Jefferson County 4-H

May 2023

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2023 Seniors:

Jason Arnold

Elijah Ausk

Josh Buchli

Carter Holtmeier

Brittany Kroeker

Megan Mees

Hannah Parde

Kailyn Paul

Amber Visonhaler

4-H Highlights!

2023 Fairbook

The fairbook is available at Please make sure to let us know of any questions!

2023 Fair Dates

The 2023 Jefferson County Fair Dates are: July 12th-16th, 2023

Theme: “150th Fair of Family, Food and Fun”

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2023 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, visit: For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Clover Kid Enrollment Information

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Youth should select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair. Check with our local 4-H club leaders for information about what is offered for Clover Kids during their club time.

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!
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Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Animal Information

Dog Project Practice

The Top Dog 4-H Club will start practicing on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm at the 4-H building at the fairgrounds. Please try to make it to practice if you can. If you can't come please contact Penny Holtmeier at to let her know so that they can plan accordingly for practice.

Youth Quality Assurance Training

We plan to have a training on Monday, May 22, 2023 from 11 am to Noon at the Extension Office in Fairbury. Youth must pre-register at in order to attend so we can ensure adequate seating for all participants. This is the last in-person training we will be offering before county fair.

2023 State Fair Livestock Identification

New for 2023!

All 4-H/FFA BREEDING livestock, market livestock and FEEDER CALVES will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben. DNA samples are due on June 15th and nominations must be completed online by June 15th as well. Visit for more information on each species.

Special Opportunties

2023 Jefferson County Fair Parade

In celebration of the 150th Jefferson County Fair, the fairboard is hosting a parade to kick off the fair on Sunday, July 9th at 4 pm. There will be two divisions to enter floats in the parade with one being youth organizations like 4-H clubs & FFA chapters. There are prizes in each division with the winner getting $100 and $50 to second place. The fair theme is "150th Fair of Family, Food and Fun" so get to work now on your ideas for a prize winning entry!
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Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 7th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

There are also numerous field trips that have been archived to view at your convenience. Check them out. See the link below to view of all the tours available.

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2023. 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.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


1 - Camp Counselor Applications Due

22 - YQCA Training, Extension Office, Fairbury

25 - Camp Counselor Training, 4-H Building, Fairbury


1 - Water Color Workshop, Fairbury

12 & 13 - Camp Renegade, Camp Jefferson

15 & 16 - Camp Venture, Camp Jefferson

15 - County Fair Entries Due

15 - State Fair/AKSARBEN DNA & Online nominations due

22 - Pie Crust Workshop, Fairbury

29 - Pie Filling Workshop, Fairbury


12 - 16 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairgrounds

Nebraska Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United Sates Department of Agriculture.

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