Sioux County Newsletter

March 2021

Calendar of Events

Mar. 1 - Sewing Class

Mar. 6 - Sidney & Virtual Robotics Competition

Mar. 14 – Chadron Panhandle Best Shoot

Mar. 15 - Sewing Class

Mar. 20-21 – State BB Shoot at Fremont, NE

Mar. 23 - Sioux County 4-H Council Meeting at 6 pm

Mar. 26 - Entomology Workshop at Bank Basement


Apr. 11 - Speech Contest at 2 pm

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

Amazon Smile

Have you been ordering from Amazon lately? If so help support the Sioux County 4-H program by logging into smile.amazon.com and select Nebraska 4-H Foundation Harrison, NE. Just by purchasing through Amazon, you will contribute to the 4-H program.

Entomology Workshop

Discover the wonderful world of bugs and build a bug house at our early out workshop on March 26th from 2 to 4 pm at the Security First Bank Basement. Come and complete a project for fair! The fee for this workshop is $5.

Wilderness Wonders Camp

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 https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/4-h-event-calendar/.


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 mmracek2@unl.edu 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 https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/4-h-event-calendar/
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Panhandle Best

The Sioux County 4-H Shooting Sports members have been busy competing at the local Panhandle Best Competitions. Competition results can be found at Orion Results Center. The Kimball shoot has been changed to a virtual/remote manner. Participants should have received targets at the Alliance or Ogallala shoot. They are to be completed from February 17th through March 4th, and mailed by March 5th to Sherry Winstrom 805 W 5th, Kimball, NE 69145.



The shooting sports members have participated in the Scottsbluff and Box Butte County Matches. At the Scottsbluff Shoot, in the Air Rifle Sporter discipline: Baxter Reece placed 5th, Boone Button placed 6th and Jaime Turbiville placed 4th. In BB Gun: Tilton Button placed 2nd, Chisum Pelster placed 1st, Victoria Turbiville placed 4th, Boone Button placed 8th, and Baxter Reece placed 10th.



At the Box Butte Shoot, in Air Rifle Sporter discipline: Chisum Pelster was awarded 2nd, Boone Button placed 5th, Baxter Reece received 6th, and Jaime Turbvilled received 4th. In BB Gun: Tilton Button received 3rd, Chisum Pelster also received 3rd, Victoria Turbville was awarded 5th, Baxter Reece placed 7th, Boone Button received 9th, and Jaime Turbville placed 6th.



Remaining Panhandle Best 2021 Dates

  • Mar 14 Chadron
  • Mar 20-21 State Championships


Best of luck to all the Shooting Sports members as you continue learning about and enjoying this lifetime sport!

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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 mmracek2@unl.edu.

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: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/scholarship-opportunities-sioux-county/.

Save the Dates

April 11 – Sioux County Speech Contest

May 18-20 – Babysitting Basics Class

May 21 – Dawes Livestock Judging Contest

May 25-26 – LOG N Camp

May 27 – Birdhouse Workshop

June 2 – Wilderness Wonders Camp (youth going into 3rd-5th grade)

June 3 - Wilderness Wonders Camp (youth in K-2nd grade)

June 9 – Food Preservation Workshop

June 10-12 – Fort Robinson Horse Camp

June 10-11 – Design Camp

June 15 – 4-H Enrollment for fair due

June 17 – Western Livestock Challenge in Hemingford

June 28-29 – PASE at UNL

June 30 – State Speech Contest

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 4h.unl.edu.”



For more information visit: https://4h.unl.edu/public-speaking. Registrations for this contest are due to the Extension Office on Friday, April 2nd. Find the application attached below.

Trailer Bash

Are you in search of a 4-H animal but do not want to travel across the state or pay a ton? Attend the 1st ever Trailer Bash at the Dawes County Fairgrounds on March 27th. At this event at least 30 Hereford pigs, 10 goats, and potentially sheep will be available for silent auction for 4-H members. For more information about this event contact Daryl Scherbarth at 308-360-1881.