The 4-H Update

Sept 2, 2022

2022 Nebraska State Fair

Our office will be closed September 5, 2022 for Labor Day. The State Fair runs through September 5.

Congratulations to all our youth who have participated in this year's fair. Pictured are our Fashion Show representatives, and Swine Showman Cody Prososki.


Download the Nebraska Extension State Fair mobile app ( for the earliest possible access to 4-H show programs, contest schedules, results, and more!

Don't want the app, you can still get details, including parking, hours and schedules at

See more pictures from State Fair on our Facebook here.

State Fair Exhibit Pick UP

After State Fair, entries may be picked up at the Extension office.

Wednesday, September 7 to Friday, September 9 from 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Please pick up items NO LATER than Sept. 9 as we do not have room to store them.

Pictured is Ally Dworak with her art that was selected for State Fair. Great Job!

County Fair Wrap Up

Publicity Forms

Submit your 4-Her's prize winning project and picture at

This site is for plaque winners, items selected for state fair, judges special recognition, etc.

For questions, please contact Rachel at

New to 4-H? Learn about 4-H Council

The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Council is comprised of adult and youth volunteers who are responsible for creating opportunities for youth by supporting the 4-H Program through fund raising and providing a number of camp and college scholarships, recognizing 4-H achievements and advocating for and promoting the 4-H program. Brett Kreifels is the staff liaison to the 4-H Council.

For more info. about the 4-H club program, contact Katherine at

Diamond Clover

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program is designed to reach and recognize all youth engaged in 4-H. See the flier here.

Learn more and get your application at

Due to Katherine ( by September 30, 2022.

Feature of the Week

Project Idea - Disaster Preparedness Kit

September is National Preparedness Month!

Use this month to prepare and build a "Disaster Preparedness Kit." After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Once you put together the basic items of an emergency kit, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors. Put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

See this area of the fairbook at

4-Her of the Week - Marissa Rolle

Congrats to Marissa Rolle for her great year. At the 2022 fair she won:
  • Champion Senior Horse Showmanship
  • Champion Senior Dog Showmanship
  • Champion Senior Poultry Showmanship
  • Champion Best Dressed Sheep
  • Champion Senior Sheep Lead
  • Reserve Champion Senior Sheep Showmanship
  • Reserve Champion Dog Trick Class
  • Reserve Champion Senior Western Pleasure
  • Reserve Champion Senior Goat Showmanship
  • Reserve Champion Wool Breed Ewe

Club Highlight - Explorers 4H

Explorers 4H keeps going and growing by engaging youth across Douglas and Sarpy county while helping school districts in STEM. STEM stands for Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

What has your club been up to? Email pictures and information to Rachel at

School Enrichment - Civic Engagement: Games for Change

6th - 8th Grades

Civic Engagement: Games for Change is an experiential learning experience to teach students about the three branches of government and their roles and functions, as well as the fourth branch, which is about the rights and responsibilities of individuals. The enrichment consists of four sessions. Each session includes the main content, an interactive online game called iCivics (e.g., Executive Command, Branches of Power, County Work) to reinforce the lesson, and a class discussion to reflect on what was learned. Students will also participate in an impact point challenge through which they can donate their game points to actual community organizations.

  • Class Type: In person (virtual optional)
  • Fee: FREE (Funded by a grant from USDA/CYFAR)
  • Classroom Requirements: Laptops or iPads 6th - 8th Grades
  • Software: iCivics (play online or free download:
  • Teaching Time: 4 sessions, 45 minutes each

Learn more or sign up at

Upcoming Events

4-H Fire Safety Event

When: October 14, 9 am to noon

Where: 8015 West Center Road, Omaha


Open to all youth!

Questions can be directed to Katherine

End of Year Banquet

When: October 18

Where: Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Join us for our annual event!

A light meal will be served. Special awards will be given and premium checks can be picked up.

Watch future newsletters for more information.

Pictured is our Best Dressed Chicken and her owner Violet Nuss.

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program.

Clover Kid Dates: Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

Time: 6-7 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties; 8015 West Center Road, Omaha.

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

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Statewide Opportunities

4-H State Rodeo

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

Lancaster Event Center- Lincoln, NE


Deadline for Entries, Horse ID forms, & Advancement Levels = SEPTEMBER 16TH

Entries are done online

Horse ID forms should be handed into county offices by September 16th.

Advancement levels will be checked after registration, as we will send out a verification doc. for county offices to confirm!

Youth must submit a 4-H Horse ID Form(s) and must have passed the corresponding Advancement Level in order to compete by the deadline SEPTEMBER 16TH

For more Information:

2023 4-H Dates

Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023