Jefferson County 4-H

August 2022

4-H Highlights!

Thank you to all 4-H Families & Helpers!!!

Thank you to everyone that helped in any way with the 2022 Jefferson County Fair! It was a great week of fun and learning and we hope you all had as much fun as we did! We would also like to thank all of the families and individuals that worked in the 4-H Foodstand this year as it was a very successful year! It wouldn’t be possible without your hard work!

4-H Static Exhibit Registration Information

4-H static entries will be entered by the local Extension Office staff. Exhibits for State Fair will need to be in the office by noon on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. You will receive a letter in the mail with more detailed instructions for each department. Please look over the list of exhibits and make sure that it matches with your results from county fair. If the results don't match, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary changes. Any changes must be made August 12th in order for that exhibit to be taken to the State Fair.

Nebraska State Fair Entries

The 2022 Nebraska State Fair is just around the corner! Don’t forget that all 4-H live animal and 4-H contest entries are due no later than 8:00 pm CT on August 10th. No late entries are accepted, so don’t wait! Enter now at

4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all livestock entries online this year. 4-H Families are also responsible for entering in all contests and in person events. The following entries need to be made by August 10th:

  • 4-H and FFA Livestock entries
  • 4-H Fashion Show entries
  • 4-H Presentation Contest entries
  • 4-H Culinary Challenge entries

All entries must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm Central Time on August 10, 2022. A credit or debit card is required to submit entries. If you would like help with your entries, please come to the Extension Office and we are happy to help you complete them! Make sure to ask questions if you aren’t sure about something.

4-H Project Showcase

What’s your favorite project? Tell us all about it at and see it featured on the 4-H Video Wall at this year’s Nebraska State Fair!

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!

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Achievement Application & Career Portfolios Due November 1!!!

It's time again to submit your 4-H Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios as the 4-H year nears completion. At the county level for selection of county awards only, 4-H members can choose to submit a Career Portfolio or the Achievement Application.

The Achievement Application will be used at the state level to selection winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide. By having one single form that more closely resembles the kinds of questions being asked on college applications and in resumes, 4-H’ers will be better prepared to be college and job ready while keeping a record of the achievements. This form was piloted last year and will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio. This form is much shorter and easier to use than the Career Portfolio.

The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application can be found at:

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio form can be found at:

All Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios are due in the office by Tuesday, November 1st! Let us know as you have questions.

4-H Council Senior Scholarships & Diamond Clover Forms Due Nov 1!

Don’t forget that 4-H Council Senior Scholarships and Diamond Clover forms are all due in the office by Tuesday, November 1st. You must turn in an award application/career portfolio to be eligible for the livestock auction scholarship and county awards. More information is available online at There is a letter with the application forms as well with instructions on how to fill out the forms for certain awards. If you need a copy of your Diamond Clover form that was submitted in April, please call the office and we can send it to you. Also, if you would like to have a copy of the application forms mailed to you please contact the office.

Animal Information

Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

Take your 4-H companion animal project to the next level with our Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest! This state-level contest is an opportunity for youth to showcase the knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H companion animal project. The best part? Youth can participate from the comfort of home! Video entries are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on Monday, August 15. Visit to learn more!
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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

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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.

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2022 - 2023. 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


10 - Nebraska State Fair Entries Due

23 - State Fair Items due at Extension Office

26 - Jefferson County 4-H Recruitment & Celebration, 4-H Building

26 - Sept 5 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, NE


1 - 5 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, NE


1 - Achievement Applications, Diamond Clover Awards and Senior Scholarship Due

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