Sheridan County Newsletter

June 2020

Calendar of Events

June 1-5 – Virtual Babysitting Camp

June 8 -9 – Virtual Panhandle Babysitting Camp

June 15 – 4-H Council meeting at 6:30 pm

June 18 – Wilderness Wonders Camp from 9 am to 5 pm

June 22 – 4-H Meet up at 8 pm via Zoom

June 23 – Western Livestock Challenge

June 27 – Box Butte Progress Show

June 28 – Sheridan County Progress Show

July 1 – Fair Enrollment Due

July 17 – Life Skills Judging

July 18 – Horse Show

July 20 – Static Judging

July 21 – Animal Check-in and Rabbit/Poultry Show

July 22 – Market Beef Show and Sheep/Goat Show

July 23 – Swine Show

July 24 – Breeding Beef Show

Summer Workshops

Social distancing slowing down your 4-H goals? Join Nebraska 4-H Panhandle Staff as they present 6 weeks of fun filled virtual presentations to build your skills and jump start your project list for fair. Each week 3 new presentations will be hosted from all over the Panhandle. Each workshop is guaranteed to help you learn more about the topic and has a direct tie to project that you will complete with the class or give you the tools to start and finish on your own time. Workshop cost vary from free to $20. Go to to learn more about the topics and projects! And be sure to check back as more opportunities for 4-H fun will be added soon!

Besides these opportunities, Sheridan County 4-H staff will also be providing workshop kit options. Enclosed is a workshop promotion flyer with a complete list of the virtual options as well as the kit options as well. Please contact the Extension Office for more information.

Virtual Babysitting Camp

On June 8th and 9th we will be hosting a Panhandle Virtual Babysitting Workshop. Youth will join us via zoom from 10 to 12 pm and then again from 1 to 2 pm. The fee for the workshop is $20 and youth need to be at least 11 years old. Youth need to register by June 3rd at in order to ensure you get your supplies mailed to you. Make your payment out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Please mail it to Garden County Extension, PO Box 350, Oshkosh, NE 69154.

4H Count Us In

Did you know that $20,960 is lost to Nebraska in a 10-year span for one person being missed in the Census count? The census data helps how federal funding is distributed amongst 55 government programs including funding for highways, grants for buses, and other public transit. It impacts the local schools to determine how much can be allocated for Head Start programs, grants to support teachers, special education, and school lunches. It also is used to support housing for older adults along with Medicare funding.

Nebraska 4-H are providing promotional information to help families complete the Census. There is a Bingo card with activities for youth to complete related to the Census. All youth who participate will receive a water bottle, those that complete a Bingo will get a waterproof cell phone holder, and if they complete a Blackout, they will get an Underarmour backpack. Youth can show how they are helping Nebraska complete the Census by posting photos to #4HCOUNTUSIN.

The Census can be completed by phone, mail, or online. If you decide to complete it online, you must do all of it at once. The questions asked are:

  • How many people are living in this household as of April 1st, 2020

  • Were there any additional people staying here that you didn’t include in the first question?

  • Are you living in a house, apartment, or mobile home….?

  • What is your phone number?

  • What is Person 1’s name?

  • What is their sex, age, and birthdate?

  • Are they Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

  • What is their race?

  • What is the name of Person 2?

  • Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?

  • How is this person related to Person 1?

If your youth is interested in participating in the Nebraska 4-H Census project, please contact the Sheridan County Extension Office to get the Bingo card and your prizes.

Western Livestock Challenge

The annual livestock judging contest will be held on June 23rd in Hemingford at the Box Butte County Fairgrounds. Prizes will be awarded to the first three places in each age division. The youth will complete in 6 judging classes along with reasons and questions. This contest is a part of the Great Plains Judging Circuit. You can complete the registration form and send it to the Box Butte County office at 415 Black Hills Ave, Alliance, NE 69301. The fee is $15 and can also be paid the day of. The fee includes lunch. To register please visit:

Virtual and At Home Opportunities

Looking for summer learning opportunities you can do from home? We’ve got you covered! Nebraska 4-H is excited to share our upcoming summer virtual learning opportunities with you. All experiences provide hands-on, virtually guided activities! We’re kicking off our summer sessions on Monday, June 1, with a new Boredom Buster Challenge and our first Virtual 4-H Camp. Family Fun Night and Living Room Learning are also starting next week! Plus, Virtual Field Trips and the 4-H Clover Fun Pack provide additional ways for youth to learn from home.

Be sure to visit our virtual and at-home learning page ( for more opportunities and resources this summer! Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate or to utilize these resources. We look forward to learning virtually with you this summer!

Sheridan County Progress Show

The Sheridan County 4-H Foundation is planning to host a Jackpot Progress Show in Gordon on June 28th. Weigh-ins start at 7 am. The show will start at 10 am. Animals that can be exhibited are market beef, breeding heifers, market sheep, and meat goats. The fee is $20 per head before June 19th, after June 19th it is $25. Showmanship will be $5 at the gate. The registration form can be found at

Box Butte County Progress Show

The Box Butte Progress Show will be held on June 27th at Box Butte County Fairgrounds. Check-in is from 7 to 9 am. The Show will start at 10 am. The entry fees are $20 per head and $5 for showmanship per head. To find the entry form visit:

Virtual Field Trips

The STEM Careers Issue Team is excited to announce that the NebrASKa Scientist Virtual Field Trips will continue throughout the summer as part of the 4-H Virtual Summer Programming. Our kick-off event is Tuesday, May 26th with a visit to Wildcat Hills in Gering, NE. We will learn about the Big Horn Sheep living in the area as we learn how to be a biologist! The content is mostly driven towards 7th-12th graders. If able to join the live session, youth are encouraged to ask Amanda Filipe, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Specialist, any questions about the sheep, Wildcat Hills, or what it takes to be a biologist. The session will be recorded and posted at Go to to register for this amazing tour!

4-H for the Summer

The Nebraska Extension office along with the Ag Society and 4-H Council will be working towards figuring out what fair looks like for this summer. We will be utilizing the Governor’s Guidelines and Panhandle Public Health’s recommendations. This is allowing us to make county by county decisions. We will keep you posted on the decisions being made but are hoping to have something in person this summer.

Wilderness Wonders Camp

Wilderness Wonders Camp has been moved to June 18th and to just a one day camp about water. The camp will still be for youth entering 3rd through 5th grades. They do not have to be 4-H members to attend. The camp will be held at Camp Norwesca from 9 to 5 pm. Youth will participate in fun activities including archery, water rockets, water slide and more! The fee for the one-day camp is $40. This camp is limited to 25 youth and registrations are due by June 10th. The registration form can be found at:

Photography Challenge

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday youth and adults will be challenged to take a picture around a certain topic and submit it to the Nebraska Extension Staff. The photos can be emailed to Marie Nelson ( or Melissa Mracek ( The winners of each photo challenge will be posted on Facebook the following day or two.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Unfortunately we will not be able to hold in person YQCA trainings. So please complete this online at If you do not have a credit card, we can purchase coupons for you. If you have completed this training please email your certificate to Marie Nelson at or Melissa Mracek at You can also print off the certificates and drop them in the Drop Box outside of the office. If you completed in person trainings earlier this spring, please make sure you sign in to purchase the course and then print your certificate to deliver to Marie or Melissa.

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.

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