Washington County Weekly 4-H Update

May 21, 2021


  1. Washington County 4-H Calendar
  2. Nebraska Extension DHM Phase/Covid-19 Risk Dial Guidance - Now Yellow
  3. Purina Fitting and Nutrition Clinic
  4. 4-H Enrollment is Open - Deadline is June 15
  5. Help Needed from 4-H Clubs
  6. Show Cattle Clinic
  7. YQCA Certification
  8. Virtual and At Home Learning Opportunities
  9. Spotlight on 4-H Newsletter
  10. 2021 Washington County Fair
  11. WCF Sign-up Opens May 1
  12. Seeking Adult Pizza Stand Managers
  13. Applications for Youth Pizza Stand Managers
  14. PASE & Life Challenge Events
  15. Livestock Achievement Program
  16. Online Livestock Judging Video Series
  17. 4-H Project of the Year Kit Available
  18. 2021 4-H Volunteer Training Available
  19. Big Green 4-H Club Poultry Show
  20. Community Service Project Showcase
  21. New Classes Offered at the Nebraska State Fair
  22. 2021 District Horse Shows
  23. 2021 4-H Summer Camps
  24. Enroll Now - Big Red Camps
  25. Other Statewide Events and Resources



May 25....................................................Show Cattle Clinic

June 8.....................................................Purina Fitting & Nutrition Clinic

June 13....................................................4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest

June 10 ..................................................Dodge County Rabbit & Poultry Showmanship Workshop

June 15...................................................4-H Enrollment/Animal ID/YQCA Deadline

June 28 & 29...........................................PASE & Life Challenge Contests, East Campus-Lincoln

June 30...................................................State Public Speaking Contest, East Campus-Lincoln

July 8......................................................Pre-Entry Due for Washington County Fair

July 30 - August 4, 2021........................2021 Washington County Fair

Washington County 4-H Calendar

Did you know that you can find the Washington County 4-H Calendar on our webpage? View just the month or download and print the whole program year!

Visit https://go.unl.edu/washingtoncounty4hcalendar to view. As dates/events continue to be added we will update the calendar. The webpage will show the most recent date that the program calendar was updated!

Nebraska Extension DHM Phase/Covid-19 Risk Dial Guidance

Nebraska Extension DHM Phase/Covid-19 Risk Dial Guidance

Follow Most Restrictive Guidance: State DHM or Local Health Department Covid-19 Risk Dial


4-H Clubs (events, activities, meetings)

Encourage social distancing. Masks are not required.

Please Note: Face masks are NOT required for shooting sports/archery practice!

Effective May 19, 2021

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Purina Fitting and Nutrition Clinic

Washington County 4-H and WashCo Feeds present a Purina Fitting and Nutrition Clinic. This clinic will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds on June 8th starting at 5. This is a great opportunity for new members to learn how to fit your animal for the county fair, as well as older members to sharpen their skills. Come join us for the evening and learn from some of the best! Please RSVP so we can have an idea for the number of meals! You may register at https://go.unl.edu/n86s

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2021 4-H Year - Enrollment is OPEN

Nebraska 4-HOnline Enrollment Link: https://ne.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D4050364539525371705375593D

Please note that the 4-H project history has been cleared and you must enter the project name and the number of years you have participated in it. You will find your history by going into your Family Account and choosing Member Reports.

You might also notice that the Virtual Robotics project shows up in the project history but has been removed this year as the curriculum is no longer available.

Help Needed from 4-H Clubs

We need your help! We are looking for a few 4-H Clubs in Washington County to work on building new picnic tables for the fair grounds. The Washington County Fair Board will provide the specs for the picnic tables. This would be a good club project activity. If your club is able please contact the Extension Office so we can get you on the list to send the information. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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Show Cattle Clinic

Show Cattle Clinic with Ky Stierwalt - May 25th at 6pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds

YQCA Certification

YQCA (Youth for Quality Care of Animals) certification must be completed by June 15, 2021 for all youth who plan to exhibit a beef, dairy, goat, hog, sheep, poultry or rabbit animal in 4-H this year. You can visit www.yqca.org to complete your certification. You will need to use your 4-HOnline user name and password to start the process. IMPORTANT—you must have completed your 2021 4-H Enrollment to begin your YQCA process. Remember you will need to send a copy of your certificate to the office to verify you have completed your YQCA certification for 2021! The perfect winter activity is completing your YQCA early!

Virtual & At-Home Educational Resources

Looking for educational resources you can use from home? We've got you covered! 😉

Nebraska 4-H is now offering a variety of virtual learning experiences, such as Living Room Learning and Boredom Buster Challenges. We've also collected some of our favorite activity guides that are perfect for hands-on learning at home.

Check out our virtual and at-home educational resources at https://4h.unl.edu/virtual-home-learning.

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Did you miss the 4-H Volunteer Lunch & Learn webinars? Recordings of all the sessions are now available at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-training-lunch-learn.

Spotlight on 4-H Newsletter

Here is the link to the May Spotlight on 4-H newsletter. Thanks to all of our great writers we have a Bonus project editions to share as well.

May Newsletter - https://www.smore.com/4enf5

Project – Bonus Edition - https://www.smore.com/t05bs

Happy Arbor Day!

2021 Washington County Fair - July 30 to August 4

At this time we are planning to proceed with a "pre-Covid" fair schedule - much like the 2019 schedule. Updates will be provided as necessary regarding any Covid restrictions.

We hope you will join 4-H now and enjoy "FAIR FUN IN 21"

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2021 WCF 4-H Sign Ups Open MAY 1

It takes several people to ensure that the 4-H portion of the Washington County Fair runs smoothly. Consider volunteering for one of the many opportunities available. Opportunities include; Static and Contest help, Pancake Feed help, Pizza Stand help or volunteer to lead the morning Meet Me at the Flagpole. All are good opportunities for both adults and youth to directly be involved at the fair and learn more about the 4-H Program by being at the forefront of a large event. Sign ups and more information can be found at https://go.unl.edu/wcfsignups

Questions can be directed to Jaki at jaki.zahourek@unl.edu or by calling the Extension Office by 402-426-9455.

Seeking Adult Pizza Stand Managers

Looking for a new experience as a 4-H Volunteer? The 4-H Council is seeking individuals to serve as the Pizza Stand Managers for the 2021 Washington County 4-H Council Pizza Stand at the Washington County Fair. Work in collaboration with Youth Pizza Stand Managers and 4-H Clubs to bring excellent customer service and management to the pizza stand while raising funds for the Washington County 4-H Council. Interested in learning more details? Contact the 4-H Staff by e-mailing washingtoncounty4h@unl.edu or call our office at 402-426-9455.

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Applications NOW OPEN for Youth Pizza Stand Managers

Are you interested in building your leadership and entrepreneurship skills? Applying to be a Youth Pizza Stand Manager for the 4-H Council Pizza Stand is the perfect opportunity. Youth 14 and older as of 01/01/2021 are encouraged to apply by June 15, 2021 by going to https://go.unl.edu/youthpizzastand. Youth will be required to work 30 hours during the WCF and will receive a $300 Hartvigsen Pizza Stand Manager scholarship. Questions? Reach out the 4-H Staff today for more information!

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2021 Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event & Life Challenge

    • Registration is now open for the 2021 Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event and Life Challenge! We’re looking forward to hosting these events in person at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on June 28-29. Registration closes on Monday, June 14, and must be complete through county Extension Offices. Contact us for more information about registering, or visit 4h.unl.edu/pase-life-challenge for event and contest details.
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Livestock Achievement Program

    • We’re excited to announce the NEW Livestock Achievement Program. This opportunity is design to promote all educational aspects of the 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 intermediate and senior Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement-program.
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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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We offer a wide variety of adult volunteer opportunities, and we’re excited to announce our new training resources designed to better equip our adult volunteers in engaging young people. Explore all of the new volunteer training resources at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer.
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Community Service Project Showcase

Calling all True Leaders! Submit your 4-H community service project for a chance to be showcase by Nebraska 4-H! Learn more and submit your projects at 4h.unl.edu/csps.

New Classes Offered at the Nebraska State Fair

It is with great excitement that Nebraska 4-H will be offering new livestock classes and divisions at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair! With the decision to shift 4-H and FFA livestock shows to the two different weekends, this provided the opportunity to offer new shows and programs for 4-H.

Here’s what is NEW!


In our beef area, we will now be offering:

  • a feeder calf show,
  • a junior breeding heifer class to all of our breeding classes, and
  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five beef animals. A 4-H’er can exhibit up to two market beef, three breeding heifers and two feeder calves as long as the total number of entries does not exceed five beef animals.


In our swine area,

  • We will be offering a breeding gilt show. This breeding gilt show will include 9 purebred classes as well as a crossbred class.
  • In our market swine show, we will be creating a more diverse show by including 9 purebred classes.
  • We will also be adding new “Farrowed and Owned Breeding and Market Swine” divisions. The Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the swine industry and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the swine industry. The goal of the Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine projects by providing unique opportunities focusing on swine production as goal of the member’s project, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and engagement by the 4-H member.
  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five swine projects. A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting three market hogs and two breeding gilts


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five sheep maximum, if at least two are breeding ewes. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market lambs.


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five goats maximum, if at least two are breeding does. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market goats.

2021 District 4-H Horse Show Schedule

Monday, June 14......................Scottsbluff, NE

Tuesday, June 15.....................Burwell, NE

Wednesday, June 16...............Columbus, NE

Thursday, June 17...................Lincoln, NE

Friday, June 18........................McCook, NE

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    • Did you know that our 4-H summer camps are open to all youth?! That’s right, youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend any of our 4-H summer camps. We’re excited to be offering a variety of 4-H summer camps at the State 4-H Camp at Halsey. See our full schedule of sessions, apply for scholarships, and register at 4h.unl.edu/summer-camp.
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Big Red Camp registration is now open! See the 2021 session details and register online at 4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps.
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Washington County Extension | 4-H

Jaki Zahourek, 4-H Extension Assistant - jaki.zahourek@unl.edu

Mickayla Blender, 4-H Extension Assistant - mblender2@unl.edu

Mary Larsen, 4-H Support Staff - mlarsen9@unl.edu