Thurston County 4-H News

August/September 2019

Upcoming Dates

Aug 19 - State Fair Exhibits Due @ Extension Office (Noon)

Aug 20 - State Fair Horticulture Exhibits Due @ Extension Office (Noon)


Sept 2 - Office Closed - Labor Day

Sept 4 - State Fair Exhibits ready for pick up

Sept 9 - Joint 4-H Council @ Dakota City (7 pm)

Sept 10-12 - Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island

Sept 19 - 4-H Achievement Applications (previously Career Portfolios) DUE @ Extension Office

Sept 26-29 - Aksarben, Grand Island

October 6-12 - National 4-H Week

Oct 6 - Achievement Banquet

Oct 7 - Thurston 4-H Council

Oct 9 - National Youth Science Day

Oct 14 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

Thanks for a Great Fair!

Congratulations to all of the 4-H'ers and families for an excellent job with the fair! The Extension Office staff would like to thank you for an excellent fair experience. Keep up the good work.

Our 4-H program and county fair would not be successful without the many volunteers, sponsors, and donations. Please remember to personally thank someone that helped this year. Our volunteers are a vital part of the 4-H program, and many of the vents at fair and throughout the year would not be possible without their dedication.

If you received a trophy or bonus auction premium, get those thank you notes sent! A few brief sentences about your experience are all it take sot show your appreciation. We want to continue the positive support from all of our donors. So make sure to say Thanks!

Particularly this year I want to say a sincere thanks to everyone for supporting me through the week! I wouldn't have been able to manage without you all! Thank you again!

Need to Know

Office Assistant Position

Our part-time Office Assistant position is open at the office, which may mean that there isn't always someone in the office as Jennifer & Stacey are often out programming. But please call, email, or text us if you need something urgently and to check if someone will be in the office.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this position, please send them our way.

"The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for part time (15 hrs/week) position as an office assistant. This position requires a person who is a self-starter, highly self-motivated and flexible. Qualifications are: customer service skills; a working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Internet, and financial management; organizational and communication skills and a valid Nebraska driver’s license. Must pass a criminal background check and the 4-H volunteer screening. Additional information about this position can be found online at at or at the Extension Office. Cover letter, resume and references may be sent to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County, 415 Main Street, PO Box 665, Pender, NE 68047. For more information please contact Nebraska Extension Educator Jennifer Hansen at 402-385-6041. Thurston County is an Equal Opportunity Employer."

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that I will be out of the office are:

  • Aug 21
  • Sept 3 AM
  • Sept 11 PM
  • Sept 12 PM
  • Sept 17 AM
  • Sept 18 PM
  • Sept 19
  • Sept 24
  • Sept 25

Flood Resources

For those of you effect by the resent flooding, UNL & Nebraska Extension have a variety of resources available at If you need assistance with an individual question or situation please reach out to our office for help. We are here to support you during this time.

4-H Foundation Announces Flood Relief Fund to Support Nebraska Families

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website:

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at

Member Info

Achievement Application (previously Career Portfolios)

Information will be in your mail boxes soon but things are changing this year for year end reporting and achievement.

Achievement Applications - DUE SEPTEMBER 19TH
All resources can be found online!…/th…/4-h-achievement-application/

NEW FOR 2019!! We will NO LONGER be using Career Portfolios as a form of year end records and judging for your 4-H experience. The state level changed to the Achievement Application last year and your 4-H Council has voted to follow along with this format for the county level.

There are two different forms, one for Juniors (8-14) and Seniors (15+). They are somewhat similar to the 4-H Story or a resume. But we encourage you to be creative and use your strengths to capture your 4-H experience. If possible we would love these to be done digitally. So simply fill out the forms and email them back to me at Because this can be done digitally there is no need for a special binder or tabs.

To continue with our county awards we are also give you a one page limit to describe why you should get the county awards you are applying for this year. You will be allowed to pick 3 County Awards & 2 Addition Awards to apply for. You will only be allowed to win the county award once per age division.

Clover Kids are not required to do an Achievement Application but we have a similar version that they are more than welcome to fill out for the experience.

Please check with your 4-H Club leaders to see what your policy is for completing the Achievement Application and receiving your premium money from fair.

For more information go to or contact Stacey at the office.

Achievement Night

It's hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, which means we need to prepare for Achievement Night. The banquet will be held Sunday, October 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pender Fire Hall. Watch future newsletters and social media for updated information. Join 4-H families for an evening of fellowship, food, recognition, and FUN!

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

N|150 Celebration - Flat Herbie Tour the Town

Flat Herbie is here to celebrate this milestone. Cut out Herbie and make him part of your community by taking him on a tour of your town. Snap a picture of him at local events, favorite landmarks, or 4-H activities. Upload the pictures to your social media channels with #N150Herbie or email us at We encourage everyone (students, faculty, staff, 4-H families, and alumni) to get in on the fun with Flat Herbie throughout 2019!

The first 12 individuals to participate and tag #thurston4h will receive a N|150 Lighted Bouncy Ball.

4-H Special Edition

Norfolk Daily News has produced a newspaper insert to be published during National 4-H week in October promoting 4-H. This will be the 44th edition. 4-H members and 4-H Alumni are invited to submit articles for the 2019 Edition. This year’s theme is “4-H Strong”.

The first deadline is August 14 to have their articles into the Norfolk Daily News.

Are you are a 4-H Alumni? Maybe this is the year you share one of your favorite memories of being in 4-H and how it made you strong or stronger! Or perhaps you have a volunteer who has not written for the 4-H Special Edition in the last 7 years who might want to write an article. 4-H members will be given priority to have their articles included in the 4-H Special Edition, however last year there was extra space for staff, alumni, leaders and parents to write articles. Consider having a youth write about a new project or a new event your 4-H program implemented in 2019.

County Fair

Fair Results Posted!

Check out the results of how everyone did at fair! Please let me know if there need to be any corrections made! Thanks!

Animal Science

Upcoming Livestock Shows

State Fair Livestock Health Requirements


Due to several Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) outbreaks in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska all susceptible livestock (beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, llamas, and alpacas) including horses coming to the Nebraska State Fair from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska need a 48 hour Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) to enter the fairgrounds. That CVI must also contain the federal VS statement: "The animals represented on the CVI have not originated from premises or area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last (30) days. I have examined the animals and found no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis." Animals will be observed once on the grounds. All horses will be examined daily by a veterinarian!

So all 4-H and FFA animals will need to have a 48 hour CVI completed in 2019.

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