Adams County 4-H Newsletter

June Issue

In this Issue

  • Extension Office Reopening to the Public
  • How Fair will Look in 2020
  • Pre-Fair Deadline & Animal ID Forms
  • New Classes for Fair & Fairbook
  • Summer Time Learning Opportunities
  • Online Contests
  • YQCA
  • State Fair
  • Horse Information
  • No Calendar Included See Website for Dates

Adams Co. Extension Office is Here For You!

The awaited time has come! On Monday, June 15, the Extension Office will be open to the public. Extension Educators and UNL staff will be returning to the office on a limited basis per UNL guidelines. The Adams County office staff are here, as they have been, and will continue to be in the office to serve you. Please continue to email specific faculty and staff members directly or call the office at 402-462-7209 for further assistance. You will notice that things will be a little different as you engage with us in the office, but we are here to serve you, as we always have been, and will continue to so!

Please continue to check the website,, for the latest Extension information and updates. If you are needing specific fair forms and resources you can find it at:

How Adams County Fair will Look in 2020!

Fairs across Nebraska are looking different in 2020! Plans are being made, and yes fair will happen! We are excited to partner with Ag. Society and rest assured, the 4-H youth that are preparing for their season with livestock and static exhibits will be allowed to showcase their projects in some form. The Adams County Agricultural Society along with Adams County Extension Office and 4-H Council are working hard to make decisions regarding this, keeping the safety of the 4-H families in their best interest.

Specific details regarding what is happening and how will be outlined in a future newsletter and a zoom meeting for alll. This information will be out to you as soon as we hear from South Heartland Health Department regarding approval of our plan.

As of today, what we do know is that… the skills, talents, and knowledge each 4-H'er has gained this last year are theirs. They need to be proud of what has been accomplished and we will celebrate what has been learned. The effort, dedication, and time that is put into their projects has not been wasted.

At this point we can release that Livestock Shows will be happening during the week of July 13 - 17, by scheduled appointment time. This includes 4-H'ers (8 and up) and Clover Kids (5-7)

  • Monday, July 13th - Sheep & Goat Show
  • Tuesday, July 14th - Beef Show
  • Wednesday, July 15th - Rabbit Show
  • Thursday, July 16th - Poultry Show
  • Friday, July 17th - Swine Show

The static section of the fair will be happening in the commons area of the Extension Office/Wallace Building during the weeks after Livestock shows, by scheduled appointment time. This includes 4-H'ers (8 and up) and Clover Kids (5-7)

  • Static Check in will be Sunday - Tuesday, July 19th - 21st
  • Judging will take place - Wednesday - Friday, July 22nd - 24th
  • Release of Exhibits will be Wednesday - Friday, July 29th - 31st

Other information that we can tell you is that:

  • Showmanship will be done while you are in the ring with your animals and be recorded.
  • The Horse, Dog, Cat and Small Animal Shows are postponed
  • Carcass Contest is cancelled
  • Round Robin is cancelled
  • Livestock Judging Contest is cancelled
  • Bucket Calf Interviews will be conducted through Zoom
  • Best Dress Goat will be held by submitting a picture and explanation of the costume
  • No Grand or Reserve Champions will be awarded for Livestock
  • Grands and Reserves will be awarded for Static (stationary exhibit)
  • Rabbit, Poultry & Dog Skillathon will be held as online competition
  • Fashion Show will be done with 4-H'ers sending in a recording of themselves modeling
  • Entomology Contest will be done using the states contest
  • Ice Cream in a Can will be held via zoom
  • Lifetime Sports (bowling, tennis, golf) is cancelled
  • Grass & Weed ID decision pending
  • Tree & Hort Contest decision pending
  • Food Review will be held via Zoom
  • FCS Contest will be held as online contest
  • Rocket Contest is postponed
  • Clover Kids Ranch Rodeo is Cancelled
  • Clover Kids Ice Cream in a Bag will be held via Zoom

Pre-Fair Entry Deadline for Fair 4-H Exhibits/Activities is Tuesday June 30th.

Items that MUST be pre-entered include: all animal classes(including showmanship) in beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine (please include tag and breed information), all Clover Kid Animals, & all pre-fair and fair activities – Food Review, Cullinary Challenge, Fashion Review, Pre-entries encouraged but not required for any Judging Contests, Skillathons, ID Contests (ex: Insect ID, Poultry Skillathon). For the items that MUST be pre-entered, a late pre-fair entry sheet will result in the lowering of exhibits by one ribbon. No phone entries will be taken. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask prior to the deadline date. It is highly recommended that you pre-enter all of your static exhibits. Only Horticulture & Floriculture entry tags will not be pre-made. A letter with instruction for Horticulture & Floriculture will be mailed to exhibitors signed up for these projects. Please watch for this mailing.

This year Pre-Fair Entries will be done online please follow the links below.

Online Entry Instructions

Adams County ShoWorks Online Entry

If you need assistance please give us a call. Remember the deadline is June 30th, so start now and you may continue to add items until that date.

Animal Identification Forms Deadline is June 30th

All livestock sheets are due to the office by 5 PM on Tuesday June 30th. No late ID sheets will be excepted. All county fair animal identification sheets can be found online at can be picked up at the Extension Office.

2020 Fairbook is Online

The 2020 Fairbook will not be printed this year, please view it online and print the sections that you need at

What is a STATIC Exhibit?

At fair time, you will often read or hear office staff talking about STATIC exhibits. A static exhibit is any exhibit that doesn’t breathe and/or walk. They are stationary. We are usually referring to exhibits in the exhibit hall: posters, home environment exhibits like wall hangings, food, flowers, child development exhibits, woodworking, Clover Kids exhibits, and more! (Animals are not static exhibits.)

New Classes for Fair!

NEW Classes for 2020:

  • Portfolio Pathways – Original mixed media accessory
  • Aerospace – Drone video
  • Robotics – 3D printed robotic parts
  • Woodworking - Composite wood project, Outdoor wood project made with treated wood
  • Welding - Composite weld project

Class Changes for 2020:

  • New Photography Manuals, all levels
  • Changes in general rules & guidelines, classes & data tags for all levels

Horticulture & Floriculture Exhibits for County Fair

Horticulture & Floriculture exhibitors- save your seed packets! To exhibit in this area, you must know your varieties and cultivars. This information must come in with your flowers and vegetables on entry day. Need information on exhibiting flowers/vegetables/ herbs/fruit items? Check out these resources when preparing entries for the fair:,

Summertime Workshops

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all In-Person Summertime Workshops are cancelled. Instead, we invite all of you (and your friends) to participate in a new Zoom to Connect & Learn Project Series being offered to all community youth and families!

Engage your youth and family with Connect & Learn Projects! Adams County 4-H will provide your family with engaging, hands-on educational activities throughout the summer to keep your family learning and having fun. A list of supplies will be available for families, it will be your responsibility to get your own supplies prior to the Zoom. Please watch your email for more information regarding this. This will be a fun interactive way to spend some of your extra time this summer.

More Things to Do!

A new resource web page with links to Virtual and At-Home Learning resources can be found at Included on this page are links that may assist 4-H families, professionals, teachers and volunteers. Be sure to check this page often, as new resources are continuously being added!

  • Live Opportunities
  • Living Room Learning (3rd-5th grades)
  • Boredom Buster Challenge (6th-9th grades)
  • Virtual Field Trips (9th-12th grades)
  • I Wonder Science Workshops, 4-H Egg Cam, Equine Webinar Series, and more!
  • Self-Paced Opportunities
  • Self-Paced Videos - Activity Videos, Embryology 101 Lessons, Dog Showmanship Video Series, and more!
  • Online Courses - Virtual Dog Club, Cat Club, Companion Rabbit Science, and more!
  • A Beautiful Day! (ages 1-8)
  • Activity Guides
  • STEM at Home
  • Smart Cents at Home
  • Clover Kid Projects and Activities (ages 5-7)
  • Healthy Living Activity Guide
  • Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide
  • STEM Lab Activities
  • National Youth Science Day Activities
  • 4-H Curricula, and more!


  • Code Camp: If you can read, you can code! Cost: $10.00

Register online at A Zoom link will be provided to registrants a few days prior to the workshop.

Select from these times:

June 22 @ 9-10 a.m. CT via Zoom

June 22 @ 11-noon CT via Zoom

  • 3D Modeling: Learn how a 3D printer works & create your own 3D print design. 3D prints will be mailed to the address used when registering. Cost: $20.00

Register online at A Zoom link will be provided to registrants a few days prior to the workshop.

June 23 @ 10-noon CT via Zoom

4-H & Friends Exploration

A team of Nebraska Extension staff representing 9 counties have joined together to give you the “4-H & Friends Exploration” Facebook page. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will explore 4-H projects and opportunities with you by posting weekly to highlight specific projects. This is open to 4-H members and their friends! To check this out, please visit -

Online Horticulture Judging Contest

The 2020 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest is happening now. The contest will be available June 5-22, 2020 at: It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth.

Rules, guidelines & study materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair can be found at: (No study materials are to be used while taking the test.)

If you have questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Killinger at or 308-385-5088.

Online Insect Identification Contest

The Nebraska 4-H Online Insect Identification Contest provides an opportunity for participants to put their entomological knowledge to the test. The contest consists of insect identification and multiple-choice questions. Participants will gain knowledge about insects and entomology through this competition. This contest can serve as practice for the State Fair 4-H Insect Identification Contests.

The contest is open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. The contest will be available June 5-19, 2020 at:

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

YQCA (formerly called QA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development is being offered. All youth exhibiting livestock at the Adams County and NE State Fair must be YQCA Certified through Web-based Certification only. Information and instructions can be found at: . We must have your “Certificate of Completion” on file in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 1.

Face to Face YQCA Dates are Cancelled.

State Fair Nominations

Again, this year, exhibitors interested in showing at state fair will need to do online nominations.

All market animals (beef, swine, sheep and goats), have until July 1st at 5 PM to turn in their DNA envelopes to the extension office and nominate their animals online at Payment must be submitted to be eligible to show at state fair. This also applies to Breeding livestock in the same species they will need to turn in breeding nomination cards as they nominate their animals.

State Horse Show Update

As of today the NE State Horse Show has been CANCELED! Please read the following letter from the State Fair Horse Show Team.

We have been working diligently on plans for the 2020 State Horse Show. As you all know, safety of youth and their families is our highest priority. We are prepared and were hopeful that we could offer an in-person opportunity. Continued uncertainty about COVID-19 in Grand Island and whether or not we would get approval from the Health Department coupled with concerns from volunteers and staff and the ability to offer a high quality experience for youth, we have chosen to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person show for 2020. We appreciate the work of the Horse Advisory Committee, representatives from Fonner Park, and the City of Grand Island for all of their support in this difficult decision.

We have been closely watching other states who are offering virtual animal events. We will offer a Fun Virtual State Horse Show for 2020 so every 4-Her has the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and effort they have put into their horse project. We understand all of your disappointment with this decision and hope this will be a new way to introduce youth to a trend that is increasing in popularity across the industry. More information is available at:

Evaluate my Ride

“Want to grow your riding skills? Join our Evaluate My Ride forum!

Nebraska 4-H Evaluate My Ride will provide members with tips, suggestions, and ride evaluations from Equine Industry clinicians. New patterns or topics will be shared and cover a variety of disciplines related to equine riding. Participants may review materials at their own pace, try out any of the listed topics, and work on the feedback they are given. Evaluate My Ride is open to ALL AGES. Members will have the opportunity to submit videos of ranging difficulty and experience. New members can join at any time and catch up on the past weekly materials at their own pace.

To Sign up:

Get started with our Introduction Topic and our first set of patterns!”