SP 4-H - County Fair 2020 Update

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - June 11, 2020

County Fair 2020 is NOT cancelled. Details for in-person 4-H and FFA contests will follow local Direct Health Measures and will be finalized by the Nuckolls and Thayer 4-H Councils at their June meetings (See dates of meetings at end of newsletter).

Important COVID-19 updates:

June 15 – 4-H Club meetings may resume (see 4-H Club best practices, COVID 4-H Meeting Guidelines - May 28, 2020)

June 15 – Extension in-person programming may resume following District Health Department or statewide Directed Health Measures

July 1 – 4-H events at County Fairs may resume in accordance with Nebraska Department of Agriculture guidance Nebraska Department of Ag - Livestock Shows



Nuckolls & Thayer Counties - June 15, 2020 - paper (due in County Offices)
State Fair Nomination - July 1, 2020 - online - https://showstockmgr.com/ Exhibitors will be required to submit their DNA envelopes to their county Extension office and have completed their online nomination and payment by 11:59 PM CST on July 1, 2020.

This includes ALL livestock, Horse, Beef, Goat, Swine, Sheep, Rabbits, and Companion Animal (shot records) Find those forms here!

Nuckolls County - June 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm VIA PAPER
Thayer County - July 19, 2020 @ 11:59 pm VIA ONLINE SITE OPENS JUNE 15, 2020

On Line Registration Site: http://thayer.fairwire.com

Instructions: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/southernplains/OnlineEntryThayerCoInstructions.pdf

Organizing template:


Quick reminder: Livestock ID sheets look like the photo below. Pre-entry forms are green paper in Nuckolls County and online in Thayer county.

Big picture


Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance certification through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

Southern Plains Extension is holding TWO in person YQCA sessions in Nelson at the Fairgrounds on Wed. June 17 at 10:00 am and 5:30 p.m. Both Nuckolls and Thayer county exhibitors are invited to attend either of these trainings.

If you have completed the training online, the office does not have access to certificates or the online lists, and you MUST email a copy of your certificate to the office.

YQCA must be completed (either in person or online) and certificates must be submitted to your local office by midnight on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Are you a visual person? Would you like to see screenshots that show how to sign up for YQCA? Here's some links:

How to Print Completed Certificate:


In-person sessions:


Online sessions:


If you have any questions, please let Kylie know - kylie.kinley@unl.edu.

COVID-19 Disruptions UPDATE - State Horse Show 2020

Hello all -

We have been working diligently on plans for the 2020 State Horse Show. As you all know, safety of youth and their families is our highest priority. We are prepared and were hopeful that we could offer an in-person opportunity. Continued uncertainty about COVID-19 in Grand Island and whether or not we would get approval from the Health Department coupled with concerns from volunteers and staff and the ability to offer a high quality experience for youth, we have chosen to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person show for 2020. We appreciate the work of the Horse Advisory Committee, representatives from Fonner Park, and the City of Grand Island for all of their support in this difficult decision.

We have been closely watching other states who are offering virtual animal events. We will offer a Fun Virtual State Horse Show for 2020 so every 4-Her has the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and effort they have put into their horse project. We understand all of your disappointment with this decision and hope this will be a new way to introduce youth to a trend that is increasing in popularity across the industry. More information is available at: https://4h.unl.edu/state-horse-expo

Thanks for all of your ideas and help. We are looking forward to a great event with a new look!

Lena Luck

Asst Professor/Youth Horse Specialist

On-Line Entry for Workshops in Thayer County

Don't forget to enter your workshop items if your exhibitor participated in any of the Thayer Co. workshops last Winter or this Spring. Here is a handy list of possible entries for reference. (The first number in each line is the page # in the fair book where item is found.)

66 -Pottery Workshop with Lucky, Design Decisions, Dept C, Division 257, Item 18

45 -Beginning Sewing Workshop with Kaye, Steam 1, Dept C, Division 210-06, Pincushion

45 -Steam 1, Dept C, Division 210-16, Needlebook

45 -Steam 1, Dept C, Division 210-07, Pillowcase

45 -Steam 1, Dept C, Division 210-08, 4 Patch Pillow

92 -Emergency Preparedness with Colt, Safety, Dept E, Division 440-01, First Aid Kit

92 -Safety, Dept E, Division 440-02, Disaster Kit

164 -Robotics Workshop, Robotics, Dept H, Division 861-06, Build a Kit Robot/Notebook

145 -Herb Gardening, Fresh Herbs, Dept G, Division 773-260, Basil (5 stems)

145 -Fresh Herbs, Dept G, Division 773-264, Oregano (5 stems)

145 -Fresh Herbs, Dept G, Division 773-266, Sage (5 stems)

145 -Fresh Herbs, Dept G, Division 773-267, Thyme (5 stems)

145 -Fresh Herbs, Dept G, Division 773-265, Parsley (5 stems)

145 -Herb Garden Display, Dept G, Division 773-269 (Display of 5 different herbs)

147 -World of Veg Notebook, Dept G, Division773-294 (herb notebook with recipe)

90 -Food Preservation, Dept E, Division 407-06, Dried Herbs (3 samples)

90 -Food Preservation, Dept E, Division 407-07, Item Made with Dried Herbs

66 -Design Decisions, Dept C, Division 257-19, Herb Dryer, Recycled Accessory

66 -Design Decisions, Dept C, Division 257- ???, Garden Markers

148 -Special Garden Seeds Project, Dept G, Division 775-01 Educational Exhibit (Bachelor Buttons)

148 -Special Garden Seeds Project, Dept G, Division 775-02 Fresh Cut Flowers (Bachelor Buttons)

30 & 67 -Brown Bag Straw Weaving, Dept F, Division 500-01 or Dept C, Division 260-07


Looking for summer learning opportunities you can do from home? We’ve got you covered! Nebraska 4-H is excited to share our upcoming summer virtual learning opportunities with you. All experiences provide hands-on, virtually guided activities! We’re kicking off our summer sessions on Monday, June 1, with a new Boredom Buster Challenge and our first Virtual 4-H Camp. Family Fun Night and Living Room Learning are also starting next week! Plus, Virtual Field Trips and the 4-H Clover Fun Pack provide additional ways for youth to learn from home.

Be sure to visit our virtual and at-home learning page (https://4h.unl.edu/virtual-home-learning) for more opportunities and resources this summer! Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate or to utilize these resources. We look forward to learning virtually with you this summer!


Virtual Livestock Judging Camp

NCTA and UNL are hosting a Virtual Judging Camp on June 16th-18th from 10 am-12 pm each day with focuses on a different species each day. There is a $50 registration fee, but multiple can view for this fee. This will be good for the beginners as well as the advanced evaluators. You are welcome to join as well! The following link is available for registration( a tentative agenda is included):

NCTA/ UNL Virtual Judging Camp Registration

Please share with your students and anyone who may be interested.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Blaine French (blaine.french@unl.edu) or Dr. Doug Smith (doug.smith@unl.edu) and we will be glad to answer them!

We are looking forward to hosting your students!

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Volunteer Paperwork and Background Check UPDATE

Thank you to the volunteers who have completed their 4-H online enrollment and DHHS background check. All direct volunteers for Nebraska 4-H need to enroll in 4-H online as a volunteer AND complete a DHHS background check.

May 1

14 out of 48 are 100% compliant for Nuckolls County

15 out of 64 are 100% compliant for Thayer County

June 1

19 out of 48 are 100% compliant for Nuckolls County

18 out of 64 are 100% compliant for Thayer County

Kylie sent out letters to volunteers who are not compliant in early April. If you are unsure if you are compliant or if you can't find your letter, please email kylie.kinley@unl.edu.