Sioux County Newsletter

December 2021

Calendar of Events

Dec. 10 - Holiday Kits ready for pick up

Dec. 21 - 4-H Council Meeting at 6 pm

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - Office Closed

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We would like to thank Katie Reece and Jaime Turbiville for the time they have spent on the 4-H Council. Their terms expire in December and we greatly appreciate all they have devoted to the program. Our new Council members will be Jessica Turbiville and Becca Reece. We are excited to welcome them on!

Black Hills Stock Show

Black Hills Stock Show Youth Show entries are due January 22nd. Shows start on Friday, January 28th through Saturday, January 29th. To access the entry form click here. The goat show and sheep shows are on February 4th and 5th. To access that entry form click here.

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4-H Online Enrollment

4-H online enrollment is now open!! They have a new website:v2.4honline.com. You will use the same login and password as you did in the old system. Step-by-step instructions on how to reenroll, enroll a new family, or add a youth member can be found at our North Panhandle website: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/. As of right now the online payment feature is not available so families will have to bring or mail payment to the office.

Holiday Kit - Winter Door Sign

Since we had such great response from last year's Holiday Kits we decided to bring it back this year. Youth can get a kit to create a holiday/winter sign for their door. The kit comes with a wooden circle, 5 bottles of paint (primary colors, black, and white), ribbon, and vinyl stencils with winter sayings. The cost of the kit is $7. Kits will be available December 10th for pick up. We have only have 12 kits so call the office or email Melissa at mmracek2@unl.edu and reserve your kit today!


If youth do not like the vinyl stencils inside the kit, we will have a Cricut at the office for families to come and print their own! The Cricut is the start of our Sioux County 4-H Maker space that was purchased with grant funds from the Coffee Foundation.

Wilderness Wonders Camp

We are starting to plan for a fun fill summer. We would love to be able to provide an overnight camp experience again, however, we need male chaperones to stay in the cabins. Male chaperones must be at least 19 years old and complete our background screening process and chaperone training. They would need to arrive by 5:30 pm on July 6th and stay until 7 am on July 7th. We would provide supper and breakfast plus a campfire experience. Please contact Melissa Mracek at mmracek2@unl.edu by February 1st if interested.

CASNR Change Maker Competition

How do you want to make a difference in the world? Pitch us your idea in a 2-minute video. If your idea is selected you could earn a CASNR scholarship and have the chance to work directly with mentors on tackling your big idea. Check out more details and submit here: https://casnr.unl.edu/casnr-change-maker-competition

Coming in January!

We will be hosting a regular after school 4-H STEM program with hands on activities on Thursdays after the school at the bank basement. This free program is for youth ages 5 and above. We will start sessions on January 13th. Youth will participate in activities such as Laparoscopic surgery, DNA extraction, bristle bots, and more!

Special Garden Project

The Special Garden project gives 4-H members the opportunity to grow a new and unusual vegetable or flower each year. The project allows experienced 4-H gardeners to grow something fun and exciting while letting those who are newer to gardening get their feet wet in the horticulture project area. This year the focus is on Rubenza Cosmos. These plants produce unique flowers with petal that change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long.


To get started with this project enroll in the Special Garden Project within 4-H Online and contact the Extension Office or Melissa Mracek at mmracek2@unl.edu by January 15th to get your seeds ordered. Seeds cost $0.50 per person. For more information about the Special Garden project and the resources visit https://4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project.

Animal Science: Inspiring Your Future $5,000 Scholarship Contest

ATTENTION SENIORS: Is there an individual or an animal that has inspired you to pursue an education and career in Animal Science? You could be one of ten to receive a $5,000 scholarship! You must be admitted into the UNL Animal Science program and plan to attend UNL the fall of 2022. The contest will close at 11 pm MT on January 7, 2022. For more details about the contest visit https://animalscience.unl.edu/Inspiring-Your-Future-Scholarship-Competition
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The National Western Stock Show is around the corner. Youth (between the ages 14-18) have the opportunity to participate in the annual catch-a-calf contest. The program is designed for youth to catch a calf, feed it, and return it one year later as a market ready steer at the National Stock Show. Steers are judged on production and carcass quality while the youth are judged on showmanship, record books, and a personal interview. Grand and Reserve will sell their steers at the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions at the Stock Show. Applications to participate in this program are due December 15th.


The application process can be found at: https://nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-program/

Omaha Fashion Week - Student Night

Are you interested in modeling your 2021 garment in 4-H student night at Omaha Fashion Week on February 23, 2022? Deadline to apply is January 3, 2022. See more details on how to apply here: https://go.unl.edu/ofw2022