Wednesday, August 6

  • 4-H Junior Dairy Show 9-5
  • 4-H Sheep Costume/Obstacle Contest 7-10 (in barn) *
  • Show-De-O 7-10 *

Thursday, August 7- Senior Citizen Day

  • Colored Breed Open Dairy Show 9-1
  • Oxen Demo 1-2
  • 4-H Breeding Sheep Show 1-6
  • 4-H Round Robin Showmanship 8-10

Friday, August 8

  • Holstein Open Dairy Show 8:30-4
  • 4-H Goat costume contest 4:30-6
  • Rabbit Costume Contest 5:30-7:30
  • 4-H Dog Agility Demo- 6:30-8 *(tentative time)
  • Country Line Dancing- 8:00 * (tentative)

Saturday, August 9

  • Open Dairy Goat Show 9-6
  • 4-H Seeing Eye demo 6-7
  • Turkey Calling Contest 7-10

Sunday, August 10

  • 4-H Alpaca Show 9-3




4-H Club Booths at NJSF/SCFHS

NJ State Fair LogoClub booths are a fun way to share information about your club at the fair. It’s a project that the whole club can plan and work on together. Many clubs find that having a booth at the fair can be useful in recruiting new members.

What goes in a club booth?

The design of a club booth is up to the club’s members, but a theme is provided each year to help members work out their design concept.

Details and suggestions for setting up a club booth are included in the rules for Department 23 in the 2014 4-H Exhibit Catalogue.

2014 Club Booth Theme: Sussex 4-H Then and Now

We are celebrating the 100 the Anniversary of Cooperative Extension. This year’s theme invites 4-H clubs to display how your club or program area has changed over the last 100 years. Some clubs have been around a long time, while others are relatively new. 4-H members should consider change over time as an overall theme. For example, what would it have been like to be in a _____ 4-H club many years ago? What has changed or endured as part of the 4-H experience?
To promote conservation and keep 4-H green, please reuse or use recycled materials in your design. Creative interpretation of the theme and use of green materials will be among the criteria used by those judging the booths.

4-H Leaders

If you plan to do a booth, remember to submit an exhibits registration form for the Shotwell Building. Be sure to list all members who will be working on the booth.

Devon Schneider Takes Top Honors at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

DSchneider_MD_SheepWoolShow_2014Congratulations to Devon Schneider on her success at the 2014 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! Devon, a member of the Sussex County Shepherds 4-H Club, entered her fleece at the show and took top honors among 4-H fleeces. There were over 700 fleeces entered this year, and while they weren’t all from 4-H members, the quality of Devon’s won out over fleeces submitted from 4-H members from several other states.
This was a great honor for Devon, but not the first for Sussex County. Alexandra Rogers (also a Sussex Shepherds member) won the 4-H competition the last two years. While the Shepherds are a comparatively small club of just 15 members, they’re very accomplished!

Krafty Krafters and Little Critters Raise Funds at Tractor Supply Co. in Sussex

4-H club members at TSC 4-H members at TSCMembers of the Krafty Krafters and Little Critters 4-H clubs were at Tractor Supply Co. on Saturday, May 26 to promote 4-H and raise funds.
Tractor Supply Co. is currently running a nationwide Paper Clover fundraiser to support county 4-H programs. Purchasing a Paper Clover at the Tractor Supply Co. in Sussex will provide funds to support programming through Sussex County 4-H.
For more information see National Paper Clover Campaign Continues Support of Sussex County 4-H Youth.

4-H Clubs Invited to March in Branchville Memorial Day Parade

Sussex County 4-H clubs are invited to march in the Town of Branchville’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26.

If your club would like to march in the Branchville Parade (sponsored by the American Legion), please contact Scott McGrath, 973-998-1266 to confirm your club’s participation. Those marching in the parade should plan to meet by 9 am in Branchville, with the parade starting at 10.

Note: Animals are permitted to participate in the Branchville Parade

Clubs are invited back to the American Legion Hall following the parade for a brief reception.


Krafty Krafters Donate Big!

kids posed among plush toys
Krafty Krafters pose with their plush collection

When Viktoria-Leigh Wagner suggested that her 4H Club, the Krafty Krafters, should have a collection of stuffed animals to give to the area’s senior citizens living in assisted living facilities and beanie babies to donate to a local pediatric ward, she never suspected it would be such a success! Four huge garbage bags filled to capacity were collected over a period of several weeks. These goofy kids decided to take a silly photo of themselves surrounded by the stash collected.

Pictured in the photo bottom center going clockwise are Jordan Toll, Kristin Ware, Lizzie Wiltshire, Collin Ware, Nicole Whitehead, Ethan Horn, Kassidy Wagner, Katie DeGroot and Chloe Schadegg.