Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots
May 17, 2023
In This Issue
- Enroll in 4-H for 2022-23!
- YQCA Training Friday
- 150th Anniversary - picture requests and coloring contest
- Shout Outs and Fun Finds
- Food Truck Dates
- 4-H Workshops & Events
- Favorite Foods Revue
2023 Otoe County Fair
Thursday, Jul 27, 2023, 08:00 AM
Syracuse, NE, USA
If you are having problems with your enrollment, this site can help you navigate through most problems, or please call me at the office and I will help you.
Please add your t-shirt size to your enrollment.
YQCA Training - This Friday, May 19th REQUIRED FOR ALL LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS
Please go to https:// yqcaprogram.org
Enter your log in information from last year, choose child's age and Instructor-Led training. Once you add this to the cart, you can scroll to May 19th, and find the Otoe County training. Choose either the morning or afternoon time and add. You will be charged $3 for each session. Please register asap if you plan on using this training. If you need help, let me know.
1988 Highlight- now he's a 4-H Dad
Workshops- Thank You for the Great Response
Grow Gardens- Full
Wood Burning Art- Full
Simple Table Runner- Full
Fish Cleaning- Full
Pillow Power- Full
Pillowcase Fever- Full
Cake Decorating- Full
Still a couple of openings for this Door Hanger workshop next week.
Genealogy for Kids
Monday, June 12th - 1:00 PM NO FEE
Lots of project ideas from this one workshop.
2 openings left for this rocket workshop.
Youth Crop Scouting Competition – August 2 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Center in Mead, NE
This is open to students (those completing grades 5-12) from across Nebraska to compete and showcase their scouting abilities in corn and soybean. Each school, club, or other organization may enter one or more teams composed of three to five participants along with at least one adult volunteer. FFA team members must all be from the same chapter. We are trying to determine interest to see if we can organize practices before the competition. Please contact the Extension Office if you have an interested youth or you are an adult who would like to share your knowledge of crop scouting with youth during practice days.
For more information you can visit: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropscoutingcompetition
Livestock Achievement Program 2023
Livestock Achievement Program is an additional opportunity for enrolled livestock project youth, is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.
The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.
The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.
Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Participants should work on their yearly plan and set their goals at the beginning of starting the program. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records are due August 1st and sent to email@example.com *note this is a change in process from previous years. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.
For more information, including program instructions and additional resources, or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (unl.edu)
Ashley Benes firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Kreifels email@example.com
Cole Meador firstname.lastname@example.org
FAVORITE FOODS REVUE- June 8th
The Favorite Foods Revue combines food preparation, menu planning, and table setting skills. 4-H members participating in the Favorite Foods Revue need to plan a menu suitable for an indoor or outdoor meal. The 4-H member should prepare one food item, which should be brought along to the Revue with the selected table service, centerpiece, menu card, recipe card, and card table/picnic blanket. 4-H members enrolled in any 4-H foods project are eligible to participate.
The Favorite Foods Revue will be Thursday, June 8th, with set up beginning at
6:30 p.m. The Revue is at the Kimmel Center in Syracuse. Pre-register by Thursday, June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 402-269-2301. Clover Kids are also eligible for this project.
Save the Date! June 26- Livestock Showmanship Clinic at Kimmel ....
An Outside "Fair" Perspective
And, while some parts of the fair still seem “unfair” and don’t make sense to me, it ended up being a positive overall experience, and the kids learned a few valuable life lessons throughout the week:
- Enjoy the journey. Yes, my daughter was somewhat disappointed with the blue ribbon she earned on the dress she sewed. But, she did enjoy the 13 hours she spent with grandma this summer making the dress and a matching purse. And, now she has a cute new dress to wear!
- Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Every time a group of kids enters the show ring with their animal, someone is first in class and someone is last. That’s a lot of firsts and lasts and a lot of chances for kids to learn how to win humbly and lose gracefully.
- Learn from your mistakes. After my son and I spent many hours working together on his rocket this summer, it got lost in a 12-foot-tall cornfield on its first test launch before the fair. But, compared to all the work and money put into the Challenger space shuttle and the lives lost when it exploded on its launch, the model rocket was nothing. My son was able to build another rocket and complete his project.
- You grow from being pushed outside your comfort zone. My oldest son earned the opportunity to be in a senior showmanship competition to show pigs, sheep, cattle and goats. He had never shown cattle or goats before and was begging to not be in the competition. But looking back on the fair, he said that was his favorite part. He left with a new sense of confidence.
- Work hard and then play.
- Copied from: https://herviewfromhome.com/
UPCOMING 4-H Calendar
- Friday, May 19 - YQCA Training- Kimmel, register online
- Monday, May 22 - Door Hanger workshop with Lindsey Beach Chase
- Tuesday, May 23 - Grow Gardens workshop
- Monday, May 29- Memorial Day, office Closed.
- Tuesday, May 30- Shortcakes Food Truck here
- Thursday, June 8- Favorite Foods Revue
- Thursday, June 15- Livestock entries deadline!!!