Jefferson County 4-H

April 2015


Youth who are 8 years of age before January 1, current year and do not exceed the upper age limit of 19 during the current calendar year are eligible to be traditional 4-H members and can participate in all 4-H events. We welcome all youth and encourage you to invite your friends to join 4-H. 4-H Enrollment forms are available at the office or online. You can download the form online at Enrollment forms are due in the office on or before April 1st. They can be returned via mail, e-mail, in person, or by fax.


The program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program includes six levels and is designed for participants to progress at one level a year. Each level includes a set of goals that must be achieved before the 4-H’er can move on. Guidelines & forms: Forms are due in the office on April 1st and then will be returned to the 4-H member to fill out during the 4-H year.

Clover Kids

Clover Kids is a 4-H program for children ages 5 to 7 years old. Children participate in hand-on activities designed to build lots of different life skills! Clover Kids also have their own section of the fair book with various projects they can bring to the fair!

The most important life skills for the 5 to 7 year-old age group are:

• Respecting Self

• Communicating with Others

• Solving Problems

• Thinking Critically

• Choosing Healthy Lifestyles

What do Clover Kids do?

• Explore science with simple science experiments

• Practice communication skills

• Strengthen motor skills through arts and crafts

• Make friends and learn to work with peers

• And much more!

Make sure to contact Darci with any questions about the program and Clover Kids will use the same enrollment sheet & deadline as the traditional 4-H program members. Enrollment forms are due April 1st.

Congratulations to 4-H Congress Winners!

We want to congratulate the following 4-H'ers for being selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA in November 2015. These 4-H'ers were selected based on their career portfolios in various project areas and will represent Nebraska along with the rest of the winners from across the state!

Cory Engelman - Plant Science

Paige Arnold - Family & Consumer Science

Zach Rash - Animal Science

2014 Outstanding Club Award

The Plymouth Cloverleaf Club was selected as the Outstanding Club for 2014. The Fairbury Optimist Club sponsors the award, reviews the applications and selects the winner each year. The club's name will be added to the plaque at the Extension Office. Congratulations for all your hard work!


Career Portfolios are available to be picked up at the Extension Office at any time.

4-H ACHIEVEMENT DAY AWARDS at Extension Office

We have many awards left from 4-H Achievement Day that need to be picked up at the Extension office. Please contact the office to see if you received an award this year.

4-H Workshops & Events

Rabbit Clinic - April 3rd

Anyone interested in learning about the 4-H Rabbit project is invited to come to a workshop being held at the Fairgrounds in Fairbury on Friday, April 3rd at 2:00 p.m. During the clinic youth with learn about:

  • Proper feeding and nutrition
  • Grooming
  • Showing techniques

Youth may bring their rabbits along to get hands-on suggestions and assistance, but it is not required to attend the workshop.

Please register at the Extension office by Wednesday, April 1st.

Top Dog 4-H Club Meeting

Anyone interested in learning about the 4-H Dog project is invited to attend a meeting of the Top Dog 4-H Club on Monday, April 6th, 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. This is the first meeting of 2015 so it's a great time to get started with your dog project. Please contact the office with any questions!

4-H Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Fairbury. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, April 1 by calling the office or sending an email to Top three winners from each age division (except novice) will be selected to advance to the Regional Speech Contest at UNL East Campus in Lincoln on May 21st. The top seniors in the Regional contests will advance to the State Contest held during the State Fair to compete for a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a college scholarship. Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2015.

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Summer 2015 is approaching fast! No summer is complete without a Nebraska 4-H Camp experience. Summer camps are open to everyone between the ages of 5 and 18. The full color brochure is now on our 4-H page at: or you can pick one up at our office.

Nebraska State 4-H camps offer camps at these locations: Halsey and Gretna with more than 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips. Whether your child’s interest is in animals, robotics, nature and outdoor skills, tubing and kayaking, or just plain adventure, Nebraska 4-H camps provide the opportunities for all youth and all interests. You can save 10% on camp registration fees if you register for camp before April 15, 2015.

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Fair Information

2015 Jefferson County Fair

July 16-19, 2015

This year's theme: Country Pride Jefferson County Wide


All fair entries and livestock ID sheets are due on Monday, June 15th. This includes entry forms for foods, clothing, livestock and all static exhibits. Livestock ID sheets are also due on this day. We want to try to make less trips to the office for all of you so we are having everything due on the same day! Forms will be available at the office and on our website so please contact us with any questions. We are also making some how-to videos to help you fill out your forms!


In an effort to provide more 4-Hers with the opportunity to show poultry at the fair, Farmers Cooperative has generously agreed to again provide broiler chicks for any 4-H or FFA member that would like to show them in the market broiler class at the county fair. Exhibitors will be responsible for all expenses related to raising the chicks and bringing them to the fair.

Chicks will be mailed to the Extension Office on Thursday, May 28th and will need to be picked up that day as soon as possible. If you are interested in ordering some broiler chicks orders must be turned into the Extension Office by Monday, April 27th! Please call the office with any questions!

4-H Foodstand Sign-Up

Please keep an eye out in your mailbox and e-mail for the sign-up sheet for the 4-H foodstand at the fair. We are going to staff the foodstand again this year by family so pick your three best times and submit them to the office. Please have the

form turned in by Friday, May 1, 2015.

Quality Assurance Training

4-Her’s can now complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online! All 4-Her’s enrolled in swine, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dairy cattle, meat goat, rabbits or poultry need to complete Livestock Quality Assurance. 4-Her’s completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to their local county extension office prior to June 15th. There will be a $5 fee that each participant must pay before they will have access to course.

The course is divided into three levels: Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-14), Senior (15-18). Each year youth are required to complete three modules within their age level. Each youth needs to have an e-mail address that they can use to log onto the website. Youth may work ahead and complete as many modules as possible in order to maximize the $5 course fee. Intermediate and Senior age youth also have the option to test out of Quality Assurance training at no charge. Contact the office for more information.

For more information about registering and using the online system, go to or for more information.

New County Fair Livestock Policy

All livestock at the Jefferson County Fair will be subject to random drug testing as directed by the Fairboard. These tests can be performed at any time during the fair so please make sure you are following the rules and guidelines outlined in the fairbook. Also any unethical fitting of livestock will not be tolerated.


Information and registrations for the District and State 4-H Horse show is available at the office or on line at Registrations are due May 8.


All exhibitors (including those who may only do halter classes) must pass 4-H Advancement Level 1 to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair horse show. The exam must be completed by June 15th of the current year. (Different deadline dates apply for district and state competition.) All participants who have not passed the 4-H Advancements Level 1 are not eligible to exhibit in the fair. State 4-H horse rules will be followed (refer to manual 373, 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide).


UNIT II: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as an editorial photographer. Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story. Let’s tell a story about why we love our Nebraska communities. Capture editorial photos that tell a story about your Nebraska Community.

UNIT III: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as a commercial pho-tographer. Commercial photographers take pictures that are used for promotional purposes. Commercial pho-tographs are often used in print and online communication materials (advertisements, brochures, flyers, web sites, social media banners, direct email messages, etc.). Capture commercial photos that tell the story of 4-H in your Nebraska community; photos should show the Nebraska 4-H Program in action. Photos may be used to promote the UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.


The Fairboard requires that ALL livestock trailers be parked across the PWF road in the south parking lot during the 2015 Jefferson County Fair. This will help alleviate the congestion along the roads by the livestock barns and allow for more vehicle parking. Please let them know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Other Opportunities

nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute

The 2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute will be held July 6-10 in Lincoln. NAYI is a weeklong experience for high school juniors and seniors from all across Nebraska to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. This FREE conference features workshops, agricultural education, networking with peers and industry leaders, professional development, leadership experience, fun and new friends! NAYI is an unique conference in that it is the longest running of its kind. Applications are due April 15 and are available at


The Little Blue NRD is offering camp scholarship to 4-H members in their district. If you’d like to apply for the scholarships, stop the office for the applications. Applications are due May 1st.

National Festival of Breads

The National Festival of Breads is the nation's only amateur bread-baking competition and will be held in Manhattan, KS on Saturday, June 13th. The event is free and features a host of unique activities for families to enjoy: baking demonstrations, taste tests, a trade show and the preparation of the recipes for the 2015 National Festival of Breads!

For more information including the schedule of events, please contact the office and we will get you all the details!

Calendar of Events


1 - Enrollment Sheets due

1 - Diamond Clover applications due

3 - Rabbit Clinic, Fairgrounds

6 - Sewing Workshop 9am - 12 pm, Extension Office, Fairbury

6 - Public Speaking Contest, First Baptist Church


1 - Camp Renegade Counselor applications due

8 - District & State Horse Show entires due

21 - District Speech Contest, UNL Animal Science Complex, Lincoln, 1-7 pm

26 - Project Bonanza Day, Fairbury


8 - Clover Kid Camp, Fairbury

10 - Animal Science Day Camp, Fairbury

15 - Livestock IDs & Pre-Fair Entries Due

18 - District 4-H Horse Show, Seward

23 - 24 Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson, Fairbury

29 - 30 PASE/Life Challenge, UNL East Campus, Lincoln


16 - 19 Jefferson County Fair, Fairgrounds


28 - Sept 7 Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island