Sheridan County Newsletter

January 2020

Calendar of Events

Jan 5 - G/R After-school Sew Fun from 1-4 pm

Jan 8 - Clover Bud Kit Activity on Zoom at 10 am

Jan 8 - HS After-school Sew Fun from 1-4 pm

Jan 11 - Gordon Clover Buds at Gordon Elementary at 3:30 pm

Jan 12 - Rushville Clover Buds at Rushville Elementary at 3:30 pm

Jan 18 - Gordon After-school (3-5) at 3:30 pm

Jan 18 - 4-H Council Meeting at Extension Office at 6:30 pm

Jan 20 - G/R After-school Quilting from 1-4 pm

Jan 20 - Adult Sew Fun Clinic at 6 pm

Jan 22 - HS After-school Quilting from 1-4 pm

Jan 24 - Market Beef Weigh-In at SLAC from 1-3 pm

Suggestion Box

Forms are available at the office to offer your suggestions to make our 4-H program/fair stronger. They are located on the drop box outside. Also, you can submit your suggestions online at

4-H Enrollment is Open

4-H enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year is now open. Youth can enroll by visiting Members need to enroll prior to participating in Shooting Sports practices. There is a $5 membership fee that can be paid online or at the Extension Office. If you will not be in Rushville, feel free to mail the payment to the 4-H Council at PO Box 23 Rushville, NE 69360.

Market Beef Weigh-in

If your youth is interested in participating in the Market Beef project at the 2021 Fair, they need to participate in a weigh-in. At the weigh-ins, youth will receive a 4-H ear tag along with being weighed. If they attend the Sheridan County weigh-in, the youth will be entered in the Sheridan County Fair Rate of Gain Contest. If the Market Beef animal is a steer, they must weigh 1000 pounds at the weigh-in in July and heifers must weigh 900 pounds. The Sheridan County weigh-in will be held on January 24th from 1 to 3 pm at Sheridan Livestock Auction. If the 4-H member is not able to attend this weigh-in, they can attend the weigh-ins at Box Butte County or Dawes County. However, they will not be eligible for the Sheridan County Rate of Gain Contest. The Box Butte County weigh-in will be held on January 31st at the fairgrounds in Hemingford from 11 to 2 pm and the Dawes County weigh-in is scheduled for February 13th at Crawford Livestock Auction from 9 to noon. If you are planning on attending another county’s weigh-in, please contact the Sheridan County office to ensure you have the required paperwork and ear tags.

Helping Youth Cope with Holiday Stresses

2020 is delivering more challenges than many of us have experienced before. The holiday season is quickly approaching and potentially could be more stressful than previous years given all of the events of the past year. As individuals and families plan holiday gatherings during a global pandemic, many will be modifying holiday traditions based on ensuring the safety and well-being of families and others. Breaking from rituals can be challenging and upsetting, however, with some planning and creative thinking these changes might help your family develop new traditions.

Children and youth often anxiously await the holidays which often mean a time to gather with family, share gifts, and participate in traditions such as baking favorite holiday foods, decorating one’s home, or attending religious celebrations. Changes to holiday traditions and routines might add to youth’s feelings of anxiety, sadness, or depression. Research shows that the social, emotional, and mental health of our youth have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and potential changes to a typical holiday routine can compound the feelings and emotions youth are experiencing. For more information visit:

Holiday Winter Camp

Let’s get bundled up for some frozen camp fun! Join us at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE on January 16-18 for winter camp! Experience camp the way few have seen it before! We will do a bunch of winter-themed activities like sledding, building snow people and winter crafting! In the evening, we will warm up next to the fireplace for hot chocolate and s’mores! Bonus, if the weather is nice enough, we might even do archery and the zip line! We can’t wait to see you there! This camp is for youth ages 6-14. The fee for this camp is $150. To register visit:

*Masks are mandatory inside when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained.

Animal Science: Inspiring Your Future Scholarship Contest

This is the inaugural year for the Animal Science: Inspiring Your Future Scholarship Contest and we will be awarding ten $5000 scholarships. We want students to tell us their digital story about an individual or animal who has inspired them to pursue an education and career in animal science. This can be done via video, essay, pictures, a combination of those things, or really any medium that allows them to comfortably express themselves. The website link is below that lists out the contest details and link to apply and submit their digital story. All entries must be submitted by Noon on February 15th! For more information visit:

Clover Buds

The Gordon Clover Bud workshop will be held on January 11th for K-2, and After-school on January 18th for 3rd-5th graders, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Gordon After School program.

The Rushville Clover Bud workshop will be held on January 12th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm as a part of the Rushville After School program. Currently this program is planned for in person but will change depending on the COVID dial.

The Hay Springs Clover Bud Kit workshop will be held on January 8th from 10:00-11:00 am, via zoom.

Please register for any of these meetings by calling the office at 308-327-2312.

Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

State Level Achievement Application

Don’t forget! State-level 4-H Achievement Applications are due January 15th! The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application is a standard application form used for the selection of county and state award winners, including delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients. Learn more at

Cookie Science

In this activity, you’ll bake a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies with a recipe from Annie Fox of Tarpon Springs’ Brooker Creek Explorers 4-H Club. Plus, you’ll discover how even the smallest changes to ingredients can make a major difference when it comes to baking. For instructions for this baking experiment visit:

Self Paced Biomedical Engineering Camp

Do you enjoy learning STEM and have an interest in learning about real-world medical problems? In this engaging hands-on program, youth will use the engineering design process to work through Biomedical Engineering challenges while safely at home. Youth will get to participate in activities like:

· Nanotechnology in the Body,

· Laparoscopic Surgery,

· Biomedicine in Space, and

· Prosthetics and Pills.

Youth will also get to experience a Biomedical Career Day video where they will listen and work with staff from UNMC. Youth won't want to miss it!

This virtual self-paced camp is offered in partnership with Imagine Science! Imagine Science is an unprecedented partnership between four leading national youth organizations to bridge the STEM gap by igniting the imagination of historically underrepresented youth. These self-paced activity is directed for youth in grades 4th through 8th. To access the videos and hands-on activities visit

Winter Adventure Lock-in

Let’s let the parents spend Valentine’s Day weekend by themselves while we experience all that 4-H Camp and Raising Nebraska have to offer! We'll expand our horizons with a new recipe and a fun project! We won’t forget to practice our camp skills. Join us to enjoy a movie night in the grain bin theater! We’ll spread our sleeping bags out under the giant pivot and watch the lights sparkle. You won’t want to miss it! This camp is for youth ages 6-14 and will be held at the Raising Nebraska State Fair Building. For more information and to register visit

*Masks are mandatory inside when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained.

Winter Fun Pack

Looking for ways to keep the young people in your life engaged this winter? Check out the Winter 4-H Fun Pack - a collection of activities that youth can do on their own at home! Each recorded session of Living Room Learning is led by a Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professional. Utilizing supplies from around your home. Getting started is simple: gather supplies, click the recording and let us do the rest. For access to these videos visit:

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Livestock Judging Contest

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Livestock Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, February 13th in Kearney, Nebraska. Participants will compete in one of three age divisions, Senior (16-18), Intermediate (12-15), and Junior (8-11). Youth will judge a total of 12 classes. Youth will be required to wear official dress. Entry forms are due on February 5th. For more information visit:

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.

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

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