Saunders County 4-H Smore

February 25 , 2019

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Leader & Parent Information Night
  2. 2019 4-H Activity Calendar
  3. Speech & Presentation Contest
  4. Superintendents for 2019 NEEDED!
  5. SC Shooting Sports Practices
  6. SC Livestock Judging
  7. SC Archery Practice
  8. Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute (NAYI)
  9. ATV Event
  10. SC 4-H Foundation Fundraiser
  11. Show Pig Clinic
  12. Rabbit Show
  13. Clinics/Classes
  14. 2019 4-H Enrollment Open
  15. Culinary Challenge
  16. Nebraska Charter Year - Photo
  17. Companion Animal 4-H Advisory Committee
  18. Nebraska Charter Year
  19. Ashland Shotgun Shooting
  20. Horse & Wildlife Events
  21. Youth Corn Challenge
  22. Aksarben Stock Show
  23. CASNR Experience Power of Red
  24. Pick Your Project Listing
  25. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Leader & Parent Information Night

Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm

1071 County Road G

Ithaca, NE

This was previously leader training but has been opened up to all leaders and parents. Bring any and all questions!

SC Speech & Presentation Contest

Tuesday, March 26th, 6pm

1071 County Road G

Ithaca, NE


We are still needing superintendents in the following areas for the 2019 Saunders County Fair:



COMMUNICATION (photography)




Saunders County Shooting Sports

The SC Shooting sports (BB and Air Rifle) program has a new leader, Chad Lechtenburg.

He will BE holding FIRST YEAR SHOOTING CERTIFICATION'S ( If this is your very first year wanting to shoot) on the following days:

March 4

REGULAR PRACTICES will begin March 11

They will all begin at 6:00 PM and be held in Commercial building of Wahoo fairgrounds.

Any questions, feel free to email chad at

SC Livestock Judging

To all youth interested in attending Livestock Judging practices:

If you are interested in attending workouts please email myself ( or Caitlin Coulson ( to make us aware of your interest.

Coaches: Ryan Coulson

Caitlin Coulson

Dan Wolfe

Saunders County Archery Practice

Archery Practices will be the following mondays, held from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Gayle Hatton Pavillon at the fairgrounds.

February 25

March 11

March 25

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Touhy Livestock will host an ATV Aware educational event Sunday, March 17th 1 p.m. at the Gayle Hattan Pavilion, Saunders County Fairgrounds. This free event is open to all Saunders county youth and parents interested in learning more about ATV safety and Nebraska laws. More information about the program can be found on the attached flyer. Please RSVP to Danny Furasek at 402-580-5312.

2019 SC 4-H Foundation Fundraiser

2019 Silent Auction “Keep Saunders County Rolling” will be the slogan for this year’s silent auction. o Cole will direct 4-H clubs (via email) to construct a project that somehow uses wheels of some sort or something that puts things into motion or that has been used to keep things in motion (ie: fiber optics, wagon wheels, tires, etc). The auction items will be on display and up for bidding during the fair.

o A “Buy Now” option price will be set upon the 4-H Club’s suggestion. Bidding will continue on items that haven’t been purchased through the “Buy Now” option and will be finalized through a Live Auction Sunday evening prior to the Livestock Auction

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Companion Animal 4-H Advisory Committee

Nebraska State 4-H Companion Animal Program

Are you interested in providing feedback and helping with steering the Nebraska State 4-H Companion Animal Program (dogs, cats, household pets). I am looking for people willing and interested in serving on the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Advisory Committee. This is a new committee. I would like the membership of the committee to include extension faculty and staff, 4-H members, recent 4-H alumni, and 4-H adult volunteers from across the state. This committee would offer insight, review, and input for the operation and management of the Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Program. Committee members would be expected to meet face-to-face and/or through scheduled conference calls (Zoom) or utilizing email to conduct committee business.

We would be setting up the regular meeting schedule and roles of the committee once we have set the membership of the committee.

Those interested are encouraged to fill out the contact information form by the end of January, using this link:

Nebraska Charter Year

February 15, 2019 marks 150 years since the day the state of Nebraska chartered the University of Nebraska. This means that on February 15, 1869, the University of Nebraska became a part of the fabric of our state. Nebraska Extension is perfectly positioned to take this celebrations state-wide. So you will see some new ACTIVITIES in 2019 to celebrate this. One of them will be the following photography class at the fair:

State Fair Photography Class

• 4-H members enrolled in Mastering Photography Unit 3 are invited to celebrate N|150 by exhibiting in the Theme Print (Class B182060) at their local counties fairs. The top exhibit(s) from each county will be selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair. February 15, 2019 marks 150 years of history to appreciate, impact to unpack, and stories to tell. How has the University of Nebraska impacted you, your family, or your community? How can you tell this story through photography?

4H Shotgun Shooting

Female and Male Youth, grades 6 thru 12, interested in trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H. We are wanting to establish 5 person, Female and Male, Middle and Senior High School Teams for the 2018-2019 school year. No experience necessary! Hunter Safety Required!

For more information, please contact Ashland 4H: Email: Website:

8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the 8th Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

To participate in 2019, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

Searchable, Web-Based 2019 Pick Your Project Now Available

The Pick Your Project, available at, has been updated for the 2019 program year. Like last year, the printable, 2-page 2019 Nebraska 4-H Project Listing is available and can be distributed to 4-H members, volunteers, and parents. This printable 4-H Project Listing shares a link to the Pick Your Project. Both of these resources can be publicly accessed at

Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

The nomination form can be found on our website at

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.