Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - July 2, 2021

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Note From Kylie

June saw a return to "almost normal" with contests, library programs, and summer workshops. We've worked with 3 dozen+ youth at the Deshler Public Library with reading topics such as the tundra and the rainforest, interacted with a K9 unit along with over thirty youth from the Superior Public Library, and we're looking forward to three library programs at Hebron, Bruning, and Davenport. Thayer County led three worshops with 40 youth attending in total, and we maxed out Bonanza Day in Nuckolls County with 35 youth. Nuckolls and Thayer sent 15 youth to local and state livestock judging contests (see PASE results below). Now County Fair season is here, and we hope to see you at our Nuckolls County Fair 2021 contests, shows, entertainment, and meals!


Nuckolls County Static Exhibit Drop Off Sign Up Sheet: Many families relayed that they enjoyed this last year and so we decided to keep it. Here is the link to sign up for a time. Each family will get 15 minutes with two families coming at each time slot for the Thurs. July 8 drop off.

REMINDER: no poultry or rabbits will be housed during the 2021 Nuckolls County Fair due to no housing built yet. This year's shows will be Show n' Go like last year. All poultry and rabbit entries will need to be in the office no later than 12:00 pm for rabbits and 1 p.m. for poultry on July 12th, the day of show. Also all rabbit exhibitors need to be bring their own piece of carpet to exhibit on due to risk of rabbit hemorrhagic disease.

Here is the BBQ work schedule for the 4-H Pork BBQ held on Tuesday, July 13th. Please remember that adult volunteers are also needed to help with starting the grill and grilling porkchops. If you are in more than one club, you only need to work one shift.

4:30-5:15-Independents, Farm Friends, & Alban

5:15-6:00- Lucky Buckaroos

6:00-6:45- Oxbow, Shooting Sports, & Dry Creek

6:45-7:30- Rough Riders

Small Animal Round Robin 2021 Cancelled

**Due to lack of senior showmanship exhibitors entered in the 4 small animal species (3 total youth), the 2021 Small Animal Round Robin for Nuckolls County is CANCELLED.**


2021 Thayer County Fair Entry Information

Exhibiting at the Thayer County Fair has 3 steps:

1) Enroll in 4-H and enrolling in project areas via 4-H Online (a project area is Animal Science: Market Beef or Plant Science: Annual Flowers) by June 15

2) Submit livestock ID paperwork by June 15

3) Enter your fair entries via FairWire, our online fair entry platform (Market Beef: Home Bred & Fed or Plant Science: Marigolds) by Mon. Aug. 2 at 4:30 p.m. This is when you select the classes for your projects. You are not allowed to exhibit at the 2021 fair if you do not submit entries on FairWire by Mon. Aug. 2 at 4:30p.m.

Detailed entry instructions here

2021 Thayer County Fair Superintendent Meeting

On Tuesday, July 27 @ 7pm, the Thayer County Fair superintendents will meet at the Thayer County fairgrounds in Deshler. This meeting is required for every superintendent. We will check for activity worker signed paperwork completion, go over superintendent responsibilities and expectations, complete an iPad/judge's book tutorial, and answer questions.

Free Rabbit Tattooing

On Tuesday, July 27 @ 5:30 pm, Kylie will be tattooing rabbits at the Thayer County Fairgrounds. To sign-up, please call Kylie's work cell at 402-519-5099 or the Thayer County Extension Office. This event is free to anyone that needs their rabbits tattooed before exhibiting at the fair.

Special Edition Thayer County Fair Newsletter - Please Expect July 23

We are going to write a special edition Thayer County Fair 2021 newsletter with updated information that we don't have decided currently. We will email the link and post on Facebook so you can have all your Fair 2021 information for Thayer County in one place.

PASE & Life Challenge Results

We had 10 students compete in 5 PASE/Life Challenge events (livestock judging, life challenge, poultry judging, and livestock quizbowl) June 28-29 on UNL's East Campus. Special kudos goes to Braelynn Renz for placing 7th in swine livestock judging and to Kylie Beard for her third place finish as part of the Nuckolls-Webster quizbowl team and her 5th place finish in swine livestock judging.

Three Thayer Co. 4-Hers who competed at the Nebraska 4-H State Public Speaking Contest on Wed. June 30 at UNL's East Campus. The contest had over 160 entries from 49 counties. Riley Farnstrom earned a purple and was ranked second in her prelim round, Amber Tuller earned a blue, and Aydrian Meyer earned a blue in the intermediate speech contest. Amber Tuller also earned a blue with her Public Service Announcement.


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Deena Schultz Painting Workshop

On July 15, Deena Schultz from Leap of Faith Art Studio will be coming to the Thayer County Extension Office to teach a painting summer workshop! Participants will have the option to either paint a fox or owl in front of a forest background. The cost is $20/child and the event will be from 10am-12pm. Please email Haley Sutterby at, or call the Thayer County Extension Office, to register. The deadline is Thursday, July 8! Don't forget to let Haley know if the 4-Her would like to paint an owl or fox.


Tales of Tales Coming to Bruning, Davenport and Hebron Libraries

Bruning - July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 @ 10 am - 4 years old to 4th grade

Davenport - July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 @ 3 pm - 4 years old to 4th grade

Hebron - July 8, July 22, July 29 @ 10am- K-3rd grade & July 9, July 23, July 30 @ 10am- Toddlers/Preschoolers

Join us for some "Tales of Tails" during the Summer 2021 summer reading program! We are partnering with four county libraries to read books, play games, make crafts, and learn about animals from all over the world. Unearth the Amazing World of Animal Habitats with us! Call your local library to RSVP; walk ins also welcome.

Want to peruse some of the books so you know what stories to get excited about? Visit the Nebraska Extension summer reading web site.


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Nuckolls-Thayer Dual Shooting Sports Contest

Come out and support our first-ever Nuckolls-Thayer shooting sports contests on Mon. July 5 and Sun. July 11. The Oregon Trail Stockmen 4-H Club will be hosting the concession stand at the 2021 Southern Plains Archery Shoot in Hebron. The club will be offering contest attendees a $5.00 walking taco meal deal. The archery range is located on 4th street in Hebron, north east of Willard Park

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Check out this link to see a collection of the flyers advertising progress shows and clinics across Nebraska

Courtesy of Alexa Pederson, Webster County Extension Office manager


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Youth Crop Scouting Competition - Connecting Youth with Crops

Looking for a fun club project? Want to unite your club members? Running out of ideas for club meetings? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way! Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the 8th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops can learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

Don’t know a lot about crops? Ask a local agronomist to assist by providing a short lesson on crop production. You can have the agronomist meet with youth a little during each meeting or outside of the meeting. This is one way to engage those youth interested in crops.

This contest will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska on August 3, 2021. The event will include both indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 5-12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate. This event is limited to the first ten teams who sign-up!

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team of students. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition held virtually this year.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics many include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at Register at:

Teams must be registered by July 15. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, Ward Laboratories and Nebraska Extension.



July 5 - Southern Plains 4-H Archery Contest @ Hebron - 6 p.m.

July 6-14 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021 (p1 of linked schedule)

Tues. July 27 - Thayer Co. Fair Superintendents 2021 Fair Info Meeting @ Thayer Fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m.


August 2 - Thayer County 2021 Fair Entries Due @ 4:30 pm. Check out instructions here.

August 4-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021 (p2 of linked schedule)

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