Jefferson County 4-H

December 2015

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State Fair Exhibits Left at Office

The following 4-H'ers have state fair exhibits at the office that need to be picked up:
  • Taylea Mills
  • Erin Kujath

2016 Jefferson County Fair

July 14-17, 2016

Theme is: "Sow It, Grow It, Show It"

Indoor Barn Quilt Workshop

Come and learn how to make a barn quilt that you can hang in your room instead of outside! The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 29th and Wednesday, December 30th from 1 to 5 pm on both days at the Extension Office. All supplies will be provided. Finished quilt will be 12" x 12" and the workshop will cost $10 total for both days. Please register by Monday, December 21st so we can get enough supplies for everyone.

Winter Workshop

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 4th, 2016 from 1-4:30 pm at the Extension Office! We will be holding a winter project workshop to help 4-H’ers get a few projects done for the fair during the school break. The projects we'll be making are a metal decorative tile and a recycled grocery bag rug. All supplies will be provided and the cost of the workshop will be $10 and would like to have registrations by Monday, December 28th.

Please Save for Us!

We are asking anyone who is willing to donate some plastic grocery sacks or fabric scraps to the Extension Office, we will be using them for upcoming project workshops. They can be dropped off anytime. Thank you in advance for your help!


Club leaders will be receiving outstanding club applications in the mail and will need to make sure to return them to the Extension office by Friday, January 29th, 2016. The award will be given out at 4-H Achievement Program on July 17th, 2016 during the county fair.

4-H Achievement Program

The 4-H Achievement Program will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 during the Jefferson County Fair. We will be announcing 4-H Council Scholarship winners and livestock Auction scholarship recipients in the January 4-H newsletter so that those items may be used in the upcoming 4-H year. Please contact the office with any questions!

New 4-H Council Candidates!!!

We will be electing new members to the 4-H Council and are looking for interested adults and youth. The council is composed of 6 adults and 6 youth members. Adult members serve a 3-year term, while youth members serve a 1-year term and can serve 3 terms. We would like to invite anyone who’s interested in serving on 4-H Council to contact the office and we will put your name on the ballot. Youth members need to be at least 13 years old by January 1, 2015. Adult candidates are needed from Commissioner Districts 1 & 3.

Please visit our webpage at to see a map of the districts.

Please contact us by Monday, December 21st at 5 pm to be included on the ballot.

Now Available, STEAM Clothing Maker's Guide

In A Maker’s Guide to Sewing Stuff, youth will use the skills learned in STEAM Clothing 1 & 2 to make stuff! Youth will create items to use and wear while they practice their beginning sewing skills. Activities in this manual are for beginning and intermediate sewers looking to improve their skills before progressing into using patterns to make garments.

Activities in this youth manual include step-by-step instructions to draw patterns, cut fabric, and sew simple items. There are helpful pictures and illustrations for each activity to guide youth as they make stuff. A copy of STEAM Clothing 1 & 2 should be available for youth to reference as they sew the items.

We’re excited for you to continue your sewing journey with STEAM Clothing: A Maker’s Guide to Sewing Stuff! Buy now at


We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2016. 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.

Other Opportunities

Opportunity for Photographers from Across Nebraska

An exciting statewide Photography Call sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, is currently inviting communities from across Nebraska to serve as a bridge to link history, generations and cultures. The Photography Call is entitled, “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”, and runs through January 4, 2016.

From Adams to Antelope, Scottsbluff to Sheridan, Dundy to Douglas……each of Nebraska’s 93 counties is home to historic and hidden treasures from the past. This Call is inviting YOU and YOUR community to highlight historic places and often over-looked treasures found in your own county; historical sites either found on the National Register of Historic Places or places of community/personal significance to the photographer. To see full entry guidelines and to submit photos, go to

SELECTED photographs from the Call will be exhibited statewide to help celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial in 2017 and used to promote the state as part of our partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Tourism Commission. All submitted photos will become part of a virtual exhibit.

Calendar of Events


29 & 30 - Indoor Barn Quilt Workshop, Fairbury


4 - Winter Workshop

29 - Outstanding Club Applications Due


1 - 4-H Enrollment Forms Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due


15 - Fair Entries Due


14 - 17 Jefferson County Fair