Saunders County 4-H Smore

May 18, 2018

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. District Speech Contest RESULTS
  2. 2018 Online 4-H Fairbook
  3. SC Summer Workshops- DEADLINE EXTENDED!!
  4. SC Archery Practice
  5. PASE/Life Challenge Entry DEADLINE
  6. Enrollment Deadline
  7. Fremont 4-H Expo Info
  8. Youth Crop Scouting Competition
  9. Nebraska Online Nomination Process
  10. SC Animal ID requirements
  11. Joann Fabric Promotion
  12. SC Events
  13. Calendar of Events
  14. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

District Speech Contest Results

Ethan Emanuel "My Rocket Project" Blue Intermediate Speech

Haley Meduna "Portrayal of the Modern Day Farmer" Purple Senior Speech

Marissa Meduna "Life of a 4-Her" Purple Senior Speech

Anthony (Tony) Ondracek Purple Intermediate PSA

Luke Sylliaasen "My First Year in 4-H" Purple Junior Speech

Carlee Wolfe "How to Care for your Show Calf" Purple Intermediate Speech

Summer Workshop Sign Up Deadline- EXTENDED!!

Just wanted to send a reminder that we have EXTENDED the deadline for Summer workshop sign ups! Any class BEFORE June 4- New deadline is Friday, May 25; Any Class ON/AFTER June 4 - New deadline is Friday, June 1

Archery Practice Schedule!

Practices held at Saunders County Fairgrounds in Gayle Hatton Pavililion:

May 21: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

June 4: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

July 2: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

July 16: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

Please bring your bow!! New members welcome to join!

We will require any RETURNING members (members who competed at 2017 Fair) to have completed 2 practices to be eligible for the 2018 Saunders County Fair shoot.

We will require any NEW members to complete 3 practices to be eligible for the 2018 Saunders County Fair shoot.

·We realize these are different than previous years but with the shortened amount of time we have we want to make sure that our youth still get the opportunity to shoot! There will be different rules next year so please make note of that

PASE & Life Challenge Entry Deadline - JUNE 6

If you are interested in having a Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) or Life Challenge Team, please let our office know by Wednesday, June 6 to get your teams/individuals entered!

For more information on PASE &Life Challenge, please visit:

Fremont 4-H Expo Information

Information on Fremont 4-H Expo found here:

4-H Culinary Challenge pre-entry deadline- JULY 2

4-H King & Queen Contest pre-entry deadline- JUNE 15

4-H Shooting Sports Contest pre-entry deadline - JULY 2

*No pre-entry needed for any other project, area or livestock

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension is excited to present the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops have the opportunity to learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

This contest will be held at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26, 2018. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 5-12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate. This event is limited to the first ten teams who sign-up!

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics many include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition is available online at

Register at:

Teams must be registered by July 18. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Credit Services of America and Nebraska Extension.

Nebraska Online Nomination for State Fair/AKSARBEN

NEW IN 2018 for families entering livestock for Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben.

An important change from past years is that exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) will be responsible for submitting their animal (market and breeding) information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline (Market Beef - Friday, April 13). In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc.

The Saunders County Extension Office will still continue to mail in the DNA envelopes to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline (Market Beef – Friday, April 13, 2018). Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the Extension Staff or FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries similar to years past.

The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) as well as payments for the DNA process. The Nebraska 4-H Program staff will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. The process ensures responsibility on exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) with a number of safeguards in place for Extension staff and the Nebraska 4-H Program staff to monitor success. 4-H/FFA families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline.

Please note for MARKET BEEF, any animal entry not in the database (done by the 4-H/FFA family before Friday, April 13) AND not submitted DNA (to the Extension Office by Friday, April 13) will NOT be considered nominated and will be ineligible for State Fair.

2018 Nebraska Online Nomination Step-By-Step Instructions

Online Nomination:

Saunders County Animal Identification:

Saunders County Animal ID requirements

Information on Livestock/Animal requirements.

JOANN Fabric Promotion

Current & lifetime 4‑H members, parents of members, volunteers and 4‑H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases at JOANN Fabrics every day with 4‑H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4‑H. Visit to get started.

2018 Calendar of Events


18- Summer Workshop Sign Up DEADLINE

24- Poultry Workshop, ENREC (formerly ARDC)


1 - County Horse ID Sheets DEADLINE

1 - AKSARBEN Horse ID sheets & Nebraska Online Nomination DEADLINE

6 - PASE/Life Challenge Entry DEADLINE

15 - Enrollment DEADLINE


15 - Livestock Quality Assurance DEADLINE


2 - SC Online Pre-Entry DEADLINE

10 - Fair Superintendent Supper

14 - SC Fair Clean Up Day, Wahoo Fairgrounds

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

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.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.