The 4-H Update

June 24, 2022

Upcoming Activities

Volunteer with the Douglas County Fair

Looking for a 4-H club fundraising opportunity? The Douglas County Fair is looking for groups of 8-10 volunteers willing to help us during our fair July 15th-17th in exchange for donations to your club. Please reach out to Courtney at for more information.

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:

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

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

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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.

Bucket Calf participants will need to complete a record book. Download an example below.

FAIR PROJECT IDEA - Cake Decorating

Healthy Lifestyles - Department E

Division 400: Cake Decorating/Gingerbread Houses

Class 901 – Decorated Cake

Only decoration is judged. Exhibit may be on Styrofoam or a real cake. Must use decorating tips. Enter cake on a disposable cake plate/container.

See this area of the fairbook here.

See more fair project ideas here.

Best Dressed Animals

The Best Dressed Contest is a fun class in which youth dress their animals up as well as themselves. Typically, the kids come up with a theme to present. The contest will be for all species.

In each class, a 4-Her or Clover Kid may only exhibit one entry. Sign up with the July 15 livestock registrations.

This is a Non-Premium Class, Clover Kids are welcome to participate! The Best Dressed Classes will happen on Saturday, August, 6th at 11:00 am.

This will include:

• Cattle

• Swine

• Sheep

• Goats

All Poultry, Rabbits, Cavies and Horses will conduct their Best Dressed Contests at the conclusion of their respective shows. Learn more 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 - July 6

When: July 6 from 6-7 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, located at 8015 West Center Road, Omaha

Join us for a question and answer session "what to expect at fair," including a Livestock/Rabbit/Poultry questions and answer session.

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

Summer Babysitting Clinics - July 7

The 4-H Building Better Babysitters clinic will be July 7th (Elkhorn branch). Register through the Omaha Public Library website at

For more information, contact Stephanie at

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

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 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