Thurston County 4-H News

October 2016

Upcoming Dates

Oct 2-8 - National 4-H Week

Oct 5 - National Youth Science Day

Oct 10 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

Oct 16 - Thurston County Achievement Banquet at Pender Fire Hall

Nov 11 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day

Nov 14 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

Nov 24-25 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 23 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

Need to Know

Acheivement Banquet

Sunday, Oct. 16th, 6:30-8pm

Pender Fire Hall, Pender, NE

Fall is here and we are beginning to wrap up one 4-H year to start another. But first we would like to recognize all the hard work that has gone into making this year such a success. This years Achievement Banquet will be held Sunday, October 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the PENDER FIRE HALL.

Join 4-H families for an evening of fellowship, food, recognition, and FUN! The Thurston County 4-H Council will be supplying meat for the meal. Families will need to bring two side dishes. Hope to see you for an evening of FUN and RECOGNITION!

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Congrats to our State Fair Exhibitors!

Congratulations to all those who represented Thurston County so well at the Nebraska State Fair.

We even had one exhibitor receive the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Special Award for Animal Science - Lexi Ostrand with her Advanced Lighting Exhibit Print in Photography.

Here are the rest of the results!

Lauren Ahlers - Design Decisions (1 Blue, 2 Purple); Veterinary Science (1 Red)

Wyatt Hennig - Woodworking (1 Blue)

Ty Hermelbracht - Design Decisions (1 Purple)

Allie Luedert - Floriculture (1 White); Sheep (2 Blue, 2 Purple)

Emily Luedert - Floriculture (1 Blue); Sheep (2 Blue, 3 Purple)

Dylan Mahaney - Food Preservation (1 Red); Horticulture (3 Blue, 1 Purple); Weed Science (1 Purple)

Ashley Ostrand - Photography (1 Purple); Horticulture (1 Blue); Floriculture (1 Purple); Sheep (4 Blue, 1 Purple); Swine (2 Blue, 1 Purple)

Lexi Ostrand - Photography (2 Blue, 1 Red); Horticulture (1 Blue); Sheep (3 Blue, 2 Purple)

Erika Paeper - Clothing (1 Red, 1 Blue); Design Decisions (1 Blue); Safety (2 Purple); Food Preservation (1 Purple)

Colton Sanderson - Beef (1 Red, 1 Blue); Foods (1 Red, 1 Purple)

Ross Tremayne - Conservation & Wildlife (1 Purple)

Owen VanKirk - Sheep (3 Blue, 2 Purple)

Thurston County also received the highest score in Herdsmanship in the Swine Barn with 37/40 points! Congrats to all!

Out of the Office

The office will be closed October 10 for Columbus Day, November 11 for Veteran's Day, and November 24-25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Jennifer and Stacey will also be out of the office November 8-10 for a conference. Please leave a message or email if you need anything during this time. Thanks.

Member Information

State Fair T-shirt Thank You's

Just in case the information wasn't given out to those 4-Her's who received a t-shirt this year at State Fair. We were sponsored again by Orscheln Farm and Home and we are encouraging 4-Her's to show their appreciation by sending a thank you note to:

Becky Honey

Orscheln Farm & Home

1800 Overcenter Drive

Moberly, MO 65270

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will be October 2-8, 2016. Start brainstorming some ideas to increase our enrollment. Also consider adding a science experiment (Motion Commotion) to your October meeting to celebrate National 4-H Science Day on October 7th.

Here are few ideas to try this year to promote 4-H.

· Ask local businesses to put a message about 4-H on their sign.

· Designate a “4-H Day” during 4-H Week and ask all 4-H members to wear their 4-H t-shirts to school.

· Furnish cookies for 4-H Open House at a local business or in conjunction with a community activity. Make sure your 4-H club has a sign there so you get the publicity.

· Make 4-H bookmarks and distribute them to school and public libraries during 4-H Week.

· Plan an anniversary party for your club. Invite former members and leaders.

· Put a “Happy” ad in local papers during 4-H Week.

· Fly a 4-H flag in the town square.

· The ideas are endless.


As October starts out with National 4-H Week we are asking 4-H alumni to share how the 4-H pledge is relevant in their life today, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media using hashtag #4HGrown. The goal is to re-connect alumni to the 4-H community.

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themeselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good Luck!

Continuing Education

Animal Science Annual Open House

October 3, 2016

6-8 p.m.

Animal Science Complex UNL-East Campus

Did you know you could attend the University of Nebraska and get a degree focused on companion animals, horses or livestock? Or maybe you just want to take a few classes to learn more about these? You need to come to the University of Nebraska Animal Science Open House on October 3, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. to learn more. You can get questions answered and find out more about the vast opportunities, classes that are offered, careers and much more. During this Open House you will get some hands-on experiences, view demonstrations and meet with faculty and students involved in UNL’s equine, companion animal and livestock programs. Also you will get to find out more about the various animal-related organizations such as Equestrian team, Livestock and Horse Judging teams, SEECA (Students for the Education of Exotic and Companion Animals), Pre-Vet club, and Block and Bridle. During the open house, you will get to travel through the Animal Science building on a bit of a “scavenger hunt” to seek out facts related to our classes and majors. Be sure to mark your calendars to not miss this night at the UNL Animal Science Complex, UNL East Campus!

Experience the Power of Red

The day that could START YOUR STORY in CASNR (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources) and IANR (Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources) on the campus of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. An event where you'll learn how CASNR prepares students for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership, food to forensic science.

When? - November 5, 2016, 9am-2pm

Where? - UNL's East Campus, Lincoln, NE

Why Should I Go? - You'll meet faculty, staff and current students to get the scoop on what life at UNL is really like. Explore campus in person and get a true sense of the UNL CASNR experience.

Questions: - Contact Sue Ellen Pegg at 402-472-0615 or

There is no charge to attend this event.

Register by October 28th at :

Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship - Nebraska Association of Fair Managers

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one

qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the NAFM Scholarship

Committee whose members will consider the following:

1. Each applicant must have exhibited his/her 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years.

2. Each applicant must hold a 2.5 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 system). Each applicant must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average for the first semester in

college and carry at least 12 credit hours.

3. Each applicant must agree to apply the scholarship funds for tuition or fees at a two or four year college or its equivalent, to be judged by the committee.

4. Each applicant must have demonstrated support for his/her school and community.

5. Each applicant must exhibit during the application process a desire to achieve the goals of which he/she is capable.

6. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process.

7. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by each 4-H award committee in the

Local Extension Office.

Applications are due in the applicant's local County Extension Office by December 1, 2016. For the application please go to:

Shooting Sports

4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops

Two Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leadership Certification Works are scheduled for October. In order to work with 4-H members in the 4-H Shooting Sports program you must have completed certification training and have kept it up to date. You may pick one disciple to become certified in at each session unless you are already certified and wish to add more disciplines.

Broken Bow, NE - October 15-16

Custer County Fairgrounds

Disciplines available (bring)

  1. Rifle (air & .22)
  2. Archery (bow & arrows)
  3. Shotgun (2 boxes of shells)
  4. Muzzleloading

Bridgeport, NE - October 29-30

Prairie Winds Community Center

Disciplines available (bring)

  1. Rifle (air & .22)
  2. Archery (bow & arrows)
  3. Shotgun (2 boxes of shells)
  4. Pistol (air & .22)
  5. Hunting Skills (.22 rifle)

For more information go to or contact the office.

Family & Consumer Sciences

2016 Make It With Wool Contest

Enter the Make It With Wool Contest! The object of the contest is to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabric and yarn; to encourage personal creations in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving of wool fabric; and to recognize creative skills.

The 2016 State Make It With Wool Contest will be November 19 at the Dawson County Extension Office in Lexington NE beginning at 9:00 a.m. Public fashion show is at 1:00 p.m.

The divisions determined by age as of January 1, 2016 (national rule change), are as follows:

  • Preteen – age 12 and under
  • Junior – age 13 to 16
  • Senior – age 17 to 24
  • Adult – age 25 and over
  • Made For Others
For more information, contact the Nebraska State Director Alice Doane, 17705 Bluff Road, Waverly NE 68462 (phone 402-786-3555); Entry Coordinator Andrea Nisley, P.O. Box 757, Lexington NE 68850 (phone 308-324-5501)

Entry forms, fees, wool samples and wool testing fees are due October 15, 2016 to Entry Coordinator Andrea Nisley.

More information is available on the new National Make It With Wool website (

Animal Science

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Trail Ride

Come for an enjoyable, guided Trail Ride in the scenic Sandhills of Nebraska on October 7-9, 2016. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while riding trails in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Enjoy delicious meals, family activities and great entertainment at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp. For more information go to:

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS)

It’s that time of year again and we’ll be hosting the 13th annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) here at the Animal Science Complex on December 2 - 4. Registration will be online this year and can be accessed via the NYBLS website below. Please note the application deadline of October 7th. We will be limiting both the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior groups to 30 participants each. If an individual is selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be collected at that time. Please let me know if you have any questions and we hope to see your members in December!

Pumpkin Galore

October 24th thru October 27th - Raising Nebraska, Grand Island – Pumpkin Galore – Register a class or group to attend a Pumpkin Day! Learn about the Pumpkin Life Cycle, inspect pumpkin vines up close, and paint your own pumpkin. Special Day and Program of $1.00 per student. Registration Deadline of October 17, 2016.

Pork: How it's Raising and How it's Braised

October 21st - Raising Nebraska, Grand Island – Pork: How it’s Raising and How it’s Braised – This is a day for adults and youth (must be 2 years old) to come enjoy. Adults will have pork food demonstrations focused on easy meals by Nebraska Pork Producer Jane Stone while youth will have their own program about pigs. Program is from 10 am to noon. Attendees must register by October 21st to attend.

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