Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - July 6, 2020

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County Fairs and COVID-19 Modifications - a note from Kylie

Greetings, 4-H members and families! Your friendly neighborhood office staff members are preparing for County Fair 2020 for both Nuckolls and Thayer counties. This year's fair will be unlike anything you've been part of before due to COVID-19 modifications and safety precautions, but we are still going to learn, grow, compete, and celebrate with our local 4-H and FFA youth. Thank you to all of the 4-H Council members, club leaders, and other volunteers who have dedicated time to helping us put on a fair during COVID-19.

The most updated COVID-19 modification schedule information will be available on the 4-H Resources page on the Southern Plains web site. Please check this page for schedule questions you have.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate County Fair 2020!


Static Exhibit Drop off is Fri. July 10 from 3-8 pm, please sign your family up here:
Market Livestock Weigh In and Ultrasounding is Sun. July 12 and times depend on species. Please sign up per family per species here:

Want reminders and show programs sent directly to your cell phone via the Remind app? Follow the directions below!

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Please take a few minutes and sign up for a Static Drop Off time, if you have completed projects. Also, please sign up for livestock weigh in times, if you have beef, sheep/goats, or hogs that will need to be weighed.

Thayer County 4-H Superintendents Pre-Fair Meeting

We are meeting in person before Fair 2020 in order to be as organized and effective as possible even with COVID-19 modifications. We will go over what worked and didn't work for the Nuckolls County Fair and answer any questions you may have.


Thayer County 4-H Contest/Show Superintendent Pre-Fair Meeting

Monday, July 27 at 7 pm at the 4-H Building in Deshler.

Social distancing practices will be followed.

Want reminders and show programs sent directly to your cell phone via the Remind app? Follow the directions below!

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State 4-H Public Speaking Contest Results

Many thanks to all those that made this year’s 2020 Nebraska 4-H Public Speaking contests successful. Congratulations to Emma Luther of Dawson County on being named the Senior Champion for PSA and Abbie Owens of Dawson County on being named the Senior Champion for Speech!

Full results are available here:

All comment sheets, certificates, medals, and ribbons for the 4-H members that entered will be mailed to the counties as soon as possible.

Local Results:

PSA Contest:

Ava Kniep Intermediate "Fun Opportunities with Nebraska 4-H" - Purple

Bryn Kniep Senior "4-H Camp: The Cure To Your Boredom" - Purple

Speech Contest:

Riley Farnstrom Intermediate "My First Year of 4-H" - Purple and Medal Winner

Amber Tuller Intermediate "How to Show Your Dog in 4-H" - Purple

Danessa Buckles Intermediate "Have You Made Mistakes?" - Blue

Danica Buckles Intermediate "Four Leaf Clover" - Blue

Kara Kniep Senior "The Buzz About Bees" - Blue

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Join our Food, Nutrition and Health Educator, Mariah Newmyer, in a FREE virtual workshop where youth will learn about nutrition, set goals for healthy eating, and discover new recipes!

What: Food, Fun & Fitness Virtual Workshop

When: July 20th-23rd from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Online via Zoom – an email will be sent with a Zoom link after registering

Who: Youth entering 3rd – 6th grade

No cost and no supplies required

Register at: by July 15th!

Boredom Busters

Boredom Busters is BACK beginning Monday June 1st at 2:00pm CT! Each weekly session of Boredom Busters over the summer will feature a theme and the lesson or activity will be something that you could potentially enter into the county fair! Click Here for information on the weekly sessions and to register! Boredom Busters is perfect for youth in 6th-9th Grade!

Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips will be hosted once a month throughout the summer:

  • Tuesday, July 28th @ 11:00 AM CT/10:00 AM MT
  • Tuesday, August 18th @ 11:00 AM CT/10:00 AM MT

Virtual 4-H Family Fun Night

Gather the whole family together for Nebraska 4-H's Family Fun Night! We'll guide you through an activity that's perfect for youth and adults of all ages. Family Fun Night will be hosted on Tuesday's at 7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM MT.

Living Room Learning

Living Room Learning offers hands-on virtually guided activities for youth. Each session focuses on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Session are hosted on Thursdays at 10:30 AM CT/9:30 AM MT.


Evaluate My Ride Forum

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:


July 28 Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth

Nebraska Extension, with support from the Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association is pleased to bring you the 6th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth. Students (those completing grades 5-12) from across Nebraska are invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities. The 2020 Crop Scouting Competition will be held virtually on July 28, 2020 starting at 8:30 am. and wrapping up around noon. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners. Join us for two “Ask an Agronomist” hours as well. Bring a sample and ask what it is and prepare for the program.


The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.