Thurston County 4-H News

September 2021

Nebraska Extension - Thurston County

Jennifer E. Hansen, Extension Educator,

Stacey Keys, Extension Assistant,

Samantha Beutler, Office Staff,

Upcoming Dates

Sept 23-26 - Aksarben Stock Show

Oct 4 - Achievement Application Deadline

Oct 4-10 - National 4-H Week

Oct 11 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

Oct 17 - Thurston 4-H Achievement Night @ 6PM, Pender Fire Hall

Nov 8 - Thurston 4-H Council (6:30 pm)

Nov 11 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day

Nov 25-26 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

In the office!!

Samantha will now be joining us in the office more! So that's good news for all of you!! You'll have more of a chance of catching her in the office while Jennifer & Stacey are out programming!

Her hours will be: Monday - Thursday, 9AM-3:30PM

Our office is still open: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Save the dates!

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Haskell Ag Lab Fall Fest

Make plans now to come to the Haskell Ag Lab Fall Fest on Saturday, September 25th. The event will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will have a variety of activities. This is a free event. Fun for the entire family, bring your friends!

Fair Information

Thanks for a Great Fair!

Congratulations to all of the 4-H'ers and families for an excellent job with the fair! The Extension Office staff would like to thank you for an excellent fair experience. Keep up the good work.

Our 4-H program and county fair would not be successful without the many volunteers, sponsors, and donations. Especially this year with all the modifications and adaptations, you all truly stepped up and we thank you!

Please remember to personally thank someone that helped this year. Our volunteers are a vital part of the 4-H program, and many of the vents at fair and throughout the year would not be possible without their dedication.

If you received a trophy or bonus auction premium, get those thank you notes sent! A few brief sentences about your experience are all it take sot show your appreciation. We want to continue the positive support from all of our donors. So make sure to say Thanks!

Dakota-Thurston County Fair Results

We are so proud of all our 4-Hers and families. If you would like to see results from the Dakota-Thurston County Fair for our Thurston County exhibitors go here!

We're hoping to highlight the different fair events throughout the year as not everyone may have been able to come to fair! So be looking on social media for #fairrewind!

Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results

Congratulations to all our Thurston County 4-Hers who participated at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair!

Results from the State Fair can be found here:

Please congratulate these 4-Hers for all their hard work!

Static: Caleb Kelly, Khloe Swanson, Rhiley Harney, Brylea Mosser, Reese Kelly, Lane Kelly, Jenni Olson, Kaitlyn Mahaney, Haeden Paeper, Erika Paeper, Logan Hansen, Dylan Mahaney, Jack Olson

Livestock: Jett Fogarty, Nate Sanderson, Shaylee Sanderson, Owen VanKirk

Fashion Show: Codi Olson

Member Info

Achievement Applications!

You've had a successful 4-H year! Now we want to hear all about it and what you've learned! So let's start filling in those Achievement Applications! And don't forget to mark down if you want to apply for county awards. Remember, contact your club for their policies on receiving fair premiums, some it's related to completion of your Achievement Application!

AWARD APPLICATIONS DUE: Monday, October 4, 2021

Step 1: Write your story (add pictures if you want)

Step 2: Fill out County Award Sheet

Step 3: Print or email to or

Available Achievement Applications & Forms (*NOTE AGES – they’re a bit different)

Clover Kid (5-7):

Junior (8-12):

Senior (13-18):

County Awards Sheet:

The deadline for this year's 2021 Thurston County Achievement Applications is Monday, October 4, 2021! I can wait to hear all your stories!

Achievement Night!

Sunday, Oct. 17th, 6pm

314 Maple Street

Pender, NE

We're getting together and are so excited to celebrate all the hard work of our 4-Hers this year! Join us for a taco bar, awards, and FUN!!

Keep Up on Facebook!

For all you new members and for our previous ones, to keep up with all the latest updates and information as soon as possible! Follow us on Facebook @UNLExtensionThurston!

Animal Science & Agriculture

4-H Dog Achievement Program

The program consists of levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Dog Achievement program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Dog Achievement program.

More information can be found at:

For any questions, contact Grace Kim at

It is recommended on the program page that Plan & Report Forms should be to county offices at least 1 month prior to the county awards night for youth to be recognized.

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS)

It’s that time of year again and we’ll be hosting the 17th annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) here at the Animal Science Complex on November 19 – 21, 2021. Registration will be online again this year and can be accessed via the weblink below. More details about the symposium can be found at Please note the application deadline of October 1st. If an individual is selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be collected at that time. I have attached social media content for you to share if you wish as well as a flyer that can be distributed. Please contact Ashley Benes at with any questions that you have.

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