The 4-H Update

May 12, 2023

This Week's Deadlines and Events

TODAY is the Deadline for the 4-H Shirt Submission

Douglas-Sarpy 4-H youth are invited to create the design for this year's 4-H t-shirt. Submissions need to be hand drawn or painted and turned into Brett by May 12, 2023. They can be emailed to or sent to the office (Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Attn: Brett, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha NE 68124).

Voting for the winners will be done with a google form, watch the newsletter for link.

For more information, contact Brett, Urban Program Coordinator at

Sheep & Goat Weigh Day

When: Saturday, May 13th from 9-10 am.

Where: Sarpy Fairgrounds

Only for those 4-Hers wishing to compete in the Sheep and Goat Rate of Gain Competition at the Fair. For more information, contact Brett Urban Program Coordinator at

Shooting Sports Fair Competition - Sign up by May 15

  • Air Rifle Contest: Friday, June 2, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • BB Gun Contest: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • Archery Contest: Saturday, June 10, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Entry forms are due on May 15, 2023. Register for the contest by filling out this Google form: After the contest entry due date, relay times will be assigned and sent via email. The full rules for the contests are available on the fair book.

For more information, contact Katherine at

4-H Quilt Club - May 16

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Celtic Quilter, 5080 S. 108th Street, Omaha

For more information, contact Club Leader Stephanie at (

*This club usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

Order your Market Broiler Chicks by May 22

Sarpy County Fair Market Broiler Project

  • The Sarpy County Fair Broiler Classes will consist of a Pen of 3 Market Broilers.
  • A Pen of 3 Broilers will consist of 3 Male or 3 Females
  • All 4-Hers must sign up for the Broiler Project and receive their chicks at the same time.
    • Broilers may be picked up on the week of June 12th (Exact Date is TBD) from 10am-5 pm from the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office at 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha
  • Only those youth who have signed up for the broiler project and receive their broilers through the program are eligible to compete.
  • Families may share an order of chicks but the same family members may not show the same birds.
  • Broilers will be judged on marketability, degree of muscling and uniformity.
  • A Champion and Reserve Pen of 3 Broilers will be awarded
  • Champion and Reserve Pens and Purple Ribboned Pens are eligible for the Sarpy County Fair Premium Auction on Saturday, August 5th

CLASS 935* Market Broiler Pen of 3

Sign up for the Market Broiler Project and Chick Order Chicks HERE:

For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

Feature of the Week

4-Her - Osterloh Family

This week's 4-Hers of the week are Olive, Hazel and Violet Osterloh. They participated in the 2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Communication Contest. See the contest results here.

Do you have a notable 4-H moment? Upload your project pictures to be included in our newsletter at

Volunteer of the Week - Cindy Menzel

We are excited to announce our 2023 Home Environment Superintendent Cindy Menzel! Look for Cindy at the Sarpy County Fair entry day, August 1. Learn more about Home Environment area of the fair here.

Are you looking to help with a 4-H event? We are looking for a few volunteers!

  • 2 volunteers for the Table Toppers contest, June 29th (to help kids bring in their tables, watch the doors to the meeting rooms, provide activities for the families while waiting and assist the judges as needed. Also to help prepare the ribbons for the awards ceremony).
  • 2 volunteers for the Fashion Show judging day, July 13, (mainly to help read the narratives and call in contestants when it is their turn).
  • 1 volunteer for the clothing area to help attach ribbons and prepare items for display on entry day, August 1st , at the fairgrounds.
  • Also, we need a Clothing Area Superintendent to help keep things on track in the clothing area on August 1st, entry day.

To volunteer please contact Stephanie at

Livestock Project of the Week - Show at the Fremont 4-H Expo!

The Fremont 4-H Expo is open to 4-H Exhibitors from Burt, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington Counties. This year's Expo will be July 12-15, 2023.

Check out the schedule!

For more information, contact Brett at

Project of the Week - Go Camping

Camping season is almost upon us but there is still time for youth to sign up for a camp with Nebraska State 4-H Camp.

Scholarships are available at

Camps that still have space available:

Chadron, June 5-9

Experience Nebraska via horseback, hiking, and with a trip down the Super Slide! Then see the prehistoric Agate Fossil Beds for a week of exploring Nebraska’s wilderness; both past and present.

Cozad, June 16-20

Challenge yourself with high ropes, zipline, and a rock wall! Work together with your new friends for a canoeing adventure, and round out your day with gaga and 9 square in the air!

Burwell, July 16-20

Explore the flora and fauna with a week on the river front! Explore the North Loup River, go geocaching, tracking, and don’t forget about playing an epic game of capture the flag!

If families have questions more information can be found at or they can contact Amber Stephens at or 531-893-2142.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Participate in the Quilts of Valor Program

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program would like to encourage our youth to participate in the Quilts of Valor program.

A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”

4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Perhaps you can find someone who will help donate fabric, batting or machine-quilting to complete your project. You may want to contact a service organization or other donors in your community to help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. Learn more about the program at

Recycled Art Summer Workshop

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Time: 9 am to noon

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

Register by June 2 at:

Questions? Email Katherine at

During this workshop, youth will have the chance to create different projects: wall hanging, magazine bookmarks, junk journal, cork art, and a gnome friend. Visit here for a description of the stations. Ideal for kids 8 and older.

Register for the workshop here Choose only as many stations that you think your youth will complete during the three-hour workshop. Each station has its own price.

A minimum of 5 registered youth is required to host the workshop.

Join our Poultry Judging Team

The Poultry Judging Contest will be at PASE in June. The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program is looking for participants for an intermediate (10-14 Year olds) and Senior Team (15-18 year olds). The team will compete at the PASE Contest and judge production poultry, eggs, ready-to-cook poultry and broiler carcasses.

Practices will start soon, sign up today with Brett at

New Member Zoom Meeting - May 23, 2023, 6-7 PM

Want to know more about 4-H? Youth and parents are invited to attend this Zoom meeting to learn about Douglas-Sarpy 4-H and the ways you can get involved. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to start your family's 4-H story. The meeting will be held on May 23, 2023, 6-7 PM. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Questions? Email Katherine at

Registration Link:

Paddock Posse - June 9

Please join Douglas-Sarpy's Horseless Horse Club!

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

When: June 9 (usually the first Friday of every Month) at 5 pm

Who: Youth ages 8-18

Let's learn more about the Horse Industry and Horse Related Topics!

You need to rsvp with Alaina at

Computer Coding Workshop - June 23

This engaging workshop will pique youth’s interest in computer science by exploring codes and programs using Ozobots! The Ozobot is a miniature robot with color sensors that allow it to follow lines and read color codes to complete commands. In this workshop, youth will learn what makes a robot a robot, use color coding to tell a story, and explore Ozoblockly – an online coding program to create sequential block coding. This workshop is ideal for youth K-5th grade.

When: Friday, June 23, 2023

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

Cost: $10 per youth (Cash, check or Credit Card acceptable). Please bring payment June 23.

Register at:

For more information, contact Ericka

Fair Information

Enroll in 4-H By June 15

To enroll in 4-H for 2023, click here.

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:

Please note the enrollment fee for Douglas-Sarpy counties is $10 per member and is paid online. Enrollments are due June 15, 2023.

Please contact Mary Dierks at with any questions.

New 4-H Volunteers for Douglas-Sarpy 4-H will need to be screened and have a background check done. Volunteers may not work with youth until volunteer enrollment and screening is complete. To begin the screening process visit and enroll via 4-H Online.

New members handouts can be found at

Horse and Livestock Information

Fremont 4-H Expo

Fremont 4-H Expo in 2023. The Expo will be July 12-15, 2023.

Check out the schedule!


Get your ID sheets at

Horse - due by June 1st

Livestock, Poultry, Rabbit & Cavy - due June 15th.

YQCA Training Dates

Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

The website to register is:

For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

YQCA Training Dates:

  • May 24th at UNL Extension office; 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha 68124 at 6:30 pm
  • June 6th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, in Springfield at 6:30 pm.

This year there will be a test before and after the course for both in person and online YQCA Trainings.

The following videos have been developed to help walk families through the process:

Help Video: Web-Based Training

Help Video: Instructor-Led Training

The help desk is your best option for any issues related to the platform

Participants need to sign up for the in-person training and there will be a pre and post test given to them that day. They will need to pay the $3 online before they come to the training. Their training will be complete when they have paid, attended the training and done the pre and post test.

Participants can take the course online ( for $12. Click on the word "Home" on the left of the green bar to get to the courses. Then scroll down to find your age appropriate course. After completing the online course, you will need to send a copy of your completion certificate to Brett ( You will access your certificate from the drop-down menu on your username by clicking "Course Certificates."

Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show

Make plans to join us for the 37th Annual Papio Valley Livestock Show

Goat, Sheep & Beef Show • Saturday, June 24, 2023

Sarpy County Fairgrounds – Springfield, NE

Entry Fees: Beef & Bucket Calf- $25 per head • Sheep/Goat -$15 per head

Showmanship-FREE • Clover Kids-FREE • Sheep Lead -$15

**NEW** Pre-Entry of Livestock.

This year will be trying out a pre-entry system for the Livestock show. Please click on the link to pre-enter. Payment will be taken at the show.



NO Substitutions after submission

Learn more at

Livestock Tag Information

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Livestock Tag chart here. For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

Tack Cleaning Workshop

Get your tack cleaned before State Horse show. Come join Alaina as we clean tack together and get your tack in tip top shape.

When: July 11

Time: 5:30 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

Register by July 1st.

Contact Alaina with questions

Statewide Opportunities

Diamond Clover Program

The Diamond Clover Program gives youth a structured opportunity to learn and practice skills that prepare them for success in the future. Participants earn rewards for setting goals, trying new things, and keeping records. All youth are invited to participate, regardless of enrollment. Learn more at

2023 Online Horticulture Judging 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 2-16, 2023 at:

Learn more about the contest at

4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2023 4-H Youth Leadership Conference! High school students, ages 14-18, are invited to Camp Comeca in Cozad from June 19-21 to gain real-world leadership skills. The experience is open to all youth, not just 4-H members! Register by June 4 to claim your spot. Visit to get started.

Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Through Big Red Camps, students have the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for college, stand out in college applications, explore potential careers, and meet like-minded peers in a safe and structured environment. Registration is now open! Learn more at

2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging

We're excited to announce the schedule for the 2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit hosted here in the great state of Nebraska!

For more information:

2023 4-H Dates

  • May 15 - Shooting Sports Reg. due at

  • May 24, 6:30 pm - Quality Assurance at 8015 W. Center Road, Omaha

  • May 30, 6:30-7:30 PM* - 4-H Table Toppers Workshop

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 4 - Leadership Camp Sign up Deadline

  • June 6, 6:30 pm - Quality Assurance

  • June 9, 5 pm - Paddock Posse Horseless Horse Club

  • June 10 - Archery Contest, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 11-16 - Big Red Camp, UNL

  • June 13, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm - Discover Ancient Egypt

  • June 13, 2023, 1-2:30 pm - Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginner

  • June 14, 1-3:30 pm - Rocket Launch Workshop - Advanced

  • June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

  • June 15 - YCQA Deadline

  • June 19-July 14 - Summer Embryology

  • June 19-21 - 4-H Leadership Conference

  • June 21 from 9 am-12 pm* - Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness

  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 23, 1:30-3 pm - Computer Coding Workshop
  • June 23 - State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) - at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 24 - Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show
  • June 27 from 9 am-12 pm* - Wildlife Conservation
  • June 29, 2023 starting at 3 pm* - 4-H Table Toppers Contest

  • July 5, 2023, 4:30 pm - Rocket Launch forms due

  • July 7 - Fashion Show Sign Up Due

  • July 11, 5:30 - 4-H Tack Cleaning Workshop

  • July 12, 2023, 3:30-7 pm - Rocket Launch

  • July 13 from 9 am-12 pm* - Discover Art Around the World
  • July 20 from 9 am-12 pm* - Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Douglas-Sarpy County Extension at 402-444-7804 or

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