Sioux County Newsletter

July 2021

Calendar of Events

July 5 - Office is Closed

July 7 - Living Room Learning

July 7 - Tick Tock Fair is Coming

July 13 - Crate your own Design

July 15 - Fair Entry Forms due

July 22 - Clothing Review Day

July 30 - Livestock Show

Aug 2 - Small Animal Show

Aug 3 - Horse Show

Aug 5 - Art Hall Judging

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!

The sessions will feature the following topics:

  • 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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Remaining Summer 4-H Events

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

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


The fairbook has been updated and can be found on the website at

Fair Tips

Clothing and Fashion Review Day

  • All Clothing construction (etc. pillows) crochet, knitting, quilts, barn quilt projects will be judged on Thursday, July 22nd from 1 pm to 5 pm at the High School.
  • The public style show will be held at 6 pm that night.
  • Beyond the Needle, Quilting, Knitting, and Crochet exhibits need to have additional information sheet with their exhibit. This can be found at the website:

Livestock Show

Horse Show

  • Check-in starts at 7 am with the Show starting at 8 am on Tuesday, August 3rd.
  • Pattern books will be available the morning of the show.

Art Hall Judging

  • Judging will take place from 9 am to 12 pm at the Art Hall.
  • The following areas have extra forms required with their projects: Home Environment, Human Development, and Photography. Families can find these resources on the Fair website.
  • FOOD PRESERVATION REMINDER: On the label of your project, you need to state the source of your recipe. Sources include the USDA Guide for Food Preservation, So Easy to Preserve, Ball Canning Guide and Extension publications. Be sure you include the year of publication. Publications must be no earlier than 1994 when processing times made numerous changes. Recipes from a church cookbook or auntie’s recipe box are NOT acceptable.
  • During the static interview process ONLY THE EXHIBITOR will be allowed to communicate with the judge. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will not be allowed to be involved during the judging process.