Sioux County Newsletter

June 2021

Calendar of Events

June 1 - Livestock Clinic in Chadron

June 2 - Cake Decorating via Zoom

June 2 - Wilderness Wonders Camp

June 3 - Wilderness Wonders Camp

June 9 - Food Preservation via Zoom

June 10 - Felting Creations via Zoom

June 10-12 - Fort Robinson Horse Camp

NEW!! - June 14 - Small Animal Workshop

June 15 – 4-H Enrollment Due

June 16 - Not Your Grandma's Fake Flowers

June 17 - Western Livestock Challenge

June 23 - Weaving Around & Around

June 24 - Tale of Tails Clover Kid Workshop

June 29 - Light Up the Summer with 4-H

June 30 - Genealogy via Zoom

June 30 - Range Judging Day Camp


July 7 - Tick Tock Fair is Coming

July 13 - Crate your own Design

July 15 - Fair Entry Forms due

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.

Rabbit Health Precautions

RHDV2 is being found in rabbits in states surrounding Nebraska. RHDV2 is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus affecting rabbits. It is being found in wild rabbits and then spreading to domestic rabbits. Symptoms include: loss of appetite, lethargy, high fever, seizures, jaundice, bleeding from nose, mouth, or rectum, difficulty breathing, and sudden death. It can be spread orally, through the nasal, or ocular exposure to the virus, or by blood-feeding insects. To help protect your rabbits this summer limit the time they are outside roaming freely in your yard where they could come in contact with wild rabbits or mosquitos. Best practice is to have rabbits housed indoors. If they are housed outside, double fence to avoid contact with wildlife, place hutches or cages off the ground, and do not use forage, tree branches or grass for bedding from areas with infected wildlife. Avoid collecting outdoor forage or allowing your rabbits to feed on grass in your yard.

Living Room Learning+

Looking for a summer experience that your child can participate in from the comfort of your home? Join Nebraska 4-H in June and July for Living Room Learning+! A hands-on, virtually guided activity will be shared during these live experiences with youth joining from across Nebraska. Each session will use inexpensive, easy-to-find materials. The completed project may be showcased as an exhibit at a local county fair (optional). A career connection to the project will also be made. Sessions will focus on Food + Science and Entrepreneurship + Art. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. The first 25 pre-registrations received for both sessions of this summer’s Living Room Learning+ will receive the Nebraska 4-H Project of the Year educational kit (a $25+ value!) mailed to them for use during Living Room Learning+ in July. Pre-register today at http://4h.unl.edu/living-room-learning!


The sessions will feature the following topics:

  • Wednesday, June 9, at 9 am -- Food + Science
  • Wednesday, July 7, at 9 am -- Entrepreneurship + Art

If interested in participating on July 7th, we can make a day of it with the Tick Tock workshop in the afternoon. Contact the office to register and then bring your lunch!!

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Summer 4-H Events

Dried & Delicious

Youth will learn how to freeze and dehydrate fruits and vegetables for a county fair project.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 9 from 10 am to 12 pm

Where: via Zoom

Cost: FREE

Projects: E40701, E408001, E408004

Registration Deadline: June 9th at https://go.unl.edu/freezing-drying

Felting Creations

Youth will learn properties of wool and how to wet felt small objects.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 10 from 9 am to 11 am

Where: via Zoom

Cost: $15

Project: C257013

Registration Deadline: June 3rd at https://go.unl.edu/wetfelt

Sheridan 4-H Progress Show

Who: Ages 5 and up (see rules for 5-7)

When: June 12, Registration starts at 7 am, Show at 10 am

Where: Sheridan Fairgrounds

Cost: $20 per head by June 1st, $25 after, $5 for Showmanship

Projects: Beef, Sheep, Goats

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Small Animal Clinic

Youth will learn and practice how to show all small animal species for fair.


Who: Ages 5 and up

When: Date was changed to June 14 from 8 to 12 pm

Where: Harrison City Park

Cost: $0

Registration: Contact the office by June 7th

Not Your Grandma's Fake Flowers

Youth will learn how to dye and arrange wood flowers in a mason jar that can be attached to a wooden backdrop or used as a centerpiece.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 16 from 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: Harrison Bible Church

Cost: $12 per kid if join in person, $10 if join via zoom

Project: C257014

Registration: by June 7th at the Extension Office or can register for zoom option at https://go.unl.edu/floral21

Western Livestock Challenge

Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 17, Registration starts at 8 am

Where: Box Butte Fairgrounds

Cost: $15 per kid, Lunch is included

Dawes 4-H Progress Show

Who: Ages 5 & up (see rules for ages 5-7)

When: June 19, Show start 9:30 am

Where: Chadron Fairgrounds

Cost: $20 per head by June 7, $25 after, $10 showmanship

Projects: Beef, Goat, & Sheep

Register Deadline: June 7 for cheaper cost but can register day of

Weaving Around and Around

Youth will learn the basic skillset needed for weaving while creating their own basket!


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 23 from 10 am to 12 pm or via Zoom

Where: Harrison Bible Church

Cost: FREE

Project: C257013

Registration: by June 7th at the office or register for zoom option at https://go.unl.edu/weavingaround

Tale of Tails Clover Kid Workshop

Youth will create hands-on projects while experiencing the magic of stories.


Who: Ages 5 to 7

When: June 24 from 9 am to 12 pm

Where: Harrison Bible Church

Cost: $10

Registration: by June 1st by contacting the Extension Office

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Box Butte Progress Show

Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 26, Weigh-ins start at 7am , Show starts at 10 am

Where: Box Butte Fairgrounds

Cost: $20 per head, $5 showmanship

Projects: Beef, Goat, & Sheep

Register Deadline: can register the day of

Light Up the Summer with 4-H

Youth will have the opportunity to design their day. They will learn from a variety of skills including photography, solar oven cooking, rockets, flowers, and more!


Who: Ages 5 and up (5 -7 do not design their day)

When: June 29 from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Security First Bank Basement

Cost: $15

Projects: B180001-B180008, C257003, C221003, G770046, H850022

Registration Deadline: June 1st

Items to Bring: Lunch

Range Judging Day Camp

Come learn about plant ID & Classification, make a plant poster, and participate in a Plant ID Judging Contest. Great way to prepare for FFA contests and develop an exhibit for the 4-H Range Management Project.


Who: Ages 5 and up

When: June 30th from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Chadron State College

Cost: FREE

Projects: D330007

Registration Deadline: June 15th by contacting the Dawes County Extension Office

Items to Bring: Lunch

Genealogy

Discover what is Genealogy and create a binder with your family history.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: June 30 from 10 am to 11 am

Where: via Zoom

Cost: FREE

Projects: A101001, A101002, A101004 or A101005

Registration Deadline: June 30th online at https://go.unl.edu/genealogyvirtual

Tick Tock Fair is Coming

Create your very own clock that will help remind you fair is around the corner.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: July 7 from 1pm to 3 pm

Where: Harrison Bible Church or via Zoom

Cost: $15

Project: C257012

Registration Deadline: June 23rd by contacting the Extension Office or via zoom at https://go.unl.edu/ticktock

Items to Bring: Items to decorate the clock

Crate your own Design

This workshop will be devoted to making 4-H projects for your home! Youth will complete three home environment projects including tire seats, Barn Quilts, and crate furniture.


Who: Ages 8 and up

When: July 13 from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Harrison Bible Church

Cost: $10

Projects: C257025, C257021 or C257022, or C257023, C229021

Registration Deadline: July 1st by contacting the Extension Office

Livestock Shows, Clinics, and Judging Contests

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

Fair Schedule

  • Thursday, July 22nd - Clothing Day
  • Friday, July 30th – Livestock Show
  • Monday, August 2nd -Companion Animal Show
  • Tuesday, August 3rd – Horse Show
  • Thursday, August 5th – Art Hall Day

Fairbook


The fairbook has been updated and can be found on the website at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/2020-sioux-county-fair/.

Online Livestock Judging Video Series

Practice livestock judging from home with our online livestock judging video series available at go.unl.edu/livestock-judging. These videos are great for youth practicing for the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit or the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest coming up at the end of June. The series includes 7 classes. Start by sorting the class, work on your reasons, and get tips and tricks for improving your skills while listening to a critique of the class from Blaine French, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Livestock Judging Coach.
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Livestock Achievement Program

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for 4-H youth participating in livestock projects! The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.


The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose or they can identify their own with approval of the 4-H Educator, Melissa Mracek.


Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair. For more information visit: 4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement-program.