Sioux County Newsletter

April 2021

Calendar of Events

Apr. 11 - Speech Contest at 2 pm

Apr. 15 – Camp Scholarships are due

Apr. 15 - Multicooker Family Zoom Workshop at 5:30 pm

Apr. 23 – Leather Carving workshop from 2-4 pm

Apr. 27 – 4-H Council Meeting at 6 pm

May 1 – Enroll in 4-H by today to receive manuals

May 18-20 - Babysitting Basics Class

May 21 - Livestock Judging Contest

May 25-26 - LOG N Camp

May 27 - Horse Level Testing in Chadron

Order 4-H Manuals for the summer!

Submit your 4-H manual order form per family to the Extension Office prior to May 1st so manuals can be ordered be ready to be distributed around the end of the school year. See below for the order form.

Sioux County 4-H T-shirt Design Contest

Submit your design idea for a new Sioux County 4-H t-shirt with your fair entries on July 15th. The designs will be voted on during fair and at the 4-H Fun Feed. The design should just be for one side of the shirt.

Speech Contest

The Sioux County Public Speaking Contest will be held on April 11th at 2 pm at the Fire Hall. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to participate. If members are completing a speech, they must have 4-H be the main component of the speech. Clover Kids do not have a time limit, Juniors must speak between 1-3 minutes, Intermediates have between 3-5 minutes, and Seniors have between 5-8 minutes.

If members would like to create a PSA, the requirements are no longer than 60 seconds. It has to utilize the 2021 theme "Opportunity 4 All" and include the tag line “Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at”

For more information visit: Registrations for this contest are due to the Extension Office on Friday, April 2nd. Find the application attached below.

Leather Workshop

Bill Riggs is back again for another leather workshop on April 23rd from 2 to 4 pm at the Security First Bank Basement. Youth will be completing a project utilizing their leather carving skills. The fee for this workshop is $10. Please register by April 16th by contacting the Extension Office. We need to have at least five youth pre-register in order to have the event.

Warrior Bots Compete in First Lego League Competitions

This year the Sioux County 4-H Robotics team competed in a virtual qualifying event on Saturday, March 6th. The team consists of Landen and Logen Oldaker, Baxter Reece, Victoria Turbiville, and Preston Kreman. Prior to March 6th the team had to create videos and notebooks about an innovative project designed to help people be more active and their robot design. They then were interviewed online the week of competition. During the virtual event, the team showed off the programs they created for their robot. The team received the Innovative Project award at the qualifying event and were selected to attend state.

On March 20th the First Lego League Nebraska State Championships were held in Grand Island at the Raising Nebraska Building with 28 teams competing. The Warrior Bots had a great time experiencing the state competition.

Shooting Sports Final Results

Sioux County Shooting sports members had the opportunity to participate in a couple of postal shoots where they mailed in their completed targets. In the Kimball BB Gun contest, Tilton Button received 7th, Chisum Pelster placed 5th, Boone Button received 9th, Baxter Reece placed 12th, Victoria Turbiville received 18th, and Jaime Turbville was awarded 11th. In the Air Rifle Sporter contest, Chisum Pelster placed 4th, Baxter Reece received 5th, and Boone Button was awarded 6th. Sheridan County also hosted a postal shoot. In the BB Gun contest: Tilton Button was awarded 4th, Chisum Pelster placed 3rd, Baxter Reece received 4th, and Boone Button placed 12th. In Air Rifle Sporter: Chisum Pelster was awarded 4th, Baxter Reece placed 5th, and Boone Button received 6th.

The State BB Gun Match was held on March 20th and 21st in Dodge, Nebraska. In the Air Rifle contest: Baxter Reece was awarded 9th and Boone Button placed 10th. In the BB Gun competition: Tilton Button placed 4th and Boone Button placed 10th.

Congrats on a great year to all the shooting sports members!!

Multicooker Family Zoom workshop

Multi-cookers are one of today's most popular kitchen appliances! They can be used as a pressure cooker, a yogurt maker, a steam, a rice cooker and to sauté or keep food warm. During this 2-hour workshop learn how to successfully and safely operate a multi-cooker while creating quick and safe meals for your family while in the comfort of your own home. If you do not have a multi-cooker this workshop is an opportunity to see if you want one of these handy devices.

This zoom workshop will take place on April 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm via Zoom. Please register by April 9th by contacting Melissa Mracek at

4-H Livestock Sales

Click here to see all the 4-H livestock for sale in the Panhandle.

UNL Livestock Judging Camp

Blaine French, the UNL Livestock Judging Coach, and team members will be hosting a clinic in Scottsbluff on Saturday, April 24th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Scottsbluff County Fairgrounds. The cost of the clinic is $5 and will include pizza and a drink. Youth need to pre-register by the 20th to receive lunch by contacting the Garden County Office at (308) 772-3311.

Buckle UP Show Camp and Show Goat Clinic

On Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th at the Morrill County Fairgrounds a Buckle Up Show Clinic for Sheep and Goats. The Clinic will cover health, nutrition, fitting, and showmanship. The fee is $100 per camper and lunch will be provided. To pre-register contact Justin Niccoli at 970-520-1343.

Levi Dale with Rockin D Boer Goats will be hosting a Goat Clinic on April 17th at the Scottsbluff County Fairgrounds. The workshop will cover grooming, fitting, hoof care, showmanship, and a feeding program. The fee is $40 per participant with a goat including lunch and then just $3 to $5 for spectators.

Livestock Shows, Clinics, and Judging Contests

Click here to see a listing of all the events happening in the area.

4-H District Horse Shows

4-H'ers must have passed Horsemanship Advancement Level II by May 7 in order to participate at a district show. District classes are held as qualifiers for corresponding classes at the State 4-H Horse Expo. District show classes include Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Barrels, and Poles. All entries are due by May 7th. Go to to learn about the entry procedure.
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New Livestock Classes at NE State Fair

It is with great excitement that Nebraska 4-H will be offering new livestock classes and divisions at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair! With the decision to shift 4-H and FFA livestock shows to the two different weekends, this provided the opportunity to offer new shows and programs for 4-H.

Here’s what is NEW!


In our beef area, we will now be offering:

· a feeder calf show,

· a junior breeding heifer class to all of our breeding classes, and

· 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five beef animals. A 4-H’er can exhibit up to two market beef, three breeding heifers and two feeder calves as long as the total number of entries does not exceed five beef animals.


In our swine area,

  • We will be offering a breeding gilt show. This breeding gilt show will include 9 purebred classes as well as a crossbred class.

  • In our market swine show, we will be creating a more diverse show by including 9 purebred classes.

  • We will also be adding new “Farrowed and Owned Breeding and Market Swine” divisions. The Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the swine industry and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the swine industry. The goal of the Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine projects by providing unique opportunities focusing on swine production as goal of the member’s project, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and engagement by the 4-H member.

  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five swine projects. A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting three market hogs and two breeding gilts


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five sheep maximum, if at least two are breeding ewes. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market lambs.


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five goats maximum, if at least two are breeding does. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market goats.

4-H Camp Scholarships

4-H members can apply for a camp scholarship to help pay the fee for them to attend a camp this summer. Camp scholarship applications are due to the Sioux County 4-H Council by April 15th. Applicants will be notified by May 1st if they received the funding. Families will pay for the camp first and then be reimbursed afterwards. It may be used to attend the local 4-H camps. If you were selected as an Outstanding 4-H member this year or last, you have the ability to utilize your $250 camp scholarship this summer as well. The scholarship application can be found at:

*NEW* 2021 4-H Youth Leadership Conference (YLC)

High School students (ages 14-18)! We are inviting you to join us for the Youth Leadership Conference, July 1-3, 2021, at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE. Register here: by June 1st to claim your spot in this amazing experience. The cost for YLC will be $200. We’ll be taking advantage of some traditional camp activities while integrating leadership workshops and speakers to bring together and develop the leaders of Nebraska 4-H!

Wilderness Wonders

Come Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast at the 2021 Wilderness Wonders Camp. Test your survivor skills at this summer's Wilderness Wonders Camp! New this year, there will be two one-day camps. On June 2nd, youth who are going into 3rd through 5th grade will be challenged on how they can survive in a group through this hands-on camp. This camp will be held from 9 am until 5 pm at Camp Norwesca. The camp is limited to 40 campers with a $40 fee.

June 3rd will be a one-day camp for youth currently in K-2. These youth members will be challenged with their own set of survivor skills from 9 am until 2 pm at Camp Norwesca. This camp is limited to 25 youth and will have a $30 fee. Youth will need to bring their swimming suits and towels to the June 3rd camp. The camp application can be found at

Applications are due to the Nebraska Extension-Box Butte Office at 415 Black Hills Alliance, NE 69301 by May 14th. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions. Apply for a 4-H Council Camp Scholarship to help pay for this camp.

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LOG N Camp

Kick off your summer right by joining Panhandle 4-H staff at the LOG N Camp at Halsey State 4-H Camp on May 25-26th. During this camp youth in grades 5th through 7th will get to experience the TRUST course, go canoeing, travel down the zipline while learning valuable leadership skills to take home with them. The fee is $85. Scholarships may be available from the 4-H Council!! Contact Melissa Mracek at for more information.

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Design Camp

Are you ready for the next step in Clothing and Design? Challenge yourself to design and sew your own garment at this year's Design Camp. Youth will have the opportunity to Dip Dye and sew a sun dress or shorts, create leather accessories, develop a multimedia art piece, and build your clothing portfolio. Besides clothing design activities, youth will also get to zipline, tube, and eat smores around a campfire. This camp will be held on June 10th and 11th at the Halsey State 4-H Camp for youth who are at least ten years old and at STEAM 2 level in sewing. The fee for the is $125, 4-H Council Camp Scholarships may be available. This camp is limited to 20 youth. Registrations are due May 21st to the Nebraska Extension Box Butte Office at 415 Black Hills Alliance, NE 69301. Registrations can be found at
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Nebraska 4-H camps

Want to spend a week of your summer enjoying the outdoors, trying new activities and making new friends?! Join us at Nebraska 4-H Camps for summer 2021! Our summer camp is located in the middle of the Sandhills in the beautiful Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Our week-long overnight camp programs are open to all youth ages 8-15. You do not need to be a member of 4-H to attend camp (invite all of your friends to join!). We also have leadership opportunities and jr. counselor positions available for ages teens ages 15-18. A typical week at 4-H Camp includes a variety of outdoor adventure activities such as canoeing, zipline, high ropes course, archery, crafts, campfires and more!

For more information and full camp descriptions please view the electronic 4-H Camp brochure:

Please reach out to the Camp Program Director, Katie Zabel, with any questions!

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4-H Cooking & Food Preservation

This past year has resulted in increased interest of gardening, food preservation, and cooking/baking! Several people want to learn and improve cooking and baking skills. Youth and adults can utilize the Nebraska 4-H Cooking 101-401 project manuals to gain knowledge. The 4-H cooking series include manuals for four different levels. The manuals provide content information, food science experiments, and a variety of classic recipes that are youth tested and youth/adult friendly. ANYONE can purchase the manuals online at: The curriculum comes as loose-leaf paper, so be sure to purchase a binder to store the manual. Happy cooking!

Cooking 101 - Improve and learn new skills in cooking and baking. PLUS, explore great new dishes! Youth will learn about MyPlate, how to stop the spread of germs in the kitchen, measure and mix ingredients, rate baked goods for appearance and taste, set the table for a family meal and delve into cooking basics. Fair entries: cookies, muffins, no bake cookies, brownies, granola. (Refer to the county fair book for more information.)

Cooking 201 -Topics include understanding and preventing foodborne illnesses, thawing frozen foods, proper knife techniques, how to read Nutrition Facts labels, and how to make soups, rice, pasta, and other foods. Fair Entries: Loaf Quick Bread Creative Mixes, Biscuits or Scones, Healthy Baked Product, Coffeecake, Whole Grain baked product, nontraditional baked products. (Refer to the county fair book for more information.)

Cooking 301 -Youth practice making bread, grilling meats, vegetables, and fruit, and making butter. Youth learn about yeast, gluten, and different types of fats. Fair entries: White Bread ,Whole Wheat or Mixed Grain Bread, Specialty Rolls, Dinner Roll, Specialty Bread, Shortened Cake. (Refer to the county fair book for more information.)

Cooking 401 -Youth learn about herbs and spices and how to make ethnic foods. Youth also practice making cakes, candy, pastries, and pies. Fair entries: Double Crust Fruit Pie, Family Food Traditions, Ethnic Food Exhibit, Candy, Foam Cake, Specialty Pastry. (Refer to the county fair book for more information.)


It’s application time for one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). This year, NAYI is celebrating 50 years of bringing together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year. NAYI will be held July 12-16, 2021, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus and will follow any COVID-19 recommendations in place at the time. Applications for NAYI are available at and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2021, to apply. “NAYI is 50 years strong this year and still the longest running agricultural youth program of its kind in the nation,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “NAYI offers networking, career development and leadership activities in creative and fun ways to engage high school students interested in the ag industry. Be sure to encourage the high school juniors and seniors you know to apply to NAYI before the April 15th deadline.” This year’s NAYI 50th anniversary theme is “Timeless Traditions” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, awards presentations and creative opportunities to interact with other participants. NAYI is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which is comprised of 21 college-aged students selected by NDA for their passion and interest in the ag industry. The Council’s purpose is to provide young Nebraskans with a better understanding of agriculture, including agricultural opportunities available to today’s youth and career choices for the future. NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Applications are available online at and must be submitted by April 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.