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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

Wayne County 4-H'er Invited to 2019 NAE4-HA Conference

Chase Smith of Wayne County (far left in both pictures) along with 4-H'ers from Braxton and Nicholas Counties provided entertainment at the 2019 NAE4-HA Annual conference! Many of these same youth (bottom photo) also provided folk dancing as members of the WV Dance Ambassadors. #2019nae4ha

Chase Smith at 2019 NAE4-HA ConferenceWV Dance Ambassadors November 2019

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Ambassadors Recycle Crayons

The 4-H Ambassadors spent the afternoon of November 11 up cycling used crayons into snow flakes, Christmas trees, and other designs to give to children with cancer at our local hospitals as a way to help brighten their day!

Youth Recycle Crayons

Conner Hall and Danielle Adkins sort crayons to be recycled.

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Youth Learning about the Wonders of Water

Utilizing resources from Project WET, youth at 4-H After School Sites in Wayne County are learning about the wonders of water during the month of November. 4-H After School participates at Kellogg Elementary, Buffalo Elementary, Prichard Elementary and Fort Gay PreK-8 schools learned about the chemical properties of water. For more information about the 4-H After School program, please contact the Wayne County Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Below feature youth from Prichard Elementary.

Youth at Prichard Learn about Water

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Wayne County Ag News

Beef Bowl Quiz Contest Scheduled for Early December

Weekly Beef Bowl Quiz practices are in full swing! The state competition is scheduled for December 6, at Stonewall Jackson Resort. For more information, please contact Evan Wilson, ANR Extension Agent at 304-272-6839. Or check out the Beef Bowl Quiz Rules for review of the rules and regulations.

Beef Bowl Quiz practice November 2019

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Open Horse Show Set for Wayne County

The Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at the Shirley Burgess Park near Wayne. Negative Coggins required for all horses and health certificate for all out of state horse. Questions - call our office at 304-272-6839.

Wayne County Horse Show

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Results from State 4-H Forestry Contest

2019 Forestry Judging Team

Youth include (l-r): Alivia Adkins, Josie Parsley, Addy Smith, Daniel Adkins, Duke Parsley, and Jenna Adkins

Several Wayne County 4-H youth competed in the 2019 State 4-H  Forestry Contest on May 4 at the Westvaco Natural Resource Center near Morgantown. Below, Coach & Ag Agent Evan Wilson stands with the youth participants from Wayne County. The Junior Team of Duke, Addie and Josie placed first in the state in the junior division. Individual placings are as follows: Duke placed 4th in the state; Danielle placed 6th in the state; Addy placed 7th in the state; Jenna placed 9th in the state, Alivia placed 10th in the state; and Josie placed 11th in the state.

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Wayne County CEOS News

Sage Oil for the Holidays

The CEOS Garden Club met November 12, 2019 to learn about the herb sage and its different uses. Club members made sage oil as a hands-on activity. For more information, call the Wayne County Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Sage Oil for the Holidays

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Buffalo CEOS Club Hosts Monthly Meeting

The Buffalo CEOS Club met November 5, 2019, and did a CEOS lesson on Apple Cider Vinegar. The Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) offers opportunities for learning and fellowship for adults in Wayne County. To learn more about CEOS, please call the Wayne County Extension Office  at  304-272-6839.Buffalo CEOS November 2019 Meeting - L-R: Mary Sue Hamilton, Eddie Lee Young, Dot Cullars, and Reva Freeman  

Buffalo CEOS November 2019 Meeting - L-R: Mary Sue Hamilton, Eddie Lee Young, Dot Cullars, and Reva Freeman

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Buffalo CEOS Club Hosts Breast Cancer Event

The Buffalo Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Club hosted their annual Breast Cancer Awareness event at the Town of Kenova gazebo. Tim Bias, Mayor of Kenova, declared it Breast Cancer Awareness month with members of the Buffalo CEOS Club, staff from the Wayne County Community Services Organization, and Zack Jarrett, Interventionist with the W.Va. Breast & Cervical Cancer Program. Those in attendance include: Tim Bias, Ruth Reger, Zack Jarrett, Dot Cullars, Tammy Fuller, Jennifer Perdue, Lisa Palmer, and Donna Matney. For more information about the Wayne County CEOS program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839.

Buffalo CEOS Breast Cancer Awareness Even

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.


Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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Putting Knowledge to Work!

The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Wayne County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Wayne County Highlights

  • More than 2,140 youths participated in 4-H programming.
  • More than 200 youths received hands-on learning and activities to reduce the summer slide Energy Express, a free 6-week summer reading and nutrition program.
  • More than 450 youths and adults benefitted from courses, activities and outreach related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Pop-up farmers markets, including kids’ markets, provided fresh produce to more than 1,000 of young people while providing sales of $4,240 to area farmers and businesses.
  • A $5,000 grant was secured to address food insecurity and access.