Thurston County 4-H News
July 4 - Office Closed - 4th of July Holiday
July 10 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting
July 16-20 - State Horse Show @ Fonner Park, Grand Island
July 19 - ALL Dakota-Thurston County Pre-Fair Entries DUE
July 26 - 4-H Clothing Day Judging @ Emerson
July 29 - Pre-Fair Clean Up
July 30 - Aug 1 - Pre-Fair Judging Shows
Aug 2-6 - Dakota-Thurston County Fair
Aug 7 - Post Fair Clean Up
Aug 10 - State Fair Animal and In Person Entries DUE
Aug 22 - State Fair Exhibits DUE @ Extension Office (noon)
Aug 25-Sept 4 - NEBRASKA STATE FAIR
Sept 4 - Office Closed - Labor Day
Sept 6 - State Fair Exhibits ready for pick up
Sept 11 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)
Sept 14 - 4-H Career Portfolios DUE @ Extension Office
Sept 28-Oct 1 - AKSARBEN Stock Show
Need to Know
Surrounding County Clover College Opportunities
Dakota County - http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dakota/camps-workshops/
Busy Programming - Out of the Office
Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:
- July 4 - all day
- July 6 - morning
- July 10 - afternoon
- July 11 - all day
Nebraska 4-H/Nebraska FFA License Plate
Fair Entry Information
Each family will be receiving a packet sometime toward the beginning of July that will have entry forms for the 2017 Dakota-Thurston County Fair. Once again this year we hope to personalize the forms so they contain most of the information the office needs. You just need to fill in class #'s, animal ID's, etc. These forms will be DUE back to office by July 19th.
$15 Outfit Challenge
Do you love to shop? The $15 Outfit Challenge is open to ANY 4-H member. No need to be enrolled in a clothing project to participate. Limit one entry per person. Must be a purchased outfit. Outfits may be selected and purchased from garage sale, thrift store, consignment store, or resale show (such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, or store bargain at the mall, etc.). Cost of outfit must be $15 or less, not including shoes, accessories, or undergarments. A one page entry form must be included with the exhibit that lets the judge know about where it was purchased, cost, and why selected. Outfit will be displayed at the fair.
Preference is that this project be entered on 4-H Clothing Day, Wednesday, July 26th at the Emerson-Hubbard High School. But will also be accepted at Entry Day, Wednesday, August 2nd.
Fair Floriculture & Horticulture
Preparing Flowers & Plants for Fair
You can’t control what the weather does to your plants but you do control how you prepare your exhibits.
- Select the best. The judge will note flaws!
- Choose the same cultivar and color.
- Harvest with care. Cut your flowers in the evening or early morning, whichever is closest to judging time. Cut the stem several inches longer to allow for trimming. Use a clean, sharp knife to make a smooth, even cut.
- Remove foliage from the portion of stems in the water.
- Conditioning flowers reduces stem blockage and promotes quick water uptake.
- The container should be a good size and shape. The opening should be large enough that stems don’t have to be forced into the neck, yet small enough that blooms don’t fall in and become waterlogged.
- Grooming flowers is the last step. Carefully remove all insects, soil and spray residue from the foliage, stems and blossoms and avoid bruising.
- Remove faded blooms, petals and ragged leaves. Remember, grooming shouldn’t be evident.
- Review rules and double check the required number of stems in the fair book.
- Label with the flower name and cultivar or variety name so the judge can base the placing on the proper criteria.
Tips for Exhibiting Houseplants
- Potted plants should be free of insects, diseases and damaged leaves.
- Plants grown as houseplants must be used. No annual flowers or annual plants.
- Foliage houseplants are judged on quality and appearance of leaves and stems. Color should be bright, clear, and typical of the cultivar.
- Flowering houseplants are judged for their display of flowers but should not show foliage damage.
- Plant size should be about one-third larger than the container in spread, fullness, and height. Good branching and a compact plant are most desirable.
- Plant shape should be symmetrical. Unevenly developed plants indicate poor rotation practices in relation to light exposure.
- Use clean containers in proportion to plant size. The color, texture, and style of the container complement the plant without drawing attention away from it.
- Use a good quality soil or potting mix. Do not use soil from outdoor gardens.
- Plants need to have been grown in the container for 6 weeks and are well rooted.
- Good grooming practices keep houseplants healthy and attractive. Remove dead or damaged leaves and wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust.
- In Dish and Desert Gardens, all plants used should have similar growing requirements, leaf shapes and textures varied, and not too busy or too sparse.· Follow the exhibit guidelines and label all house-plants with the plant name on the entry tag.
Fair Livestock Reminders
- Cats & Dogs must have current vaccinations. Forms are available on our website. http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/thurston/affidavitsid-forms/
- Bucket Calf record books need to be turned in prior to the show by NOON ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD. http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/thurston/4H%20BUCKET%20CALF%20PROJECT%20RECORD.pdf
- Rabbit Exhibitors - When you enter your animals Monday, July 31st, from 6-8 pm we are asking that you check your animals in with either the superintendents or Extension Staff. We want to try and ensure that our show programs are accurate. Your assistance on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- Bedding - The fair board will be supplying bedding for livestock projects, which will consist of sawdust. If you have special needs for your projects, it is your responsibility to bring the supplies. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Luedert.
- Stalling Horses - The Dakota-Thurston County Fair Board voted in 2010, "That if a horse is showed, it must be stalled. No veterinarian excuses will be accepted. This applies to all horses exhibiting at the 4-H Horse Show, no exceptions." Horses must be stalled at the fair grounds on Thursday, August 3rd by 8:00 pm.
- Livestock Check-In - Wednesday, August 2nd, from 6:30-8:30 pm is livestock check-in time at the fair. Before you unload your livestock trailer, please stop by the livestock office and check-in. In order to verify exhibitors and livestock that are on the fairgrounds. This will help us with the correct stall assignments and correct show programs. Reminder: Swine ear tags need to be purchased for $1 at the time of check-in.
- Early release of animals - Please refer to page 9 of the fair book for the following rule: All live animals, 4-H/FFA, Open Class (except cats, dogs, household pets/birds) will remain on the grounds for the duration of the fair. No early release. Also see page 25 for the following statement from the Fair Board: Penalty - Premiums will be pulled for exhibits leaving the fair grounds prior to the aforementioned release time.
Fair Grounds Clean-Up Days
Note: The Extension Office Staff need heavy lifting help is setting up the Exhibit Hall. Help is needed moving fixtures, chairs, tables and more.
Looking for Trophy Sponsors
Dakota-Thurston County Fair Celebrating 50 Years.
The Fair Board is also looking to set up a schedule for each 4-H Club or Staff to do a short shift in the information window of the Fair Office. Let the Extension Office know if you're interested.
Dakota-Thurston County 50 Year T-shirts
They will be for sale at the Fair, but just in case anyone wants to purchase some before hand. There are multiple sizes in the colors shown. They are $10 each and you can contact Cherie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to place orders.
The sport grey color can be worn for showing livestock. Only the sport grey is considered appropriate for the 4-H Show dress code.
Campsites - Dakota/Thurston County Fair
Fair Movie - Moana
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 inside the Exhibit Hall, starting at 9:00 P.M. FREE for anyone. Parents: Please consider volunteering with this event. Help is need chaperoning, serving popcorn and drinks. Enjoy a great movie with our youth and volunteer at the same time. This year’s movie will be “MOANA”.
State Fair Info
State Fair Schedule and Handbook
2017 State Fair Livestock Fees
Species Fees Total
Breeding Beef $18+$15 $33.00
Market Beef $18+$15+$3 $36.00
Dairy $10+$15 $25.00
Market Sheep $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Breeding Sheep $5+$5 $10.00
Market Meat Goat $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Breeding Meat Goat $5+$5 $10.00
Market Swine $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Entry Fee: Beef-$18, Dairy-$10, Sheep/Goat/Swine-$5
Bedding Fee: $15 Beef/Dairy, $5 Sheep/Goat/Swine
Drug Testing Fee: $3
State Fair Tickets
4-H livestock exhibitors (Beef, Sheep, Swine, Rabbit, Poultry, Meat Goat, Dairy) will receive one (1) State Fair Exhibitor Pin (exhibitor badge). This State Fair Exhibitor Pin (exhibitor badge) is your pass to the fair for all 11 days. Families wishing to purchase additional State Fair Exhibitor Pins (exhibitor badges) may do so at $25.00 each. If the State Fair Exhibitor Pin (exhibitor badge) is lost or stolen, a new State Fair Exhibitor Pin (exhibitor badge) must be purchased for $20.05. No exceptions.
It’s also recommended that the purchase of additional State Fair Exhibitor Pins (exhibitor badges) be included in pre-registration through ShoWorks.
4-H static exhibitors may purchase reduced price NSF admission tickets or a State Fair Exhibitor Pin (exhibitor badge).
4-Hers who participate in the fashion show, companion animals, dog show, presentations, events, and contests at the NSF will receive one (1) single-day admission ticket for each day in which they participate.
4-H Judges and volunteers will receive one (1) single-day admission ticket for each day in which they assist with a show.
Sponsor (chaperones) will not receive a free ticket this year. General parking on the fairgrounds is still FREE this year for your vehicle.
4-H’ers and their families may purchase reduced price admission tickets, These must be ordered from the Extension Office. Deadline to order is August 9th, 2017 Tickets are $4.00 each
State fair ticket price information:
Outside gate admissions will be $12.00 with the following exceptions. $5.00 on Monday August 28th and Wednesday, August 30th.
$2.00 on August 29th
$3.00 on Thursday August 31st
Children 6-12 are $3.00 everyday and children 5 and under will be free every day.
- The $5.00 discount exhibitor passes can be ordered through ShoWorks when the families are entering your livestock.
- The $25 Parking Permits and extra $25 State Fair Exhibitor Pins (exhibitor badges) are ordered through ShoWorks with your livestock entries by August 10. These will all be in your packets picked up at the Livestock Trailer.
- They can pick up their packet in the Livestock Trailer anytime it is open.
- If an Extension Educator or FFA Club Leader is picking up badges or parking passes for exhibitors, please get permission from the student or parent before entering the Livestock Trailer.
- Too many items have been picked up by an agent and then the exhibitor shows up and the items have already been picked up from the packet. Please be respectful of others!
Volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska 4-H program is seeking volunteers to help with exhibit entry day, judging, and serving as 4-H exhibit building hosts and greeters. Volunteers will be needed for educational activities in the 4-H building, serving as the Lil' Green Mascot and assisting with all 4-H contests and events throughout the fair. State Fair 4-H volunteers will receive a fair pass for the day(s) they volunteer. A complete list of volunteer opportunities can be found at: http://4h.unl.edu/state-fair/volunteer
State Fair Livestock Entry
This is a link directly to the State Fair 4-H/FFA page where important documents and the only entry system link is. Please use this link to keep up on the most up to date reminders/etc.
Entry will open on or around July 1, 2017. The deadline to enter livestock or contests for State Fair is August 10, 2017.
Elite Showman Competition at Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture along with the Rural Radio Network will be hosting the 12th Annual Elite Showman Competition on Saturday, September 2nd at the Nebraska State Fair.
Nebraska 4-H Email Newsletter
4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event Starts March 1
Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!
Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/clover-chase. Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!
Consumer & Family Sciences
2017 Culinary Challenge Contest
Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2017
All scholarship applications must be submitted to email@example.com.
2017 Scholarships Available:
- Tom Holman Scholarship (due September 23)
More information can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.
Ak-Sar-Ben Moving to State Fairgrounds in Grand Island
AKSARBEN says they will move the classic 4-H livestock show to Grand Island in order to have more space to grow the 89-year-old event.
This year, it will be held September 28 through October 1 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, in the facilities built for the Nebraska State Fair.