4-H Friday News Blast for 7-12-2019

Livestock & Contest entries due Monday 7/15 at 11:59 p.m.

Livestock and Contest Deadline for Showing at the County Fair - Monday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m.

ALL animal entries and all county fair contests need to be pre-registered for the county fair. This is done on-line at https://cass.fairwire.com/

Animal entries includes Horses, Cats, Poultry, Rabbits, Small Animals, Dogs, and all livestock.

Contest entries include: Tractor Driving, Performing Arts, Table Setting, and Shooting Sports.

How do you do this? The link for detailed instructions is on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/showorks-entry-instructions-for-livestock-entries/

Please give us a call if you are having any issues entering your registration. Also, please do not wait until the last minute to register. The deadline for these entries is Monday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m. This is a FIRM deadline.


Table Setting Contest is So Much Fun!

This is a growing and very fun contest! Join in on the fun and be creative ... Decorate an awesome table!

Read about the contest guidelines in the Cass County Fairbook.


Pre-entry deadline July 15th at 11:59 p.m. at: https://cass.fairwire.com/



Sewing construction Project and Fashion Show

4-Hers who are enrolled in sewing projects, here are a few helpful tips for you:

  1. Clothing Judging and Style Show Judging both happen on the same day! Note: sewing projects are NOT entered on entry day at the fair. All sewing projects are entered and judged on August 1st! This happens in the EXPO building, beginning at 8:30 am.
  2. Style Review paperwork is done on paper (not on-line like livestock and contests). That’s because Style Review paperwork include cloth swatches or samples.
  3. The due-date for Style Review pre-entry is July 15th.
  4. Check the fairbook to see what entries can be made in your project area.
  5. If you have questions, let us know.


Performing Arts Contest

All 4-Hers and clubs exhibiting in the Performing Arts Contest can pre-enter on-line by July 15th OR you can enter with a paper copy. Enter on-line at https://cass.fairwire.com/. Enter on paper using this fillable form-click here. Band performances, Instrumental solos, duets, or combo, Song groups, Drill or Dance Routines, and Vocal or instrumental solos are all encouraged.


Read the 4-H Fair Book

Many exhibits at the fair require special forms or tags. Read your fair book to make sure you have everything you need before you come to enter your exhibits! Some of the special forms are on our cass.unl.edu website under the tab Fairs and Contests.

You can purchase a copy of the fairbook at the Extension Office for $2.00, or access it on-line. Click here for the on-line version.


Eggs & Embryology

Are you enrolled in the poultry project?

  • Did you know you could take eggs to the fair? Take a look at page 19 in the fairbook!
  • Did you hatch chicks? Did you know there were classes for embryology? That's also on page 19 of the fairbook!


Triple B 4-H 70th Anniversary Apparel

The Triple B 4-H Club is celebrating their 70th Anniversary. Congratulations, Triple B! Check out their website for ordering some very cool apparel: https://tripleb4h.itemorder.com/sale


Superintendent's Stalling Meeting

Beef, Goats, Sheep and Swine Superintendents' Stalling Meeting will be held Monday, July 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Extension Office.


$25.00 Special Award for Bess Streeter Aldrich exhibit + Certificate and Book

To educate Cass County youth about Bess Streeter Aldrich and to draw attention to the fact that she resided in Cass County, the Aldrich Foundation will present a special award to the 4-Her who creates the best Heritage Project for the Cass County Fair. Fair judges will decide who will receive the recognition: a certificate, a copy of Mrs. Aldrich's book A Lantern in Her Hand, and $25 in prize money.


Cattle Showmanship Workshop at Cass County

The question has been asked, "Do we bring our own cattle to the Showmanship Workshop?" The answer is, "Yes, you can, and practice with your own animal. Or, if you can't bring yours, you can borrow one of Korytowski's beef."
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County Fair Livestock Bedding Fees

The Cass County Ag Society/Fairboard will be collecting money for livestock bedding for beef and dairy animals. Livestock entries for the county fair are due July 15th. Payment for ordering wood chips and or shavings is also due July 15th. This cannot be done on-line - it needs to be paid in person at the Extension Office. The cost is $10.00 per head. Note: many clubs have their club leaders bring this form in to the office, so check with your leader to find out what he/she wants to do this year. Click here for a fillable Stalling and Bedding Form. Bring the form to the office with a check made out to: Cass County Ag Society.


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LEGO contest sponsored by the Ag Society - Take a look ...

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Cake Auction

Any 4-Her, age 8-18, can be in the Cake Auction. There are only two requirements:

1) 4-Hers must be enrolled in 4-H for the 2019 year

2) 4-Hers must have one entry exhibited at the County Fair this year.

1/2 of the selling price goes to the exhibitor, 1/2 of the selling price goes to the 4-H Council.

Sign up for the Cake Auction at the fairgrounds on Entry Day in the exhibit hall or the 4-H Office.

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Workshops Coming Up ...

Thursday, July 18th - Point Sheets

Tuesday, July 23 - Passport to Italy

Click here for the workshop brochure.


Would you like to be a 4-H volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair?

Do you want to spend a few hours at the state fair as an important part of the 4-H programming going on during the fair? They need your help! Nebraska 4-H is looking for volunteers to help with exhibit entry day, judging, and serving as 4-H exhibit building hosts. Volunteers will also be needed to serve as the Lil’ Green Mascot and an event photographer. We also need people to assist with all 4-H contests and events throughout the fair. State Fair 4-H volunteers will receive a gate pass for the day(s) they volunteer.

For more information go to our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/the-nebraska-state-fair/

If you have questions about being a 4-H volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair, please contact: Cathy Johnston, Extension Educator, cjohnston1@unl.edu or (402) 472-1762.



KUDOS to Layton Brauckmuller for developing his own flyer for the 4-H Livestock Auction. Layton is handing out his flyers to businesses, inviting them to attend the auction and support the 4-H exhibitors. Congratulations on your remarkable efforts and leadership skills - way to go Layton!



Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. You can pick up an Open Class fairbook at our office.
  2. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  3. Sheep & Goat Production Meeting ... July 12/13 Chadron/North Platte


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

Harlee Brauckmuller, 4-H Summer Intern, harlee.brauckmuller@huskers.unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu

Shooting Sports Contest for Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun- July 27th, 7:30 a.m. at Platte River State Park.

The 2019 4-H Shooting Sports Contest will be held Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Platte River State Park. This is for Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery competition.

4-Hers must pre-enter for these contests by July 15th. Go on-line and enter at: https://cass.fairwire.com/

Be sure you have your 10 hours of instruction documented by your certified instructor.

Please refer to the fairbook on page 38 for more specifics on the equipment, entries, attire, parental attendance, safety, tests, rules and classes.

Note: The 4-H Air Rifle and Air Pistol Competition will be held at the county fair fairgrounds on Monday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Awards for this contest will be announced and handed out at the Cake Auction on Tuesday, August 6th.