Webster County 4-H Newsletter

June 2023 Edition

Happy June!

School is out and we are one month away from the FAIR! But until then, we have some amazing things planned for you in the month of June! Be sure to check out the newsletter often as new things are added weekly. We have some fun workshops this month, clinics and camps, and much more! Don't forget the most important day, June 15th, to have everything submitted to the office! Have a fabulous summer!

-Webster 4-H Team

Important Dates and Events

  • June 1st: South Central Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest
  • June 3rd: Sylvia Fink Memorial Horse Show
  • June 6th: County Day Camp
  • June 8th: Tie Dye & Geocache Workshops
  • June 13th: Cloverkid Camp
  • June 14th: ShoWorks Help Day
  • June 15th: FINAL ENTRY DAY
  • June 16th: Mobile Science Lab
  • June 19th: Office Closed in Observance of Juneteenth
  • June 21st & 22nd: PASE
  • June 27th: Youth Council Meeting

Welcome, Samantha!

The Webster County Extension Office is excited to announce that Samantha Bonifas is our 4-H Programming Intern for summer 2023!

"Hello, I am Samantha Bonifas! I am the daughter of Kevin and Kim Bonifas. I am from Roseland, Nebraska and recently graduated from Silver Lake High School. I am attending Kansas State University in the fall to major in agricultural economics. I participated in Webster County 4-H for over 10 years. Whether it was showing pigs, static exhibits, contests, or camps, I have always loved the connections, friendships, and life long skills that I have developed through 4-H. I am so excited to help spread the joy of 4-H this summer!"

Samantha is a great asset to our team and we are so very excited to have her here. Please join us in welcoming her!

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Webster County 4-H Events

Enroll in Webster 4-H

Enroll in 4-H for 2023! Use the button below to get enrolled in Webster County 4-H. When enrolling in the system, please select all possible projects you may do at the county fair. In late May, you will register the exhibits that you are bringing to the county fair based on the projects you enrolled in. Enrollment in the project means you have an interest in learning more. Fair exhibit registration means and animal or static exhibit is coming to fair.

All volunteers must enroll prior to service. The state deadline of enrollment is June 15th.


Any youth 4-H ages 8-18 showing livestock such as poultry, rabbit, swine, sheep/goat, and beef are required to complete YQCA by June 15th. If you are unable to attend an in-person training, you may complete online. All of the Adams/Webster in-person trainings are finished. If you have not completed YQCA, you must do it online.


2023 Webster County Fair Premium Books are in at the office! Stop by and grab yours today.
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ID Forms, Affidavits, Etc.

It’s time to be filling out forms that are due to the office June 15th! All ID’s/affidavits, vaccination forms, YQCA, horse ID’s and levels, etc. are due June 15th. Tags are available to be picked up at the office. https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/webster/forms-affidavits/

ShoWorks/Final Entries

ShoWorks online entries are OPEN! You will use your fairbook (available to pick up at the office) to choose the classes you want to enter your projects in. This will be your final sign-up of what you are bringing to the fair. Paper forms are NOT available this year. If you do not have access to internet, you may stop at the office and use the computers here. The final day to have all entries in is June 15th at 11:59 pm. I have attached instructions to help you through the process. Ear tags and fairbooks are available at the office.
Webster ShoWorks

Enter final entries here.

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Fair Cleanup

Sign up now for slots on fair clean up! These tasks may be completed between now and before fair. Check it out here: https://go.unl.edu/faircleanup-2023

County Fair Horse Levels

All Horse Levels must be completed by June 15th. Levels are required for Speed and Performance Events. Junior exhibitors must have Level 1 to compete. Intermediates must at least have a level 1 and recommend level 2. Seniors must at least have a level 2, recommend a level 3. Classes that are levels 3 & 4 at the Nebraska State 4-H Horse Show will be dropped one level lower at the Webster County Fair. If exhibitor is only showing halter and/or showmanship, levels are not required. Please see the list of level requirements below.


We are still on the lookout for volunteers at fair in the categories below. Let us know if you are interested in any of these or have any questions.
    • Rabbit/Poultry Superintendent, Assistant, and youth help
    • Horse assistants and crew
    • Food Assistant
    • Ribbon help for beef (can be youth)
    • Round Robin Assistant
    • Dog, Cat, Companion youth help
    • Sheep/Goat gate help

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Experience

Are you ready to sign-up for an experience of a lifetime? Then register to attend the 2025 CWF, 2028 CWF, or 2031 CWF Experience! Youth must be 14 to 18 years, preferably 15 to 18 years old at the time of the experience. The experience will consist of a 10 to 14 day experience visiting New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, attending the National 4-H CWF Conference, and more. Youth may fundraise their way to the cost of the experience, approximately $3800 or make payments. Final commitments for the 2025 CWF Experience will occur in September 2024. Plenty of time to fundraise and join in the fun! We are setting up a Rada Cutlery fundraiser running from June 5th to July 6th. If interested in signing up for the experience and fundraiser, reach out to Beth and she will get you connected.

Photo Help Wanted

The Red Cloud Chief is looking for a 4-H youth member that has participated in advanced photography to take pictures during the Webster County 4-H shows at the fair this year. Please contact Ron Bartels at the Red Cloud Chief for more information at 402-746-3700.

Rain Date

Show bill for the 3rd Annual Sylvia Fink Memorial Horse Show ***SHOW POSTPONED TO JUNE 11 DUE TO RAIN***
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2023 South Central Livestock Judging Contest

The South-Central Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest was held on June 1, 2023, at the Webster County Fairgrounds. The contest is an event on the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit. The day started with a livestock evaluation workshop. In total, 40 participants attended the contest to evaluate beef, goat, sheep, and swine.

Jaxon Taylor won top beef junior, top swine junior, and tied for top sheep junior with Dexter Himmelberg. Himmelberg won top goat junior. Jaxon Taylor won overall champion junior livestock judger and Bella Schmidt won reserve champion. The champion junior team consisted of Jaxon Taylor, Zane Anderson, and Dexter Himmelberg.

Harrison Mead, Bristol McConville, and Page Walhowksi all tied for top beef intermediate. Brenlee Alber won top swine intermediate, and Chastity Ostdiek won top goat intermediate. Kaisha Alber, Page Walhowksi, and Braden Griess tied for top sheep intermediate. Cauy Robinson won top intermediate reasons. Brenlee Alber won overall champion intermediate livestock judger and Cauy Robinson won reserve champion. The champion intermediate team consisted of Kaisha Alber, Brenlee Alber, Jacksen McNeill, and Elisha Johnson.

Allison Varvacek and Colten McNeil tied for top beef senior. Allison Varvacek, Braceton Hauxwell, and Leah Kristen tie for top swine senior. Addi Varvacek and Evan Kristen tied for top goat senior. Allison Varvacek won top sheep senior. Leah Kristen won top senior reasons. Leah Kristen won overall champion senior livestock judger and Allison Varvecek won reserve champion. The top senior team consisted of Leah Kristen, Evan Kristen, Taven Borcher, and Ashlynn Anderson.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Pillen Family Farms, CPI, Gottsch Livestock Feeders, Farm Cedit Services of America. Also a big thank you to South Central Cattlemen and Farm Credit Services of America for serving the lunch and to all of the volunteers that day!

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State Wide Events

Livestock Identification & Nomination Deadline

Any members planning to exhibit livestock at the Nebraska State Fair must complete the appropriate livestock identification and nomination requirements by June 15. This process makes an individual animal eligible for entry at the State Fair. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-id

All beef, swine, sheep, and goat projects must be nominated on Show Stock Manger by June 15th! Check out more information here: https://4h.unl.edu/state-fair-livestock-exhibitor-first-timers

Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

There are still a several opportunities for youth interested in participating in the Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit! Find the circuit schedule and competition rules at https://4h.unl.edu/great-plains-livestock-judging-circuit

Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Mark your calendars! The Online Horticulture Judging Contest will open at 8:00 a.m. CT on Friday, June 2 and will close at 8:00 a.m. CT on Friday, June 16. Learn more and find study materials at https://4h.unl.edu/online-horticulture-judging-contest

Livestock Achievement Program

Applications to participate in this year’s Livestock Achievement Program are due June 15! This program rewards members for engaging in a variety of activities related to their livestock projects. Learn more at https://4h.unl.edu/livestock-achievement

Nebraska 4-H Opportunities

Take a look at the Nebraska 4-H Opportunties newsletter that shows different events, such as horse shows, progress shows, and much more happening across the state! This is updated weekly. Check it out here: https://www.smore.com/mdacv

Agronomy Youth Field Day

Make plans to join us for the 7th annual Agronomy Youth Field Day! Youth can learn about the newest agronomy techniques and technology through hands-on activities, such as dissecting a plant or flying a miniature drone! With two age tracts, youth can learn all about precision technology, cover crops, soil health, weeds, herbicide application technology, crop scouting, and more! Register for free by June 20 at https://events.unl.edu/NE4H-Plant-Science/2023/06/27/172116/

Call for Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to support several state-level events, including Premier Animal Science Event, Premier Communications Event, and Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo. A variety of roles and time shifts are available for each event. Find those and sign-up at https://4h.unl.edu/volunteer

Crop Scouting Competition

The Youth Crop Scouting Competition allows students to learn about and practice crop scouting through integrated pest management principles and new technologies. The program is open to teams of 4-H and FFA members who have completed 5th grade. This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, August 2 at the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead. Registration is due July 15. Learn more at https://cropwatch.unl.edu/cropscoutingcompetition

Happy Birthday to Those Celebrating in June!!

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  • I will be gone on vacation starting June 7th and will return in the office on June 13th. If you need my assistance, please contact me prior to June 7th or when I return as I will not be answering phone calls, texts, or emails during that time. If you need assistance during that time, please contact the office. 😊

Meet Our Team!

Alexa Pedersen

Alexa Pedersen is the Office Manager for the Webster County Extension Office. Alexa provides help in assisting clientele with questions that can be forwarded to a specific educator. She assists educators in programs that are put on in Webster County, such as pesticide training, and beef programs. She also provides knowledge in the 4-H world by helping families with any 4-H questions that come in. She is skillful in 4-H Online, ShoWorks, and helps prepare for 4-H programming, county fair, and state fair. Alexa is also a part of the 4-H Data Dream Team for Nebraska 4-H as well as the State Fair 4-H Beef Team.

Katie Bolte

4-H Programming Assistant

Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.

Beth Janning

4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties

Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.

Photo and Bio from UNL Extension

Samantha Bonifas

4-H Programming Intern

Samantha is our 2023 summer 4-H intern. She has been a Webster County 4-H member for over 10 years and has participated in projects such as showing pigs, static exhibits, contests, or camps. She has always loved the connections, friendships, and life long skills that she has developed through 4-H. She is so excited to help spread the joy of 4-H this summer!

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead

Beef Systems Educator, DVM

Lindsay Waechter-Mead is the Beef Systems Educator in Webster County and serves surrounding counties in this region. She is excited to bring her interests surrounding cow/calf health and preventative medicine to the Beef Team. Her current work involves looking at environmental effects on neonatal calf immunity and colostral transfer. She is also passionate about rural agriculture and what the veterinary profession can do to positively influence rural communities to ensure that generations can continue to enjoy the life that she loves.

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