Saunders County 4-H

February 3, 2017

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Speech/Presentation Workshop - Rescheduled to March 5th!

  • Since I did not receive enough RSVP’s the workshop that was scheduled for Sunday, I am rescheduling it for Sunday, March 5th! Hopefully, this date will work better for everyone’s schedule!
  • Where: ARDC
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • What: Come learn about the Speech/Presentation Contest – and have fun while practicing! We will be practicing how to be more comfortable in front of people with tips, tricks, and maybe some games!
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 1st. If I do not have at least 10 youth signed up, I will cancel the workshop.


If you missed the first Livestock Judging practice, but are still interested in participating and attending future practices, please contact Dan Wolfe! He will try to set up a time for a practice that works for most people! Dan Wolfe: 308-440-9797

Beef Fitting Clinic

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Livestock Nutrition Workshop

  • When: Sunday, February 26
  • Where: ARDC
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00
  • Who: Youth aged 8 - 18
  • What: A former Extension Beef Educator will be offering a program based on Beef Nutrition!

Shooting Sports Training for BB Gun and Air Rifle

Where: Wahoo Fairgrounds

When: Mondays in February (Feb 6, 13, 20, 27)

Time: 6:00 pm

It is recommended that youth make it to all 4 Shooting Sports Trainings; however, you must make it to at least 3 of the 4 trainings to be eligible to compete and participate in the Shooting Sports Contest at the Saunders County Fair. The child must be turning 9 in 2017 to participate.

4-H Enrollment - DEADLINE = APril 1st!!

  • 4-H Enrollment for 2017 is open! It can be done via computer at There are information guides for enrolling new members, as well as re-enrolling and can be found on our website:
    • There is a $10 per 4-H member fee for those 8 (prior to January 1) and older. Clover Kids have a $5 enrollment fee (that are 5, 6, 7 prior to January 1). All enrollment fees will need to be paid online in the 4-H Online system.
    • However, since the program cannot specify different enrollment fees for different aged youth, you will be charged $10 regardless of age. If your Clover Kid attends one of the Clover Crew sessions or the Clover Kid Day Camp, we will adjust the payment. For example, you would not have to pay for one of the Clover Kid sessions or the Day Camp would be $5 cheaper.
    • If we do not receive your forms and fees, you will not be enrolled in 4-H for 2017 and will not be able to participate in the Saunders County Fair.

Volunteer Re-Screening

As many of you know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteer applicants are screened in order to:

  • assure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program.
  • provide protection for the child, the volunteer, the educator, the 4-H Council, the Extension Board, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Screening Rotation
Initial screening of volunteers and staff will occur when they sign up to volunteer or are employed as an Extension professional. Screening for all volunteers will be done every four years by district, regardless of when the original screening was completed.

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

In order to be approved as a 4-H Volunteer, you must be re-screened!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Fremont 4-H Expo News

*Dates are DIFFERENT than what was printed in your pocket calendar!!*

It is a season of change…..As winter becomes spring we start gearing up for our 4-H Year and the Fremont 4-H Fair is also making some changes for 2017! One of the biggest changes is the NAME. The Fremont 4-H Fair will now be known as the Fremont 4-H Expo. You may have not known it but that is how it all started 87 years ago. This event has changed over the years and the board felt that it was better represented as an Expo. 4-H members and FFA members across the nine counties will continue to exhibit their projects and participate in several livestock shows. You can see the full schedule at:

Speaking of schedule, there are changes there as well. The Fremont 4-H Expo encourages you to check the schedule for major livestock show changes in 2017. Highlights include:

Wednesday – July 12

  • Horse Show
  • Static Exhibit Check-in
Thursday – July 13
  • Dairy Cattle Show
  • Sheep Show
  • Dog Show
  • Bucket Calf Show
  • Meat Goat Show
Friday – July 14
  • Beef Show
  • Community Luncheon
  • Shooting Sports Contest
Saturday – July 15
  • Swine Show / 8:00 am
  • Rabbit Show
  • Poultry Show
  • ID Contests

Due to these schedule changes there will no longer be a tractor driving or ATV contest in 2017. Please go to to view the schedule and Fremont 4-H Expo Guide for more details on check-in times and events during the week of July 12-15, 2017.


  • When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • Where: UNL East Campus
  • Who: Youth 10 - 18
  • What: The Companion Animal Challenge offers a variety of 4-H companion animal contests that do not require live animals, including a Demonstration Contest, Dog Quiz Bowl, Skillathon Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as individuals and as part of a team. Speech contests can be done from a distance through adobe connect.
  • Registration Fee: $5.00
  • Entries DUE March 10th
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Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program commences at 8 a.m. For more information on 4-H Horse Stampede, contact Luck at 402-472-9098 or

Contest rules and entry forms are available. Entries are due March 10 to the county office.

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Youth Livestock Projects and VFD

Please take a look at the Veterinary Feed Directive for the newest information!


We invite you and your horse to join us for our first annual Come Ride With Me clinic featuring Casie Maxwell, Former coach of the Kansas State University, NCEA Equestrian Team (see below). This is a 2-part clinic on Horsemanship, with the morning session focusing on Body Work 9-12:00. After lunch, we will finish the day with pattern work from 1:00-3:30pm. Yes, you get to bring your own horse to learn on! The costs are $50 per session or $90 for both. There will be stalls available for rent at a rate of $20 per night. Space is limited to eight riders per session and is open to youth and adults. You must pay in full to reserve your spot! If you do not have a horse or cannot bring your own, you may come audit the clinic for $10 a person. Please bring your own food and drinks, as there are no concessions available on site.

Casie Maxwell served as Head Coach for the K-State Equestrian Team from 2009-2016 when the program was discontinued by the Athletic Department. The 2016 Big 12 Coach of the year and 2015 Co-Big Coach of the Year, Maxwell guided the program to a national runner-up finish at the 2010, 2011, and 2013 National Championship. Maxwell also served as President of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) from 2011-2013. During her time coaching the Equestrian Team, Maxwell led her athletes to numerous accolades both in and out of the arena. Prior to coaching, Maxwell served as a student coach at the Texas A&M University, where she assisted with Aggies squad that placed third nationally in Western at both the Varsity Equestrian and IHSA National Championships. As a four-year member of the Aggie Equestrian Team, she was the Reserve High Point Regional Rider of the year in 2005 and also have two top-four finished at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships as a senior.

Paws-On Dog Workshop

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16th Annual Burt County Beef Preview

The 16th Annual Burt County Beef Preview will be held on Saturday, April 1 (no fooling!), at the Burt County Fairgrounds in Oakland. This is a Junior Nebraska Cattlemen (JNC) sanctioned show. The entry form and a flyer for the show can be found on the Burt County 4-H News website.


Join us for our Horse Judging School at the UNL Animal science complex from 9:30am-3:30pm. This school is for horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth! We will have classroom demonstrations as well as live classes to judge. The main classes we will go over are horsemanship, reining trail, ranch riding, and how to conduct oral reasons the colligate way.

Saunders County Fair Dates

July 23-30, 2017

July 22-29. 2018

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.