Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

May 1, 2019

2019 Otoe County 4-H Speech Contest Results

The Novice Division Champion was Maci Smidt of Adams and the Reserve Champion was Cosette Wagner. They both earned purple ribbons, along with Jacob Hippen of Bennet. Bryn Boitnott of Nehawka received a blue.
In the Junior Division, the Champion was Lauren Brehm of Talmage and the Reserve Champion was Justus Kreifels of Nebraska City, with both receiving purple ribbons. Earning blue ribbons were Madeline Wood and Sydney Wood, Palmyra.
In the Intermediate Division, the Champion was Daisa Smidt of Adams, while John Hippen of Bennet was the Reserve Champion. The Senior Division Champion was Valerie Bennie of Nebraska City. All received purple ribbons.
The Public Service Announcement (PSA) Junior Champion was Cosette Wagner of Nebraska City.
The top three speeches in each of the junior, intermediate, and senior divisions qualify for district competition on May 16 in Lincoln

Front row, left to right: Bryn Boitnott, Jacob Hippen, Maci Smidt, and Cosette Wagner.

Back row, left to right: Lauren Brehm, Justus Kreifels, Madeline Wood, Sydney Wood, John Hippen, Daisa Smidt, and Valerie Bennie.

2019 Clover Kid Speech Contest

Pictured are the Clover Kids that participated in the 2019 Otoe County Speech Contest. Each clover kid recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the 4-H Pledge, or both.

Left to right: Hadley Bakan, Abigail Bennie, Jolie Kreifels, Amber Schropfer, Madison Stubbendick, Clifford Wager, Jaden Walker, and Hayden Wellensiek.


If you have registered to do the YQCA Face-to-Face training on May 6th, the location has changed, and it will now be held in the Fair Center in Syracuse. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 402-269-2301 or email us at otoe-county@unl.edu

4-H Horse ID's Due May 10th!

Don't forget that Horse ID's are due to the Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. on May 10th. You can pick them up from the Extension Office, or print one by clicking here https://4h.unl.edu/documents/Horse/F29777%20Horse%20ID%20new.pdf

2019 4-H Summer Workshops!

Lamb Weigh-In & Tagging

Market Lamb weigh-in will be May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion. We will be tagging and weighing all market lambs for the Otoe County Fair. If you are going to the Nebraska State Fair, DNA samples can be pulled at this time!

You signed up for 4-H now what?

The Extension Office has Project Manuals for sale that go along with the projects you signed up for. These manuals will help you learn more about your project and the things you can do for that project. The Fair Book also will tell you what things you can bring and enter in the fair under each project. Look at the Fair Book before you start making projects so you can be sure that it can be entered! If you have a Clover Kid, you can get a Clover Kid Manual available at the Extension Office. And as always if you ever have any questions the staff at the Extension Office are here to help you along the way! You can reach us at 402-269-2301 or through email at otoe-county@unl.edu.

Animal ID's-Except Horses, DUE June 15th!

We realize this is a Saturday, but the date stays the same. State 4-H entries are due at 11:59 p.m. on June 15. We will accept county entries on Monday, June 17.
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Robotics Kits

If your 4-H'er is interested in learning about robotics they can check out a Lego Mindstrom NXT kit from the Otoe County Extension Office and sign up for robotics as a 4-H project!

Youth will need a laptop computer available for loading the programming software and agree to unload the software at the end of the loan period. Kits will be checked out for four weeks on a first come first served basis. For more information about this 4-H project, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301.

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2019 National 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign!

The Raise Your Hand campaign, held from April 1 through May 15, is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote for their state to win funding and help more kids in their community benefit from 4-H experiences. The three states with the most hands raised will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K. Last year, Nebraska 4-H, with over 14,000 hands raised, received second place. This year, you can help us reach #1! Raise Your Hand and vote for Nebraska 4-H. Voting is easy, and even if you have raised your hand in the past, your vote will still be counted this year! Raise Your Hand now at https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.

Learn more about this year’s campaign, Nebraska 4-H’s promotion, and what you can do to help by visiting https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/4hstaff/9410/55321.

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Nebraska 4-H Foundation Flood Relief Fund

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at sshepherd3@unl.edu

Have old jeans to get rid of? We want them!

The Nebraska Extension in Otoe County is accepting donations of old, clean jeans for use in 4-H summer workshops. Please deliver to the Extension Office at 620 1st Street in Syracuse. Thank you.

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4-H Summer Camps-Click to check them out!

Don't forget, Otoe County 4-H Foundation will pay for $100 or half which ever is greater! Call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 for more information!

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2019 Animal Dates for Otoe County!

  • May 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • May 10- Horse ID's & District Paper ID's are due to the Extension Office
  • May 18- Market Lamb weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion.
  • June 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • June 15- Animal ID's DUE: this includes Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves, Bucket Calves, Companion Animal, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine

- All 4-H Exhibitors showing Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep or Swine are required to complete YQCA.

  • July 15- All animal entries for Otoe County Fair are DUE: this includes Beef, Companion Animals, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Horses, Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine. These entry sheets will also be used to stall livestock at the Otoe County Fair.

"Blue Jeans & Country Dreams" is the 2019 Otoe County Fair Theme

Otoe County Fair July 25-28, 2019

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County

Sarah Purcell, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, spurcell2@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Kelsey Ahrens, Office Manager, kahrens4@unl.edu