Burke County Center
  May, 2016

Burke County Center
May is National Egg Month

Avoiding eggs for your cholesterol? Studies show that it's time to reconsider! If you are concerned about your blood cholesterol levels, you should consider limiting saturated fats and eliminating trans fats. The egg is a great source of so many valuable nutrients making them great for your bones, teeth, skin, and eyes. Eggs are also a great source of protein, making for an excellent, filling addition to your breakfast. Although once thought to increase risk of heart disease, it is now evident that eggs contain about 50% of your daily recommendation of vitamin B12 which actually prevents heart disease. With 195 mg of cholesterol, only 1.5 grams of saturated fat, no trans fat, and only 70 calories, the whole egg is an excellent part of a balanced diet.
For more information on the egg nutrition, food safety, cooking techniques, and egg recipes, please visit http://go.ncsu.edu/eggs.

Drexel Community Fair - Spring Carnival
May 3rd - 7th

Make plans to come out and visit the Drexel Spring Carnival May 3rd - 7th at the Drexel Fairgrounds. Burke County 4-H will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers, fries and more at the Cattlemen's Food Booth.
4 -H Fundraising Auction 
Drexel Community Fair - Spring Carnival
Thursday, May 5th

Kevin Neal with Neal Auctions will be providing a Public Auction to benefit the Burke County 4-H Foundation.  A portion of all sales during the event will stay in Burke County to provide scholarships and materials for 4-H members and leaders.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to come view, bid, and buy the items!  Bidding will start on the Everett Chevrolet Mainstage at 7:00 pm on May 5th. All items will need to be paid for and picked up the night of the auction.

Come out to the Drexel Spring Carnival to support Burke County 4-H and raise your hand high when the bidding begins on Thursday, May 5th!  
Extension Master Gardeners Community Plant Sale
Saturday, May 7th
8:00 am - 12:00 noon

The Burke County Extension Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 7th at the Burke County Agricultural Building.  They will have a wide variety of plants for sale just in time for spring planting.  There will also be a bake sale, yard sale items, garden items and a silent auction. 
Burke County Beekeepers
May 10th at 6:30pm
Regular Monthly Meeting

The Burke County Beekeepers Association (BCBA) meets monthly at the Burke County Agricultural Building located at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton.  There is a featured speaker each month and the public is invited to attend. The BCBA is a chapter of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

Summer Intern

Burke County Cooperative Extension is excited to welcome Brittany Clay as a Summer Intern.  She will start May 16 and work through July 2016.  Her primary focus will be working with the 4-H Summer Fun Program.  However, she will be out and about with the other Extension staff members.  Brittany is a native of Burke County and is currently a student at NCSU in Agriculture Science and is expected to graduate in 2017.

Pesticide Applicators Exam
May 16th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

NCDA pesticide inspectors will be on hand to administer pesticide applicators exams for those interested in obtaining a pesticide license.  For more information on obtaining a license, contact our pesticide coordinator, Donna Teasley at 828-764-9480. 

To register for the exam, please contact NCDA Certification & Licensing at 919-733-3556 or visit their website Pesticides Section.

4-H County Activity Day
May 17th

On May 17th, we will hold our County Activity Day with presentations, demonstrations and talent acts.  4-H youth from Burke County, ages 5-18, will showcase their skills!  Participants ages 5-8 do not compete among their peers, but build confidence and life skills.  Ages 9-18 will compete and winners will move forward to district competition that will be held on June 18th at Western Carolina University. 
Burke County Farmers Markets

Burke County is home to four farmers markets and they all open in May!  Morganton Farmers Market, Morganton Mini-Market, Valdese Farmers Market and Hildebran Farmers Market. 

Visit our website for the schedule for each location.

4-H Summer Fun Registration
May 26th

Summer is near and Burke County Cooperative Extension's 4-H program has some fun and educational workshops and trips planned.  Burke County youth, ages 5-18, are eligible and you do not have to be a 4-H member to participate.  Summer Fun schedules will be available the second week of May.  Public registration will begin on May 26th.  Join us for a Summer of Fun in 2016!

Cooperative Extension Fundraiser Cookbook

We need your favorite recipes for our Burke County Cooperative Extension Cookbook! We will be collecting recipes through May 15th. The cookbook will be ready sometime this fall, just in time for your holiday gifts! Send your recipes by email or mail along with your name and Extension affiliation. (Example: Sue Smith, Beekeeper) Everyone will LOVE knowing who the recipes came from! 

4-H County Council - Upcoming Officer Elections

The date for the May 4-H County Council Meeting is yet to be determined as our current board members will be working at the Drexel Spring Carnival during our normal meeting week.

However, the June meeting has been set.  Mark your calendars for June 7th for Officer Elections & Installation. 

On May 17th, candidates running for 4-H County Council can campaign during County Activity Day, display information boards about themselves, and give a 2-minute speech if they choose to do so. 
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 30th

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day Holiday.  We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st at 8:00 am.
Coming Soon!
4-H Summer Camp
July 24-29

Burke County 4-H will travel to Betsy Jeff Penn Recreational Center the week of July 24-29 this year for residential camp. Camp activities include swimming, archery, canoeing, ropes, crafts, team-building, talent show, dance and horseback riding. Camp offers memories and life skills that will last forever. 100% Supervision. Peanut free facility. Transportation, lodging and meals are provided.
$100 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot.
Call now! Space is limited. $475 total cost

Burke County Cooperative Extension 
130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, NC 28655