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Craven 4-H Program Timelines

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1980s style image of a timeline with 4-H programs on it.

Want to participate in a program but just aren’t sure when it happens? Well, we’re here to clear up some of the quandaries to help you better access and plan for our Craven County 4-H Programs!

4-H Coastal Plains Chicken Project

  • December – beginning, registration goes out; end,registration due
  • February – layer chicks arrive on-site, orientation
  • March – broiler chicks arrive on-site, practice starts
  • April – practices continue, record books due
  • May – Chicken Show

4-H Coastal Plains Livestock Show

  • October – Interest meeting, registration opens
  • January- Registration due, orientation
  • February – Animals due on-site, agent inspection, practices start
  • March – Practices continue, work on record books
  • April – Record books due, livestock show, & auction

4-H Application, Interview, Resume, Essay (AIRE)

  • September – interest meeting/orientation
  • October- in-person meeting
  • November – online meeting
  • January – online meeting
  • February – in-person meeting
  • March – online meeting
  • April – in-person meeting
  • May- online meeting, film video resume
  • June- submit program

Poultry Judging & Avian Bowl

Because youth who participate in these competitions are typically the same, we will run either back-to-back meetings or alternate topics to minimize travel

  • September – interest meeting/orientation
  • October – meet online once and in-person once
  • November – meet online once and in-person once
  • December- meet online once
  • January – meet online once and in-person once
  • February – meet online once and in-person once
  • March – meet online once and in-person once
  • April – meet online once and in-person once
  • May – meet online once and in-person once
  • June – meet online once and in-person once
  • July – crash study sessions, State 4-H Competitions

4-H Presentations

This program operates at the County, District, and State levels. All youth who present at County Activity Day with an approved presentation are able to present at the District level. At District, they must qualify for State by winning gold or silver medals.

  • February – interest meeting/orientation/sign-up
  • March- presentation workshops
  • April- presentation practices
  • May- County Activity Day
  • June – District Activity Day
  • July – State Presentation Finals

4-H Summer Film Program

  • March – registration opens
  • June – orientation
  • July – feed-back and check-in sessions
  • August – Summer Film Festival

Fall Film Program

  • September – registration opens
  • October – orientation, classes start
  • November – film class sessions
  • December – Fall Film Festival

4-H Sewing Programs

Craven county youth have the option of attending several different sewing programs. We host a Craven-Pamlico sewing program in Bayboro at the Pamlico County extension office, and we host one at the Cove City Library. These programs happen in the spring and fall of each year and we are excited to offer them! Please see exact dates on the Craven County Happenings Page as they have a range of start and stop times.

Craven-Pamlico Sewing Program

  • Spring program (dates and times vary)
  • Fall program (dates and times vary)
  • Sewing Showcase in May

Cove City Library Sewing Program

  • Spring program (dates and times vary)
  • Fall program (dates and times vary)
  • Sewing Showcase in May

Youth Voice Program

  • Only one delegate per County is allowed to attend this event each year and youth are only allowed to attend once from Craven County.
  • April – tentative Youth Voice information sent out
  • May – delegate selection is made and meeting set up with the commissioners and the county manager
  • June – Paperwork and photo are due to the county office
  • August – Travel to Youth Voice

Other Major Programs

Shooting Sports

Craven County doesn’t currently have a shooting sports program but we are looking for instructors! If you are looking to become a shooting sports instructor, please let us know! If you don’t want your kid to miss out on shooting sports, there are several programs in neighboring counties and we can connect you with them based on where you live.

Horse Bowl / Hippology / Horse Judging

Craven County doesn’t currently have horse bowl, hippology, or horse judging teams, but if you are looking to start one or more of them or know of youth who wish to participate, please let us know!

Livestock Judging / Skillathon

Craven County doesn’t currently have livestock judging or skillathon teams, but if you are looking to start one or more of them or know of youth who wish to participate, please let us know!