SHERIDAN COUNTY NEWSLETTER

JULY 2021

Calendar of Events

Jul 1 Fair Enrollment Due

Jul 5 Office Closed

Jul 6-7 Sewing Sleepover Hay Springs School Noon-4pm

Jul 7 Homemade Clock Virtual Workshop Zoom 1-3

Jul 8 Stained Glass Workshop Extension Office 9-2

Jul 12 Southwestern Bellbottoms/Aztec Pillow Extension Office 9-12

Jul 15 Superintendent Meeting Extension Office 6:30 pm

Jul 17 4-H Horse Show Sheridan Co. Fairgrounds

Jul 19 4-H Council Meeting Extension Office 6:30 pm

Jul 20 Sew Fun Extension Office 1-4

Jul 20 Fair Grounds Cleanup 5 pm

Jul 23 Const/Quilt Judging/Public Modeling Hay Springs Auditorium 1-4

Jul 25 Small Animal Check-In, Sheep/Goat Weigh-In, Pigs Weigh-In, Beef Weigh-In, Ultrasound Carcass Results

Jul 26 Livestock Committee Meeting Fair Office 4:30 pm

Jul 26 Static Judging, Poultry/Rabbit Show, Family Fun Night, Businessman Showmanship

Jul 27 Swine Show, Sheep/Goat Show

Jul 28 Beef Show, Cake Judging, Buyer’s Bonanza, Junior Sale

Jul 29 All Cattle Shows, Cat Show, Dog Show, Teen Dance

Jul 30 Small Round Robin, Clover Bud Parade, Large Round Robin, Packer Load Out

Jul 31 Family Project Pick Up

Aug 2 Office Closed

Aug 3 Office Closed

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

· Reminder – 4-H entries are due July 1st! https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Sheridan_County_Documents/Sheridan_County_Fair/2021_Fair_Entry_Form.pdf

· The Resource Book is available online. Copies can be picked up at the Extension Office. https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/Sheridan_County_Documents/4-H_Programs/Fair%20book%20proposed%20changes%20for%202021%20%20last%20format.pdf

· Remember to attach clothing tags, home environment tags, photography tags, and food preservation tags to your fair entries. Print them here: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/2021-sheridan-county-fair/

· Don’t forget to get your RV spot reserved at fair! Passes can be purchased at the office for $10/day or $50/week. RVs can come in July 25th after 8am. There are spots with no electricity available for free. The fee helps to make updates around the fairgrounds, check payable to the Ag Society.

· Project records will not be required at fair this year. The council will be coming up with an award for the project records and winners will be presented at the Achievement Banquet in October.

· 4-H members need to invite four people to the Buyer’s Bonanza with the cards from our July Newsletter.

· Safety notice: At all 4-H events, all animals must be properly restrained or stalled; if in a commons area they must be always restrained and attended to.

· Please be patient as sale checks will be mailed out three weeks after the sale.

· Livestock Committee will have a meeting on Monday July 26th, 4:30pm to cover expectations, sale cards, and narratives.

· The 4-H Foundation has some sheep/goat/pig pens that are still available to sponsor, $200 gets your name on a pen for the youth!

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State Fair Livestock Exhibitor Resources

Sheridan County Horse Program

Fitting and Showmanship

Jul 9th – Rushville Arena 5 pm. Jessica competed in 4-H Horse for 10 years. She grew to be Fitting and Showmanship Champion many times at County and State Fairs. She loves showing others how to prepare their horse to look their best. She makes Showmanship a game that is fun and helps you learn your required moves. Come have some fun. Bring your horse, clippers, or scissors.

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I Belong 4-H Signs

The Sheridan County 4-H Council is selling 4-H signs as a fundraiser! Almost all counties across Nebraska will be offering the signs in some way. We will provide the H wire stand for yards. The signs are $10.00 payable to Sheridan County 4-H Council.

Sewing Sleepover

July 6-7

Fee: $10

Ages: 8+

Instructor: Sewing volunteers

Location: Hay Springs School Auditorium

Description: Come join us for a fun Sewing Sleepover! Youth will make a Buttonet Straight Skirt. This workshop is perfect for first-time sewers and experienced sewers. Youth will need to bring 2 yards of 100% cotton fabric that is 60 inches wide, and 6 – 1” buttons. Feel free to bring your sewing machines. You will also want to pack a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, overnight toiletries, and other items for staying the night. Food will be provided.

Project for Fair: Dept. C Div. 222 Class 8.

Southwestern Bellbottoms/Aztec Pillow Workshop

Monday, July 12

9 am to noon

Fee: $15

Ages: 8+

Instructors: Marie Nelson

Location: Extension Office

Description: Youth will bring a pair of their own jeans and insert southwest or serape fabric in the outside seam to create a pair of stylish bellbottoms using a seam ripper, scissors, and sew machine. They will also learn stamping techniques to design an Aztec pillow.

Projects for fair: Dept. C Div. 221 Class 5; Dept. C Div. 211 Class 14.

Businessman Showmanship

This year for Family Fun Night we are hosting a Business Showmanship competition. The species this year is Sheep and Goats. We would like 4-H members who are taking this project to invite a Business professional to show their animal against other local business professionals. It will take place on Monday, July 26th starting at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity for youth to meet and interact with local businesses. The 4-H Council has compiled a list of potential business professionals to ask, please contact the Extension Office for some of the names. Also please let Marie know if you are planning to have someone show your project animal. See the form below.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night will be held on Monday July 26th starting at 5 pm. Several of the activities will include Tug-a-War, Business Showmanship, Yard Games, Root Beer Floats, and more. Games will run from 5-7 pm. At 7 pm the Business Showmanship will start. The 4-H Foundation will also have a free-will donation meal. Please feel free to bring your yard games to share!

static silent auction

Youth will have the option to choose one of their static entries to be put up for a silent auction. A sign-up sheet will go by their entry, and then moved over to the sale on Wednesday. Youth will be responsible for following up with the buyer to complete the transaction.

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Photos for 4-H Auction

Sale photos will be taken of your sale animal, after each corresponding show. It is required to have a photo taken of your sale animal to sell it. It will also be the responsibility of the 4-H member to ensure a photo is taken, photographers will not track them down! 😊

reminder of fairground rules

Just a reminder that families need to pick up after themselves before they leave the grounds. Also, alcohol use near the 4-H show ring and during shows should not be visible. We are there for the youth, so we want to provide a good example.

fairground cleanup

Each year a week before County Fair, all 4-Hers are asked to come and help spruce up the fairgrounds. This year it will be on July 20th from 5 – 8 pm. This involves a lot of effort and teamwork! During the event, trash is picked up, mowing, and weed trimming is completed, repairs are made, buildings painted, floors swept, and dust removed. Pizza will be provided!! Below are the assignments for each club and the independent members.

Equipment/supplies to bring: gloves, push mowers, weed eaters, hammers, shovels, paint brushes, and brooms.

Hooves and Hearts: Beef Barn (mow and weed-eat around both beef barns, scale house, and show arena. Paint beef barn if needed)

Junior Leaders: Swine Barn (mow and weed-eat around building and paths to wash rack, pull weeds in stalls, check light bulbs, dig out drainage trench on west side)

Independents: 4-H Exhibit Building (sweep floors and wipe down shelves, mow and weed-eat around building, fix and help set out picnic tables)

Albany: Open Class Building (sweep floors and wipe down shelves, mow and weed-eat around building and water hydrant pad)

Bingham Hustlers: Sheep & Goat Barn (mow and weed-eat around sheep barn, check light bulbs and pen gates for usability, paint the sheet barn trim if needed)

Green Valley: Concession Building (sweep and mop floors, wipe and set up tables, clean kitchen and bathrooms) 4-H Office (sweep floors, and wipe down shelves, weed-eat around Office and Poultry Barn)

These work assignments are a general guide. The hope is all the projects are completed and that takes teamwork! If you cannot attend on July 20th, you are encouraged to do some work on an earlier day. Everyone’s help is needed to have our fairgrounds looking its best. Please try to make it! We owe a huge thank you to Western Sire for having some of their employees mow the grounds before the Progress Show. This always helps a ton.

Fair Bathroom, Trash, & Flagpole Duties

During Fair Week, 4-Hers help to keep the grounds and facilities looking nice. Flags should be raised by 8:00 am and lowered before sunset. Bathrooms should be cleaned (swept and fixtures wiped down) at least once per shift (mid-morning, right after lunch, and late afternoon) and paper products added as needed. Trash lying around on the grounds should be picked up and the barrels checked throughout the day. If barrels are full, they need to be dumped into the dumpsters. Supplies are in the Fair 4-H Office.

Monday afternoon – Junior Leaders

Tuesday morning – Green Valley

Tuesday afternoon – Independents

Tuesday night – Albany

Wednesday morning – Bingham Hustlers

Wednesday afternoon – Hooves and Hearts

Wednesday night – Junior Leaders

Thursday morning – Green Valley

Thursday afternoon – Independents

Thursday night – Albany

Friday morning – Bingham Hustlers

Friday afternoon – Hooves and Hearts

Friday night – Junior Leaders

State Fair Livestock & In Person Event Registration

The link to use for State Fair Livestock entry: https://www.statefair.org/competitions-participate/competitions/4-h-ffa-exhibitors. FFA and 4-H are using an online entry system that allows exhibitors/parents to submit their livestock entries for the 2021 Nebraska State Fair. 4-H Static Exhibit Registration will be entered by the Extension Office staff.

Registration opens on July 1. All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 Central Time on August 10, 2021. They are requiring you to use a credit or debit card when you submit your entries. You can pay and register your entries at: http://nebr.fairwire.com. Families will find a link to the State Fair Livestock entry website, a pdf with step-by-step entry instructions at http://nebr.fairwire.com. When you sign up for these events you will also purchase your State Fair discount passes for your family members.

4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all livestock entries online.

This includes:

- 4-H and FFA Livestock entries

- 4-H Companion Animal entries

- 4-H Dog entries

- 4-H and FFA Premier Exhibitor entries

- 4-H Dog Skill-a-thon entries

4-h attire

During the 4-H Horse show, exhibitors must show in a white button-down long sleeve shirt, a green arm band above the left elbow, and dark blue jeans that do not have decorative stitching on them. For the other 4-H shows, exhibitors have the option to wear a 4-H Sheridan County t-shirt. This does not include the tie-dyed t-shirts or the 4-H Foundation t-shirts. Youth can also wear a white button-down long sleeve shirt. They should also have the 4-H arm band on above the left elbow. T-shirts can be purchased for $10 and green arm bands for $3.50 from the Extension Office prior to fair or at the Fair Office during Fair week. The 4-H shirts will need to be worn during all shows, static judging (unless life skills), animal check-in (for pictures), and the 4-H Sale.

Livestock Judging

Are you ready to evaluate animal’s characteristics and with reasoning? On July 29th at 4 pm, youth will have an opportunity to judge with 2 divisions, prizes will be awarded also!

Cornhole tournament

Starting after the Rancher's Olympics on Saturday July 31, more details coming soon!!

businessman showmanship

This year for Family Fun Night we are hosting the third Business Showmanship competition. The species this year is Sheep and Goat. WE would like 4-H members who are taking a Sheep or Goat project to invite a Business professional to show their animal against other local business professionals. It will take place on Monday July 26th starting at 7 pm. This is a great opportunity for youth to meet and interact with local businesses. The 4-H Council has compiled a list of potential business professionals to ask, please contact the Extension Office for some of the names. Also please let Marie know if you are planning to have someone show your project animals. To register a professional to show your animal we must have them complete a form answering the following questions:

- Are you a 4-H alum? If so, what was your favorite project?

- What business are you representing?

- Why are you participating?

- Whose animal are you showing?

- What is one thing about you, most people do not know?

Bonanza

Coming out in the July paper newsletter will be postcards to send to your community members, inviting them to the Sale on July 28th!

static project drop off times

Static projects will have assigned family drop-off times based on their last name. When you arrive, you will meet Melissa or Marie at your designated tables to attach labels on your projects. Below is the scheduled static drop off times

9:00 to 9:30 am A-C

9:45 to 10:15 am D-H

10:30 to 11:00 am I-M

11:15 to 11:45 am N-S

11:45 to 12:15 pm T-Z

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.


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