Jefferson County 4-H

June 2021

4-H Highlights!

2021 Jefferson County Fair Dates & Theme

The 2021 Jefferson County Fair will be July 14 -18, 2021. The theme this year is "Lights, Camera, Action"!

2021 Jefferson County Fairbook Available

You an stop by the Extension office and pick up a copy or you can download and print a copy from
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Pre-fair entries for foods, clothing, fashion show and livestock are due on Tuesday, June 15th. All entries will be done on paper this year, no on-line entries. Forms can be picked up in the office or can be found at . Call the office with any questions.

4-H Council Foodstand

ALL 4-H families are required to work in the 4-H Foodstand at County Fair.

Signup will happen online this year. Spots will be a first come first serve basis!

Every 4-H family must work 1 (3-hour) shift. We need at least one adult from each 4-H family to accompany the 4-H members.

We will be sending out an email to notify you when the sign-up site is available online.

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

4-H Online Enrollment is still Open!

Enrollment is open for 2020-2021 Jefferson County 4-H. NOTE AGE CHANGE: All 4-H youth (ages 8-18) as of January 1, 2021 are required to enroll online every year. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. Enrollment instructions for new members can be found at the Extension Office or online at Call the office 402-729-3487 with any enrollment questions.

4-H Online Enrollment Link:

New 4-H Member Enrollment Instructions Link:

Re-Enrollment Instructions Link:

Clover Kid Enrollment Information

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Youth should select "Clover Kids" as their club and must select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair.

Enrollment Link:

Volunteers, We Need You!

For 2021, all volunteers need to go through a screening to assist with 4-H related activities (including 4-H County Fair activities). There are two different types of volunteers, and screenings that go with these volunteers. You must fill out the form prior to volunteering.

  • Direct Volunteers – All 4-H Volunteers who work directly with youth (examples include: ring personnel at livestock shows, room monitors for contests, etc)– must complete the Direct Volunteer Form (Printable or Electronic or through 4HOnline – still open for volunteer enrollment) & DHHS Background Check ($5 fee). Must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If you have enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline, then you have already done this!
  • Indirect Volunteers – Any person who provides support services for Youth Activities (examples include: opening gates, announcers, superintendents, 4-H Building host, weigh-in, etc.)– must complete the Indirect Volunteer Application (Printable or Electronic) and must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If your volunteer has enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline or filled out the Direct Volunteer form, they do not need to fill out the Indirect Volunteer Application.

If you have a question regarding which of these volunteer roles you will be fulfilling, please contact the Extension Office (402) 729-3487.

Trailer Parking at County Fair

The Fairboard requires that ALL livestock trailers be parked across the PWF road in the south parking lot during the 2021 Jefferson County Fair. This will help alleviate the congestion along the roads by the livestock barns and allow for more vehicle parking. Please let them know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

2021 Camper Reservations for County Fair

There are 21 hook-ups and it will be a first come first serve basis for sign up. You are able to reserve your spot on June 11th. Payment will be due at the time of sign-up & cost will be $50 per 15' camper for the fair week. If your camper is wider than 15' you must reserve and pay for a second spot. A map can be found at .

NO CAMPERS ALLOWED BEFORE 3 p.m. ON SUNDAY, JULY 11th PER FAIRBOARD. Please stop in the office or call to reserve your spot!

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

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3D Modeling via Zoom

Learn how a 3D printer works & create your own 3D printed design. Within this workshop, you will create an account and use free online software to learn basic computer aided design. Upon completion of your 3D model, you may email the instructor your file and the 3D print will be mailed to you at a later date. Offer is limited to residents of the continental United States and one 1-hr print per registered participant. Youth must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Upon registration, please select the preferred date for attendance.

June 9: 10:00 – Noon

June 10: 10:00 – Noon

June 11: 10:00 – Noon

June 17: 10:00 – Noon

Registration Link:

Code Camp via Zoom

If you can read, you can code! Youth must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Upon registration, please select your preferred class date.

June 9: 1-2

June 9: 3-4

June 17: 1-2

June 17: 3-4

Registration Link:

Create Your Own Terrarium!

Join us on Thursday, June 24th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm to create your own terrarium! Nicole Stoner will be leading this fun and educational workshop and youth will leave with a completed project. Registrations are due by June 17th with a workshop registration fee will be $10. You will need to bring your own container. Containers can be NO larger than 13" diameter. Contact the office to sign up today by June 11, 2021!
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Favorite Foods Contest - Thursday, July 8th @ 1:30 pm

What to bring:

Menu - menu for a full meal. May be any meal of the day, but not just party refreshments or snack. Use proper form for writing menu. Consider variety, color and nutrition when planning menu. Here is a publication about writing the menu.

Food – one food item from the menu. Baked items work best.

Place setting for one person - table cover (placemat or table cloth), tableware, napkin, glassware and dishes

as needed for the meal. You must set your own place setting with no assistance.

Centerpiece - appropriate for the meal planned.

Recipe - must have recipe of the food item brought for the judge to sample


Participants will interview with the judge. The following points will be considered.

  • Knowledge of nutrition – know the food pyramid and what food groups the foods you are serving belong in.
  • Meal preparation – how will you prepare your meal? Which foods do you prepare first, second, etc. It is a good idea to have actually prepared the entire meal before the contest.
  • Menu - suitable for the occasion, pleasing combination of flavors, textures and color
  • Place setting - appropriate for the occasion, table properly set
  • Creativity
  • Quality of food prepared
  • Contestant – neatly groomed, appropriately dressed, speaks up and answers questions

Presentations Contest - Thursday, July 8th @ 1 pm

All presentations by youth 10 years and older should be related to how the 4-H youth is learning about agricultural literacy, career development, citizenship and leadership, healthy living, or science/animal science, through their 4-H experiences or 4-H project.

General Information: Presentations should be related to the member’s 4-H experiences, or 4-H projects. Presentations must include an introduction (the “why” portion of the topic), a body (the “show and tell” portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the “what” portion of the topic). A team presentation, consisting of two individuals, may be given. There is no separate class for team presentations. Live animals of any kind may be used in the presentation. Health papers are required to bring the animal on the grounds. Presenters are responsible for all care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present. For all classes; the age groups, as of January 1 of the current year, are as follows: Junior 8-9, Intermediate 10-11, and Senior 12 and up. Presentations in the Intermediate and Senior age group are eligible for State Fair. One presentation for the senior group will be selected at the county level to compete in the Premier Presenter Contest at the Nebraska State Fair.

112. Illustrated Presentation – An Illustrated Presentation is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Time limit is 6-8 minutes for individual, or 8-10 minutes per team.

114. Teaching Presentation – A Teaching Presentation is a live, interactive, trade show style presentation where youth will continuously engage a constantly-changing/moving audience for 30 minutes by showing and telling them how to do something while answering questions.

Citizen Washington D.C. Focus Trip Information

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how long it will be a significant health threat, our Washington D.C. group of Gage, Jefferson and Saline counties has decided to postpone a trip until 2022. We just don’t want the youth to spend that kind of money and not be guaranteed even if we are able to go that we would get to see and do all the things we would like to do and have done in the past.

With that being said, this gives youth more time to fund-raise for the trip. If you have ideas or suggestions of new fundraising, please contact the office!

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

Quality Assurance Training

We plan to have one FINAL in-person training on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 11 am to Noon at the Extension Office, Fairbury. Youth must pre-register at in order to attend. All 4-H/FFA youth that are exhibiting livestock(beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, goats, rabbits, poultry) at the fair must complete YQCA training. If you can't attend the final in-person training, you will need to complete the online course at Thank you!

2021 Animal ID Guidelines

Please see the Animal ID guidelines for 2021 that are explained on our website at Animal ID Guidelines. Please look over the information carefully so you know how to ID your animals. If you would like a printed copy of the guidelines please contact the office.

Dog & Cat Vaccination Certifications Due July 1st

All dogs and cats need to turn in vaccination certification to be eligible to show at the fair. These forms can be found at:

All forms need to be turned in by July 1st.

Horse Advancement Levels Testing

Horse Advancement Level Testing

Winter months are a great time to work on Horse Advancement Levels. Information and study materials are found in the Horse Project Member Manual and Advancement Level Manual at the Extension Office. We also have the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide available.


Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program

Excited to announce a new opportunity for 4-H youth participating in livestock projects! The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (

Ashley Benes

Cole Meador

Brett Kreifels

New Opportunities for Nebraska State Fair 4-H Youth Livestock Exhibitors

Here’s what is NEW!


In our beef area, we will now be offering:

  • a feeder calf show
  • a junior breeding heifer class to all of our breeding classes
  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five beef animals. A 4-H’er can exhibit up to two market beef, three breeding heifers and two feeder calves as long as the total number of entries does not exceed five beef animals.


In our swine area,

  • We will be offering a breeding gilt show. This breeding gilt show will include 9 purebred classes as well as a crossbred class.
  • In our market swine show, we will be creating a more diverse show by including 9 purebred classes.
  • We will also be adding new “Farrowed and Owned Breeding and Market Swine” divisions. The Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the swine industry and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the swine industry. The goal of the Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine projects by providing unique opportunities focusing on swine production as goal of the member’s project, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and engagement by the 4-H member.
  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five swine projects. A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting three market hogs and two breeding gilts


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five sheep maximum, if at least two are breeding ewes. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market lambs.


  • 4-H members will now be eligible to show up to a total of five goats maximum, if at least two are breeding does. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market goats.
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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

Online Horticulture 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 4-21, 2021 at:

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at:

More information about the Nebraska State contest can be found in the Fairbook

Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 7th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

There are also numerous field trips that have been archived to view at your convenience. Check them out. See the link below to view of all the tours available.

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 2021. 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


4 - Deadline to sign up for Brown Bag Door Hanger project

15 - Jefferson County Fair Entries Due

17 - Clover Kid Workshop, Fairgrounds

23 - FINAL YQCA Training, Extension Office

24 - Terrarium Workshop, Fairgrounds

28 & 29- Camp Renegade @ Camp Jefferson


1 & 2 - Camp Venture @ Camp Jefferson

8 - Presentations & Favorite Foods

14 - 18 - Jefferson County Fair, Fairbury

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