Jefferson County 4-H

August 2020

4-H Highlights!

Thank you to all 4-H Families & Helpers!!!

Thank you to everyone that helped in any way with the 2020 Jefferson County Fair! It was a different format than what we usually do, but we were so impressed by the hard work of all the 4-H and FFA exhibitors! We would also like to thank all of the families and individuals that made the fair possible this year! It wouldn’t be possible without your hard work! Thank you again from all of us to all of you that support the 4-H program and helped showcase our youth and their accomplishments!

Extension Office is Open

Our office is open to the public! We still ask you to practice social distancing, by staying behind the counter and mask are encouraged, but not mandatory. If you need help with state fair entries or have thank you notes to turn in, please stop by.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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Contact the Jefferson County Extension Office for more information!

Nebraska 4-H Virtual Project Showcase

Submit your favorite 4-H project by August 10 to be featured at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair! This year has been unique, but we know you’ve been working hard on your 4-H projects. We are so proud, and we want to honor the hard work you’ve put into your projects despite the challenging circumstances. To submit a project or to learn more: Visit

4-H Static Exhibit Registration Information

4-H static entries will be entered by the local Extension Office staff. Exhibits for State Fair will need to be in the office by noon on Monday, August 24, 2020. You will receive a letter in the mail with more detailed instructions for each department. Please look over the list of exhibits and make sure that it matches with your results from county fair. If the results don't match, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary changes. Any changes must be made August 17th in order for that exhibit to be taken to the State Fair.

2020 Jefferson County Fair Event Videos

Check out our Youtube videos on our channel showcasing the events of the Jefferson County Fair! Playlists include all the videos for a particular show or event. Check out the videos from the fair!
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Join us on Monday at 2:00 PM CT for our final Boredom Buster Challenge of the summer. Click here to register!
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Living Room Learning offers hands-on virtually guided activities for youth. Each session focuses on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Last session on Thursday at 10:30 AM CT. Click here to register!

CWF Meeting Information

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Kick-off meeting to our 2021 Citizenship Washington Focus Trip. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the Zoom recording, or view the slides.

As outlined during the meeting, we are implementing a “payment plan”. This is a suggested amount to have in your account in the upcoming months. The first date for the payment plan is June 30, we suggest an amount of $300 in your CWF account with the Extension Office. The next date, and perhaps the most important for us in the office, is September 30 – we suggest an amount of $1300 in your account by this date. This date is important because it is the last date for you to commit to the CWF trip.

If you are an adult that is interested in attending and sponsoring the CWF Trip in 2021, please fill out the Sponsorship Application. The application will close on September 1, and we will announce adult sponsors on September 30, 2020. The cost for adult sponsors is 75% of the cost for youth. Based upon the $3300 estimated youth cost, we estimate the adult cost being approximately $2500. Adult sponsors are required to enroll as a volunteer on 4HOnline, pass all required screenings, and complete a virtual training.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new changes to the CWF trip program requirements, the payment plan, or fundraising opportunities. As always, we are open to suggestions, especially regarding fundraising!

Animal Information

2020 State Fair Entries Due August 10!!!

FFA and 4-H are sharing an online entry system and are allowing exhibitors/parents to make the entries for the State Fair again this year. The link to create your entries is:

4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all livestock entries online this year. 4-H Families are also responsible for entering in all contests and in-person events. The following entries need to be made by August 10th as these events will be held in-person and judged at the Nebraska State Fair:

  • 4-H and FFA Livestock entries
  • 4-H Fashion Show entries
  • 4-H Presentation Contest entries
  • 4-H Culinary Challenge entries

All entries must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm Central Time on August 10, 2020. A credit or debit card is required to submit entries. If you would like help with your entries, please come to the Extension Office and we are happy to help you complete them! Make sure to ask questions if you aren’t sure about something.

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

Don’t forget! Entries for the Nebraska 4-H Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest are due by 5:00 PM CT on Monday, August 10th. For more information or to submit an entry, visit

Online Livestock Judging Video Series

This new video series will provide students the chance to evaluate the class, listen to a critique of the class, and hopefully gain some knowledge regarding terminology for their reasons moving forward.

Each week we will add 1 to 3 classes to the series that way students will enjoy plenty of content. Youth can access these videos at or Once you get to the website, simply scroll down and you should see the link for the online video series which is located on YouTube.

For more information, or contact Blaine French, Livestock Judging Coach, at 402-472-8834 or

4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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Special Opportunties

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


10 - State Fair Livestock and in-person contest entries due by 8 pm

24 - State Fair static exhibits due in Extension Office

28 - 30 - Nebraska State Fair, 4-H Events & Livestock Show


4 - 6 - Nebraska State Fair, FFA Events & Livestock Show

10 - State Fair static exhibits available to pick up at Extension Office


1 - Achievement Award Applications Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

1 - 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications Due

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