Thurston County 4-H News

June 2018

Upcoming Dates

June 8 - Ponca Day Camp Registration DUE

June 11 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)

June 13 - District Horse Show - Ord

June 14 - District Horse Show - York

June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE

June 15 - YQCA Deadline

June 15 - Aksarben/State Fair Sheep, Swine, Goat & Feeder Calf DNA/Nominations DUE

June 18 - Ponca Counselor Training

June 19 - Ponca Day Camp @ Ponca State Park

June 20 - District Horse Show - Gordon

June 21 - District Horse Show - Central City

June 22 - District Horse Show - Curtis

June 25-26 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL

July 4 - Office Closed - 4th of July Holiday

July 9 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

July 15-19 - State Horse Show @ Fonner Park, Grand Island

July 18 - ALL Dakota-Thurston County Pre-Fair Entries DUE

July 25 - 4-H Clothing Day Judging @ Emerson

July 28 - Pre-Fair Clean Up

July 29-31 - Pre-Fair Judging Shows

August 1-5 - Dakota-Thurston County Fair

August 6 - Post Fair Clean Up

August 10 - State Fair Animal and In Person Entries DUE

August 21 - State Fair Exhibits DUE @ Extension Office (Noon)

August 24-Sept 3 - NEBRASKA STATE FAIR

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 21
  • June 25

Member Information

Summer Workshops

Mark your calendars! Summer is just waiting for us! Sign up here for our summer workshops!

Young Entrepreneur Camp - June 4th-7th

Design Decisions Workshop - June 12th

Animal Science Workshop - June 14th

Ponca Day Camp Counselor Training - June 18th

Ponca Day Camp - June 19th

Let's Paint Run-A-Ways - June 20th

Clover Kid Camp - June 21st

Let's Get Cooking #1 - July 2nd

Let's Get Cooking #2 - July 3rd

Come Join Us At Ponca Day Camp!!

Come get a taste of camp in your own backyard at this year's 4-H Ponca Day Camp. It will be held at Ponca Stat Park on Tuesday, June 19th. All 4-H members and their friends, ages 8-11, in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties are invited to attend this hands-on camp. We will be learning about Citizen Science, Monarchs on the Move, Let's Track Who Tracks, Archery, and getting to Swim!! For complete registration and health information contact the Extension office or go to Registrations are due by Friday, June 8th.

We are also in need of Ponca Day Camp Counselors. These 14 year old + 4-H members also need to fill out an application at the above website. Please join us in making this a memorable summer experience for these youth.

Workshop Scholarships for 4-H Members

The Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to continue to provied to pay $15 toward a 4-Her's attendance at summer workshops after filling out a sort form. Which can be found at:

Regional Speech

Congratulations to McKinley Morgan for receiving a blue ribbon and Alexis Bodlak for receiving a purple ribbon at the Regional Speech competition. Alexis will also be advancing to the State Competition.

Several area 4-Hers received awards at the Northeast Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest held on May 24, 2018 at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

Forty-four youth from 16 counties throughout the state competed in their respective age division in the 2018 Regional 4-H Speech competition. Additionally, twenty-seven contestants from eleven counties in the northeast district competed in their respective age division in the 2018 Regional 4-H Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition.

Contestants earn the opportunity to participate in regional competition by winning their age division at the county level. Contestants may compete in one or both categories. Contestants are awarded purple, blue, or red awards in recognition of their accomplishments in speech or PSA; in addition, the top four individuals in each division received medals. The four winners of the senior division speech and PSA competition are given the opportunity to compete for awards at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest to be held in Grand Island during the Nebraska State Fair. All youth competing in state competition and staying for awards will receive special awards. The top two speech and PSA winners in State 4-H Public Speaking Contest receive scholarships.

Other seniors selected to advance to the 2018 state competition from the Northeast Regional Competition in the Speech Category are: Brian Potts, Cedar County, Taylor Arens, Knox County; and Martha Witchey, Knox County.

County Fair Info

Dakota-Thurston County Fair Grievance Policy

This year the Joint Dakota-Thurston 4-H Council has revised the Grievance Policy. Please read carefully.

"Purpose: Any person who feels that a violation of the rules or regulations of the Dakota-Thurston 4-H County Fairbook has occurred, must go through a protest/appeals process. This appeals process covers all 4-H contests, static exhibits, and livestock exhibits/shows.

Set-Up: The committee would be made up of the following: (each serving for a one year term)

  • Each county 4-H Council President (2 members)
  • One other 4-H Council member from each county (2 members)
  • Two fairboard members, one from each county (2 members)
  • The chair from the committee in which the grievance was submitted (1 member)

Total: 7


  • Each grievance must be written and submitted by the exhibitor to the Dakota-Thurston County Extension Office Staff.
  • Protests for pre-fair events must be filed within 24 hours or close of next business day.
  • Protests for fair exhibits/shows will not be accepted after the exhibit release time.
  • Each individual will need to pay a $50.00 filing fee for the grievance. Filing fee will be refunded upon positive settlement.
  • All grievances will be kept on file for 2 years.

THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS IS NOT FOR MISSED DEADLINES. (ex. Drop/Add, Horse Entry, Horse Affidavit, Livestock Affidavit, YQCA, Pre-Fair Entries) Refer to 4-H & General Rules 7 and 23 on late policies."

Fair Entry Information

Each family will be receiving a pack sometime toward the beginning of July that will have entry forms for the 2018 Dakota-Thurston County Fair. Once again this year we hope to personalize the forms so they contain most of the information the office needs. You just need to fill in class #s, animal ID's, etc. These forms will be DUE back to the office by July 18th.

County Project

Do you have 4-H ribbons stored in boxes, tucked away under beds or in the basement? Recycle those ribbons into something new that showcases all your hard work and achievements.

Create an item using 4-H ribbons or rosettes. Wall hanging, frames, quilts and more, check out Pinterest for lots of ideas. Use your imagination!

Item must be made of at least 50% ribbons, your choice for remainder of materials.

Enter project on entry day of the county fair. There is a category/class for county only projects


DEPARTMENT Q - Section 920

901. Recycled/Upycled 4-H Ribbons - Create an item using 4-H ribbons or rosettes. Examples, wall hanging, frames, quilts and more. Use your imagination. Item must be made of at least 50% ribbons, your choice for remainder of materials.

Late Affidavit & Late Entry Policies

The Joint 4-H Council has created the following policies:

1) Late animal affidavits will be accepted for one following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.

2) Late fair entries will be accepted for one week following the entry deadline and will be accessed a $10 late fee per individual for the Dakota-Thurston County Fair.

4-H King & Queen Contest

It's time to be thinking about the 2018 Dakota-Thurston County Fair Royalty! If you are between the ages of 14 & 19, you are eligible to compete for the title of 4-H King or Queen. If you are interested, please read through the rules and complete the entry form available online at

Looking for Trophy Sponsors

One aspect of the 4-H program is awards and recognition. If you would like to donate a trophy for the 2018 Dakota-Thurston County Fair, contact the Dakota Extension Office. Trophies are $15 each. If you have suggestions for other ways to reward our youth, please let the Extension Office or a committee member know. If you believe there is a support sponsor that may have not been asked, please relay this information to the Extension Office.

Livestock ID's/Affidavits DUE

If you are exhibiting: beef, sheep, swine, goats or rabbits at the Dakota-Thurston County fair, livestock ID's/affidavit's are DUE to the Extension Office by June 15th. Forms are available by stopping at the Extension Office or on the website at Make sure the form is fully completed.

DNA & Online Nominations

Market Swine DNA is DUE to the Extension Office by June 15th to be eligible to show at State Fair and Aksarben.

To show at State Fair & Aksarben you need to go online and nominate the following species by June 15th:

  • Breeding Beef
  • Market Sheep
  • Breeding Sheep
  • Market Swine
  • Feeder Calves
  • Market

Entrepreneurship Challenge

We’d like to share with you a brand new state fair class in the entrepreneurship project (ESI)- an Entrepreneurship Challenge! The challenge is open to 4-H’ers enrolled in any of the three units of ESI. 4-H members will create an exhibit showcasing what they learned from the challenge and enter it at the fair. Through the challenge, we are encouraging kids to be entrepreneurial in their thinking and consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

Family Fun Packs

The Dakota Thurston County Fair Board is pleased to announce that "Family Fun Packs" will be on available for purchase at the Fair Manager's Office on Clean-up day Saturday July 21st as well as during Fair week Sunday July 29 thru Friday August 3rd.

Each Family fun pack costs $40 and consists of:

  • 2 Tickets to Impact Pro Wrestling - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Dueling Pianos - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Laser Tag - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Kids Day - Saturday

This is a $60 value which will be sold for $40!

Camping at the Fair

Interested in camping at the fair? Contact Sherry Slaughter @ 402-863-2352

Mary Paeper @ 402-922-1299

These wonderful ladies can let you know the availability of camp sites and prices.

Animal Exhibits

Rabbit Exhibitors - When you enter your animals Monday, July 30th, from 6:00 –8:00 we are asking that you check your animals in with either the superintendents or Extension Staff. We want to try and ensure that our show programs are accurate. Your assistance on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Bedding - The fair board will be supplying bedding for livestock projects, which will consist of sawdust. If you have special needs for your projects, it is your responsibility to bring the supplies. If you have any questions, please contact the Stephanie Luedert.

Stalling Horses - The Dakota~Thurston County Fairboard voted in 2010, That if a horse is showed, it must be stalled. No veterinarian excuses will be accepted. This applies to all horses exhibiting at the 4-H Horse Show, no expectations. Horses must be stalled at the fairgrounds on Thursday, August 2nd by 8:00 p.m.

Livestock Check-in - Wednesday, August 1stfrom 6:30 - 8:30 pm is check-in day at the fair. Before you unload your livestock trailer, please stop by the livestock office and check-in. In order to verify exhibitors and livestock that are on the fairgrounds. This will help us with correct stall assignments and correct show programs. Reminder: Swine ear tags need to be purchased for $2.00 each at the time of check-in.

No early release of animals - Please refer to page 8 of the fair book for the following rule: All live animals,
4-H/FFA, Open Class (except cats, dogs, household pets/birds) will remain on the grounds for the duration of the fair. No early releases.
Also see page 28 for the following statement from the Fair Board: Penalty– Premiums will be pulled for exhibits leaving the fairgrounds prior to the aforementioned release time.

Don’t forget your cats and dogs must have current vaccinations. Forms are available on our website. (Dakota County 4-H, fair information page)

Bucket calves need a record book with their entry. (Dakota County 4-H, fair information page)

Outfit Challenge

Open to any 4-H member. Need not be enrolled in the clothing project to participate. Limit one entry per person per class. Both the Add a Piece and the Complete Outfit may be purchased from garage sale, thrift store, consignment store, resale shop (i.e. Goodwill) or a store bargain. Cost must be $10/$20 or below, depending on challenge. If clothing is altered or embellished those cost must be included in the total cost of outfit. This cost does NOT include shoes, accessories or undergarments. Accessories already owned can be used to compliment/finish the outfit.

An entry consists of modeling the outfit and a Shopping Challenge worksheet (available at the Extension Office or online). 4-H’er must model at Clothing day and at Public Fashion Revue. Entry that does not follow the guidelines will be dropped one ribbon placing. Consider these questions in choosing your challenge piece and to complete worksheet: ·

· Fit, quality and care of the garment

· When and how often do you expect to wear this outfit

· How garment/outfit fills a void in your wardrobe

· Will you change a garment by remodeling, embellishing or other changes.

You will also be asked to list each purchased piece, cost and place of purchase and cost of any changes to garment. Outfit will be displayed at the fair.

902. Modeled $10.00 Add a Piece Clothing Challenge - Add one (or more) piece(s) of clothing to an existing outfit already owned by the
4-H’er. The purchased piece(s) and existing clothing must be modeled together. Worksheet listed above must be included.

903. Modeled $20.00 Outfit Challenge - Open to any 4-H member. Must be a complete wearable outfit. Cost of outfit must be $20.00 or less, not including shoes, accessories or undergarments.

Family & Consumer Sciences

4-H Culinary Challenge Contest

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Plant Science

2018 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

The 2018 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from 8:00 am Friday, June 8th through 8:00 am Monday, June 18, 2018. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults, and even Extension individuals. No password needed, the link listed below will take you directly to the contest. The link to participate will be

The youth need to fill in all of their information completely. The online contest should only be taken once by each participant. No study materials are to be used. The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed. After the contest has completed on June 18th, the participants or the county(ies) can request to see the scores and answers.

Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension also offers the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. This contest is at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26th, 2018. The event includes indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 7-12th grades) are invited to participate.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams are eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams are expected to know basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics may include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at

Teams must be registered by July 16th. This program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Nebraska Extension.

Haskell Ag Lab - Crop & Climate Field Day

Please plan to attend the Climate & Crops Field Day at the Haskell Ag Lab near Concord on Tuesday, August 14. This is a public field day and is open to everyone. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. We will have various tracks with speakers in the morning. A free lunch will be available at 11:30 and tours will be available in the afternoon. Educational booths by extension personnel and outside vendors will be available during the day. Plans include educational programs for children, a shooting sports trailer, speakers on climate and how that impacts crops, insects, economics, and animals, drone demonstrations. The day will conclude around 3:30. Details are still being finalized. Please watch this newsletter for more information each month. Again, please mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 14 for the public Climate & Crops Field Day at the Haskell Ag. Lab near Concord. Please pass this along to others in your area.

Animal Science

Upcoming Livestock Shows

June 2 - 4-H Beef Progress Show - Phelps County Fairgrounds

June 2 & 3 - Nebraska Jr. Beef Expo - Northeast Community College

June 10 - Hustler 4-H Progress Show - Cuming County Fairgrounds

June 10 - 4-H Horse Show - Wahoo, NE

June 16 - Stanton FFA Progress Show - Stanton County Fairgrounds

June 17 - Platte County Swine Progress Show - Ag Park, Columbus

June 23 - Wheeler County Progress Show - Bartlett Fairgrounds

June 23 - 32nd Annual Papio Valley 4-H Show - Sarpy County Fairgrounds

June 24 - Sandy Spurs Bucket Calf Clinic & Show - Antelope County Fairgrounds

June 28 - Wisner Junior Livestock Show 4-H/FFA Horse Show - Wisner River Park Arena

Tractor Safety Training 2018

All youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or is connect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

Cost for the training is $60.

Closest training is Wayne Fairgrounds, June 19 & 20.

Find it online here.

NEW Quality Assurance = YQCA

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops. This is what Nebraska 4-H/FFA have adopted this year and so we will be using the new system.

Requirements: Online - 3 modules @ $12 total

OR Test Out for Intermediate & Senior @ Free

Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to provide scholarships for these fees after youth fill out a short form. Found here:

Here are some quick Log In Instructions:

1. Go to from your computer browser and select Sign In/Register Tab

2. Sign in and register using the 4-H Online box

3. Select the name of your organization from the pick list Nebraska 4-H Youth Development

4. Use your 4-H Online user name and password to start the process

5. Select the member name taking the course

6. Select the age of the member in the appropriate box

7. When the age is selected the appropriate courses will be selected

8. Select online choice (Instructor led class will be developed by your local instructor)

9. Select payment method credit card or if you have received a coupon code from your Extension Office you will enter it at this time to purchase the courses

10. After completing the three courses be sure to save and print out a completion certificate and take it to your Extension Office

11. For swine exhibitors the number on your completion certificate will be used as the number that will be asked for by swine buyers

12. If you encounter problems you can contact

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Submitting Animal Information into AKSARBEN Livestock Database

An IMPORTANT CHANGE from past years is that exhibitors will be responsible for submitting their animal information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline. In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc. The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors as well as payments for the DNA process. We will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. We are excited for this process to be in place as it ensures responsibility on exhibitors and families with a number of safeguards in place for you and us to monitor success. Your families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will still continue to mail in the DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline. You will also have the ability to see what your families have submitted and you will still be validating those nominations throughout the nomination process. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or had not submitted DNA will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair.

*NEW* Aksarben CHANGES

  • 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

  • NEW UPDATE: Animals exhibited in either 4-H or FFA at State Fair are now eligible at AKSARBEN.

  • NEW UPDATE: Feeder calf nominations no longer will require DNA for AKSARBEN. Feeder Calf nominations will only require an EID tag and an online nomination in the database.

  • NEW UPDATE: AKSARBEN will not be holding a Dairy Cattle, Rabbit or Broiler show in 2018.

  • NEW UPDATE: AKSARBEN horse nominations will require an online nomination with picture upload for their June 15 deadline.

  • NEW UPDATE: Animals exhibited as either breeding or market at State Fair will now be able to switch divisions at AKSARBEN.

We highly recommend referring to the AKSARBEN website and their 2018 Premium Book for any questions you may have this season. The website will hold the most up to date information about the AKSARBEN Stock Show. The direct link to their website:

2018 State Fair & AKSARBEN Livestock Identification Requirements

Family Responsibilities:

1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online.

2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination ( along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.)

3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination ( by the June 15 deadline.

4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline.

5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.

6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.

7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.

8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.

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Beef Fitting Clinic

Beef Fitting Clinic featuring Kirk Stierwalt that will be held near Wisner on Saturday, June 23 from 10-4. No cost but an RSVP is requested. Final Drive Show Supply is hosting a one-day clinic featuring Kirk Stierwalt. Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Final Drive Show Supply 1921 8th Road, Wisner, NE 68791. Contact Heidi and Travis Hallsted at (402) 529-6523 or to RSVP or ask question or message them on Facebook.

2018 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

All entries due to county office by May 11, 2018. Note: ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 11, 2018.

Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 11, 2018.

2018 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 13th - Ord
  • June 14th - York
  • June 20th - Gordon
  • June 21st - Central City
  • June 22nd - Curtis
  • July 15-19 - State Horse Show - Fonner Park, GI

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Nebraska Elite Showman Competition

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture along with the Rural Radio Network will be hosting the 13th Annual Elite Showman Competition on Saturday, September 1st at the Nebraska State Fair.

by popular demand we have added goat showmanship into the mix.

For more information:

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