Thurston County 4-H News

August 2018

Upcoming Dates

August 24-Sept 3 - NEBRASKA STATE FAIR

September 3 - Office Closed - Labor Day

September 5 - State Fair Exhibits read for pick up

September 10 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)

September 19 - 4-H Career Portfolios DUE @ Extension Office

September 27-30 - AKSARBEN, Grand Island

October 7-13 - National 4-H Week

October 8 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

October 10 - National Youth Science Day

October 14 - Thurston County Achievement Night

Thanks for a Great Fair!

Congratulations to all of the 4-H'ers and families for an excellent job with the fair! The Extension Office staff would like to thank you for an excellent fair experience. Keep up the good work.

Our 4-H program and county fair would not be successful without the many volunteers, sponsors, and donations. Please remember to personally thank someone that helped this year. Our volunteers are a vital part of the 4-H program, and many of the vents at fair and throughout the year would not be possible without their dedication.

If you received a trophy or bonus auction premium, get those thank you notes sent! A few brief sentences about your experience are all it take sot show your appreciation. We want to continue the positive support from all of our donors. So make sure to say Thanks!

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:


  • Sept 20
  • Sept 25
  • Sept 26
  • Oct 3

Member Info

Career Portfolios

It's time to get started on career portfolio. Jot down some notes about your goals, experiences, and write down what you learned. The portfolio has five sections to complete. They include the following:

Section 1: Project Accomplishments

Section 2: 4-H Leadership, Community Service, Volunteer, etc.

Section 3: Non 4-H Experiences

Section 4: 4-H Curriculum Story

Section 5: Support Materials

The career portfolio can be a valubable tool for 4-Hers as they prepare to graduate, apply for scholarship and enter the working world. Please let us know if you have questions. We encourage everyone to complete their 4-H Career Portfolio. Deadline: Wednesday, September 19, due to the Extension Office.

Achievement Night

It's hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, which means we need to prepare for Achievement Night. The banquet will be held Sunday, October 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pender Community Center. Watch future newsletters and social media for updated information. Join 4-H families for an evening of fellowship, food, recognition, and FUN!

County Fair Info

Fair Results Posted

Animal Science

Upcoming Livestock Shows

September 9 - Norfolk Beef Expo (Northeast Community College) *Scholarship if interested*

*NEW* Aksarben CHANGES

  • 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

  • NEW UPDATE: Animals exhibited in either 4-H or FFA at State Fair are now eligible at AKSARBEN.

  • NEW UPDATE: Feeder calf nominations no longer will require DNA for AKSARBEN. Feeder Calf nominations will only require an EID tag and an online nomination in the database.

  • NEW UPDATE: AKSARBEN will not be holding a Dairy Cattle, Rabbit or Broiler show in 2018.

  • NEW UPDATE: AKSARBEN horse nominations will require an online nomination with picture upload for their June 15 deadline.

  • NEW UPDATE: Animals exhibited as either breeding or market at State Fair will now be able to switch divisions at AKSARBEN.


We highly recommend referring to the AKSARBEN website and their 2018 Premium Book for any questions you may have this season. The website will hold the most up to date information about the AKSARBEN Stock Show. The direct link to their website: https://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/.
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