Pawnee County 4-H Express
This is just a reminder that ALL 4-H members are expected to sell fruit.
- Every 4-Her is asked to sell at least 4 boxes
- Clover Kids are asked to sell at least 2 boxes
The four top sellers will receive a cash prize. All sellers will receive $5 in Bonus Bucks for every $50 you sell. These Bonus Bucks can be spent on any 4-H function including workshops, clinics, state fair fees, and even swag from the 4-H Mall (4hmall.com).
- January 16, Leader & Independent Packet Pickup
- January 18, Begin Selling Fruit
- February 5, End Selling Fruit
- February 6, Turn in Fruit Sale Forms and Checks to Leader
- February 9, Leaders & Independent Members Turn in Forms and Checks to Office
- February 24, Fruit Delivery
Fruit will be delivered on February 24 at the Table Rock fire hall. We start at 7:30am and have everyone loaded out typically by 10am. Each family must have someone present to help unload, sort the fruit, and collect your order. The office is NOT responsible for bringing your fruit back to the office. If you can not be there please make arraignments for someone to collect your fruit for you.
2018 FAIR SCHEDULE
- 8-11am: Fairground Fix It Day & Assist Ag Society Clean Up
Saturday, July 21
- 8-11am: Fairground Clean Up Day
Monday, July 23
- 5-7pm: Static Entry
Tuesday, July 24
- 8am-2 pm: Static Judging
Wednesday, July 25
- 8am-NOON: Animal Check In; NOTE: There will be specific check in times for large and small animals, time breaks will be identified after June 15.
- 3-8pm: Horse Show (Showmanship, Halter, Riding)
Thursday, July 26
- 8-11 am: Swine Show
- Following Swine: Poultry Show (Starting with Broilers)
- 5-8pm: Horse Show (Speed & Trail)
Friday, July 27
- 8am: Beef Show (Starting with Bucket Calf)
- Following Beef: Goat Show
- Following Goat: Sheep Show
- 6-7 pm: Livestock Judging
Saturday, July 28
- 8am: Rabbit Show
- 11:30am-1:30pm: 4-H Foundation Sponsored Meal
- 12:30pm: Clover Kid Show
- 2pm: Livestock Premium Sale
- 5-9pm: Animal & Static Exhibits Released; Fairgrounds Clean Up
4-H After School Clubs
An exciting semester of after school clubs will be offered at Pawnee City and Lewiston School for elementary youth. The first clubs start in mid-January.
Please check out upcoming dates and registration forms online at
Livestock & Static Coordinators Meeting
Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm in the Commissioners' Room
- The event is open to all interested in modifying county 4-H policy, adding/dropping classes, or updating the fair book.
- Some of the topics we might discuss: animal health check requirements, riding the same horse in multiple classes, animal stalling, potential animal clinics, summer project workshops, new family orientation, add a new class in the fair book, etc. If you have an interest any of the above topics or have an additional item you want to discuss mark this date on your calendar!
Re-Enrolling in 4-H
For helpful sheets to walk your family through the re-enrollment process please visit our website: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/pawnee/program-enrollment/
Marekt Beef Weigh In Date Change
All youth participating in a Market Beef project for next year need to attend this event. Contact the office by the 9th if you plan on attending so we have a head count.
Back up date due to weather will be Saturday, February 17.
All 4-H youth planning on exhibiting a Market Steers and/or Heifers at the Pawnee County Fair, Nebraska State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Show, MUST weigh-in their animals on this date.
All 4-H market beef projects will be ear-tagged with an official tag and DNA samples will be collected for those being entered in the Nebraska State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Show.
Livestock Quality Assurance
- QA must be completed by June 15.
- To access the online YQCA course please visit yqca.learngrow.io.
- You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course, so make sure to re-enroll your family with 4honline.
- The Pawnee County 4-H Foundation has offered to sponsor all youth to complete the course. Contact the office before beginning the modules to receive your free access code.
Shooting Sports Leader Certification
A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled in Lincoln in January 20-21 at the Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center.
Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Five project areas will be offered at the Lincoln Workshop - rifle, pistol, muzzleloading, archery, and a new discipline, coordinator.
The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements.
To register please visit the shooting sports website: https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor/calendar
Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?
Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the seventh Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.
As a team (2 or more participants), youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.
Cash prizes and plaques are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards are also given as cash awards.
To participate in 2018, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at email@example.com.
Upcoming Deadlines & Events
3, 4-H Foundation Meeting, Courthouse, 6:30pm
15, Club Financials Deadline
15, Club Goals & Program Planning Sheet Deadline
16, Fruit Sale Leader Packet Pickup
18, Fruit Sale Begins
1-28, Nebraska 4-H Month5, Fruit Sales End
6, Turn Fruit Sale forms into your Club Leaders
9, Club Leaders turn in Fruit Sales Club Summaries
9, Market Beef Weigh In Sign-Up Deadline10, Market Beef Weigh In, 8:30am
17, Market Beef Weigh In Back-Up Date, 8:30am
24, Fruit Sale Delivery, Table Rock Fire Hall, 7:30am
Nebraska Extension - Pawnee County
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 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.