Jefferson County 4-H

August 2021

4-H Highlights!

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

Thank you to everyone that helped in any way with the 2021 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 24, 2021. 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 13th in order for that exhibit to be taken to the State Fair.

Nebraska State Fair Entries

The 2021 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, 2021. 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

Don’t forget! You have until August 10th to submit your favorite 4-H project to see it featured on the 4-H Video Wall at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair! Absolutely any project is eligible regardless of the award it received through judging or the ability to have it judged on the county level. Submit your project at

4-H Council Foodstand Leftovers

We do still have a few items left over from the 4-H Foodstand to purchase. We have some 20 ounce bottles of Sprite or Coke Zero, small bags of Doritos and bags of tortilla chips. Please contact the office if you are interested in any of these items.

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

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. Last year was the first opportunity to use the Achievement Award Application, and was met with some hesitation from our 4-H families, so 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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.

Citizen Washington D.C. Focus Trip Information

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how long it will be a significant health threat, our Washington D.C. group of Gage, Jefferson and Saline counties has decided to postpone a trip until 2022. We just don’t want the youth to spend that kind of money and not be guaranteed even if we are able to go that we would get to see and do all the things we would like to do and have done in the past.

With that being said, this gives youth more time to fund-raise for the trip. If you have ideas or suggestions of new fundraising, please contact the office!

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!

Animal Information

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

The Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides members an opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills they have developed in their 4-H companion animal project. Entries are due by 5:00 PM CT on August 13th.

Learn more at

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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!

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Special Opportunties

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.

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

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

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2021-2022. 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

27 - Sept 6 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, NE


1 - 6 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, NE


1 - Achievement Applications Due

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