Jefferson County 4-H

April 2022

2022 Jefferson County Fair Dates & Theme

The 2022 Jefferson County Fair will be July 13-17, 2022. The theme this year is "Ready, Set, Go…to the Jefferson County Fair".

4-H Highlights!

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2022 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, visit: For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Clover Kid Enrollment Information

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Youth should select "Clover Kids" as their club and must select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair.

2021 County Fair Award Pick-up!

The County Fair awards are here and ready to pick up anytime at the Extension Office. Please come and get them ASAP as we have programs and workshops scheduled in the back room and need them out of the way.

The following youth have awards that need to be picked up:

  • Alex Buxton
  • Branson Family
  • Axsel Stewart
  • Trent Ruhnke

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

2022 CWF Trip Meeting Dates for Trip Participants

All 2022 CWF Trip Participants are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND all informational meetings to update you and your parents on trip plans as they progress.

Meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Plymouth Community Center on these dates:

  • Sunday, May 1
  • Sunday, May 22 , "Packing Party" via ZOOM from 3-4 p.m.

All trip participants must complete a health and permission form. This form is the same form you complete as part of your 4-H enrollment. If you have already enrolled, please go back in and complete the health screens. If you have yet to enroll, do NOT skip the health forms.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Animal Information

Quality Assurance Training

We plan to have a training on Thursday, May 26, 2021 from 11 am to Noon at the Extension Office, Fairbury. Youth must pre-register at in order to attend so we can ensure adequate spacing for all participants.

Livestock Progress Shows and Clinics

Spring and early summer is a great time to start taking your livestock to progress shows and attending showmanship/fitting clinics. This allows the kids to get themselves and their animals experience before coming to the county and state fair. The extension office has been receiving numerous progress show and clinic flyers. We have them available here at the office or we can send them to you upon request.

2022 Horse Program

We are working on putting together some organized horse practices this year for those interested in riding for 4-H. To insure we have the best turn out possible we are wanting to know what will work best for those wanting to participate. If those interested could please let the extension office what day of the week and what time of day would work best that will give us a place to start. Call the office at 402-729-3487 or email

New Purebred Market Hog Classes at County Fair

New this year at the County Fair, we will be having a purebred market gilt class and a purebred market barrow class. All purebred gilts will be in one class and all purebred barrows will be in one class (unless there is a large amount we could always split it in two or three classes). The winner of the purebred market gilt class will face the winner of the crossbred gilt division for Champion Market Gilt. The winner of the purebred barrow class will face the winner of the crossbred barrow division for Champion Barrow. We will then pick a Champion Overall Market Hog between champion gilt and champion barrow.
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4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Special Opportunties

Online Horticulture Contest

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 3-20, 2022 at:

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at:

More information about the Nebraska State contest can be found in the Fairbook

2022 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute

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 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.”

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Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 7th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

There are also numerous field trips that have been archived to view at your convenience. Check them out. See the link below to view of all the tours available.

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2022. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


1 - Diamond Clover Award Applications Due

3 - CWF Trip Meeting, Plymouth

18 - Babysitting Workshop, Fairbury


1 - Camp Counselor Applications Due

1 - CWF Trip Meeting, Plymouth

17 - County Public Speaking Contest

22 - CWF Trip Packing Party via Zoom

26 - Camp Counselor Training, Fairbury


27 & 28 - Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson

30 & Jul 1 - Camp Venture, Camp Jefferson

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