SHERIDAN COUNTY NEWSLETTER
Calendar of Events
Apr 4: Archery Practice - Rushville Legion - 4:00 pm
Apr 7: Clover Buds - Hay Springs School - 4:00-5:00 pm
Apr 12: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 14: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 14: Extension Board Meeting - Extension Office - 6:00-7:00 pm
Apr 15: Sheridan County Service Day - Extension Office - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Apr 15: Sew Fun - Extension Office - 1:00-4:00 pm
Apr 15: Sheridan County Memorial 4-H Scholarship Due
Apr 17: Easter
Apr 18: Archery Practice - Rushville Legion - 4:00 pm
Apr 19: Clover Buds - Rushville Elementary - 3:30-5:00 pm
Apr 19: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 21: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 21: Volunteer Appreciation Training & Meal - Extension Office - 6:00-7:00 pm
Apr 22: Sew Fun - Hay Springs School Cafeteria - 1:00-4:00 pm
Apr 24: 4-H Speech Contest - Extension Office - 2:00-4:00 pm
Apr 25: 4-H Club 101 - Extension Office - 6:00-7:00 pm
Apr 26: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 28: Tech Changemaker Session - Gordon Library - 5:30 pm
Apr 28: Adult Sew Fun - Extension Office - 6:00-7:00 pm
Apr 28: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
Apr 30: 4-H Foundation Indian Taco Fundraiser - Rushville American Legion - 5:00-7:00 pm
- Summer is coming! We are working on finalizing summer events for 2022! Be on the lookout in May for a finalized brochure! Below are a couple events information that has been shared.
- April 24
· Speech Contest
- May 22
· Pig, Market Sheep, and Goat Weigh-In at the Fair Grounds
- June 1 Deadline:
· 4-H Online enrollment
· YQCA Certification
· Horse Level 1 Completion
· Animal Ownership Affidavits, Horse ID, Rabbit ID, Cat ID, Dog ID, Dairy Goat ID, & Dairy Cow IDItems not turned in by June 1, will have a late fee of $50 per exhibitor until June 15. After June 15, youth will not be allowed to exhibit in that year's county fair.
- June 25
· Sheridan County Progress Show
- July 1 Deadline:
· Fair Project Entry Forms
- July 16
· Sheridan County Horse Show
- July 22
· Sheridan County Style Review & Music Contest
- July 24-30
· Sheridan County Fair
New!! Hands-On Safety Day: Tractor and Equipment Safety for Young and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Young and beginning farmers, ages 13 and older are invited for a day of hands-on equipment demonstrations and tractor driving (14 years of age and over to drive).
May 24, 2022 – West Central Research and Education Center in North Platte
May 26, 2022 – Raising Nebraska in Grand Island
Annual Tractor and Equipment Safety Certification Training Course for students 14 years of age and older: Successful completion of a one-day in-person training (driving exam) paired with an online learning module will result in certification for 14 and 15 year old youth to be employed on farms and ranches.
May 25, 2022– North Platte
June 6, 2022 – O’Neill
June 7, 2022 – Gering
June 8, 2022 – Broken Bow
June 9, 2022 – Hastings
June 10, 2022 – Weeping Water
Giddy up and let’s ride and learn!!!
Let’s start riding!! Riding practice will begin each Tuesday and Thursday at the Gordon Arena beginning April 12th and 14th, at 5:30 p.m. For individual lessons or other locations to practice contact Wendy Andersen at the Sheridan County Extension Office, 308-327-2312. Watch for updates on Clinics for specific events throughout May and June 2022.
To compete in the Sheridan County Fair July 16th, 2022, with your horse each 4-H youth must pass the level 1 Horse advancement written and riding tests. These tests must be completed by June 15, 2022. You can take the written test any day during the week at the Extension Office, 800 S. Loofborrow, Rushville. The riding test can be done by appointment by contacting Wendy Andersen 308-360-3761 or Megan Reinmann -308-360-3323. Horse ID forms must be filled out and turned in by June 15, 2022
This year Junior 4H youth that are not comfortable with loping can still compete in the County Fair in: Fitting and Showmanship, Conformation Halter Classes, and Walk Trot Pleasure class, trot barrels, and trot poles.
- Rushville Clover Buds will be on April 19th at Rushville Elementary starting at 3:30 pm.
- Gordon Clover Buds will be held on May 17th at Gordon Elementary at 3:30 pm.
- Hay Springs Clover Buds will be held on April 7th at Hay Springs School starting at 4:00 pm.
Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2022. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2022 Sheridan County Fair. To register your child for these FREE events please contact the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312.
The Sheridan County 4-H High School robotics group will be hosting a session on April 28th starting at 5:30 pm at the Gordon Library teaching adults about how to safely search for information online. All adults are welcome to attend this hands-on session to learn best practices when searching online and tools to improve your search. Come support the Teen Tech Changemakers with this project!
The Tech Changemakers will also be at the 4-H Foundation Fundraiser on April 30th to provide additional online tools and tips. Visit their booth and complete a survey to help them with this grant project. Through this program the 4-H High school robotics team was able to demonstrate their community outreach and receive an award at their qualifier competition. These sessions are a part of the National 4-H Tech Changemakers program that has a goal to help conquer the digital divide and allow adults to feel comfortable working online. Please contact Melissa Mracek at email@example.com or Bobbi Archibald at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Service Challenge
National Volunteer week is celebrated in April. This year the Panhandle 4-H staff has a goal of reaching 1,000 volunteer hours as a panhandle unit through the month of April. The staff will award the county with the most volunteer hours with a traveling trophy.
In Sheridan County we are going to have a volunteer day of service on Friday, April 15th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Extension Office. Thanks to the help of last year’s LOG N campers and Next Chapter students, we will have multiple activities the youth can choose to participate in. On the 15th youth will have the opportunity to help sew a Quilt of Valor, make May Day baskets for the nursing home residents, create dog toys and treats for the Gordon Animal Shelter, and create Light Up cards. At 4 pm the Albany Club will start their trash clean up. Lunch will be provided. Please contact the Extension Office at (308) 327-2312 by April 8th.
4-H youth may be completing additional community service projects through out April. Help us show how awesome the Sheridan County youth are by completing the attached tracker for every 60 minutes of service you participate in. Submit tracker sheets to the Sheridan County Extension Office or email Melissa at email@example.com or Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th.
The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas, and have confidence. This is open for all age divisions from Clover Kids to Seniors.
NEW IN 2022 - 4-H Council's have discussed how combining contests will be beneficial for youth to see more youth give their speeches. Dawes and Sheridan will combine alternating locations each year and Box Butte and Sioux will combine alternating locations each year. April 24th at 2:00 pm in RUSHVILLE is set for the Dawes and Sheridan 4-H Public Speaking Contest. Dawes and Sheridan will have separate awards.
Contact the office by April 18th with youth's name, age, and title to their speech at email@example.com or 308-327-2312.
4-H 101 Club Meetings
Please let Marie know if you are interested in the club by April 22! You can call her at (308)327-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Camp Scholarships
Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its first annual Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship.
Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Have attended high school in the Panhandle of Nebraska in one of these following counties:
- Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and Thomas
- Be attending any of the Nebraska University Campuses, including Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
- Majoring in Agriculture, Agriculture Technology or a related degree emphasizing agriculture
- Be a graduating high school senior, or in the first or second year of undergraduate study.
If there are questions, please contact Coordinator Emily Stine at email@example.com or at (308) 632-1230.
Sheridan County 4-H Scholarship - Due April 15th
2022 NEBRASKA AG YOUTH INSTITUTE
NAYI will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus July 11–15, 2022. Applications for NAYI are available at https://nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/ and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2022, to apply. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Connections.”
NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Students attend NAYI free of charge due to generous donations from numerous agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.
Nebraska Extension - Sheridan County Office
Location: 800 S Loofborrow Street, PO Box 329 Rushville, NE 69360
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.
The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.