Sioux County 4-H Newsletter

May 2015

North Panhandle 4-H’ers Compete at Regional Speech Contest

The 2015 Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held last Saturday, April 25, at three different sites throughout the Panhandle. Those competing from our area and their placings were as follows:

In the Public Speaking, Junior Division, Skylar Edmund of Sioux County was a medal winner and received a purple ribbon. Curtis Rittgarn of Sheridan County also received a purple. For Intermediates, Aspen and India Rittgarn of Sheridan County received blues, Emily Parker and Morgan Edmund of Sioux County received purples, and Katelyn Diehl of Dawes County also received a purple. In the Senior Division, Jake Lemmon of Dawes County received a purple and was a state qualifier.

In the Public Service Announcement competition all local youth were from Dawes County. In the Intermediate Division, Dylan Davidson was a medal winner and received a purple ribbon. Katelyn Diehl also was awarded a purple. In the Senior Division, Wyatt Davidson and Jake Lemmon each received a purple and were chosen as state qualifiers. Chance Snook was also awarded a purple ribbon.

Senior Division winners who were chosen as state qualifiers will represent the Panhandle District at the Nebraska State Fair to be held in Grand Island, August 28 through September 7.

Meat Science Boot Camp

Tuesday, May 12th, 4-5:30pm

Sioux County Courthouse, Harrison, NE

Get your ag knowledge in shape at Meat Science Boot Camp, a three session ag literacy mini camp series. The three sessions will be held on May 12th, May 26th, and June 9th.
  • Learn what it's like to be a rancher on May 12th when you learn about EPDs with Nebraska Extension Educator Meredith Bremer and quality assurance and animal handling with Sioux County 4-H Meat Judging Team members.
  • Try out what it's like to be a consumer on May 26th when you learn about meat cuts with a meat cutting demonstration by Sheena Semroska and how to choose the best cuts with Sioux County 4-H Meat Judging Team members.
  • And learn how to be a chef with the Build the Best Burger Contest on June 9th where you will create you own specialty burger and market it. Parents and family are invited for a cookout following the contest.

Program Fee is $15. Please register by May 8th by going to

All About Animals

Thursday, May 14th, 10am-3pm

Sioux County High School, Harrison, NE, United States

Harrison, NE

Learn All About Animals when you:
  • Make Pet First Aid Kits with Dr. Regina Rankin
  • Learn about cat showmanship with Angela Johnson and cat care with Sandy Murphy
  • Explore animal heroes with Tralice Ellis
  • Be a hero for a pet and make cat and dog toys to donate to the Panhandle Humane Society
  • Discover cow dog training with Christy Smith
  • Create dog treats with Nebraska Extension Educator Leah Gremm
  • And learn about RABBIT HOPPING with Scotts Bluff County 4-H Rabbit Hopping leaders!

Program Fee is $8 with a donated item for the Panhandle Humane Society (gently used blankets or towels, cleaning supplies, pet food, treats, or toys are accepted) or $12 without a donation.

Open to youth in grades K-12 for the 2015/16 school year. Please pack a lunch. Go to to register by May 8th.

Summer Horse Practices & Dog Obedience Classes Start May 18th

Starting May 18th, weekly summer horse practices led by Sioux County 4-H Horse Leader, Kathy Griesse, will be held at 6:30 pm at the Sioux County Fairgrounds. Horse practices are open to youth ages 8 and up by Jan. 1, 2015. Bring your horse and a Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Rule Book (these can be purchased for $6 if you do not already have one).
Also starting May 18th, Sioux County 4-H Dog Leader, Christy Smith, will be holding dog obedience classes at 5:30 pm at the Harrison Park. Bring your dog, a training collar (chain), six foot leash, and supplies to clean up after your pet. ;)

Textile Tech Fabric Design Class

Thursday, May 21st, 2pm

Sioux County Courthouse, Harrison, NE

Finish your STEAM: Beyond the Needle (Decorate Your Duds) project in four easy steps at Textile Tech!
  1. Learn about color and design
  2. Create your own fabric design
  3. Upload it to
  4. Order it!

The brand new Original Designed Fabric Yardage state and county fair class allows you to be a designer. Rules are as follows:

  • Fabric yardage is designed using techniques such as those found in the manual. Other embellishments may be added. Exhibit consists of at least one yard of finished fabric. Include information on how the fabric was designed – describe the process and materials used. If additional information is not included,exhibit will be lowered one ribbon placing.

Register by May 15th by going to Open to youth ages 12 and up by Jan. 1, 2015. Program fee is $20 if ordering fabric, $5 if not.

Western Livestock Challenge

Thursday, May 28th, 9:30am-3pm

Sale Barn Road

Rushville, NE

The Western Livestock Challenge, open to youth ages 8-18 by Jan. 1, is hosted by the Northern Panhandle and Box Butte Counties and is a “sneak peek” of what youth might expect at the contests held at the Premier Animal Science Event in Lincoln at the end of June. The UNL Livestock Judging Coach and Team Members will be giving a clinic and a practice livestock judging contest. There will also be a Skill-a-thon and Meat Judging activities. Youth are asked to bring a sack lunch. Drinks will be provided. The registration fee is $10 and pre-registration is preferred. Each participant will receive a “goodie bag” and will be eligible to be in a drawing for awesome door prizes. To register download the form at

Beef Fitter's Clinic

Friday, May 29th, 10am

Sioux County Fairgrounds, Harrison, NE

Join lifetime showman, Todd Bremer, of St. Edward, NE for a clinic featuring topics including:
  • Beef fitting demonstration
  • Proper animal care prior to and during a show
  • Best practices regarding beef quality assurance while caring for a 4-H market or breeding beef animal

Please register by May 22nd by going to

Sioux County Open Horse Judging

Monday, June 8th, 8am

Sioux County Fairgrounds, Harrison, NE

Join us for the 3rd Annual Sioux County Open Youth Horse Judging presented by Nebraska Extension and the Sioux County 4-H Council. We will kick the day off with a morning clinic presented by clinicians Kelsey Tramp, Mercedes Powers, and Erin Smith. The clinicians will teach about evaluating Quarter Horses, Arabians, and Paints, as well as judging trail classes. In the afternoon, there will be a contest featuring classes of the three breeds and a trail class. This will be a great opportunity for those youth interested in horses and honing their decision making skills.

Awards will be presented for the first four places in each division (junior, intermediate, and senior) with first place receiving a custom bronc halter made by Dally Up Saddleshop. This year’s competition will also include an adult division. There will be jackpot prizes for the top four places in the adult division with first also receiving a gift certificate from Hiebert Equine Massage.

The horse judging is open to all youth ages 8-18 by January 1st, 2015 and adults. There will be an entry fee of $10 for all youth and adults participating in the competition. Adults who are not competing may attend for free.

The Sioux County Open Horse Judging will be held at the Sioux County Fairgrounds north of Harrison, NE. Registration will run from 8:00-8:45 am and the clinic will start at 9:00 am. Concessions will be available on site, but participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Water will be provided, but please come prepared for a day in the sun, as the judging will be held outdoors. For more information contact Nebraska Extension Assistant Marlena Griesse at 308-668-2428 or

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