Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.
In This Smore
2. County Fair Thank You!
3. Write Those Thank You Notes!
4. Fall Banquet Save the Dates
5. 4-H End of the Year Report/Story
6. Phelps/Gosper Outdoor Archery
7. NE State Fair Dates
8. State Fair Static Exhibits
9. Static Exhibit Release Form
10. State Fair Premier Science Award
11. NE State Fair 4-H Contest Entry
12. NE 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship
13. NE State Fair Culinary Challenge Contest
14. New in 2023 – Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fitting Contests!
15. 4-H Day at the NE State Fair Tickets
16. NE State Fair - STATIC EXHIBITOR DISCOUNT TICKETS
17. NE State Fair 4-H Rabbit & Poultry
18. State Fair Animal Update
19. Entering In-person State Fair Events
20. Live Animal Exhibit Entry
21. Nebraska State Fair Livestock Health Requirements - CVI
Congratulations to each 4-H youth who exhibited at the County Fair! The lessons learned and experiences gained will last a lifetime!
County Fair Thank You!
Thanks to each of you for your contributions to this year’s county fair! The exhibits were exceptional, the fairgrounds were awesome, and our volunteers worked tirelessly. All your contributions to the fair were greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Write Those Thank You Notes!
those supporters know how much you appreciate them with a Thank You note. Please send a thank you to Farm Bureau at 411 Grant St, Holdrege, NE 68949. Let our friends at Farm Bureau know how much 4-H appreciates their support of a free 4-H shirt and for providing free water at the fair! 4-H Thank You notes are available at the Extension office. Don’t forget to thank the auction buyers and 4-H award sponsors!
Save the date for the 4-H Fall Celebration Banquet! Everyone is welcome!
Phelps County: Sunday, November 5
Gosper County: Sunday, November 19
4-H End of the Year Report/Story
4-H End of the Year Reports and 4-H Awards Books will be due to the office on October 2. More information on Year End Reports will be in your September Newsletter. For those that want to get started early, Phelps County 4-H members who are 11 and younger are asked to write a yearly story summarizing their 4-H year as their record book.
4-H’ers who are 12 and older may submit an Achievement Application Check it out online at https://4h.unl.edu/achievement-application
Only Achievement Applications will be accepted for youth applying to attend National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference or applying for Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships.
Phelps-Gosper Outdoor Archery August 6
If you are a currently enrolled member of Phelps-Gosper 4-H you are invited to Outdoor Archery practice at the Lee Samuelson Farm at 739 M Rd. Lee can be reached at (308)991-4457 or call the Phelps Office at (308)995-4222.
- The outdoor archery is intended for youth looking to take their archery skills to the next level.
- Please bring your own equipment. Bows will not be provided.
- Nebraska State 4-H Outdoor Archery Championships will be held September 16 and 17 in Alda NE.
Nebraska State Fair - Friday, August 25 - Monday, September 4
The 2023 Nebraska State Fair entry site is open and accepting entries! Entry closes at 8:00 PM CST on August 10. All 4-H members participating in a 4-H contest or exhibiting 4-H livestock or dogs must complete the ShoWorks entry process. Please thoroughly review all eligibility, entry limits, and instructions available for livestock exhibitors, dog exhibitors, and contest participants before entering. For more information please visit https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair or contact the Extension office.The Direct link to 4-H/FFA entries can be accessed at: https://nebr.fairwire.com/ (Due August 10 @ 8:00 PM).
The Nebraska State Fair is the premier opportunity for 4-H members to showcase what they have learned and worked on throughout the year. At the State Fair, we celebrate the successes of thousands of youth who have learned and grown through 4-H. The State Fair is a prime opportunity for 4-H members to cultivate skills they have learned in 4-H projects, put their life skills and good character to work, discover new areas of interest, and meet new people. The Nebraska State Fair is held yearly at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year's event will be held from August 25 - September 4, 2023.
Visit the Nebraska 4-H State Fair Fairbook for information about 4-H static and animal exhibits, as well as 4-H in-person contests and competitions happening at the State Fair. Additional information and resources are also available for individuals interested in exhibiting 4-H livestock, participating in 4-H dog show or skillathon, participating in 4-H contests, volunteering with 4-H, and judging 4-H exhibits. The NE State Fair 4-H fairbook can be accessed at: https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/rules.
Nebraska 4-H is only one part of the Nebraska State Fair. For more information about other activities, events, and contests happening, please visit the Nebraska State Fair website at: https://www.statefair.org/.
State Fair Static Exhibits
If your County Fair Static Exhibit is selected for State Fair, you received a State Fair
Sticker on your county fair entry card of your project at the County Fair. Your exhibit is then due in the County Extension Office no later than Monday, August 21.
· Moving over-sized exhibits will be the responsibility of the 4-H’er.
· Extension staff is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen items.
Exhibitors or families wishing to pick up their own static exhibits from the Nebraska State Fair must complete an Exhibit Hall Release form and submit it to their local Extension office before August 20. The Exhibit Hall Release form must be obtained from your local Extension office. Proper paperwork must be signed by the exhibitor/family and county Extension staff. This form gives non-Extension personnel permission to pick up items after the fair. The designated person listed on the form will be responsible for picking up the item(s).
Exhibitors who have correctly completed and submitted release forms may pick up their exhibit(s) on Monday, Sept. 4 of the State Fair from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. or from 8:00 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Exhibits must be checked out before being removed from the exhibit hall. The person picking up the exhibit must be ready to sign for the exhibit and show their identification.
Static Exhibit Release Form
• NO EXHIBITS WILL BE RELEASED PRIOR TO 6:00 PM on September 4th.
• Those picking up need to check exhibit out before taking item from State Fair static building.
• The family must contact their county extension staff member to acquire their signature and turn in the form to the county extension office prior to AUGUST 23rd.
• County staff will turn in this form to Lisa Spilker and Dawn Lindsley on or before state fair entry day. Proper paperwork has to be signed by exhibitor/family and county staff so the item(s) are eligible for release.
• The designated person(s) listed below on the form will be responsible for picking up the items. The person(s) picking up the exhibit must be ready to sign for the exhibit and show their ID. Admission will be charged all day Monday, Labor Day.
State Fair Premier Science Award
All exhibits are eligible! The Premier Science Award is open to any 4-H member with at least one static exhibit selected for State Fair. Exhibitors may apply with one exhibit from any project area/department. An award application should be completed and turned in to the county Extension office by the county's deadline. A select number of exhibits will be chosen to receive a cash award. For more information, please visit https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/contests/51 or contact the Extension office.
Nebraska State Fair 4-H Contest Entry
All 4-H members planning to participate in any 4-H contest must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H member (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card. There are no other payment options. Contest participants will not be entered by the county Extension office. Contests available include the Chicken BBQ, Culinary Challenge, Dairy Judging, Dog Skillathon, Livestock Fitting, Horticulture Judging, Insect Identification, Tree Identification, and Weed and Grass Identification. Sign up to participate in these contests at https://nebr.fairwire.com/.
The Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship
The Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H companion animal project. The contest is open to youth ages 10-18 who are enrolled in a companion animal project.
Videos should be recorded at the youth’s home and submitted following the instructions outlined below. Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on August 14, 2023.
Intermediate: 10-13 years of age before January 1 of the current year
Senior: 14-18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year
Culinary Challenge Contest at the Nebraska State Fair!
The 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest will require youth to demonstrate healthy decision making through nutrition, food preparation, menu planning, and food safety; utilizing a foods and nutrition curriculum. They will apply healthy living knowledge and skills by planning a nutritious menu, demonstrating their understanding of time management skills in the kitchen, and expressing their originality and creativity through an appropriate themed and properly set table. To showcase these skills, youth will create a menu, prepare a food item, and choose an appropriate theme for their occasion while expressing their food, nutrition, and food safety knowledge during a live interview with a judge at the contest. In order to highlight knowledge and skills acquired during pre-contest preparation, youth will utilize technology as part of their interview. The 2023 challenge ingredient is sunflowers. For more information please visit:
County teams of two 4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest, Teams will be determined by the oldest 4-H’ers age and will be placed as follows:
Intermediate – ages 9 - 13
Senior – ages 14 - 18.
New in 2023 – Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fitting Contests!
The Nebraska State Fair and Nebraska 4-H are excited to offer new 4-H Fitting Contests in 2023. For full contest details please visit: https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair-fitting-contest.
When: Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. CST
Where: Five Points Bank Arena
Who: 4-H exhibitors with eligible 4-H livestock entries at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair
Deadline: Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. CST
Fee: $30 per team
Cap: 20 teams per species
Note: Registration must be completed by local Extension offices.
GOAT FITTING CONTEST
The contest will be open to the first 20 registered teams. Teams will be registered through their local Extension office through an online form. All teams must consist of exhibitors with eligible 4-H livestock entries at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair. Each team must be comprised of the following:
Each team member must be from the same or adjacent county to complete a team.
Each team must be comprised of two members.
Each team must have at least one member 13 and under (Intermediate division at the Nebraska State Fair).
One team member must provide the animal used in the contest (see animal guidelines below). The other team member is not required to be goat exhibitor.
BEEF FITTING CONTEST
The contest will be open to the first 20 registered teams. Teams will be registered through their local County Extension Office through an online form. All teams must consist of exhibitors with eligible entries at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair 4-H Show. Each team must be comprised of the following regulations:
Each team member must be from the same or adjacent county to complete a team.
Each team must be comprised of three members.
Each team must have at least one member 13 years and under (Intermediate division at the NSF).
One team member must provide the animal used in the contest (see animal guidelines below). Other team members are not required to be beef exhibitors.
4-H Day at the NE State Fair Tickets
• The Nebraska State Fair is thrilled to host the 1st annual 4-H Day at the Nebraska State Fair. 4-H Day will be Sunday, August 27th. To celebrate our 4-H members statewide we are offering a discounted admission that day that is only for bonafide 4-H members.
• This is only intended for 4-H members, family members including parents will need to purchase regular admission tickets. This is not just for exhibitors, but for any 4-H member.
• The link is https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7980811/4h-day-atnebraska-state-fair-good-on-aug-27-only-lincoln-nebraska-statefairlivestock. No password required!
NE State Fair - STATIC EXHIBITOR DISCOUNT TICKETS
Back by popular demand! Our 4-H static exhibitor families will be able to order discount passes directly from the Nebraska State Fair! Orders can be placed using the following link and password. Please remember the opportunity to order these discounted tickets is for static exhibitors and their families only. The misuse of this resource may eliminate this opportunity in the future, so please encourage your families not to share this link. Note – We can track who ordered tickets and match it with their 4-H participation. There is a limit of 10 tickets per exhibitor. Discount tickets will not be available through the county offices. Static Exhibitor Discount Ticket Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4501380/4h-exhibitor-admission-lincoln-nebraska-statefairlivestock?partner_id=1905
Note – These tickets will need to be accessible on your phone or printed prior to coming to the Nebraska State Fair. There is no ticket pickup window.
Note – All livestock exhibitors and in-person event exhibitors (chicken BBQ, fashion show, ID contests, and robotics showcase) will still be able to order discounted tickets when they enter in ShoWorks for State Fair. This process has not changed for those exhibitors coming to the fair.
Note – The Nebraska State Fair also has ticket options available to the general public. You can share the following link with any 4-H families and stakeholders who are planning to go to the fair: https://www.statefair.org/buy-tickets for additional details.
All advance ticket options are available now until 11:59PM on August 24th CT.
NE State Fair 4-H Rabbit & Poultry
No id sheets are required for county fair. Please consult page 22 in the premium book for more information. Eggs may be exhibited at the county fair.
State Fair Poultry Online Entry due August 10. If your poultry originated in Nebraska, no (CVI) is required.
State Fair Animal Update
· Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to the time of check-in at the State Fair.
· Exhibitors will select which animal nominations they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for entry registration.
· Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The registration papers must show the exhibitor’s name, a co-owner who is an immediate member of the exhibitor’s family or the family farm, ranch name, or parent’s name.
· Rabbit, Poultry, & livestock state fair exhibitors have until August 10th to enter online.
Nebraska State Fair Dog Entry
All State Fair 4-H Dog Show and Skillathon entries must be made in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H exhibitor (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card. There are no other options for payment. Complete information can be found at https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair-dog-exhibitor
Entering In-Person State Fair Events
All 4-H members planning to participate in any 4-H contest must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H member (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card.
There are no other payment options. Contest participants will not be entered by the county Extension office. Enter 4-H/FFA exhibits at: https://nebr.fairwire.com/.
Live Animal Exhibit Entry
Deadline to complete entries: Thursday, August 10 at 8 PM CST*
*No option for late entries
Online Entry Site
After clicking the link, scroll down to “Online Entry Information” and click the navy blue box that reads 4-H/FFA ENTRY.
- State Fair Livestock Schedule Link: https://www.statefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/LivestockSchedule2361323.pdf
- 4-H Livestock Only Schedule Link: https://4h.unl.edu/3_4HPrograms/c_AnimalScience/4-H%20Livestock%20Schedule%202023_Final.pdf
- 4-H Static and Contests, Fashion Show, and Robotics Showcase Schedule Link: https://4h.unl.edu/documents/NE4H-NSF-Static-Contest-Schedule-2023.pdf
Livestock Entry Limits
- 4-H have different entry limits for each species. Exhibitors can review entry limits here: https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair-livestock-exhibitor
Step By Step Entry Instructions
- It is recommended to download the Step by Step Instructions prior to signing in to the entry site. Note: Even if the youth exhibited at the 2022 State Fair, please click “I am a new exhibitor or have yet to register this year”
- Browser: It is recommended to use Chrome as the web browser.
Entry Prices and Optional Livestock Purchase Items
Note: All Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Rabbit and Poultry 4-H/FFA exhibitors will automatically receive an 11-day admission wristband at no cost. Exhibitors will not have to select a wristband as it will automatically be provided with the livestock, rabbit, and/or poultry entry. 4-H Dog Exhibitors and other non-livestock in-person entries (4-H Contests, Fashion Show, and the Robotics Showcase) will receive a free daily gate pass. All purchase items will be in the exhibitor packet when the exhibitor checks in at the Livestock Check-In Trailer.
Issues with Registration?
If you have technical difficulties with the online registration, please e-mail the Nebraska 4-H/FFA local technical support team: firstname.lastname@example.org. Extension staff can also contact me for livestock entry questions. Live animal exhibits will not be entered by the county Extension office. Please refer to the 4-H/FFA Exhibitor Entry Limits.
Nebraska State Fair Livestock Health Requirements - CVI
Please refer to the State Fair website for Livestock Health Requirements at https://www.statefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/2023HealthRequirements.pdf. Exhibitors must abide by all stated requirements to be able to participate.
All animals entering the Nebraska State Fairgrounds must be accompanied by a current CVI (except pigeons and poultry originating in Nebraska) and shall have official identification listed on the CVI. CVIs must list the Nebraska State Fair as consignee. New for 2023 electronic CVIs will be accepted. They must be emailed to email@example.com. CVIs must be issued within thirty (30) days of the exhibition.
Each CVI must:
a. Be issued by an accredited licensed veterinarian.
b. Show name and address of owner or exhibitor.
c. Show all required tests and/or vaccinations.
d. Each Swine CVI must contain the following statement: “To the best of my knowledge, swine represented on this certificate have not been exposed to, infected with or originated from premises known to be infected by Swine Enteric Corona Disease (SECD) or Seneca Valley Virus (SVV) in the last thirty (30) days.”
e. All hoofed animals originating from states or counties with Vesicular Stomatitis will require extra examination and CVI requirements performed by an accredited veterinarian. Exhibitors should contact the Nebraska State Veterinarian’s office for updates on requirements.
Calvin DeVries, Extension Educator
Emily Shultz, Extension Assistant
Kathy Beck, Office Manager
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
507 Smith Avenue
PO Box 146
Elwood, NE 68937