Adams County 4-H Newsletter

June 22nd, 2020 Issue

In this Issue - Important Information

  • Pre-Fair Deadline & Animal ID Forms
  • Fairbook
  • Zoom to See How Fair will Look in 2020
  • Free T-Shirt
  • YQCA
  • State Fair
  • Horse Information
  • No Calendar Included See Website for Dates

Pre-Fair Entry Deadline for Fair 4-H Exhibits/Activities is Tuesday June 30th.

Items that MUST be pre-entered include: all animal classes(including showmanship) in beef, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine (please include tag and breed information), horse, all Clover Kid Animals, & all pre-fair and fair activities – Food Review, Cullinary Challenge, Fashion Review, Pre-entries encouraged but not required for any Judging Contests, Skillathons, ID Contests (ex: Insect ID, Poultry Skillathon). For the items that MUST be pre-entered, a late pre-fair entry sheet will result in the lowering of exhibits by one ribbon. No phone entries will be taken. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask prior to the deadline date. It is highly recommended that you pre-enter all of your static exhibits. Only Horticulture & Floriculture entry tags will not be pre-made. A letter with instruction for Horticulture & Floriculture will be mailed to exhibitors signed up for these projects. Please watch for this mailing.

This year Pre-Fair Entries will be done online please follow the links below.

Online Entry Instructions

Adams County ShoWorks Online Entry

If you need assistance please give us a call. Remember the deadline is June 30th, so start now and you may continue to add items until that date.

Animal Identification Forms Deadline is June 30th

All livestock identification forms including horse are due to the office by 5 PM on Tuesday June 30th. No late ID sheets will be accepted. All county fair animal identification sheets can be found online at can be picked up at the Extension Office.

2020 Fairbook is Online

The 2020 Fairbook will not be printed this year, please view it online and print the sections that you need at

Zoom to see How Adams County Fair will Look in 2020!

On Wednesday June 24th, Beth and Julie will be available to touch base with Adams County 4-H Families from 11:00AM until 2:00PM. This will be an open time to connect with us via Zoom to ask your questions about how Adams County Fair will be happening. Please watch your email for the Zoom Link and Password.

Also on Tuesday, July 7th, Beth and Julie will host a Zoom for Livestock & Static Participants, this Zoom will provide information on how the Adams County 4-H Livestock Shows will be conducted and how Static Entry will be held.

Please join us for Static Meeting at 7:00PM. Please join us for Livestock Meeting at 8:00PM

Watch your email for the Zoom Link and Password.

For the most Up to date Infromation!

Fair information is coming out very fast. Please keep up to date by going to

Free T-Shirts for 4-H Members/Volunteers

Thank you to 4-H members, families, and volunteers!

The Adams County 4-H Council and Adams County Extension Office want to say thank you for being a part of the Adams County 4-H Program during this hard and odd year. To show our thanks, we are offering free 4-H shirts to you! We are in the process of developing the shirt design. To sign up for your shirt, please complete this short electronic form at by Tuesday, June 30th.

We appreciate all that you have done this past year!

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

YQCA (formerly called QA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development is being offered. All youth exhibiting livestock wiith the exemption of horse, dog, small animal and cat at the Adams County and NE State Fair must be YQCA Certified through Web-based Certification only. Information and instructions can be found at: . We must have your “Certificate of Completion” on file in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 1.

Face to Face YQCA Dates are Cancelled.

State Fair Nominations

Again, this year, exhibitors interested in showing at state fair will need to do online nominations.

All market animals (beef, swine, sheep and goats), have until July 1st at 5 PM to turn in their DNA envelopes to the extension office and nominate their animals online at Payment must be submitted to be eligible to show at state fair. This also applies to Breeding livestock in the same species they will need to turn in breeding nomination cards as they nominate their animals.

State Horse Show Update

As of today the NE State Horse Show has been CANCELED! Please read the following letter from the State Fair Horse Show Team.

We have been working diligently on plans for the 2020 State Horse Show. As you all know, safety of youth and their families is our highest priority. We are prepared and were hopeful that we could offer an in-person opportunity. Continued uncertainty about COVID-19 in Grand Island and whether or not we would get approval from the Health Department coupled with concerns from volunteers and staff and the ability to offer a high quality experience for youth, we have chosen to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person show for 2020. We appreciate the work of the Horse Advisory Committee, representatives from Fonner Park, and the City of Grand Island for all of their support in this difficult decision.

We have been closely watching other states who are offering virtual animal events. We will offer a Fun Virtual State Horse Show for 2020 so every 4-Her has the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and effort they have put into their horse project. We understand all of your disappointment with this decision and hope this will be a new way to introduce youth to a trend that is increasing in popularity across the industry. More information is available at: