SHERIDAN COUNTY NEWSLETTER
Calendar of Events
May 2: Archery Practice - Rushville Legion - 4:00 pm
May 3: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 4: Horse Riding Practice - Hay Springs Farrell Arena - 5:00 pm
May 5: Clover Buds - Hay Springs School - 4:00-5:00 pm
May 5: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 10: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 11: Horse Riding Practice - Hay Springs Farrell Arena - 5:00 pm
May 12: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 16: Archery Practice - Rushville Legion - 4:00 pm
May 16: Robotics Meeting - Extension Office - 5:00 pm
May 16: 4-H Council Meeting - Extension Office - 6:30 pm
May 17: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 17: Clover Buds - Rushville Elementary - 3:30-5:00 pm
May 17: Clover Buds - Gordon Elementary - 3:30-5:00 pm
May 18: Horse Riding Practice - Hay Springs Farrell Arena - 5:00 pm
May 19: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 20: Sew Fun - Hay Springs School Cafeteria - 1:00-4:00 pm
May 22: Pig/ Sheep/ Goat Weigh - Fairgrounds - 9:00 am-noon
May 23: Collect. Balance. Reconcile. File. Workshop - Extension Office - 11:00 am
May 23: Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping - Extension Office - 1:00 pm
May 24: Tractor Safety - North Platte
May 24: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 25: Tractor Safety - North Platte
May 25: Horse Riding Practice - Hay Springs Farrell Arena - 5:00 pm
May 26: Tractor Safety - Grand Island
May 26: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 26-27: Wilderness Wonders - Camp Norwesca
May 31: YQCA Training - Extension Office - 9:00 am
May 31: Horse Riding Practice - Gordon Arena - 5:30 pm
May 31: Sew Fun - Extension Office - 1:00-4:00 pm
· District Horse Show registration is due May 6th. https://4h.unl.edu/state-horse-expo-district
· To nominate animals for state fair, deadline is June 15th at: https://4h.unl.edu/livestock/state-id
· There will be a $10/day or $50 camping fee at the fairgrounds during fair week. This helps to make some updates around the fairgrounds.
· Wilderness Wonders Camp & Horse Camp registration deadline is May 13th.
· Working Ranch Clinic Deadline is May 25th.
- May 22
· Pig, Market Sheep, and Goat Weigh-In at the Fair Grounds
- June 1 Deadline:
· 4-H Online enrollment
· YQCA Certification
· Horse Level 1 Completion
· Animal Ownership Affidavits, Horse ID, Rabbit ID, Cat ID, Dog ID, Dairy Goat ID, & Dairy Cow IDItems not turned in by June 1, will have a late fee of $50 per exhibitor until June 15. After June 15, youth will not be allowed to exhibit in that year's county fair.
- June 24
· McPeak's Be a Champ Camp
- June 25
· Sheridan County Progress Show
- July 1 Deadline:
· Fair Project Entry Forms
- July 16
· Sheridan County Horse Show
- July 22
· Sheridan County Style Review & Music Contest
- July 24-30
· Sheridan County Fair
Sheridan County 4-H CONGRATULATES all our graduating seniors. We are proud of what you have accomplished and know great things are in store for your future.
• Jazlyn Smith • Laney Smith • Logan DeCoste
• Sissy Reina • Jaiden Anderson • Beau Child
• Miles Glassgow • PJ Lynch • Shawna Shadbolt
• Tyler Johnson
New!! Hands-On Safety Day: Tractor and Equipment Safety for Young and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Young and beginning farmers, ages 13 and older are invited for a day of hands-on equipment demonstrations and tractor driving (14 years of age and over to drive).
May 24, 2022 – West Central Research and Education Center in North Platte
May 26, 2022 – Raising Nebraska in Grand Island
Annual Tractor and Equipment Safety Certification Training Course for students 14 years of age and older: Successful completion of a one-day in-person training (driving exam) paired with an online learning module will result in certification for 14 and 15 year old youth to be employed on farms and ranches.
May 25, 2022– North Platte
June 6, 2022 – O’Neill
June 7, 2022 – Gering
June 8, 2022 – Broken Bow
June 9, 2022 – Hastings
June 10, 2022 – Weeping Water
First Lego League has released a teaser video for the upcoming robotics season!! There will be a robotics meeting for all youth interested in participating in robotics this fall to start planning speakers, fundraisers, and more! The meeting will occur on May 16th at 5 pm at the Extension Office. Please contact Melissa Mracek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 322-0655 for more information.
4-H District Horse Shows - Deadline May 6!
Chadron is hosting a District Horse Show this year! 4-H'ers must have passed Horsemanship Advancement Level II by May 6 in order to participate at a district show. District classes are held as qualifiers for corresponding classes at the State 4-H Horse Expo. District show classes include Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Barrels, and Poles. All entries are due by May 6th.
Online Horticulture Judging Contest
Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest.
Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. The last portion is judging or placings.
Giddy up and let’s ride and learn!!!
Riding and Written tests must be completed by June 1, 2022. Riding tests will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Gordon Arena. Please contact Wendy Andersen at the Extension Office, 308.327.2312.
You can take the written test any time between 8:30 am – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday at the Extension Office. You can also contact Megan Reimann for Riding tests 308.360.3323. Horse ID Forms must be filled out and delivered to the Extension Office by June 1, 2022.
Riding practice will be each Tuesday and Thursday at the Gordon Arena @5:30; Wednesdays in Hay Springs At Farrell’s Arena 5:00 p.m. For individual lessons or other locations to practice contact Wendy Andersen at the Sheridan County Extension Office, 308-327-2312. Watch for updates on Clinics for specific events throughout May and June 2022.
This year Junior 4H youth that are not comfortable with loping can still compete in the County Fair in: Fitting and Showmanship, Conformation Halter Classes, and Walk Trot Pleasure class.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) - update
The controlled movement order that prohibits birds of any type at events including but not limited to fairs, expositions, swap meets, exotic sales and live bird auctions that NDA issued on March 26, 2022, that was set to expire on April 30, 2022, will now be extended through 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2022. The order will be reevaluated again at that time. We will keep you updated on poultry at the county fair.
HPAI is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily among birds through nasal and eye secretions, as well as manure. The virus can be spread in various ways from flock to flock, including by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Wild birds can carry the virus without becoming sick, while domesticated birds can become very sick.
NDA is encouraging bird owners to prevent contact between their birds and wildlife and to practice strict biosecurity measures.
- Rushville Clover Buds will be on May 17th at Rushville Elementary starting at 3:30 pm.
- Gordon Clover Buds will be held on May 17th at Gordon Elementary at 3:30 pm.
- Hay Springs Clover Buds will be held on May 5th at Hay Springs School starting at 4:00 pm.
Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2022. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2022 Sheridan County Fair. To register your child for these FREE events please contact the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312.
4-H Public Speaking Contest Results
Nebraska Extension Sheridan County hosted 4-H youth, families, and volunteers from Sheridan and Dawes County on Sunday, May 1 for the 2022 4-H Public Speaking Contest. Box Butte and Sioux Counties also joined over zoom. Dawes County had 5 youth give speeches and 5 recorded Public Service Announcements. Sheridan County had 4 youth give speeches. Box Butte County had 5 youth give speeches. Sioux County had 1 youth give a speech. The speech topics were as diverse as the opportunities are in 4-H with all youth doing an outstanding job.
Intermediate Larry Nelson - Blue
Junior Willow Frink - Champion Purple $20
Clover Bud Loy Nelson - $5
Clover Bud Cedar Frink - $5
Summer Camp Scholarships
Nebraska Extension - Sheridan County Office
Location: 800 S Loofborrow Street, PO Box 329 Rushville, NE 69360
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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.