The 4-H Update

June 17, 2022

Winning T-shirt Design

Congratulations to Harper Bailey from the Camping, Coding and Creating Kids 4-H Club.

She is the winner of the T-shirt design contest.

Her winning design will be featured on our new 4-H Shirts Sponsored by the Sarpy County Farm Bureau.

Thank you to our other artists who submitted designs: Mallory Beethe, Alex Zavitz, Lillie Gruhlkey, Hannah Gruhlkey, Emersyn Pichler, Violet Nuss, Giuliana Boschult.

Upcoming Activities

Barn Quilt Workshop - Sign up by June 21

When: June 28, 2022, 9 am-noon

Where: Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha, NE

Cost: $25 per kid

Ages welcome: 8-18

Registration due June 21. Register at

During the workshop, youth will learn about colors and quilt designing and how this applies to barn quilts. Youth will choose your barn quilt pattern, put the guide lines your design on the wood canvas, and paint the design. Before the workshop youth will need to paint the base coat on the wood canvas. They will need to bring their own paint to the workshop. To complete the barn quilt, youth will need at least 2 colors and no more than 5 colors. The wood canvas is one foot by one foot. The type of paint that will work best is acrylic paint: brands like Apple Barrel or FolkArt will work for this project. Acrylic paint from any craft supply store or grocery supercenter art section will work. All other materials needed to design and paint the barn quilt will be provided.

Summer Babysitting Clinics - June 22 and July 7

The dates for the 4-H Building Better Babysitters clinics at the libraries are June 10th (Swanson branch); June 22nd (Millard branch); July 7th (Elkhorn branch). Register through the Omaha Public Library website at

For more information, contact Stephanie at

Table Toppers Contest - Register By June 24

See resources for Table Toppers Contest here.

Entries for the 4-H Table Toppers Contest are due by Friday, June 24th and the 4-H Table Toppers Contest will be on Thursday, June 30, in-person at the Douglas-Sarpy Extension office.

Sign up for Table Toppers here.

Papio Valley 4-H Livestock Show - June 25

Goat, Sheep & Beef Show • Saturday, June 25, 2022

Sarpy County Fairgrounds – Springfield, NE

Check out the flier and all the details at:

Horse Clinics June 26 & July 8

Showmanship and Grooming Clinic

June 26th 2022 at 1 pm at Cass County Fairgrounds

Sign up by June 23 at

Tack Cleaning Clinic

July 8 at 6:30 pm

Bring $10 and your own saddles and bridles, as well as your own saddle cleaners: saddle soap, conditioner, oil.

Sign up by July 1 at

The horse program is for youth Age 8-18.

For more information about the horse program or these specific events, contact Alaina Kauffman, Extension Assistant, 4-H at

Fair Information

Animal Entries for Fair

Animal Entries for the Sarpy County fair will be July 1 - 15, online using ShoWorks. Watch the newsletter for the link and registration information.

FAIR PROJECT IDEA - Babysitting Kit

Consumer and Family Science - Department C

Division 200 – Human Development


State which ONE age group (infant, toddler, preschooler, middle childhood) the kit was prepared for. Purpose of the kit is for the 4-H’er to take with them when they babysit in someone else’s home. Do not make kit for combination of ages or for your own family to use. 4-H’er should make one or more items in the kit, but purchased items are also allowed. A list of items in the kit is suggested to be included. Display in box or bag suitable for what it contains. Approximate size not larger than 12"x15"x10". All items in kit must be safe for child to handle.

Information sheet for Class 8 should include:

1. State which ONE age group (infant, toddler, preschooler, middle childhood) the kit was prepared for.

2. What are children this age like? Give 2 examples to show how the kit would be appropriate for children this age. 3. What will the child learn or what skills will they gain by using the kit? 4. What item(s) were made by the 4-H member?

See this area of the fairbook at

See more fair project ideas here.

Rocket Launch

Rocket Launch Contest Entry Form – Due Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Contest Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Time: 3:30-6:30pm

Where: 13600 Pflug Rd, Springfield, NE 68059 (Sarpy County American Legion)

Contest Details: •Rocket Launch Contest entry form is due Wednesday, July 6, 2022 •This contest is open to 4-H members ages 5 – 18. •Paper tube rockets may only be launched by Clover Kids (ages 5 – 7); 8- 18 year old participants will need to conduct a launch using rockets specified in Fairbook Guidelines.

See more details and get the registration form at:

What to Expect at Fair- June 21 and July 6

Join us on June 21 from 6-7 pm for a question and answer session "what to expect at fair."

This session will be repeated on July 6 from 6-7, and this session will include a Livestock/Rabbit/Poultry questions and answer session.

These event will be held at the Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, located at 8015 West Center Road, Omaha. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

2022 Showcase of 4-H Gems Due June 29

The Douglas/Sarpy 4-H Council would like to encourage all eligible candidates to participate in the Douglas-Sarpy Showcase of 4-H Gems.

To be selected and honored as a 4-H Gem is a positive way to share your success and experiences throughout your 4-H career. Receiving the honor of being named a Diamond or Emerald 4-Her is an excellent addition to your resume and college scholarship essays. We encourage all eligible candidates to submit their application for the opportunity to participate so that we can celebrate all of your accomplishments throughout your 4-H career. See the application here.

Return to the Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Extension Central or South Office or they can also be e-mailed to no Later Than June 29, 2022

Fashion Show - Register by July 8

The 4-H Fashion Show is an opportunity for youth to showcase their clothing construction and consumer management skills. Construction garment exhibitors are judged on fit, construction, poise, and overall look of the garment on the individual. Shopping In Style exhibitors are judged on garment fit, the overall look of the outfit, and poise, as well as record keeping skills in the written report.

For more information please go to:

Sign up for the Fashion Show

Fashion Show will be July 14 from 2-7.

Public Fashion Show will be at the fairgrounds on August 3 at 6 pm.

2022 Sarpy County Fair Coloring Contest

Join the 2022 Sarpy County Fair Coloring Contest and get a chance to win cool prizes! This contest is open to all youths (contest age groups: 5 and under; 6-9; 10-13; and 14-18). All youth are encouraged to enter the contest, even if they're not 4-H members! Color it using any physical medium, including crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints and then enter the coloring sheet. Bring the coloring sheet to 4-H project entry day on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 12-7 PM and turn it in OR drop the coloring sheet off at the Extension Office by July 26, 2022. Follow the link for full details and to download the coloring sheets: Questions? Contact Katherine at

Sponsor a Plaque!

Consider sponsoring a plaque for the fair events!

Sponsorship requests will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. If your request is already filled, your donation will be used to fund an award in the same event.

Get your form here.

Statewide and Regional Opportunities

Online Horticulture Contest ends June 20

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 3-20, 2022 at:

More details at:

More information about the Nebraska State contest can be found in the Fairbook

Fremont 4-H Expo - July 6 - 9, 2022

When: July 6 - 9, 2022

Where: Christensen Field, W 16th St & N Ridge Road Drive, Fremont, NE

4-H & FFA Exhibitors from the following counties: Burt, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington.

Open check out the opportunities to enter static exhibits and livestock.

Douglas County Fair - July 15-17, 2022

Livestock Show information and registration can be found at

For more information about the fair go to

4-H Dog Show

4-H State Dog show rulebook is done! Please let your 4-H families know of the new rulebook update and the changes that were made and are in effect for the 2022 year!

Rulebook can also be found at:

Dog Show Opportunities can he found here.

Mark Your Calendars

4-H Events | Nebraska Extension (

June 21 - Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Presentation Contest

June 21 - Barn Quilt Workshop Sign up due

June 22-23 - PASE/Life Challenge -

June 24 - 4-H Table Toppers contest entries due here. -

June 25 - Papio Valley Progress Show 8:30 am (Goats) 11 am (Beef) 5 pm (Sheep)

June 30 - Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Table Toppers Contest

July 8 - 4-H Fashion Show contest entries due -

July 8 - Rocket Launch Entry Forms due -

July 13 3:30 PM-6:30 PM - Rocket Launch Contest

July 14 - Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Fashion Show judging day

July 25 - 4-H Dog Show - Sarpy Fairgrounds, 6 pm

August 3-7 - COUNTY FAIR

August 26-September 5 - State Fair