Upcoming Events

2019 4-H Plant Sale Orders DUE March 1, 2019!

ORDER FORM: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2019/01/2019-Tri-fold-4-H-Fruit-Tree-Sale-PRINT.pdf

4-Her’s: The sale depends on you, but your job is simple! All you must do is contact people to tell them about the 4-H Plant Sale. Tell them about the sale and how to order. You do not have to keep track of money or record orders. We (Marion County 4-H) will deal with the customers directly after you have convinced them to order. Some possible customers for you are parents, grandparents or neighbors. If a 4-H’er is credited with a sale they will get to count it as one point towards attending the 2019 County Round-Up!

To order the customer should come by the County Extension Office at our location in the Courthouse Annex, 372 7th Avenue SW, Hamilton, AL. (directly across from the E.T. Sims Neighborhood Facilities Building). Marion County 4-H will take their order and collect their money, or the customer can download the order form below and mail it to us with their payment. We will also ask the customer how they found out about the sale. 4-H’er: If the customer places an order and mentions your name we will credit the sale to YOU! You will get one point to count towards your entry into the County Round-Up Competition scheduled May 2019.

ORDER FORM: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2019/01/2019-Tri-fold-4-H-Fruit-Tree-Sale-PRINT.pdf

Checks, Cash, or a Money Order will be accepted (we do not take credit/debit cards) by the staff at the Marion County Extension Office. Payment must be received in full BEFORE we will order your plants. Payment is DUE to the Marion County Extension Office by March 1st, 2019 by 3:50pm. Youth will NOT collect money.

We do not guarantee plants. Almost all the plants we get are grown in Alabama by established and reliable nurseries.

When we get the plants, we will contact the customer by phone to let them know plants are in. Pick-up is at the Marion County Courthouse Annex, 372 7th Avenue SW, Hamilton, Al 35570. The customer should pick up the plants the same day they arrive or the next day if at all possible.

Plants will be available for pickup at the County Extension Office on the afternoon of March 6, 2019. No orders will be accepted after March 1, 2019.

Sometimes, the exact variety ordered may not be available when we go after the plants. If this happens, we will substitute a similar variety unless the customer requests “no substitute”.

Sometimes, the exact variety ordered may not be available when we go after the plants. If this happens, we will substitute a similar variety unless the customer requests “no substitute”.

Listing every type of plant available is not possible. If the customer would like for us to try to find something unusual or rare, we will try to do so.

Extension System information on growing fruits and shrubs is available upon request.

ORDER FORM: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2019/01/2019-Tri-fold-4-H-Fruit-Tree-Sale-PRINT.pdf

Marion County Extension Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-4:00pm

Address: 372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570 Phone: (205)921-3551 Email: rgd0007@aces.edu



2018 4-H County Round-Up

Project Ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkfstHOKKE

Photos from the 2017 County Round-Up Event: https://www.facebook.com/pg/marioncountyal4h/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1698085383818391


County Round-Up Event Schedule May 17th, 2018

8:30am – 9:00am            Registration (Bevill State Community College Community Building)

9:00am – 9:15am            General Assembly/Set up Exhibits

9:15am – 11:30pm          Competitions/Outdoor Games

11:40pm-12:40pm          Lunch

12:50pm – 1:30pm         Awards in the Bevill Community Center (Parents are welcome to attend)

1:30pm                              Bus Dismissal

County Round-Up is a reward for active 4-H members! It’s also a celebration of what 4-Her’s have learned and the skills they have developed throughout the 4-H Year! The Marion County 4-H Round-Up is a great place for each Marion County 4-H member to “show off” their talents. Junior winners are selected in each event and will advance to the Regional Competition in June at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, AL. Senior winners are selected in each event and will advance to State Competitive Events Day in July at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, AL.

Youth attending 4-H Round-Up MUST compete in at least ONE competition, and may compete in up to TWO competitions. Youth MUST sign up for their County Round-Up Competition with their 4-H Teacher/Sponsor/School Secretary by April 13th (they will have the sign up sheet after your scheduled March 4-H Meeting). Spaces will fill up quickly so register ASAP!

Required Field Trip Form MUST be returned to your child’s SCHOOL (not the Extension office) by April 27th in order to attend County Round-Up. (this form doesn’t apply to Winfield Students): http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2018/04/2018-Marion-County-Schools-field-trip-parent-permissions-form.pdf

All youth are expected to follow the 4-H Rules found below for their selected competition. Please call or email the Extension Office if you would like the rules printed and delivered to your school (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu.

**Please click on the name of the competition below to view the rules.**


  • Chef 4-H (Individual Event) This Event will be held May 15th at 5:30pm at the Extension Office. Youth still get to come to Round-Up on the 17th and the winners will be announced then.
  • Freestyle Demonstration (Individual Event or Team of 2)
  • Poultry Que (Individual Event)



Questions? Ask your teacher or call the 4-H Agent, Rebecca Danley

4-H Music Education Matters Summit Scholarship Application Open Now

2018 4-H Music Education Matters Summit 

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2018 4:00pm

Send all submissions to Rebecca Danley via email rgd0007@aces.edu

Scholarship Applicationhttp://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2018/04/4-H-Music-Summit-Scholarship-Application.pdf

The Georgia 4-H Music Education Matters Summit will take place at the Rock Eagle Georgia 4-H Center July 17th-19th. Youth will get to watch the Georgia Clovers and Company perform on July 18th. Youth will be working with industry specialists in their selected area of interest to learn and practice techniques, grow in music education, network with industry specialists and youth from around the nation, and get to perform what they’ve learned on the last day of the Summit. This is an excellent opportunity for any youth in grades 8th-12th interested in getting into the music/theater/art industry. Incomplete applications and late submissions will not be considered. The scholarship covers travel from the Alabama 4-H Center to Rock Eagle Georgia 4-H Center, meals, and lodging for 2 days and 3 nights. Please contact Rebecca Danley with any questions you might have.

2017 Facebook Video: https://www.facebook.com/marioncountyal4h/videos/1726112444349018/

November 4-H Newsletter

4-H Horse Camp Participants

Check out the November 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/11/November-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.

2017 Farm City Poster, Essay, and Multimedia Contest

Marion County Rules: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/08/Combined-Rules-1.pdf

State Rules: http://alabamafarmcity.org/

County Prizes Provided by the Marion County ALFA Farmer’s Federation

1st Place $50.00

2nd Place $25.00

3rd Place $15.00

**ALL submissions must be made to the Marion County Extension Office by October 31st, 2017. The Marion County Farm City Committee will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. 1st Place work will be submitted by the Marion County Committee for state submission. **

DUE: October 31st, 2017 to the Marion County Extension Office.

The Alabama Farm-City Committee is excited once again to offer a Multimedia Contest, Poster Contest and Essay Contest to Marion County Youth. The contest is sponsored by Alabama Farmers Cooperative and complements the Farm-City poster and essay contests by providing students another channel to express their creativity. The 2017 theme for all three contests is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The 2017 National Ag Day and Farm-City Week theme of “Agriculture: Food for Life” captures the essence of farming. No other industry or activity is more connected to “life” than agriculture. Farmers produce the grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts and dairy products that sustain life. The food we eat is literally fuel for our bodies. Without it, life would be unsustainable. But agriculture is intertwined to “life” in other ways, too. Private farms and forestland provide habitat and food for wildlife, and support the lives of all nature’s creatures. Through conservation and environmental stewardship, farmers protect the life-giving water, air and soil on which we all depend. Life, however, is not merely a physical existence. It’s also emotional and spiritual experiences, working together to provide a healthy, well-balanced life for Earth’s inhabitants. Agriculture provides food for the “lifestyles” we enjoy because modern farming and forestry practices allow 99 percent of Americans to pursue other occupations, hobbies and volunteer activities. Without farmers providing “food for life,” our economy and culture would suffer. Food is essential. Out of necessity, people would forego science, art and other pursuits if they were forced to gather or hunt their own food. In this way, agriculture is foundational to civilization. Still, agriculture’s contributions to life continue to expand. Through biotechnology, farming is improving life around the world. Disease- and drought-resistant plants provide “food for life” in some of the poorest regions on the planet. Improved plant and animal breeding addresses nutritional and human health needs. Farms and forests generate alternative energy sources. And agricultural products are utilized every day in not only food, but also pharmaceuticals, textiles and industrial applications. Agriculture touches every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear and the food we eat, to the homes where we live and the cars we drive, agriculture and forest products are ever present. Farmers help conserve the resources we need and the nature we enjoy. As we celebrate National Ag Day and Farm-City Week, it’s a great opportunity to remember the diversity of “Agriculture: Food for Life.”


Call or email the 4-H Agent with any questions regarding this contest. (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu Office Hours 7:30am-12:00pm 12:30pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday

October 4-H Newsletter

 4-H Youth Council Members from our October Youth Council Meeting

Check out the October 4-H Newsletter to see what’s coming up for Marion County 4-H’ers: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/10/October-2017-4-H-Newsletter.pdf

Contact the Marion County Extension Office (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu for questions.

4-H Archery-Hamilton Park & Recreation

WHEN? Every Tuesday and Thursday Starting August 29th-October 5th

TIME? Ages 9-13 will meet 5:30pm-6:30pm

Ages 14-18 will meet 6:30pm-7:30pm

WHERE? Hamilton Recreation Center Gym – 317 7th Ave SW Hamilton, AL 35570

COST? $25 per participant (Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first come, first PAID basis.) Please make Checks/Money Orders Payable to: Hamilton Park and Recreation You may register at the Hamilton Park and Recreation Center OR Marion County Extension Office

AGE? Open to all youth Ages 9-18

WHAT TO BRING? Hamilton Parks & Rec and Marion County 4-H will provide all needed supplies. There are vending machines at the Recreation Center for snacks/drinks.

For more information call or email the Marion County Extension Office Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:00pm  (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu OR Call the Hamilton Parks and Recreation Center (205) 921-4371

Download Registration Forms: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/07/Archery-Forms.pdf


4-H RiverKids August 4th-5th!



WHO: Any Marion County youth ages 9-18 as of 1/16/17 are eligible to participate. (Youth MUST know how to swim to participate/sign up)

WHAT: This program provides the chance for youth to experience Marion County’s abundant water resources while acquiring paddling skills, learning about water safety, and enjoying outdoor recreation.

WHEN: August 4th-5th: Friday, August 4th 9:00am-12:00pm (Upper Bear Creek Reservoir-Twin Park) Saturday, August 5th 9:00am-11:30pm (Float down Bear Creek Canoe Run) Paddling instruction and water safety will be taught before water entry.

WHERE: Specific Float location details will be disclosed at time of registration. Youth must complete all forms and payment by Tuesday, August 1st, in order to participate.

COST: $5 per child-includes instruction, paddling equipment, PFD (personal flotation device), kayak, paddle, snacks, and BCDA permit. Make checks/money order payable to: Alabama 4-H Foundation

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Limit of 10 youth spots are available. They will be filled on a first PAID-first served basis. ($5 even if you bring your own equipment to help cover the costs of lunch/snacks)

REQUIRED FORMS: Completed forms must be filled out by a parent/guardian and returned to the Marion County Extension Office by Tuesday, August 1st. Download Forms: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/05/RiverKids-Form.pdf

SUGGESTED ATTIRE:  Hat, Sunglasses, Bathing Suit underneath quick dry type shorts and shirt, and water Shoes-no flip flops. Bring a dry bag or some type of container for your phone/keys/etc. if you need it!

EQUIPMENT: Marion County 4-H will provide each youth with their own kayak to use, paddle, and PFD (personal flotation devices must be worn at all times on the water-even if you bring your own equipment to use). A shared first aid kit and emergency throw ropes will be used by screened/trained 4-H leaders/volunteers for added safety. If you have your own kayak and paddle feel free to bring it, but please know you can’t participate in RiverKids without wearing a PFD-safety first!

TO REGISTER: ALL Forms and Payment is due to the Marion County Extension Office by Tuesday, August 1st, by 3:30pm. Address: 372 7th Avenue SW Hamilton, AL 35570 (across the street from the Hamilton Recreation Center)

QUESTIONS: Contact the 4-H Agent Rebecca Danley (205)921-3551 or rgd0007@aces.edu                                                                             

4-H Music Education Matters Summit

Do you enjoy singing, dancing, playing an instrument, producing music, or even theatre? We have a brand new 4-H offering for youth interested in performing arts! Jennifer Nettles is 4-H alum and was “instrumental” in getting this music camp organized.We have some scholarships available so if you or someone you know that is currently enrolled as a 4-H member (7th-12th grade) is interested please share this scholarship opportunity with them. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 21st! Call or email the 4-H agent with any questions. Please email your scholarship application to your 4-H Agent ASAP! For questions: call (205)921-3551 or email rgd0007@aces.edu

The Scholarship Application Deadline was March 21st, 3:00pm. The scholarship committee will contact the applicant’s 4-H Agent if selected.

When? July 18th-20th

Where? Rock Eagle 4-H Center (Georgia)

Who? Any currently enrolled 4-Her in 7th-12th Grade

Scholarship Application: http://offices.aces.edu/marion/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/03/4-H-Music-Summit-Scholarship-Application-Marion.pdf

**Make sure your 4Honline account information is completely filled out before you register for this event/apply for a scholarship! If you are a currently enrolled 4-H member you already have a 4Honline account so don’t create a new profile. Here’s how to access your profile:

Go to this website: https://al.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D40567A4E676B526E722B75343D

Follow these step by step instructions: http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/documents/Re-Enrollingin4HOnline-ForFamilies16-17.pdf

If you don’t receive the scholarship and would still like to register. Please make sure your 4Honline account is fully up to date and then mail your check by MARCH 31st to:

Alabama 4-H

Attn: Angel Holladay

209 Duncan Hall

Auburn University, AL 36849