Hall County 4-H Newsletter

April 2022

In This Issue

  • Kids College Opportunities
  • Hall County 4-H Fair Book
  • Senior Spotlight
  • Enroll in Hall County 4-H
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Summer Camps/Camp Scholarships
  • Bicycle Road-E-O
  • Market Broilers
  • Photography Level 1 Theme
  • Get Buggy with 4-H Entomology
  • Shooting Sports
  • Horse News
  • Livestock Updates/YQCA
  • Week of the Volunteer - Lunch & Learn
  • 2022 Hall County 4-H Council Members
  • Statewide 4-H Events & Opportunities
  • Calendar
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Check it Out - Kids College!

The Extension office is now taking registrations for Kids College classes, which will be held mostly in June. Classes fill up fast; sign up today!

Birthday Bags

Date & Time: Monday, April 18, 1-2 pm

Ages: 5 & up; Cost: FREE - Bring 1-2 blank birthday cards to go in the bags!

Not all families in our community have the funds/supplies to celebrate their kids’ birthdays. Hall County 4-H is partnering with the Salvation Army and Hope Harbor to provide 4-H birthday bags that include supplies to bake a birthday cake and celebrate in style with candles, 4-H swag, and more! Join us to put together the bags for this community service project while learning more about food insecurity and homelessness in our community. Instructors: 4-H Staff, D’Ette Scholtz, Megan Knuth, LaDonna Obermiller

(Click the Kids College button above to sign up for this community service activity!)

The 2022 Hall County Fair Book is ready!

The Fair Book contains 4-H project class descriptions, premiums & much more. Check it out here: https://hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/. Listed below is a summary of new classes & class changes.

NEW Classes for 2022:

  • Entomology – Special Entomology Project, Special Entomology Project Display
  • Forestry – Forest Product Display, Forest Health Display, Wildfire Prevention Poster, Sustainable Landscape Diorama, Tree Planting Project Display
  • Outdoor Adventures Division – Level 1: Hiking Trails & Backpacking, Level 2: Camping Adventures & Backpacking, Level 3: Backpacking Expeditions.
  • Welding – Welding Art

Class Changes for 2022:

  • All Shopping in Style and Attention Shoppers modeling entries will require a completed Information Card found here: https://hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair-information/, or copies may be picked up at the Extension office.
  • Communications will no longer be a State Fair eligible division.
  • Home Environment has now been split into two different departments – Home Environment and Visual Arts. Home Environment (Consumer & Family Science Division) will include Design My Place, Design Decisions and Heirloom Treasures. Visual Arts (Communications & Expressive Arts Division) will include Portfolio Pathways and Sketchbook Crossroads.
  • Robotics – Robotics Video and Build a Robot are no longer State Fair eligible classes.
  • General Fair Rules have been updated by the Hall County Fair Board.


Please review ALL AREAS of the 2022 Fair Book that pertain to your projects. You may download a copy of the 2022 Fair Book here: https://hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/. If you have any questions or cannot find where your project “fits,” call 308-385-5088 or email Crystal at cbeissenherz2@unl.edu. We are here to help!

4-H Fine Arts Night

Share your enthusiasm about 4-H through the 4-H Public Speaking Contest! Youth have the opportunity to write a Speech or a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience. The 4-H Public Speaking Contest helps youth develop skills for communicating about current issues to real audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn how to present themselves to others, and develop self-confidence.


Do you have a musical talent or a flair for theatrics? Share your talent at the 4-H Fine Arts Night! Talent show entries may include, but are not limited to: magic, comedy, instrumental or vocal performance, mime, skit, etc. Top performers may be selected to perform at the 4-H Fashion show on June 29.


For more information, go to https://hall.unl.edu/4-h-contests-events/ or call (308) 385-5088. Registration forms are due to the Extension office by April 12.

4-H Camp Scholarships

The Hall County 4-H Council will award two $100 Camp scholarships (4-H age 12 and under). To apply, visit https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/hall/4-h-summer-camps/ for the Camp Scholarship application or contact the Hall County Extension Office. Applications are due to the Extension Office by April 8th. 4-H members (13 or older) may request funds to attend camp or other contests.

Join us for 4-H Bicycle Road-E-O!

Bike Road-E-O will be held Thursday, June 2nd at 3:30 pm. Bring your bikes and helmets for a fun contest to test your bicycle knowledge! (Limited number of helmets available at contest.) The contest involves a written test as well; study guides are available. Please sign up by May 24th. Contact Crystal at cbeissenherz2@unl.edu to sign up and/or receive a study guide.

Project Spotlight:

Market Broiler Project

Order chicks by May 6

Hall County Fair, July 20-24
Ages: 5-18 (age as of Dec. 31, 2021); Cost: $11.00 for 10 chicks

Today’s modern broiler chicken is the fastest, most efficient, meat producing bird. The broiler project is great for youth living in town, on an acreage, or the farm. Each participant will receive 10 broiler chicks for $11.00, educational materials for the care and showing of broilers, and the opportunity to exhibit at the Hall County Fair. Hall County 4-H enrollment is required. To order chicks, call the Extension office at 308-385-5088. Deadline to order chicks is May 6th.

Photography Level 1 Theme for 2022

Attention 4-H Photography enthusiasts! This year’s Hall County Level 1 Photography Theme will feature Sunrises/Sunsets. Be sure to enroll in the project Photography (A) - Photography Basics. This is for Level 1 photography exhibitors only. Class information is listed in the 2022 Fair Book. Get out and start snapping!

Get Buggy with 4-H Entomology!

Are you interested in learning more about creepy, crawly insects? A new 4-H entomology group will be forming in Wood River for interested youth and families! Please contact the Extension Office by April 15th (308-385-5088) if you have a 4-Her interested, or give David Nielsen a call at 515-520-1265 for more information. Dave, an entomologist, will be volunteering with 4-H and starting this group soon!

Shooting Sports:

Hunter's Education

If you plan to participate in the shotgun or rifle project this year, make sure you take a hunter’s safety course first (4-H age 11 and up). To register, visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/huntereducation/.

2022 Hall County 4-H Shooting Sports Schedule

The dates are set for 4-H Archery, BB Gun, 22 Rifle and Shotgun practices/competitions. (Dates & times are subject to change.) Youth who participate in practices and competitions must be enrolled in 4-H Online BEFORE practicing and competing in a 4-H Shooting Sports event. *Minimum age for Archery & BB Gun is 4-H age 8. Minimum age for 22 Rifle and Shotgun is 4-H age 11 (Hunter's Safety Certification REQUIRED). Please review the Hall County Fair Book - Shooting Sports section/rules and the 2022 Hall County 4-H Shooting Sports Schedule. Contact the Hall County Extension Office at 308-385-5088 with questions.

Horse News:

Horse Level Testing

As a reminder, if you are working on a horsemanship level, once you pass all the requirements for each level, the office needs proof of each requirement signed by the appropriate leader, instructor, or certified examiner. If you plan on competing at the district or state level, the Extension office needs proof of completion by May 6. For county fair, proof of completion needs to be turned in by

June 15.

Nebraska Equine Webinar Series - District & State Horse Entries

Join us April 11th, 6-7 pm CT for our Equine webinar series.

Topic: District & State Entries

This instructional webinar is important for families to attend on how to enter for the district and state shows via ShoWorks. State 4-H District AND State entries will be due May 6th, 2022 by families! To register in advance for the webinar, please go to: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series. The webinar will also be recorded if you cannot attend in person, and you will be able to find it along with all the previous webinars at: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series. If you have participated and/or watched previous webinars, please fill out a short survey so that we can better meet your needs in the future and provide a better experience. https://goo.gl/forms/INFcpHyaupMh7xNS2Join

Nebraska 4-H Horse Opportunities

District/State 4-H Horse Show Information, 4-H Horse Stampede, Equine Webinar Series, Horsemanship Study Courses, Advancement Levels and much more!

Livestock Updates:

YQCA Training Update

YQCA has moved! Nebraska 4-H requires all members enrolled in a livestock project to complete annual quality assurance certification through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals program. The program has recently moved to a new online system available at YQCAProgram.org. Learn more about YQCA requirements and find help documents at 4h.unl.edu/yqca. Call the Extension Office if you have questions at 308-385-5088.


*YQCA Training is REQUIRED each year for all youth (4-H age 8-18) planning to show beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, poultry & rabbits at County and/or State Fair.

Attention Sheep & Goat Exhibitors!

The Market Sheep and Goat Weigh-in will be held on Monday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm on the west side of the Five Points Bank Arena at Fonner Park. If you plan to show market lambs or meat goats, you must weigh them at this time. Market lambs and meat goats that you wish to have eligible for State Fair will have DNA pulled at this time as well. If interested in helping with the weigh-in, contact the Extension office.

Animal Identification Guidelines:


  • Reminder of ID Tag requirements for 4-H Sheep and Goats: All 4-H Sheep and Goats (including meat & dairy goats) do require a Scrapie USDA Flock ID tag to be eligible to show at County and State Fair. See hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair for the Hall County Animal ID guidelines (includes State Fair requirements).
  • Check out the Hall County Animal ID Guidelines. It lists methods of ID, nomination deadlines & entry deadlines for animals that will be shown at County Fair and State Fair. *ID forms/nominations MUST be submitted by June 15th, 2022 for ALL SPECIES.
  • Important Animal ID Requirements to be eligible for State Fair: As in the past, DNA will need pulled for all market animals. In addition, any animals that you are considering and would like to be eligible to show at State Fair, will also need to be entered and paid online, by YOU (4-H families) at showstockmgr.com. The deadline for all animals is June 15th.

Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI)

Apply now to attend one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). NAYI brings 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 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 11–15, 2022. Applications for NAYI are available at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2022, to apply. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Connections.”


NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Students attend NAYI free of charge due to generous donations from numerous agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.

Are you passionate about the Beef Industry?

The Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest & Beef Advocacy Training provides an opportunity for youth to become spokespersons and future leaders in the beef industry.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:00 pm
  • Mid-Plains Community College, 715 E Hwy 20, Valentine, NE

For more information or to register for the contest, email ncw@necattlemen.org or call 402-450-0223. Registration also available at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:

2022 Hall County 4-H Council pic

2022 Calendar - Upcoming Events

  • April 13 - Extension Board meeting, 4:30 pm at the Gallery Bar.

  • April 18 - Birthday Bags Workshop, 1-2 pm at the Extension office.

  • April 26 - 4-H Fine Arts Night, 6:30 pm at the College Park Auditorium; register by April 12.

  • April 29 - Arbor Day; Extension office is closed.

  • May 6 - Deadline for District/State horse online entries, ID forms & advancement levels.

  • May 16 - Horse advisory meeting, 6 pm at the Extension office.

  • May 23 - Sheep & Goat weigh-in, 5:30-7:30 pm at Fonner Park.

  • May 30 - Memorial Day; Extension office is closed.

  • June 2 - Bicycle Road-E-O, 3:30 pm at the Extension office (north parking lot).

  • June 2 - 4-H Council meeting, 6:30 pm at the Extension office.

  • June 15 - Deadline for all animal ID forms, vaccination forms & quality assurance certificates.

  • June 15 - Deadline for State Fair animal online nominations.

  • June 22 - Deadline for Hall County Fair entry forms.

  • June 29 - Clothing Judging Day & 4-H Fashion Show

  • July 20-24 - Hall County Fair


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