Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter June 18 – 25, 2021

Sussex County 4-H celebrates Juneteenth.

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed
Friday, June 18th, 2021 in honor of JUNETEENTH.

The WEEKLY NEWSLETTER will now be published on Fridays, as the 4-H Staff return to the RCE Office.

* Reminder *
Record Books and Fair entries will be due to the 4-H Office by July 1, 4:30 pm.

Project Record books can be found on the NJ 4-H Web site at the following link: Record Books : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

The Exhibit Catalogue and 4-H Fair Entry Forms can be found on our website in the Forms tab under the ‘NJSF/SCFHS’ section.

NJ State Public Presentation
Registration Open

Those members in grades 8th -13th that participated in the county-level presentations and received a blue ribbon are invited to participate in the 2021 State 4-H Public Presentations. Those eligible should have received an email from the 4-H office. If you believe you are eligible and did not receive an email, please contact Tanya Patrie (

The 2021 State 4-H Public Presentations Program will be held virtually this year.  Participants in the contest will have the choice to either submit a video of themselves giving their presentation for judging, as in 2020, or to participate in a live Zoom version of our State Public Presentations event.  Information for presenters can be found at –  

The Zoom contest will take place on Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.  Participants in this option will be split into Breakout Rooms of about 6-8 other presenters and two judges. All competitors will receive their Danish ribbon and score sheets after the conclusion of the contest and be eligible to receive a Best in Room Award.    

Previously recorded video presentations will be evaluated by a team of judges after submission, with participants receiving their Danish ribbon and score sheets after the conclusion of the judging period.  If there are sufficient entries in this division, a Best in Room award will also be given. The deadline to submit a previously recorded presentation video is on Friday, July 2nd at 11:59 pm. Judges will begin to review their assigned presentations the following day, meaning that no late entries can be accepted.    


Eligible presenters need to register on 4-H Online (instructions are available on the webpage).  Once the youth registers, they will automatically receive a confirmation email. 

The deadline to register and/or submit a previously recorded presentation registration is 11:59 pm on Friday, July 2nd. 

The registration link will automatically close at this point. No late registrations will be accepted, especially for the previously recorded division, as judges will begin to review their assigned presentations the following day. If you have youth that cannot complete the online registration form, please have them reach out to the State 4-H Office interns at

All presenters encourage to look over the documents available at before they register for the event. These documents include important information regarding submission and how to present via the two virtual formats offered this year. 

Judges’ score sheets are available on the web at: 

4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute

September 10-12 and October 9, 2021 – Virtual

For the application and more information visit: 

Applications must be emailed to Jeannette Rea Keywood ( by Monday, June 21, 2021.  

Congrats to the Sussex County 4-H Members that Participated in the NJ 4-H Animal Art Contest

4-H members from throughout the state exhibited more than 225 entries in the 2-D Art, 3-D Art, Photography, and Video divisions within five animal categories – 1) Dog, 2) Equine, 3) Livestock (beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine), 5) Small Animals (rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, herpetology, and poultry) and 6) Other (alpacas, llamas, and cats).

Carley Wikander, a member of the 4-H Teen Council, captured the Junior Best of Show in the Livestock 2-D Art Division.

Other 4-H members that participated were:
Kathyrn Weis, of 4-H Teen Council,
who earned 2 Red placings in Senior Livestock Photography
Landon Orway, of Regal Rabbits,
who earned 2 Red placings in Junior Other Species 2-D Art.

The following Cloverbuds of Bit by Bit also participated in a variety of department and classes:
Chloe Clapp
Penelope Grieco
Jemma Johnson
Samantha Mammolo

and will all receive green ribbons.

Great Job by all who participated!

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

July 27 at 1 pm: Seeing and Composing Creative Photographs

(For Middle and High Schoolers)      
Come learn how to create effective images through strong composition. In this webinar, our photography instructor will engage you in conversation about learning to see photographically. Youth do not need to bring cameras or photographs to the session.

Current NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

Junior International Explores Guam

Hey kids! Do you know where Guam is? Did you know it is not a country, but a territory of the US? Would you like to meet kids from Guam and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what kids from NJ love to do while learning what Chamorro (people from Guam) kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Chamorro youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and our countries’ iconic destinations. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth 10–13. Sessions will run on Monday and Wednesdays from 7 pm–8 pm Starting July 7 through August 2.

Junior International Explores Virtual Club- Guam registration link

States’ 4-H Virtual Summer Exchange

This summer, States’ 4-H, in collaboration with international partners, will be hosting six free virtual events that will highlight six different countries around the world. The virtual events will include cultural trivia, language intros, and hands-on craft and cooking activities. These events are created for youth ages 9 – 18, but other family members can attend as well! 
States’ 4-H will be hosting two events each month from June – August, starting with the following countries:

Global Exploration Series – June Events
Japan: Friday, June 25 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific

Registration is now OPEN for our June events!! Email for the registration link:

National 4-H Summer STEP Clubs

4-H Virtual Cooking Camp

Get your summer sizzle on with Pennsylvania 4-H! This FREE virtual cooking camp is open to all kids and families across the country. You’ll learn how to whip up tasty summer dishes like Rainbow Buddha Bowls and Garden Sloppy Joes. Register by July 14.

Register Here

4-H Game Design Challenge
Summer 2021

Passaic County 4-H is holding its first Game Design Challenge. Did you know that playing board games can be more than just good family fun? Playing board games is also good for teaching and practicing cognitive skills such as decision making, higher-level strategic thinking, and problem-solving, all skills important in the computer science field!

Families all across NJ are eligible to enter!
You will receive instructions and more information via email after you have completed registration.


Please email any questions or concerns to
Register early as supplies are limited.

This June, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s FCHS Department will host our first annual virtual Feed a Family 5K and Wellness Walk.

FCHS is partnering with Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) to raise funds that will stock NJ food pantries with nutritious foods and help families learn easy, tasty ways to use that food.  Proceeds from the event will bring food to NJ food pantries and enable us to teach families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals through virtual nutrition/cooking lessons, using the “Cooking Matters” program curriculum.  “Cooking Matters” is an evidence-based program that teaches families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals, via virtual cooking lessons.  Each family that participates receives a box of food to use in the lesson.  FCHS faculty and staff will implement & teach “Cooking Matters.”  Funds raised will purchase food boxes for families.

Register today at  Complete your walk/run anytime in June.  Registration includes a race t-shirt. 
Check out our store, too…pick up some RU summertime swag!

Mercer County 4-H Fair Invitational Shows

Mercer County 4-H and the Clever Clovers 4-H Club are hosting invitational 4-H animal shows at the 102nd Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Farm, July 31 and August 1.

All currently registered 4-H members from throughout New Jersey are invited to show at our fair.  Cloverbud divisions (K-3) will be included (non-competitive). 

Invitational 4-H Goat ShowSaturday, July 3110:00 a.m.
Invitational 4-H Rabbit ShowSaturday, July 313:00 p.m.
Invitational 4-H Poultry ShowSaturday, July 313:00 p.m.
Invitational 4-H Sheep ShowSunday, August 110:00 a.m.

Our fair is located on the grounds of a beautiful historic farm, situated in the historic Pleasant Valley of Hopewell Township.  Come to exhibit your animals, but stay to enjoy homemade ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, the whistle of the steam engine, and the sounds of multiple string bands (traditional bluegrass).  Make sure you allow enough time to tour the farm, watch the wheat threshing demo, relax near the stream, and get lunch or dinner.

Show information and online registration will be out soon!  They are also in the process of updating our fair website.  For now, just hold the above dates in your calendar.

2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair

Thursday, August 26

The show catalog and online entry for the 2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair on Thursday, August 26 are available on our state 4-H goat websiteThere is also a one-page info sheet that highlights key health requirements (proof of rabies vaccination required) and important info regarding the vet check and the need for legible animal identification.  Entries must be submitted online by August 13.

Several key points:

  1. New online entry is super easy and fast (and due August 13).  A fee of $20 per exhibitor will be accepted at the show (cash or check payable to Mercer County 4-H).
  2. Since several counties aren’t having local shows this year, we are NOT requiring members to have exhibited at the county level.  All 4-H members in good standing, who were registered by January 1, are eligible for the state show this year.
  3. Fainting goats, pygmy goats, dairy wethers, does over 24 months that have never freshened, and meat goat wethers over 12 months of age will be judged as companion goats. We developed and posted a companion goat scorecard on the state 4-H goat show website.
  4. All standard dairy goat breeds will be shown together: Alpine, La Mancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg – instead of separate breed classes.  Nigerian Dwarfs will continue to have their own class.

There will be a vet check that enforces rules #1-4 – all animals MUST have legible identification that matches their health papers!!!  No exceptions will be made!

For questions or more information please contact Chad Ripberger at

Entries must be postmarked by August 20, 2021. 

To participate in this show, it is not required for a 4-H member to have participated in a 4-H county or invitational show. 

The catalog is posted on the NJ 4-H website at: 


Georgia Boot is a proud partner of National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

What do you think would happen if the toy company Schleich got together with 4-H to create the most fantastic animal tale of all time?

Find out with the “Create Your Story” contest, starting NOW! The top 10 stories will go to a vote and the top two will be part of an interactive “create your own adventure” video premiering this fall! For more information visit:

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

COVID-19 Updates
Effective June 7, 2021

  • Location – RCE activities can be held outdoors or indoors. Outdoor settings are preferred.
  • Size – There are no restrictions on the capacity for RCE activities.  However, plans for events with an expected attendance of over 100 individuals should be discussed with county 4-H staff.
  • Health screening – All participants are expected to evaluate their own health in relation to covid-19 symptoms prior to participation (the online health screening form is no longer required).
  • Face masks
    • Outdoors – Masks are no longer required in an outdoor setting. However, RCE encourages the use of masks.
    • Indoors – All participants must wear face masks during any indoor RCE activity.
  • Physical distancing – Physical distancing is not required but is encouraged to the extent possible.
  • Recordkeeping – Attendance records should be kept at the club/program level but are not required to be submitted to the county Extension office.
  • Handwashing – Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available.
  • Local directives – Extension programs must comply with state & local directives for indoor or outdoor gatherings.  Some county offices have specific restrictions.  Please note, some 4-H activities are required to follow additional guidelines (i.e. camp & overnight activities).
  • Pre-approval – The In-person Program Request process is no longer required.

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Friday, June 18, 2021; 11:00 am – Family Favorites: Healthy 100 Calorie Snacks
Friday, June 18, 2021; 12:00 pm – Helpline Live: Vegetable Gardening Problems

Tuesday, June 22, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: No-Bake Blueberry Dessert
Tuesday, June 22, 2021; 7:00 pmVegetable Gardening Q&A
Wednesday, June 23, 2021; 2:00 pmSummer Herbs for Flavor All Year
Thursday, June 24, 2021; 1:00 pm – Rutgers Lunch and Learn: Cultural Competency
Friday, June 25, 2021; 11:00 am – Family Favorites: Banana Split Bites

Tuesday, June 29, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: Ambrosia
Tuesday, June 29, 2021; 7:00 pm – 2021 Coastal Stewardship Course – Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) – Day 1 of 10 (fee)
Wednesday, June 30, 2021; 2:00 pmStress Less with Laughter

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