Thurston County 4-H News

January 2019

Nebraska Extension - Thurston County

Jennifer E. Hansen, Extension Educator,

Stacey Keys, Extension Assistant,

Rebekah Potter, Office Assistant,

Upcoming Dates

January 1 - Office Closed - Happy New Year!

January 14 - Thurston County 4-H Council

January 21 - Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 26 - Beef Weigh-in @ Pender Sale Barn (9-10:30am)

February 2 - Snow Date for Beef Weigh-In

February 3 - Thurston County 4-H Kick-Off @ Pender Lanes (1-4pm) *DATE CHANGE*

February 11 - Joint 4-H Council @ Dakota City (7pm)

February 15 - 4-H & Volunteer Enrollment DUE

February 18 - Office Closed - Presidents' Day

February 25 - Butter Braid Sales begin

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Winter may not seem as bust as summer but our calendars say different. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around. Rebekah is in the office Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
  • Jan 10
  • Jan 22-Jan 24

Beef Weigh-In

The Dakota-Thurston County Market Beef Weigh-In will be held on Saturday, January, 26, 2019, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Pender Livestock Sale Barn in Pender. This will be our only weigh-day. All 4-H members who plan to exhibit market beef (market steer or market heifer) will need to plan on bringing their project to weigh-day to have it identified. For those planning to exhibit at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben, livestock will also need to have DNA taken (at cost of $7/head). All will use an EID ear tag ($2/head). The snow date for the weigh-day will be February 2nd.

Butter Braid Sales

Thurston County 4-Hers will again have the opportunity to sell Butter Braids this year!

What is a Butter Braid? A Butter Braid is a frozen pastry dough that you thaw, let rise, bake and frost. It is a mouth watering, delicious, homemade pastry.

Butter Braids are available in a variety of flavors. Thurston County 4-Hers will be taking orders from Feburary 25-March 26, orders will be delivered to the 4-Hers on April 11th at 5 pm at the Thurston County Extension Office. Proceeds from this fundraiser help fun 4-H activities throughout the year.

Member Info

4-H Online Enrollment & Re-Enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll at There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a VOLUNTEER for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party

The Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party will be on Sunday, Feburary 3rd from 1-4 pm at Pender Lanes, in Pender. All Thurston County 4-H'ers, their families and friends are invited to attend. You will be able to enjoy an afternoon of FREE bowling followed by a pizza party. Invite your friends to show them what 4-H is all about.

All Contest Day

All Contest Day will include Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, and Presentation Contests. Instead of finding time in your schedule for two contests we're going to get all of them done in one day. On March 23rd at St Luke's Church in Emerson @ 9:30 AM we will be holding all of the contests. So if you would like to participate in Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, or Presentation Contests we'll see you then. Pre-registration is due by March 15th to the Extension Office.

Ideas for 4-H Workshops

Next summer seems so far away as we're buried under snow, but we're already looking to see how we can help you accomplish the projects that you plan on completing for fair. We are working on organizing our 4-H Workshop opportunities for 2019. Please share your ideas and possible resources with us. If you saw an exhibit at the fair this summer and think this is would be a great workshop topic, we are always open to suggestions!

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

Continuing Education

Thurston County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

The Thurston County 4-H Council is now offering a $150 scholarship to applicants that meet the following criteria.

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current High School Senior.
  2. Applicant must currently be an enrolled member of the Thurston County 4-H Program. And have been enrolled in 4-H for at least the past two years.
  3. Applicant must have completed and turned in their 4-H Career Portfolio for at least the past two years.
  4. Application must be completed and returned to get proper signatures to the Club Leader by April 1st of the current calendar year. Club Leaders will then turn all collected applications to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County. After submission, applications will not be returned.

Scholarship Information:

  1. One $150 will be awarded to all applicants who meet the criteria.
  2. Scholarship will be awarded after receiving written notifications of scholarship recipient's second semester enrollment. For those students enlisting with the military, notification of basic training completion will be the equivalent.
  3. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the scholarship winner.

This application is due to your 4-H leaders by April 1st. We hope you consider participating. This process and application will be reviewed by the 4-H Council in two years to re-access needs. The application can be found here:

Mrs. Chloe Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

($500— Fall 2019/Spring 2020—non renewable)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: postmarked by March 15, 2019

1. Female born high school graduate (or soon to be) OR a UN-L student who has not resided at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall (LMH) OR an undergraduate transfer student from another college or university pursing any major for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

2. Applicant must be or been a member of 4-H or FCCLA or FFA (minimum of two years) or have taken a minimum of three semesters in Family & Consumer Sciences classes and live in or attend school in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Kim-ball, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas, Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler. (Map on page 3)

3. Must have applied (minimum) or been accepted (preferred) to University of Nebraska -Lincoln.

4. Must have requested residency in LMH, a cooperative residence hall on East Campus. Resi-dents rotate responsibilities for cleaning a portion of the Hall and planning/preparing meals

(around 2-4 hours per week; more time during a week when responsible for food preparation). The cost of living in LMH is less than half of what is charged for all other traditional dorms. Over a four year period this amounts to a savings around $13,000. More information about LMH is found at: Students may change housing preference by submitting a written request to the Housing Office.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Teacher Scholars Academy

The University of Nebraska Lincoln Teacher Scholars Academy is now accepting applications. We are seeking 40 great students who want to build a career in teaching and so contribute to the future of Nebraska’s next generation. If you know an exceptional future teacher, interested in joining the UNL Teacher Scholars Academy, please pass along this information. Perhaps they thought that they couldn’t afford the cost of becoming a teacher; with this scholarship, they can! Perhaps they are a first generation student and believe that a four-year college is not possible for them. We will help support them through the application process. We are accepting applications from:

  • any incoming freshman (who has applied or will apply to the University of Nebraska Lincoln) and will begin their studies in Fall 2019)
  • who is majoring in teacher education (elementary, secondary, early childhood, special education, agricultural education, or music education);
  • and is committed to becoming the backbone of school transformation, a reflective thinker who will continue to grow and develop beyond their degree

Application information, and more information about the UNL Teacher Scholars Academy, can be found at

Please note: thanks to the generous donation of the Scott Foundation, there is also a University of Nebraska Teachers Scholars Academy at the University of Nebraska Kearney and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Family & Consumer Sciences

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Plant Science

Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 1375 4-H members were enrolled in the project. This year the Special Garden Project is focused on the unique Carmine Splendor Okra. Carmine Splendor Okra is as unique as it is tasty. This plant is high yielding and produces uniform, red pods. The stout 5-pointed pods are deep red when small and at the best eating quality. The tropical-looking, pinkish flowers are also edible and have a sweet, mild flavor. The mature seed pods also give a fun twist for winter interest in a container.

Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are then supposed to call their local office to sign up for the project (order the seeds). By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

Let the office know by January 28th if you would like to order some!

8th Annual 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 8th 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 2019, 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 For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

Animal Science

2019 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

2019 Districts Dates and Sites

  • June 10 - Bloomfield
  • June 11- Elkhorn
  • June 12- Ord
  • June 13- Ogallala
  • June 14- McCook

Reminder: All entries are due to the county office by May 10, 2019. All Level testing required for participation in the 2019 district 4-H Horse Show MUST be completed by May 10, 2019.

All entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 10, 2019. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.

2019 Fonner Park 4-H Horse Show July 14-18, 2019

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