Jefferson County 4-H
2020 Jefferson County Fair Dates & Theme!
Theme: Come See a Good Thing Grow'n
We will be having in-person animal shows and static exhibits at the fair. We are still finalizing details so that we can be in compliance with all the health measures, so look for more information coming the last week of June with detailed exhibitor information!
2020 Jefferson County Fairbook
Free printed copies are available at the Extension Office!
4-H Fair Exhibit Cards
2020 Jefferson County 4-H & FFA Event Schedules
Jefferson County Fair Health Modifications
The Jefferson County Fair is following all COVID rules of the Nebraska Directed Health Measures under the phase 3 plan.
- Indoor Gathering are no greater than 50%, Outdoor Gatherings are no greater than 75%. Events will have limited attendance. First Come, First Served
- Maximum of 8 individuals per group. Groups must have 6 feet of separation.
- Masks are recommended but not required. Use of Hand Sanitizer is strongly recommended.
- If you are sick, please stay home. If you do not want to follow the rules, please stay home.
- People with underlying health risk should not attend.
- You are attending the Jefferson County Fair at your own risk!
- Disinfection Procedure - (e.g. disinfecting high touch surfaces every 4 hours) Bathrooms will be thoroughly disinfected every 4 hours with spray down disinfecting every 2 hours during high usage times. Tables will be disinfected between kids at judging time. Office counter tops will be cleaned after every visitor.
2020 Pick Your Project Available
Extension Office is Open
Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
Favorite Foods Contest - Thursday, July 9th @ 1:30 pm
What to bring:
Menu - menu for a full meal. May be any meal of the day, but not just party refreshments or snack. Use proper form for writing menu. Consider variety, color and nutrition when planning menu. Here is a publication about writing the menu.
Food – one food item from the menu. Baked items work best.
Place setting for one person - table cover (placemat or table cloth), tableware, napkin, glassware and dishes
as needed for the meal. You must set your own place setting with no assistance.
Centerpiece - appropriate for the meal planned.
Recipe - must have recipe of the food item brought for the judge to sample
Participants will interview with the judge. The following points will be considered.
- Knowledge of nutrition – know the food pyramid and what food groups the foods you are serving belong in.
- Meal preparation – how will you prepare your meal? Which foods do you prepare first, second, etc. It is a good idea to have actually prepared the entire meal before the contest.
- Menu - suitable for the occasion, pleasing combination of flavors, textures and color
- Place setting - appropriate for the occasion, table properly set
- Quality of food prepared
- Contestant – neatly groomed, appropriately dressed, speaks up and answers questions
Presentations Contest - Thursday, July 9th @ 1 pm
All presentations by youth 10 years and older should be related to how the 4-H youth is learning about agricultural literacy, career development, citizenship and leadership, healthy living, or science/animal science, through their 4-H experiences or 4-H project.
General Information: Presentations should be related to the member’s 4-H experiences, or 4-H projects. Presentations must include an introduction (the “why” portion of the topic), a body (the “show and tell” portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the “what” portion of the topic). A team presentation, consisting of two individuals, may be given. There is no separate class for team presentations. Live animals of any kind may be used in the presentation. Health papers are required to bring the animal on the grounds. Presenters are responsible for all care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present. For all classes; the age groups, as of January 1 of the current year, are as follows: Junior 8-9, Intermediate 10-11, and Senior 12 and up. Presentations in the Intermediate and Senior age group are eligible for State Fair. One presentation for the senior group will be selected at the county level to compete in the Premier Presenter Contest at the Nebraska State Fair.
112. Illustrated Presentation – An Illustrated Presentation is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Time limit is 6-8 minutes for individual, or 8-10 minutes per team.
114. Teaching Presentation – A Teaching Presentation is a live, interactive, trade show style presentation where youth will continuously engage a constantly-changing/moving audience for 30 minutes by showing and telling them how to do something while answering questions.
115. 4-H FilmFest (Digital Video) – Digital videos are films that display the recording, reproducing, and broadcasting of moving visual images. During 4-H FilmFest, youth will provide a 1-minute oral introduction (name, background/goal of presentation, intended audience, where presentation could be shared, etc.) followed by the showing of their Digital Video. The following Digital Videos may be entered in 4-H FilmFest:
- Video Public Service Announcement: A short video that communicates an educational message focused on a cause, activity, or event (Length: 60 seconds)
- Narrative: A video that tells a fact or fiction story (Length: 3-5 minutes)
- Documentary: A video that presents factual information about a person, event or process (Length: 3-5 minutes)
- Animation: A video created by techniques that simulate movement from individual images (Length: 3-5 minutes)
Project and Resource Videos
Check out our extension webpage for our Youtube videos we created for you! There you will find videos on how to fill out fair forms and get ideas on simple 4-H projects you can complete at home. Take advantage of these resources and see how you can still be involved in 4-H!https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/jefferson/project-resource-videos/
CWF Meeting Information
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Kick-off meeting to our 2021 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the Zoom recording, or view the slides.
As outlined during the meeting, we are implementing a “payment plan”. This is a suggested amount to have in your account in the upcoming months. The first date for the payment plan is June 30, we suggest an amount of $300 in your CWF account with the Extension Office. The next date, and perhaps the most important for us in the office, is September 30 – we suggest an amount of $1300 in your account by this date. This date is important because it is the last date for you to commit to the CWF trip.
If you are an adult that is interested in attending and sponsoring the CWF Trip in 2021, please fill out the Sponsorship Application. The application will close on August 1, and we will announce adult sponsors on September 30, 2020. The cost for adult sponsors is 75% of the cost for youth. Based upon the $3300 estimated youth cost, we estimate the adult cost being approximately $2500. Adult sponsors are required to enroll as a volunteer on 4HOnline, pass all required screenings, and complete a virtual training.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new changes to the CWF trip program requirements, the payment plan, or fundraising opportunities. As always, we are open to suggestions, especially regarding fundraising!
State Fair Livestock DNA & Online Nominations Due July 1st!!!
State Horse Show Information
Horse Advancement Level Testing
Online Livestock Judging Video Series
This new video series will provide students the chance to evaluate the class, listen to a critique of the class, and hopefully gain some knowledge regarding terminology for their reasons moving forward.
Each week we will add 1 to 3 classes to the series that way students will enjoy plenty of content. Youth can access these videos at 4h.unl.edu/livestock or 4h.unl.edu/self-paced-videos. Once you get to the website, simply scroll down and you should see the link for the online video series which is located on YouTube.
For more information visit:animalscience.unl.edu/unl-livestock-judging-team, or contact Blaine French, Livestock Judging Coach, at 402-472-8834 or email@example.com
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: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club
If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!
NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!
How Does It Work?
Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.
This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at https://4h.unl.edu/photography-showcase.
Calendar of Events
1 - State Fair Livestock DNA & Nominations Due
3 - Extension Office Closed, 4th of July Holiday
13-19 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairgrounds
28 - 30 - Nebraska State Fair, 4-H Events & Livestock Show
4 - 6 - Nebraska State Fair, FFA Events & Livestock Show
1 - Achievement Award Applications Due
1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due
1 - 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications Due
Nebraska 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 Sates Department of Agriculture.
Nebraska Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.