The 4-H Update

May 5, 2023

Design Our 4-H Shirt!

Douglas-Sarpy 4-H youth are invited to create the design for this year's 4-H t-shirt. Submissions need to be hand drawn or painted and turned into Brett by May 12, 2023. They can be emailed to or sent to the office (Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Attn: Brett, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha NE 68124).

Voting for the winners will be done with a google form, watch the newsletter for link.

For more information, contact Brett, Urban Program Coordinator at

This Week's Deadlines and Events

Today is the Deadline for the 4-H Horsemanship Clinic

Come learn with Carla Wenburg – an experienced horseman, clinician, and judge. These clinics will give youth an opportunity to work on horsemanship and training maneuvers – great practice for the State 4-H Horse Show! Registration fees must be sent by Friday, May 5. Register now at

Paddock Posse - May 5

Please join Douglas-Sarpy's Horseless Horse Club!

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

When: May 5 (usually the first Friday of every Month) at 5 pm

Who: Youth ages 8-18

Let's learn more about the Horse Industry and Horse Related Topics!

You need to rsvp with Alaina at

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting - May 10

Interested in starting a 4-H club? Attend a FREE Zoom meeting to learn how you can start a club in your community. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to get started. Registration is required to get the Zoom link.

Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Order your Market Broiler Chicks by May 22

Sarpy County Fair Market Broiler Project

  • The Sarpy County Fair Broiler Classes will consist of a Pen of 3 Market Broilers.
  • A Pen of 3 Broilers will consist of 3 Male or 3 Females
  • All 4-Hers must sign up for the Broiler Project and receive their chicks at the same time.
    • Broilers may be picked up on the week of June 12th (Exact Date is TBD) from 10am-5 pm from the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office at 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha
  • Only those youth who have signed up for the broiler project and receive their broilers through the program are eligible to compete.
  • Families may share an order of chicks but the same family members may not show the same birds.
  • Broilers will be judged on marketability, degree of muscling and uniformity.
  • A Champion and Reserve Pen of 3 Broilers will be awarded
  • Champion and Reserve Pens and Purple Ribboned Pens are eligible for the Sarpy County Fair Premium Auction on Saturday, August 5th

CLASS 935* Market Broiler Pen of 3

Sign up for the Market Broiler Project and Chick Order Chicks HERE:

Feature of the Week

4-Her - Kate Wagner

This week's 4-Her of the week is Kate Wagner. Kate won the senior division in this year's speech contest at the Communication Contest. She is now eligible to present at the State Premier Communication Contests this summer. Learn more here. See the contest results here.

Do you have a notable 4-H moment? Upload your project pictures to be included in our newsletter at

Livestock Project of the Week - Market Rabbits


CLASS 2 SINGLE MARKET FRYER (3 TO 5 LBS- not over 10 weeks old)

The Champion and Reserve Single Market Fryers are eligible for the Sarpy County Fair Premium Auction

The rabbits need to be around 70 days of age.

For more information, contact Brett at

Static Project of the Week - Make muffins for fair!

Muffins may be plain, sweet, made with cereal, fruit or nuts and differ in appearance, texture, and flavor.

Different muffins have different standards – a bran muffin is of heavier texture than a plain muffin, but will have similar characteristics. Muffins are smaller versions of quick-breads and are easy to make.

There are two types of muffins: bread-like and cake-like, each mixed using a different method and containing different proportions of fat and sugar to flour. Less sugar and fat makes a bread-like muffin with a more coarse interior crumb than a cake-like muffin. The fat used is usually in liquid form, either an oil or melted butter.

Stirring must be kept to a minimum so the gluten is not overdeveloped. The interior crumb has small, and more irregular air holes. A higher sugar and butter content makes a cake-like muffin. The butter (room-temperature) and sugar are creamed together and need more stirring to develop the desired structure. The interior crumb should have smaller air holes and tender, more like a cake.

Learn more on page 21 of the 4-H baking guide at

Muffins are entered into the fair

Healthy Lifestyles - Department E

Division 401: Cooking 101


Any recipe, 4 on a paper plate.

Don't forget to include the recipe!

See this are of the fairbook at

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Join our Poultry Judging Team

The Poultry Judging Contest will be at PASE in June. The Douglas-Sarpy 4-H program is looking for participants for an intermediate (10-14 Year olds) and Senior Team (15-18 year olds). The team will compete at the PASE Contest and judge production poultry, eggs, ready-to-cook poultry and broiler carcasses.

Practices will start in May.

If you are interested, please contact Brett at

4-H Quilt Club - May 16

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Celtic Quilter, 5080 S. 108th Street, Omaha

For more information, contact Club Leader Stephanie at (

*This club usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

New Member Zoom Meeting - May 23, 2023, 6-7 PM

Want to know more about 4-H? Youth and parents are invited to attend this Zoom meeting to learn about Douglas-Sarpy 4-H and the ways you can get involved. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to start your family's 4-H story. The meeting will be held on May 23, 2023, 6-7 PM. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Questions? Email Katherine at

Registration Link:

Summer Events and Deadlines

Computer Coding Workshop - June 23

Many of the devices we use today require code or computing programming. Coding can be made easy and FUN with the help of Ozobots, and your local 4-H staff! Join us for the next 4-H Coding workshop

When: Friday, June 23, 2023

Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

This workshop is ideal for youth K-5th grade. Sign up will be available soon.

Fair Information

Shooting Sports Fair Competition - Sign up by May 15

  • Air Rifle Contest: Friday, June 2, 5:00 PM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • BB Gun Contest: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds
  • Archery Contest: Saturday, June 10, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

Entry forms are due on May 15, 2023. Register for the contest by filling out this Google form: After the contest entry due date, relay times will be assigned and sent via email. The full rules for the contests are available on the fair book.

Enroll in 4-H By June 15

To enroll in 4-H for 2023, click here.

For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Please note the enrollment fee for Douglas-Sarpy counties is $10 per member and is paid online. Enrollments are due June 15, 2023.

Please contact Mary Dierks at with any questions.

New 4-H Volunteers for Douglas-Sarpy 4-H will need to be screened and have a background check done. Volunteers may not work with youth until volunteer enrollment and screening is complete. To begin the screening process visit and enroll via 4-H Online.

New members handouts can be found at

Livestock Booster

Learn how to become a 2023 Livestock Booster here.

Horse and Livestock Information


Get your ID sheets at

Horse is due by June 1st

Livestock, Poultry, Rabbit & Cavy due June 15th.

Sheep & Goat Weigh Day

When: Saturday, May 13th from 9-10 am.

Where: Sarpy Fairgrounds

Only for those 4-Hers wishing to compete in the Sheep and Goat Rate of Gain Competition at the Fair.

For more information, contact Brett at

YQCA Training Dates

YQCA Training Dates:

  • May 24th at UNL Extension office; 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha 68124 at 6:30 pm
  • June 6th at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, in Springfield at 6:30 pm.

This year there will be a test before and after the course for both in person and online YQCA Trainings.

The following videos have been developed to help walk families through the process:

Help Video: Web-Based Training

Help Video: Instructor-Led Training

  1. The help desk is your best option for any issues related to the platform. Please be patient as they get back to you on your requests. These have been responded to quickly over the past couple of weeks but know that as trainings increase, so do help desk tickets.

The website to register is:

Participants need to sign up for the in-person training and there will be a pre and post test given to them that day. They will need to pay the $3 online before they come to the training. Their training will be complete when they have paid, attended the training and done the pre and post test.

Participants can take the course online ( for $12.

Livestock Tag Information

2023 Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Livestock Tag chart here. For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

Tack Cleaning Workshop

Get your tack cleaned before State Horse show. Come join Alaina as we clean tack together and get your tack in tip top shape.

When: July 11

Time: 5:30 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

Register by July 1st.

Contact Alaina with questions

Statewide Opportunities

Diamond Clover Program

The Diamond Clover Program gives youth a structured opportunity to learn and practice skills that prepare them for success in the future. Participants earn rewards for setting goals, trying new things, and keeping records. All youth are invited to participate, regardless of enrollment. Learn more at

Sign up for Summer Camp

Summer will be in full swing before you know it, so now is the time to register for 4-H Summer Camp! Our camps provide a safe, structured, and supervised environment where young people are inspired to get active, disconnect from technology, develop friendships and social skills, and create lifelong memories! Find more details and register now at

2023 Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 2-16, 2023 at:

Learn more about the contest at

4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2023 4-H Youth Leadership Conference! High school students, ages 14-18, are invited to Camp Comeca in Cozad from June 19-21 to gain real-world leadership skills. The experience is open to all youth, not just 4-H members! Register by June 4 to claim your spot. Visit to get started.

2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging

We're excited to announce the schedule for the 2023 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit hosted here in the great state of Nebraska!

For more information:

Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Through Big Red Camps, students have the opportunity to develop new skills, prepare for college, stand out in college applications, explore potential careers, and meet like-minded peers in a safe and structured environment. Registration is now open! Learn more at

2023 4-H Dates

  • May 5, 5 pm - Paddock Posse Horseless Horse Club

  • May 5 - Sign up deadline for Come Learn with Carla Horsemanship Clinic

  • May 10, 6-7 pm - Interested in 4-H Zoom

  • May 15 - Shooting Sports Reg. due at

  • May 24, 6:30 pm - Quality Assurance at 8015 W. Center Road, Omaha

  • May 30, 6:30-7:30 PM* - 4-H Table Toppers Workshop

  • June 3 - BB Gun Contest, 10:00 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 4 - Leadership Camp Sign up Deadline

  • June 6, 6:30 pm - Quality Assurance

  • June 10 - Archery Contest, 8 AM, Sarpy County Fairgrounds

  • June 11-16 - Big Red Camp, UNL

  • June 13, 2023, 9 am - 12 pm - Discover Ancient Egypt

  • June 13, 2023, 1-2:30 pm - Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginner

  • June 14, 1-3:30 pm - Rocket Launch Workshop - Advanced

  • June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

  • June 15 - YCQA Deadline

  • June 19-July 14 - Summer Embryology

  • June 19-21 - 4-H Leadership Conference

  • June 21 from 9 am-12 pm* - Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness

  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 23, 1:30-3 pm - Computer Coding Workshop
  • June 23 - State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) - at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • June 24 - Papio Valley Livestock Progress Show
  • June 27 from 9 am-12 pm* - Wildlife Conservation
  • June 29, 2023 starting at 3 pm* - 4-H Table Toppers Contest

  • July 5, 2023, 4:30 pm - Rocket Launch forms due

  • July 7 - Fashion Show Sign Up Due

  • July 11, 5:30 - 4-H Tack Cleaning Workshop

  • July 12, 2023, 3:30-7 pm - Rocket Launch

  • July 13 from 9 am-12 pm* - Discover Art Around the World
  • July 20 from 9 am-12 pm* - Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Douglas-Sarpy County Extension at 402-444-7804 or

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