Hall County 4-H Newsletter

May 2022

In This Issue

  • Senior Spotlight
  • Upcoming 4-H Workshops & Events
  • Kids College Opportunities
  • Bicycle Road-E-O
  • Online Horticulture ID Contest
  • Clothing Judging Day & Fashion Show Information
  • Market Broilers
  • Photography Level 1 Theme
  • Horticulture & Floriculture Exhibits for County Fair
  • Hall County Fair Book
  • Important Reminders for 4-H Families
  • Shooting Sports
  • Companion Animals
  • Horse News
  • Livestock Updates/YQCA
  • Shout Outs
  • Fine Arts Night Results
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Camps & Statewide 4-H Opportunities
  • Calendar
Senior Spotlight section heading

Senior Survey (Current Seniors & Last Year's Seniors)

Parents, we would appreciate your help in sending this survey link to your senior (and last year’s seniors as well) and have them complete it. This short survey will help us share the value of 4-H in our community. Thank you!

4-H Senior Survey (google.com)

We're Hiring a Student Summer Intern!

Join the Hall County 4-H team! The Hall County Extension Office has an intern position available for summer. The intern will work with local 4-H staff and teach educational programs for school-age youth participants in face-to-face summer workshops, day camps, or events using curriculum related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the time of employment and 18 years old or older (may be a new, incoming student in the fall of 2022). All majors are welcome to apply. A desire to work with school-age youth is essential; prior knowledge of 4-H or teaching experience is not necessary. Applicants must possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license.


For the full job description and application, visit https://4h.unl.edu/pyd-student-opportunities. Review of applications will begin on May 4th. Questions about the Hall County Extension intern position may be directed to D’Ette Scholtz, Extension Educator at 308-385-5088 or email her at dscholtz2@unl.edu.

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Check it Out - Kids College!

The Extension office is now taking registrations for Kids College classes, which will be held mostly in June. Classes fill up fast; sign up today!

Join us for 4-H Bicycle Road-E-O!

Bike Road-E-O will be held Thursday, June 2nd at 3:30 pm. Bring your bikes and helmets for a fun contest to test your bicycle knowledge! (Limited number of helmets available at contest.) The contest involves a written test as well; study guides are available. Please sign up by May 24th. Contact Crystal at cbeissenherz2@unl.edu to sign up and/or receive a study guide.

Online Horticulture ID Contest

The Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest provides youth an opportunity to test their knowledge of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. The contest is open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. The contest will be available from 8:00 AM on Friday, June 3, 2022, through 8:00 AM on Monday, June 20, 2022. Go to 4h.unl.edu/online-horticulture-judging-contest for more information.
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4-H Modeling Clinic

Are you ready to “strut your stuff” at the 4-H Fashion Show? If you’d like to practice before the big day, a modeling clinic will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 1-2 pm. We will meet in the Extension meeting room at College Park to go over modeling basics and hear some tips for judging day. After practicing in the meeting room, everyone will go to the College Park theater to walk the actual runway! A special thanks to Mary & Emily Reimers for leading this clinic! Please register at https://forms.gle/Q345TQUWdYveeuCE7 by Monday, June 13th to let us know you will be attending. If you have questions about the modeling clinic or the fashion show, please give D’Ette a call.

Join in the Fun at the 4-H Fashion Show!

Have you always wanted to participate in the Fashion Show, but really haven’t found your knack for sewing? No worries! You can participate with “purchased” garments also. The Shopping in Style project and Attention Shoppers project offers 4-Her’s the opportunity to purchase an outfit and model it at the Fashion Show.

The Attention Shoppers project is for ages 8-9 and has a $75 limit for an outfit. Shopping in Style is for 4-Her’s age 10 and up, and has no price limitations. Have you started your school shopping for this fall and have a new outfit you’d love to show off? Perfect! Your homecoming or prom dress would be welcome in the show too! Call D’Ette with questions!

The $15 Challenge

Consider participating in the Fashion Show with an outfit costing no more than $15!

$15 Challenge Information:

  • Open to any 4-H member!
  • Outfit must be selected and purchased from garage sale, thrift store, consignment store or resale shop (such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, store bargain at the mall, etc.)
  • Cost of outfit must be $15 or less, not including shoes, accessories or undergarments.
  • Consider why outfit is needed and how it fills a void in your wardrobe.
  • Take into account the fit, quality and care of the garment(s).
  • Model the outfit on Clothing Judging Day and at the public Fashion Show that evening.

4-H Clothing Judging Day Information

A schedule for modeling (during the day), with specific judging times will be emailed to 4-H families before Clothing Judging Day. Please arrive early and be ready to model 15 minutes before your judging time. *If you are 10 years of age and your outfit is state fair eligible, please stay until call-backs are completed!

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Market Broiler Project

Order chicks by May 6

Hall County Fair, July 20-24
Ages: 5-18 (age as of Dec. 31, 2021); Cost: $11.00 for 10 chicks

Today’s modern broiler chicken is the fastest, most efficient, meat producing bird. The broiler project is great for youth living in town, on an acreage, or the farm. Each participant will receive 10 broiler chicks for $11.00, educational materials for the care and showing of broilers, and the opportunity to exhibit at the Hall County Fair. Hall County 4-H enrollment is required. To order chicks, call the Extension office at 308-385-5088. Deadline to order chicks is May 6th.

Photography Level 1 Theme for 2022

Attention 4-H Photography enthusiasts! This year’s Hall County Level 1 Photography Theme will feature Sunrises/Sunsets. Be sure to enroll in the project Photography (A) - Photography Basics. This is for Level 1 photography exhibitors only. Class information is listed in the 2022 Fair Book. Get out and start snapping!

Horticulture & Floriculture Exhibits for County Fair

Horticulture exhibitors- save your seed packets! To exhibit in this area, you must know your varieties and cultivars. This information must come in with your flowers and vegetables on entry day. Need information on exhibiting flowers/vegetables/ herbs/fruit items? Check out these resources when preparing entries for the fair:

The 2022 Hall County Fair Book is ready!

The Fair Book contains 4-H project class descriptions, premiums & much more. Check it out here: hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/. Listed below is a summary of new classes & class changes.

NEW Classes for 2022:

  • Entomology – Special Entomology Project, Special Entomology Project Display
  • Forestry – Forest Product Display, Forest Health Display, Wildfire Prevention Poster, Sustainable Landscape Diorama, Tree Planting Project Display
  • Outdoor Adventures Division – Level 1: Hiking Trails & Backpacking, Level 2: Camping Adventures & Backpacking, Level 3: Backpacking Expeditions.
  • Welding – Welding Art

Class Changes for 2022:

  • All Shopping in Style and Attention Shoppers modeling entries will require a completed Information Card found here: hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair, or copies may be picked up at the Extension office.
  • Communications will no longer be a State Fair eligible division.
  • Home Environment has now been split into two different departments – Home Environment and Visual Arts. Home Environment (Consumer & Family Science Division) will include Design My Place, Design Decisions and Heirloom Treasures. Visual Arts (Communications & Expressive Arts Division) will include Portfolio Pathways and Sketchbook Crossroads.
  • Robotics – Robotics Video and Build a Robot are no longer State Fair eligible classes.
  • General Fair Rules have been updated by the Hall County Fair Board.


Please review ALL AREAS of the 2022 Fair Book that pertain to your projects. You may download a copy of the 2022 Fair Book here: hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/. If you have any questions or cannot find where your project “fits,” call 308-385-5088 or email Crystal at cbeissenherz2@unl.edu. We are here to help!

What is a Static Exhibit?

At fair time, you will often read or hear office staff talking about STATIC exhibits. A static exhibit is any exhibit that isn’t alive (doesn’t breathe and/or walk). They are stationary. We are usually referring to exhibits in the exhibit hall: posters, home environment exhibits like wall hangings, food, flowers, child development exhibits, woodworking, Kids College exhibits, and more! (Animals are not static exhibits.)

Important Reminders for 4-H Families!


  • 4-H Enrollment & general project selections must be completed in 4-H Online by June 15 to be eligible to participate at the 2022 Hall County Fair. However, since Fair entry forms will be sent out ahead of this date, we ask that you DO NOT WAIT to enroll until the deadline, as you may miss important emails with Fair deadlines & entry information.
  • County Fair entry forms will be EMAILED to families the end of May (please watch for these).
  • ALL EXHIBITS must be pre-entered on the appropriate entry form (this includes Clover Kids). Entry forms are due to the Extension Office by June 22 (no later) at 5 pm.
  • Please note that additional required documentation for animals (animal ID forms, vaccinations, quality assurance) are due to the Extension Office by June 15 at 5 pm.
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Hunter's Education

If you plan to participate in the shotgun or rifle project this year, make sure you take a hunter’s safety course first (4-H age 11 and up). To register, visit http://outdoornebraska.gov/huntereducation/.

2022 Hall County 4-H Shooting Sports Schedule

The dates are set for 4-H Archery, BB Gun, 22 Rifle and Shotgun practices/competitions. (Dates & times are subject to change.) Youth who participate in practices and competitions must be enrolled in 4-H Online BEFORE practicing and competing in a 4-H Shooting Sports event. *Minimum age for Archery & BB Gun is 4-H age 8. Minimum age for 22 Rifle and Shotgun is 4-H age 11 (Hunter's Safety Certification REQUIRED). Please review the Hall County Fair Book - Shooting Sports section/rules and the 2022 Hall County 4-H Shooting Sports Schedule. Contact the Hall County Extension Office at 308-385-5088 with questions.
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Fair Reminders for Small Animals

Dog, cat & ferret vaccination forms (signed by a vet) must be on file at the Extension Office by June 15. Vaccination forms can be found here: hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/.

Interested in the 4-H Dog Project?

Join Happy Hounds 4-H Club in learning the skills for Obedience, Showmanship and Agility. Practices will take place at Fonner Park, dates TBD. Parents, please stay for the practice. Practice dates will be subject to change depending on building scheduling and will be communicated at practice and via email. Be sure that you are enrolled in 4-H and have selected Companion Animal (D) Dog as one of your projects (v2.4honline.com), so we don’t miss letting you know the dates and times!

The Dog Vaccination form will need to be completed and returned to the office before participating in practice. The Dog Vaccination form can be found at hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions, (308) 385-5088 or Michele Eberl (308) 381-2759.

Dog Show Rule Book Changes

4-H Dog Exhibitor - there have been some updates made in the Nebraska 4-H Dog Show Manual. Please review the rulebook in its entirety here: 4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/animals/4. We also ask that you carefully review the dog section of the Hall County Fair Book prior to practicing for the Fair, hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair/.
Horse News section heading

District and State Horse Shows

To enter District and/or State 4-H Horse Shows, all youth must complete the Horsemanship Advancement Level requirements, horse identification process, and entry process by 5:00 pm on May 6th. Go to 4h.unl.edu/horse-district-shows-entry to view class changes for 2022, entry procedures, download horse ID forms, and more. Horse ID forms are due to the Extension Office by May 6. Online entries are also due May 6.

Important Reminders for 4-H Horse Exhibitors


  1. Horse Level Testing - As a reminder, if you are working on a horsemanship level, once you pass all the requirements for each level, the office needs proof of each requirement signed by the appropriate leader, instructor, or certified examiner. If you plan on competing at the district or state level, the Extension office needs proof of completion by May 6. For county fair, proof of completion needs to be turned in by June 22.
  2. Horse High Point Requirements - Two of the three pre-fair horse meetings MUST be attended to be eligible for the High Point award. These meetings are held in February, May, and July. The 4-H member will be required to attend at least one meeting themselves, and a representative may attend the other meeting.
  3. Pre-Fair Horse Advisory Meeting - All 4-H families planning on showing horses this year are welcome to attend this meeting on May 16th at 6 pm at the Extension office. This meeting counts as one of the meetings for High Point requirements.
Nebraska 4-H Horse Opportunities

District/State 4-H Horse Show Information, 4-H Horse Stampede, Equine Webinar Series, Horsemanship Study Courses, Advancement Levels and much more!

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YQCA Training Update

YQCA has moved! Nebraska 4-H requires all members enrolled in a livestock project to complete annual quality assurance certification through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals program. The program has recently moved to a new online system available at YQCAProgram.org. Learn more about YQCA requirements and find help documents at 4h.unl.edu/yqca. Call the Extension Office if you have questions at 308-385-5088.


*YQCA Training is REQUIRED each year for all youth (4-H age 8-18) planning to show beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, poultry & rabbits at County and/or State Fair.

Attention Sheep & Goat Exhibitors!

The Market Sheep and Goat Weigh-in will be held on Monday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm on the west side of the Five Points Bank Arena at Fonner Park. If you plan to show market lambs or meat goats, you must weigh them at this time. Market lambs and meat goats that you wish to have eligible for State Fair will have DNA pulled at this time as well. If interested in helping with the weigh-in, contact the Extension office.

Animal Identification Guidelines:


  • Reminder of ID Tag requirements for 4-H Sheep and Goats: All 4-H Sheep and Goats (including meat & dairy goats) do require a Scrapie USDA Flock ID tag to be eligible to show at County and State Fair. See hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair for the Hall County Animal ID guidelines (includes State Fair requirements).
  • Check out the Hall County Animal ID Guidelines. It lists methods of ID, nomination deadlines & entry deadlines for animals that will be shown at County Fair and State Fair. *ID forms/nominations MUST be submitted by June 15th, 2022 for ALL SPECIES.
  • Important Animal ID Requirements to be eligible for State Fair: As in the past, DNA will need pulled for all market animals. In addition, any animals that you are considering and would like to be eligible to show at State Fair, will also need to be entered and paid online, by YOU (4-H families) at showstockmgr.com. The deadline for all animals is June 15th.

Bucket Calf Project

4-H members enrolled in the Bucket Calf project have a record book to complete! The record book counts for 25% of your total points at the Hall County Fair, so be sure to turn it in to the Extension staff when your calf is entered onto the fairgrounds. Bucket Calves also need paper copies of the ID’s turned in by June 15th. *Please note that the bucket calf show is considered showmanship for the calves and their exhibitors.

Bucket Calf Classes:

  • Clover Kid—5-7 years (4-H age) (record book not required)
  • Junior—8-10 years (4-H age)
  • Intermediate—11-13 years (4-H age)
  • Senior—14 years and older (4-H age)

Bucket calf ID forms and record books can be found at hall.unl.edu/hall-county-fair.

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4-H Council Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2022 Hall County 4-H Council Scholarship!

Jenna Rauert – Wood River
Reagan Greer – Grand Island
Dylan Hassett – Doniphan
Brody Cornelius – Alda

Congratulations Morgann!

Congratulations to Hall County 4-H member Morgann Watts on receiving Reserve Champion in the Egg Art division of UNL Chick Days! Awesome job Morgann!

Hall County 4-H Fine Arts Night Results!

An amazing group of young 4-H’ers participated in the Hall County 4-H Fine Arts Night, consisting of the Public Speaking Contest & Talent Show on April 26th at College Park. All of the participants did an amazing job! Thank you to Beth Andrews for judging, and thanks to the following trophy sponsors: Eberl Plumbing & Drain, Schafer Family, Roger & Liana Steele, and Flagle Trucking.

4-H Public Speaking Contest

Intermediate Speech (4-H age 10-13):

  • Adrian Svitak—4-H Hall County Fair - Champion, Purple
  • Kade Kosmicki—Right on Target - Reserve, Blue
  • Travis Svitak—4-H Sew Crazy Sewing Club - Blue

Junior Speech (4-H age 8-9):

  • Jaylee Hatt—The 4 H’s - Champion, Purple
  • Brianna Powell—What the 4-H Pledge Means to Me - Reserve, Blue

Public Service Announcement (60 second recording):

  • Jaylee Hatt—Blast Off - Champion, Blue

4-H Talent Show

Senior Division (4-H age 14-18):

  • Kaylee Powell, jazz dance solo - Best of Show, purple

Intermediate Division (4-H age 10-13):

  • Adrian Svitak, piano/vocal solo - Best of Show, purple
  • Travis Svitak, piano/vocal solo - Blue
  • Luke Powell, saxophone solo - Blue

Junior Division (4-H age 8-9):

  • James Hageman, ukelele solo - Best of Show, purple
  • Jaylee Hatt, piano solo - Blue

Duet/Group Division:

  • Kaylee & Brianna Powell, lyrical dance duet - Best of Show, purple
  • Adrian & Travis Svitak, piano/guitar/vocal duet - purple
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Wanted: Fashion Show Set Crew

Volunteers are needed to help set the theme & decorate the stage for the Hall County 4-H Fashion show, which takes place June 29; decorating will take place on June 28. Contact D'Ette if your family or club is interested.

Volunteers Needed

This year’s State Hippology Contest is looking for volunteers. The contest will be held July 9, 2022 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, in conjunction with the State 4-H Horse Expo. Volunteer duties include: checking teams in, rotating teams between stations and grading exams. Horse experience is not required. Contact Alaina Kauffman at alaina.kauffman@unl.edu for more information.

Calling All High School Students!

Need volunteer hours to graduate?

Contact us for volunteer opportunities!

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2022 Calendar - Upcoming Events

  • May 6 - Deadline for District/State horse online entries, ID forms & advancement levels.

  • May 16 - Horse advisory meeting, 6 pm at the Extension office.

  • May 23 - Sheep & Goat weigh-in, 5:30-7:30 pm at Fonner Park.

  • May 30 - Memorial Day; Extension office is closed.

  • June 2 - Bicycle Road-E-O, 3:30 pm at the Extension office (north parking lot).

  • June 2 - 4-H Council meeting, 6:30 pm at the Extension office.

  • June 15 - 4-H Enrollment deadline for participation in the 2022 Hall County Fair.

  • June 15 - Deadline for all animal ID forms, vaccination forms & quality assurance certificates.

  • June 15 - Deadline for State Fair online animal nominations.

  • June 22 - Deadline for Hall County Fair entry forms.

  • June 29 - Clothing Judging Day & 4-H Fashion Show

  • July 6 - Horse Ride Night, 6-8 pm at Thompson Arena

  • July 20-24 - Hall County Fair