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Penn State Extension Service Newsletter for 08.14.17

http://extension.psu.edu/franklin

Monarch Mania Class – Tuesday, August 15 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. –

Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Come learn about these magnificent butterflies and why they need your help. Call 717-263-9226 to reserve your spot. The class is free and open to the public. Railroad Gardening –Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. – Held off site (directions given at time of registration). Join Master Gardener Bob Hyatt at his home near Orrstown to learn how to plan and start a large scale model railroad garden. Registration fee: $10 per person. To register, please call Penn State Extension Franklin County at 717-263-9226 by Wednesday, August 16.

Master Gardener Tomato Day – Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. –

Held at 181 Franklin Farm Lane “by the stream”, Chambersburg. There is still time to enter any of these contests: Largest Tomato, Ugliest Tomato, Salsa (Classic, Fusion, Hot). Call 717-263-9226 for contest registration. Also available: Children’s Area, Hot Pepper table, and Floral Arrangement display. Event is free and open to the public. <>P>Honey Bee Festival – Saturday, August 19 – 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. –

Kingsland Apiary, 7920 Ward Drive, Mercersburg, PA. The public is invited to the annual event featuring a yard sale, honey sale, bbq, scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and more. For more information, please call 717-328-9256 or visit www.fcbapa.org.

Annual 4-H Benefit Auction to be held Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Submitted by Jason Goetz, Penn State Extension 4-H Educator

The Franklin County 4-H Clubs are holding the 7th Annual 4-H Benefit Auction on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Hurley Auctions, 2800 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle. At 4:00 pm, the silent auction will begin, and the food stand will open. At 6:30 p.m. the live auction begins. A wide variety of items have been generously donated by local businesses, individuals, and organizations. There will be something for everyone including gift cards, new merchandise, and homemade goods such as quilts, baked goods, and much more. All proceeds directly benefit the youth participating in Franklin County 4-H. In the past, this auction has generated revenue to give scholarships so our youth can attend many educational opportunities such as 4-H State Days, 4-H Overnight Camp, 4-H National Congress, and 4-H Capital Days. In addition, the revenue also directly benefits each of our 21 clubs, as well as advancing agriculture, citizenship, and leadership education in our community. Please “like” our 4-H Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Franklin-County-4-H-289490147890419/ where pictures of items for sale will be continually posted until the day of the auction. We hope many in our community will be present on September 8 to support a tremendous local organization.

Franklin County 4-H Goes to State Achievement Days

Submitted by Jason Goetz, Penn State Extension 4-H Educator

Each summer, 4-H State Achievement Days are held as part of Penn State Extension. The event is three days long, and 4-Hers (ages 13-18) from all over the state come together in State College to participate in competitive and noncompetitive events in their respective 4-H projects areas. In addition to their events, 4-Hers also complete community service projects and build relationships with other 4-H members from counties across the State. 4-Hers also get a glimpse of college life as they are housed in Penn State dorms and dine in the college cafeteria.

Seven youth delegates were sent to this year’s event August 1-3 to represent Franklin County’s 4-H programs. Wyatt Craig of Shippensburg, Tyler Helman of Chambersburg, Bobby Miller of Ft. Loudon, Bryce Summers of McConnellsburg, Alec Urban of St. Thomas, and Evan Clopper of Mercersburg competed in the 4-H Shotgun competition, part of 4-H’s shooting sports program. Justin Michonski of Chambersburg participated in the Textile Revue. Both the Junior and Senior Shotgun team tied for 5th overall in the competition. On an individual level Wyatt Craig placed 5th and Bryce Summers placed 2nd, out of roughly 35 Senior shooters. Bryce Summer’s placing at the competition allows him to have the opportunity to go to the National 4-H Shooting Sports competition next year in Nebraska. State Days continues to be a great educational opportunity for members in the Franklin County 4-H program, as well as for members from across the state. The event builds upon the future community leadership skills that are instilled in our 4-H youth.

Annual Tomato Tasting Day to be held Saturday, August 19

Submitted by Donna Scherer, Penn State Extension Master Gardener Educator

The public is invited to attend one of the most popular local events of the year, the Franklin County Master Gardener Annual Tomato Day, on Saturday, August 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will have a chance to taste more than 20 varieties of locally grown tomatoes. Ballots are provided to vote for the best tasting and best looking tomatoes.

This free, family-friendly event will take place outside of the Penn State Extension building, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, by the stream. With tables set up under tents, this is a rain or shine event.

In addition to the tomato tasting tent, there will be a children’s area and a pepper table. Many of the local Penn State Extension Master Gardeners will have lovely, fresh floral arrangements on display, as well.

There will also be both salsa and tomato contests. Entries are being solicited for three contests: salsa, largest tomato and ugliest tomato. With the popularity of salsa soaring, there are three contest categories: Classic (tomato base), Fusion (creative fruit or other bases), and Hot & Spicy. Contestants bring one quart of salsa and a bag of tortilla chips for judging, and visitors can taste and vote for the People’s Choice. ALL entries (tomatoes and salsa) must arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 19. Contests take place at 10 a.m. (largest & ugliest tomatoes) and 10:30 a.m. (salsa). All contest winners will be announced at 11:00 a.m.

Master Gardener Bus Trip to be held Friday, September 29, 2017

Submitted by Donna Scherer, Penn State Extension Master Gardener Educator

Step back in time and experience the grandeur of a garden landscape masterpiece at the DuPont home of Winterthur located in Delaware. Also enjoy touring the 12-room manor house showcasing Americana history. Then prepare to learn about thousands of plants native to the Eastern United States at the nearby Mt. Cuba Center. All of these opportunities await those who register for this year’s Franklin County Master Gardener Bus Trip to be held Friday, September 29, 2017. This event is open to the public.

All details and registration information can be found online at: http://extension.psu.edu/winterthur-cuba. Registration is also available by calling the Franklin County Extension Office at 717-263-9226. The fee of $100 includes all admissions, guided tours, boxed lunch, and bus transportation. Registration deadline is September 15 so reserve your spot now.

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